Rupi Kaur, a renowned poet, has called out “Biden administration” for the ongoing genocide in Palestine.
She got an invite from the Biden administration for a Diwali event on November 8, 2023.
Taking to X recently, Rupi penned, “A few days ago, I received an invite from the Biden administration for a Diwali event being held by the VP on Nov 8 2023. I'm surprised this administration finds it acceptable to celebrate Diwali, when their support of the current atrocities against Palestinians represents the exact opposite of what this holiday means to many of us.”
The Canadian poet added, “Diwali is celebrated by people of South Asian heritage worldwide. In the Hindu and Jain traditions, Diwali is the celebration of righteousness over falsehood and knowledge over ignorance.”
Rupi shared that In the Sikh tradition, during the time of Diwali, her sixth guru, Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, helped free 52 fellow political prisoners from unjust imprisonment.
“We call this day Bandi Chhor Divas. I have always used this day to reflect on what it means to fight for freedom against oppression. Today, the American government is not only funding the bombardment of Gaza, they continue to justify this genocide against Palestinians, regardless of how many refugee camps, health facilities, and places of worship are blown to bits,” the Milk and honey author mentioned.
Rupi further blamed the administration for rejecting the call for a humanitarian ceasefire - a baseline action being demanded by the United Nations.
So far “over 10,000 Palestinians have been killed” due the airstrikes by Israel.
She explained, “The UN says 70% of the dead are women and children. We have seen Israel use white phosphorus bombs, which Amnesty International says must be investigated as a war crime. We've seen footage on CNN of Israeli settlers kicking out and occupying the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank.”
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