090510-qumsiyeh4Dr MAZIN QUMSIYEH is a tireless activist for Palestinian human rights who returned to his hometown of Beit Sahour in the Israeli-occupied West Bank last year and now teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. The author of Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle (2004), Qumsiyeh is both a human rights activist and a scientist who has a lengthy list of publications on genetics to his credit. The Electronic Intifada contributor Ida Audeh met with him in April and discussed advocating the Palestinian cause in the United States and his impressions about the current direction of the Palestinian struggle.

During the 29 years he lived in the United States, Qumsiyeh earned masters and doctoral degrees; taught at several prestigious universities, including Duke and Yale; co-founded activist organizations (Al-Awda, the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition and the Wheels of Justice Tour — a traveling tour bus that stops at different communities to educate them about Palestine and Iraq); and was a board member for numerous organizations. Since the mid-1990s, he has maintained email lists that focus on human rights and international law. His weekly postings now reach approximately 50,000 individuals and include reports of events and comments that are informed by a deep understanding of common struggles in other parts of the world. An optimist who advocates “having joyful participation in the sorrows of this world,” he includes in every e-mail at least one action that the reader can take to make a difference. (From an interview with Ida Audeh, The Electronic Intifada , 11 May 2009)

They finally released our 10 friends yesterday from Israeli jails on bail pending “trial”.  Those kidnapped from the peaceful march in Bethlehem area on Palm Sunday attended a press conference in Ramallah and passed by Beit Sahour late last night.   Each is to appear in front of a military judge later this month.  Yet, the Friday regular demonstration in Al-Ma’sara was large and daring.  Speeches were given at the site where soldiers had stretched barbed wire blocking the road.   Internationals (including Israelis) participated with Palestinians.  The occupation troops decided to end the demonstration early with a barrage of concussion/stun grenades.  Two reporters and two demonstrators were injured by the soldiers as they tried to arrest some people in a violent way. They managed to arrest our deaf Italian colleague.  The soldiers also shot directly at my car smashing one concussion  grenade into the windshield from a distance of over 100 meters (replacement and clean-up will cost $250-300).

Similar repression occurred in other towns in the West Bank. Israel also shelled a number of places in Gaza including a dairy products factory.

Huwwara Checkpoint land day event: nonviolent resistance met by violence again and again
Al-Jazeerah English shows our land day activities in Beit Sahour

BART Art Commemorates Palestine Land Day in San Francisco

Support the Maia Project: Bringing clean water to children in Palestine

Some of my talk in Pittsburgh made it to this radio show and you can listen to it here

Video of my talk in Stamford, CT here

US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government

Actions (good or bad) speak louder than words

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
Popular Committee to Resist the Apartheid Wall and Settlements-Beit Sahour
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,

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