Ushna Shah writes an open letter to Pakistanis advocating for Palestine

Speak up!

Actor Ushna Shah wants us to keep talking about Palestine and advocating for Palestinians, both online and in person. The actor shared an open letter on her Instagram account, first talking about the devastating events of the 1948 Nakba during which Palestinian people were forced out of their homes. “Over the decades we’ve seen the Zionist occupation commit countless atrocities, and we, along with the world, often fall silent once the immediate crisis seems to subside. Yes it is in these moments of silence that further tragedies are allowed to flourish,” she said. Shah added, “Heartbreakingly, children are inscribing their names on their palms, in anticipation of being caught in a bombing. Gaza’s poetic goodbye to its twin city, Barcelona, is a haunting reminder that we could be witnessing the end of an entire people.” Slamming the West perpetuating narratives through both its media and celebrity culture that blind the world to the reality on the ground, Shah lamented that many “Muslim powerhouses have disappointingly stepped back from this crucial issue”. “I urge every individual, every celebrity, and every influential voice in Pakistan to keep the discourse alive. Do not let the plight of Gaza be forgotten. Share stories, amplify voices and use every platform available to shed light on the truth. It’s not just about supporting a cause; it’s about standing up against the annihilation of a people, a culture and a history.”