Sunday, May 15, 2011

Nakba message

I wrote the following to my two senators and congresswoman to mark the Nakba of the Palestinians...

On the occasion of the Nakba (catastrophe) for the Palestinians, a people you do not hear, with no voting bloc to earn your respect, I have a brief quote from Native-American Luther Standing Bear of the Lakotah (Sioux) Nation, who, though long dead, could speak for the Palestinians today.

"They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one: they promised to take our land and they took it. It was not hard to see that the white people coveted every inch of land on which we lived. Greed. Humans wanted the last bit of ground which supported Indian feet. It was land - it has ever been land - for which the White man oppresses the Indian and to gain possession of which he commits any crime. Treaties that have been made are vain attempts to save a little of the fatherland, treaties holy to us by the smoke of the pipe - but nothing is holy to the white man. Little by little, with greed and cruelty unsurpassed by the animal, he has taken all. The loaf is gone and now the white man wants the crumbs"

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