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Five good news, resources, and upcoming events

-----Original Message-----
From: Mazin Qumsiyeh [mailto:qumsi001@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2007 5:37 PM
To: wheelsofjustice@lists.riseup.net
Subject: [HumanRights] Five good news, resources, and upcoming events
Five good news, resources, and upcoming events

 

Fact of the day gleaned from the internet (from Eleanor Grant):

Did you know that Pres. Roosevelt spearheaded a successful initiative to persuade Allied nations to take in virtually all of Europe's displaced Jews, and was talked out of it by American ZIONIST leaders? The story is told in Alfred Lilienthal's 1953 book "What Price Israel?" and can be read at http://users.sgci.com/~originaltestament/MorrisErnst.html

 

GOOD NEWS:

 

More isolation of the US and Israeli governments: On Tuesday, the UN General assembly voted overwhelmingly (184 to 4) to ask the US to lift the embargo on Cuba.  Who are the four? The US, Israel, Palau, and Marshal Islands! Other recent votes at the UN were also lopsided including those on Israel (and the dollar will keep declining against other currencies so long as current foreign policies remain) http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071030/pl_nm/cuba_un_embargo_dc

 

A positive action done in the US: confronting the racist David Horowitz at Emory University http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SrFXdkjbdY

more videos from this event at

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=sklarbar29&p=r

 

A positive action done in Paris to confront the army of occupation:

Read text in French, English, and Arabic and watch the video posted:

http://tinyurl.com/2qre8s

 

Keynote speech of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other reporst on the successful Sabeel Conference in Boston are now reported at http://www.fosna.org/

 

Racist Norman Podhotz being confronted in NY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MBzLTjVMhY

 

REPORTS/Resources

 

Palestine Encyclopedia on line (all you ever wanted to know of the history) by Issa Nakhleh (born in my home town of Beit Sahour) http://www.palestine-encyclopedia.com

 

Palestinian Child Prisoners

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=FMb1Ye3qpWE

 

In Arabic: Palestine Ethnic Cleansing history and background http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/F5E3C97B-1258-4CCD-B043-27B0C7692B34.htm

 

UPCMING EVENTS

 

Birthright Unplugged trip to Palestine in January (deadline to apply is November 15):

http://www.birthrightunplugged.org

 

Palestine conference in the US (plannning meeting November 9-11, big event in August) http://palestineconference.org

 

Palestine Film Festival planned in April in London for the Nakba anniversary: http://neme.org/main/706/palestine-film-festival-2008

 

Today is what is called Halloween in the US.  People dress up in scary or silly costumes.  The people for the American way has a few downloadable masks for your entertainment.

http://www.pfaw.org/pfaw/general/default.aspx?oid=24857

 

The Tree of Life Conference is an interfaith effort, organized by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT and supported by dozens of organizations and individuals committed to peace and justice.  This two-day event is a unique opportunity to learn about the “other side” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – the dedicated work of peacemakers.

Saturday, November 3, Old Lyme, CT  – Tree of Life Conference: Festival of Music and Dance.   First event in a two-day interfaith program celebrating peacemakers in Israel and Palestine. Concert by English folksinger, recording artist and human rights activist Martin John Nicholls, folk dancing by the Al-Ghad Folklore Dancing Troupe of Beit Sahour near Bethlehem, Middle Eastern foods.  Open to the public.  At the Church of Christ the King, One McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, 7:30pm.  $20 per person, or included in $35 registration for both Saturday-Sunday programs.  18 and under free.  Reservations recommended, same-day seating as available.  Information and registration form at www.fccol.org, or 860-434-8686. 

Sunday, November 4, Old Lyme, CT – Tree of Life Conference:  “Voices of Conscience and Hope.”  Second event in a two-day interfaith program celebrating peacemakers in Israel and Palestine.  Presentations by speakers intimately familiar with the conflict and its consequences, working tirelessly as advocates for peace and justice.  Interludes of music and folk dancing.    Arts/ crafts/information bazaar, and refreshments. Open to the public.  At the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd.  Registration at 1:00pm, program begins at 1:30.  $20 per person, or included in $35 registration for both Saturday-Sunday programs, 18 and under free.  Reservations recommended, same-day seating as available.  Information and registration form at www.fccol.org, or phone 860-434-8686.

The Tree of Life Conference is an interfaith effort, organized by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT and supported by dozens of organizations and individuals committed to peace and justice.  This two-day event is a unique opportunity to learn about the “other side” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – the dedicated work of peacemakers.

 

Benefit Concert in Boston (not to be missed) Concert proceeds will make it possible for two music students from the Edward Said National Conservatory in Palestine to attend a five week music program at Berklee College, summer 2008.

World-renowned Lebanese Arab composer and oudmaster, and UNESCO Artist for Peace Marcel Khalifé in Concert with Al Mayadine Ensemble Performing contemporary and classical Arabic music as part of their

2007 USA & Canada Grand TOUR

When: Friday November 16, 8PM, 2007

Where: Berklee Performance Center

Box Office, 136 Mass. Ave., Mon.-Sat. 10AM-6PM, http://www.berkleebpc.com/ Ticketmaster (617)931-2000 or www.ticketmaster.com

Tickets: $100, $36, $20 students and children under 12 Marcel Khalifé is one of Lebanon's leading musicians, reshaping traditional Arabic music into a novel communicative form of expression. The program will consist of "Taqasim", a new instrumental work, as well as a predominantly vocal presentation drawn from the works of Mahmoud Darwish, the eminent Palestinian Arab poet. The ensemble consists of Peter Herbert (double bass), and Marcel's sons Rami Khalifé (piano) and Bachar Khalifé (percussion and vibes). This Program Is Sponsored by A Community Grant from The Berklee College of Music

 

Mazin Qumsiyeh

http://qumsiyeh.org

http://justicewheels.org

 

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