Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

September 25, 2019

Israeli Elbit Spy Towers Protested in Minnesota

Unicorn Riot reports from Minnesota, where the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems is being protested. Elbit currently has a contract to build spy towers, integrated fixed towers, in remote communities on the Tohono O'odham Nation, where O'odham women and elderly are already constantly threatened and harassed by the U.S. Border Patrol. Censored News exposed the first maps and secret meetings about these spy towers on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Gu Vo District continues to oppose these Israeli spy towers on O'odham land.

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Minnesotans Escalate Calls to Divest from “Virtual Border Wall” Company Elbit

By Jenn Schreiter, Unicorn Riot
September 25, 2019

St. Paul, MN – Local organizers have accused the state of Minnesota of “funding the wall” between both the Mexico-USA border and further between Palestine and Israel. Anti-war and migrant justice activists turned up the pressure on Minnesota legislators to divest an estimated $1.25 million in state funds from notorious border militarization company Elbit Systems.

Activists’ sense of urgency has increased as Elbit’s local wing “Elbit Systems of America” nears completion on the “virtual border wall” that’s been appearing over the past decade in the southwestern United States borderlands. Ten of the 160-foot-tall “Integrated Fixed Towers” are planned to cut through reservation land of the Tohono O’odham Nation, courtesy of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Indigenous rights activists, immigrant rights activists, and anti-war activists now must contend with the same company, who is quickly laying groundwork for increased federal border enforcement between the states of Arizona (USA) and Sonora (Mexico).
Unicorn Riot reports: "The Minnesota Governor's mansion on Summit Ave in St. Paul, Minn. was the site of two protests lately against Elbit Systems. The company helps maintain the illegal apartheid wall between Palestine and Israel, and its US American subsidiary "Elbit Systems of America" is under contract to militarize the USA-Mexico border. Protesters have been urging the Minnesota State Board of Investments to divest from Elbit, but activists' efforts have so far gone unheeded by elected representatives."
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