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Posted in comunicado, EZLN Communique with tags , , , on January 24, 2009 by floweroftheword

By Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos – Mexico

Two days ago, the same day we discussed violence, the ineffable Condoleezza Rice, a US official, declared that what was happening in Gaza was the Palestinians’ fault, due to their violent nature.

The underground rivers that crisscross the world
can change their geography, but they sing the same song.

And the one we hear now is one of war and pain.

Not far from here, in a place called Gaza, in Palestine, in the Middle East, right here next to us, the Israeli government’s heavily trained and armed military continues its march of death and destruction.

The steps it has taken are those of a classic military war of conquest: first an intense mass bombing in order to destroy “strategic” military points (that’s how the military manuals put it) and to “soften” the resistance’s reinforcements; next a fierce control over information:
everything that is heard and seen “in the outside world,” that is, outside the theater of operations, must be selected with military criteria; now intense artillery fire against the enemy infantry to protect the advance of troop to new positions; then there will be a siege to
weaken the enemy garrison; then the assault that conquers the position and annihilates the enemy, then the “cleaning out” of the probable “nests of resistance.”

The military manual of modern war, with a few variations and additions, is being followed step-by-step by the invading military forces.

We don’t know a lot about this, and there are surely specialists in the so-called “conflict in the Middle East,” but from this corner we have something to say:

According to the news photos, the “strategic” points destroyed by the Israeli government’s air force are houses, shacks, civilian buildings. We haven’t seen a single bunker, nor a barracks, nor a military airport, nor cannons, amongst the rubble. So–and please excuse our ignorance–we think that either the planes’ guns have bad aim, or in Gaza such “strategic” military points don’t exist.

We have never had the honor of visiting Palestine, but we suppose that people, men, women, children, and the elderly–not soldiers–lived in those houses, shacks, and buildings.

We also haven’t seen the resistance’s reinforcements, just rubble.

We have seen, however, the futile efforts of the information siege, and the world governments trying to decide between ignoring or applauding the invasion, and the UN, which has been useless for quite some time, sending out tepid press releases..

But wait. It just occurred to us that perhaps to the Israeli government those men, women, children, and elderly people are enemy soldiers, and as such, the shacks, houses, and buildings that they inhabited are barracks that need to be destroyed..

So surely the hail of bullets that fell on Gaza this morning were in order to protect the Israeli infantry’s advance from those men, women, children, and elderly people.

And the enemy garrison that they want to weaken with the siege that is spread out all over Gaza is the Palestinian population that lives there.

And the assault will seek to annihilate that population. And whichever man, woman, child, or elderly person that manages to escape or hide from the predictably bloody assault will later be “hunted” so that the cleansing is complete and the commanders in charge of the operation
can report to their superiors: “We’ve completed the mission.”

Again, pardon our ignorance, maybe what we’re saying is beside the point. And instead of condemning the ongoing crime, being the indigenous and warriors that we are, we should be discussing and taking a position in the discussion about if it’s “Zionism” or “anti-Semitism,” or if Hamas’ bombs started it.

Maybe our thinking is very simple, and we’re lacking the nuances and annotations that are always so necessary in analyses, but to the Zapatistas it looks like there’s a professional army murdering a defenseless population.

Who from below and to the left can remain silent?

Is it useful to say something? Do our cries stop even one bomb? Does our word save the life of even one Palestinian?

We think that yes, it is useful. Maybe we don’t stop a bomb and our word won’t turn into an armored shield so that that 5.56 mm or 9 mm caliber bullet with the letters “IMI” or “Israeli Military Industry” etched into the base
of the cartridge won’t hit the chest of a girl or boy, but perhaps our word can manage to join forces with others in Mexico and the world and perhaps first it’s heard as a murmur, then out loud, and then a scream that they hear in Gaza.

We don’t know about you, but we Zapatistas from the EZLN, we know how important it is, in the middle of destruction and death, to hear some words of encouragement.

I don’t know how to explain it, but it turns out that yes, words from afar might not stop a bomb, but it’s as if a crack were opened in the black room of death and a tiny ray of light slips in.

As for everything else, what will happen will happen. The Israeli government will declare that it dealt a severe blow to terrorism, it will hide the magnitude of the massacre from its people, the large weapons manufacturers will have obtained economic support to face the crisis, and “the global public opinion,” that malleable entity that is always in fashion, will turn away.

But that’s not all. The Palestinian people will also resist and survive and continue struggling and will continue to have sympathy from below for their cause.

And perhaps a boy or girl from Gaza will survive, too. Perhaps they’ll grow, and with them, their nerve, indignation, and rage. Perhaps they’ll become soldiers or militiamen for one of the groups that struggle in
Palestine. Perhaps they’ll find themselves in combat with Israel. Perhaps they’ll do it firing a gun. Perhaps sacrificing themselves with a belt of dynamite around their waists.

And then, from up there above, they will write about the Palestinians’ violent nature and they’ll make declarations condemning that violence and they’ll get back to discussing if it’s Zionism or anti-Semitism.

And no one will ask who planted that which is being harvested.

Source: The Palestine Chronicle: 01/12
Published in Mexico Week in Review,
a publication of the CIS-DC Zapatistas.

Friday 8 August: ‘Zapata’s Garden’ Film Screening and Raffle Draw

Posted in Event with tags , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2008 by floweroftheword

You are invited to:

Zapata’s Garden – Film Screening and Raffle Draw

Friday 8 August, from 8.00 pm
at Happy, corner of Tory and Vivian Streets, Wellington. Entry by koha.

All proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards assisting the people of the Caracol of La Garrucha to deliver basic health services.

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group is organising a raffle draw and a screening to raise awareness of the struggles of some indigenous peoples in Mexico.

The first prize of the raffle draw will be the fascinating autographed book of “Las noches de fuego y desvelo”, an erotic novel by Subcomandante Marcos. The Second prize will be a copy of “Filosofía y educación”, Doctoral Thesis of Rafael Sebastián Guillén Vicente, widely believed to be Subcomandante Marcos.

“Zapata´s garden” is shot and produced by indigenous people in the Autonomous Municipaltiy of Emiliano Zapata. This video looks at the new society that the Zapatistas are building. Fighting the effects of globalization and government corruption, community members talk about
the importance of collective work in building up this new society, “We don’t want things to be as they were before. Now we have land to work, and with it we will feed ourselves and our children.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to know more about the Zapatistas and join us at Happy on the corner of Tory and Vivian streets, Friday August 8.00 pm. Admission to the screening is by koha.

For more information see:


Posted in Announcement, Event with tags , , , on July 25, 2008 by floweroftheword



FIRST PRIZE: Autographed copy of NOCHES DE FUEGO Y DESVELO an erotic novel by Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos, illustrated by Antonio Ramírez (Measures 27cm x 40.5cm or 10.5ins x 16ins)

SECOND PRIZE: Copy of “Filosofia y Educacion” Doctoral Thesis of Rafael Sebastian Guillen Vicente (widely believe to be El Sub. Marcos!)

DRAWN: 08 August 2008 (129th Anniversary of Zapata’s birth), at HAPPY Cnr Tory & Vivian Street, Wellington, New Zealand. (Prizes couriered to any international winners)

TICKETS: $5 each, or a book of ten for $45 Only 1500 tickets available, so be quick!!!!

Contacts for tickets/donations/more info:

Julie Webb-Pullman – (Australia)
Lucia Zanmonti – (New Zealand)


In rural Chiapas, Mexico there is only one doctor for every 25,000 people. Over 70% of the population is Indigenous, and over 70% of them suffer from malnutrition, with 33% of children suffering extreme malnutrition. The majority of illnesses in their communities are preventable, including diarrhoea, intestinal parasites, respiratory diseases such as TB, skin parasites, typhoid fever, skin mycosis and Hepatitis B. The Mexican Government provides services only to those in political agreement them, and whom it can regulate through its international donors. This means that not only do Indigenous autonomous communities not receive these public funds, but also that many of the resources that arrive in Chiapas do not support direct community involvement in the development and provision of health services.

La Garrucha is one of five Zapatista Caracoles who have turned their backs on the Government after 500 years of neglect, and determined to develop and provide their own health services, establishing micro-clinics in every community, and now building larger clinics in each municipality.

La Garrucha Health Project

The micro-clinics are all staffed by health promoters who are members of the community, and continue with their work in the fields and homes in addition to their health practitioner responsibilities. They receive training in health care from NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders and Marie Stopes International, and Mexican and international volunteer health practitioners. There are currently 255 health promoters with various degrees of training and skill – some very experienced with 15 years or more of service provision in their communities, others with only a few months training. They need ongoing training over several years to build up their skills base, and the Wellington Zapatista Support Group is committed to fundraising to finance the necessary training workshops for the health promoters of the La Garrucha caracol in the Selva Zone. Please join us in this important work, helping the Zapatistas construct accessible, acceptable and appropriate autonomous health services.

Next Event: Raffle Draw, Film and Fiesta- Friday 8 August

Posted in Event with tags , , , , , , on July 21, 2008 by floweroftheword

Thanks to everyone who came to our last film night on July 16th.

Our next event will be on Friday 8 August at Happy (corner Tory and Vivian Streets) from 8-10pm. Entry by koha/donation.

We will be showing and discussing a short film and celebrating the drawing of our raffle with a surprise or two…

The first prize for the raffle is an autographed copy of “Nights of Fire and Sleeplessness” an illustrated erotic novel by Zapatista spokesperson Subcommandante Marcos (in spanish, with illustrations by Antonio Ramírez)

We will be showing another film made by Zapatista communities about their lives and struggle. More details about the film will be announced soon!

And as usual we will have information about the Zapatistas for you to take away, and some crafts for sale too.

If you would like to buy a raffle ticket or just want more information, please email


Wellington Zapatista Support Group