Negotiations while ethnic cleansing continues‏

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Mazin Qumsiyeh, 15 Sept 2010

Seven million of the 11 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people.  Israeli war criminals and US officials complicit in ethnic cleansing meet in fancy hotels to claim they are “negotiating” for peace (while in the meantime giving green light to further ethnic cleansing and destruction of Palestinian lives to strengthen the apartheid system….

Israeli colonial officers destroy the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev for the fifth time (the village existed in this location before Israel was created in 1948) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5Koc7iEx8E

Colonial apartheid soldiers seal shops in Hebron to add to hundreds of shops closed because illegal settlers took over nearby buildings.  Video and story by Israeli human Rights group B’Tselem

http://www.btselem.org/English/Hebron/20100901_Army_Seals_shops_in_Hebron.asp

Must Read: Where has the hypocrisy gone? Amira Hass in Haaretz

No one thinks to ask about the consensus among the residents of Palestinian cities and villages on whose land the settlements have been built. The millions of Palestinians don’t count at all.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/where-has-the-hypocrisy-gone-1.313887

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a report showing the number of settlers in the West Bank reached 517,774

http://www.pcbs.gov.ps/desktopmodules/newsscrollEnglish/newsscrollView.aspx?ItemID=1239&mID=11170

But popular resistance is growing and more people are getting involved. There is widening gap between government officials and the people around the world on this issue. Millions of activists are being mobilized for the boycotts, divestments and sanctions movement and as the negotiations lead nowhere, the apartheid system is being exposed more.  It will happen just as suddenly and unexpectedly as the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Your involvement can help.

Action: Sign petition Ban Israel from the 2012 Olympics

http://www.petitiononline.com/12101982/petition.html

Example of the thousands of lectures and events organized around the world.

Houston Conference for One Democratic State October 22-24, 2010

http://www.onedemocraticstate.com/

B R E C H T  F O R U M and COMMITTEE FOR OPEN DISCUSSION OF ZIONISM

Present Resolving the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict: Why One Democratic State Is the Best Solution

featured speakers:  Joel Kovel& Norton Mezvinsky

Wednesday, October 27 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 51 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets, New York, NY 10014 – Phone: (212) 242-4201 Email: brechtforum@brechtforum.org

Join Professors Joel Kovel and Norton Mezvinsky as each presents his respective argument for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Kovel will argue that a two-state solution cannot solve the conflict, because it continues the Jewish ethno-chauvinism that lies at the core of Zionism.

Mezvinsky will propose that a democratic and just two-state solution is highly unlikely to occur and that the presently constructed one state can and must be changed by an emphasis upon and implementation of fair and equal human rights for all inhabitants of the state.

Discussion to follow.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15

Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home

http://www.qumsiyeh.org

Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities