Mazin Qumsiyeh
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My personal story:
Why I want peace:
Because peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice. That is equality and human rights for all.
Interests and activities:
Genetics, environment, human rights, social justice, restorative justice, rights of refugees
Something you didn't know about me:
Writing a book on history, practice and theory of Palestinian non-violent resistance since 1882
How I found
Invited by Howard Cort and Eyal
What I want to achieve here:
Listen/read first. Help where I can to expand understanding but mostly listen/read to enhance my own understanding

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Gaza and the anti-apartheid wall action week

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 2:03pm 5 Comments

Dear friends:

In Bethlehem area, we face colonial settlements and apartheid walls on three sides (north, west, south) and east is a closed military zone. A week ago an activist suggested we simply break the wall with the help of internationals (ala what happened in Gaza). Two days later I had a dream of doing precisely that. My dream was focused on feelings about doing such a thing as we were doing it; feelings of fear, anxiety, thrill, love, hope, trepidations, sadness and joy and… Continue

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At 7:18am on August 14, 2009, John Fisher said…
I invite you to come share your opinion at There is a bet among some of the members that you will not come.
At 3:49pm on July 29, 2009, اسامه محمد said…
اشقائى نحن جميعا ابناء ادم نشترك فى الارض والسما ء والبحر نشترك فى الحزن والسعاده نشترك فى صفه الانسانيه نشترك فى الحياه.. لكل ذلك احبائى واشقائى اسألكم لماذا قطعوا اشتراكنا عن بعضنا .. من ميزنا عن بعضنا من صنفنا عن بعضنا لماذا يعيش فينا ناس ويموت فينا ناس لماذا فينا من يهان وفينا لا يهان لماذا هناك ظلم وهناك ظالم لماذا هناك حريه وهناك استعباد واضهاد وكلمه لماذا طويله لا تنتهى ... رسالتى اخوانى هى ان يكون الفرد للكل والكل للفرد ان ينعم الجميع ان نكون جميعا عالم مفتوح وانا اتحدث عن الشرق الاوسط الذى اصبح يحاط بسماء مظلمه ومعتمه وان تاهت فأعلمو ان العالم كله سيتوة اعلموا ايها القاده فى جميع العالم اننا نحب السلام لماذا انتم لا تحبوا السلام انا فلسطينى ومن فلسطين ومن غزة نبع الجراحات .......لا اغضب لا اثور لا اذاود او اخطأ بحق البشريه حتى فى عدوى لا اخطأ ومع العلم انا كل يوم أعتقل او اشرد او اضرب او اموت الا ان ذلك لا يعنى بأنى لا اطالب بالسلام صدقونى لو غرقنى الدم من ساسى حتى راسى لطالبت بالسلام والامان لكل انسان ... اخوكم اسامه محمد اسحق فلسطين
At 3:48pm on July 29, 2009, اسامه محمد said…
My brothers the sons of Adam, we all share in the land and sea and Asama your share in the sadness and happiness of humanity, we are engaged in life .. Beloved of all that my brothers and I ask you why we were cut off each other .. To distinguish from each other about each of the classified Why people live in us and in us die, why people insulted us and insulted us, why are not there there is injustice and unfair, why there is no freedom and bondage and bullying and the word for what goes on ... My messages are to be individual to each and everyone of the individual to enjoy all that the world we are all open and I'm talking about the Middle East, which has become surrounded by dark, dark skies and into a Voalmo Sitop that the whole world, you know all the leaders in world peace, we love what you do not I Tahbua peace Palestine is a Palestinian from Gaza spring surgery ....... not angered not Athur Maod no right or wrong of mankind until the infection is not a mistake, however I am the flag each day, or arrested or have gone on Eshrd or die, but that does not mean I am not in favor of peace believe me if Grgueny blood up to my head Sassi called for peace and safety for all people ... Your Brother Osama Mohammad Ishaq Palestine
At 1:28am on July 29, 2009, Stephanie Chase said…
Hi Mazin!
I am glad to see you back on here.

If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know.

At 6:49pm on May 31, 2009, Alfred de Grazia said…
Mazin - You are the greatest. Al
At 5:05am on May 19, 2009, Dan Booth Cohen said…
Hi Mazin -

I came across by chance today. When I saw your name and many posts, I decided to spend some time with it. I posted a blog about my most recent work in Germany to see how it would be received.

I continue to received messages through your email lists. I admire you greatly from returning home in the efforts of supporting a just settlement to the conflict. I wish you the best success in what you are trying to achieve.

At 1:03pm on May 18, 2009, Neri Bar-On said…
I am sad to hear that you wish to leave.

Eva Ferrero on May 17th, 2009 at 10:05:

@Mary Rizzo - As Mazin said on mepeace, the only good thing there is that some people can meet and get to know each other. I met Mazin and many others through mepeace. Btw. a few month ago Eyal invited me again (God knows WHY) and although I really tried not to reply "too aggressively", he soon found an amazingly ridiculous excuse to ban me again :) — and also by the way - I don't remember where on this tread I read it, but I met Mazin yesterday at Bir Zeit and he told me that he's considering leaving mepeace, as it doesn't lead anywhere and it's too much of a waste of time. I don't know if he'll do it, we agreed that we succeeded do achieve a few little things - but all in all writing there is really a waste of time, as they don't accept even the smallest bit of truth.
At 5:05pm on May 16, 2009, Neri Bar-On said…
Mazin there are no gatekeepers in mepeace. you know that.
At 10:34pm on May 11, 2009, Myron Joshua said…
Hi Mazin...

I have a distaste for flaunting labels (usually for some sort of mind manipulation) and identifying Israel such as colonialist, based on Apartheid etc.

But today in Jerusalem..a bright lovely a neighborhood where Arabs and Jews walk side by side (not only Arab construction workers) I all of a sudden saw the typical images of a house being renovated ...and i felt i could begin to understand how a local Palestinian might see the growth of Jewish presence as colonialism.

It does not mean that i think there is a basis for such a judgement..but it is clear how this feeling could be deeply and sincerely felt.
At 8:09am on May 10, 2009, Hannah MeenErhabi Nesbit said…
Ahlan Mazin, how are you?
News from my part of the U.S.: since our college's divestment from the Occupation, many, many Zionist groups are afraid and angry, because BDS campaigns are becoming more mainstream all over the world. I am very excited! We're not giving up hope, ever...


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