News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda — The Peace Collective, along with Social Justice Bermuda, the Muslim Community of Bermuda, Progressive Minds, and Bermuda is Love, is organizing a Peaceful Protest and March in solidarity with Palestine on Saturday, June 22, 2024. This event is part of a global movement to raise awareness and call for an immediate and permanent humanitarian ceasefire, unimpeded aid to the Gaza Strip and an end to the occupation and bloodshed.

The march will commence at 5pm from the Cabinet Office on Front Street, proceed past the US Consulate General, and culminate at the Arboretum for a gathering with speeches, music, and poetry. Participants are encouraged to bring water bottles, posters, signs and flags.

Social Justice Bermuda stated “Back in October 2023, Social Justice Bermuda joined other global social justice movements and human rights groups in calling for an immediate ceasefire to allow for humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza. We stated, ‘We must be clear in calling this situation what it is: this is not a conflict, this is not a war, this is a genocide.’

Now, over 250 days later, we have stood as witnesses to this horrific atrocity; over six months of war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the occupying Power; and over half a year of genocide waged by Israel against the Palestinian people in an ongoing Nakba.

And, as we mark Bermuda’s National Heroes, we remember the strength of those who fought against oppressive forces and who refused to stay silent. We honour them by doing the same and continuing to call for a ceasefire.”

Social Justice Bermuda

At this time, we are calling for justice. A new report released by the UN, the independent human rights body, finds that Israel has committed several war crimes during their siege on Gaza. The report accuses Israel of using starvation as a method of warfare, forcible transfer and intentionally directing attacks against civilians. It calls on Israeli leaders to end attacks resulting in the killing and maiming of civilians in Gaza immediately, to end the siege, to implement a ceasefire and to pay reparations.

The USA and the UK, which continue to be complicit and use taxpayer money to materially aid the occupation and genocide against the Palestinian people, should also be held accountable. As a British Territory Abroad, Bermuda is complicit in its silence. Bermuda, home to many freedom fighters, has a long legacy of being involved and impactful in global affairs and whilst we might be a small island, we are not powerless. We encourage the people of Bermuda to rise up and walk in the footsteps of these freedom fighters by speaking up against Israel’s ongoing assault on innocent lives, the continued war crimes and dismissal of international law.

Whilst it is easy to point fingers at the US and the UK, the material support of these atrocities is also taking place on this little island. Social Justice Bermuda has identified the following companies that have a Bermuda-based presence that are complicit in the occupation, war crimes and maintenance of Apartheid in Palestine:

1. Google – Involved in a $1.2 billion deal ‘Project Nimbus’ to provide cloud services to the Israeli Defense Forces. https://theintercept.com/2022/07/24/google-israel- artificial-intelligence-project-nimbus/

2. Caterpillar (Bermuda) Ltd – Provision of specialized equipment used in the destruction of Palestinian homes, villages and farmland in the West Bank.https://www.amnestyusa.org/updates/caterpillar-incs-role-in-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territories/

3. AXA – Invests in Israeli banks which finance the theft of Palestinian land and natural resources. https://bdsmovement.net/axa-divest

As a collective, we endorse the global Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

In this, we demand that the local companies involved divest out of their financial and material support to Israel and encourage individuals to use their consumer power through boycotting certain companies and take the time to look into their own activities and investments which may be complicit as well.

Call to Action: We call upon all residents of Bermuda to join us in this peaceful march. Let us rise up for humanity and follow in the footsteps of Bermuda’s Heroes and freedom fighters. Let’s make our voices heard, and demand an end to the genocide and the occupation. Let us hold our government accountable. Together, we can make a difference and show our solidarity with the people of Palestine.

For more information, please contact bermudapeacecollective@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/PeaceCollectiveBermuda/

Petition: https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/her_excellency_the_governor_of_bermuda_ms_rena_lal_bermuda_call_for_ceasefire_in_gaza_and_uk_arms_embargo_to_israel/Boycott

Resources:

https://www.boycat.io/https://disoccupied.com/https://many.bio/nothanksboycott

About the Organizers:

  • Peace Collective: A diverse group of Bermuda residents dedicated to peace and justice, raising awareness about global human rights issues
  • Social Justice Bermuda: A coalition focused on promoting social justice and equity within Bermuda
  • Muslim Community of Bermuda: A religious community advocating for peace, justice, and humanitarian efforts
  • Progressive Minds: An organization committed to progressive social change and human rights advocacy
  • Bermuda Is Love: An organization that was started by a group of friends looking to encourage collaboration, education, activism, advocacy, and love for our community and the environment

    Quotes and Statements: “Bermuda Is Love strongly condemns Israel’s ongoing genocide and violations of human rights in Gaza. Every human being has inalienable rights to life, freedom, self-determination, and the right to access a certain standard of living to meet their basic needs. Bermuda Is Love stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and calls for an immediate ceasefire and end to the genocide in Gaza.“- Bermuda is Love

    “Whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and whoso save the life of one, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. Quran 5:32

    Life is precious no matter the faith, race or gender of a person, in Islam we are taught to see humanity as a single organism and thus it is imperative to stop injustice and suffering wherever we see it whether it is with our hands, mouths and at the very least within our hearts.

    What is going on in Palestine, Sudan, Hati, The Congo and other nations around the world is a matter of importance that we should all feel tied to. The mindset of what does not impact me will only silo your heart from the reality of a unified struggle, we must uplift one another and recognize our struggles as part of a wider system of oppression. It is up to us to change our habits, use our positions, and continue to learn to continue to change the status quo which has sought to keep us divided.

    We believe in sanctity of life and as the Prophet of God Muhammad Peace be Upon Him said in his final sermon: All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arabnor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a White person has no superiority over a Black person nor does a Black person have any superiority over a White person except by piety and good action. So let us go forward in good and putting an end to the senseless violence which has been imposed on the innocent men women and children from Palestine to the world.”– Muslim Community of Bermuda