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Time to Hold Israel Accountable

In Tel Aviv, 15-20,000 protesters spoke up, and right-wing thugs tried to attack 86 year old Uri Avnery after the crowds dispersed.

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(BETHLEHEM) - Israeli government refuses an International probe into its illegal piracy and massacre of Gaza humanitarian aid ships and 'accidentally distributed a video mocking the humanitarian activists.

The Israeli occupation forces admitted doctoring one audiotape from the Mavi Marmara ship. The lies are beginning to crumple with testimonies from survivors (see below).

But we will not drop this case because it may yet prove to be the straw that breaks the back of International complicity. Today in Beit Jala, we had a mock coffin, a mock ship, Turkish and international flags and of course the obligatory Israeli tear gas and harassment.

One Israeli peace activist, Roni Barkan, was arrested. We are dismayed that Palestinian security in coordination with Israeli security decided to prevent us from going to demonstrate from downtown Beit Jala (or to return to downtown) but we keep going from another location and we show Israeli war criminals that we care about the land and we care about the people of Gaza and we care about the victims of the massacre committed at sea Monday

Event in Beit Jala

We also commemorate the aggression 43 years ago that expanded the occupied
areas from 78% to 100% of historic Palestine. Thus for 43 years, we had one contiguous state of oppression and since then we have been working to transform this state from a fascist oppressive racist state to one of a democratic state for all its people. Yet, the trauma of the massacres committed before and after that pivotal date in June 1967 continue.

From the massacres in the 1940s, 1950s, to the mass execution of prisoners of war in the Sinai desert by Israeli generals who became prime ministers (a war crime since forgiven by the puppet regime in Egypt), to the massacres in the 1970s, the 1980s (in Lebanon and Palestine) and on and on. Personally, I keep seeing friends, colleagues, and those who I identify with gunned down, murdered or injured without protection by a fascist regime that feels it can act with impunity because of US government support

Many good people are imprisoned and psychologically and/or physically tortured. I cry regularly for all victims, those I personally knew who were killed (e.g. Basem Abu Rahma), injured (e.g. Emily Henochowicz who lost her eye), unfairly imprisoned and mistreated (e.g. Lubna Masarwa) and those I did not know personally but who are kindred in spirit (e.g. 19 year old Turkish American Furkan Dagan who was gunned down on the freedom flotilla).

It is really hard to express how one feels. Perhaps this peace by Alice Walker sums it up: 'You will have no protection' You will have no protection
May they never be forgotten: Meet the victims of the Israeli massacre: names, pictures and brief biographies< Lawrence of Cyberia

And here are interviews and reports of the injured and kidnapped that contradict Israeli stories: Turkish survivors recount horror - aljazeera.net
They came from the villages to aid the orphans (By the way, Israeli forces have stolen passports and belongings from dozens of activists)

Even in Israel within the green line, there were demonstrations against the massacres, this one in Tel Aviv drew 15-20,000 participants (and right-wing thugs tried to attack 86 year old Uri Avnery after the crowds dispersed) and watch the Knesset fascists try to stop an Arab member of the Knesset from speaking and then attacking her (Haneen Zuabi has received many death threats and hundreds have signed onto a facebook page calling for her execution; so much for 'democracy' in the racist apartheid state)

ACTIONS: Protest at Israeli missions, Israeli government appearances, and write to media, and politicians to demand that Israel be held accountable and end the siege on Gaza. Call representative to Israel EmbassiesAbroad.com - Embassies/Consulates in Israel

Call or send an email to US representatives End the Occupation: Current Actions

Call the White House: 1.202.456.1111

Department of State: 1.202.647.4000 or 1.202.647.4000

Finally and most importantly, support the call from Palestinian Civil
Society for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel In Response to Israel's Assault on the Freedom Flotilla: BNC Calls for Action - BDS Movement


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. Those are just a small list, visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more: qumsiyeh.org.




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