Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 16, 2020

Tohono O'odham Nation live: Israeli contractor destroying sacred land for spy towers during pandemic

By Ofelia Rivas
Tohono O'odham Nation
Censored News
June 16, 2020

ALI JEGK, Tohono O'odham Nation -- The integrated fixed towers are under construction with little regard for the community's well being. The water truck is racing through the community using the precious water piped at a very long distance.

The border patrols are racing through the community without regard to residences. There is very little construction protocol taken into consideration, no dust control. I am unaware of presence of any O'odham cultural monitors in our cccommunity while our sacred lands and mountain are being destroyed.

The video shows the truck coming off the mountain at high speed.

Currently, the coronavirus is spreading in Arizona, with one of the highest rates in the nation for new cases. Cases are on the increase on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

These spy towers are being built by the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems, carrying out Apartheid security in Palestine. The contract was granted during the Obama administration and continued under the Trump administration. The contract was approved by the elected Tohono O'odham Nation government which ignored the opposition from traditional O'odham.

Copyright Ofelia Rivas

This integrated fixed tower, spy tower, was constructed by Israel's Elbit Systems at Nogales, Arizona. The towers on the Tohono O'odham Nation will allow Border Patrol agents to stalk O'odham women, children and elderly, by way of cameras on the towers in traditional O'odham communities. The images will be viewed on Border Patrol agents' laptops.

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