United States Passport:  Tony Webster, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons

I tried to cross into Jerusalem today (where I used to be a highschool
teacher) and was denied by the apartheid colonizers. My wife too. Our US
passports notwithstanding. This is a clear violation of the agreement
reached with the US State Department that allowed Israelis to enter the US
on a visa waiver program. US citizens are not treated with respect agreed
to. Over the weekend we were stopped from doing our field work in the
Jordan valley by these apartheid regime forces. This was not the first
time. On so many occasions we are harassed and prevented from having any
normalcy.  In other parts of Palestine, the situation is much worse. In
Gaza Strip alone over the past nine months 186,000 Palestinians were killed
by bombing them, by denial of food, water, medicine and by destroying their
infrastructure etc.  As I am in touch with many families in Gaza by phone I
hear horror stories including literally starving to death and if there is a
food it is only bread or only rice (no proteins, vegetables, milk, fruits
etc). And what worries me more are families we lost touch with (no phones).
The regime tramples our  right of religion, right of movement, right of
education, essentially our rights of life.

I reflect on these horrors. I reflect on Western (US, Germany, UK,
Australia etc) collusion and collaboration with an ongoing genocide and
ongoing process of ethnic cleansing. I reflect on hypocrisy and on
cowardice. I reflect on racism and hate that left 8 million of us refugees
and displaced and the rest squeezed into concentration camps. I reflect on
21,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails being treated worse than any regime
ever treated its oppressed people in its prisons. Torture, starvation,
amputations, denial of medical care and dozens killed under torture that we
know off (but fate of 98% of prisoners unknown since no legal reprentation
or visit by Redcross/Redcrescent is allowed). I reflect on the control of
western mainstream media that ensures little or no coverage of reality and
lots of regurgitation of lies and distortions. I reflect on all of that but
I do not get despondent. Why? Because of one thing: resistance. My book
"Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of hope and empowerment"
summarized over a 120 years of resistance, 14 uprisings (this Gaza Ghetto
uprising makes number 15). This includes hundreds of forms of resistance;
only tiny minority armed and that is also legal and encouraged by
international law.

May he live (and die) resisting
by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Bulldozers uprooting 2000 year old olive trees
While refugees still to doors they hold the keys
Settlers and soldiers marauding and killing
Of lands and homes they enjoy pillaging
A grandfather laments 7 year old girl, soul of his soul
Colonial partners send money and soldiers to play a role
Chldrens' brains in their fathers hand
While Netanyahu's son on florida beach gets tanned
Bloodied heads tossed far from bodies
Decaying bodies left in destroyed hospitals
While politicians verbal acrobatics belittles
the 2000 pound bombs leveling neighborhood supplied by the USA
while Zionist Blinken pressures ICC and ICJ to stop or delay
A girl insists that she recognized a mother from her hair
But a consumerist world shrugs - we don't care
Soldiers and politicians of a most fascist army threaten and mock
as F35s bombs Nuseirat, Gaza city, Bureij, Rafah... and every block
No safe place in a concentration camp packed by refugees
Being denied food, medicine, fuel, and all amenities
D9 bulldozers, buzzing drones, white phosphorous, fire belts,
moans of death under the rubble and babies flesh melts
to get stock prices of weapon makers soar
while genocide Joe plays the role of a whore
all for Palestine's gas fields to steal
a new Asia-Europe 6 trillion road deal
the Suez replaced by the Ben Gurion Canal
Nile to Euphrates "promised people" cabal
 Belt-and-Road initiative replaced
 a new empire to be created
Old ones subjugated
Via lobbies dominated
Olive trees destroyed
Pine trees planted
Communities uprooted
Racists validated
A global war initiated
To make the rich richer
and the poor poorer

To all this there is antidote available
Resistance is possible
We resist by insisting on our rights
to return, to live, to eat, to kindle our lights
to hope, to live, to plant our trees
to tend to our vegetables, and our bees
for we believe that to exist
means to resist
and to resist means to live free
like human beings should be
For there is no other path
to avoid the wrath
to live meaningfully
and die peacefully
And when I am dead
Let it be said
here lies a good troublemaker
of actions and ideas a baker
born poor, died poor
helped others in the short tour
in the land of his birth
lived a rich life in resistance
with dogged persistence
the hope alive he kept
for injustice he wept
the path of struggle he travelled
through storms he peddled
may he get his wish to die resisting
as he lived joyfully participating
In life's sorrows
dodging arrows
Not resting
Fully Loving
Meaningfully Living
Peacefully Dying

On Julian assange

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Some zionists are racists and discrete, others are racist and more open
about their intentions

5 more journalists killed in Gaza bringing number of journalists killed by
Israeli forces to 158 in 9 months (more than all other countries combined
in five years)

90 Minutes that shook the Liberals awake . An opinion about the dismal
state of affairs of US/Israel empire (with a quote from me)

Stay Human and keep Palestine alive

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
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