Jun 30, 2013

More encouraging news

Last week I shared some good news and asked if any readers could share their good news. Many readers responded. Here are just a few examples of responses which remind us that millions of candles are lit in a sea of darkness

Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are true American heroes that stood up for truth and for human rights and who are targeted by a US government intent on Israelization of the US society (compare with the hypocricy of the US administration).  An Irish politician calls Obama what he is, a hypocrite

Millions of Egyptians are now saying: we do not want an Islamist government supported by the West and taht serves in US/Israeli interests

Sumoud in Palestine http://nahidaexiledpalestinian.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/sumoud/

“As long as the Za’atar remains. . .” http://mondoweiss.net/2011/06/as-long-as-the-zaatar-remains-3.html

Army to Duma: “Stop building!” Duma to army: “We’ve built already”

Student wins right to display Palestinian flag at Texas graduation

Israeli government ramps up anti-boycott fight [and admits rise in wave of “delegitimizing” the apartheid state]
California university chief admits failure to curb divestment campaigns

The House That Broke The Camel's Back
Some 1,500 Israeli Arabs block major road in protest over home demolition

Jewish voice for Peace asks for action: 40,000 Bedouin People Displaced = Human Rights Disaster
Prawer plan approval means ethnic cleansing; actions In England http://act.palestinecampaign.org/lobby/102
Israel Approves Prawer Law Expelling Bedouins http://www.roitov.com/articles/bedouin.htm

The Romance of Birthright Israel: To apply for a Birthright trip, participants need just one Jewish grandparent—and to pass a screening interview. (Practicing a religion other than Judaism is an automatic disqualifier.) After their ten days on Birthright, participants may postpone their return by up to three months to travel in the region, and it is not unheard of for progressives to “birth left” in the West Bank afterward (as I did)—though Birthright policy is that anyone discovered to have a “hidden agenda” of “exploiting” the free trip “to get access to the territories” to promote “non-Israeli” causes can lose her spot. [I know many who came to visit with us after in Bethlehem] http://www.thenation.com/article/161460/romance-birthright-israel#

Here in very rural Western Massachussetts, one small community put on a comprehensive 2-day educational event titled: "Palestine 2013: Art, Crafts, Film, Food and Politics."… We showed 5 films by and about Palestine: "5 Broken Cameras", "Occupation 101", "Salt of this Sea", "Steadfast Hope" (made by Presbyterian Church USA's Israel/Palestine Mission Network), and "Paradise Now."  We had a professionally hung show of original Palestinian art plus a display of a mock apartheid wall with photos of graffiti art on it.  We sold imported Palestinian crafts, olive soap, olive oil and olive carvings, we fed 80 people a Middle Eastern feast supervised by a local Palestinian-American, and had a panel discussion involving three separate anti-occupation voices: an American Jew, a Palestinian-American, and an Israeli-American.  It was a smashing success and resulted in more people understanding a sometimes puzzling issue (due to the media here), and eager for more information.

Mazin Qumsiyeh


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