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Oct-16-2010 14:58printcomments

Israel, ADL, ICNC and Human Rights

The ADL did me the honor of writing a report targeting me personally, as well as targeting my employer; Yale University at the time.

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(BETHLEHEM) - The Arab Defamation League (A.K.A. as Anti-Defamation league of Bnai Brith) is an American Zionist organization which focuses on defending Israeli apartheid policies even when those are harming Jews by attacking Arabs and Muslims and anyone who speaks for human rights.

ADL just named the top ten groups in the US that they say are most organized in their "anti-Israel" stances in the US (see: ADL Identifies Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups In America - ADL; they even included Jewish Voice for Peace). I am proud to have been a co-founder of one of those organizations and to have served on the board of two others as well actively involved in supporting five others (via donations, consulting, advise etc). I of course do not agree with ADL on anything including on the idea of measuring impact of particular organizations (I believe grassroot work is critical).

For example, some organizations like the Council For National Interest have significant impact while remaining out of the limelight and also one would have to point out that different time frames in the life of one organization (and longevity) should be taken into consideration. I had my own run-in's with the ADL.

Many years ago we even held a demonstration in front of their offices in Connecticut.

They did me the honor of writing a report targeting me personally (Backgrounder: Mazin Qumsiyeh - ADL) as well as targeting my employer (Yale University at the time) to pressure them about having me on their medical school faculty. In other words, yes, I think those organizations mentioned by ADL (and those not mentioned but doing similar things) should be proud and redouble their efforts to challenge Israeli apartheid in the US.

We just had a three day conference in Ramallah organized by the International Center on Non-Violent Conflict (http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/ ) where both Academics and Activists (and people like me who are both) gathered to discuss and strategize on best ways to educate the masses on power, forms, and structures of popular resistance.  I led a workshop based on my upcoming book "Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment".

Gaza monologues: Performances worldwide to break the siege on Gaza on Sunday October 17. Join one of the events near you. Two of these events are inbthe Bethlehem area. (see: The Gaza Monologues perform world-wide on October 17th

Other Actions: Olive picking Um Salamona, 9:30 AM Sunday October 17, contact Awad 0598997852

Excellent report on Ahmedinujad's visit to Lebanon: On the Road with Ahmadinejad in Lebanon - Franklin Lamb Salem-News.com

Is Israel an apartheid state? A south African study: Is Israel an Apartheid State? - icahdusa.org


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: qumsiyeh.org, and also pcr.ps.




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