090510-qumsiyeh41Dr 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)

A sign from Gaza: “Dear Europe, Sorry about that cloud of ash over your heads and that you can’t travel anywhere. We feel just the same.  Sincerely,

In news, Israeli soldiers were “reprimanded” for cold-blooded murder of 4 young Palestinians.  I guess they would have been jailed for a  few days if they first tortured the Palestinians before shooting them. And the repression continues but also the heroic action of a few dedicated, decent souls to resist.
Inspiring Sights and sounds from Al-Walaja (blocking bulldozers)
and Beit Ummar
Silwan, Al-Walaja, Beit Jala actions

Action needed in the next 24 hours: After the success with divestment resolution passed at University of New Hampshire, we need to support divestment resolutions at UC San Diego (and UC Berkely) AND
Please sign a petition here in support of the new UC San Diego bill.

Please send your letters of support to UCSD’s student senators, contact info here

Action: Support the Free Gaza ship flotilla bringing needed aid to Gaza to break the inhumane siege

Join us: Conference “Sumud and the Wall conference, Bethlehem University”,
Furno Hall, Friday April 30: 9:00 – 18:00 and Saturday May 1: 9:00 – 18:00.
Simultaneous translation English-Arabic
An academic conference with 17 lectures organized around the following themes:
1. The Wall, space and violence, 2. Life near the Wall, 3. Activism and
Sumud practices, 4. Towards Wall Studies. Program
Registration: On site at the registration table near the Furno Hall.
Fee: none, except for lunch costs. Please send us an email in advance
whether you share the lunch.
Organization: Oxford Brookes University (UK), Paris-Est University (France)
and the Arab Educational Institute (AEI-Open Windows, Bethlehem), in
cooperation with Al-Quds Open University, Bethlehem University (Department
of Humanities) and Utrecht University (Center for Conflict Studies) as
academic partners. The Arab Educational Institute is locally responsible for
coordination. Information / 02-2777876

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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