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LEARN THE ART OF SOLIDARITY FROM MUHAMMAD ALI AND PALESTINE

Muhammad Ali, renowned for his prowess in the boxing ring, left an enduring legacy that extended far beyond his athletic achievements. His advocacy, courage, and outspokenness on various social issues played a pivotal role in shaping his iconic status.

In 1967, Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam due to moral objections catapulted him into the realm of activism. His words, “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam?” reverberated, leading to his arrest and temporary exile from boxing.

Beyond the civil rights movement, Ali also took a stand for the Palestinian cause. In 1974, he boldly criticized the United States as the “stronghold of Zionism and imperialism.” His visit to Palestinian refugee camps and efforts to negotiate the release of Muslim prisoners from Israeli detention showcased his commitment to global justice.

Despite criticism, Ali’s critiques of Israel’s policies were politically motivated, not fueled by antisemitism. His plea for the release of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, kidnapped by extremists in 2002, attested to his unwavering stance against prejudice.

Ali’s evolving perspective on religion underscored his message of unity. In his 2004 memoir, he emphasized, “We all have the same God, we just serve him differently,” reflecting a profound tolerance for diverse beliefs. This sentiment resonated when he attended his grandson’s bar mitzvah, celebrating Jewish culture.

In a world often divided, Muhammad Ali’s activism provides a timeless lesson: champion causes without succumbing to prejudice. His ability to blend staunch critiques with unwavering support for friends and family of different faiths showcases the power of principled activism.

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