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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Navajos in Palestine 'NO to Apartheid!'

Lyla June Johnston and Orlando Begay

Navajos say 'NO!' to Strangulation by Apartheid in Palestine
Massacres and Displacement of Palestinians by Israel Repeats Genocide of Native Americans in the United States 

By Lyla June Johnston in Palestine
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French translation by Christine Prat

Watch video below -- Lyla in Palestine stands before a home demolished by Israel. She  describes Israel's goal of "maximum territory" and "minimum population" of Palestinians, who are removed by force, beaten and often hospitalized as Israel destroys Palestinian homes and forces them into refugee camps.

"A Palestinian city strangled by apartheid wall construction. Over 2500 people were forced to move their livelihoods to refugee/concentration camps. Because of the wall construction, kids had to get up at 4 am just to get around the wall to their school. If someone has a heart attack they would have to take over an hour to get to the hospital. They were isolated out of existence and now it is a huge ghost city in ancestral Palestine." -- Lyla June Johnston

"These are the windows of a school for Palestinian girls that were broken with rubber bullets and tear gas bombs by the Israeli army. This is in the refugee camp called Shu'fat camp
It is across the street from Jewish settlements where people not only don’t have to pay taxes but receive benefits to live there. Here in Shu’fat people are taxed and resources are extracted. No services are provided and so there is no way to push out the trash which gathers on the side of streets or is burned." -- Lyla June Johnston

"Today I am visiting the ancient city of Lifta. It was 'depopulated' in 1947 by Zionist Militias. And by this I mean the people were driven out by force. Around this time 120 men women and children were massacred.

The whole area has remnants of indigenous land stewardship: almond trees, fig trees, rich soil, greenery all around, a sacred spring. We are now on our way to the refugee camp 20 minutes away where the displaced people live to this day. Sound familiar? For native Americans, it sure does... It is time for us as Americans to raise our voices and pressure the American government to cease the veto-ing process at the UN. The veto power used by the US prevents international law and treaties from protecting Palestinians.
No matter what your religion is or what your sacred texts say, myself and many progressive Jews understand that nothing justifies us to kill others or behave in a dominator mindset or violently displace a person who has lived there for hundreds if not thousands of years. — in Lifta, Yerushalayim, Israel." -- Lyla June Johnston

Watch Lyla's video below
The Massacre of LIfta

"Whenever you see these cactus trees, you know it was a “depopulated” Palestinian village. Although not indigenous to Palestine, they were a favorite plant species of Palestinian communities as they served many purposes. Thus the cactus has become a symbol of #AlNakba, or “The Catastrophe,” of 1947 when Zionist militias drove out 700,000 Palestinian people by force, massacring hundreds and hundreds along the way. A second removal occurred in 1967 during the Six Day War and they were forced to leave everything they knew once again. Today, people are routinely imprisoned, killed and every movement they make is controlled and monitored by cameras and checkpoints hidden as much as possible from the affluent Israeli community right next door. Grandmothers have watched three generations of children be war torn and wonder when it will stop. The answer to the question depends on each of us."-- Lyla June Johnston #BoycottSanctionDivest

"What if every time you simply wanted to get back home from work you had to go through a checkpoint full of armed guards that may or may not harass you? This is what Palestinians go through. What if at the age of 18 you were forced to join the Israeli Army and check people you don’t even know who just want to get home at night? This is what Jewish Israeli youth go through. In the context of oppression, nobody wins and all are held in the bondage of untruth." -- Lyla June Johnston
Photos and article copyright Lyla June Johnston
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Interior Oil and Gas Sale of Bears Ears Area Land on March 20, 2018

(Above) Maps, documents, parcels for oil and gas lease sale on March 20, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke posted this photo of himself when he toured Bears Ears on May 11, 2017. Now, Interior e-mails reveal the land seized from Bears Ears was for the benefit of oil, gas, coal and uranium corporations, and sports hunters. Sports hunters made contact with Zinke by way of hunting with Donald Trump, Jr., in Utah.

Interior halts oil and gas sale at gateway to Yellowstone -- but still plans sale around Bears Ears boundary on March 20, 2018 unless it is halted
By Brenda Norrell
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The Interior Department has halted an oil and gas sale at the gateway to Yellowstone, after an outcry, but still plans to sell leases for oil and gas around Bears Ears in southeastern Utah on March 20.
The land includes pristine areas along the Green River, San Juan River and Moab.
"U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said on Monday he has postponed a second federal oil and gas lease sale planned for March in less than a week in response to local opposition to the possibility of drilling near national parks and monuments," Reuters reports.

"Zinke said the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will remove 17,300 acres out of the planned March 13 sale of 63,496 acres of federal land for oil and gas leases near the tourist city of Livingston, Montana, which is a gateway to the Yellowstone National Park."
"In southeastern Utah, local environmental and archaeological groups have protested a March 20 auction of around 57,000 acres near the former boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument - reduced by 85 percent last year by President Donald Trump - that is known to contain significant cultural sites." This sale is still scheduled.

More details about the March 20, 2018 lease sale near Bears Ears boundaries -- areas of Moab, Green River, San Juan River, Utah:

Interior documents -- "No significant impact" with maps, data, parcels for oil and gas sale on March 20, 2018:

Anasazi Site Toured by Zinke in Bears Ears area Targeted for Exploitation and Desecration 

The New York Times has gained access to 20,000 e-mails of the Interior, revealing that Bears Ears land was seized for the benefit of oil, gas, coal and uranium corporations, and sports hunters. The head of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife had a private dinner with Zinke in Utah, after going hunting with Donald Trump, Jr. Below is a photo posted by the Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife. Read more at Censored News about the exploitation of Bears Ears:

Read more: Zinke says Interior should partner with oil companies

Mohawk Nation News 'Mohawk Eyes Wide Shut'


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MNN. March 12, 2018. Who are you listening to? The Mohawk Council of Kahnaw√°:ke Inc. [MCK Inc.] is a private corporation. Their bar lawyers help them set up the MCK Inc. municipality of Kahnawake.
MCK Inc. is a Government of Canada committee that provides administrative and operation services to the native people who own everything. These councils are in effect Canadian embassies representing foreign armed [called Peacekeepers] occupiers within our territories to steal our possessions and keep control over us. These puppets are elected by a small minority of followers who get jobs from the MCK Inc. committee. The MCK privately incorporated themselves and are making private laws and rules enforced by their goons. MCK Inc. has fraudulently taken possession of our land and assets without our permission.

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