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An Occupational Christmas

Could you live like the Palestinians?

Jerusalem ban angers Christians
From the video: Jerusalem ban angers Christians

(BETHLEHEM) - I was prevented from entering Jerusalem despite a claim by the Israeli authorities that all Christians can go to Jerusalem during the Holidays. For information on this see the video below, Jerusalem ban angers Christians. (

Also this Haaretz article: Israel has 101 different types of permits governing Palestinian movement. (

But we had great functions around Bethlehem that highlighted and challenged the apartheid system.

This video captures the contrasting images in my mind of suffering and plenty this Christmas

Bethlehem Christmas cancelled: The Wall must fall

Bethlehem's modern-day nativity characters

Politics at Christmas by Dr. Maria Khoury

DONOR OPIUM, the impact of international aid to Palestine

Sheldon Adelson to Birthright group: Gingrich is right to call Palestinians 'invented people': U.S. billionaire tells group of Jewish youth on Israel birthright tour that many Palestinians also agree with U.S. presidential hopeful's controversial remarks.

This blog from Peace Now settlement Watch director has lots of useful inside information on evictions, settlements etc

Could you live like these Palestinians? (5 minute video)

My upcoming speaking events in Italy and Belgium in January 2012
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
One of 1 million Palestinian Christians
One of 11 million Palestinians
One of 7 billion human beings
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Striving to "Stay Human"
Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People
Cultural and Theater Society

Visit the Professor's blog at this address:


Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin is a Professor in Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People, He has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. 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. Those are just a small list, visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more:

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