The U.S. was built through settler colonialism, which involves taking over lands already in use by other people, displacing the people and often destroying their cultures. (Sometimes the goal was simply to use the land for their own settlements; in other cases the goal was to extract minerals & other resources. In the U.S. & Canada, settlers not only made war on the Indigenous peoples, they made a conscious and concerted effort to burn their cultures out of the children’s mind through systems of residential schools.
The most visible example of settler colonialism in progress today is Israel’s illegal occupation of territory in Palestine.
We are just beginning to develop this topic, but here are some related posts on this website:
- Decolonizing America for a Sustainable Future
- Acknowledging the Lenni-Lenape
- Columbus Day
- Thanksgiving & Colonialism
- We must fully unpack the complicated evils of our justice system in order to build the sophisticated solutions we need
- The Myth of the Wheat King and the Killing of Colten Boushi | The Conversation
- White People Have No Culture | Terra Incognita
- Why I’m Fighting to decolonize Canada’s Education System | Flare
- Sexual Assault and Violence Across Industries… | Terra Incognita
- The Colonial Roots of Gun Culture | In These Times
- As We Have Always Done, by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
- When They Call You a Terrorist, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & ashe bandele
This section addresses news related to Palestine with a focus on issues that are not reported in the mainstream media.
Our background page on Israel/Palestine is a good place to start.
From Faramarz Farbod*, I have provided a summary of a 8/12 Conference Call about the Iran Agreement organized by the United for Peace and Justice organization on the Iran Agreement meant to aid activists engaged in ensuring that the Congress … more
Testimony by Israeli soldiers reveals abductions, beatings, and torture they visited on Hebron. By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem The dark-haired 22-year-old in black T-shirt, blue jeans and red Crocs is understandably hesitant as he sits at a picnic table in … more
The complex and violent situation in Israel & Palestine deserves our attention and action. In the Middle East and elsewhere, war, terrorism, and violence destroy communities and people as they consume vast amounts of economic and natural resources. This alone … more
Mr. KUCINICH. Mr. Speaker, today I join my colleagues in Congress in celebrating Israel’s accomplishments over the past 60 years. I am happy to be co-sponsor of this congratulatory resolution. However, like many Israelis and Palestinians, I have concerns about … more
Why, really, was the USS Liberty attacked by Israel? by Alan Hart The following is my keynote address to the annual re-union dinner of the Liberty Veterans’ Association Long Island, 12 June 2010—I want to begin by saying that though … more
by Gabriel Ash, Emily Katz Kashawi, Mich Levy, Sara Kershnar, June 2010 In June 2010, two opposite ends of the Jewish political spectrum will vie for one historical moment. As Israel and the Zionist movement struggle to maintain their century-long pull … more
In These Times June 8, 2010 The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla The Freedom Flotilla defied Israel’s policy of blocking solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict based on international decisions, and so it must be crushed. … more