Rodas mundiais para a Palestina 2017

(English below)

O Coletivo de Capoeira Liberdade Palestina e “camaras” estão convidando grupos de Capoeira e capoeiristas de todo o mundo para realizar rodas pela libertação da Palestina e contra o Apartheid israelense, durante a semana de 15 de maio de 2017. Capoeira vem da resistência contra a opressão.

Cantamos sobre o passado nos corridos e ladainhas para nunca esquecer de onde vem a capoeira, para continuar lutando onde precisamos e sempre que somos chamados.

15 de maio é o Dia da Nakba, um dia que os palestinos chamam a atenção do mundo para a sua luta. Convocamos capoeiristas para que se solidarizem com os palestinos, usando AUs para ajuda-los a virar de ponta-cabeça esta situação desumana.

Na sua roda você pode:

  • Criar uma música sobre a Palestina – ladainha ou corrido
  • Fazer uma exposição fotográfica
  • Colocar uma bandeira palestina ou kuffiyeh (cachecol quadriculado palestino)
  • Convidar um palestrante
  • Mostrar um filme
  • Ler a declaração!

*Não se esqueça de publicar fotos e vídeos de seus eventos nas mídias sociais!

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The Capoeira Freedom Collective Palestine and “camaras” (friends) are calling on capoeira groups and players around the word to hold rodas for Palestinian liberation and against Israeli Apartheid during the week of May 15th, 2017.

Capoeira is about resistance against oppression. We sing about the past in our songs to never forget where capoeira comes from, to keep fighting wherever we need to and whenever we are called to.

May 15th is Nakba Day, a day that Palestinians call the world’s attention to their ongoing struggle. We call on capoeiristas to stand with them, doing AUs (cartwheels) to help Palestinians turn their unjust situation around.

At your roda you can:

  • Create a Palestine-themed song – ladainha or corrido
  • Make a photo exhibition
  • Put up the Palestinian flag and/or kuffiyeh (scarf)
  • Invite a speaker
  • Show a film
  • Read the statement!

*Don’t forget to post photos and videos of your events on social media!

CAPOEIRA PLAYERS STAND WITH PALESTINIANS ON NAKBA DAY

latuffNakba2015 2May 15th, 2017, marks 69 years of Nakba, or “catastrophe”, for Palestinians; 69 years since nearly 800,000 Palestinians were forced from their country to make way for the creation of Israel. Those who remained—or who later came under the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (now 50 years old)—have since been forced to live under the boot of a settler colonial regime which has denied them their rights, subjected them to wanton racism and simply treating them as undesirables. For those who became refugees, they have been unable to return simply because they do not belong to the right religious group. According to a recent UN report, and to countless anti-racism activists including South African leader Desmond Tutu, Israel’s treatment of Palestinians plainly constitutes apartheid.

As practitioners of the Afro-Brazilian artform of capoeira, we are inspired by the historic and present struggles of blacks in Brazil to resist slavery and ongoing racism. This history demands that we, as capoeiristas, continue this struggle wherever we are around the globe and that in addition to supporting efforts against anti-black racism in Brazil, we oppose oppression wherever and whenever we see it.

We are likewise inspired by growing cross-movement solidarity linking anti-racist movements such as Black Lives Matter in the US with the Palestine solidarity movement. Discussing her most recent book, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, former Black Panther and lifelong activist Angela Davis suggests that making such connections is key to the effective creation of radical consciousness:

It’s about racism, but it’s also about homophobia, and it’s about transphobia, and it’s about addressing ableism. It’s about creating a sense of international solidarity. And the extent to which Palestine has become central to efforts against racism in this country is an indication of how important international solidarity has become.

For us, to play capoeira is to actively identify with all of these different struggles. In this sense, we acknowledge that capoeira is itself a political act, and that by practicing capoeira we are identifying with a set of values that rejects oppression no matter who it involves.

In the case of Palestine, the sense of responsibility to act is augmented by the widespread expansion of capoeira into illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. These capoeira groups not only exclude Palestinians but they contribute to the viability and naturalization of Israel’s colonial enterprise.

According to Mahmoud Nawajaa, representative of the Palestinian national committee to boycott, divest and sanction (BDS) Israel until it ends its assault on Palestinian rights, capoeira is being used to “normalize” Israel’s system of injustice:

While Capoeira is a symbol of the black struggle against slavery and racism in Brazil, today there are Brazilian capoeira groups developing activities in Israel and within illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Capoeira shouldn’t be used as tool to normalize Israeli apartheid, occupation and colonialism against the Palestinian people.

The BDS National Committee has commended our initiative to hold capoeira rodas around the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people. They call on capoeira groups and masters to join other cultural and sport leaders—including rapper Talib Kweli, writer Alice Walker, rock legend Roger Waters and American football stars Michael Bennet and Kenny Stills—to heed the Palestinian BDS call by denying invitations for “events in Israel, in its settlements or for those around the world sponsored by Israeli and complicit institutions.”

In 2015, nearly 20 capoeira rodas (circles) in solidarity with Palestinians were organized—in Brazil, Palestine, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon—with the participation of some of capoeira’s most influential leaders.

Yet again this year, capoeiristas around the world are showing their support for Palestinian liberation by organizing capoeira rodas on or around May 15 to kick out Israeli racism and apartheid.

Iê viva a liberdade!

CAPOEIRISTAS APOIAM PALESTINOS NO DIA DA NAKBA

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15 de maio de 2017 é a data que marca 69 anos da Nakba, ou “catástrofe”, para os palestinos; 69 anos desde que quase 800.000 palestinos foram forçados a deixar seu país para dar lugar à criação de Israel. Os que permaneceram – ou que mais tarde en cararam a ocupação israelense da Cisjordânia e da Faixa de Gaza (hoje com 50 anos) – foram obrigados a viver sob o controle ditatorial de um regime de colônias ilegais, que negou seus direitos mais básicos, submetendo-os a um racismo institucionalizado e simplesmente tratando-os como indesejáveis. Aqueles que se tornaram refugiados  foram incapazes de retornar, simplesmente porque não pertencem a determinado grupo religioso. De acordo com um relatório recente da ONU, e com inúmeros ativistas anti-racismo, incluindo o líder sul-africano Desmond Tutu, o tratamento de Israel aos palestinos constitui claramente um Apartheid.

Como praticantes da arte afro-brasileira da capoeira, somos inspirados pelas lutas históricas e atuais dos negros no Brasil para resistir à escravidão e ao racismo ainda vigente. Uma história que exige de nós, capoeiristas, uma luta continua onde quer que estejamos, em todo o mundo e que, além de apoiar os esforços contra o racismo anti-negro no Brasil, nos oponham à opressão onde e quando a vemos.

Somos inspirados por uma crescente solidariedade que liga movimentos anti-racistas como Black Lives Matter nos EUA com o movimento de solidariedade palestina. Ao discutir seu livro mais recente, Liberdade é uma luta constante: Ferguson, Palestina e as fundações de um movimento, a ex-pantera negra e veterana ativista Angela Davis sugere que fazer tais conexões são fundamentais para a criação efetiva de uma consciência radical:

É sobre racismo, mas também homofobia, e a transfobia, e trata-se de abordar a questão do poder/capacidade. Trata-se de criar um sentimento de solidariedade internacional. E a medida em que a Palestina se tornou central nos esforços contra o racismo neste país é uma indicação da importância da solidariedade internacional.

Para nós, jogar capoeira é se identificar ativamente com diferentes lutas. Assim, reconhecemos que a capoeira é em si mesma um ato político, e que ao pratica-la nos identificamos com um conjunto de valores que rejeitam a opressão, não importa quem esteja envolvido.

No caso da Palestina, o sentimento de responsabilidade para agir é ainda maior por causa da expansão generalizada da capoeira em colônias e assentamentos israelenses ilegais na Cisjordânia. Esses grupos de capoeira não só excluem os palestinos, mas contribuem para a viabilidade e naturalização do empreendimento colonial de Israel.

De acordo com Mahmoud Nawajaa, representante do comitê nacional palestino para boicotar, desinvestir e sancionar (BDS) Israel até que termine os ataques aos direitos palestinos, a capoeira está sendo usada para “normalizar” o sistema de injustiça de Israel:

Enquanto a Capoeira é um símbolo da luta negra contra a escravidão e o racismo no Brasil, hoje existem grupos brasileiros de capoeira desenvolvendo atividades em Israel e dentro de assentamentos israelenses ilegais na Cisjordânia. A capoeira não deve ser usada como ferramenta para normalizar o apartheid, ocupação e colonialismo israelenses contra o povo palestino.

O Comitê Nacional do BDS elogiou nossa iniciativa de realizar rodas de capoeira ao redor do mundo em solidariedade com o povo palestino. Eles convocam grupos e mestres de capoeira para se juntarem a outros líderes culturais e esportivos – incluindo o rapper Talib Kweli, a escritora Alice Walker, a lenda do rock Roger Waters e estrelas do futebol americano como Michael Bennet e Kenny Stills – para atender a chamada palestina BDS negando convites para “eventos em Israel, nos seus assentamentos ou em qualquer lugar do mundo, patrocinados pelo governo israelense ou instituições que o apoiam.”

Em 2015, foram organizadas cerca de 20 rodas de capoeira em solidariedade com os palestinos – no Brasil, na Palestina, nos Estados Unidos, no Reino Unido, na Espanha, na França, na Alemanha, na Holanda, na Suécia, na Itália, na Jordânia, no Egito e no Líbano – com a participação de alguns dos líderes mais influentes da capoeira.

Mais uma vez este ano, capoeiristas em todo o mundo estarão mostrando seu apoio à libertação palestina, organizando rodas de capoeira em torno do 15 de maio, para expulsar o racismo e o apartheid israelenses.

Iê viva a liberdade!

 

International Palestine roda moved to May; rodas for Zumbi and Pastinha in November

November is an important month in the capoeira world. November 13 is the anniversary of Mestre Pastinha’s death, and Novembre 20 is the anniversary of the death of Zumbi dos Palmares and Black Consciousness Day. In honour of these events, we have decided to postpone this year’s roda in solidarity with Palestine until the week of May 15, 2017, Naqba day. We hope this will free up groups everywhere to focus on organizing rodas for Mestre Pastinha and Zumbi in November. Axé!

Novembro é um mês importante no mundo da capoeira. 13 de novembre é o aniversário da morte de Mestre Pastinha, e 20 de novembro é o aniversário da morte de Zumbi dos Palmares e do Dia da Consciência Negra. Em homenagem a estes eventos, decidimos adiar a roda deste ano em solidariedade com a Palestina até a semana de 15 de maio de 2017, dia da Nakba. Esperamos que isto liberte grupos em todo lugar para se concentrar na organização das rodas para Mestre Pastinha e Zumbi. Axé!

WORLD CAPOEIRA GROUPS STAND WITH PALESTINIAN PEOPLE

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11/28/2015

WORLD CAPOEIRA GROUPS STAND WITH PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
Groups to call attention to occupation of Palestine on November 29

Salvador, Bahía, Brazil –  Heeding a call from the Capoeira Freedom Collective – Palestine (CFCP), Capoeira groups around the world will host solidarity rodas on the 29th of November – the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. Events are already planned among groups in Palestine, Brazil, England, the United States, Germany, Italy, Jordan, France and Spain.

Capoeira players, known as capoeristas, are seeking to call attention to the continued occupation by Israel of Palestine. Groups will use the traditional “roda de capoeira”, or capoeira circle, which has been recently recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, as a space for public education and awareness about the continued and increasing atrocities committed by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people. Since October 1 of this year, Israeli security forces have killed 94 Palestinians who are desperate to end the decades-old occupation.

“Capoeira is a traditional Afro-Brazilian martial art with a philosophy of freedom and resistance to oppression, so it is natural for capoeiristas to identify with the Palestinian struggle,” says Anthony Wells, capoeirista with the Washington DC branch of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation.

In 1977, the UN General Assembly established November 29th as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people. This year, rodas will also coincide with an October call by the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for a “solidarity wave” of creative actions with Palestinians around the world.

#capoeirafreepalestina
#SolidarityWaveBDS

Contact: Anthony Wells
Email: capoeira.palestine@gmail.com

 

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28/11/2015

GRUPOS DE CAPOEIRA DO MUNDO INTEIRO SE JUNTAM À LUTA DO POVO PALESTINO
Rodas chamam atenção para a ocupação da Palestina no dia 29 de novembro

Atendendo a chamada do Coletivo de Capoeira Liberdade Palestina (CFCP, em ingles), grupos de capoeira do mundo inteiro vão organizar rodas em solidariedade no domingo 29 de novembro – Dia Internacional de Solidariedade com o Povo Palestino. Eventos ja estão confirmados na Palestina (Cisjordania), Brasil, Estados Unidos, Inglaterra, Jordania, Alemanha, Italia, França e Espanha.

Praticantes de capoeira, conhecidos como capoeiristas, estão procurando chamar atenção para a continua ocupação da Palestina por Israel. Grupos irão utilizar a tradicional roda de capoeira, recentemente reconhecida como Patrimonio Imaterial da Humanidade pela UNESCO, como um espaço de educação politica e conscientização sobre a continua e crescente atrocidades cometidas pelo governo de Israel contra o povo palestino. Desde outubro deste ano, as forças de segurança de Israel mataram 94 palestinos, que vivem desesperados em acabar com a ocupação que ja dura decadas.

“Capoeira é uma arte marcial tradicional da cultura afro-brasileira com uma filosofia de liberdade e resistencia à opressão, então é natural que capoeiristas se identifiquem com a luta do povo palestino”, diz Anthony Wells, capoeirista da Fundação Internacional de Capoeira Angola (FICA) de Washington, Estados Unidos.

Em 1977, a Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas estabeleceu a data de 29 de Novembro como Dia Internacional de Solidariedade com o Povo Palestino. Este ano, as rodas pelo mundo afora vão coincidir com a chamada feita em outubro pela Movimento Palestino pelo Boicote, Desinvestimento e Sanções contra Israel (BDS) por uma “onda solidária” de ações criativas com palestinos de todo o mundo.

#capoeirafreepalestina
#SolidarityWaveBDS

Contato: Anthony Wells
Email: capoeira.palestine@gmail.com

My life and Capoeira

by Ramzy W. Natsheh and Mohammed H. Zughaiar

My name is Ramzy W. Natsheh. This is a story about my life, and how capoeira affects me in a good way. I have to introduce you to my cousin Mohammed H. Zughair. He is my cousin, but more like my twin because we do everything together.

When I was 7 years old I witnessed the intifada. My school was in Jerusalem, but I lived in a small town next to Ramallah, which is under the Israeli authority. It meant that I had to cross the Qalandia checkpoint every day not only to go to school, but also to reach Mohammed’s house.

During the intifada I witnessed so many bad scenes. I saw people shot, and other awful things. I was seven years old, so I had to take therapy to be a normal human being again. It took me four years to be normal.

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Ramzy running the wall near Bethlehem during the CFCP tour in 2013.

Mohammed had his school almost near his house, so he didn’t have those kinds of troubles. However, he was still living near Qalandia checkpoint  – on the other side – so he had no neighbors. The army was all the time in front of his house, so we couldn’t meet. It was so bad to not see your best friend / twin for almost two years.

Later, Mohammed’s father bought a house in my neighborhood so we got united after many years. We were very much into sport and movement. We heard about capoeira classes in Jerusalem. We had to go right after school to capoeira and get back at midnight. In terms of distance, it wasn’t far away, but because of the many checkpoints on the way, and the different transports between the Palestinian side of Jerusalem and the Israeli side – East Jerusalem and West Jerusalem – it took a long time. All of the classes were in West Jerusalem, and it took four transports to get to the class, and four more to get back home. We did it all for the love of capoeira!

After a couple of years we formed new classes in Jerusalem on the East side, in the old city, but it was in an area that was under threat to be taken by the Israelis. In order to maintain our capoeira space we had to fill it up with classes, so that it would always be busy and full of people. Israeli capoeira groups led all of the classes that we organized in the space. In these groups we didn’t feel very comfortable. To train with someone who one day might take your house, or if not him, then perhaps his father, or his grandfather took the house that they live in now, is very difficult. Even if it wasn’t him individually, he is still benefiting from what his parents, or grandparents stole, so there is some hate that we have toward him. Mohammad and I felt sure that it was a mutual feeling – they hated us and we hated them. The proof was there inside the rodas: always the Israelis cheer for their guy, and we cheered for our guy. It was so challenging, and so rough. Because it was Cordão de Ouro, that means regional, many flips and acrobatics were taught in the classes. You could always sense the racism inside the acrobatic class–like the Israeli teacher used to explain the movement to us in 5 minutes or less, and he would explain it to the Israelis students for half an hour. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we were better than them–of course we were–but still we also needed the deep details of the movement also.

This situation went on until one day we found a social capoeira class that was provided by Bidna Capoeira. We went, and there we met many great people like Goia, Peruca, Khaled, Arame and Karam. Together we had very nice classes, and after classes it was always a nice gathering with nice people.  This made us want to learn more about capoeira, and the best we could learn was from Goia. He was more than a teacher, he was also a friend. We used to go to his house for play musical instruments and sing. He was a great teacher! After that Jorge left, and Bidna Capoeira closed the office, so Peruca started to offer classes under his group, which was Dendê do Recife. For two years we had classes with Peruca.  We launched the Capoeira Freedom Collective in 2013 after a long talk, and during that first year we had a big tour hosted by us, Goia and Toca. It was so great! So many great people came from different nations! We toured all around the West Bank, and that same year we started the 29th of November Solidarity Day with the Palestinian People Roda. Many rodas in many countries all having Palestine flags in the background …

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From left to right (back): Peruca, Ramzy, Toca, Mohammad. Front: Goia

In 2014 there were rodas in 17 different countries around the world.  It felt really great to see that people knew our story and our struggle all these years. For people like Mohammed and I it was the best way to show support for our people – we are not the type of people that could hold a rifle and fight. We have so much to lose if we resisted that way. So in order to send our message internationally we chose the game that we love the most, which is capoeira because of its deep history of resistance to oppression.

So at the end capoeira did so much to affect me in the best way. I became more social with many, many friends, both local and international. Capoeira community is my life, and my best friends are my capoeira friends. It just feels amazing after a long day, and many checkpoints and soldiers and cops checking me in Jerusalem on every corner to go and play capoeira in a good class with good people. Please believe it helps so much to relieve negative energy, and I think it’s the only reason why I am still alive now.