Sunday, October 27

Mazin Qumsiyeh On Palestinian infertility, Israeli racism and more

- I will be attending this event cosponsored by Al-Babtain and hosted at the EU Parliament in Brussels Nov 11 and 12 on dialogue
between civilizations

- Most recent published research results from our clinical laboratory
at Bethlehem University: Chromosome abnormalities are noted in 25% of male Palestinians with infertility and are noted in 38% of those who have absent sperm.

- Amira Hass in Haaretz: “To Israel’s satisfaction, the PLO chairman’s security apparatus is carrying out waves of arrests in Jenin and Hebron, but is helpless against settler attacks and the Civil Administration. Being identified as subcontractors of the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service diminishes their ability to curb the unrest simmering in the refugee camps and
villages. True, since there’s no chance of a revolution of
consciousness or diplomacy in Israel and since the required
fundamental change in the Palestinian leadership is not on the
horizon, Palestinian adults and the middle class in general prefer the
status quo. But when unrest erupts again – against poverty, weakness and leadership infighting, the expulsions by the Civil Administration, the IDF raids and arrests, and the Shin Bet harassment – the Palestinian forces will be forced to choose between loyalty to security cooperation and its American sponsor and their Palestinian identity. However they choose, we Israelis will continue to be periodically reminded that our ongoing dictatorship over the Palestinians is not normal and not viable.”

Marin Indyk is the chief US envoy to the surrender negotiations being engaged in by Mr. Saeb Erekat. Indyk was an Australian employee of the Israel lobby and worked for years at AIPAC’s offshoot, the Washington Institute for Near East Studies.  On the ground, Israel is announcing more settlement building while the Palestinian authority “security services” engage in repressing resistance. The PA also prevented submission of Battir to UNESCO as a world heritage site.  But, despite all, more and more people around the world show solidarity and many more Palestinians decide that they will not be victims or collaborators any more but agents of change.

- The Anti-Defamation League (I call it Arab defamation league because it is an Israel-apologist group supporting racism and apartheid and has targeted peace and justice activists) released a list of the most "influential and active anti-Israel groups" in the U.S.A. The top 10 groups they do not like are alphabetically (we list them so that you can support them by becoming a member, donations etc):
ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism)
American Muslims for Palestine
Friends of Sabeel-North America
If Americans Knew/Council for the National Interest
Jewish Voice for Peace
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Neturei Karta
Students for Justice in Palestine
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

- Academics: Please sign Petition for Long Island University to object
to its unfair treatment of a professor

Les Palestiniens ont les moyens du changement et de la résistance

Joe Catron blog of life in Gaza

Watch the video the New York Times didn’t Want You to See about
Israeli racism:

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
Professor, Bethlehem University

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