Friday, September 27, 2019

The Democratic Party Remains a Party of War, Not Peace

What Isn’t Mentioned About the Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy – Consortiumnews

What Isn’t Mentioned About the Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy – Consortiumnews:



"Trump may have withheld military aid to seek a probe into Biden, but it is hypocritically being framed by Democrats as an abuse of power out of the ordinary. But it is very much ordinary.



Examples abound. The threat of withholding foreign aid was wielded against nations on the UN Security Council in 1991 when the U.S. sought authorization for the First Gulf War. Yemen had the temerity to vote against. A member of the U.S. delegation told Yemen’s ambassador: “That’s the most expensive vote you ever cast.” The U.S. then cut $70 million in foreign aid to the Middle East’s poorest nation, and Saudi Arabia repatriated about a million Yemeni workers."

A Biden Ballad

Thursday, September 19, 2019

UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition

"Western Regime-Change Operatives Launch Campaign to Blame Bolivia's Evo Morales for Amazon Fires" -- Wyatt Reed


https://thegrayzone.com/2019/08/29/western-regime-change-operatives-launch-campaign-to-blame-bolivias-evo-morales-for-the-amazon-fires/

THE VIDEO IN THE PRIOR POST ABOUT THE HONG KONG PROTESTORS BEING TRAINED CAME FROM THE ARTICLE BELOW BY WYATT REED:

With fires set by landowners raging throughout the Amazon for nearly a month, a group of Western-backed information warriors has begun working to redirect outrage from the far-right Brazilian government toward a more convenient target. 
After a flurry of media pinned the blame on everyone from poor people eating meat to China, a new target has come into focus: the leftist Bolivian government of President Evo Morales.
Originally content to merely accuse Bolivians of not responding fast enough, the regime-change machine is switching gears and making the absurd claim that Bolivia bears the majority of responsibility for the Amazon fires.  
The campaign has been orchestrated by Jhanisse Vaca Daza, an anti-Morales operative identified merely as an “environmental activist” in a recent BBC report pointing the finger at the Bolivian president for the fires.
A closer look at Daza’s work, however, reveals that she is the spearhead of a network of Western organizations that trained and advised the leaders of regime-change operations from Venezuela to Eastern Europe to the ongoing anti-China protests in Hong Kong.

#SOSBolivia

Jhanisse V. Daza’s invective against Bolivia’s Evo Morales social-democratic government, which she regularly caricatures as an “authoritarian regime,” could hardly be cruder.
On her social media accounts, she has shared memes portraying the democratically elected president as a “dictator” clad in a sailor cap, and with a Hitler-style mustache that reads “no.”
Jhanissa Vaca Daza Evo Morales dictator
When the Amazon fires broke out, however, her strategy changed.
Employing the hashtag #SOSBolivia, Daza and her allies have mobilized to ensure that the environmental crisis is exploited to its maximum propaganda potential – despite reports from Bolivia’s government that more than 85 percent of the fires had been extinguished in around eight days of its operations.
A report from NASA pointing out that the fires were concentrated in Brazil, and another report explaining that Bolivia’s most-affected area, Chiquitanía, is not even in the Amazon,  was also of little apparent interest to those behind the hashtag campaign. 
Proponents of regime change in Bolivia, ranging from outspoken libertarians to self-proclaimed leftists, have drawn from the same playbook they’ve deployed against Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba for decades. They are recycling techniques that employ economic, physical, and media-based warfare designed to undermine and delegitimize anti-imperialist governments at every turn.
The SOS hashtag was popularized in recent years among Latin America’s elite as a way of drawing attention to the supposed “dictatorships” they endure under democratically elected socialist governance. They have employed the slogan in various violent revolts of the upper classes – most notably throughout the Venezuelan guarimbas of 2014 and 2017 and the Nicaraguan tranques of 2018.
Tellingly, the most frequent users of the SOS hashtag rarely, if ever, extend their plea for international assistance to the many victims of the right-wing, US-supported governments of Honduras or Brazil.
At the core of the #SOSBolivia social media campaign is a little-known NGO named Ríos de Pie, or Standing Rivers. The group was founded just over a year ago by Jhanisse V. Daza, a self-described “human rights activist.”

Though the hashtag was kicking around online for a week or so, it took off after Daza’s organization began publishing glossy infographics accusing the Bolivian government for the spread of the fires. 
Their advertising materials, tweets, and publicity stunts aimed to force the Bolivian government to agree to “international aid.” And when the Morales administration accepted the token aid offered by Western states, there was scant evidence it did so because of an online public pressure campaign. That didn’t stop Daza from taking credit at a rally.
“Do you know why [the aid] arrived? Because citizens who aren’t authorities, citizens who – some of us are influencers… we organized, and pressured, and the aid arrived,” she proclaimed. 
The other major goal of Daza and her allies is to gin up outrage abroad, especially among leftists in the Global North, and mobilize climate activists against Bolivia. Corporate greenwashing groups like Extinction Rebellion – aimed less at radically challenging capitalism and more at keeping it from eating itself alive  – have called for rallies outside Bolivia’s embassies this weekend throughout Europe. 

And some former colonial European powers like what they are hearing. When Jhanisse Vaca Daza gave a speech for TEDx in February, outlining a “strategic nonviolent struggle” approach to overthrowing Morales, her event was sponsored by Spain’s embassy in Bolivia.
Jhanissa Vaca Daza Bolivia TedX Spanish embassy
Spain colonized the land of modern-day Bolivia for hundreds of years, and continues to undermine the country’s socialist government today. President Morales has lashed out at foreign powers like Spain seeking to retrench its control over his country’s political system and natural resources: “We will always fight against colonialism and imperialism.”

The coup kids go to Harvard

The push to get progressives in the imperial core to equivocate between the far-right Bolsonaro and the Pink Tide progressives is part of a larger strategy aimed at isolating Bolivia internationally by convincing its only potential allies that it is not actually socialist.
But Jhanisse Daza is hardly a socialist herself, and far from an impartial observer. Her LinkedIn hypes up her anti-government credentials, claiming that Ríos de Pie “is currently fighting the Morales regime and organizing ordinary citizens to defend their rights through nonviolent protests.”
According to her publicly available Facebook profile, Daza has a Bolivian passport and lists her hometown as the country’s capital Sucre. She has spent a significant portion of her educational and professional career in the United States, however.
She attended Ohio’s Kent State University, where her thesis focused on “Authoritarian Regimes in South America,” and subsequently completed academic programs in Britain and Chile.
Daza then studied at the elite Harvard Kennedy School, participating in its “Leading Non-Violent Movements for Social Progress” program.
Jhanissa Vaca Daza Harvard Kennedy School
The Kennedy School has become a haven for expat regime-change cadres since the progressive wave swept over Latin America. Among the school’s alumni and faculty is a who’s who of the coup administration the US has recently sought to install in place of Venezuela’s elected government: Ricardo Hausmann, Leopoldo Lopez, Juan Ignacio Hernandez, and Carlos Vecchio.
These figures have since spearheaded the bid to re-privatize Venezuela’s oilfields, hoping to secure their own personal financial interests by helping to hand over Venezuela’s oil wealth to the US energy sector. They maintain plausible deniability by insisting they are mere functionaries of a would-be Venezuelan government rather than emissaries of the oil companies on whose behalf they’ve represented. (As The Grayzone reported, Vecchio is the former lawyer for ExxonMobil.)
Incidentally, Daza is indirectly linked to the longtime hard-right leader of Venezuela’s regime-change push, Leopoldo Lopez, through his first cousin, Thor Halvorssen, who supports her work through his Human Rights Foundation. (Daza also praised Lopez on her publicly available Instagram account.)

The son of a Venezuelan oligarch, Halvorssen is a former campus libertarian activist who entered the human rights industry with help from right-wing billionaires like Peter Thiel, conservative foundations, and international NGOs like Amnesty International.
His Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has been referred to in media puff pieces as the “Davos for dissidents,” and indeed, it functions as a training network for exiled activists seeking to topple the governments of states targeted by Washington. 

“Non-violent action… as a weapon of mass destruction”

This May, the HRF began issuing Freedom Fellowships to ten “anti-authoritarian” activists in places which NATO governments seek to destabilize, including Venezuela, Nicaragua, Russia, and Hong Kong. 
Jhanisse V. Daza was appointed by HRF as the manager of the Freedom Fellowships. On the foundation’s page, she declares that, “Thanks to the Freedom Fellowship, [she] co-founded a movement in Bolivia named Ríos de Pie. It already is becoming one of the leading non-violent resistance movements to Evo Morales’ authoritarian regime.”
Back in 2014, the BBC attended training sessions overseen by Halvorssen’s HRF at the Oslo Freedom Forum. In the basement of an Oslo luxury hotel, correspondent Laura Kuenssberg described witnessing “a school for revolution” where activists including US-funded leaders of the Uyghur World Congress and front-line activists in Hong Kong’s Occupy Central protests learned “how to be successful and topple a government for good.”

The BBC’s Kuenssberg reported, “We’ve been told many of Hong Kong’s demonstrators were trained long before they took the streets to use non-violent action, as they describe it, as a weapon of mass destruction.”
Daza has been consistently involved with the Oslo Freedom Forum since 2015.
At its event in New York in 2018, she linked up with leading Venezuelan regime-change activists, including Joanna Hausmann, the daughter of US-appointed coup leader Juan Guaidó’s top economic adviser and a YouTube personality who collaborated with the New York Times for an anti-Chavista propaganda video that violated the newspaper of record’s own ethics code.
Jhanissa Vaca Daza Joanna Hausmann facebook

Links to US government-funded regime-change groups

HRF is not the only Western government-backed regime-change group to have propelled the career of Jhanisse V. Daza.
When the Human Rights Foundation announced Daza was one of its “freedom fellows” in 2019, the organization noted that this “pilot opportunity” was sponsored “in partnership with CANVAS,” or the Center for Applied Non-Violent Action and Strategies.
CANVAS also co-sponsored the online program Daza graduated from at Harvard’s Kennedy School. Students like her gained a “systematic opportunity for nonviolent social movement mid-level leaders to learn from the experiences of peers and through the coaching of Harvard/CANVAS faculty,” according to Kennedy School literature.
As The Grayzone has reported, CANVAS had been funded largely through the National Endowment for Democracy, a CIA cut-out that functions as the US government’s main arm of promoting regime change.
According to internal emails from Stratfor, an intelligence firm known as the “shadow CIA,” CANVAS “may have also received CIA funding and training during the 1999/2000 anti-Milosevic struggle.”
CANVAS grew out of the Otpor! movement, a US-backed cadre of youth activists that brought down Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who was targeted for overthrow by NATO for being insufficiently compliant.
An email by a Stratfor staffer boasts: “the kids who ran OTPOR grew up, got suits and designed CANVAS… or in other words a ‘export-a-revolution’ group that sowed the seeds for a NUMBER of color revolutions. They are still hooked into U.S. funding and basically go around the world trying to topple dictators and autocratic governments (ones that U.S. does not like ;).”
Stratfor revealed that CANVAS “turned its attention to Venezuela” in 2005, after cultivating opposition movements that led pro-NATO regime-change operations across Eastern Europe. Among those trained by CANVAS were the leaders of Venezuela’s coup attempt this year, including Juan Guaido, Leopoldo Lopez, and scores of figures associated with the US-supported Popular Will party.
“They’ve got mad skills,” Stratfor said of CANVAS trainers. “When you see students at five Venezuelan universities hold simultaneous demonstrations, you will know that the training is over and the real work has begun.”
Suddenly, the “real work” of professional regime change-makers like HRF and CANVAS has been concentrated on Bolivia, a progressive Latin American government that has yet to face full wrath of Washington in the way Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Cuba have.
And Daza is a direct ally of CANVAS founder Srdja Popovic, the former leader of the Western-backed Serbian regime-change group Otpor!. He has been promoting her on his Twitter account, accusing Bolivia of “bad governance” and “environmental disaster.”
The relationship goes back further. In May 2018, the Bolivian anti-Morales activist posted a photo with Popovic on her public Facebook page, remarking, “I’m in heaven right now.”
Jhanissa Vaca Daza Srdja Popovic Facebook

Silence on Bolsonaro, warnings of violence against Evo

Just like her counterparts in other countries targeted by the US, Jhanisse V. Daza cloaks cynical regime-change ambitions with a veneer of humanitarian goodwill, broadcasting ostensible concern for indigenous people and other marginalized groups.
But her dubious implication that the world’s first indigenous president secretly harbors anti-indigenous sentiment has not resonated with the actual people in question. Indigenous groups in Bolivia have backed Morales’ candidacy by wide margins throughout the past three elections, and this support is largely projected to continue into the next

This is why Daza’s efforts are so crucial to ongoing Western efforts to overthrow progressive governments in Latin America. By perpetuating a narrative in which the devastating fires throughout the Amazonian basin are actually a byproduct of socialism, and not the capitalist expansionism widely acknowledged, even by mainstream media, as the source of the crisis, Daza is able to simultaneously demonize progressive governments and indemnify the far-right government of Brazil. 
Her bosses at the Human Rights Foundation have not mentioned Bolsonaro once on Twitter since the far-right demagogue took power. Despite near universal condemnation from across the globe for his many racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti-indigenous, and homophobic remarks and policies, the organization has kept silent.
It is clear that for the foundation and their Freedom Fellowship recipients, the externally imposed right-wing governments currently privatizing Latin America’s riches are not human rights violators worth discussing.

While she touts her Rios de Pie NGO for “spreading the use of non-violence as the main form of protest,” Daza warned on the blog of Iyad al-Baghdadi – another regime change activist promoted by HRF – that “one citizens movement alone cannot guarantee Bolivians will not take to more radical measures. Violence is a real risk when people find their will overturned by authoritarian structures.”
Wyatt Reed is a Virginia-based activist and journalist who covers climate and racial justice movements and foreign policy issues. Follow him on Twitter at @wyattreed13.



Hong Kong protests: Activists received training from Oslo Freedom Forum [COLOR REVOLUTIONISTS IN THE MAKING]

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Honest Government Ad | Julian Assange

Pamela Anderson Defends Julian Assange On The View

Brexit reveals Corbyn to be the true moderate [ALERT--SOMEONE THINKING HERE]

Brexit reveals Corbyn to be the true moderate: Reporting, commentary and analysis on the Israel-Palestine conflict



EXCERPT:

Standing a little outside Europe is probably the best we can hope to
manage in current circumstances. But it might give us the political
space – and, more importantly, burden us with the political
responsibility – to imagine the deep changes that are urgently needed.


Change
has to happen if we as a species are to survive, and it has to happen
soon and it has to happen somewhere. We cannot force others to change,
but we can recognise our own need to change and offer a vision of change
for others to follow. That can begin only when we stop shielding
ourselves from the consequences of our decisions, stop hiding in someone
else’s ideological life-raft in the forlorn hope that it will weather
the coming, real-world storms.


It is time to stop acting like
zealots for neoliberalism, squabbling over which brand of turbo-charged
capitalism we prefer, and face up to our collective responsibility to
change our and our children’s future.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

With Bolton Out, Will Trump Give Peace a Chance?

Over a Hundred Arrested Resisting one of the World's Largest Arms Fairs

"Trump Fires Yosemite Sam"--from Moon of Alabama blog

from Moon of Alabama

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - 17:58 UTC · 10 Sep 2019 I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore....
...I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
Oh happy day!

Saturday, September 07, 2019

The Liberation of Palestine Represents an Alternative Path for Native Nations--Statement of The Red Nation

Original at:  https://therednation.org/2019/09/07/the-liberation-of-palestine-represents-an-alternative-path-for-native-nations/

Rejecting Anti-Palestinian, Anti-Arab, and Anti-Muslim Opportunism
Palestine is the moral barometer of Indigenous North America. While there is widespread agreement among Native people that European colonialism and Indigenous genocide is criminal and immoral, there are a surprisingly high number of Native politicians, elites, and public figures who don’t extend the same sympathies to Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims. They range from outright Zionists who support Palestinian ethnic cleansing to liberal centrists who don’t support Palestinian rights of protest and resistance.

“Red washing” is a useful academic term used to describe how Zionists recruit Indigenous people to normalize the Israeli settler project. We use the term “anti-Palestinian opportunism” to describe how profitable and career-advancing it is for Indigenous people to align with the Zionist project.

Indigenous leaders frequently and falsely equate aspirations of Indigenous peoples with the Zionist settler project, which requires the displacement, removal, and continued banishment of Native Palestinians from their homelands. 

First Nations Indigenous leaders, such as Wab Kinew, Phil Fontaine, and Ron Evans (all powerful men), have taken pro-Zionist and anti-Palestinian positions by aligning with Israeli settler colonialism. In the United States, Ben Shelly, Myron Lizer, Tom Cole, and Deb Haaland have made anti-Palestinian statements as part of their political platforms. 

Even self-described “progressive” Native leaders make pro-Zionist statements and positions for political gain. 

Last year during her run for US Congress, Haaland equated Native Americans getting the right to vote in New Mexico in 1948 to the creation of the state of Israel as “parallel” experiences. And when US representative Ilhan Omar, a black muslim woman and refugee, spoke out against AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), a pro-Zionist, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab lobby group, Haaland criticized Omar’s remarks as a “type of anti-semitism” emphasizing that as Democrats, “we support Israel.” To advance her own standing with Zionist liberals like Nancy Pelosi, Haaland aligned herself with the rightwing of the Democratic party that has frequently maligned and smeared progressive Muslim women like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. Haaland’s opportunism demonstrates that she is anything but an ally to Palestine and more of an opportunist willing to throw Palestinians under the bus when it benefits her political career.

Pro-Zionism isn’t confined to the world of politicians. Indigenous artists, athletes, and academics have also chosen to ignore Palestinian rights to advance their careers.

In 2012, poet Joy Harjo ignored Palestinian calls for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) of Israeli institutions when she toured Israel. This year, the Library of Congress made her the US poet laureate. In 2017, international jurist and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, S. James Anaya crossed the BDS picket-line to give a lecture on Indigenous rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Last year, while unarmed Gazans were gunned downed by Israeli snipers during the Great March of Return, the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team refused Palestinian calls to boycott an international lacrosse tournament in Israel because they claimed Israel recognized “Iroquois sovereignty.”

The refusal of the United States and Canada to recognize Indigenous sovereignty is not an excuse to trample the rights of Palestinians. And no artistic expression, sports tournament, or academic talk trumps the right of Palestinians to live in peace in their own homeland. 

These examples show that Indigenous artists, athletes, celebrities, and politicians are rewarded for pro-Zionism and anti-BDS positions. In other words, it’s lucrative for Indigenous peoples in settler societies to be anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab, or anti-Muslim — because that’s the status quo for US imperialist interests. After all, to be anti-Palestinian is to be pro-United States, pro-Israel, and, therefore, pro-settler colonialism.

On Settler Colonialism
Settler colonialism presents itself as a shield, as a protector. What they don’t tell you is that it shields occupation and protects occupiers. Palestinians have resisted Israeli settler colonialism since 1948 and European colonialism since 1917. Israel’s violent occupation of historic Palestine is typically framed as a “conflict.” This is a distortion of history that erases the actual truth: Israel’s very existence depends upon the elimination of Palestinians. This is called settler colonialism. Israel is a violent settler nation that should be condemned for its crimes against humanity. 

And like its patron, the United States, white historians in the United States have long framed the history of settler colonialism in this nation as a “conflict” between two equal sides: cowboys and Indians; settlers and savages. Dakota scholar Elizabeth Cook-Lynn reminds us there are no two sides to a story of colonial dispossession and genocide. In a settler nation, there is a clear perpetrator: the settler state. Like Palestinians, Native people continue to resist systematic colonialism by the U.S. We refuse to be uprooted. Refusal is the basis of all forms of anti-colonial resistance, and we, as the original peoples and nations of these lands, extend unwavering solidarity and support to our Palestinian relatives who struggle for liberation from the same violence that threatens to erase our histories and our futures.

There is a prominent tendency within US-based Palestine solidarity work to foster peace and reconciliation as a model of justice. We strongly object to this tendency. Israeli colonization perpetuates violence, regardless of the liberal niceties about “peace” and “respect” you place on it. Peacemaking is not a bilateral responsibility in a settler colonial state that perpetuates war crimes against the colonized. The notion of “mutual” peace implies that the colonized holds equal responsibility for justice. In a colonial context, colonialism is the original crime, and colonizers the aggressors. When did invasion become self-defense? The only form of justice that matches this crime is decolonization. The decolonization of Israel requires withdrawing the Zionist occupation from occupied Palestine, removing the blockade from Gaza, and honoring the Palestinian right of return (all tenets of BDS, which we detail below). And those who advocate for justice in Palestine are also obligated to advocate for our liberation and decolonization from US occupation.

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid in the world. They offer their citizens complete healthcare coverage paid for by U.S. dollars, while Palestinians die on a daily basis because they are unable to access healthcare in the occupied territories, much less pay for it. Israel commits atrocities against Palestinians with impunity because the U.S. allows it to happen. We are citizens of Native nations that endure despite violent colonial occupation by the United States. We have not achieved decolonization and the national liberation of our homelands because the U.S. has sought to thwart our freedom dreams at every turn. It is thus no surprise that it bankrolls Israel’s efforts to do the same to Palestinians. U.S. occupation gains strength and legitimacy through Israeli occupation, and vice versa. 

The best method of resisting–and ultimately undoing–the collusion between the US and Israel is to enforce Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS). BDS is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality founded in 2005 that upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity. The BDS movement is a form of non-violent advocacy to demand the state of Israel 1) end its occupation of all Arab-Palestinian lands, 2) recognize the equal rights of Arab-Palestinians, and 3) respect the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes as stipulated in UN Resolution 194. 

BDS is inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement that helped to put international pressure to end apartheid. The US and Israel backed the racist South African apartheid regime when the rest of the world morally opposed it. Indigenous peoples were made a category in the UN Decade to Combat Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Apartheid, which began in 1974. Zionism as a form of racism was also part of the initial agenda (which was later removed after the 1993 Oslo accords) and gave a platform for Palestinian rights. US presidents from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush boycotted the UN programs on racism, most likely over the questions of apartheid in South Africa and Palestine. This boycott included the two UN decades to combat racism and apartheid from 1974-1993.

Nevertheless, the connections between the South African anti-apartheid movement, Palestinian rights, and Indigenous rights cannot be ignored or dismissed. Without this lateral solidarity, Indigenous peoples would not have made such historic gains, like the drafting of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). It should come as no surprise that Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States (all settler colonial regimes) initially voted against UNDRIP, maintaining their decades-long position of hostility towards Indigenous people at the UN. Israel was absent from this vote.

Across the world, student groups and university faculty have called for the academic boycott of Israeli universities, which participate in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and dispossession of Palestinian land. Dozens of U.S.-based Native scholars have pledged to honor the academic boycott of Israel by not collaborating with Israeli universities.

Another key part of the BDS movement is the economic boycott of, and divestment from, U.S., international, and Israeli companies that profit from Israel’s occupation. Israel argues that boycotting Israeli companies hurts Palestinians whom they employ; however, Israel controls natural resources, has intentionally destroyed Palestinian businesses, and has restricted Palestinians’ ability to steward their own lands and support their people. Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip–nearly 2 million people–are completely restricted from visiting family in the West Bank or in other countries or seeking crucial medical care. Israel profits from its blockade of the Gaza Strip by allowing its own exports into Gaza for sale on the market and simultaneously destroys Palestinian agricultural land and severely restricts Gaza’s exports. 

The BDS movement also calls for a cultural boycott in addition to academic and economic boycotts. Israel deliberately uses culture, entertainment and the arts to normalize and whitewash their occupation of Palestinian lands. BDS calls upon artists and entertainment performers to refrain from going to Israel.

With this history of solidarity in mind, we urge all Native people and Nations to respect the Palestinian call for BDS by pledging NOT to collaborate with universities, institutions, or organizations that promote and normalize the occupation. Don’t allow yourselves to be redwashed by Israel and its apologists to justify ethnic cleansing. Don’t cross the picket line!

Political Boycotts
While BDS calls for a cultural, economic, and academic boycotts, Indigenous nations are typically drawn into supporting Israeli settler colonialism because Israel offers recognition of Indigenous sovereignty and nationhood, when settler colonial states like the United States and Canada refuse to do so. We urge Indigenous nations to not only culturally boycott Israel, but to also refuse its recognition of our Indigenous nationhood. Instead, we urge Palestinians and Indigenous nations in North America to create, foster, and strengthen political ties through mutual recognition, aid, and support. Allying with Palestinian nationhood offers an alternative path for anti-colonial Indigneous nationhood that doesn’t normalize settler colonial regimes—whether its Israel, the United States, or Canada. 

BDS activists have successfully pressured U.S. politicians to not participate in AIPAC-sponsored Israel trips. We urge Native leaders and politicians to refuse participation in Israeli- and Zionist-sponsored delegations and instead participate in Palestinian-led and -sponsored delegations only.

Anti-Semitism
According to Jewish Voice for Peace, it is anti-semitic to claim that all Jewish people are aligned with the aims and goals Zionism and to equate support for Israel with the idea that Israel is a Jewish-only homeland. While anti-semitism is a real issue and on the rise as a central tenet of rightwing authoritarianism and fascism, BDS and justice for Palestine are not anti-semitic. To say otherwise is to minimize and obfuscate the crimes of Israel and the suffering of Palestinians. We condemn pervasive anti-Indigenous, anti-Arab, and anti-Muslim sentiments, beliefs, and practices in the US and Israel with a rigor and veracity that equals our condemnation of anti-Jewishness worldwide.

Our Commitment
We, The Red Nation, pledge to fulfill our commitment to Palestinian liberation by doing the following:
  • Holding Native celebrities, politicians, athletes, and artists accountable when they choose to cross the BDS picket line. 
  • Supporting the Palestinian right of return without hesitation or apology.
  • Supporting BDS at all turns.
  • Offering full solidarity to Palestinians in the diaspora by giving them space for organizing and speaking about Palestinian liberation.
  • Extending Indigenous hospitality and kinship to our Palestinian relatives whenever they are in, or traveling to, our homelands.
  • Supporting Palestinian resistance in any and all forms; when people are occupied, resistance is justified.
  • Educating our membership about Palestine through delegations, readings, and events.
  • Educating Native Nations and other colonized people about Palestinian Liberation and Resistance efforts. 
In solidarity with all colonized peoples of the world, 
The Red Nation