Palestine Activists Win Court Victory -- Elbit Spy Towers Stalk Tohono O'odhamArticle by Brenda Norrell
Elbit Systems is the Israeli defense contractor who just built spy towers -- known as integrated fixed towers -- on the Tohono O'odham Nation, with a US contract and tribal government approval.
Now, vulnerable O'odham can be stalked by US Border Patrol agents using their laptops and the spy towers.
Already, three senior US Border Patrol agents have been charged as serial rapists in the Tucson sector -- which includes the Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui Nations.
Jenn Budd, former senior US Border intelligence officer turned whistleblower, describes the rape culture within the U.S. Border Patrol.
"There are currently three senior Border Patrol agents on trial for rape in Tucson sector. When will Congress and the Department of Justice address the rape culture of @USBPChief ""How many female agents, US citizens and migrants must be raped before this is addressed?" Budd said.
Meanwhile, in England, a court acquitted these activists taking direct action against Israel's Elbit Systems -- after an attorney argued that Elbit's crimes in Palestine -- drones, surveillance and human rights abuses -- were far greater than the activists actions in England.
Activists continue to protest Elbit's manufacture of weapons and war on Palestine.
'Not Guilty: Palestine Action Acquitted in First Trial'Government prosecutors had brought charges against what had become known as “the Elbit Three” after they took action in February against the UAV Engines factory, an Elbit subsidiary in Shenstone near Birmingham, England, reports the Electronic Intifada.
The group occupied the factory rooftop, chained factory gates to disrupt business as usual, splattered the building with blood-red paint and even smashed windows.
Despite all this, the court on Monday acquitted the three of criminal damage.
Their lawyers – including Palestinian barrister Mira Hammad – successfully argued that while their actions constituted damage to the factory, it was not criminal damage, since it was proportionate action to prevent a much bigger crime in Palestine – that of Israeli violence against Palestinians such as the May war against Gaza.
Read the Electronic Intifada article: https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/not-guilty-palestine-action-acquitted-first-trial
English article copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News. Photo 2 copyright Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham. French translation copyright Christine Prat. Must have permission to use.