أ. د. مازن قمصية – بيت لحم
بريطانيا وضعت عائلة آل سعود مسؤولة عن منطقة الحجاز و التي أصبحت “المملكة العربية السعودية” على حساب الهاشميين لأسباب واضحة. استجاب عبد العزيز السعود في عام 1915 لمطالب البريطان بالكتابة بخط يده “: “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم. أناالسلطان عبد العزيز بن عبد الرحمن الأفصل ألسعودأقر وأعترف ألف مرة للسير برسي ككس ممثل بريطانيا العظمى لا مانع عندي من اعط فلسطين لليهود الفقراء أو غيرهم كما تراه بريطانيا التي لا أخرج عن رايها حتى تصيح الساعة”. العلاقات الصهيونية على حساب فلسطين مع عائلة ال سعود الحاكمة بقيت حتى الان مع انقطاع فترة وجيزة عندا كانت القومية العربية قوية حين قامت فيصل بن عبد العزيز بإيقاف شحن البترول الى الولايات الأمريكية ابان حرب اكتوبر 1973وتم اغتياله 1975 ليعود التعاون.
وقعت اسرائيل “معاهدة سلام” مع مصر في اواخر السبعينات وبنيت علاقات عمل جيدة بما فيها التعاون في جرائم ضد الانسانية في حصار و عزل قطاع غزة. كان هناك فترة وجيزة عندما أنتخب مرسي رئيساً لمصر عندها كان هنالك احتمالية لتخفيف الحصار لكن ذلك انتهى سريعاً عندما قام الجيش بإعادة الاستيلاء على الحكم. لكن بالمقابل تحاول مصر ان تلعب دور الوساطة بين حماس و فتح و الذي بدوره ممكن ان يساعد في فك الحصار وتحسين الوضع الفلسطيني المزري حاليا.
في عام 1986, دعا الملك الحسن الثاني ملك المغرب رئيس الوزراء الاسرائيلي لإجراء محادثات و بعد اتفاقات اوسلو المأساوية في عام 1994قام المغرب بتسريع علاقاته الاقتصادية و اتصالاته السياسة مع اسرائيل بفتح مكاتب اتصال ثنائية. كما الراحل ادوارد سعيد ببلاغة ان اتفاقات اوسلو كانت نكبة ثانية للفلسطينيين حيث تم انشاء سلطة فلسطينية لحماية المحتل من المقاومة ولتطبيع الاحتلال. وبالفعل بعد توقيع عرفات وعباس لهذه الاتفاقيات الاستسلامية نمى اقتصاد اسرائيل و تم الاعتراف بها وتطبيع العلاقات مع أكثر من 50 دولة بما فيها دول مهمة مثل الصين والهند (والتي الأن تشتري أسلحة من “اسرائيل” بمليارات الدولارات). اعطت هذه الاتفاقيات ايضا الضوء الاخضر للمتحل للنمو والاستمرار في الممارسات الغير قانونية في الاراضي المحتلة بما فيها بناء الجدران والطرق والمستعمرات (تشريع العمل في مناطق ج هي عبارة عن غالبية الأراضي والتي لم يتم تسليمها للسلطة الفلسطينية).
بين 1996 و 2000 تواجدت علاقات اقتصادية قوية بين قطر و “اسرائيل” واعلنت المملكة العربية السعودية عام 2005 نهاية المنع المفروض على البضائع والخدمات الإسرائيلية. الروابط الدبلوماسية و غيرها بين تونس واسرائيل كانت قوية وثم ضعفت 2000-2005 لتعود مرة اخرى ثم تضعف بعد الثورة التونسية. وبناءً على طلب فريق الضغط الاسرائيلي, تعرض العراق للحصار التي قادته الحكومة الأمريكية وبمساعدة الأنظمة العربية و التي أسفرت عن مقتل مليون عراقي نصفهم من الأطفال. و لنفس السبب هاجمت امريكا افغانستان, العراق, و اليمن. (انظر(http://qumsiyeh.org/connectingthedotsiraqpalestine/
بين القوى الاقليمية غير العربية, بعد قيام المخابرات البريطانية والأمريكية بالإطاحة بالحكومة الإيرانية المنتخبة عام 1953 طورت اسرائيل علاقات قوية مع دكتاتورية ايران حتى انهت الثورة الايرانية نظامه المجرم عام 1979. امتلكت اسرائيل علاقات تعاون وعمل جيد مع تركيا من عام 1949 الى 2011 عندما تهور القادة الصهاينة في إهاناتهم بما فيها قتل مواطنين اتراك في المياه الدولية.
بعد أوسلو وتبعاتها افتتحت اسرائيل بعثة دبلوماسية في الامارات العربية المتحدة و قامت بمساعدة السعودية و الإمارات في الحرب على اليمن من اجل السيطرة على مضيق باب المندب الاستراتيجي (البحر الاحمر الى المحيط الهندي). ولا يزال شلال الدماء ينزف هنالك. تحت ضغط صهيوني أمريكي وافقت مصر ايضاً على اعطاء المملكة السعودية العربية اثنتين من جزرها في مضيق تيران الإستراتيجي.
ما ورد أعلاه هو فقط غيض من فيض من حيث التواطؤ الصهيوني مع القادة العرب لتدمير فلسطين ولهيمنة الصهيونية على العالم العربي.والكثير منه كان بإمكاننا تفاديه لو بقيت منظمة التحرير على برنامجها قبل 1974. لا يزال الكثير مخفيا. مع ذلك فإن دراسة وفهم هذا التاريخ يساعد على فهم لماذا حكام “السعودية” والإمارات العربية المتحدة وغيرها تواطؤ مع إسرائيل والولايات المتحدة في هجوم محموم على المقاومة في العالم العربي والإسلامي. وفي حين أن هذا التواطؤ مع الاستعمار أمر شائع في جميع أنحاء العالم فإن المتعاونين لا يقرؤون التاريخ لفهم مصير جميع أدوات الاستعمار. وسوف يواجهون نفس مصير المتعاونين الآخرين. من منا يذكر الآن أدوات “اسرائيل” في لبنان ومصيرهم؟ كأدوات للاستعمار يتم رميها بالقمامة بمجرد قيامها بأدوارها المحددة.
more hopeful than ever. I see our garden doing well, volunteers working away. On the flight back and in Jordan overnights I read two books edied by Norma Hashim (“The Prisoners Diaries” and “Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak”. I was moved to tears and especially upon seeing the land of Palestine.
The events leading up to the support of Britain and France for Zionist aspirations have received little historical discussion. In examining historical documents of powerful nations like France and Britain, we find these nations issuing declarations to support the Zionist aspirations. This came in France first with a letter sent from Jules Cambon, Secretary General of the French Foreign Ministry to Nahum Sokolow (at the time head of the political wing of the World Zionist Organization based in London) dated June 4, 1917:
You were kind enough to inform me of your project regarding the expansion of the Jewish colonization of Palestine. You expressed to me that, if the circumstances were allowing for that, and if on another hand, the independency of the holy sites was guaranteed, it would then be a work of justice and retribution for the allied forces to help the renaissance of the Jewish nationality on the land from which the Jewish people was exiled so many centuries ago. The French Government, which entered this present war to defend a people wrongly attacked, and which continues the struggle to assure victory of right over might, cannot but feel sympathy for your cause, the triumph of which is bound up with that of the Allies. I am happy to give you herewith such assurance (7).
Palestinians and others in the Arab world were immediately alarmed. This declaration was issued when Britain had no jurisdiction over the area, and was done without consultation of the inhabitants of the land that was to become a “national home for the Jewish people.” The declaration also wanted to protect “rights and political status” of Jews who choose not to immigrate to Palestine. However, the native Palestinians are simply referred to as non-Jews and their political rights are not mentioned but only their “civic and religious rights”. Lord Balfour wrote in a private memorandum sent to Lord Curzon, his successor at the Foreign Office (Curzon initially opposed Zionism) on 11 August 1919:
For in Palestine we do not propose to go through the form of consulting the wishes of the present inhabitants … The four great powers are committed to Zionism and Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad, is rooted in age-long tradition, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land (8)
The Jules and Balfour declarations are two documents that demonstrate the support made to the Zionist supranational entity that facilitated giving them control over a land that neither of the two governments had control of at the time Some British authors have provided explanations of this support based on a quid pro quo for Weizman’s contribution to the British war efforts through such efforts as the development of better chemicals for explosives. Some argued that it was related to Britain’s simple domestic situation with many Zionists both in the government and among the electorate. It could also be argued that Britain and France now had more reason had to benefit from a revival of their early 1840s desires to settle European Jews in Palestine as a way of a structural remodeling of Middle East geopolitics. Undermining the Ottoman Empire, which was now allied with Germany, provides only partial explanation and a poor one at best.
Jewish population in Palestine at the time was miniscule and most and was hardly in any position to engage in resistance against the Ottoman Empire. By contrast, nationalistic Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula were willing to oppose the Ottoman Empire and eager to liberate their native lands from the grip of the Turks. England in fact promised to support their independence as a result of their convergent interests as supported by documents such as the British correspondence with Sharif Hussain of Arabia and in the memoirs of T. E. Lawrence “of Arabia”. As historians do, there is much argument about the factors and their relative importance that led to the decisions made by the governments in question. Much is now written about how the US entered the war and the possible role of influential corporate interests and US Zionists in bringing the US media and government to support the war efforts.
The British had also made a promise of independence to the Arabs if they aided them in opposing the Ottoman Empire. This was one of many “promises” but it was the one that was to over-ride all others as concrete actions were to reveal in just a short period of time. It important to note that these governments declared their public support for Zionism, even while simultaneously making private assurances to Arabs. The British and French public support was later joined by the Americans.
With acquiescence by the ailing President Wilson and an American administration slowly sinking into isolationism, the British had a free hand to implement their plans in Palestine. Palestinians, both Christians and Muslims, rioted against the British forces on February 27, 1920 in Jerusalem. The British command in Palestine recommended that the Balfour Declaration be revoked. However, the British leadership in London did not share the views of their soldiers and commanders in Palestine. As soon as Britain managed to secure the League of Nations mandate, it replaced its military governor there with a Zionist Jew: Sir Herbert Samuel as the first High Commissioner of Palestine (1920-25). It was Samuel who so effectively coached Weizmann during the Balfour negotiations. After Samuel became high commissioner, Jewish immigration greatly increased, and with it Palestinian resistance. Herbert Samuel and the Zionist leaning colonial offices in Palestine proceeded to set up the political, legal, and the economic underpinning for transforming the area to a Jewish country. Britain, with the acquiescence of other great powers, acquired the powers needed for its colonial venture. At the World Zionist Organization meeting held in London in July 1920, a new financial arm was established named the Keren Hayesod. The British-drafted Palestine mandate referred to this economic imperial structure:
An appropriate Jewish agency shall be recognised as a public body for the purpose of advising and co-operating with the Administration of Palestine in such economic, social and other matters as may affect the establishment of the Jewish national home and the interests of the Jewish population in Palestine, and, subject always to the control of the Administration to assist and take part in the development of the country. The Zionist organization, so long as its organization and constitution are in the opinion of the Mandatory appropriate, shall be recognised as such agency. It shall take steps in consultation with His Britannic Majesty’s Government to secure the co-operation of all Jews who are willing to assist in the establishment of the Jewish national home. (9)
The fund was registered on March 23, 1921, as a British limited company. The executive of the Zionist Organization chose the chairman of the board and its members Funds that were collected helped finance the two largest projects to industrialize Palestine in the late 1920s; the Electric Company and the Palestine Potash Company (PPC) (10). Moshe Novemiesky, a leading Zionist, founded the PPC. In 1929, the British Colonial Office gave a concession to develop mineral resources in the Dead Sea to the PPC. The PPC was instrumental in generating large amounts of money funneled to the Zionist program. In 1952, after the state of Israel was established, the company became an Israeli State nationalized agency called the Dead Sea Works (11).
Arthur Rogers described the contribution of this British Concession to financing the Zionist movement after 1929 in his 1948 book (12). In the book there is a description of the report by the colonial office in 1925 on the fabulous wealth to be derived from the Dead Sea minerals. There is also a report of a Zionist Conference in Australia in 1929 in which Zionists were ecstatic about the fact that Britain gave this concession to a committed Zionist by the name of Novomiesky.
As early as October 25, 1919 Winston Churchill predicted that Zionism implied the clearing of the indigenous population, he wrote: “there are the Jews, whom we are pledged to introduce into Palestine, and who take it for granted the local population will be cleared out to suit their convenience” 13. In public, Churchill sought to assure the Arabs that Britain was pursuing a humane policy of limited Jewish immigration, that there is space without displacing native Arabs, and there is no need for Jewish State. But British private cabinet meeting minutes of October 1941 speak differently:
I may say at once that if Britain and the United States emerged victorious from the war, the creation of a great Jewish state in Palestine inhabited by millions of Jews will be one of the leading features of the peace conference discussions (14).
This of course was contrary to the conclusion reached two years earlier by the British commission of inquiry at the end of the Palestinian uprising of 1936-1939. This Paper stated:
The Royal Commission and previous commissions of Enquiry have drawn attention to the ambiguity of certain expressions in the Mandate, such as the expression `a national home for the Jewish people’, and they have found in this ambiguity and the resulting uncertainty as to the objectives of policy a fundamental cause of unrest and hostility between Arabs and Jews.
… That Palestine was not to be converted into a Jewish State might be held to be implied in the passage from the Command Paper of 1922 which reads as follows “Unauthorized statements have been made to the effect that the purpose in view is to create a wholly Jewish Palestine. Phrases have been used such as that `Palestine is to become as Jewish as England is English.’ His Majesty’s Government regard any such expectation as impracticable and have no such aim in view. Nor have they at any time contemplated … The disappearance or the subordination of the Arabic population, language or culture in Palestine. They would draw attention to the fact that the terms of the (Balfour) Declaration referred to do not contemplate that Palestine as a whole should be converted into a Jewish National Home, but that such a Home should be founded IN PALESTINE. (highlight in original)
But this statement has not removed doubts, and His Majesty’s Government therefore now declares unequivocally that it is not part of their policy that Palestine should become a Jewish State. They would indeed regard it as contrary to their obligations to the Arabs under the Mandate, as well as to the assurances which have been given to the Arab people in the past, that the Arab population of Palestine should be made the subjects of a Jewish State against their will (15).
It is clear from this candid paper that the British undertook obligations under vague (I would argue intentionally vague) wordings likely to give them flexibility in implementation. The events between 1918 and 1938 had caused them up to reconsider their position. However, by this point forces were in motion that made a change virtually impossible The Yishuv were already strong and well armed in Palestine, Britain entered World War II, and Hitler’s attacks on Jews made it less likely for the British to begin to enforce their curbs on Jewish immigration to Palestine proposed in the White Paper. One of the first acts of the nascent state of Israel in addition to instituting laws to prevent native Palestinians from returning to their homes and lands, was to repeal the White paper
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Dana and Ibrahim
While writing, I must tell you that I am in correspondence with my friend Monica Spooner of the Balfour movement. She and her husband were in our congregation in Edinburgh 1993-2004. She tells me that she has visited you in Bethlehem.
I meet our Interfaith Forum this week, which may be enriched by a convert to Judaism!
Shalom, salaam, Pax.
I have copied some of our common friends.
Valerie Braganza Morton
Peace be with him.
Vesna and Malcolm Hardy
As you reminded us below, Qavi became a passionate advocate for the Palestinian cause. Bethlehem became his new home. At 81 years, Qavi became a fixture in the non-violent solidarity movement and was spotted at many demonstrations and sit-ins. Qavi hardly ever missed a Meeting for Worship in Ramallah. He will be truly missed.
Qavi is an inspiration and an example of a true light of peace and tranquility.
Holding him and his family in the light. May his soul rest in peace.
i had known him for many years . he was a good man , an honourable man .
inna lillah wa inna alehai raje’oon .
we pary for his maghfarat.
Thank you for informing. We at The Citizens Foundation are equally sadden to hear the sudden news and are in touch with his family here. May Allah grant ‘maghfirat’ to our respected Qavi Sahib Aameen.
He was always so lucid not only on Palestine but on imperialism, Pakistan, and the global politics of Wahhabism. May he rest in peace and his legacy flourish.
Condolences to his friends and family
May he rest in eternal peace and may the memory of his work and efforts be with us as long as we live.
I shall miss him.
Thank you for informing us of the passing away of a dear friend. Qavi Saheb was a man of great humanitarian qualities and strength of character. He will be greatly missed.
May he Rest In Peace.
Nermeen and Ahmed Al Midfa.
Agree with what you’ve all said.They don’t make gentlemen like Qavi Sahib any more.
Nadir: Thank you for letting us know.
All: Salaam aur duaon ke saat,
Regards to all, Ayesha Ijaz Khan
So many memories – seemingly small yet profound fill my heart and celebrate his life. He is missed but never forgotten.
Remember that I met Qavi in 2002 when we both, and his 18 year old daughter, were with ISM in Nablus. We re-united in Beit Sahour, probably through you, several years ago. I am sure Qavi arranged to die in Palestine, where his heart was. I hope arranging burial for a “foreigner” isn’t too complicated.
Love and peace, Sherrill Hogan
I took a look at your Facebook page – that photograph – was just, so, Qavi.
He obliges the lucky many who met him to follow his example.
We do not grudge your friend his rest, he has at last become free, safe and immortal, Qavi has not lost the light of day but has obtained a more enduring light.
“he has not left us, but has gone before us” – Seneca
Our Aborigines tell us: “we are all visitors to this time, this place – we are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love & then we return home”
We join you in celebrating an extraordinary life which is making our souls blossom.
With love from Monika Smith – Quakers in Wahroonga, Australia.
I am in the USA. I came for some rest, check ups and attending my grand-daughter Mai graduation. I wrote some comments on your face book and the Ramallah Friends Meeting Face book soon.Qavi attended our Meeting for worship regularly and he was very interested in our spirituality and inclusiveness. When he shared a message it was from Faith and practice of Britain Yearly Meeting ,Advices and queries, and he was close to Blackheath Meeting .Qavi also contributed to the Meeting financially.I know him well. He told me before I traveled that
his health will not allow him to travel to Ramallah Friends Meeting for he is suffering from a terminal illness. I called him again before I left and he with effort admitted that he is suffering from Lung Cancer and his life is short . He wished to die and be buried in Palestine. Have mercy God and comfort his friends and family. Please Mazin notice my email’s new address. The other one was disabled in July. email@example.com with loving best wishes to you both. I will be back for Sunday worship 3rd September to welcome the new group of EAPPI for worship and to
share reflections with them after refreshments.With Loving Greetings and in Peace ,
Jean Zaru, Ramallah Friends Meeting (Quakers)
رحمك الله السيد محمد عبد القوي (كافي) واسكنك فسيح جناته
فعلا انها لخساره كبيره وانه ليوم حزين ومفجع …وقاسي، وكم هو حزين الفراق ، كم هو صعب الفراغ الذي يتركه الانسان من بعد رحيله …
المرحوم السيد كافي شاركنا افراحنا واترحنا …ندواتنا ومظاهراتنا…. وقفاتنا الاحتجاحيه ومعارضنا الفنيه، مثقف وعميق وملم بالكثير، ثاقب الرؤيه… متامل وايجابي وكريم الاخلاق والعطاء بلا حدود!
كل هذه الصفات ولن تنصفه وكم بالاحرى عندما يكون هذا الانسان عظيم حنون وصادق بكل ما تعنيه الكلمه من معنى!
اعتقد انكم تشوقتم لتعرفوا من هو وبما تكمن عظمته وما سبب وجوده في فلسطين ، كونه ليس فلسطينيا !!!
الصديق والكاتب اسامه العيسه Osama Alaysa وهو صديق مشترك كتب الاتي
تعرفت عليه من خلال الدكتور مازن قمصيه Mazin Qumsiyeh ومدامته جيسي في متحف البيئه الطبيعيه في فلسطين فنعاه كانسان عظيم بقول التالي (نصير المضطهدين في العالم وخاصة في فلسطين) من خلال تطوعي هناك
كم هو حزين ان تفقد قامه بهذا القدر من المحبه الغير مشروطه والانتماء لاعدل قضيه في التاريخ الحديث ، كلمتك قبل اسبوع ورغم مرضك ومعاناتك لن تشعرني بالضعف لا بل احسست بالطمانينه انك في احسن حال لتعطنا الامل بالاستمرار في هذه المسيره الطويله علي درب الحريه والكرامه التي شعت من قامتك العاليه
نم قرير العين ايها الاب والصديق والمناضل الاممي الحبيب السيد محمد عبد القوي (كافي)
كم شاستاق لطلتك وحكمتك وتفاؤلك ، رحمل الله ومنحنا الصبر والسلوان وعائلتك الصغيره وكل فلسطين واخص يالذكر الدكتور مازن قمضيه ومدامته جيسي والاستاذ اسامه العيسه
ثرى فلسطين تعطر بك ولن نخذلك ونحن على العهد حتى الحريه !
في عام 1948م، اختبر محمد عبد القوي (كافي) نكبته الخاصة، ولد في دلهي لأبوين مسلمين، وكان جزءا من أكبر عملية تبادل/تطهير سكاني بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، على أسس دينية بين الباكستان والهند، ففقد وطنه. يتناسى الكثيرون ان إسرائيل والباكستان أسستا على أسس دينية في نفس العام.
لاحقا حدد كافي، الذي أصبح مواطنا بريطانيا وتنقل في أكثر من مكان، فلسطين كوطن أوّل، قدم الدعم لطلبة الجامعات الفلسطينية، عاش حياة بسيطة ولم يكن استهلاكيا، أحب الشعر بلغات كثيرة، وسحرته قصيدة توفيق زياد (هنا باقون) ولن أنسى أبدا الحماسة في عينيه، وهو يردد:
هنا .. على صدوركم، باقون كالجدار
كقطعة الزجاج، كالصبار
زوبعة من نار
قرأ القصيدة بالانجليزية، ونشط بنقشها على ألواح السيراميك وتوزيعها على الجامعات ومؤسسات الشباب.
أراد أن يموت في فلسطين، وكان يذهب كل ثلاثة أشهر إلى لندن، لتجديد الفيزا ويعود بسرعة حتى لا يموت الا في فلسطين.
سأقول بان كافي فائق الثقافة، دعم مشروعي الكتابي بنبل نادر، وموّل ثمن نسخ من كتبي كان يوزعها بنفسه على طلبة الجامعات.
سأذكر دائما حنوه، وشجاعة قلبه، وإخلاصه، ودعواته على العشاء كمضياف في مكان إقامته أو في منازل الأصدقاء، حيث يتولى الطبخ مستعينا بوصفته السرية الخاصة من البهارات.
كان كافي مؤمنا بالقدير، ولكنه لم يؤمن بالطقوس، اعتنى به في أيامه الأخيرة، بحب نادر مسيحي وبوذية بشكل أساسي.
نادرون من سيعيشون معي حتى نهاية العمر، وكافي من بينهم.
سابكيك كثيرا يا صديقي..!
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This harassment happened to me repeatedly even after I was told by the US government in 2002 it would not happen again (see http://qumsiyeh.org/thecaseisclosed/ ). It happened to me again in 2011 and 2013. I do have more flights in the US coming up. I am a US citizen and I would appreciate it if anyone on this list has advise how to sue or go after the US government (e.g. freedom of information act) for harassment to stop them from doing this. In the meantime such harassment only adds to my determination to work even harder for human rights, peace, and justice.
By comparison, the last 17 hours in Denver area so far were very pleasant as I recovered from the ordeal (though not the jet lag) and reveals the disconnect between the government of the US and the people of the US. I saw the good people of Colorado who are lighting candles instead of cursing the darkness or as the Israeli controlled US agents trying to snuff out the candles. I already gave two talks; one at Longmont library and one at Posner Center. The latter was shared with Joseph Medicine Robe who spoke on Environmental and Justice matters from Native American perspectives. We both connected the dots as to how wars, conflict, militarization of society and corporate profit are connected at the expense of native people from North Dakota to Palestine. We both agreed that weapons were manufactured to be used in wars before but now wars are manufactured and not just to sell weapons to make money in other ways (pipelines etc.). We also agree that the governments use false flags, lies and distortions and capitalize on these key areas to push their anti-nature, anti-people agenda: fear, distraction, racism (divide and conquer), and consumerism.
Two weeks ago I wrote about looking for goodness & emphasizing the positive rather than focusing on opposing the negative energy. This was emphasized to me also by a fellow panelist Iman Jodeh, spokeswoman of the Muslim community who spoke of leading groups to Palestine to learn objectively about what is going on. It was emphasized to me last night by my host in Denver Joann and tonight by the other host in Lafayette Richard Forer. Rich incidentally published a remarkable book called “Breakthrough: Transforming fear into compassion” describing his own transformation from a Zionist to a compassionate caring human being (see http://www.richardforer.com/ ).
The only other reading I want to list for this message is for those of you who did not read it is a chapter in my book that deals with violence: http://qumsiyeh.org/chapter8/
Again please look at my schedule posted here: http://qumsiyeh.org/upcomingevents/ and do contact people you know in those cities, ask them to attend and help. Those who cannot help in this tour, can donate and/or support our efforts via our website: http://palestinenature.org