Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

October 8, 2012

Russell Tribunal on Palestine describes world freeing itself of deception

Dennis Banks with Alice Walker, Cynthia McKinney, Angela Davis,
and other jurors at the closing of the Russell Tribunal on
Palestine on Sunday,  broadcast live online.
Screen capture Censored News.
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

NEW YORK -- The Russell Tribunal on Palestine wasn't just about Palestine. It was about a world freeing itself of Apartheid, Genocide and deception -- from South Africa and Gaza, to the US and the United Nations.

The jurors on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine made powerful points during questions to speakers. Among those jurors were American Indian Movement cofounder Dennis Banks, Angela Davis formerly with the Black Panthers, outspoken global activist Cynthia McKinney, author Alice Walker and Ireland Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire.

Maguire, of Ireland, described how professors in the United States tell her that they are afraid of the US government. She also pushed the media to tell the truth, as she spoke out for Wikileaks Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

Jurors, representing some of the most powerful movements in the world, and the speakers described a world weary of the self-perceived control and domination by the United States and Israel. They told how the United Nations is controlled by the United States.

Dennis Banks spoke of genocide. Unfortunately, Lakota Russell Means, who has been battling cancer, was ill and unable to attend to deliver his statement on 'Sociocide of the Native Americans.'

As the riveting testimony was being delivered on the second day of the Tribunal on Sunday, Codepink was marching against US drones in Pakistan, a flotilla was sailing for Gaza, treesitters in Texas continued their blockade of the Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, United Native Americans protested against Columbus Day in San Francisco, and Native American climate heroes were honored in Washington.

On Monday, the Tribunal will issue its statement.

Check back for updates.

Watch videos on livestream

Democracy Now! Dennis Banks: Palestinian Suffering Under U.S.-Backed Occupation Recalls Plight of Native Americans
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