February 7, 2014, email from Mazin Qumsiyeh (imazin@qumsiyeh.org) to Captain Rodney Stich:

Early this morning, Israeli forces brutally uprooted Palestinians who made
presence in the Jordan Valley near Deir Hijlah. Many Palestinians were
injured including our friend Abdullah Aburahma from Bil'in whose arm was
broken. Israeli media ignored this event that lasted eight days of
non-violent action that attempted to draw attention to the ongoing ethnic
cleansing in  the Jordan valley. But actions continued with the Israeli
military attacking worshippers in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound injuring many
(but those present succeeded in repelling the invaders). Many
demonstrations were also met by brutal colonial Zionist army attacks
including use of live ammunition in Jalazon Refugee camps. Human Rights
groups also complained about the increasing pace of Israeli home
demolitions and colonial settlement building on Palestinian land that are
crimes against humanity (yet, the US administration still refuses to
pressure the Israeli government in any meaningful way). Tomorrow/Saturday,
we are taking hikes and observing nature in the area of Beitunya and Ain
Qusra and then having a meeting to discuss activism for one democratic
state.

Meanwhile it seems the Zionist lobby in the US is frustrated that it is not
getting its way 100% of the time (as before).  I guess they realize that
the writing is on the wall.  So they started to withdraw from direct
controversy or redrawing bills they wrote.  The bill they wrote in New York
targeting the American Studies association and others who might contemplate
joining the growing BDS movement was withdrawn and a new bill is being
concoct ted that tries to hide its attack on the US constitutional
protections of free speech and association.  I thus decided to take a trip
to the US this Spring to help in the ongoing growing movement.

Israel Apartheid Week (http://apartheidweek.org/) is coming in March with
actions in over 40 cities planned. Hope you can herlp.

And America's Tax Day is April 15, 2014 The People's Committees of
Palestine on behalf of the Palestinian people invite US tax-payers to join
in and/or plan mass demonstrations across the United States and for all
people around the world at U.S. embassies around the world. Demand an end
of U.S. support of the Israeli occupation Of Palestine. US taxpayers pay
$4-6 billion to support Israeli apartheid and the US uses its veto power to
shield Israel from International law. That is no longer acceptable as it
was not acceptable for the US government to support Apartheid in South
Africa in the 1950s to the 1980s. We in Palestine are confident that we
will get freedom and justice (prerequisites to peace) and that time is not
on the side of colonial settlers in an apartheid regime.  "The arc of the
moral universe is long but it bends towards justice."  What we ask is that
you help us speed things up and bend things more towards justice.

(in pictures) Israeli media ignored one week of non-violent action in the
Jordan valley that was faced with Israeli brutality
http://972mag.com/photos-ein-hijleh-village-evicted-after-seven-days-of-protest/86871/

An example of great work: "Yesterday as I sat in the Old Assembly Hall of
our Parliament, I experienced the South Africa I am proud of. We, members
of the civil society, proposed actions in solidarity with Palestine,
Western Sahara and Cuba. We came from all walks of life and we held
different opinions as we debated in the packed hall. But in the end (with
the exception of four votes against the proposal) the Cape Town Declaration
was overwhelmingly accepted.
http://marthiemombergblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/feedback-on-session-in-parliament-good-news/

Stay human and do come visit us in Palestine

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and activist
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://www.facebook.com/mazin.qumsiyeh.9
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