Pragoti stands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and all progressive resistance to Zionism. Here is an announcement of one such effort by the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
On 5-6 March 2011, the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London will hold its seventh annual conference, "Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine."
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In October, a three-member delegation of Australian unionists visited the Western Saharawi refugee camps in the Hamada desert, South West Algeria. Western Sahara has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975.
Before Europe could “immigrate,” someone else had to be removed. Before there was land to settle it must be stolen. Before anyone could be “free and white” someone else had to be “non-white” – and enslaved. Before “Americans” could become “Americans,” “Latin Americans” – who are overwhelmingly Original Americans – had to become something else – “Latinos,” “Hispanic,” the not-Native – the Alien.
The Illegal Alien.
In a stunning bit of triple think the Natives, who knew no borders, became “Aliens,” while Europeans became “Americans,” and “Americans” became “Natives,” while the Original Americans became “foreign” infiltrators and lawbreakers bent on who-knows-what brand of “terrorism” against “innocent” colonists, or if you prefer, “Americans.” Or “Settlers.”
Or is it “Afrikaners.”
Take your pick.
Three out of four citizens of the United States of America today are white. The American Indian numbers have been reduced to about 2 million or less than one percent of the total population. Pragoti had earlier carried articles, taken from various sources, on the occasion of "Columbus Day" which is now often referred to as the "Day of Indegenous Resistance" and on "Thanksgiving Day" to highlight the genocidal progress of colonialism in the western hemisphere.
Continuing with this theme, we present to our readers two articles. The first one by Juan Santos argues that racial discrimination and extermination of the American Indians have been central to the the history of the United States of America and this is not some unfortunate side-story. The second is the speech given by one of the remaining descendants of the Wampanoag tribe which first encountered the bloody "pilgrims" of the Mayflower and paid for their lives with it.
Report, Addameer, 25 November 2008
On 30 October 2008, at 10:15am, the Israeli army stormed the faculty of the Palestine Technical College in Arroub refugee camp, Hebron and arrested students from some of the classrooms. The students were blindfolded, shackled, and then repeatedly beaten, slapped, and punched all over the body. They were then taken to Gush Etzion military detention center.
It is a deep thing that people still celebrate the survival of the early colonists at Plymouth — by giving thanks to the Christian God who supposedly protected and championed the European invasion. The real meaning of all that, then and now, needs to be continually excavated. The myths and lies that surround the past are constantly draped over the horrors and tortures of our present.
Every schoolchild in the United States has been taught that the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony invited the local Indians to a major harvest feast after surviving their first bitter year in New England. But the real history of Thanksgiving is a story of the murder of indigenous people and the theft of their land by European colonialists – and of the ruthless ways of capitalism.
Leading Palestinian activists handed over on Thursday a petition signed by one million Gazans to the international agency, UNRWA, urging for lifting the siege on Gaza Strip.
May 17th, 2006 : The map shows the 'new' Occupation scheme to ensure Palestinian rights continue to be negated and violated: the 'Convergence Plan'. The plan is Israel's latest attempt to legitimize the Palestinian ghettos, to permanently annex territory in the west of the West Bank, seal Palestinians in from the east, and surround a series of Palestinian Bantustans. Within the ruins of these leftover territories is to be found the future 'state' of Palestine.