"We therefore propose this platform for trans-planetary peace, and invite everyone to contribute texts, poems, photos, videos, songs or any other form you feel is appropriate to the creation of this space. We invite you to think, imagine, and transmit a revolutionary peace that abolishes the world without shedding blood."
Abolishing the world order in a radical ceasefire
"A Call to Rise for Peace" was first published on Diacritik on October 14, 2023. Written in a hurry, it found signatories to support it. Initially written in French, it was translated into Arabic, Hebrew, and English. Other signatories have joined us, and more are still to come. This Call for a Trans-planetary Peace can and must spread.
Why should it?
Because peace is the abolition of the world order. Peace is the abolition of an unjust order that, at every moment, reigns in blood. At any given moment, war is possible—we see it every day, it’s a permanent nightmare. An endless war in a world looking for new peoples to decimate, for minorities to condemn to wandering, for bodies to torture, for territories to conquer, for resources to exploit. But peace is not the possible of war that governments are constantly striving to perpetuate; peace is the impossible. Peace is the impossible that collectively frees us from the conditions of war. Peace is the radical ceasefire in a world that can no longer even see its own ashes.
What might this peace look like? How can a space free from war be created in a world that has made war its only possibility? What would a perpetual truce be? A ceasefire that would dismantle the machines of war, the machines that ignite the atmosphere, the machines of capitalist energy? What would a peace be that ended “the war against women” (Rada Iveković)? How can we fight war without fighting all that war maintains in its act? How can a peace, already replete with violence, free itself from this violence? How can we extricate ourselves from war without condemning the subalterns who often cannot extricate themselves from war? How can we support the subalterns, the peoples without territories, the minorities who are defending themselves against their programmed extermination, while maintaining this Call for peace? How can we publicly mourn the death and suffering of a life without our feelings being politically metabolized against the life of another?
There is no Call that is not a call to organization. We therefore propose this platform for trans-planetary peace, and invite everyone to contribute texts, poems, photos, videos, songs or any other form you feel is appropriate to the creation of this space. We invite you to think, imagine, and transmit a revolutionary peace that abolishes the world without shedding blood. Think, imagine other poetic calls and appeals, give voice to your echoes, your stones skipping across the water, your tears of despair and rage. Calls of calls of calls for “those whose nausea no longer leaves them, those who weep in silence, those who feel alone in an ocean of hatred and violence.”* Those who, despite everything, sing the praises of love in the midst of this slaughter. As Palestinians and Israelis mourn their dead, it is with courage that “We need to imagine a movement for liberation better even than the Exodus—an exodus where neither people has to leave. Where people stay to pick up the pieces, rearranging themselves not just as Jews or Palestinians but as antifascists and workers and artists.” **
* “L'instant” by Noor Or, lundimatin, October 16, 2023.
** “We won't cross over until we carry each other” by Arielle Angel, Jewish Currents, October 12, 2023.