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By:Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bahrain
Date: Thursday, 29 March 2018, 10:17 pm

March of Return Friday: There will be peaceful marches of Palestinians
Friday heading towards the homes and lands that we were ethnically cleansed
from. End of March every year since 1976 is Land Day in Palestine where we
show resistance to the ongoing colonial efforts to separate us from our
lands.Returning to our stolen lands and homes is legal under International
law and UN resolutions. The apartheid Israeli regime threatened to kill
anyone approaching the “fence” that separates people from their lands.
Palestinians are bracing for many to be killed by the Israeli
sharpshooters. Many global mainstream media is silent on this
(self-censorship or guided by the Zionist regime). Israel has also imposed
a “closure” on the Palestinian areas for the so called “Passover holidays”.
The national and religious leaders of the native Palestinians have called
for traveling to Al-Aqsa mosque also because they were told Zionists will
be trying to have ritualistic Jewish sacrifices there. I personally think
Palestinian citizens of Israel should focus energy tomorrow to protect the
march of return from Israeli army violence. By going to the areas of the
fence from both sides, the attempted attack on civilians trying to cross
can and should be thwarted. I also urge all political leaders especially in
Ramallah to join the marches of return to begin to regain the credibility
as representative of our people (who are mostly refugees). But watch also
for false flag operations that the Zionist mafia is well-known for. In any
case no matter what happens, Israelis will be reminded that no peace is
possible without justice. Refugees must be allowed to return to their homes
and lands.

My trip in Europe is concluding and it was capped by a remarkable visit and
discussion I had in an intentional community working for sustainability,
local self-sufficiency, and peace around the world. It is Tamera (tamera.org).
They were having a special gathering on the 40th anniversary of being
established. Nearly 200 people live here and hundreds of visitors come and
go. They work hard. Community work goes to community needs which they are
trying to fulfil all locally (Food, healthcare, shelter, education,
entertainment, personal growth, etc). It is a simple beautiful life with
complete trust. Selfishness, hate, greed, etc are unheard of. I went with a
group of them early morning (6:30) bird-watching and was grateful that
dozens came to hear my last talk last night about resistance,
sustainability and peace in Palestine.

350 People to be Left Homeless when Israel Demolishes Entire Bedouin
Village of Umm al-Hiran in April
http://imemc.org/article/350-people-to-be-left-homeless-when-israel-demolishes-entire-bedouin-village-of-umm-al-hiran-in-april/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-notifies-bedouin-village-that-it-will-be-razed-entirely-next-month/

The Slap Heard Round the World: The People of Israel vs Ahed Tamimi
https://youtu.be/73jZpXYuv_I

Israeli Soldiers Attack Palestinian Christians during Palm Sunday
Procession (VIDEOS)
https://israelpalestinenews.org/israeli-soldiers-attack-palestinian-christians-during-palm-sunday-procession-videos/

The sharks circling around Corbyn scent blood
https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2018-03-26/the-sharks-circling-around-corbyn-scent-blood/

Trailer for BROKEN: on the ICJ ruling on settlement and walls
https://youtu.be/QjiM3XDPqZM

Bolton’s plan to make Palestine disappear
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/boltons-plan-make-palestine-disappear

Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor, Founder, and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org