From Palestine to Sudan: united in struggle for liberation and justice – Join the Nakba 75 demonstration 13 May

Israeli minister Eli Cohen meets Sudanese Armed Forces leader Abdulfattah al-Burhan – photo: Wikimedia Commons

As we approach the 75th anniversary of the Nakba, the catastrophe that befell the Palestinian people in 1948, it is important to reflect on the ongoing struggle for liberation and justice not only in Palestine but also in Sudan. These struggles are not isolated from each other but are inextricably linked. The recent events in Sudan, where a popular revolution ousted long-time dictator Omar al-Bashir, only to be replaced by a military junta, have demonstrated the need for solidarity among all oppressed peoples. The Sudanese people have been struggling for democracy and social justice for decades, but their aspirations have been thwarted by foreign intervention and internal repression.

The generals who are tearing Sudan apart in a brutal war today have been courted for the past four years by the Israeli state and its military and security apparatus. The US, which has claimed to support democracy and a transition to civilian rule in Sudan, pressurised the Sudanese Transitional Government to begin a process of ‘normalisation’ of relations with Israel by linking access to debt relief to signing the Abraham Accords. 

When the Transitional Government was overthrown by Generals Al-Burhan and Hemedti in a coup in October 2021, contacts between the military junta and the Israeli regime intensified. According to media reports, a delegation of Israeli security officials visited Sudan in the middle of the coup. The Sudanese Ambassador to the US, who was dismissed from his post by the coup leaders later issued a stark warning to the Israeli government against backing the junta. “Israel and others need to understand, there will be no stability in Sudan as long as there is military rule,” he said. “Don’t stand with the army that is killing the Sudanese, the Sudanese will not forget it.”

Both Al-Burhan of the Sudanese Armed Forces and Hemedti of the Rapid Support Forces militia, the two opposing sides in the civil war today, have worked to deepen ties with Israel however. According to media reports Hemedti secretly visited Israel as part of a military delegation which included the CEO of Sudan’s state-run arms manufacturer. 

Al-Burhan boasted in February 2022 that ‘intelligence sharing’ by Israeli security forces helped arrest suspected militants “could have undermined the security of Sudan and the region.” 

In February 2023, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen met Al-Burhan during an official visit to announce an agreement to sign a “peace treaty” between Israel and Sudan. The two men discussed “deepening cooperation in security and military matters as well as agriculture, energy, health, water and education” according to Al-Burhan’s office. 

Just two months later, Al-Burhan and his rival Hemedti launched a war against each other which destroyed hospitals, schools and basic infrastructure across the capital, left hundreds dead, thousands injured and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. 

The role of Israel in supporting the counter-revolution in Sudan cannot be underestimated. The Zionist state has long sought to maintain its influence in the region by aligning itself with reactionary regimes and movements that serve its interests. 

This is not the first time Israel has intervened in Sudanese affairs. In the 1960s and 1970s, Israel supported the separatist movement in southern Sudan. The Israeli regime has also been involved in arms smuggling and other illicit activities in Sudan, which has contributed to the instability and violence in the country.

The connection between the Nakba and the struggle in Sudan is not only a matter of geopolitical interests but also a shared experience of oppression and dispossession. The Palestinian people have suffered from Zionist occupation of their land and resources. The Nakba was not a singular event but a process of colonisation and ethnic cleansing that continues to this day with the ongoing occupation and blockade of Gaza, the illegal settlements in the West Bank, and the denial of the right of return to Palestinian refugees.

The struggle for Palestinian liberation is not only a matter of national self-determination but also a struggle against imperialism and Zionism. The Israeli regime, backed by the United States and other Western powers, seeks to maintain its influence over the region by dividing and weakening the Arab peoples. Therefore it is essential to build international solidarity and link our struggles together. 

The Nakba 75 – National Demonstration on May 13, 2023, is an opportunity to show our solidarity with the Palestinian people and to highlight the connections between their struggle and the struggle for democracy and social justice in Sudan. 

We invite all Sudanese organisations and individuals to join us in this demonstration and to make their voices heard.

We also call for the end of all forms of collaboration and support for the Israeli regime.

The struggle for liberation and justice in Palestine and Sudan is a struggle for the liberation and justice of all oppressed peoples.

Let us join hands and march together towards a future of freedom and dignity for all.

Join the NAKBA 75 – National Demonstration  

FREE PALESTINE – END APARTHEID – END THE OCCUPATION

Date: Saturday 13 May 2023
Time: 12 pm
Location: The BBC, Portland Place W1A, London

Meet Sudanese activists and MENA Solidarity on the steps of All Souls church 

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