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Monday, March 15, 2010

To Palestine with Love, Honoring the Youths

To Palestine with Love, Honoring the Youths
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo: Indigenous Delegation to Palestine from California and Kansas
In the movies, the good guys always seem to make it out alive, conquering all odds. But that is not the case in real life, especially in Gaza. Today Censored News honors the youths murdered in Palestine and the Indigenous Delegation from the US who went to Palestine.
We remember Rachel Corrie, 23, run over by an Israeli bulldozer and Tom Hurndall, 22, shot in the head by an Israeli sniper. Their lives are remembered with the countless Palestinian children and youths who have been murdered during the war carried out by Israel and the US on Palestine.
President Obama asked for $3 billion this year in the United States continued military aid to Israel, as the US economy collapses. The Huffington Post reports, "During the Bush Administration, Israel killed at least 3,107 innocent Palestinian civilians, according to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem. Israel also injured thousands more innocent Palestinians and destroyed billions of dollars of Palestinian civilian infrastructure including homes, schools, factories, government buildings, and even Palestine's only airport. The severity and scale of this killing and destruction were made possible by hi-tech U.S. weapons provided to Israel at taxpayer expense."
In the US, the Israeli apartheid contractor Elbit Systems, the Israeli defense contractor providing surveillance at the Palestine border, was subcontracted by Boeing for spy surveillance in the construction of the US/Mexico border wall.
Around the world, youths offer hope.
An Indigenous Delegation to Palestine, from Kansas and California, in 2009 said, "There are lots of connections between the indigenous communities in the United States and the Palestinian community: both the corporations and governments that have oppressed them and the strategies of resistance that they’ve used to fight back."
Censored News honors these youths for making a difference.
Rachel Corrie
Rachel Corrie Memorial Site:
Amy Goodman Interviews the Parents of Rachel Corrie
Amy Goodman Special to
Foreword by Tim King
(HAIFA, Israel) - Rachel Corrie was a college student from Washington state who tried to slow the destruction of Palestinian homes in Gaza. She was run down by an Israeli military bulldozer operator while she communicated with him on a bullhorn.
Court hears from activist who saw Corrie killed (March 2010)
Tom Hurndall
Thomas "Tom" Hurndall (27 November 1981 – 13 January 2004) was a British photography student, a volunteer for the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), and an activist against the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. On 11 April 2003, he was shot in the head in the Gaza Strip by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sniper, Taysir Hayb. Hurndall was left in a coma and died nine months later.
Hayb was convicted of manslaughter and obstruction of justice by an Israeli military court in April 2005 and sentenced to eight years in prison.[1] On 10 April 2006, a British inquest jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing meaning "intentionally killed", or, according to the Hurndall family QC, murdered.[2][3]
Tom's mother Jocelyn Hurndall has written a biography of him called Defy the Stars: The Life and Tragic Death of Tom Hurndall, published in April 2007 and reprinted in May 2008 with the alternative title My Son Tom: The Life and Tragic Death of Tom Hurndall.
Tom Hurndall Foundation:
Also see:
Indigenous Delegation to Palestine:
(Photo: Palestine by Indigenous Delegation)
Israel Junkets Compromise US Congress

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