Thais Siqueira represented the Coalition of Media on its Brazil visit to Palestine earlier this year alongside Gizele Martins. She described forced evictions, neglect, and State violence as similarly present in both countries. She revealed that the same process playing out in the hyper-incarceration and genocide of Black youth in Brazil also plays out in Palestine with youth murdered and imprisoned by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Rather than defend, as their name claims, the IDF attack, occupy, and expropriate, and play a role in ethnic cleansing and demographic change in the region.
“During my five days there, I got to know these places, the homes of Bedouins who are being threatened with eviction in the Jordan Valley and the incarceration of Black youth from the periphery. A lot of men there have already been arrested, for various reasons. We, here in Brazil, still manage to guarantee some basic rights. In Palestine, this is not the case. Children as young as four or five are arrested! How did an already persecuted people come to persecute and exterminate another ethnic group in their territory? Does the act of defending oneself against these abuses by the Israeli people make Palestinians terrorists? If you are attacked, you need to defend yourself somehow! However, whoever can communicate holds the power… My time there brought me questions about how we can have effective attitudes in enhancing this communication to the world.”
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