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We Mourn Another Friend... Vittorio ArrigoniDr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. we will have a gathering to remember him.
(BETHLEHEM) - We are heart-broken. To our hundreds of friends in Italy, to his family, to our global community, we in Bethlehem area send our condolences from the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. Our friend and fellow activist Vittorio Arrigoni, a most wonderful human being, was murdered in Gaza. Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6mLAaZaUy4
More Information http://salem-news.com/articles/april142011/vittorio-
Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. we will have a gathering to remember him, Juliano, and others murdered over 130 years of colonization in this troubled lands and to discuss our plans for the coming months in the Bethlehem area. By reservations only (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will give you details.
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Palestinian civil society organizations applaud the Freedom Flotilla that will again, in May, challenge the brutal and illegal siege of the people of Gaza. Decent people around the world will be working in support this international initiative. While we rightly focus on Gaza we must not forget that Israeli colonial authorities are implementing their racist apartheid policies throughout historic Palestine. In the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and in the Negev and the Galilee, ethnic cleansing and killing/injuring civilians are just some of the many violations of basic human rights. The aim is always to keep us isolated as well as divided, the better to achieve the goal of dispossessing us.
For this reason, we call on civil society organizations and people of conscience around the world to support and join the other important international challenge this summer to the Israeli siege of the whole of Palestine. The daily indignities heaped on the Palestinian people are reflected in the attitude of officials at Tel Aviv airport to prevent any humanitarian/solidarity trips. Israel's attempts to prevent entry by peace activists even though the occuupied Palestinian Territories are recognized internationally as illegally occupied by Israel. We must oppose Israel's arbitrary, unlawful, and abusive behavior (See the Right to Enter Campaign at http://www.righttoenter.ps/)
A week of solidarity: 8 - 16 July Hundreds of men, women and children fly into Tel Aviv airport to visit us in the occupied Palestinian territories The international community must recognize our basic human right to receive visitors from abroad and support the right of their own citizens to travel to Palestine without harassment. We call upon citizens of many countries to visit us on July 8th. Where Israel works to isolate us, we invite you to join with us openly and proudly as the decent human beings you are. We do not accept the attempts to keep us apart or to force you to speak less than with the honesty you are used to.
You will be accommodated locally. You will enjoy Palestinian hospitality and a program of networking, fellowship, and volunteer peace work in Palestinian towns and villages (e.g. land reclamation). Local activist groups in Europe and in the United States are organizing delegations. Email us at email@example.com if you would like to be connected to the organizing group in your country.
Articles regarding Vittorio's loss
Articles regarding the death of Juliano Mer Khamis:
April-05-2011: Losing Juliano - Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh Salem-News.com
Articles by Vittorio on Salem-News.com:
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Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD - Popular Committee to Defend Ush Ghrab (PCDUG) "A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home. Mazin is a Professor in Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People, pcr.ps. He has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. He previously held a similar position at Duke University. Professor Qumsiyeh has authored over 110 scientific papers in areas of mammalogy, biology, and medicine including mammalian biology and evolution, clinical genetics, and cancer research. He has published over 100 letters to the editor and 30 op-ed pieces in International, national, regional and local papers on issues ranging from politics to environmental issues. His appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He is the founder and president of the Holy Land Conservation Foundation and ex-President of the Middle East Genetics Association, and Prof. Qumsiyeh won the Jallow activism award from the Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee in 1998. Those are just a small list, visit Mazin Qumsiyeh's amazing and informative Website to learn more: qumsiyeh.org.
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