Friday May 24, 2013
Urgent news from Welcome to Palestine CampaignDr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com
Imagine in South Africa or the USA demanding visitors sign statements that they will not be in contact or work with "members of any pro black organizations" and "I will not participate in pro black activities".
(BETHLEHEM) - People gathered at Charles De Gaule Airport at 5 AM and At 7 AM in Zaventem, Brussels airport. Other airports had similar gatherings. Live stream from Ben Gurion Airport here http://www.ustream.tv/channel/arabdissident twitter? @fly2palestine @Airflotilla2
Airport authorities prevent activists from boarding in Geneva, Milhouse, Paris. In Paris and Brussels, reports on police violence against activists. There's a photo circulating, not clear from which one of these airports in arrives.
Detention of passengers with boarding passes in Geneva this morning. EasyJet real time relay of information to Tel Aviv to get feedback and cancel reservations within one hour of booking tickets.
650 uniformed security and many others under cover waiting to arrest the Welcome to Palestine participants and welcoming groups of activists in Ben Gurion airport. Racist member of the Knesset Michael Ben Ari is also there. Nine activists were arrested at the airport so far.
A new illegal procedure was instituted at the Israeli airport that demands passengers sign a statement saying they will not be in contact or work with "members of any pro Palestinian organizations" and "will not participate in pro Palestinian activities". Imagine in South Africa or the USA demanding visitors sign statements that they will not be in contact or work with "members of any pro black organizations" and "I will not participate in pro black activities" (see: +972Mag Exclusive: 'Political Contract' Required to Enter Israel?)
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine since 1999. He previously held a similar position at Duke University. Professor Qumsiyeh has authored over 110 scientific papers in areas of mammalogy, biology, and medicine including mammalian biology and evolution, clinical genetics, and cancer research. He has published over 100 letters to the editor and 30 op-ed pieces in International, national, regional and local papers on issues ranging from politics to environmental issues. His appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is the founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-President of the Middle East Genetics Association, and Prof. Qumsiyeh won the Jallow activism award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. He is author of “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and just published “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.” Visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more: qumsiyeh.org.
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