Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:42 PM
Subject: [HumanRights] Deir Yassin, Refugee videos, Jewish and other actions
Dr. Ghada Karmi's visit to Connecticut (the Constitution State) was very successful. She spoke at four events including talks to mostly student audiences at three universities. Wednesday's talks at Wesleyan, and Yale were planned to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Deir Yassin massacre (April 9, 1948, weeks before Israel was unilaterally declared a state and one of 33 massacres committed to drive the native Palestinians out). Below are two relevant articles on this seminal event that was used to create the largest remaining refugee population in the world. It was inspiring to see the younger people active in organizing and engaged in attending, asking important questions etc. The events at Yale (hosted by Arab Student Association) and Wesleyan (hosted by ADAPT) packed the rooms booked. Deep and meaningful discussions spilled over also after the lecture and I heard lots more are now planned to delve into the root causes of the 60 year wars and conflicts in Western Asia (AKA the Middle East).
Between 1947-1949 over 3/4th of the native Palestinians (Christians and Muslims) were driven out (by Zionist terminology the land was "cleansed").
(MUST READ) Sixty years after Deir Yassin by Ronnie Kasrils (Jewish Minister of Intelligence in South Africa and Veteran anti-apartheid fighter), The Electronic Intifada, 8 April 2008
And an older but poignant article
"We Created Terror Among the Arabs"
Video: Refugee yearning to return
Must see video (IMHO the strength and maturity of this little girl reminds us that Palestine will survive).
UN Expert (who happens to be Jewish) stands by comments comparing Israeli actions to Nazi actions
ACTION 1: Refugee camps on Google earth must include Palestinian Refugee Camps
ACTION 2: No time to celebrate-- Jews remember the Nakba (join them if you are Jewish or pass along to others)
ACTION 3: Attend the Palestine Conference August 8-10 in Chicago http://palestineconference.org
And ACTION ALWAYS: speak-up, silence is complicity
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD