Our Beacon Forum

Human Rights Violations
By:Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Occupied Palestine
Date: Monday, 25 November 2019, 9:18 pm

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/11/25/israel-expels-human-rights-watch-director-today

The US administration violated international law before including use of
agent orange in Vietnam and dozens of other actions. But it also funds and
fully supports violators of international law and human rights. Moving its
embassy to illegally occupied Jerusalem was a violation of law while
funding Israel and telling it that its annexation of the Golan and building
settlements is legal is funding and supporting flagrant violations of
International law and human rights. Complicity in murder or such crimes
against humanity is afterall cooperation in punishable crimes. The US also
violates its own laws which prohibits funding to countries
that persistently violate human rights. Israel does that regularly even by
reports of every credible human rights organizations such as Amnesty,
Physicians for Human Rights, B'Tselem, Al-Haq, UN Human Rights Commission,
and Human Rights Watch. Israel today expelled the Director of HRW (see
https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/11/25/israel-expels-human-rights-watch-director-today)
but continues to receive billions of our (I am also a US citizen!!) tax
payer money. Read the reports (you can google those) and act to demand it
stop and challenge APARTHEID officials as happened at Harvard University
and elsewhere (now happening with increasing frequency). Join us.

Harvard students walk out on Israeli apartheid
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20191115-harvard-students-walkout-of-israel-envoy-talk/

Act to release human rights advocate and our friend Ubai Aboudi held in
administrative detention by the apartheid regime
https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/end-the-detention-of-ubai-aboudi
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde15/1445/2019/en/
[BTW Ubai and I are members in http://www.scientists4palestine.com/]

Dissolve the PA and Embrace a One-State Solution Strategy… Now!
http://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/771

Canada reverses UN stance on Palestinians in break with U.S. over
settlements: Tuesday's resolution was opposed by Israel, the United States
and three Pacific island nations that depend heavily on U.S. aid and tend
to vote with Washington at the UN: the Marshall Islands, Nauru and the
Federated States of Micronesia [and of course supported by all other
nations on earth not just Canada]
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/un-palestinian-vote-canada-israel-us-1.5365637

Destructive drones profitable but devastating
https://dronewars.net/2019/11/12/precise-strikes-fractured-bodies-fractured-lives-an-update-on-israels-drone-wars/

The Infallible Warrior: Honest Reflections on the Legacy of Yasser Arafat
15 Years after his Death by Ramzy Baroud
http://www.palestinechronicle.com/the-infallible-warrior-honest-reflections-on-the-legacy-of-yasser-arafat-15-years-after-his-death/

Kairos Palestine Statement on the U.S Secretary of State legalizing
settlements (our Kairos conference opens this Friday in Bethlehem see
https://www.kairospalestine.ps/ ):
Kairos Palestine expresses deep disappointment that U.S. Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo has announced—in a statement that disregards the Geneva
Conventions, international law and widespread global consensus—a radical
departure from U.S. policy regarding the illegal colonial activities of the
State of Israel.

In asserting that the United States will no longer deem West Bank
settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, to be “inconsistent with
international law,” Secretary of State Pompeo contravenes a 1978 legal
opinion by the State Department—upheld with bipartisan support of former
administrations—which determined that “while Israel may undertake, in the
occupied territories, actions necessary to meet its military needs and to
provide for orderly government during the occupation, for reasons indicated
above the establishment of the civilian settlements in those territories is
inconsistent with international law.”

Secretary Pompeo went on to announce that this move by the United States
should not be viewed as the U.S. “prejudging the ultimate status of the
West Bank.” Recent actions by the Trump administration belie this
statement. These actions include moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem,
defunding UNRWA, shuttering the Palestinians’ office in Washington, D.C.,
attempts to redefine who may be considered a Palestinian refugee, and
embracing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s annexation plans. All these
moves, including what to date has been revealed of the Middle East peace
plan put forward by Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner, have to
be interpreted as U.S. attempts to force the capitulation of Palestinians
to the will of the State of Israel.

In our holy text, the story is told of King Ahab coveting the vineyard of
Naboth the Jezreelite (1 Kings 21). When Naboth refuses the king’s offer
to purchase the land which Naboth describes as his “ancestral inheritance”,
a plot is launched in the king’s household to take the land by force. A
false charge is made against Naboth, which leads to his being stoned to
death, after which King Ahab sets out to take possession of Naboth’s
vineyard. In the same way that the Lord instructed the Prophet Elijah to
intervene and confront the king, Kairos Palestine asks its partners—people
of faith and those of good will—to call on leaders of the U.S. government
to reexamine its failed role as a facilitator of peace between Israel and
Palestinians.

Secretary of State Pompeo and the government of the United States must
understand that God’s community of justice, peace and provision for
all—coming on earth as it is in heaven—may be delayed but will not be
denied. As stated in the document, Kairos Palestine: A Moment of Truth,
“In the absence of all hope, we cry out our cry of hope. We believe in
God, good and just. We believe that God’s goodness will finally triumph
over the evil and hate and of death that still persist in our land. We
will see here ‘a new land’ and ‘a new human being’, capable of rising up in
the spirit to love each one of his or her brothers and sisters.”

Stay Human and come visit us in Palestine

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
facebook pages
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Museum
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