08/08/2010

Palestinian-American Professor Threatened By Israeli Authorities

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, who has taught at Yale and Duke Universities in the US, and is a renowned author and activist on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has been issued an order by the Israeli military to appear before a military tribunal on August 9th.

Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo from qumsiyeh.org)
Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo from qumsiyeh.org)

Qumsiyeh's supporters believe that he is being targeted by Israeli authorities for his documentation of non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli Annexation Wall in the Bethlehem area. He has posted dozens of videos on Youtube in recent months, showing Israeli troops attacking non-violent demonstrators engaged in 'sit-ins' to protest the illegal construction of the Israeli Wall on their land, in violation of international law.

Professor Qumsiyeh has been targeted before for his outspoken opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, and his support for the non-violent movement in Palestine. He was recently detained for 12 hours by Israeli authorities on his way back to Bethlehem from Turkey, and told that he must report to the Israeli military post in Gush Etzion for an unknown 'traffic offense', as well as another 'offense' on which the Israeli authorities refused to elaborate.

Despite Israeli High Court rulings against the route of the annexation wall in Wallaja village, near Bethlehem, and Bil'in village, near Ramallah, construction of the Wall in both places continues unabated, and the people who have organized non-violent demonstrations and spoken publicly about the illegal construction have been targeted by the Israeli authorities. Organizer Eyad Bornat of Bil'in, and Mohammed al-Qatib with the Popular Committee Against the Wall were both recently denied exit from the West Bank by Israeli authorities while on their way to international speaking engagements about the Wall construction.

Qumsiyeh has called the ongoing harassment of himself and other activists a blatant attempt by Israeli authorities to stifle dissent, and to silence those who would dare to speak out publicly against Israeli policies in the West Bank.

Friday August 6, 2010 - by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

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The government of the United States is supporting the intimidation of this Palestinian-American professor.

America’s pro-Israel lobby AIPAC:
‘More than three-quarters of the House and the Senate have signed bipartisan letters to President Obama that affirm America’s support for Israel and call on the president to back its right to self-defense at the United Nations and other international organizations. The letters, which received 338 signatories in the House and 87 signatories in the Senate, also state that the United States should stand with Israel because it is in America’s “national security interest,” and express support for Israel’s right to self-defense in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident. The House letter was led by Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gary Peters (D-MI). The Senate letter was spearheaded by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Please thank your House and Senate members for signing these letters.’
http://www.aipac.org/694.asp#36246

Posted by: Mork | 08/08/2010

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