Articles by Mazin Qumsiyeh

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Bat and Hyena
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

15 Feb 2020 – What a baseball bat and a murdered pregnant hyena have in common? Please read on…

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Our Collective Survival
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

5 Feb 2020 – I have never become more worried than now about the future. Here I speak not just of the future of the 13 million Palestinians (7.5 million refugees or displaced) but the future of humanity as a whole. Let me just list nine factors that makes you pose and wonder.

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Trump’s ‘Peace and Prosperity Map’—Scam of the Century
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – The latest “scam” does achieve Israeli complete annexation of the USA government and will result in more suffering (already >100,000 Palestinians killed and >800,000 injured by this zionist colonialism). A war on Iran is not far off. But now more US citizens will join our struggle against the Zionist double colonization (of the US and Palestine).

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A New Decade
Mazin Qumsiyeh– TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

2 Jan 2020 – We entered 2020, a year that heralded an unlivable situation in Gaza according to the UN and a new decade that many are predicting will radically transform the world (either make it or break it on many fronts from world peace to climate change). Freedom is never given to oppressed people from outside. It must be generated by resistance and via pressure primarily from inside (outside help is welcome as with BDS just like in South Africa).

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Stop the Hate
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late
At a world in turmoil we sadly wonder
Our duty and responsibility we ponder

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On Moving to Palestine
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

10 Nov 2019 – Over 11years ago, I returned from the US to Palestine and this morning I dug up my message sent august 2008 on ‘Leaving the US for Palestine’ and I share it with you because it still shapes my decisions/my life and could give you food for thought (of course what I proposed to do then did evolve including deciding to write a book on popular resistance, getting arrested/detained many times, and starting the PMNH/PIBS).

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Popular Resistance in Palestine
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

“This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine. Mazin Qumsiyeh brilliantly evokes the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Edward Said, Rachel Corrie and many others, to tell the unvarnished truth about Palestine and Zionist settler colonialism. With its focus on ‘history and activism from below’, this is a work of enormous significance. Developing further his original ideas on human rights in Palestine, media activism, public policies and popular, non-violent resistance, Mazin Qumsiyeh’s book is a must read for anyone interested in justice and how to produce the necessary breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict.” — Prof. Nur Masalha

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Israeli Occupation of Palestine: Disinformation, Denials, Distortions, Distractions, and Destruction of Human Rights
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

29 Oct 2019 – I was today again denied entry to my city Jerusalem by the Israeli occupation authorities. If they think that helps intimidate me, this piece and actions to follow will show otherwise. Response? More decent people need to get together, organize, and resist. Join us. Stay Human and act positively for human rights and justice.

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The Olive Tree–Not Just an Ordinary Tree
Mazin Qumsiyeh | DesertPeace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

21 Oct 2019 – It is hard to describe to non-Palestinians what the olive tree means to us. My thoughts wonder to the Palestinians who lost their olive groves to the colonial settlement activity (over 1 million trees have been uprooted). The olive harvest is after all a ritual that borders on an act of worship (and maybe it is). Palestinians over the past 5000 years have cultivated olive trees and derived great benefit from these wonderful hardy trees.

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The Lion and the Three Bulls
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

There is fable attributed to Aesop and others about three bulls and the lion. While there are variations to the story, the moral remains the same. The lion comes to the Red and black bull and says: You are in danger; the white bull stands out and can attract predators which can endanger you, so let me eliminate him. They agreed.

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Shame on Us
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

Shame on us
for silence on Palestine, Kashmir, Amazon, Bahamas, detention centers in US and much more
for letting our neighbor’s homes be demolished
for allowing fascist politicians to take over our countries…

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The Cart before a Dead Horse – Open Letter to Mahmoud Abbas and All Palestinians
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

23 Jun 2019 – Someone asked what is your solution? I said, ‘Go back to be a real Palestine Liberation Organization: Palestine is all of Palestine not 22% of it, Liberation is self-explanatory and it is for all 13.5 million of us Palestinians, and organization means more than one person we “pledge loyalties” to’. The well-dressed politician came after the meeting to chastise me before he got into his fancy black Mercedes (which was left running all the time) with his body guards.

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Success & Self-Determination
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

1 Jun 2018 – What distinguishes a healthy successful human being (or animal for that matter) from apathetic pathetic creatures who make excuses for their failures in life? Those who succeed are precisely those who have self-confidence to decide to work hard to change their circumstances and not take things for granted.

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Reporting from Palestine
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

28 Feb 2019 – Here in Palestine, life of suffering continues. The UN Human Rights Council issued a report this week that shows the extent of Israel’s violations of international law and human rights including on targeting children [5]. Yet, we continue to exist and to resist. We are not alone. Last two weeks for example I hosted five International delegations.

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Commonality and Hope
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

13 Jan 2019 – The Gandhis of the world are a bit more numerous than the Trumps but numbers are not everything. For example, we do have to consider that greedy selfish people can accumulate significant wealth and control media and thus influence fate of millions of people (Zionism is a good example). They even get elected as happened in the US, Brazil, or “Israel”.

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Punctuated Biological and Social Evolution?
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

2 Dec 2018 – What is the future for humans and the environment? Will average global temperature continue to rise? Have we passed the tipping point? There are now more body mass of humans and domestic vertebrates than all wild vertebrate animals on earth! In a few years there will be more plastic than fish in oceans and most coral reefs could be gone! Is it “natural” that a handful of billionaires own more wealth than the bottom half of humanity (i.e. more than 3.6 billion people)? What hope is left a sustainable earth ecosystem? What does it take to actually change things? Please share your views after you read these and other questions below.

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Signs of End of the Civilization and Signs of Its Rejuvenation
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

15 May 2018 – There are many signs of end of the civilization and signs of its rejuvenation. These difficult times do test people’s souls and minds and while we find those who fail the test (Netanyahu, Trump, Hagee, Bin Salman, etc), we do find so many that pass it and light the way for us.

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Is a New Intifada Possible?
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 May 2018

2 May 2018 – Decades of Zionist colonialism transformed the Palestinian people from among the most economically and educationally advanced in Western Asia to
its most dependent and desperate. It is the world’s sole remaining unresolved case of colonialism, and it will be settled in the same manner as it has been in more than 140 other countries: by sharing the land and agreeing to coexist. Until this freedom and equality is achieved, Palestinians will continue to resist.

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Attack on Syria
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Apr 2018

WIN-WIN:
1) US/UK/France target unused fields and facilities with no damage for domestic propaganda purposes (to appear tough and satisfy the Israel/Zionist lobbies who have been pushing for war like they did in Iraq, Yemen, and Libya and now pushing for war on Iran).
2) Russia and Syria also get a propaganda “win” having shot most of the missiles using “old” Soviet era weapons and Syria gets to get more advanced weapons.

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Losing More People in Gaza
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

31 Mar 2018 – I am optimistic even though sad. I am sad that the Israeli regime massacred 17 and injured nearly 1500 unarmed Palestinian civilians yesterday instead of letting them go to their homes and lands to honor Land Day.

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(Français) Palestine Occupée: «Nous voyons l’espoir dans leurs yeux»
Mazin Qumsiyeh | The International Solidarity Movement – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

Président Donald Trump a décidé que la date de transfert de l’ambassade des Etats-Unis à Jérusalem Occupée serait le 15 mai 2018. C’est particulièrement remarquable parce cette date est celle de la commémoration de la Nakba, le jour où contre la volonté de la grande majorité de ses habitants, un Etat juif d’apartheid a été créé par la force des armes en Palestine.

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Last Straw
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

7 Dec 2017 – Trump’s decision dropped the last fig leaf and added the final straw that will indeed reshape Western Asia and probably the world but not in ways that the Zionists who run the Trump administration planned or wished for. IT IS NOW TIME FOR ACTIONS.

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Truths
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

Truths became fragile outcasts
drowned refugees denied even their pasts
or those refugees silenced
by Zionist media murdered
Orphaned and denied futures

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Stop the Hate
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

Stop the racism, stop the hate
Start with your heart – never too late

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Israeli Occupied USA
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

18 Jun 2017 – I, who happen to be a US citizen, spent 40 hours on grueling travel between Palestine and the USA and my documents (and luggage) were checked 15-20 times along the way. US security agents were at the exit from the Amman-Chicago flight waiting for me checking IDs and when the one checking my ID announced “we got him” loud enough for the other passenger to hear, four of them escorted me to get my checked-in luggage and then to a special security area where agents went through everything I had thoroughly. They looked through my note book/diary and also copied my speaking schedule.

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Finding Goodness
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

• Axis 1- Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Egypt, Israel, USA
• Axis 2- Qatar, Turkey
• Axis 3- Syria, Iran, Russia, and possibly China (for now keeping a distance)
Axis 1 now decided to go after axis 2. Axis 2 is considering moving for protection to axis 3. The US is solidly behind axis 1 but keeping leverage via axis 2 (US bases both in Turkey and Qatar). The US is trying hard to undermine axis 3.

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Trump in Bethlehem
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

20 May 2017 – President Trump is in Saudi Arabia where he will instruct his puppets then go to apartheid Israel where get further instructions from his masters. He will do a token visit to Bethlehem Tuesday [23 May] and desecrate the city of the Prince of Peace with his entourage of racist Zionists. I wish I was there to join demonstrations against this symbol of hypocrisy (I am still in Europe).

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The Cucumber and the Cactus (A Palestinian Christian Story)
Mazin Qumsiyeh | A Human Rights Web – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2017

We cling to the hope and the certainty that, just as happened in South Africa, we shall someday live together in this small place called the Land of Canaan/the Holy Land. Jews, Christians, Muslims and others all did live together for hundreds of years before Britain and the great powers adopted Zionism. Then the rains that filter through the soil in which my grandfather and his Jewish friend are both buried will also nourish new fields of faqoos, sweet cucumbers, and thriving cactus.

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Palestinian Prisoners Show the Way in Israel
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

Mahatma Gandhi used hunger strike to refocus people away from greed and selfishness to caring for each other. Hunger is painful and people will die sooner or later unless we all act. What is at stake is very high: our own self-respect (dignity) as human beings.

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Deir Yassin to Egypt
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

9 Apr 2017 – Today is the anniversary of the massacre at Deir Yassin [also the Norwegian day of trauma: German 1940 invasion]. Today also saw terrorists bombing Christian Churches on Palm Sunday; over 120 were killed or severely injured. Our condolences to the victims and our thoughts and prayers with the injured.

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Palestine-Israel: The UNSC Vote
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2017

Will Mahmoud Abbas turn success into failure (again) or will he finally show backbone to use the UNSC resolution to save what remains of Palestine?

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ConSciences of Humanity
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2017

John Kerry is delusional if he thinks he can temporarily curb the appetite of those who believe in an ideology of conquest, subjugation and exceptionalism (“chosen people”) to save “Zionism”. His claim that Shimon Peres told him that 78% of Palestine is enough and that they should let the Palestinians have the other 22% is simply not believable.

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The Struggle Within
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2016

Facing life’s challenges and insecurity
The heart yearns for serenity
How can we ignore the oppressor’s meanness
And simply understand his weakness

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O Palestine
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2016

Your sisters stayed in their palaces
With golden chains and shameless lies
Some grinned and aided criminals…

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Eight Years
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2016

16 Aug 2016 – It has been 8 years since I moved back from the USA to occupied Palestine and it may be worth a brief reflection… All of this was done while struggling against not just Israeli occupation with its repression (e.g. inability to import things normally, lack of freedom of movement) but some Palestinian societal backward culture including nepotism, patriarchy, bureaucracy, and corruption. We were learning as we go how to deal with people (including the “mental occupation”).

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Binarity
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2016

Edward Said once told us we do not have to choose between a secular corrupt dictatorship and rule by Muslim Brotherhood. I do not have to support Zionism to be for Jewish rights. I do not have to support the Assad regime to be against the Saudi/US/Israel supported “rebel” groups who are nothing more than mercenary terrorists. We have many choices. It is time we exercise them.

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Ups and Downs in Palestine
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2016

16 Jul 2016 – Life in Palestine moves along with its ups and downs, like the tides of the sea. Some days we feel depressed, some days more optimistic. Some of us even feel like manic-depressives for the fact that we go through these cycles. The triggers are varied.

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Motivation
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2016

We in Palestine do not have too many answers since most of our people are still at that subsistence level. It is irritating to see the elites (including Palestinian and Israelis) who have their basic needs met refuse to rise to higher levels and get motivated to do something different to make this a better world. At least they should/could follow Howard Zinn’s advice and get off the train (His book “you can’t be neutral on a moving train”).

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A Brief Chronological History of Palestine
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2016

Palestinians are the endogenous people of the Southern Land of Canaan (Western Part of the Fertile Crescent), the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordan. Key milestones in human civilization occurred in this Land of Canaan: animal and plant domestication, development of the alphabet, and development of laws and religions.

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Advice to Palestinians
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2016

“What would YOU advise Palestinian to do? I am genuinely curious as to how many of my readers have constructive advice based on what they know of geostrategic structures, capabilities etc.” I received dozens of answers including some really very insightful commentary.

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(Français) Les Israéliens tuent les civils palestiniens dans une totale impunité
Mazin Qumsiyeh – Info-Palestine, 14 Dec 2015

Les assassinats par les Israéliens de civils palestiniens se répètent dans l’impunité. 108 Palestiniens ont été tués depuis le premier octobre [2015].

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Beyond Global Disorder
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2015

“The two state solution is dead (I think was always dead and a mirage but even if you think it was alive, Zionism killed it). The apartheid system we have is even worse than in South Africa as testified to by many leaders from South Africa. The resistance is the main form of combating injustice, occupation, and colonization.”

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Black September Reflections
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2015

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow? — Kahlil Gibran

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Silence Is Complicity
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2015

31 Jul 2015 – Jewish colonial settler attacked a village near Nablus throwing Molotov cocktails and burning houses. Ali Dawabsheh age 1.5 years baby was burned to death and three family members sustained severe burns. Jewish terrorism is not new.

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Thinking Globally
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2015

One thing about empires that people have to know: they do not last. They get the hubris to think they can last and that they can manage affairs of other people in perpetuity but this is an illusion.

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Status of Palestine in 2015
Compiled by Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

– It has been 67 years since the occupation of 78% of Palestine in 1948.
– It has been 48 years since the occupation of the other 22% of Palestine (WB and Gaza) that started 1967.

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Compassion Fatigue?
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2015

So did humans develop compassion fatigue and does this bode ill for our future as a species? I do not know and cannot predict the future. I can only act against the negative trends and draw closer to other activists. When we do find people who still cares, we latch onto them and try to do something together to keep our sanity. We must never give up. We must “stay human” as Vittorio used to write to us.

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May 18-UNESCO International Museum Day
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2015

Further, the Vatican will now recognize the State of Palestine. Things are changing and Zionists need to realize that they can change nicely to move towards justice and equality or they will be forced to do so. The USA, the largest enabler of this rogue “Jewish state,” needs to change its foreign policy very quickly.

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Reflections from and about Palestine
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2015

7 May 2015 – I and two colleagues traveled to Jenin to both do field work and attend the conference in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. Several speakers at the conference including me highlighted the devastating impact of the Oslo accords (our real Nakba) on almost liquidating the Palestinian struggle and Palestinian cause.

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Deir Yassin to Yarmouk and Beyond: Reflections in a Flight to Paris
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2015

The scientist in me wants to find logical explanations for why people kill each other and do not simply share and care for one another. I try to convince myself with my own words to visitors to Palestine: lighting a candle better than cursing the darkness, first do no harm, travel the path of your conscience even if few are doing it, etc. Maybe lack of sleep makes my mind wonder into Buddhist philosophies (Joyful participation in the sorrows of this world) and to mystic philosophies (Rumi’s words come slushing around my brain).

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Palestine and Zionism: Historic Consequences
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2015

Only in that context can we understand things ranging from JSIL (Jewish State of Israel in the Levant) to ISIS/Daesh and in between. We can then understand why Saudi Arabia is keen to intervene in domestic affairs of a fellow Arab Country like Yemen with military might while it was silent in foreign invasions by Israel of other Arab Countries (e.g. Syria, Palestine, Lebanon).

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On Enlightened Self-Interest
Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Dec 2014

What is the nature of activism? Why do we do what we do? How much self-sacrifice are we really willing to take? What do those of us feel after lost jobs, after time in jail, after being beaten and gassed by Israeli soldiers, or after all of the above? How does one distinguish between selfishness and enlightened self-interest? Is activism for peace and justice the ultimate love of humanity or the triumph of optimism over experience? Is activism and living life simply the ultimate love of Mother Nature or of God? The following rambling thoughts do not intend to give answers but hopefully give us time to reflect and think.

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Veritasphobia (Fear of Truth)
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Dec 2014

20th century “heroes” like Helen Keller, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Ho Chi Minh, Nelson Mandela, Ghassan Kanafani, Rosa Parks, and thousands of others follow those who in earlier centuries were called “prophets”. They are common people who shed their Veritasphobia and thus achieved remarkable things.

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John Kerry Conducted a Theatre of the Absurd in Amman
Mazin Qumsiyeh – Middle East Eye, 24 Nov 2014

No one takes US ‘peace plan’ efforts seriously anymore – Amman meetings were proof of that. US Secretary John Kerry met in Amman with King Abdullah, PM Netanyahu, and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas for the umpteenth episode of the ongoing theatre saga dubbed the “peace process.”

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