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)

There were many BDS victories recently and it is hard to keep up.  But a notable acceleration of the cultural boycott is inevitable now that both Gil Scott Heron and Carlos Santana have canceled their appearances in Israel. The deputy of the Israeli ambassador in London was also reminded of the state’s apartheid policies and had to escape from the challenge with help of British police agents.  Hundreds of such inspiring actions occur every day thanks to hundreds of thousands of people who act (silence is complicity and action is an antidote to despair).

More videos of the great action of resistance in the village of Al-Walaja where Palestinians and internationals stopped army bulldozers

And here is me explaining to Israeli Occupation Forces in Al-Walaja why their actions represent war crimes
Video: Israeli soldiers firing on peaceful protesters

and here killing Ahmed Dib in popular nonviolent demonstration in Gaza (he bled to death as his injury was in the femoral artery):

Palestinian university students commit to sweeping boycotts

But lest we think Palestinians do well only at popular resistance to their colonizers, here are three inspiring Palestinian stories out of millions:
1) Four brothers find success in besieged Gaza

2) Palestinian girls invent seeing walking stick for the blind

3) Palestinians in car designer receives praise for innovation and also

But we still have to work on our divisions/divided society and be proud of our accomplishments historically and do more….

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