At Yumyoda, we are deeply committed to acknowledging and addressing historical injustices and advocating for reparations as a means of promoting social justice. It is essential that we recognize the historical facts surrounding Palestine as a poignant example of the consequences of colonialism, displacement, and dispossession.
The British colonization of Palestine, combined with their support for Zionist migration and settlements, played a pivotal role in the displacement and dispossession of the Palestinian population. The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was accompanied by what many describe as a form of ethnic cleansing, resulting in the forced eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes, thereby giving rise to enduring and unresolved conflicts.
For the past 75 years, Israel’s actions in Palestine have been a source of ongoing concern and condemnation. We firmly condemn the long-standing human rights abuses and violations of international law that have occurred in the region. The cycle of violence, displacement, and suffering must be brought to an end.
In the contemporary context, our world faces a multitude of complex and interconnected challenges, often characterized as societal crises. We understand that these issues may seem overwhelming. However, it is crucial to acknowledge that addressing these challenges requires multifaceted approaches and collective efforts.
Reparations stand as a vital component in rectifying historical wrongs and advancing social justice. While they may not provide a direct solution to all of society’s problems, reparations can significantly contribute to the rectification of historical injustices and the creation of a more equitable and just society. The path toward healing open wounds, rooted in historical colonialism and displacement, lies in acknowledging past injustices, fostering reconciliation, and striving for a more inclusive and fair future.
We recognize that the world’s problems are interconnected, and we believe that reparations can serve as a meaningful step toward addressing historical wounds and working toward a more just and equitable world.
As a growing coalition, we acknowledge that our members hold diverse beliefs and perspectives. However, we are united in our conviction that reparations for the black community can pave the way for reparations for all oppressed people. We firmly assert that the catastrophes we witness today are often direct consequences of war crimes committed against large groups of people. It is our collective responsibility to address these injustices and work together to create a better world for all.
In unity and solidarity,
The Yumyoda Coalition