Hands off Samidoun!

Charlotte Kates of Samidoun

FRFI sends unconditional solidarity to Charlotte Kates, international coordinator for the Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, a network of principled anti-imperialists who work to build solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in their struggle to be liberated from Zionist prisons, who was recently arrested and charged by the Vancouver Police Department with ‘public incitement of hatred’ and ‘wilful promotion of hatred’ on 29 April. This was after giving a speech supporting the Palestinian resistance and calling for Palestinian resistance factions to be removed from Canada’s terrorist list on 26 April. This arrest follows a months-long campaign of pro-Zionist imperialist states targeting Samidoun across Europe and North America. It is clear that the ruling class fears a growing principled pro-Palestine trend in the imperialist heartlands that stands with the Palestinian resistance as they fight to liberate themselves from Zionist occupation.

Principled anti-racists see through the disingenuous attempts to smear anti-Zionists as racist, especially when they come from a racist state such as Canada; a state built on the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous people and whose MPs gave two standing ovations to Yaroslav Hunka, a Ukrainian veteran of the Nazi’s Waffen-SS Galicia Division, on 22 September 2023 when he was invited to attend the Canadian Parliament during a visit from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 600 members of this division were allowed to live in Canada after the defeat of Nazi Germany despite the division’s massacres of Polish and Jewish civilians.

State attacks on anti-imperialist organisations around the world come as the Palestinian armed resistance moves from strength to strength and opposition to Israel’s genocide increases. FRFI supporters are among the hundreds arrested by the racist British police since October 2023, many of them under the pretence that statements of solidarity ‘incite racial hatred’. In the US, over 2,900 student protesters have been arrested and threatened by their own universities with suspensions and expulsions. The imperialist ruling class is desperately trying to criminalise Palestinian solidarity - anti-imperialists everywhere must collectively organise to ensure they are not successful.

Hands off Samidoun!

Drop the charges against Charlotte Kates!

Palestinian solidarity is not a crime!