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Feinstein deaf 2 Wintu and Palestinian voices, hears only $$$$

CA Senator Diane Feinstein shows no concern for the original inhabitants of Palestine or Shasta County. Her campaign funding from pro-Israel AIPAC and Central Valley agribusiness could be blinding her to the objections of the Palestinians and the Winnemem Wintu..
Today the Sacramento Bee ran a front page story on the CalFed plan to raise Shasta Dam for the benefit of the Central Valley agribusiness water users. The article didn't mention that the Wintu tribe objects to the flooding of their sacred sites along the McCloud River. There was a quote from CA Senator Diane Feinstein (a Democrat), she believes it is people's

"God-given right to water their lawns and gardens."

and Shasta dam should be raised to fulfill Feinstein's prophecy..

Well, i just couldn't let this one go. The Demoncrat Senator Feinstein, supposed alternative to the Republicons, is now stepping forward to claim "God" gave European immigrants residing in suburban America the right to take water from the Sacramento River and flood the McCloud River for their monoculture lawns..

The article doesn't mention monoculture agribusiness water consumption in the hot dry Central Valley. Monoculture crops use more water than smaller scale diverse permaculture gardens, so her defense of the 'garden' is misleading. It deserves mention that smaller permaculture farms cannot contribute fat bank to political campaigns like agribusiness. She defends monoculture agribusiness interests that are doing very little in the way of water conservation. These big business farms actually try to use as much water as possible so they'll be guaranteed the same amount next season..

You would think that Feinstein, big time supporter of Israel, would at least have learned from one of the positive acts of members of the apartheid Zionist state, drip irrigation. Years ago, some Israeli settlers installed drip irrigation to water their crops in the dry climate..

This was before Ariel Sharon and the right wing Likkud takeover, now the Israeli military/settler mafia use their energy to uproot Palestinian olive trees. These age old trees are native to the desert region and drought tolerant, so they don't need that much water to produce their fruits..

Wow, growing native flora for food that is adapted to a hot dry climate. The Palestinians living in the now Israeli occupied territories have been tending these olive trees for centuries before Israeli colonization. There's another concept that flew over the head of Diane Feinstein and her agribusiness backers..

Feinstein's blatant support of Israeli apartheid state and disregard for the lives of Palestinians who have lived in the occupied territories is mirrored by her lack of concern for the Wintu tribe of Northern CA. The Winnemem Wintu are risking losing another sacred site on the McCloud River to flooding by the raising of the already monolithic Shasta dam. Not to mention the loss of salmon spawning habitat that was blocked by the building of the dam in the 1940's. Not only the Wintu are effected by loss of salmon, so are the Yurok, Hoopa, Karuk and others living along the dammed and diverted Klamath River..

Since God told Feinstein that we need Sacramento River water for our lawns, and the money flows into her coffers from both Central Valley agribusiness and the pro-Israel lobby (AIPAC), neither the Palestinians nor the Wintu matter in her eyes. Glad to know she is able to "speak" for God..

So this is our alternative to the right wing Republicons, eh? Bush/Norton diverted water from the Klamath and caused the deaths of over 30,000 salmon due to low water levels on the river. In both of the above cases, the olive trees and the salmon represent a needed staple for the cultural survival of the Palestinians and the Wintu. Destroying their traditional food sources results in a decline of the health and well being of these peoples. Seems like genocide of indigenous peoples in both America and Palestine is a bi-partisan value..

We the people are no longer represented by our government. Control is in the hands of corporations and their puppet politicians like Feinstein/Bush/etc.. We can only wish that the diverse peoples around the Earth can come together and overthrow this tyrannical empire before it's too late for the salmon, Wintu, Palestinians, Iraqis, Americans and anyone else who stands in the way of the corporate controlled government bulldozer..

Wintu object to raising Shasta Dam;

comparison of pro-Israel contributions w/ pro-Arab contributions;

"One only needs to look at Israel's staunchest supporters in Congress and the Senate and see how much money they are receiving from Israeli interest groups to realize that American foreign policy is being bought and dictated by these groups.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) will be introducing legislation to the Senate to shut down PLO offices in D.C., restrict the PLO representative's travel in the United States and to cut ties with any representative of the Palestinian people. Mrs. Feinstein has received over $100,000 from Israeli interest groups that advocate the continued policies of apartheid against the Palestinians.[2]"

above quote from media monitors;

River Diversions Threaten Salmon;

Sacred Lands Film Project;

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Re: Feinstein deaf 2 Wintu and Palestinian voices, hears only $$$$

Whereas it is probably true that some of the settlers have engaged in illegal behavior,it is not the primary action concerning the upooting of olive groves. Both sides (Arab & Jew) recognize th principle that posession is 90% of the law therefore both sides (in Israel & the West Bank) plant groves on every available plot, often illegally. When the authorities recognize an illegal grove, they quicky remove it ...for the most part, these "ancient"groves are new plantings. Th 2nd major reason is of course clearing land that is used as cover for attacks. Since we don't sacrifice our kids (Zahal) easily, the trees go. They can always be replanted. Thats war.

Re: Feinstein deaf 2 Wintu and Palestinian voices, hears only $$$$

Uncle Mustafa's ancient Olive grove....hey wait a minute...I never had an uncle Mustafa...

Re: Feinstein deaf 2 Wintu and Palestinian voices, hears only $$$$

Rationalizing genocide won't get u or your children far in life. Zionist Israel continues to dig deeper with their deceit and lies despite being offered a hand out of the mess they're in. All we get is a faceful of dirt for trying. The whole world is watching the struggles of the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation..

Viva Intifada!!


Army and settlers feed Palestinians' resentment -Israel destroys groves in the West Bank and Gaza

by Ewen Mac-Askill in Nablus
Guardian UK"

April 14, 2001

Ahmed Kasem, a Palestinian olive-farmer, enjoys curling up for a nap in the shade of one of his trees. When he is not dozing, he wanders round the olive groves, as he has done for most of his 76 years, watering the trees or tucking a little more earth round their roots to protect them from the sun.

He lives in Huwwarah amid a pretty landscape of cypress, pine and olive trees a few miles south of Nablus, on the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Olive trees have been cultivated in this part of the world since the Romans. On the hillsides above his home, there are olive trees that were planted 1,000 years ago that still produce olives. Closer to home, he can point to trees that were planted by his father 100 years ago.

He loves the olive tree. "For me, being with the trees is like being in heaven. I am not crazy but I open my heart to the trees. I think of the trees as I do my family. I speak to them when I have troubles."

He has had plenty of troubles to share with the trees in the past seven months. The olive branch, the universal symbol of peace, has fallen victim to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as have Mr Kasem and his fellow villagers.

The Israeli army and Jewish settlers living nearby have been uprooting the olive trees. Mr. Kasem lost 20 of them when an olive grove was bulldozed by the Israeli army in December.

"It was four in the morning. A neighbour knocked on the door. I rushed out almost naked. They had gone by the time I got there. The field was churned up, the trees lying all over the place," Mr Kasem said.

"I took the roots home. They are in the yard. I look at them every day. I say to them 'I spent half my life nurturing you'. I will keep the roots to remind my grandchildren what the Jews did to me and to them." Although he has other olive trees, the loss was painful.

"Even if you have lots of kids, the death of one is going to hurt," he says. "I planted those trees when I was only 20. It was the start of the winter season. I bought them at a village near Tel Aviv and took them home in my brother's truck."

The destruction of the olive groves is continuing at Huwwarah. Sixty other olive-farmers in the village have suffered losses: they estimated 2,500 olive trees have been torn up by the Israeli army or Jewish settlers.

Two weeks ago the Palestinian Authority announced that in the past seven months 25,000 olive trees had been uprooted in the West Bank and Gaza.

Major Yarden Vatichai, an Israeli army spokesman, said: "We do it because there is a threat to our soldiers and civilians. They can be a hideout for Palestinian gunmen."

Most of the trees uprooted have been close to Jewish settlements, or beside roads used by Jewish settlers.

Israeli peace groups, some of whose members have been arrested trying to stop the destruction, dispute the army version and claim the real reason for the uprooting is to aid the further Israeli annexation of Palestinian land.

Palestinians, such Mr Kasem, see the loss of the olive trees as part of a deliberate policy by Israel to humiliate them, to sap their will.

The mayor of Huwwarah, Wajeeh Odeh, 44, admitted that Palestinian youths have thrown stones at Jewish settlers using the road but said the Israeli response had been disproportionate.

"The kids throw stones to demonstrate their opposition to the occupation," he said. "There have been no Palestinian snipers here. No soldier or settler has been killed or wounded."

One of the toughest parts of life under Israeli occupation is the curfew. The first and longest imposed by the army on Huwwarah lasted 38 days, beginning on October 6. It was a 24-hour curfew. There have been two others since.

"We were not allowed to leave our homes," one of Mr Kasem's neighbours, Mustapha Dawoud, said. "It was like being a pigeon in a cage."

Closure of the village to the outside world has been near constant. Israeli checkpoints at either side of the village ensure a safe passage for Jewish settlers but they cut off access for the Palestinians.

There are ways round, using desert by-pass roads, but locals use these at the risk of being shot. "I took a risk," Mr Kasem said. "I got a lorry and a driver and got some of the crop through."

He is confident that one day, God willing, there will be a Palestinian state and that the Israeli army and the settlers will be gone. He will safely replant new trees then.

"If not me," he says, "my children or grandchildren will."

from Palestine Monitor;

see also;

"Among the most joyous moments of my childhood were days spent picking olives. I’m a city person, born and raised in Jerusalem but, like every Palestinian, I have a connection with the village and the vineyard, with the farm and the fruit groves."

Intifada as dead as Arafat

"Viva Intifada!!"

LOL!!! The inifada is failed and dead... all it did was make things worse for the palestinians, setting back their cause twenty years...
palestinians never miss an opportunity to shoot themselves in the foot


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