Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

Protection as Prefiguration

While this banner’s symbol only hints at the anarchistic Jews (and accomplices) who created it for this past Friday’s #FreePalestine solidarity demo that we circled up for with about 200-300 other people on the stolen lands of so-called Pittsburgh, the hamsa has long been used by various peoples and faiths across the Middle East and elsewhere to signal, among other things, “protection.”

I like to think, at yet another moment when many of us feel both helpless to stop the bloodshed of settler colonialism and heartened by the collective strength of our struggle against it, that our forms of resistance are at the same time forms of prefiguring the world to come.

We protect each other—even if only by holding huge #SolidarityWithPalestine gatherings in countless cities around the world—in ways that are utterly at odds with how states and cops, say, “protect.”

We protect in ways that are reciprocal, mutualistic, egalitarian, consensual, harm reduction, caring, dignified, do-it-ourselves, side by side, generative, transformative, restorative, accessible, ecological, empathetic, mending, visionary, sacred, dreamy, and so much more.

We protect and serve life—even as that always involves, and likely always will, messy-beautiful experiments.

We hold out our hands to each other, as depicted in the hamsa, to lend protection against and beyond borders, toward a freedom we can already glimpse in our loving, breathing forms of communal self-defense.

#ColonialismKills #WeWillOutliveIt #ResistColonialism #MendTheWorld #SolidarityNotStates #FreedomToMove #FreedomToReturn #FreedomToStay #FreePalestine


One comment on “Protection as Prefiguration

  1. wessexsolidarity
    May 18, 2021

    Reblogged this on Wessex Solidarity.

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