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Demand the Release of Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Others

The Professor will be released tomorrow, according to reports.

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh
Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

(SALEM / BETHLEHEM) - UPDATE #2: west coast time 4:44 p.m. Lawyers just informed say Mazin and two other Palestinians will be released on bail tomorrow. Their cases will be reviewed later, and if there is no evidence to bring charges then the case will close and bail money returned. We can all breathe a sigh of relief now. Your support and prayers meant so much to the family and helped keep them strong. The next message hopefully will be coming from Mazin himself. In the meantime, the work continues until the rest of them are free.

UPDATE west coast time 3:45 p.m. As of now at local time Monday morning 2:00 a.m., Mazin is still being detained. His cell phone battery died as he called to communicate the names and countries of the seven internationals that were detained with him so that volunteers can get help calling their respective country's embassy (Ireland, USA, Canada, Germany, Netherland.)

Later he borrowed someone else's phone to advise that all the internationals would be released shortly, but not he and and other Palestinians. For them, he said, maybe days. Advocates are making connections with an attorney. Mazin sounded in good spirit and did not seem to be mistreated. Your calls to the U.S. State Department, Senators, Congresspersons, and foreign governments if you are non-US nationals should also help.

Israeli soldiers arrested writer Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a prominent professor who has instructed at both Duke and Yale, along with two other Palestinians early this afternoon local time as he was participating in a peaceful nonviolent civil disobedient march toward the Green Line in Al Walaja (one of the many Nakba events taken place today.)

Many media were there and his arrest was caught on tapes as he was just at the scene peacefully.

Israeli forces are reported to have bombarded the protest in Al Walaja with tear gas, forcing protesters to find refuge in the village’s houses.

Five more were arrested after IDF soliders raided homes. According to a press release, three Palestinians, one Irish and another international were arrested from homes.

The original village of Al Walaja was expelled in 1948 and gradually resettled across the valley, near Beit Jala in the Bethlehem district.

The march today planned to march from the newly settled Al Walaja to the village’s original lands, which is now forested with a nature reserve.

Mazin is currently being held at the Israeli military compound near Rachel's Tomb.

The last time he was arrested by Israeli forces for participating in a peaceful demonstration, he was treated with brutality and held long periods bound and denied simple things like water.

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD has been an Associate Professor of Genetics; Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine since 1999. 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:

It is reported in Al-Walaja that the IDF is firing tear gas at the remaining protest crowd.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Golan Heights, there were reports that dozens were wounded in many places, including more than 150 wounded at Qalandia checkpoint.

Please complain to your government and demand them to stop supporting the brutal Israeli Apartheid regime.

Please support and participate the Nakba events around the world today and double the effort of BDS on Apartheid Israel.

No country should be above the fray when it comes to legal behavior.

The United Nations guaranteed the human race that certain dignities are required by law, as defined by the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Israel defies this international law with the help of U.S. taxpayer revenue and the current violence is just getting started, as today was the official launch of the Third Intifada to free Palestine.

Sadly, this is not the first time that this distinguished peace activist and educator has been arrested by Israeli apartheid forces.

Contact the Israeli embassy, tell them this is unacceptable, demand the professor's release.

Then send this information to everyone on your email list and ask them to do the same.

Also, call 202-647-4000 and ask to speak with "Overseas Citizens Services Duty Officer" and let them know you need info on Mazin's case, say that he is an American citizen.

If your embassy is not specifically listed at the bottom of this page, then use this link to find the one in your country: Embassy locator

Previous reports on Israel's arrests of Professor Qumsiyeh

Israelis Arrest Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh and Others Again During Peaceful Protes - tJ. Qumsiyeh for

Israeli Occupation Forces Arrest Former Yale Professor - Mazin Qumsiyeh for Writer Arrested After Protest Near Bethlehem - Tim King

Check below for Israeli embassy contact information in the US and other countries.


AustraliaIsraeli Embassy in Canberra, Australia

Embassy of Israel in Canberra, Australia

6 Turrana Street

Yarralumla, ACT 2600


City: Canberra

Phone: + 61 2 6215 4500

Fax: + 61 2 6215 4555



Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:30 am - 1:30 pm


CanadaIsraeli Embassy in Ottawa, Canada

Embassy of Israel in Ottawa, Canada

50 O'Connor Street 6L2


City: Ottawa

Phone: (613) 567-6450

Fax: (613) 567-9878



Office Hours: 10:00 - 13:00

GermanyIsraeli Embassy in Berlin, Germany

Embassy of Israel in Berlin, Germany

Auguste-Victoria-Str. 74

14193 Berlin


City: Berlin

Phone: 49 30 89045500

Fax: 49 30 89045309

Website: http://www.BERLIN.MFA.GOV.IL


Office Hours: MON-THU : 9:30 am - 1:00 pm FRI : 9 am - 12:30 pm


IrelandIsraeli Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Embassy of Israel in Dublin, Ireland

Carrisbrook House

122 Pembroke Road

Dublin 4, Ballsbridge


City: Dublin

Phone: (+353) 1 230 9400

Fax: (+353) 1 230 9446



Office Hours: 10.00-13.00


ItalyIsraeli Embassy in Rome, Italy

Embassy of Israel iin Rome, Italy

Via Michele Mercati,14

00197 Rome, Italy

City: Rome

Phone: 06 36198500

Fax: 06 36198555



Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 09.00 12.00


United StatesIsraeli Embassy in Washington DC, United States


3514 International Drive, NW,

Washington DC 20008

City: Washington DC

Phone: (202) 364-5500

Fax: (202)-3645429



Office Hours: Monday through Thursday: 09:30 AM - 01:00 PM Friday: 09:30 AM - 10:30 AM


United Kingdom Israeli Embassy in London, United Kingdom

Embassy of Israel in London, England (UK)

2 Palace Green

W8 4QB London

City: London

Phone: 020 - 7957 9500

Fax: (020) 7957 9555



Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 13:30 Friday: 10:00 - 12:00

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