International Institutions Are Colonial Entities

Shades of Anger, June 5, 2024 post

June 5, 2024

Good morning. You can take action today, for the Palestinian people, for liberation, and for justice.

LEARN. Read this article from Ramona Wadi titled, “Only decolonisation can stop Israel, not more futile resolutions".

Israel’s right to exist in someone else’s land is a claim made by Zionists. The world has not only accepted that claim, but now also endorses Israel’s right to commit genocide, because international institutions protect the war criminals. The world can’t afford to have such institutions which developed international law treating it with the same contempt as Israel does by not enforcing it.

Ramona Wadi

NOTICE. What emotions come up when you consider that international institutions (such as the UN, ICJ, and ICC) are not neutral, but rather colonial entities? Do you feel anything? Does this challenge any preconception you have?

ACT. Find a local community organization advocating for the end to the genocide in Palestine (ideally a Palestinian-led organization, if possible). Attend one of their events, whether a protest, a phone zap, a teach-in, a night of music, or direct action.

SHARE. Right now, send this email to 3 people and invite them to join you at the event/action.

ASK. What other ways do you engage with the community around you? Please reply to this email (or, if you are reading this online, leave a comment below) to let us know.*

In solidarity for Palestinian liberation,

Rebecca Steckle, on behalf of the Shades of Anger collective

*You can also continue the conversation with us in the Speaking Up Network, a private social media platform co-created by Animah Kosai, one of the leaders of Shades of Anger.

Shades of Anger was created by a global collective of women to raise awareness and inspire action to free Palestine. We chose the name of our collective to honor the poem, “Shades of Anger,” by Palestinian-Canadian poet Rafeef Ziadah. We also believe in liberation for Sudan, the Congo, Haiti, and all places where systems of oppression are causing immense suffering and crushing the life out humans. We are led by women of the Global Majority/BIPOC. Shades of Anger is for everyone who wants to act for liberation and you can learn more about it here.

Image description: An off-white background. In the centre of the image, in black text, the text reads, “Shades of Anger,” with a quote from Fatima Bernawi below that reads, “Palestinians do not know the meaning of the word impossible.” Below that, the text reads, “Why should we?” On the right is a photo with a sign that reads, “Amplify your voice”

Image: On the left side is an off-white background with text in black that reads, “Shades of Anger; ‘Palestinians do not know the word impossible’ - Fatima Bernawi; So why should we?” On the right is an image of people gathering by a wall under a sign that reads, “Amplify your voice”


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