Palestinians suffer grievously under occupation, including in East Jerusalem. Israel wants it entirely Judaized as its capital even though legally it's an international city under UN trusteeship.
By ALISON WEIR - October 11, 2011
The common representation of Israel’s birth is that the UN created Israel, that the world was in favor of this move, and that the US governmental establishment supported it. All these assumptions are demonstrably incorrect...[It was] armed aggression, and the ethnic cleansing of at least three-quarters of a million indigenous Palestinians, that created the Jewish state on land that had been 95 per cent non-Jewish prior to Zionist immigration and that even after years of immigration remained 70 per cent non-Jewish.
An audio interview with Zak Nicholls, a human rights activist who lives in Sarnia, Ontario.
By Harsha Walia - October 14, 2011
...[T]he word Occupy has understandably ignited criticism from Indigenous people. While occupations are commonly associated with specific targets...Occupy Vancouver (or any other city) has a deeply colonialist implication...[I]t erases the brutal history of occupation and genocide of Indigenous peoples that settler societies have been built on. This is not simply a rhetorical or fringe point; it is a profound and indisputable matter of fact that this land is in fact already occupied.
By Pamela Palmater - October 13, 2011
We wanted to maintain our connections to the land and Canada wanted to assimilate us. When we exercise our "Canadian" right to peaceful assembly and protest, Canada sends in the military to take us down. It seems that no matter what we do, Canada's answer always seems to be to "get rid of the Indian problem" and it does so by very strategic military means.
By SAUL LANDAU - October 11, 2011
Jews like me and my friends throughout the western world do not want to migrate to the Promised Land...We don’t want to live amidst Israeli settlers, many of them self-righteous and very superior...and oblivious to or even proud of what they’ve done to Palestinians.
By Gerry Caplan - October 1, 2011
There will be no Israeli-Palestinian spring. At the United Nations, Israel's closest, most reliable allies are once again assuring the nation a future of isolation, insecurity, irreconcilable internal division, international condemnation and endless conflict. For the people of Israel, a life of perpetual anxiety is assured. As my family used to put it, is this good for the Jews?
By Jessica Yee - October 1, 2011
From the protests on the streets of Wall Street in the name of "ending capitalism" -- organizers, protesters, and activists have been encouraged to "occupy" different places that symbolize greed and power. There's just one problem: The United States is already being occupied. This is Indigenous land. And it's been occupied for quite some time now...New York City is Haudenosaunee territory and home to many other First Nations.
Israel wants all of the West Bank annexed.
Israel wants all of the West Bank and Jerusalem for its territory.
SchNEWS - Friday 23rd September 2011 | Issue 789
Despite being slipped a cache of tear gas and stun grenades by the Israeli military ahead of Palestine's September application for UN recognition...some of the more insane sections of Israel's settler movement are also training dogs to attack Palestinians...The Civilian Attack Dog Unit (CADU) is the brain child of New York-born settlement leader Yekutiel “Mike” Guzofsky, a former sidekick of the deceased Rabbi Meir Kahane – a man branded a fascist by the Israeli Supreme Court.
By Benjamin Dangl - September 24, 2011
Earlier this summer, an anti-mining Indigenous movement in Peru successfully ousted a Canadian mining company from their territory. “In spite of government repression, if the people decide to bring the fight to the bitter end, it is possible to resist the pressure of mining and oil companies...”
Saturday 24 September 2011 - The Guardian
The settlers come down the hill from the outpost...They carry Israeli flags, and sometimes bring guns, shovels and dogs...They taunt the local villagers and sometimes attack them. Often the Israeli army arrives and trains its weapons on the villagers..."The settlers are provoking us continuously...They uproot olive trees, kill our sheep, burn our mosques and curse our prophet. They want to drag us into the sphere of violence. We do not want to go there."
By Sherwood Ross - September 08, 2011
Farmers along the banks of El Salvador’s Lempa River believe tomatoes gleam brighter than gold. They would rather put the river to work for farming, fishing, and drinking than to allow the multinational Vancouver-based Pacific Rim Mining Co. of Canada use the river water to extract the rich veins of gold buried nearby---a process that involves applying toxic cyanide-laced water to separate gold from the surrounding rock.