Thursday, December 13, 2012

#Navajo #women in solidarity with #Palestine oppose Navajo president's visit to #Israel (#US #FreePalestine)

Louise Benally/Photo Brenda Norrell

Navajo women in solidarity with Palestine oppose Israel's genocidal practices, say Navajos don't need Israeli chemicals to grow food

Navajo women in solidarity with Palestine oppose Navajo President Ben Shelly’s visit to Israel this week and spoke out against the ongoing genocidal policies of Israel and Shelly’s longterm human rights abuses at home. 

Navajo women said Shelly and Israel are part of the war machine. Working with sustainable agriculture, Navajos said that Shelly does not need to go to Israel to learn how to use chemicals to grow food.

Louise Benally, Dine’ resisting forced relocation at Big Mountain, Arizona, said, "Ben should stay in Israel, to learn how to farm, they are only puppets for the war machines."

"Is he learning how to farm food, or weapons of mass destruction?" Benally and other Dine’ on Black Mesa say the Navajo Nation government is a puppet government of the US, which abandoned them for coal mining and power plant dollars.

Working with sustainable agriculture, Janene Yazzie, Navajo, said Shelly does not need to go to Israel to learn how to use chemicals to grow food.

“To hear that our president believes the apartheid government of Israel has more to offer than the Dine’ people in his homeland fighting against his policies is hurtful and unbelievably ignorant.”
Yazzie points out that Shelly’s visit to Israel this week is the latest in a long list of human rights violations, which includes schemes to sell out Navajo water rights, and sending armed Swat teams to intimidate Navajos at public forums.

Janene Yazzie said:

It should not shock or surprise us that our Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has taken an unexpected trip to visit Israel, a government that has committed itself to carrying out genocidal practices against its population of indigenous Palestinian peoples. 

"In communities across our nation there is a struggle to localize food production by returning to traditional methods of farming and irrigation suitable to our climate, our soils, our native foods, and the values of our culture," Yazzie said.

"Instead of visiting these projects or 
investing in them President Shelly has gone to Israel to learn about 'Fertigation,' a method that is dependent on the use of chemical fertilizers." Read more of her statement at:

Angela Davis, Navajo, points out that the Navajo Nation has used genetically modified seeds for years at its commercial farm, Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, and promoted Monsanto on NAPI's website.

Davis said, "If Ben Shelly cares so much about agriculture, then he should stop buying genetically modified seeds from Monsanto. He also says he identifies similar problems with radiation contamination in Israeli water, while ignoring his own people who are sick and dying from radiation in their water from uranium mining that he supports! 

"He also sees similarities with Israeli peoples' struggles in their homeland and shares their leader's concerns. He's like Benjamin Natanyaho, a dictator that commits genocide of oppressed people in their own occupied territories. We have more in common with the Palestinians than the Zionist regime of Israel. Ben Shelly is a liar and I don't believe his visitation intentions are in the best interest of the people."

Sunday, December 9, 2012

#PHOTOS: #Gaza after #Israel's air strikes

Originally posted by the Alternative Information Center at

Photos by Ryan Rodrick Beiler

A child stands  amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.

A dentist chair remains among the rubble of a medical clinic destroyed by Israeli air strikes near Khan Yunis, Gaza. The clinic was the sole medical facility for a community of poor fishermen on the Gaza coast.

Sami Arafat (age 4) and his brother Jilal (8) sit near the ruins of their home, in which their 5-year-old sister Runan was killed when 10 Israeli missiles struck this mostly agricultural area in the Al Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City. Jilal and his mother, four months pregnant, were found alive in the rubble. The children now suffer from frequent panic attacks at night. The family does not know why their area was targeted.

Majdi Whahidi, a steelworker, stands near a pedestrian bridge that he helped to build, now destroyed by Israeli air strikes in the Al Mughraqa area of the Gaza Strip. The bridge crossed an area regularly flooded by Israeli wastewater.

The ruins of a Palestinian football stadium hit by an Israeli airstrike, Gaza City. The stadium also housed the Palestinian paralympic commiitee.

A man holds his daughter, who was rescued after being buried to her neck in dirt thrown by Israeli air strikes that made the massive crater behind them in the Al Shoja’iya neighborhood of Gaza City.

A mosque minnaret and communications tower rise above a field of rubble at Abu Khadra complex for civil adminstration, completely destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City.

Palestinian youth on a Gaza City street sit in front of a spray-painted mural depicting rockets with the slogan, "Popular Resistance Movement".

A government employee searches for important documents in the remains of his office amid the rubble of the Palestinian National Authority Council of Ministers building, one of many Palestinian government buildings destroyed by Israeli air strikes.

A woman stands in her kitchen, the walls cracked by Israeli air strikes that landed nearby in the Al Shoja'iya neighborhood of Gaza City.

A Palestinian boy stands in his home, the roof of which was destroyed by debris thrown into the air by Israeli bombings in the Al Shoja'iya area of Gaza City.

A mural of the Dome of the Rock appears on the interior wall of a bombed-out residential building in the Al-Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.