Solidarity is not just admiration

Admiration for the toughness & intransigence of Kashmiri & Palestinian Intifada is not the same as solidarity. Solidarity, if it is to be effective in supporting their struggles, means educating others about what those struggles are about, holding forums & teach-ins, rallies of protest, the whole schtick of standing with justice.

It isn’t just their struggle. If they win, they change the international dynamic in favor of the oppressed everywhere. They will be forging a new future for humanity. To say it clearly, their struggle is our struggle, if we have any smarts about it.

Using social media to educate is how Kashmiris overcame the news blackout that prevailed for decades. We need to follow their lead.