Lets be honest for a moment…

Dear friends,

I haven’t been telling you the whole truth.  At the expense of the truth, I have been trying to protect you from the terribly awful things that I saw while I was in Palestine so that you wouldn’t feel as guilty and disturbed and troubled.  So that you would be able to continue your lives unperturbed.  But I’ve realized that we as Americans need to knwo the truth.  We need to know what’s going on in OUR name so that we can passionately move towards actually building a better world that serves people, rather than the world we live in where people steal land and water with impunity, where they kill and there is no justice, and where there is no place for Palestinians.

This is the track that we’re on.

So I’ve been on the e-mail list of Mazin Qumsiyeh, a former Yale professor who now resides in the West Bank.  I met him while in Bethlehem and he is a brilliant speaker.  Here is his latest e-mail:

Inbox Negotiations while ethnic cleansing continues.

Seven million of the 11 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people.  Israeli war criminals and US officials complicit in ethnic cleansing meet in fancy hotels to claim they are “negotiating” for peace (while in the meantime giving green light to further ethnic cleansing and destruction of Palestinian lives to strengthen the apartheid system….

Israeli colonial officers destroy the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev for the fifth time (the village existed in this location before Israel was created in 1948) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Koc7iEx8E

Colonial apartheid soldiers seal shops in Hebron to add to hundreds of shops closed because illegal settlers took over nearby buildings.  Video and story by Israeli human Rights group B’Tselem
http://www.btselem.org/English/Hebron/20100901_Army_Seals_shops_in_Hebron.as
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Must Read: Where has the hypocrisy gone? Amira Hass in Haaretz
No one thinks to ask about the consensus among the residents of Palestinian cities and villages on whose land the settlements have been built. The millions of Palestinians don’t count at all.
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/where-has-the-hypocrisy-gone-1.313887

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a report showing the number of settlers in the West Bank reached 517,774

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/desktopmodules/newsscrollEnglish/newsscrollView.aspx?
ItemID=1239&mID=11170

But popular resistance is growing and more people are getting involved. There is widening gap between government officials and the people around the world on this issue. Millions of activists are being mobilized for the
boycotts, divestments and sanctions movement and as the negotiations lead nowhere, the apartheid system is being exposed more.  It will happen just as suddenly and unexpectedly as the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Your
involvement can help.

Action: Sign petition Ban Israel from the 2012 Olympics
http://www.petitiononline.com/12101982/petition.html

Example of the thousands of lectures and events organized around the world.

Houston Conference for One Democratic State October 22-24, 2010
http://www.onedemocraticstate.com/

B R E C H T  F O R U M and COMMITTEE FOR OPEN DISCUSSION OF ZIONISM
Present Resolving the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict: Why One Democratic State
Is the Best Solution
featured speakers:  Joel Kovel& Norton Mezvinsky
Wednesday, October 27 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 51 West Street
(between Bank & Bethune Streets, New York, NY 10014 – Phone: (212) 242-4201
Email: brechtforum@brechtforum.org
Join Professors Joel Kovel and Norton Mezvinsky as each presents his
respective argument for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict.
Kovel will argue that a two-state solution cannot solve the conflict,
because it continues the Jewish ethno-chauvinism that lies at the core of
Zionism.
Mezvinsky will propose that a democratic and just two-state solution is
highly unlikely to occur and that the presently constructed one state can
and must be changed by an emphasis upon and implementation of fair and equal
human rights for all inhabitants of the state.
Discussion to follow.
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
http://www.qumsiyeh.org
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,
http://www.pcr.ps

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