On behalf of the staff and board members of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People, we wish all Muslims around the world “Eid Mubarak”.  And happy new year to our Jewish friends and colleagues; many who suffered in challenging the Zionist project of ethnic cleansing and destruction.

If you are in the Bethlehem area, join Al-Walaja village residents for the Eid prayer at the wall.  Friday at noon Palestinian time.  By praying on their land near the wall, the villagers hope to draw attention to attempt by the Israeli authorities to separate them from their lands with the land-theft and apartheid wall.

Thank you to those who made suggestions for improving the list “50 things to do for peace with justice”.  The updated version is on the website of the Palestine Justice Network

(BTW, please explore that nascent website and contact us to join this effort at networking)

Remarkable interview: Khaled Mesh’al lays out new Hamas policy direction
(whether one agrees or disagrees with Hamas, it is a significant part of the Palestinian body politic and must be understood as a movement)

Jon Stewart Comedy show takes on religious hatred

A Florida pastor plans to burn Korans(sic) on the anniversary of 9/11, and John Oliver reads from the Jewish manual.

Stop the Carve-up of Palestine!

Now is also the time for a new generation to join the existing parties, revitalize them and transform them into a tool of struggle rather than a degraded vehicle of capitulation and self-interest.  If those with a clear vision are prominent in this move, they will be in a position to articulate the essential goals of a new leadership.

Israel and Palestine: A true one-state solution By George Bisharat

Seven deadly myths: A forthcoming Israeli documentary.  Look here for a sample of a Palmach fighter explain what was done to Palestinians

Video reminder: Netanyahu unguarded tell us that America is easy to push around

The Great Book Robbery/Library looting

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke and Yale Universities. He served on the board/steering/executive committees of a number of groups including Peace Action Education Fund, the US Campaign to End the Occupation, the Palestinian American Congress, Association for One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and He is now president of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. He advised many other groups including Sommerville Divestment Project, Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project, Palestine Freedom Project, Sabeel North America, and National Council of Churches of Christ USA. He is an active member of a number of human rights groups (Amnesty, Peace action, Human Rights Watch, ACLU etc.). He published several books of which the most acclaimed “Sharing the Land of Canaan: human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” which was also translated to Spanish.

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