By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD

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

Support the Maia Project: Bringing clean water to children in Palestine

Some of my talk in Pittsburgh made it to this radio show and you can listen
to it at

Video of my talk in Stamford, CT is now posted at

US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the
Israeli Government

Actions (good or bad) speak louder than words

1 Comment

  1. April 3, 2010 at 13:52

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