In this week’s digest, further tree uprooting and destruction in Walaja, upcoming Friday Demonstrations, the death of Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple and son of a Syrian immigrant to America), home demolitions increased five folds, Israel police turning a blind eye to lynching, “anti-Semitism” in the occupy Wall street movement, where did Palestine come from, and two opinion pieces (one on biology of religion and one on the Palestinians next move).
The media, the Palestinian political leadership, and the public is not rising to the challenge as life is destroyed. A good example is the village of Al-Walaja: this week another 100 olive and other trees were uprooted by the Israeli apartheid system just before the olive harvest season begins next week. See here some comparison pictures (pictures taken on 28.09 and then 03.10 of the same area):
more pictures can be seen here:
Another example is the lack of media attention to the thousands of political prisoners illegally held by Israel. Many prisoners are engaged now in a hunger strike after Israel removed some of their basic rights. So join us for Friday gatherings, vigils and demonstrations in several villages with emphasis on the issue of Palestinian political prisoners and land destruction. Gather after Friday Prayers 12:30 in front of mosques in Al-Walaja (Bethlehem District), Susya (Yatta area, Hebron District), Nebi Saleh, Ni’lin, Bil’in (Ramallah District) among others. Join us also Saturday at 1 PM in Beit Ommar.
I used computers since 1979 at the University of Connecticut and I bought my first Apple IIe computer in 1984 shortly after Time Magazine declared the computer as machine of the year in place of its “person of the year”. Since then I have been an Apple computer fan. The death yesterday of Steve Jobs, a cofounder of Apple was sad for me. He was born in San Francisco to Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian immigrant and Joanne Schieble (Simposon). His parents separated and he was put up for adoption by Paul and Clara Jobs (née Hagopian, Armenian). Unlike others who connect to tribalism, Jobs believed in humanity and wanted to show that he, an individual can achieve by shedding any cultural and religious baggage. He stated that people should never stop learning and should voraciously open their minds to new ideas. Here is Steve telling stories about Connecting the Dots, Love and Loss, and Death:
Demolitions by Israel increase fivefold, says new UN report: In the first six months of 2011, OCHA reports that the Israeli authorities demolished 342 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C, including 125 residential “structures,” displacing a total of 656 Palestinians, including 351 children — almost five times as many demolitions and people displaced as during the first half of 2010.
Israel police turned a blind eye to a lynching: What happened at the entrance to the settlement of Anatot was a pogrom, a lynching. Media outlets that don’t see fit to report a pogrom of this magnitude are partners in the policy, or the sins of omission, of abandonment.
On charges of anti-Semitism in the “Occupy Wall Street Movement”
Note: In my upcoming book about life and activism in the USA, I go in great detail about how Zionists tried (many times successfully) to infiltrate leftist and peace movements in the US to prevent any criticism of their beloved idols (Zionism and Israel). To be with these movements, they can talk about repression everywhere in the world and about economic or other exploitation at home but Israel becomes a taboo subject. And when logic cannot work for them, they hurl the change of anti-Semitism, the weapon of last resort (sometimes first resort) to try to scare good meaning activists. But the trend in history is now clear and this will no longer work because Zionism is the antithesis of universal humanism and basic human rights (as I discussed in detail in my 2004 book “Sharing the Land of Canaan”).
The Department of Corrections: Ben Hur, the LA Times and a place called Palestine
Opinion: Science and religion– God didn’t make man; man made god. In recent years scientists specializing in the mind have begun to unravel religion’s “DNA.” J. Anderson Thomson and Clare Aukofer
Opinion: The Palestinians’ Next Move by Prof. Rashid Khalidi
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD