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    Native Indian Genocide: Parallels in Palestine http://www.tlaxcala.es/detail_auteurs.asp?lg=en&reference=1876 AUTHOR: Yuram Abdullah WEILER “One of the
    Message 1 of 95 , Apr 3, 2010
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      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 
      Iroquois nation. 

      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 
      “uncivilized savages.” 

      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 
      into refugees.[xiv] 

      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 
      2009,  <http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/UNstatement.html
      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. 
      http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf(Accessed 13 
      February 2010) 

      [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 
      21- 23. 

      [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 
      Intifada,  <http://electronicintifada.net/bytopic/257.shtml
      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 
      February 2010, 
      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) 

      [xix] Russell Means, Free to be Responsible, Navajo Community College, Fall 
      1995,  <http://www.russellmeans.com/http://www.russellmeans.com/ (Accessed 
      13 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 

    • ghwelker3@comcast.net
      Native Americans in Arizona Vow to Deport All Non-Native Americans This is from The Spoof Written by Charpa93 http://t.love.com/324253395 Thursday, 29 April
      Message 95 of 95 , Apr 29, 2010
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        Native Americans in Arizona Vow to Deport All Non-Native Americans

        This is from "The Spoof"
        Written by Charpa93


        Thursday, 29 April 2010

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        Navajo Nation - The Navajo, Hopi, all Apache Nations and all other Native Americans

        who 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.

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