May 16, 2011

Nakba Events and arrest of Dr. Qumsiyeh and others

As of now at local time Monday morning 2 a.m. May 16, 2011, Mazin is still
being detained.  His cell phone battery died as he called and wanted me to
write down the names and countries of the seven internationals that were
detained with him so that I can get help calling their respective country's
embassy (Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, Netherland.)  Later he borrowed
someone else's phone to call and let me know that all the internationals
would be released shortly, but not him and other Palestinians. For them, he
said, maybe days.  He wanted me to follow up with the lawyer.  He sounded in
good spirit and did not seem to be mistreated.  I will keep you updated.
Your calls to the U.S. State Department, Senators, Congresspersons, and
foreign governments if you are non-US nationals should also help. 

Here is a video that he took up to the moment when he was arrested.  He
managed to pass on the video to a friend before being taken away.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfizCh0TaZE

Many of you wrote in response to the earlier e-mail breaking the news of
Mazin's arrest.  Our family greatly appreciate that.  Please understand that
they may not be replied individually due to the overwhelming responses. I
will send updates as they become available.
 Hope I have good news to share with you tomorrow.
 Jess
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PNN journalist Ghassan Bannoureh took the following video which documented
Mazin’s arrest yesterday:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD06coIJWQs

 The latest from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem (USCG) is that Mazin
is being held in Ofer prison as a detainee, and a hearing is scheduled on 19
May 2011.  They are aware of the many calls people made calling for Mazin’s
release.  They said at this moment, any additional calls would not change
Mazin’s status.  Regardless of that statement, I urge people to continue to
file complaint to President Obama and to the US State Department of the
ongoing discrimination against US citizens of Palestinian decent.  Two other
US citizens were also detained with Mazin at Al-Walaja but were released at
1 a.m. this morning, while Mazin is continued being held.   Let’s also
demand our government to stop supporting Apartheid Israel in our names and
demand justice for all Palestinian nonviolent protesters being detained.

The following compilation of videos, pictures and some articles on Nakba
Demonstration yesterday was forwarded from a friend and I include them here
for your information:

COMPILATION OF VIDEOS, PICTURES AND SOME ARTICLES ON NAKBA
DEMONSTRATIONS YESTERDAY
QALANDIA
- - video of the morning and early afternoon by Haitham Khatib
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y43IqA7B4I
- - video by I. Putterman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buGYv35X1yE
- - video by The Al3ned
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPrh1xN1LIA&feature=share
- - video by cnn:
http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/world/2011/05/15/vo.israel.nakba.kalandia.clash.cnn.html
- - interview w journalist Joe Elmer by Electronic Intifada
http://electronicintifada.net/content/interview-undercover-israeli-soldiers-arrest-west-bank-demonstrators/9958
- - pictures on  http://www.flickr.com/activestills
EAST JERUSALEM
- - video by RT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoCHwCpawjo&feature=youtu.be
LEBANON
- - video by al Jazeera English w Matt Cassel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYM-soef3c4
IN FRONT OF ISRAELI EMBASSY IN CAIRO:
- - video by rnnnews1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESzXTyP0XYQ&feature=player_embedded -
graphic video of protestor shot in the stomach by Midan al Tahrir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4QIXJravCo
- - video and article by AJE:
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/05/2011515131427646668.html
- - video of protestors showing US made tear-gas projectile by 3arabawy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-Xx_bv6CG4&feature=player_embedded - video
of ambulance transferring injured by 3arabawy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfQLG-KSO1M
- - video of ambulances by 3arabawy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfQLG-KSO1M
- - video of Protesters during clashes with army and police outside
Israeli embassy in Cairo by 3arabawy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQkSaoiOdd0&feature=player_embedded
- - video of clashes by moftasa:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF5UaKiFlq4&feature=player_embedded -
picture by  3arabawy.org (more pics and posts on his
site) http://www.arabawy.org/2011/05/16/photography-nakba-cairo/

JORDAN:
- - by Klashenkoof1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypg5AepqAqQ&feature=player_embedded#at=208

PPL ENTERING OCCUPIED JOLAN HEIGHTS (MAJDAL SHAMS)
- - by baladeenet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekgkuAaTjPg&feature=player_embedded - other
video by baladeenet:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekgkuAaTjPg
- - article by Ali Abunimah on ei:
 http://electronicintifada.net/blog/ali-abunimah/dramatic-video-shows-palestinians-syrians-entering-israeli-occupied-golan-heights

AL WALLAJE:
Eight Palestinians were arrested yesterday, four early on, four later when during clashes and while the army searched each house and had sealed off the village; six or seven internationals were arrested; the internationals were reportedly released at 1 a.m., a Palestinian with Jerusalem ID released at 4am, 12 year-old twins released at one point last night, sothat the remaining detainees are: Basel al 'Araj (26 yo), Ahmad al 'Araj (24
yo), Ahmad Abu Khiyera (22 or 23 yo), Mohammad al 'Araj and Mazin Qumsiyeh
video by English PNN:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD06coIJWQs&feature=player_embedded

Video by Mazin Qumsiyeh prior to his arrest:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfizCh0TaZE

GAZA (IN FRONT OF ERETZ):
(I still don't know if and how many people were killed, last I heard, around
60 were injured, 15 seriously, and friends reported that army shot to
kill; also, I am not sure what the situation is now, I had heard that people
were staying in the buffer zone and that Israel had threatened with some
military action if they didn't move.
- - video by vik2gaza.org:
http://vik2gaza.org/2011/05/15/manifestazione-al-valico-di-erez/
- - pictures by vik2gaza.org  http://lockerz.com/s/101878010
- - pictures by Shady Alassar
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1532993784616.63643.1827938682 -
more videos and pics to follow, I think, on vik2gaza.org

SAFAD:
apparently 6 got arrested, there will be a demo today to demand their
release; I AM NOT CERTAIN THAT THE BELOW VIDEOS ARE ACTUALLY FROM SAFAD, IF THEY ARE NOT AND YOU KNOW, PLEASE LET ME KNOW
- - video by Nooly1  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP-c_TfO2Qo
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174670432587923&ref=notif¬if_t=event_invite

SAN FRANCISCO:
- - video by Tom Vee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0NzW6Z8AOw&feature=share

MIXED:
- - (Golan Hights and West Bank) by RT:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgnMczQAIGs&feature=youtube_gdata
- - pictures by AJE
http://english.aljazeera.net/photo_galleries/middleeast/20115141283124773.html

Peace,
Jess
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Sorry about sending two messages in one day.   I just wanted to send out
this good news as soon as I got it.  Lawyers just informed us that Mazin and
two other Palestinians will be released on bail tomorrow.   Their cases will
be reviewed later, and if there is no evidence to bring charges then the
case will close and bail money returned.   We can all breathe a sigh of
relief now.  Your support and prayers meant so much to our family and made
us strong.  We thank each and every one of you.  Next message hopefully will
be coming from Mazin himself.  In the meantime, our work continues until the
rest of them are free.

Peace
 Jess

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