Since I will likely not send you any messages in the next 12 days (traveling), I decided to send this message ahead of my trip.

The teargas grenades that killed Jawaher Abu Rahmah were most likely made in the USA. So 11 people were arrested by Israeli police as they protested in front of the residence of the US Ambassador to Israel. Demonstrations and vigils were held in many cities and towns around the world.  We had a small but meaningful gathering here in Bethlehem last night.  The second Palestinian killed by Israeli soldiers was a 21 year old Mohammad Djarma shot at a checkpoint with soldiers claiming he did not obey orders. There is a lot that we can all do to end this mindless colonial structure and finally bring peace and justice to this troubled Holy Land.

I will be in Italy for 10 days with the following schedule of talks centered around the release of my new book “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment” (it is selling very well, see ).  The book will be released in the US this week and I am planning a trip to the US in March. An arabic version is ready but I need to take time to find a publisher (and lack time has been our main handicap!).

Rome 3-5 January (no public event)

Genoa 6-7 January (location to be announced)

Pistoia 8 January (16:30, St. George Library in Pistoia)

Florence 9 January (10:00-11:00, St.James Episcopal Church)

Bologna 10 January (18:30-20:30, Centro di Documentazione delle Donne – via del Piombo 7)

Perugia and Sienna 11-12 January (not confirmed)

You may email me if you would like to meet/get together or can help while I am in Italy.

A propos de notre mission en Palestine : “Mon plus beau cadeau de NoĂ«l”, par Mazin Qumsyieh

see also

A great 5 minute video on Palestine

Gazan youth issue manifesto to vent their anger with all sides in the conflict: An anonymous group of students has created a document to express their frustration born of Hamas’s violent crackdowns on ‘western decadence’, the destruction wreaked by Israel’s attacks and the political games played by Fatah and the UN

Marrickville Council supports BDS

Bethlehem’s sister city in Australia again made history by voting to support the Unified Palestinian Call for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions. Marrickville is the first municipality in Australia to take this important step to support human rights and international humanitarian law in Palestine.

Feeble attempts to downplay BDS

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He serves as chairman of the board of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour He is author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and the forthcoming book Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.

A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home

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