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Land Day and Attacks on my TalksDr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com
Includes a brief section from Dr. Qumsiyeh's book.
(BETHLEHEM) - Tomorrow, we commemorate Land Day throughout Palestine and around the world. Below is a small section from my book “Popular Resistance in Palestine” about the history of Land Day. In Palestine, the uprising is building momentum despite efforts by Israeli officials and some Palestinian officials to suppress it and/or distort its message (which is about a reconstitution of a Palestinian National Council to represent all 12 million Palestinians).
For us, missing these events at home while on the speaking tour is hard. Just in the last two weeks, the Israeli regime passed two more apartheid laws (banning Nakba commemorations and punishing activists who speak about BDS), the occupation forces murdered over 20 Palestinains, confiscated tractors of four farmers in Jiftlick, arrested scores of Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals engaged in nonviolent resistance, others were beaten, and we missed several peaceful events including the one tomorrow a march for Rachel Corrie (Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Babzqaq, Bethlehem).
But this tour is important: three countries, 16 USA states, over 80 events in 5 weeks (for the remaining schedule, see www.qumsiyeh.org/upcomingevents/).
To show you just a sample of how it is making a difference, please see these two stories one before my appearance and one after it and also on the comments posted below the articles. It is instructive:
Article before: Litchfield Chabad rabbi leads protest against library's hosting of Arab speaker http://www.registercitizen.
Article after: Human rights author presents book talk at Oliver Wolcott Library in Litchfield (with video) http://www.registercitizen.
We are still looking for more organizations and individuals in different countries to help with the summer project to bring Internationals to Palestine (email me and see http://palestinejn.org for details)
Pages from Qumsiyeh’s book about Land Day March 30:
ACTION in Britain through PSC: ask supermarkets not to aid companies profiting from colonial occupation http://psc.iparl.com/lobby/65
Breaking the Silence: One of hundreds of testimonies; this one about shooting at anyone on roofs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49ReWkvOk5U
Liberated Libya Rejects US Intervention http://www.youtube.com/watch?
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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