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America Joins Israel’s Campaign to Smear and Silence Palestinians

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Palestinian advocacy for freedom and rights faces a concerted campaign of suffocation and delegitimization around the world. When we speak out and challenge our oppression, we are silenced, attacked and called anti-Semitic.

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Now, there is also growing trend of legislation seeking to shut down our demand for justice and accountability - formalizing our exclusion.

The latest iteration of this was the anti-BDS resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. As Rep Rashida Tlaib – herself the daughter of Palestinian immigrants - noted, the resolution was an "attack on our freedom of speech and the right to boycott the racist policies of the government and the state of Israel."

WATCH: As the granddaughter of a Palestinian grandmother (my sity) and as the daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents, I rose in opposition to #HRes246, an attack on our freedom of speech and right to boycott the racist policies of the government of Israel. pic.twitter.com/e6eHq3tAwe

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This shrinking space abroad is being promoted by those seeking to relegate us to a footnote in history rather than a people that can stand free and equal with dignity. It is an extension of the systematic Israeli discrimination and dispossession we face at home that penetrates every aspect of our lives.

Across the hilltop from where I live in Ramallah, I can see two Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land in the heart of the West Bank.

The illegal settlers are allowed to consume more of our water than we do. They have roads and infrastructure from which we are segregated. We are tried by martial law in Israeli military courts that "boast" an almost 100 percent conviction rate,........

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