The Palestinian issue goes beyond a regional problem and rises as a global example of the rebellion against the hegemonic powers such as the urgent struggle for human freedom and dignity.July 10 of 2015, the Day of Al - Quds — the Arabic name for Jerusalem — is commemorated in an annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people and their resistance to the occupation of their land by the violence of the Israeli regime. The reference to Jerusalem refers to Israel ' s appropriation of the totality of the triple holy city declaring it its " eternal and indivisible " capital, against International Law and repeated United Nations resolutions which consider it in dispute. The momentum of the Day of Al - Quds has been experiencing a considerable growth through the years and it is currently marked from Iran and several other countries with significant Muslim majorities such as Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Indonesia, to other countries in which there are numerous groups, Muslim or non Muslim, who defend the fair Palestinian cause, such as England, the United States, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Nigeria and, more recently, Venezuela and several other Latin American nations. The event is commemorated on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan — the ninth and sacred month of the Muslim lunar calendar — ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran of 1979, when it was established by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the political and spiritual leader of the movement which overthrew the dictator Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. In this context, it is interesting to think of some of the reasons which have led to significant sectors of such a distant and far away region from West Asia such as Latin America, and to take a more leading role in the defense for the right to Palestinian self - determination, and also in recognizing the main implications that this struggle has for the planet. Recommended:Al - Quds Day: Standing up to Global ImperialismIn the first place, our continent and our peoples know in their own flesh and blood about the brutal consequences of colonialism. The colonial experience followed by an imperial one, massacred thousands and thousands of native peoples and political opponents, and introduced an extractive economic model serving the large powers, cutting from the root any possibility of carrying out own experiences, alternative paths, original searches and, above all and more grave, it submitted the mentalities of generations and generations of Latin American people, wrongly convincing them that the solution to the main regional issues — hunger, poverty, inequality and violence — was to imitate the models of the central nations, the same who were in great part responsible for the emergence of such problems to begin with. Two hundred years after the end of the political domination — at least according to official history — its remnants are still felt. That is why, in spite of the vast differences separating them, the recent history of the Palestinian people and their sufferings represent a fresh reminder of the historical bitterness of Latin America and its persevering fight to overcome them. It is thus impossible for any Latin American person with an iota of social sensibility, to look away and ignore them or to not feel them as one ' s own. Then, of course, is the regional political awakening of the last 15 years, as a reaction to the havoc wreaked by the " carnal relations " of the neoliberalism of the 1990s, an awakening which must be credited to the figure of Hugo Chavez Frias as a philosophical pioneer. Through his ideas about the Patria Grande and the Socialism of the 21st century, the former Venezuelan president attempted to explain the necessity to destroy the political - economic structures which during the 19th and 20th centuries tied the destinies of the majority of the nations of the world to the whims and necessities of the hegemonic centers, and to replace them for other in tune with a system of a multipolar distribution of power, based on regional blocks balanced within themselves. The emergence of this multipolar paradigm seems as urgent and necessary today as ever before, not only as a way to put an end with the vast inequality resulting from the global and abusive expansion of Western capitalism, but also as the only way of preserving world peace and avoiding the development of armed conflicts that might lead to an unprecedented destruction of human civilization. One of the fundamental aspects of the building of a world of that kind is the increase in cooperation relations called south - south, that is, seated on horizontal and fair ties between developing nations, aimed at solving their own problems and not mediated by the interests of the hegemonic centers; solidary relations that could foster the potentials of each country and contribute to solve their weakest and deficient aspects. The commitment of the peripheral states to the Palestinian cause is thus fundamental, taking into consideration that from the very beginning, and due to its kind of coming into being, the Israeli regime has been thought of as an enclave and an unconditional ally of the foreign policy of Great Britain and the United States in a geopolitically strategic region plagued in fossil fuel resources. Not forgetting, of course, that those same nations are the ones which are not willing to support peace and the recognition of the Palestinian people and their right to forge their own destiny, peace and recognition which are demanded over and over again in international forums by a multiplicity of different world voices. Just as throughout decades imperialism has introduced in the poor regions of the planet, backing coups, dictatorships and economic subjugation and the setting up of puppet governments, in the same way it has done in West Asia, using Israel as its spearhead and with the complicity of allied Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. This July of 2015, the Day of Al - Quds also has a special significance coinciding with a year after the last large - scale Israeli invasion — with United States backing — to Gaza, called " Operation Margin Protector ", which resulted in the deaths of some 2,200 people, most of them civilians, hundreds of thousands of displaced, and even included the bombing of one of the United Nations schools. The consequences of the illegal attack and the brutal crimes of the war still endure and it is estimated that it will take decades for them to rebuild everything which was destroyed. From this perspective, the way in which Imam Khomeini thought of the Day of Al - Quds well over thirty years ago as a commemoration exceeding the Palestinian issue by far and expressing in general the resistance of the oppressed peoples of the world — after all, along with the Palestinian cause, Khomeini ' s other forefront cause was the removal of the South African apartheid — in the face of the domination of the hegemonic powers, turns out to be quite eloquent and relevant. Because the Palestinian resistance and the struggle against Zionism are a concrete example today of the fight against imperialism, against the oppression of the weak by the powerful ones, against all those who aim to write a history for themselves. Although by now it is something obvious, it is necessary to highlight that one of the strategies of the big global interests — and the press which they control — in order to weaken the support for the Palestinian people, is to equate the rejection to Zionism with judeophobia or anti - semitism. A crude tactic, but not any less effective with the most unaware people. The Jewish people have indeed suffered persecutions throughout history, which have been and ought to continue to be condemned by all people. But that very Zionism, which is not Judaism even though it may appropriate the right to speak on its behalf, was from the start a colonizing ideology which then turned into a military one and one of ethnic cleansing; a project sustained through foreign intervention and which was utilized to justify the continuous massacred that were unleashed on the Palestinian people. Anti - zionism, just as anti - imperialism, has no relation to anti - semitism and it is, above all, a position in defense for human freedom. In this Day of Al - Quds of 2015, from Latin America we support and walk along the worthy Palestinian struggle, we recognize its value and its current and future importance, and we offer our unconditional solidarity and cooperation. In spite of the large cultural, religious, historical and social differences which separate us, we share together with Palestine and all the non - aligned nations of the planet, a path in common which stems from our conviction and political will to assert the sacred right to the self - determination of the peoples. The same was recognized in the International Pacts of Human Rights and in numerous resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, as an inalienable principle of public international law and as a cornerstone for building a world with less asymmetries, more just, equal and sovereign, in which the dreams of the big popular majorities can be freely expressed.Written by Federico Acosta Rainis, this article was first published in Instituto Manquehue July 10,2015.