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Thursday, September 19

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I am back to Bethlehem which is physically under Israeli occupation. But then again that is less significant than mental occupation from which so many people in Palestine and elsewhere seem to suffer.
Perhaps if more of us free their minds of this mental occupation we can more easily rid ourselves of the physical occupation and colonization whether here or in America or the rest of the world. The following are just samples of the symptoms of this Orwellian world.

-Israeli occupation forces demolish yet another Palestimoam village and the Western goverments remain silent

Meanwhile, the Palestinian authority continues to “negotiate” for the 21st year in a row and without legality (going back to the Palestinian people).

-31 years passed and those responsible for the massacre at Sabra and Shatila have not been brought to justice

Meanwhile, the Palestinian authority succumbed to US pressure and decided never to take Israel to International courts..

-NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Apartheid Israel

Meanwhile, the US administration continues to claim that it respects human rights.

-Israel has 80 nuclear warheads, can make 115 to 190 more, report says (and the US says nothing),0,4117406.story

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority sides with the US against Iran

-Israel refuses to ratify chemical weapons treaty (and the US says nothing)

Meanwhile, the Palestinian authority refused to join any UN bodies (beyond UNESCO) in deference to a request by the US (Israeli occupied)

-Egyptian authorities stepped-up their punishment of Gaza in collusion with Israel. Closing the lifelines and choking Gaza are ongoing crimes against humanity.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian authority signs onto all dictats of COGAT (Israeli occupation arm in the West Bank) to round-up all Palestinians who do or might resist occupation.

-An excellent article was published by Ian Lustick in the NY Times explaining the “Two-state illusion”

Meanwhile, the Palestinian authority refuses to consider that there was never a viable two-state solution and continues to play the make-belief game that peace is possible with Zionist apartheid.

For the rest of us, we must strive to stay sane and to stay human in this Orwellian world,

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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