Friday, January 18

A choice between extremists

Just got back to Palestine after  a trip to Berlin for a workshop
exchanging experiences on issues of popular resistance in different
countries (Egypt, Nepal, Palestine etc.) and evolution of forms of
resistance.  I regretted being outside the country when the action
happened called Gate of the Sun (the village was attacked again the
day before I came back and emptied).  We did discuss this action in
our workshop and offered ideas on better messaging, better media work,
and better strategies.  We agreed that we must follow it up with
additional actions including ending the so called security cooperation
with Israel (where Palestinians act as subcontractors for the
occupation), growing the BDS movement (, and
leading to total civil disobedience and removal of the barriers to
freedom (physical and metaphysical).  Freedom is not given by
occupiers, it is taken with hard work and sacrifices.

Request: If any individual has good fundraising experience and can
help some worthy Palestinian nongovernmental organizations raise
funds, please contact me.  One of the NGOs is also willing to host the
volunteer here (lodging and some of the expenses but not airline
tickets). BTW, the recent floods in the north of the West Bank left
many people devastated.

You can read in the following about various important developments and
actions relating to human rights. I draw your attention especially to
two Israeli documentaries gaining notoriety despite the frustration of
the Israeli government, a book of post-Zionist Jewish recollections,
Israeli election choice between extremists, two action calls and more.

A new letter from Palestine Freedom Riders (I am proud to be one of
those 6) to help with the boycott campaign

Two Israeli documentaries up for Oscars this year but the apartheid
state apparatus is NOT happy

Brilliant book: ‘Beyond Tribal Loyalties’ — new volume spotlights
awakenings of 25 Jewish activists

Israel’s Palestinians are not a minority: Like Canada’s First Peoples,
the Palestinians’ nationhood cannot be measured in numbers. By Amira

Israeli elections: A choice between extremists


-Time For Justice – A call from Palestine to EU citizens: Ask your
governments and EMPs to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement and
stand up for human rights in 2013!

-From Palestinian Committee, Stuttgart to German Nationals: Act to end
ethnic cleansing and destruction in the Negev by the racist “Jewish
National Fund” (available material in three languages)

Mazin Qumsiyeh,
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People

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