Saturday, March 2

The Purim Attack, South Africa & More

Note: I will be in South Africa in the next 12 days.  Please let me know if you have contacts either in Johannesburg or Capetown. For my schedule see

Lost colleagues/supporters of Human Rights recently
1) Akiva Orr, founder of Matzpun

2) Stephane Hessel (20 October 1917 – 26 February 2013) French holocaust survivor, helped draft the UN Declaration of Human Rights.  While lots of media outlets reported his death, hardly any mainstream media dared to tell about his stance against Zionist occupation/colonization of Palestine.  He once said:  "In fact, the word that applies—that should be applied—is 'war crime' and even 'crime against humanity'. But this word must be used carefully, especially when one is in Geneva, the seat of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who may have an important opinion on that issue. For my part, having visited Gaza, having seen the refugee camps with thousands of children, the manner in which they are bombed appears as a veritable crime against humanity." 
Feel Outrage / Indignez-vous - Stéphane Hessel in English 
l'Invité - in French

Israeli mainstream paper Maariv photographer takes picture of a Purim attack: Several Yeshiva students attack a young Muslim woman, remove her scarf, beat her up, as an old Palestinain man stood helpless and Israeli security officers smiled

According to news reports the autopsy that allegedly found Arafat Jaradat had not died from torture was performed by Yehuda Hiss. This is the Israeli official who had been found to have stolen organs while in charge of the Israeli morgue. See

Annexation or Apartheid: (some) Israelis search for a word for their reality

The European Union has recommended its 27 member states imposing sanctions on Israeli settlements

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

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