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Saturday, June 5, 2010

FREE GAZA 'We Will Be Back'

We Will Be Back
Written by Free Gaza Team

05 June 2010
((Cyprus, June 5, 2010) Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the peaceful outcome to the operation when they seized our ship in international waters in direct violation of maritime law. Through his speech writer, he said:
"We saw today the difference between a ship of peace activists, with whom we don't agree but respect their right to a different opinion from ours, and between a ship of hate organised by violent Turkish terror extremists,"
So we’d like to remind Mr. Netanyahu that the only hate evidenced on board all six boats on Monday morning came from the Israeli attackers. Israeli soldiers violently boarded the entire flotilla, beating, shooting and hooding passengers as though they were in Abu Ghraib.
"People had been shot in the arms, legs, in the head - everywhere. We had so many injured. It was a bloodbath," said Laura Stuart on board the Marmara, a British housewife and rescue worker.
She described frantic attempts to treat the injured in a makeshift sick room on the ship, and failed attempts to resuscitate some of the dead.
Therefore, we are putting Mr. Netanyahu on notice that we are returning in the next couple of months with another flotilla, that his actions and the actions of his soldiers have energized thousands of people who have stepped forward with offers to help and participate on the next voyage. We’d also like to remind Mr. Netanyahu that siezing our ship, the Rachel Corrie, is yet another violent act from a long series of violent acts against civilians that Israel has committed this week.
Contact: Greta Berlin 00 357 99 18 72 75
Mary Hughes 00 357 96 38 38 09

Kiowa: News coverage made the difference

News media statement

June 3, 2010—Don Tofpi was recalled and removed from office as Chairman of the Kiowa Business Committee by ballot vote of the Kiowa Indian Tribe. The special recall election was held on May 29, 2010, and results to recall have been certified by the Kiowa Election Board.
Two-thirds of those who voted said yes to recall Don Tofpi on charges filed by Charles “Buddy” Toyebo in March 2010 for violations against the Kiowa people and the Tribe’s constitution that jeopardized sovereign assets. The final tally that was officially certified by the Kiowa Election Board, including absentee ballots, was 373 yes to recall and 221 no to recall.
Mr. Toyebo said gratitude was his first response to news of the certified vote.
“Thank God for the Kiowa people and the ability to speak with sovereign authority at the ballot box, especially in times when it truly counts,” said Toyebo.
He said he is also thankful for media coverage that made news headlines nationally, which provided Kiowa with information on the issues involved and helped overcome obstacles during the recall. A judge’s restraining order was lifted shortly after news media reports appeared, and the special recall election proceeded.
The certified results of the recall of Donald Tofpi were sent Wednesday from the Kiowa Election Board to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
After the recall, reports indicated that Don Tofpi still disputes the election vote as invalid.
“Isn’t that the line every loser in every election sings loudest? In the Kiowa’s case, the audience has already left the theater, clearly unhappy about what it cost them for his performance as Chairman of the Kiowa Business Committee,” said Toyebo.

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Lakotah Republic Ambassador: Gaza and Lakota share history of occupation and concentration camps

By David Sugar
Official statement of the ambassador of the provisional government of the Republic of Lakotah on the Gaza flotilla
Photo Massacre at Wounded Knee

Mitakuye Oyasin (to all my relations),

First, of course my deepest sympathies go out to those who have lost their lives to this act of criminal piracy, and to their families. I use the term piracy because when unarmed merchant vessels are fired upon, boarded, and hijacked in international waters, this most clearly falls under the definition of piracy. Those who choose to stand up and defend themselves in the face of this criminal action should be praised for their courage, not condemned for their legitimate acts of self defense. Furthermore, I would seek those responsible for this criminal act of piracy to be both identified and fully
prosecuted under international law.

I am pleased that so many peace loving and humanitarian nations have expressed their outrage at this crime. Naturally the people of Lakota are deeply concerned, as our nation has over 150 years of experience with what it means to be held in forced captivity under occupation of a hostile and ruthless foreign colonial power in concentration camps called reservations, with experiencing the murder of our people through massacres and extra-judicial killings, with the forced removal and killing of our children in their boarding schools, with our beliefs and practices outlawed, and with the constant seizure of our lands. As a humanitarian nation we are deeply concerned when any of these kinds of things happen elsewhere, and in this shared experience we do find some common understanding of the suffering of the people of Palestine.

I further assert as a fundamental principle of international justice that in fact the duty of an occupying nation to a captive population is actually greater than to it's own people since even in the best of circumstances a captive people do not have the freedom to choose or change the government ruling over them or even to make basic choices about how they would live, something presumably the people occupying them enjoy. The blockade of Gaza, a criminal act of collectively punishing a people as a whole, must be ended.