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Der palästinensischen Bürgerrechtsaktivist Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor an der Bethlehem und der Bir Zeit Universität, liefert regelmässig per Email Einschätzungen aus Palästina, die wir hier im englischen Orginal wiedergeben:
"Nichtjuden existieren, um den Juden zu dienen" und andere rassistische Perlen
Olive harvest opportunities
Sunday Staring at 9:30 from the orthodox club in Beit Jala
(Sunday also at my back-yard in Beit Sahour :-))
All societies include some bigots and racists but only in Israel do they get state funding and official support and laws to advance racism:
• Safed Rabbis urge Jews to
refrain from renting apartments to Arabs
• 'Jews Brought About the Existence of the ENTIRE Creation' says Rebbe Meachem Schneerson!
• Sephardi chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: Non-Jews exist to serve Jews. Rabbi Yousef is also a spiritual head of a major official political party in Israel.
• Settlers attack and vandalize Palestinian girls' school
• Over 3500 olive trees victims of apartheid settlers
• Bill in Knesset to ban non-Jews (Christian and Muslim Palestinians) from being tour guides in Jerusalem. Proposal sponsored by Gideon Ezra and seven other MKs, says tourists should get Israeli viewpoint.
Israel has long reduced the number of permits for operating as tour guides to native Palestinians to miniscule numbers compared to those give to Israeli Jews (most new immigrants), something like 1 to 50 or 100 when the two parent populations are now each 5.5 million even without the ethnically cleansed refugees.
• Israeli settler sewage water dumped on Beit Ummar land (Report)
To understand some of the background, I recommend these books: 'Jesus in the
Talmud' by Peter Schafer, 'Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of
Three Thousand Years' by Israel Shahak, 'The Invention of the Jewish People' by
Of course one could have criticim of other religions (e.g. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism) especiallty when they are used to justify wars and conquests instead of being about personal relationship between humans and their God (crusades foe example). That is why I am convinced that any society that aspires to be modern and avoid conflict should start by insisting on separating state from religion.
Our Man in Palestine: "This cooperation (between Israeli and Palestinian security forces) has reached unprecedented levels under the quiet direction of a three-star US Army General, Keith Dayton, who has been commanding a little-publicized American mission to build up Palestinian security forces in the West Bank."
Al Nakba, documentary (200 min) - produced by Al Jazeera - was first broadcasted in Arabic on the 60th anniversary of the Palestinian catastrophe. It was translated into English in 2009 and then into four different languages: French, German, Spanish and Italian. Al Nakba won the prize for the best long documentary about Palestine in Al Jazeera Fifth International Film Festival (Doha/Qatar) and the audience award in Amal Ninth Euro-Arab Film Festival (Santiago/Spain). It participated in other film festivals in Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.
Karma Nabulsi- Diary (of the Palestinian situation).
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,