Native Indian Genocide: Parallels in Palestine
Native Indian Genocide: Parallels in Palestine
AUTHOR: Yuram Abdullah WEILER
“One of the greatest crimes against humanity occurred right here in the
United States of America. Support for the Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous People is a start to right this great wrong,” declared the
American Indian Movement in a press release on 24 September 2009.[i]Perhaps
my natural sense of outrage and revulsion at the injustices and atrocities
inflicted upon indigenous peoples by the U.S., Zionists and other colonizing
powers is inherited from my mother. Before she died, she told me that
ancestors on her father’s side of the family traced their roots back to the
The United States of America, of course, voted against the United Nations
Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.[ii] Only a country that
denies the rights of its own Native Indians could object to the right of
self-determination[iii]for other indigenous peoples.
Likewise, only a country that had itself execute
d genocide on its own native peoples on a massive scale could be such an
ardent supporter of the Zionist regime, which is currently engaged in a
native Palestinian genocide.
How massive was the Native Indian genocide committed by the Euroamerican
colonizers? According to the late Professor Howard Zinn, of the 10 million
Native Indians who lived north of present-day Mexico when Columbus arrived,
less than a million remain.[iv] Other scholars put the indigenous
population in 1492 as high as 18 million.[v] Based on a nadir population of
250,000 around 1900, [vi] the American Indian holocaust perpetrated by
Euroamerican colonizers claimed at least 9 million lives.
“That there was tragedy, deception, barbarity, and virtually every other
vice known to man in the 300-year history of the expansion of the original
13 Colonies into a Nation which now embraces more than three million square
miles and 50 States cannot be denied,”[vii] grudgingly conceded a U.S.
Senate committee on Indian Affairs.
How did the U.S. colonizers usurp Native Indian lands? The pattern was
already in place by 1713 with the Treaty of Utrecht, which established a
“buffer” zone of Native Indian land between French and British colonial
powers. Caught between the two, Native Indians defended their homes,
families and lands with understandable ferocity against an invasion by
Euroamerican colonizers who ignored the treaty and settled in the buffer
zone.[viii] Characterizing Native Indian resistance as unprovoked attacks
on peaceful settlers, the invaders demanded U.S. Army protection from the
Forced eviction, relocation and starvation were among the atrocities
committed by the U.S. government to carry out its genocide. Native Indians
were removed at gunpoint from their homes and forced to resettle on
reservations whose total area was only a small fraction of their ancestral
lands. Some Indian nations were deliberately divided, such as the Cheyenne
and the Seminole, separating relatives and extended families from one
another by great distances. The viscously cruel tactic of destroying food
crops and slaughtering buffalo led to the starvation and near extinction of
many American Indian nations.[ix]
And if forced eviction, relocation and starvation proved insufficient to
break the Native Indian will to resist, then the U.S. Cavalry supplemented
by settler militias were called in with Howitzers to execute a massacre.
One such bloodbath occurred in November of 1864, when 700 militiamen, many
of them drunk, surrounded and attacked a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho
village at Sand Creek, Colorado. At the end of the one-sided battle, 200
Native Indians had been killed and mutilated, over half women and
Looking at the methods employed by the Zionist colonizers against
Palestinians, one immediately sees parallels to those used by the U.S.
government to exterminate Native Indian peoples. The same methods of
massacres, forced eviction, relocation and starvation used to colonize
native lands in the U.S. have been employed in Palestine.
In March of 1948, Zionist forces launched a systematic plan to ethnically
cleanse Palestine of its indigenous population. Heavily armed Zionist
militias seized control of numerous multiethnic cities such as Jaffa, Haifaæ
Safat and Tiberias, and ruthlessly drove out native Palestinian
inhabitants.[xi] Massacres took place in Deir Yasin, where 100 men women and
children were killed,[xii] Tantura, where 200 men were murdered and in 368
other Palestinian villages and cities.[xiii] By the winter of 1948, 90
percent of the native population--some 750,000 Palestinians--had been turned
Ethnic cleansing continued and by 1952, Palestinians had been forcibly
evicted from another 40 villages. Settlements were built on top of the
rubble of the 370 villages destroyed in 1948 to obliterate all evidence of
the former Palestinian residents. [xv] Not satisfied with the Palestinian
territory it occupied, “Israel” attacked Egypt and Jordan in 1967, seizing
Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, the West Bank and Gaza, creating another
275,000 Palestinian refugees.[xvi]
Currently, “Israel” is tightening its grip on the Occupied West Bank aided
by U.S. and E.U.-trained security forces,[xvii] and is starving out Gazans,
denying them desperately-needed food and medical supplies, with its ongoing
blockade helped by Egypt’s new steel wall.[xviii] Like the American Indians
of the 18th century caught between French and British colonizers, Gazans
today find themselves caught between the U.S.-supported Israeli-Zionist
regime and the U.S.-controlled Egyptian dictatorship, while Palestinians in
the West Bank are squeezed between U.S. “ally” Jordan and the apartheid
Great Lakota Nation leader Russell Means, speaking to American Indian
students in 1995, reminded them, “At Wounded Knee in 1973, we were
surrounded by the armed might of the United States of America, the most
militarily powerful country in the world, but we were free.“[xix]
Similarly, Palestinians in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank may be surrounded
by the armed might of the U.S.-financed Zionists, but they too will be free.
“The white man knows that he is alien and he knows that North America is
Indian,” observes Native American scholar Vine Deloria, Jr.[xx] Similarly,
the Eurozionist colonizer knows that he is alien and that “Israel” is
Someday, Palestine will be free of Eurozionist colonizers, the Americas will
be free of Euroamerican colonizers and indigenous people everywhere will be
free to exercise their right of self-determination.
Someday, the United States, Britain, Israel, France and all who are
complicit in colonizing lands belonging to Native American Indians,
Palestinians and other indigenous peoples around the world will be held
accountable for their crimes.
[i] Press Release-United Nations Assembly In New York, Ministry of
Information, American Indian Movement Grand Governing Coucil, 24 September
http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/UNstatement.html (Accessed 10 February 2010)
[ii] General Assembly Adopts Declaration On Rights Of Indigenous Peoples,
Sixty-first General Assembly, 13 September 2007,
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2007/ga10612.doc.htm(Accessed 13 February
[iii] United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, U.N.
General Assembly Resolution 61/295, 13 September 2007, Article 3, page 4.
[iv] Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States, New York: Harper,
2005, page 16.
[v] Russell Thornton, American Indian Holocaust and Survival: A Population
History Since 1492, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987, page 26.
[vi] Russell Thornton, op. cit., page 159.
[vii] Hearing before the committee on Indian affairs, united states senate
session on Tribal Sovereign Immunity 9-24, 1996, Republic of Lakota
(Accessed 12 February 2010)
[viii] Robert Kagan, Dangerous Nation, New York: Random House, 2007, pages
[ix] Russell Thornton, op.cit., page 51.
[x] The Sand Creek Massacre,
http://www.lastoftheindependents.com/sandcreek.htm(Accessed 14 February
[xi] Ilan Pappe,A History of Modern Palestine, New York: Cambridge, 2006,
2nd ed., page 129.
[xii] Deir Yassin (9 April 1948), Key Historical Events, Electronic
http://electronicintifada.net/bytopic/257.shtml (Accessed 14 February 2010)
[xiii] Ilan Pappe, op. cit., pages 129, 135-136.
[xiv] Ilan Pappe, op. cit., page 138.
[xv] Ilan Pappe, op. cit., page 146.
[xvi] KarlSabbagh, Palestine A Personal History, New York: Grove, 2007, page
[xvii] Jon Elmer, A Prescription for Civil War, Al-Jazeera English, 8
14 February 2010)
[xviii] Hamas: Mubarak helping Israel starve Gaza Palestinians, Haaretz, 25
January 2010, <http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1144989.html>
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1144989.html (Accessed 14 February 2010)
[xx] Vine Deloria, Jr., “Foreward American Fantasy,” in The Pretend Indians:
Images of Native Americans in the Movies, Gretchen M. Bataille and Charles
L. P. Silet, eds., Ames: Iowa State University, 1980, page xvi, as quoted in
Ward Churchill, Fantasies of the Master Race, San Francisco: City Lights,
1992, page 16.
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Original article published on Feb. 23, 2010
Native Americans in Arizona Vow to Deport All Non-Native Americans
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Navajo Nation - The Navajo, Hopi, all Apache Nations and all otherwho presently reside in Arizona have joined forces in an effort to show the haughty Arizona residents just exactly who has every right to be in that State.
Said Chief Standing Wolf, "it is not those of European decent who should be making the laws of this state, but we, the tribal people, who have been suppressed for too long. Our ancestors have been here for thousands of centuries, while the white man only came a few hundred years ago. Yet, it is the white man who wants to make ridiculous laws and keep everything lily white. We can no longer stand by and let this happen."
Short of declaring war on the Arizona government, Chief Standing Wolf instead issued a warning "reverse your laws entitling only English-speaking people to inhabit Arizona. Only then will we back down and allow peace to again grace Arizona, but if you deny our fellow red and brown men their rightful place in this state, there will be bloodshed."
Of course, Chief Standing Wolf said all of this in his native tongue, so the lawmakers in the state weren't exactly sure what the message was.