5 thoughts on “Israeli Settler MK to Huckabee: ‘We’re Connected to This Land No Less Than Your Indians’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. ‘We’re Connected to This Land No Less Than Your Indians’

    Does this statement means that the US-Indians do also have rights on Palestine? Amazing!

    1. The days of making bogus comparisons to the American Indians are drawing to a close. The UN treaty bodies are already addressing the treatment of the domestic Indian nations as part of the Universal Periodic Review process. While Israel claims to be the only democracy in the Middle East, “The Six Nations” claim to be “the oldest living participatory democracy on Earth.”

      FYI, the US has always avoided the negotiating table when it comes to privatizing or selling-off lands that belong by treaty to the Indians. President Jackson “negotiated” Indian removal treaties and legislation that ceded most of the territory west of the Mississippi (including Huckabee’s home state of Arkansas) to the Indians. The Federal government originally declared that the Indians were “domestic dependent nations” with the “right of occupancy”, but no right of title. That claim was based upon the European “right of discovery”. The government only belatedly recognized “tribal sovereignty”, to avoid the UN Charter provisions regarding self-determination and non-self governing peoples and territories. In any event, it continued to raid the cookie jar while acting as “trustee landlord”. See for example Ed Vogel and Erica Bulman, “Panel backs tribe’s claim, U.S. not respecting anti-racism treaty, U.N. committee says”, Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Mar-11-Sat-2006/news/6305286.html

      In principle, I don’t see any difference between the hilltop settlers who discharge untreated waste into Arab villages and a government trustee that tries to establish the only national nuclear waste dump on the territory of one of the Indian nations.

  2. Grotesque. Isn’t Huckabee one of those fundamentalists who firmly believe that Jesus won’t return until “the Jews” are all re-gathered into Israel, and all convert?

    Has anyone told Zeev that his only importance is as a future convert?

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