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Letter from Mazin Qumsiyeh, Nov 18, 2015 | Human Rights Newsletter

The manufactured hysteria about the bombing in Paris will expand weapons
manufacturing and sales around western countries. Arms manufacturer stocks
are already booming and the Zionists and neoconservatives who own and run
these companies will get even richer. Liberty and democracy will suffer as
new freedom-restricting laws are passed using manufactured fear (like in
the US after September 11, 2001). Politicians like Netanyahu and Holland
enjoy this and consolidate their grip on power. Common people pay the
price. Israeli authorities took the opportunity of this manufactured mass
hysteria to ban the moderate Islamic movement and to jail its popular
leader Raed Salah (a most kind and gentle person). Seventeen civil society
organizations working on areas ranging from health to empowerment to
education were closed by the apartheid regime. Civil society organizations
and political movements of various political and religious affiliations in
1948 areas (including leadership of the Arab communities inside “Israel”)
were furious and declared a strike Thursday. The cynical racist Israeli
policies times to take advantage of tragedies elsewhere indeed promote
extremism and fundamentalism and if there is not enough extremist or
fundamentalist groups, the Western and Israeli spy agencies create them
(false flag operations are very common). Only a highly educated public can
challenge this new globalized system of terror-racism-militarization
leading to more of the same.

The best way for Americans to defeat the Islamic state is to end support
for Jewish nationalism

Outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is yet another
McCarthyist step by the Israeli state. But if anyone thinks this will bring
an end to the movement, they are dead wrong.

Quotable Quotes

'Today, in a world convulsed by violence and unbelievable brutality the
lines between 'us' and 'the terrorists' have been completely blurred… We
don't have to choose between Imperialism and Terrorism, we have to choose
what form of resistance will rid us of both. What shall we choose? Violence
or non violence? …We have to choose knowing that when we are violent to our
enemies, we do violence to ourselves. When we brutalize others, we
brutalize ourselves. And eventually we run the risk of becoming our
oppressors'. Arundhati Roy

"To solve our problems, then, we certainly need to learn, but what we need
to learn is not so much new knowledge as new actions- new, more
cooperative, wiser ways of living.  Above all we need to learn how to
resolve our conflicts in more just, humane, and nationally cooperative
ways." Nicholas Maxwell, Wanted: a new way of thinking, in New Scientist 14
May 1987 (author of "From knowledge to Wisdom")

"Most of my family came from Poland and many of my relatives were killed in
the death camps during the Holocaust. When I walk in what was left from the
Warsaw Ghetto I can’t stop thinking about the people of Gaza who are not
only locked in an open air prison but are also being bombarded by fighter
jets, attack helicopters and drones, flown by people whom I used to serve
with. I am also thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are
coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to
militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis ". Yonatan
Shapira former Israeli Air Force captain and now refusnik and BDS activist
"All oppression creates a state of war.” ~Simone de Beauvoir

"Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here, that does
not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and
commercial rivalry?" Former US President Woodrow Wilson, 1919

"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national
obligations of obedience, therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to
violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from
occurring." Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

"The efficiency of the truly national leader consists mainly of preventing
the people's attention from becoming divided, and of always concentrating
it on a single enemy." Adolp Hitler, 'Mein Kampf' 1924

"First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out because I was
not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not
speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews,
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and
there was no one left to speak for me." Pastor Martin Niemoller, who was
arrested by the Nazis in 1937

"I came to America because of the great, great freedom which I heard
existed in this country. I made a mistake in selecting America as a land of
freedom, a mistake I cannot repair in the balance of my lifetime." Albert
Einstein, 1947

"One hundred nations in the UN have not agreed with us on just about
everything that's come before them, where we're involved, and it didn't
upset my breakfast at all." Ronald Reagan, former US President, basking in
the triumph that was the US invasion of Grenada, 1983

"Britain has been a major force in world affairs for several centuries. No
British Patriot should be willing to give up that status." Tony Blair,
British Prime Minister, 1997

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of
the oppressor." Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."-
Gerorge Orwell

"Action is the antidote to despair." Joan Baez

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do
nothing." Edmund Burke

"I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand" Chinese

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to
what lies within us." Oliver Wendell Holmes

"It is innocence that is full and experience that is empty. It is innocence
that wins and experience that loses." -Charles Peguy

"This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the
night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man." –Shakespeare

Mazin Qumsiyeh

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