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HumanRights] Deir Yassin, Refugee videos, Jewish and other actions

From: Mazin Qumsiyeh
Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 11:42 PM
Subject: [HumanRights] Deir Yassin, Refugee videos, Jewish and other actions
To: wheelsofjustice

In this weeks message: Deir Yassin massacre a pivotal event in history, videos on refugees, Jewish South African leader on the massacre, Jews Remember the Nakba, and action alerts.

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").
Over 530 villages and towns were completely removed off the face of the map. Israeli historians clearly documented through declassified material the meticulous nature of the cruel program that led to the creation of the largest remaining refugee problem in the world (see Ilan Pappe recent book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine"). Defying International law and its own promises when joining the UN, Israel refuses to alow them to return and instituted laws to remove the remaining inhabitants from their lands (e.g. the occupied West Bank since 1967 and the home demolitions in the Negev and the Galilee recently). 300,000 "citizens" of the state of Israel are considered by law "present absentees" (internally displaced people whose homes and lands were taken over under the so-called "absentee property laws" and turned over to the Jewish Agency for use by Jews only). Through this process, some 93% of the land that was owned by Palestinians is now off-limits to non-Jews and 7 of the 10 million Palestinians in the world are refugees or displaced people (6000 homes demolished just in the past 7 years alone). The history of colonization is inextricably linked to the history of violence that impacted both Israelis and 10 times more Palestinians.  A Hebrew and Israeli culture can be maintained only if Israel implements human rights and International law are respected.  Only then, we can have equality, peace, justice, and security for all people in the Holy Land.  Until then, it is immoral to "celebrate" a formation of the state of Israel. Only a rights-based approach will bring a durable peace to this part of the world (as opposed to the unfair and distorted "peace process").

(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

And ACTION ALWAYS: speak-up, silence is complicity

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
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