They finally released our 10 friends yesterday from Israeli jails on bail pending “trial”. Those kidnapped from the peaceful march in Bethlehem area on Palm Sunday attended a press conference in Ramallah and passed by Beit Sahour late last night. Each is to appear in front of a military judge later this month. Yet, the Friday regular demonstration in Al-Ma’sara was large and daring. Speeches were given at the site where soldiers had stretched barbed wire blocking the road. Internationals (including Israelis) participated with Palestinians. The occupation troops decided to end the demonstration early with a barrage of concussion/stun grenades. Two reporters and two demonstrators were injured by the soldiers as they tried to arrest some people in a violent way. They managed to arrest our deaf Italian colleague. The soldiers also shot directly at my car smashing one concussion grenade into the windshield from a distance of over 100 meters (replacement and clean-up will cost $250-300).
Similar repression occurred in other towns in the West Bank. Israel also shelled a number of places in Gaza including a dairy products factory.
Huwwara Checkpoint land day event: nonviolent resistance met by violence again and again
Al-Jazeerah English shows our land day activities in Beit Sahour
BART Art Commemorates Palestine Land Day in San Francisco
Some of my talk in Pittsburgh made it to this radio show and you can listen to it here
Video of my talk in Stamford, CT here
US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government
Actions (good or bad) speak louder than words
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
Popular Committee to Resist the Apartheid Wall and Settlements-Beit Sahour
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,