Native Americans: Palestine: Another Sand Creek Massacre

 

Palestine: Another Sand Creek Massacre

By Brenda Norrell

Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Israel a terrorist state and five Latin American countries withdrew their ambassadors. As Palestinian children are being murdered at United Nations schools and shelters, Native Americans voice their solidarity with Palestine.

Mohawk Nation News said, "The Zionist butchers massacring the Palestinians in Gaza are the same interests that carried out the genocide of 150 million indigenous people in the western hemisphere. Like with us, the British set up the genocide. Just like the Palestinian, every inch of our land is illegally occupied."

As the US mainstream media continued its biased coverage, ignoring the murder of Palestinian children, across Indian country, traditional Native Americans said Israel is guilty of war crimes.

On the Navajo Nation, Navajos protested the relationship between the Navajo Nation government, and President Ben Shelly, and the country of Israel.

Melanie Yazzie, member of Dine' for Sanctions Against Israel, said Navajos are standing against war criminals.

Andrew Curley, Dine', said, "The Palestinians have a right to sovereignty and self-determination in the same way (Navajo) have a right to sovereignty and self-determination."

Native Americans protested in Flagstaff, carrying signs that said, "Free Big Mountain, Free Palestine." Big Mountain is in the heart of forced relocation on the Navajo Nation brought about by Peabody Coal, which fuels one of the dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the world, the Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation, responsible for decades of misery for Navajos on Black Mesa in Arizona.

Before his death, Russell Means, Lakota, said, "Every policy now the Palestinians are enduring was practiced on the American Indian."

On the Tohono O'odham Nation, grassroots O'odham activists are outraged that US Homeland Security gave the southern border surveillance contract to the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems in 2014. Elbit is responsible for the Apartheid border security surrounding Palestine. Elbit now has the contract to continue constructing US spy towers on sovereign Tohono O'odham land in Arizona, spy towers which are pointed at traditional O'odham homes and not at the border.

With the images of murdered children in Palestine, there is the memory of one of the most brutal massacres in the US, at Sand Creek in Colorado, where Cheyenne and Arapaho  toddlers were shot and pregnant women were bayoneted by US soldiers.

Navajos reacted swiftly to the news in 2012 that Navajo President Ben Shelly is meeting with the Apartheid government of Israel.

Outraged grassroots Navajos called Shelly a "war machine puppet."

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. Today, Peabody Coal rips the coal from Black Mesa and fuels one of the dirtiest power plants in the world, Navajo Generating Station on the Navajo Nation, which provides electricity to Phoenix and Tucson at the expense of traditional Navajos whose land, air, water and lives are being destroyed.

 

Read more:

"El Salvador, Chile, Peru, Brazil and Ecuador have all recalled their ambassadors, while Brazil,Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay and Paraguay have suspended the Free Trade Agreement talks, demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza."

http://www.channel4.com/news/gaza-strip-latin-america-israel-diplomatic-brazil-argentina

MNN: From Wounded Knee to Gaza Massacre

http://indigenousresistancejuly2014.blogspot.com/2014/07/mohawk-nation-news-from-wounded-knee-to.html

Navajos protest Navajo government relationship with Israel

http://indigenousresistancejuly2014.blogspot.com/2014/07/navajos-protests-navajo-government-and.html

Russell Means: Breaking the silence on Obama

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2009/01/russell-means-breaking-silence-on-obama.html

Apartheid Israeli company received US border contract

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2014/03/apartheid-israeli-company-receives-us.html

Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

http://rt.com/news/176852-bolivia-israel-terrorist-state/

 

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About Brenda Norrell

Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.

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Brenda Norrell has been a news reporter in Indian country for 34 years. She is publisher of Censored News, focusing on Indigenous Peoples, human rights and the US border. Censored News was created after Norrell was censored, then terminated, by Indian Country Today after serving as a longtime staff reporter. Now censored by the mainstream media, she previously was a staff reporter at numerous American Indian newspapers and a stringer for AP, USA Today and others. She lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, and then traveled with the Zapatistas. She covered the climate summits in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Cancun, Mexico, in 2010.