March 26, 2014 email by Mazin Qumsiyeh (imazin@qumsiyeh.org) to Captain Rodney Stich:

I leave Palestine to the USA and Canada (West Coasts) Saturday. I will be
speaking at a few venues about human rights and why I am (still) optimistic
about our common humanity.  My tentative schedule is posted here
http://qumsiyeh.org/upcomingevents/

I feel guilty to leave for I am always glad to be in Palestine despite the
difficulties. Sharing in sad events and in good events both help me stay
sane.  Just today (Wednesday), we buried my uncle Fawzi (the last of six
brothers on my father's side). I felt very sad but also strangely comforted
by the family unity with dozens of my cousins all around supporting each
other.  I felt sad as Palestinian factional leaders traded accusations as
Israeli forces invaded Jenin Refugee camp and killed 21 year old Hamza
AbuHaija (of Hamas, father and brother in Israeli jail), Yazan Jabarin (16
year old from Fatah), and Mohammad AbuZaina (23 year old from Islamic
Jihad). But thousands attended their funeral and people here show
solidarity in ways totally unexpected (e.g. camp people joined hands
regardless of faction and all were angry at the Palestinian authority which
continues to "negotiate" with the obstinate Israeli government even as
Israel increased settlement activities 120% more than last year. A visit by
the British consul to Bethlehem University elicited a demonstration by
students who recalled the Balfour Declaration. Continued denial of rights
of refugees to return and even their right to free movement within the
occupied areas elicited a breach of the segregation wall followed by
Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinian youth in Aida camp injuring seven.
A home was demolished in the Jordan valley. The Israeli Knesset passed more
laws to discriminate and intensified its repression and denial of rights
while the Arab governments exchanged more flowery language about supporting
Palestine in their "summit". And on and on. But I see goodness in common
people: Jews, Christians, Muslims, Atheists, Agnostics and others from
around the world come to help advance peace and justice. May all of us move
beyond this very difficult stage and rise to the challenge before us:
staying individually human and building our common humanity.

10th Israel apartheid week ongoing and is a huge success
http://apartheidweek.org/

An Australian show on targeting Palestinian children
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz8_qzdDdM4

The rarely-seen lives of Palestinians photographed by Tanya Habjouqa
http://www.featureshoot.com/2014/03/tanya-habjouqatktk/#!AYLq8

WATCH: Separation wall engulfs village of Al-Walaja
http://972mag.com/watch-separation-wall-engulfs-village-of-al-walaja/87636

In photos: al-Walaja village faces "slow death" as Israel takes its land
http://electronicintifada.net/content/photos-al-walaja-village-faces-slow-death-israel-takes-its-land/13264

The Morally Tenuous Position of Hundreds of American University Presidents
http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/03/the-morally-tenuous-position-of-hundreds-of-american-university-presidents/

Stay human and come visit us in Palestine

Mazin Qumsiyeh
http://qumsiyeh.org
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