Malcolm X’s Vital Lesson About Our Relationship With Palestine

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Zain Murdock
November 29, 2023

In 1964, Malcolm X visited Palestine for the last time, meeting with the then-new Palestine Liberation Organization. In Gaza, he witnessed displaced Palestinians in the streets, camps, and hospitals. 

Malcolm wasn’t new to voicing a controversial opinion. So, he did more than just visit.

That year, he published “Zionist Logic” in the Egyptian Gazette. It wasn’t just a declaration of support for Palestinians. It was a condemnation of colonialism, inherently linked to the Black struggle. 

After all, in 1902, political Zionism’s founder, Theodore Herzl, asked Cecil Rhodes to support creating a settlement in Palestine. Rhodes himself was a white supremacist who colonized modern-day Zimbabwe and Zambia, naming the African land “Rhodesia.”

Malcolm said Israeli Zionists would re-package their colonization as “benevolent,” bribing African nations into allyship. It was the long-time colonizer Britain who pledged to create Israel in Palestine, after considerations of Kenya fell through.

“The ever-scheming European imperialists wisely placed Israel where she could geographically divide the Arab world ... and sow the seed of dissension among African leaders,” Malcolm wrote.

Long after "Zionist Logic," from SNCC and the Panthers, to Ferguson and today’s activists, the legacy of Black American and Palestinian solidarity remains. Many continue to be punished in schools and workplaces for taking a stance against colonization. 

But we have the right to call it what it is.

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