The United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) joins with civil rights groups, labor unions and people’s movements across the country in calling for a boycott of Arizona in response to the racist law, SB1070, a law recently signed into law by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer that targets and criminalizes the immigrant community and people of color. SB 1070 is the legalization of racial profiling and requires people to carry immigration papers at all times to prove their immigration status. This law is a blatant attack on the Latina and Indigenous communities in Arizona, and it is also an attack on all who care for human dignity, justice, and immigrant and workers’ rights. We see the passing of this law as an assault on the historical achievements of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and a threat against our collective civil liberties. We as Arabs and Muslims have also been targets of racial profiling in the name of “security.” As Palestinians and Indigenous Peoples, we, too, have been subjected to racist policies established by settler colonialists who have attempted to ethnically cleanse us from our land. We see racism and racial profiling as the same whether it are carried out in Phoenix, NY and El Paso in the US or in Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazareth in Palestine; and we condemn such practices unequivocally. Our community has historically stood, and will continue to fervently stand, beside oppressed national groups and our sisters and brothers in the Immigrant Rights Movement, in solidarity against racism and all forms of oppression.
We as the USPCN demand an end to all racial profiling and racist policies, including the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim policies that have been established and executed under the guise of “national security;”
We demand an end to the raids, deportations and other policies and practices that criminalize immigrant communities;
We call for a just solution for all immigrants seeking justice and legalization;
We pledge to boycott Arizona until this racist law is repealed and will engage in the broadest education campaign possible to support the boycott of Arizona and the overturn of SB1070. We call upon our sisters and brothers in the Arab and Muslim communities to join the national campaign against SB1070 and attempts by other state legislators to implement similar racist practicies.
Apartheid is a crime, from Arizona to Palestine!