#EndColonialComplicity: Palestine Solidarity Statement

Migrant and Anti-Racist Community Groups in Britain: Stop the ethnic cleansing in Palestine, and end Britain’s colonial complicity in crimes against the Palestinian people

We are writing, as Black, brown, migrant and racialised groups in Britain, united in our shared struggle for justice and freedom, to demand an immediate end to the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, unrestricted humanitarian access and an end to the British complicity making Israel’s war crimes possible. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle against settler colonialism and ethnic cleansing, and join the many calls to uphold the rights of the Palestinian people enshrined in international law.

The scale of the assault currently being waged against the Palestinian people is reminiscent in intent and brute force of the ethnic cleansing and mass expulsion that took place during the Nakba or ‘Catastrophe’ of 1948, in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced, dispossessed and expelled from their homes. Since launching its war on Gaza – the 6th major assault on its people since the illegal blockade was imposed – Israel has, as of 10 November 2023, killed more than 10,000 Palestinians, including four thousand children, and injured more than 22,000. Many thousands remain hidden under rubble, without hope of being saved as the carpet bombing continues. Over one million Palestinians have been made homeless – the majority already refugees. Water, food, electricity and all humanitarian assistance has all been cut off, with the United Nations, the World Health Organization and other international bodies describing ‘an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe’, that is both ‘inhumane’ and tantamount to a ‘death sentence’. Meanwhile, at least 130 Palestinians in the West Bank have been killed by Israeli troops and settlers since the start of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, and more than 5,000 arrested as they continue to resist apartheid and settler violence in what was already the deadliest year to date for Palestinians in the West Bank.

The unqualified support of the British government and opposition for Israel’s horrifying war crimes and crimes against humanity, which many human rights organisations are now describing as acts of genocide, are a dark legacy of British colonialism. The history of British sponsored dispossession is one we are familiar with. Many of us currently living in Britain arrived fleeing the wars, poverty and economic devastation imposed on the majority of the world’s population by British, European and US imperialism, just as our ancestors before us fled the massacres, enslavement, and famines of the British Empire. 

Britain carries an outstanding and ongoing colonial debt it has yet to settle with all the peoples of the countries it once colonised, including the Palestinian people. This is all the more obvious as Britain this week dispatches warships to join US fleets, in active collaboration with Israel’s war crimes, endorsing and overseeing accelerated ethnic cleansing in Palestine.

In recent days we have witnessed an acceleration of Britain’s campaign to exclude and criminalise the participation in public life of Palestinians and those who stand in solidarity with them. Defamed and dehumanised in the media and by politicians, Palestinians have experienced increased harassment and detention by police, and expressions of their national identity, including the Palestinian flag, have been threatened with criminalisation. We recognise and identify the many attempts, small and large, to denigrate Palestinians in Britain, suppress their voice and make them invisible. 

As racialised and migrant communities, we reiterate our call for an immediate ceasefire and unrestricted humanitarian access. We also pledge, to ourselves and the communities we work with, to unite in a common struggle to challenge and dismantle imperialism once and for all, as we stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for liberation.

We therefore demand:

  • That the British Government calls for an immediate ceasefire and protection of medical facilities, lifting the siege and ensuring unrestricted humanitarian access to save lives in Gaza.
  • That the British Government withdraws all diplomatic, military, economic and material support to Israel as it commits crimes against the Palestinian people, and that it imposes sanctions and a two-way arms embargo on Israel.
  • That the British Government takes active steps to promote the rights of Palestinians to freedom, self-determination and return, as enshrined in international law.

To bring these demands about, we call on:

  • Civil society to unite in a focused campaign to end the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, and to end British state support for Israeli crimes.
  • Trade unions and workers to heed the call by Palestinian trade unionists to stop and hinder the trade of arms with Israel and take concrete action against arms companies and other companies involved in implementing Israel’s brutal and illegal siege.
  • Black, brown and migrant-led organisations and communities in Britain to unite in a campaign for anti-colonial justice, and create shared demands for apologies, reparations and an end to British imperialism overseas, and criminalisation at home.

We confront this moment of great threat and grief together with courage, hope and the determination to act since the histories of our communities have taught us that out of great darkness can emerge a renewed commitment to freedom, to justice and to human dignity. 


A is for Activism

Action Against Deportations and Detention

African Caribbean and Asian Lawyers for Justice

All African Women’s Group

Anaka Women’s Collective

Arab Film Club


bare minimum collective

Bees and Refugees

Black Members Standing Committee UCU

Black Protest Legal


Books Against Borders

Brazil Matters

Campaign Against Criminalising Communities

CARAG (Coventry Asylum and Refugee Action Group) 


Coalition of Anti-Racist Educators (C.A.R.E.)

Congo Great Lakes Initiative 

Copwatch Network

Cradle Community

Divest Borders


ESEA Sisters

FALA: Feminist Assembly of Latin Americans

Feminist Library

GEM Collective

Global Women Against Deportations

Haringey Anti-Raids

Haringey Welcome

Hawiyya Dance Company

Healing Justice London 


HerStory Salford

India Labour Solidarity (UK)

Indian Workers Association

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) 

Journeys in Translation

KaliMeraba CIC

Kashmiri Scholars Consultative and Action Network (KSCAN)

Khidr Collective

Kurdish People’s Democratic Assembly of Britain

Land in Our Names

Lawyers for Justice in Libya


Leeds Anti Raids Action

LGBTQ+ Cypriot Diaspora Network



MASI Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland

Merseyside SKNB

Migrant Media

Migrants in Culture

Migrants Organise

Migrants Rights Network


Nejma Collective

Network of Eritrean Women – UK

Nijjor Manush

No Borders in Climate Justice

No Borders MCR

No More Exclusions

One Stop Advice & Training Centre

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

People’s Tribunal on Police Killings

Pride Of Arabia


Racial Justice Network

Rainbow Noir


Remember & Resist

Remember the Essex 39

Reproductive Justice Initiative

Resolve Collective


Rights Collective

SACF – Syrian Art’s & Culture Festival

Save Latin Village


Sheffield Black Lives Matter

Sisters Uncut

SOAS Detainee Support

Solidarity Kitchen

South Asia Solidarity Group

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG)

Southall Monitoring Group

Southall Resists

Stand with Kashmir

Student Federation of India – UK

Sudanese Community Information Centre


Syria Solidarity Campaign

Tamil Information Centre

Terence MacSwiney Committee [London]

The Anne Matthews Trust

The Black Liberation Alliance

The Decolonial Centre

The Dyke Project

Tipping Point

Trans/form South Asia

Tribe Named Athari

Voice for Voiceless Immigration Detainees Yorkshire (VVIDY)

Voice of Domestic Workers

West London Resistance Collective

WOC Azadi Collective

Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike

Yemeni Community Coordinating Council UK (YCCC) – representing over 20 Yemeni associations, charities and organisations

Yemeni Cultural Gathering – London

Yorkshire Resists

Zander Community Centre