Navajo President meeting with Israel's Apartheid government
Navajo President meeting with Israel’s Apartheid government
Update: Navajo women in solidarity with Palestine oppose Navajo president's visit to Israel: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/12/navajo-women-in-solidarity-with.html
By Brenda Norrell
Navajos reacted swiftly to the news that Navajo President Ben Shelly is meeting with the Apartheid government of Israel today. The news comes the same day that Native American musician and poet Joy Harjo rejected a petition from Native Americans and Palestinians to cancel her performance in Israel.
Today, Native Americans said they are outraged that Shelly is meeting with Apartheid leaders.
Louise Benally, Dine' resisting relocation at Big Mountain, Arizona, said, "Ben should stay in Israel, to learn how to farm, they are only puppets for the war machines."
"Is he learning how to farm food, or weapons of mass destruction?" said Benally, among those on Black Mesa who say the Navajo Nation government is a puppet government of the US, which abandoned them for coal mining and power plant dollars.
Grassroots Navajos quoted Russell Means, Lakota.
Means said, “Every policy the Palestinians are now enduring was practiced on the American Indian. What the American Indian Movement says is that the American Indians are the Palestinians of the United States, and the Palestinians are the American Indians of the Middle East.”
Means, speaking in 2009 before he became ill with cancer, pointed out that the Zionists who control Israel now control the United States. “The power of the US in world politics diminishes every day.” http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/01/russell-means-breaking-silence-on-obama.html
In Israel, Shelly said he will be learning about Israel's new technology.
Tohono O'odham, on their homeland on the US/Mexico border in southern Arizona, say they already know about Israel’s new technology. Israel's Apartheid technology is already being used against them.
Israel's defense contractor, Elbit Systems, was subcontracted by Boeing for the border wall and spy technology on the Arizona border, using technology Elbit used on the Apartheid border of Palestine.
Shelly said in a statement that he is meeting with Israeli leaders to improve agriculture. Agriculture, however, is already a controversial issue for the Navajo Nation government.
The Navajo Nation’s commercial farm, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, near Farmington, N.M. has promoted Monsanto's genetically modified seeds for years, while other Indigenous Peoples around the world were burning those seeds. By now, those genetically modified seeds would have cross pollinated with traditional nearby Dine' crops.
Another fact about NAPI has been censored.
Indian Country Today censored the fact that Raytheon Missiles has a factory on NAPI farm land where corn is grown for potato chips and other food products. Indian Country Today censored this fact during trade negotiations between the Navajo Nation and Cuba in 2006. The Raytheon Missiles factory continues today where the Navajo Nation grows corn, wheat, barley and other crops.
Shelly plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu December 12, 2012. Navajo radio station KTNN reported that Shelly will meet with the Prime Minister and "begin dialogue on nation to nation relations and invite him to the Navajo Nation for future talks." Shelly arrived Saturday in Tel Aviv and plans to leave on Friday.
Shelly and First Lady Mrs. Shelly are in Israel for a week to meet with dignitaries of the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, and the Ministry of Agriculture, according to a press statement. http://www.president.navajo-nsn.gov/?p=603
Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 30 years, beginning with Navajo Times. After serving as a longtime staff reporter for Indian Country Today, she was censored, then terminated. She began Censored News as a result, now in its seventh year.