Newsletter by Mazin Qumsiyeh

by Mazin Qumsiyeh, 8th November 2015.
“Woe to those who builds a city by bloodshed, and
establish a town by wickedness!…Hear, O tribe and city council, You whose
rich men are full of violence, whose inhabitants speak falsehood with deceitful
tongues in their heads! Am I to bear any longer criminal hoarding …. Rather I
will begin to strike you with devastation because of your sins….Therefore I
will deliver you up to ruin,  and your
citizens to derision; and you shall bear the reproach of the nations.”(Old
Testament/Torah, Micah)
Needed: A few young (or young at heart) activists or
aspiring activists interested in working with others in team spirit (in
Palestine OR helping us from abroad). You can help in many areas including
liberating minds and bodies, education, culture, art, nature, environment,
agriculture and more.
Send us an email with your background and interests to For
Palestinian students and graduates in all disciplines: If you are interested in
helping Palestine and advancing your career at the same time, also email us.
Donations are also welcome via
Humans and other living creatures continue to suffer in
the “Holy Land”
because of Zionism. Since October 1st, 80 Palestinians
(17 children) and 9 Israelis were killed (two of these Israelis killed by
fellow Israelis mistaking them for Palestinians).  Tear gas is devastating our nascent botanical
garden (intended as a green area in Bethlehem) by driving away birds and other
living creatures or outright killing them (a dove that was dead in the parking
lot with no obvious injuries).  For how
much longer will people remain unemployed and the economy paralyzed by Israeli
policies? For how long will we continue to have students who cannot pay their
tuition and sick people in Gaza dying for lack of medical care? For how long
will hundreds of young Palestinians (including dozens of children) remain in
“administrative detention” in Israeli gulags (no trial, no
charges)?  For how much longer will seven
million refugees be denied their basic right to return to their homes and
lands? Is it then any surprise that 20-25 year old young women and men are
desperate enough to sacrifice their lives by approaching Israeli occupation
soldiers with a knife?  I wish Israelis
would finally see the folly of continuing to deny millions of Palestinians
their basic human rights like freedom and living in dignity on their own land.
I wish western governments would see that they are enabling a disaster to
happen here that will spare no one by continuing to support apartheid (e.g. US
congress bowing to Israel’s lobby just passed a resolution condemning the
victims and supporting the oppressors). 
When will people see that racism and apartheid has no future in the 21st
century? We continue building and struggling but we need your help. We are in
the live picking season and the spirit of the olive tree is strong. Its smell
and its strength give us hope. Please visit and join us in Palestine.
Irish Academics commitment to BDS: “Responding to the
appeal from Palestinian civil society, we therefore declare that we will not
accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; act as referees in
any of their processes; participate in conferences funded, organised or
sponsored by them, or otherwise co-operate with them.
We will, however, continue to work with our Israeli
colleagues in their individual capacities and at the same time put in place
strategies of political and practical support for Palestinian universities,
academics and students.”