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Gaza - Ramadan
By:Mazin Qumsiyeh, Occupied Palestine
Date: Thursday, 17 May 2018, 4:23 pm

Letter from Albert Einstein to Shepard Rifkin April 10, 1948
“When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first
responsible for it would be the British [now Americans] and the second
responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build up from our own ranks.”

From Palestine, I can only say thank you to all who work tirelessly for
peace and justice. As I get over 200 emails a day, I know of so many who do
great actions. From 2000 people who gathered in Oslo Norway to protest the
massacre and Gaza and show solidarity to lone individuals who wrote letters
to editor or acted in some fashion even with a donation or a prayer. Each
and every one of those people lights candles in the darkness. We will not
conquer darkness but we will at least see ourselves and fellow human beings
in new light. For that we are deeply thankful.

To our Muslim friends who begin the fast of Ramadan, they know that the
best and most difficult jihad is internal jihad: changing our hearts and
minds. My they find this month a real blessed season of reflection and
enlightenment and work for peace and justice. My only wish is for more
people to shed apathy and join the struggle. History and inner conscience
will not be forgiving to those who do not act. You cannot be neutral on a
moving train especially if you are Israeli, Jewish, or live in one of the
Western Countries that helped keep tragedies going (USA, England, France
etc).

There has been 70 years of ongoing Nakba, conflict and war since 1948 when
the Zionist gangs ethnically cleansed hundreds of Palestinian villages and
towns by military force. That experiment continues to cause unspeakable
horrors here from wars to massacres (like that committed in Gaza). In 1948
there was on the other side of the world a remarkably different vision. In
1948, Costa Rica abolished its military. It has reaped benefits since then
(see
http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/bold.html )
Dare we dream of a demilitarized world and of a sharing and living together
(see my 2004 book “Sharing the Land of Canaan”)

The truth about Israel's killing of Palestinians: Interview with Mazin
Qumsiyeh
http://www.risingupwithsonali.com/the-truth-behind-israels-killing-of-palestinians/

Where you can donate to help Gaza
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/give-charity-gaza/

A Grotesque Spectacle in Jerusalem (by Myriam Goldberg in NY Times): It was
a consummation of the cynical alliance between hawkish Jews and Zionist
evangelicals who believe that the return of Jews to Israel will usher in
the apocalypse and the return of Christ, after which Jews who don’t convert
will burn forever. Religions like “Mormonism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism”
lead people “to an eternity of separation from God in Hell,” Robert
Jeffress, a Dallas megachurch pastor, once said. He was chosen to give the
opening prayer at the embassy ceremony. John Hagee, one of America’s most
prominent end-times preachers, once said that Hitler was sent by God to
drive the Jews to their ancestral homeland. He gave the closing benediction.
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/opinion/jerusalem-embassy-gaza-protests.html

Pope Francis joined by Cardinal Nichols in condemning Israeli killings in
Gaza
https://www.christiantoday.com/church/pope-francis-joined-by-cardinal-nichols-in-condemning-israeli-killings-in-gaza/129200.htm

Why Jews in solidarity with Palestinians will win the day
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/writingfromtheedge/2018/05/why-jews-in-solidarity-with-palestinians-will-win-the-day/

Palestine Open Maps is a platform for map-based exploration and immersive
storytelling. This alpha version of the platform allows users to navigate
and search the historic map sheets, and to view basic data about present
and erased localities
https://palopenmaps.org

Israel and Palestine in 2018: Decolonisation, not peace
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/israel-palestine-2018-decolonisation-peace-180514073500781.html

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
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