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Friday, October 4

Mazin Qumsiyeh Writes About Politicians
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Netanyahu tells Obama to keep illegal sanctions on Iran and that he
can get AIPAC to help resolve the US budget conflict (a conflict
caused in large part by trillions spent for Israel on behest of
AIPAC)! Livni tells J Street that the Israeli Occupation Army is a
great army and that its is only fighting terrorists (even though she
admitted her own parents were members of the Irgun terror organization and have met while robbing a British train). Abbas tells US Jewish leaders that Palestinians can give-up on 78% of Palestine. Obama tells the UN that he seeks peace between the “Jewish state” and the

There are two problems with politicians in positions of power (Obama, Livni, Abbas, Netanyahu, Boehner, Berlusconi, Hollande et al.): 1) they do not see a need to change because they believe they are God’s gift to their people, and 2) they lie in just about every public pronouncement they make. I think the evidence for these two points is so overwhelming that it became common wisdom among people: “don’t trust politicians.” But we also need to acknowledge that people can and do force politicians to change. Regardless of how they got into power or the nature of governing systems, leaders cannot afford to ignore major and strong demands by their people.  But if the people are complacent and ignorant, this is the best scenario for politicians who by nature are comfortable with the status quo.

Conversely there is people power which insists on challenging evil
with love.  This week in Palestine there was twice efforts to break
through the apartheid wall in AbuDis, there was rebuilding of
demolished homes in Khirbet Makhoul, there was resistance to
persistent Jewish colonial attacks on the third holiest site in Islam,
there was successful pressure to release three peace activists
detained at a checkpoint, there was removal of a metal gate that
blocked the road from Cremisan to Al-Walaja village, and hundreds more of these actions.

9th Annual Taybeh Oktoberfest Saterday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2013, outdoor grounds space of the Movenpick Hotel Ramallah Bavarian Band members from the Musikkapelle Leobendorf will perform along with local groups like Khalas Arabic Rock Orchestra, Jay Baker-Hip Dan Hop; We Are From Here/Muzi Raps; Mina Band-Traditional Palestinian music; Apo and the Apostles ; Mixed Team/Nablus & Sound of
Soul/Qalqilia; Dave Kirreh will debut his song about Jerusalem with
Adi Khalefa, the hilarious standup comedian as master of ceremonies.

Panel in which I spoke in Poland about the Arab Revolts

Sabeel's 9th International Conference in Jerusalem 19-25 November 2013
Topics covered: The Bible and the Palestine-Israel conflict, mapping
the war inside Syria, present and future challenges of Christians in
the Middle East, “Hewish and Democratic” the impossible plan for
Israel, and more details at

Solidarity Movement for a Free Palestine was founded by a group of Palestinian activists who believe that the Palestinian people have a 
right to defend their human rights, in accordance to international
law. Popular resistance is vital in challenging the occupation.

Stay human

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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