At the unrestrained attack on the Oakland encampment a 24 yr. old Iraq vet (2 tours) was hit in the head by a police fired projectile.  He’s in a coma – swollen brain.  Thousands in Oakland have re-taken the camp site which is right across from their City Hall.  Late last night when they heard what happened the NY occupiers held a big late night march around the financial district.  Reporters on TV were very histrionic showing it.  It was a big group but outside of chanting they were just walking – no threat to anyone or anything. …. a lesson taught by zion.

I was not surprised when I learned that the same company that supplies the Israeli army with teargas rounds and other weapons of mass suppression is selling its dangerous wares to the Oakland police.
Palestine in Oakland

by Adam Horowitz

Woman in a wheelchair tries to escape the tear gas the Oakland Police Department launched upon the protesters. (Photo:
Occupy Together)

Last night police in Oakland, California cracked down on protesters in the Occupy Oakland movement in a possibly ominous sign of things to come. Mother Jones reports that law enforcement used rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash-bang grenades to attack the protesters. The tactical similarities to Israel’s treatment of nonviolent Palestinian protesters were obvious to many, but they go deeper than that. Max Blumenthal writes the Oakland police used many of the same weapons:

The police repression on display in Oakland reminded me of tactics I witnessed the Israeli army employ against Palestinian popular struggle demonstrations in occupied West Bank villages like Nabi Saleh, Ni’lin and Bilin. So I was not surprised when I learned that the same company that supplies the Israeli army with teargas rounds and other weapons of mass suppression is selling its dangerous wares to the Oakland police. The company is Defense Technology, a Casper, Wyoming based arms firm that claims to “specialize in less lethal technology” and other “crowd management products.” Defense Tech sells everything from rubber-coated teargas rounds that bounce in order to maximize gas dispersal to 40 millimeter “direct impact” sponge rounds to “specialty impact” 12 gauge rubber bullets.



Poet Amirah Mizrahi made a similar connection in a piece she wrote for the Occupy Writers series:

oakland, 25 october 2011

I. second person present

when you are there
nothing else
is real.

tear gas makes you calm
a warm comfortable room
is disorienting

the shaking you feel
is each cell rising up
to protest with you
each person marching
is a cell
in the blood stream
of resistance flowing

is a vein

II. first person past

i was wadi salib 1959
i was musrara 1971
i was palestine in oakland
like never before i was
all the places
in all the radical histories
i know and don’t know

i heard a trumpet in a marching band
play a tune i recognized
bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao ciao ciao
clapping hands marching feet i gave
away shirts as scarves
to shield faces

today i was a time
place comma date
that some day some one will be
when she is again marching
in the streets and
knowing history
holding it

III. future perfect

there is a moment of realization
that a new world
is on the horizon we
work hard for her
slowly, painfully we

that there is still work
to be done tomorrow we
go home, wash
tear gas out
of our hair
clean our wounds
each other’s wounds

we remind each other:
love yourself
& build
for tomorrow.

How far will these connections resonate with the broader Occupy Together movement? Blumenthal ends:

Some Occupy Wall Street activists have argued that Palestine must remain segregated from the movement’s agenda. It is a distraction from the essential economic issues that drive the protests, they say, and turns the majority of Americans off. But the issue is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid now that the protesters are confronted with the very same weapons Israel uses to crush unarmed Palestinian resistance.



  1. October 27, 2011 at 18:11

    The government of Oakland exist for the people and they should be run for the benefit of the people. I find it very offensive that they took the action which they did. We pay too much for the bad service that we get from our governments. I also will like to remind the police that they exist on the payment of taxes by the people. Do not cry to us if your city goes bankrupt and they cannot pay that excess pensions that you have gouged out of the elected office holders. They will be fired over the next few years and most of the cities will elect to go into bankrupcy rather than attempt to pay off the huge fiscal insanity of recent office holders. Bankrupt court for government usually mean killing employee pensions. I would recommend that you remember who actually pay your salary.

  2. October 28, 2011 at 00:22


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