Nov 11, 2011

Land Confiscation

(Please scan for important action items at bottom in bold)

Back to the (ab)normal and unpredictable situation here in Palestine.  I give talks to visiting international delegations, we deal with problems, we organize activities, we attend events including various forms of non-violent resistance, I teach students, I do clinical service, I write on my upcoming books, eat great food, have wonderful conversations etc.  I keep up with the news of my friends who were on the boats to Gaza. The Canadian abductees arrived home. Some Irish abductees were re-imprisoned. Israeli armed guards prevented them boarding planes at the last minute (more at  But the world is outraged and politicians while still attached to their failing positions, are feeling besieged by their own people.  Delegations from Sweden, Ireland, the US, and many others pass through Palestine and then stay in touch via the internet learning and becoming even more active against the idiotic policies of mainstream Western politicians.  Thousands of people are finally saying: we will not take it anymore.  The Empire and its servants are pushing for a war on Iran now (after they pushed for an illegal war on Iran) but judging from average people reaction and the jitters in the stock market, there is no constituency for war.  I do not think it will happen.  Racism will lose anyway, with or without their racist wars.

New Land Confiscation in Beit Jala (Bethlehem area)
(today there was a prayer for peace in the area with clergy from different denominations)

Action 1: For Palestinians who can attend, we will have a meeting Saturday 12 Nov 2011 at 4 PM in Ramallah to plan a series of activities including on Tuesday 15 November, on Christmas, on Land Day, on Easter, and more.  Join us.  Email for details and to confirm attendance.

ACTION 2: Get your Palestine solidarity pack from "If Americans Knew" in time for the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (November 29) and hold an event of solidarity/support

ACTION 3: Join us in Palestine
November 15 (Tuesday) Palestinian Freedom Riders to Challenge Segregation By Riding Settler Buses to Jerusalem. Meeting point: the Ramallah Cultural Palace at 1:00 PM
on March 30 for the Global March to Jerusalem
(autonomous North American GMJ group at
and April 15-21 for the Welcome to Palestine Campaign, and

Young and Jewish: This is a great video (must see)

Funding illegal Israeli settlements? Priceless. by Bernard Keane
Visa, Mastercard and PayPal all enable donations to be made to US-registered groups funding illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international law but restricted donations to wikileaks!

Disarm the conflict (Who is arming the occupation)

Join Interfaith Peace builders Upcoming Delegations to Palestine

Americans Pay Dearly to Maintain Israel's Nuclear Secrets by Grant Smith

U.S. renews financial aid to Palestinian Authority.  Action comes after top AIPAC-supported congressional leaders drop their opposition. The Obama administration assured the occupied congress that this is in the national interest of the US and that "Israel does not abject" to renewal of this "security assistance."

Présentation de la nouvelle mission Bienvenue Palestine II. Le vendredi 25 novembre · 18:30 - 21:30
Lieu de présentation: Rue du Chevreuil n°4 à 1000 Bruxelles  Près de la place du jeu de Balle

Stay human

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

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