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    A choice between extremists

    Just got back to Palestine after  a trip to Berlin for a workshop
    exchanging experiences on issues of popular resistance in different
    countries (Egypt, Nepal, Palestine etc.) and evolution of forms of
    resistance.  I regretted being outside the country when the action
    happened called Gate of the Sun (the village was attacked again the
    day before I came back and emptied).  We did discuss this action in
    our workshop and offered ideas on better messaging, better media work,
    and better strategies.  We agreed that we must follow it up with
    additional actions including ending the so called security cooperation
    with Israel (where Palestinians act as subcontractors for the
    occupation), growing the BDS movement (http://bdsmovement.net), and
    leading to total civil disobedience and removal of the barriers to
    freedom (physical and metaphysical).  Freedom is not given by
    occupiers, it is taken with hard work and sacrifices.

    Request: If any individual has good fundraising experience and can
    help some worthy Palestinian nongovernmental organizations raise
    funds, please contact me.  One of the NGOs is also willing to host the
    volunteer here (lodging and some of the expenses but not airline
    tickets). BTW, the recent floods in the north of the West Bank left
    many people devastated.

    You can read in the following about various important developments and
    actions relating to human rights. I draw your attention especially to
    two Israeli documentaries gaining notoriety despite the frustration of
    the Israeli government, a book of post-Zionist Jewish recollections,
    Israeli election choice between extremists, two action calls and more.

    A new letter from Palestine Freedom Riders (I am proud to be one of
    those 6) to help with the boycott campaign
    http://www.stl-psc.org/?p=389

    Two Israeli documentaries up for Oscars this year but the apartheid
    state apparatus is NOT happy
    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/16/israel_confronts_its_image_problem/

    Brilliant book: ‘Beyond Tribal Loyalties’ — new volume spotlights
    awakenings of 25 Jewish activists
    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/01/loyalties-spotlights-awakenings.html

    Israel’s Palestinians are not a minority: Like Canada’s First Peoples,
    the Palestinians’ nationhood cannot be measured in numbers. By Amira
    Haas http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/israel-s-palestinians-are-not-a-minority.premium-1.494166

    Israeli elections: A choice between extremists
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/02/06/694017/-Israeli-elections-a-choice-between-extremists

    ACTION CALLS

    -Time For Justice – A call from Palestine to EU citizens: Ask your
    governments and EMPs to suspend EU-Israel Association Agreement and
    stand up for human rights in 2013!
    http://palsolidarity.org/timeforjustice/

    -From Palestinian Committee, Stuttgart to German Nationals: Act to end
    ethnic cleansing and destruction in the Negev by the racist “Jewish
    National Fund”
    http://palaestinakomitee-stuttgart.de/ (available material in three languages)

    Mazin Qumsiyeh,
    Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
    Chairman, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People
    http://qumsiyeh.org

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