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May-01-2012 03:16printcomments

May Day and Actions in Palestine

7 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people.; thousands languish as political prisoners in Israeli jails.

Key in Palestine
The key to some people is just a key, but to a resident of Occupied Palestine, it symbolizes so much more. witness.co.za

(BETHLEHEM, Occupied Palestine) - Tuesday 1 May 2012 is celebrated as May Day or Workers Day around the world. On this date we all recall the struggle of workers against the greed of corporations.

It is this greed by the elites that also led to wars, colonialism, occupation, and repression in indigenous communities from Vietnam to Iraq to Palestine to Columbia. Around the world, the billionaires get richer while the poor people get poorer. The Palestinian holocaust like the previous holocausts of Blacks (tens of millions killed in the slave trade), native Americans (perhaps as many as 100 million), Jews, Gypsies, Armenians, and others.

These actions benefited the rich who got richer.

The history of collaboration of Zionists with the Nazi regime is now well established as is the fact that Zionism was simply the other side of the coin of racism.

More than half of the world billionaires are Zionists who are shameless in their support of the apartheid state of Israel in its attempted genocide of the Palestinians.

530 Towns and villages were depopulated thanks to numerous massacres committed against the native Palestinians in the past 64 years.

7 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people.

Thousands languish as political prisoners in Israeli jails.

Those political prisoners are now engaged in a hunger strike and have called for making 1 May 2012 a day of strikes and actions to highlight the Palestinian struggle. Whether the thousands of Palestinians in the small prisons or the millions of us languishing in large prisons like Gaza or Bethlehem, we say it is time for all of us to stand together.

Doing action in the direction for peace and justice is liberating to everyone.

Consider suing Israel for genocide:
http://www.matterofprinciple.net/2012/04/sue-israel-for-genocide.html

Action 1: Sign the The Peoples Charter to Create a Nonviolent World': http://pcnw-signatures.org/

http://thepeoplesnonviolencecharter.wordpress.com

Europe’s airlines enforce Israeli travel ban on activists hoping to repair Palestinian schools: http://electronicintifada.net/content/europes-airlines-enforce-israeli-travel-ban-activists-hoping-repair-palestinian-schools

Israel (the supposed democracy) prevents its own citizens from simply holding signs with the names of the ethnically cleansed Palestinian villages on the so called "Independence day" of apartheid Israel: http://www.flickr.com/photos/activestills/7114224845/in/photostream/
(English)

http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/361/919.html?hp=1&cat=402&loc=3 (Hebrew
including amazing video of brave citizens standing up to fascist police)

Action 2: Call Airlines to stop being sub-contractors to Israeli occupation: http://palestinianspring.palestinejn.org/?p=220

Action 3: Jewish voice for peace asking you to sign in support of 60 Minutes for doing a story on Palestinian Christians that actually asked us Christians to speak! I signed: http://ThankYou60Minutes.org<http://thankyou60minutes.org/

See also "Palestinian Christians respond to Israeli ambassador Lies": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdaWyFVKy4A

and "Israel’s not-so-stellar record on treatment of Christians": http://972mag.com/israels-not-so-stellar-record-on-treatment-of-christians/43325/

I wrote this letter to the NY Times public editor (Ombudsperson), Art Brisbane, public@nytimes.com, (212)556-7652 and as a letter to the editor letters@nytimes.com. Please consider doing the same.

*To the editor (for publication)***

* ***

*Why does the New York Times allow itself to be a vehicle for distributing
lies and hatred? The "public service" message from Mr. Horowitz published
in the NY Times is precisely that. It claims that those who called for
boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against South Africa under apartheid
and now call for similar nonviolent tactics against Israeli apartheid are
"anti-Semites" and worse even as promoters of genocide!***

* ***

*This is utter lies and defamation of decent people who act on their
conscience to try to influence the Israeli government and elites in the
same manner we succeeded in influencing the apartheid system of South
Africa. I do know that such shrill attacks will not deter those who act on
their conscience. More and more Israelis and Internationals are finally
saying enough is enough of these tactics of intimidation and McCarthyism.
[Below is one such voice from an Israeli Dorothy Naor which I urge you to
solicit from her as an op-ed piece]. ***

* ***

*We, Palestinian Christians have also issued a call for BDS in the spirit
of truth (kairospalestine.ps). Humanity will not be silenced by the tactics
of those who support racism and apartheid.***

* ***

*Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD***

*Professor, Bethlehem University***

*Occupied Palestine***

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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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Rami June 8, 2012 10:25 pm (Pacific time)

Let us intensify the efftors for the LOVE of Palestine. Do your part and perform your responsibility toward the Palestinian human rights. Silence is complicity, no actions means approval.Mark you calendar for May 23-25 where we assert the Palestinian National rights. We will say it loud that we will never forget. Palestinians are the Key holders of peace. Join the thousands and strengthen the network of the thousands of activists. Express your opinion and let the many panelists know of where Palestine should go. Support our efftors to empower our community and assert the Palestinians right of return. Join the many Palestinian Americans and their supporters in Chicago commemorating the 60th year of the forced exile of the Palestinian people. Be pro active, ask questions to the Panelists and discuss the current event. We must empower ourselves and make a strong network for Justice, Peace and Freedom. Be pro active. Enough talks,

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