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The Battle Lines are Drawn

The apartheid regime continues to hold thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and continues to deny basic human rights.

Ethnic cleansing in Palestine
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(BETHLEHEM) - Israel's UN ambassador met with major American Jewish organizations telling them to work hard to ensure there will not be passage of any votes on Palestine at the UN.

President Obama met with 80 influential Jewish donors (who each gave $25-35,000 to attend the private dinner with the President) and Obama assured them that the US has iron-clad commitment to Israel.

He stated to them that any differences with the current Israeli government are not about goals and strategies but merely minor tactical differences among close friends and allies.

Money and weapons will keep flowing and American lives will continue to be threatened and shed for this Zionist cash.

Fatah and Hamas are dragging their feet and have yet to follow on their promises of putting together a unity "authority" (although the term is misleading as there is no authority under occupation) let alone allowing for a constitution of a representative Palestinian National Council (the main demand of the Paestinain people).

Israeli Apartheid System Continues Ethnic Cleansing

Last week dozens of structures for poor Bedouins were demolished rendering nearly 100 homeless. The apartheid Knesset is debating new racist laws to punish free speech and any NGOs that do not accept apartheid/refuse to acknowledge the Jewish nature of the state.

The apartheid regime continues to hold thousands of Palestinian political prisoners and continues to deny basic human rights (like the right to return to one's home and land or the right to travel free in one's country).

Further, the despotic regimes in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco and elsewhere continue to torture, kill, and imprison their citizens who dare call for democracy. Greece is being threatened about its loans unless it joins the US/Israel to stop the freedom flotilla.

Turkey's elections consolidated power in the ruling party which now felt a bit freer (or so we are told) to bend to US/Israel pressure to a) stop the Freedom Flotilla II, and b) drop its demand for an apology and for lifting the siege on Gaza (after the execution of 9 Turkish passengers in International waters last year).

But all these political shenanigans can be stopped when enough people say "enough is enough" and demand all these governments comply with International law and human rights. The brave pioneers of the world-wide people movement/Intifada who have worked for years urge you to join them. They celebrate and consolidate success in Tunisia and Egypt.

I send example regularly of people power and today I send you a few more links. Action is the best antidote to despair. Silence is complicity.

Challenging Israeli apartheid, starting at Ben Gurion Airport

"From July 8-16, I will join hundreds of internationals for a week of solidarity actions in coordination with 15 Palestinian civil resistance organizations in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem…"

Allemagne, Israël : les leçons de l’histoire Conference de presse de Mazin Qumsiyeh, le 31 mai à Berlin.

David Cronin interviews Mazin Qumsiyeh in EI tance-and-breaking-spell-fear/10086


Official weblinks to boats to Gaza from Europe
and general one
US boat called the "Audacity of Hope" leads flotilla to break the illegal and immoral siege on Gaza Press Conference


Promotional video

ACTION: Easy way to contact US Congress (e.g. to demand Israel allow US citizens safe passage both on the Freedom Flotilla and on the July 8-16 actions)

Video of action: Peaceful demonstrators in the village of Deir Qaddis

9th International Seminar “Bridges instead of Walls” 26th - 31st  July 2011

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD (formerly of Yale and Duke universities) teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine and chairs the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. 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 include 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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Rashid June 23, 2011 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

What about the thousands of Palestinians the actual terrorists being held by Israel? Israel should not release any terrorist with blood on his hands. Or Israel should expelle them with no return ever.

Editor: Well I say no apartheid government is legit and Israel is not legitimate.  So, the terror state of Israel has no right to hold anyone.  The vast majority of these Palestinians are kids that threw a rock, a stone.  Liberate Palestine and along with that goes all of Israel's illegally held political prisoners.  

JG June 23, 2011 11:42 am (Pacific time)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday said in light of Hamas's refusal to give the Red Cross proof that kidnapped soldier Gilad Schalit is alive, he will toughen conditions on terrorist prisoners in Israel's jails.
"We are obligated to abide by Israeli and international law but nothing more than that...Terrorists will not be allowed to enroll in academic studies, to get masters degrees and doctorates. This heyday has now come to an end."  
Israel should have never given free high academic degrees to these terrorists.  This policy has encouraged Palestinians to commit terrorist acts and then get a first class education that they would not have never gotten in their Palestinian land.  I am so glad that the party is over.

Editor: What about the thousands of Palestinians being held by Israel, the actual terrorists?

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