By Mazin Qumsiyeh

* Israeli soldiers scuffle with Palestinians during a demonstration against the construction of Israel’s wall in Walajah, outside occupied Jerusalem. * Image Credit: AP

Today (Wednesday) was another honorable and painful chapter in the struggle of the village of Al-Walaja.  Apartheid soldiers assaulted children and adults protesting peacefully, injured many, and arrested six Palestinians.

The destruction of the beautiful ancient village land was stopped for over 1.5 hours. I was especially touched by the courage of Omar and his two children, one of them was hit by a soldier with his gun on top of his head.

Please see this video and be both angered and inspired by the courage of the Walajans. The villagers need our support in many ways especially to demand Israel release those they abducted.

Come join us PLEASE and act.



Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke and Yale Universities. He served on the board/steering/executive committees of a number of groups including Peace Action Education Fund, the US Campaign to End the Occupation, the Palestinian American Congress, Association for One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and BoycottIsraeliGoods.org. He is now president of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. He advised many other groups including Sommerville Divestment Project, Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project, Palestine Freedom Project, Sabeel North America, and National Council of Churches of Christ USA. He is an active member of a number of human rights groups (Amnesty, Peace action, Human Rights Watch, ACLU etc.). He published several books of which the most acclaimed “Sharing the Land of Canaan: human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” also translated to spanish.

Also see:

In Heborn, Boy, Five, Begs Israeli Soldiers Not To Take His Dad


TV cameras have captured the distressing moment a five-year-old Palestinian boy sees his father arrested for stealing water.

Khaled Jabari wails in torment and confusion as Israeli soldiers drag away his father Fadel in the West Bank district of Hebron.

Walking barefoot, the youngster becomes hysterical as he pleads with the troops not to take his father away.

One of the soldiers picks up the lad and removes him from the scene before Fadel is driven away in a four-wheel-drive.

After watching the footage, Hashem Abu Maria, of the Defence For Children International charity, said it was obvious the child thought his father would never return.


  1. Robert H. Stiver on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    The videoclip featuring the terror of young Khaled is disturbing on several levels. The clip is short on context, but one can only empathize with the boy and his family. After all, the Zionazis have “stolen” “life” itself from the victimized Palestinians. The father was undoubtedly “stealing” water that is, in fact, HIS WATER. Ordinary Palestinians are driven to “steal” in order to provide basic needs for themselves and their families because the illegal, psychotic occupier has thieved nearly all of the occupieds’ land, water and water sources, dignity, etc.

    Surely I’m concerned for the immediate trauma and for the psyche of the boy, short, mid and long term. But I also felt great empathy for the father — the mother too, but I’m drawn especially to the father. I’ve always wondered what clinical studies would show about the physical effects of the zionazi invaders-occupiers on the native, rightful residents who are always maintained in the iron grip of sadistic control, who are regimented in myriad demeaning ways, who are oppressed and humiliated before the eyes of their wives and kids. These psycho-social factors can only affect the physical — blood pressure always comes to my mind — well-being of the victim. I can only imagine that Palestinian men’s blood pressure readings must be incredibly high!

    Zionism, including all its adherents and practitioners, is an insane — psychotic — criminally insane ideology, and it must be outed, formally charged, and treated by sane people.

  2. rexw on the 06. Aug, 2010 remarked #

    Well said, Robert.

    I do not know how long the world will continue to disregard the plight of these poor people who have committed no crime and who just want to live in peace on their land.
    This same land is being usurped daily by the evil empire, so confident in their actions that they can tolerate press coverage for such activities knowing that it will never be seen except on the internet.

    How arrogant they have become. They must know the world dislikes what they are doing but they just do not give a damn.

    So thanks, America. Your subservience to these hated people has allowed all this to happen.

    You should be ashamed of your weakness.

  3. LanceThruster on the 19. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    rexw – x2 Well said indeed, Robert. The traumatization of children and their parents is shameful, let alone the Kafka-esque nature of how they’re brutalized in severe to trivial ways on a daily basis.

    Being a parent in such circumstances must result in feelings of extreme helplessness with little relief, made all the worse because the truth they see is not the story that generally gets out and gains traction.

    Back when I accepted the “official narrative” the Zionists put forth, I believed them when they discounted any Palestinian assertions because Zionists said that Palestinians are always lying to try to make Israel look bad.

    After 9/11, I felt the need to know more about the region that would be the focus of many upcoming conflicts. It didn’t take a whole lot of scratching the surface on my part to learn the the official narrative was horribly one-sided.

    I also learned exactly who it was that had the most incentive and *need* to lie. And just as Zionists said ignore what the Arabs/Palestinians/Muslims say because they’re habitual liars, I discovered the simplest way to decypher most Zionist pronouncements was to use “the 180 Rule.”

    By inverting their claims, I could more accurately determine what was actually true. Who broke the ceasefire, who responded with violence, who is lying about land theft?

    My lack of a better understanding of the IP conflict because I believed what I was told will be a source of shame for me for some time to come. I owe the people of Palestine an apology for taking so painfully long to open my eyes.

    I am greatful to the many voices for truth and understanding in this regard. I used to have a great resistance the counter-narrative as Jews who argued for justice were dismissed as “self-hating” and Palestinian/Arab/Muslim voices were virtually non-existent as far as what I was exposed to and if say a Hanan Ashawri (sp?) did make it to ABC’s “Nightline”, anything she said was discounted as the meme put forth was that you could not trust a Palestinian/Arab/Muslim to speak truthfully about the conflict, yet the discourse presented was top heavy with Zionists whether political, academic, orat the control of the media outlets themselves.

    Fox goes crazy looking into the money connections of the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” (ignoring one of the largest contributors is a major Fox shareholder), yet anyone even attempting to make similar connections for Zionists in positions of power is seen as unforgivably bigoted.

    Though changing somewhat, I tend not to be very optimistic as Hitler’s propaganda model is quite accurate. In “Mein Kampf” he wrote that propaganda is always addressed to the masses as there are not enough “intellectuals” to worry about.

    And people cling fervently to their beliefs however uninformed because it confirms their prejudices. Having to admit error and expend effort to learn something new is just too damned uncomfortable.

    Better to remain certain in your herd-like ignorance. If you have the numbers you can claim the rightness of your view based on popular support. And if you’re in the minority, you can say your group above all others holds fast to the “truth” despite those who would try to tell you otherwise.

    I have not yet figured out how to get around that particularly troubling aspect of human nature.

  4. D Costa on the 08. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Great posts Robert and rexw! This is heartbreaking information. How can America and the world continue to watch this ongoing injustice and slaughter of Palestinian people–while ignoring their suffering?

    Michael J Volz in one of his posts said: “There will be no solution until people are no longer afraid to call a spade a spade”.

    This is the problem that has allowed Israel to continue its crime on humanity because even many of the people who portray themselves as truthtellers fail to present facts in a clear and precise fashion without mixing the truth with misinformation–when it comes to Zionist Jewish connection and support for Israel’s crime. Jeff Gates, Alan Sabrosky, Philip Giraldi and Ken O’Keef are a few exceptions in this regard.

    Philip Giraldi’s Wake Up! call needs to be heard. “The real problem is theft of land, denial of human rights and killing of innocent people” Ken O’Keef in a recent speech
    said. Alan Sabrosky put it all in few words and said “Israeli Mossad did 9/11″. Jeff Gates’ book “Guilt by Association–How Deception and Self Deceit took America to War” describes it all.

    There are others who waste time writing articles in the effort of debating such issues as the Divinity of Jesus Christ and Virginity of His mother and His Resurrection [to please the Christ haters and win their approval] which cannot be proved or disproved based on factual information that relies on the 5 senses because those are spiritual things based on faith. Spiritually wise Jesus said to Martha “Martha you will see Gods glory if you believe”. Human intellect alone has no ability to perceive spiritual knowledge. By engaging in these unnecessary debates such as this and the left and right politics these writers are stealing precious time from people while preventing them from waking up to the real truth and the fate of America not just the fate of occupied Palestine and Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia.

    I wish Americans in increasing numbers respond to the “Wake Up America!” call of Philip Giraldi–before we all become Palestinians–and before “Jews Only” settlements spread in all cities and towns of America just like in Lakewood, NJ–where Section 8 housing is only for Jews–and the homes here are tax payer funded.

    The most frightening thing is that this is one of the counties hijacked by the Jews–where other groups of citizens face discrimination–including blacks–whom Jews “love” based on all the social engineering they have done for the last several decades through diversity initiatives.

    Rev Steve Bingham has an outreach program for homeless people [all ethnic grous]–which the mayor of Lakewood is trying to get rid of–despite all the “Jewish Love” for blacks and other oppressed people in the society.

    Rev Steve Bingham, PO Box 326, Lakewood NJ 08701

    Please call [732]-364-0340 for details.

  5. D Costa on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, please continue your work and God bless you!

  6. D Costa on the 10. Oct, 2010 remarked #

    Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh we understand why tyrant Israel is trying to silence you. Truth is their greatest enemy. You and your work are greatly appreciated by millions of people in America and the world. You are an inspiration to all people who are suffering tyranny in the hands of Israel and Zionist Jews. You are a “truthteller” who is serious about your mission and you have achieved success.

    “The Source of America’s Wars–Krystol Clear” written by Maidhe O’Cathail is an article that displays clarity and truthfulness and honesty of the writer who has only one mission in mind and he has accomplished it.

    “Following his father’s advice, William Kristol has been a fervent supporter of massive U.S. military spending. In 1996, he co-authored with Robert Kagan an influential neocon manifesto titled “Toward a Neo-Reaganite Foreign Policy.” It recommended that “America should pursue a vision of benevolent hegemony as bold as Reagan’s in the 1970s and wield its authority unabashedly”, writes Maidhe O’Cathail in simple language–without half truths or baloney.

    Jay C posted a fantastic link at the end of another article which had a video about whom we can trust out of radio personalities and journalists. I wish he posts it everywhere. The people who give us soup [truth, half truth mixed with baloney] are doing a disservice and these people need to be exposed. Michael Savage and Alex Jones and Gordon Duff belong to this group.

    “By contrast, the Soviet legal system left prosecutors with a wide discretion in identifying “anti-Soviet” activities. Almost anything irritating to the Soviet state could qualify. An impossible burden of proof lay on the accused; guilt was presumed; acquittals were virtually nonexistent. To be indicted was already to be convicted. Since the charge was undefined, it was unfalsifiable; there was no such thing as a false accusation. As a result, the Russian population lived in fear.

    The word anti-Semitic functions like the word anti-Soviet. Being undefined, it’s unfalsifiable. Loose charges of “anti-Semitism” are common, but nobody suffers any penalty for making them, since what is unfalsifiable can never be shown to be false. I once read an article in a Jewish magazine that called the first Star Wars movie “anti- Semitic.” I was amazed, but I couldn’t prove the contrary. Who could? And of course people in public life — and often in private life — fear incurring the label, however guiltless they may be.

    If you want to distinguish between the innocent and the guilty, you define crimes precisely. If, however, you merely want to maximize the number of convictions, increase the power of the accusers, and create an atmosphere of dread, you define crimes as loosely as possible. We now have an incentive system that might have been designed to promote loose charges of “anti-Semitism.”

    Silly as all this is from a rational point of view, the label of anti-Semitism is deeply feared. It does signify one thing: Jewish hatred. When I became a conservative as a college freshman, in 1965, nearly all Jews were liberals and Jewish intellectuals associated conservatism with “anti-Semitism.” Bill Buckley was often depicted as a fascist or crypto-Nazi; given the smears he endured, it’s understandable that he should go to great lengths to appear pro-Jewish, even if he somewhat overdid it by abetting smears of his fellow conservatives.”—Israel Shamir

    Yes it is a trick and the Jews will always use it till there are enough people like Debbie Menon, Israel Shamir, Maidhe O’Cathail, Jeff Gates, Alan Sabrosky, Philip Giraldi, David Duke, William Pierce Texe Marrs, Mazin Qumsiyeh who will keep on hammering the truth about Israel and Jews who support it and their deception, lies, corruption, greed, fraud and crime–and say it in clear language unlike some writers who mix the truth with half-truth and some baloney–dispensing disinformation–confusing people.

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