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)

In this digest: a) Videos about the ongoing popular resistance including in Nabi Saleh, Sheikh Jarrah, Beit Jala, Italy etc. b) Four actions you can take for this week including support for the Free Gaza movement, c) several analytical articles that sheds light on what is going on in the land of apartheid including a critical article by Azmi Bishara on Salam Fayyad’s plans for a Palestinian statelet.

Videos about popular resistance

At Bil’in conference, political leaders from all major Palestinian parties (Fateh, Hamas etc) endorse grassroots popular struggle

Video of Excellent boycott action in Italy: BDS Action – alla fiera del Farmaco e dei cosmetici TEVA, LOrèal

Nabi Saleh Protests 14 May 2010
Background Description at

Arrests in Sheikh Jarrah

An Irishman films popular resistance and reality  in Palestine
In Nabi Saleh
in Sheikh Jarrah
in Beit Jala
and in Hebron old city which is already a partial ghost town because of 600 racist colonial Settlers protected by an occupation army of thousands in a Palestinain city of 170,000 Palestinians


1) Support the World Education Forum in Palestine

2) Support the Free Gaza movement that is taking a flotilla of ships . See and the inspiring clip of the launch

3) Support United against Israeli apartheid and colonialism: The Second Haifa Conference for the Return of the Palestinian Refugees and for the Democratic Secular State in Historic Palestine 28-30 May 2010

4) Support US Jews confronting racism and Israeli apartheid

Important articles

Nurit Peled-Elhanan: I will mourn on Nakba Day

Victory for BDS: Elvis Costello cancels appearances in the apartheid state

USAID funding Israel’s apartheid road construction, by Jonathan Cook, The Electronic Intifada,

Protests of apartheid  work: Israeli foreign ministry “considering stopping lectures in US and UK because of heckling”

Shifting sands, a book by Jewish women confronting colonial occupation

‘We want to live’: Salam Fayyad’s plans for Palestine and the Palestinians are nought but a contrived folk festival where the occupied bow to their oppressors, writes Azmi Bishara

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