Dr 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)

The story that Israel wants to go away but that is critical to tell…

Release of smuggled video from the Mavi Marimara

Press conference held at the UN 10 June 2010 to release the one hour video smuggled out

and there are other videos showing Israeli commanders obviously not under
any threat shooting point blank at passengers who are down.  Here the
soldier empties four bullets
into the head of a 19 year old US citizen and
still the US refuses an independent investigation (or at least demand Israel
return all confiscated cameras and video and photos)

Israel hasbara fails again: Photos show Mavi Marmara passengers protecting,aiding Israeli soldiers

Reporters Without Borders: As Turkish photographer is buried, other journalists aboard flotilla speak out

And more survivor testimony

And a chilling testimony of a survivor from the massacre

And Dr. Paul Larudee on ‘The Price of Defying Israel ‘: I was one of those who chose to defy Israeli forces when they attacked and took our Freedom Flotilla ships that were trying to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid to civilian organizations in the Israeli blockaded Gaza Strip.

Must read document which demolishes Israel’s legal basis for blockade, attack, exclusion zone.

Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) says it all: We shall overcome

Liberal PEPs Trash Helen Thomas While Ignoring Flotilla Deaths

Israel Navy reserves officers wrote a letter contradicting the Israeli official version and calling to ‘Allow external Gaza flotilla probe”

The rogue state of Israel (with backing by Israeli occupied Washington) refuses to return or release the videos and photos taken by passengers (or even full videos taken by their own military instead of the doctored short clips) and refuses an International impartial investigation. Instead, the Israeli military just announced forming a military investigative committee to take some ‘operational lessons’.  The chief criminal, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi appointed Maj-Gen (ret.) Giora Eiland to head this ‘inquest’. Who is Giora Eiland? The NY Times had this interesting quote:

The Israeli theory of what it tried to do here[in Gaza by killing 1400 people mostly civilians]  is summed up in a Hebrew phrase heard across Israel and throughout the military in the past weeks: “baal habayit hishtageya,” or “the boss has lost it.” It evokes the image of a madman who cannot be controlled. “This phrase means that if our civilians are attacked by you, we are not going to respond in proportion but will use all means we have to cause you such damage that you will think twice in the future,” said Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser.

This is like Hitler appointing Eichman to look into operational lessons from
Auchwitz.  And yet, Mahmoud Abbas tells Zionist lobbyists in Washington in a
cordial meeting that he recognizes Jewish rights to our land and puts
Israeli security on the top of his agenda. Meanwhile decent people here at
the local level confront Israeli soldiers daily (despite objections from the
‘Palestinian Authority’). Yesterday confrontations and arrests happened in
several towns.  Here in the Bethlehem area, you can join us in Beit Jala
every Sunday at 11:30 AM (Cremsan road). And decent people internationally
are engaging in boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (critical tools to end
this apartheid)

Take Action in the USA:

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,

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