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Negotiations While Ethnic Cleansing Continues

Popular resistance is growing and more people are getting involved.

Palestinian children face a line of Israeli soldiers preparing to destroy their family homes at Al-Arakib.
Palestinian children face a line of Israeli soldiers preparing to destroy their family homes at Al-Arakib.

(BETHLEHEM) - Seven million of the 11 million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people. Israeli war criminals and US officials complicit in ethnic cleansing meet in fancy hotels to claim they are “negotiating” for peace (while in the meantime giving green light to further ethnic cleansing and destruction of Palestinian lives to strengthen the apartheid system.

Colonial apartheid soldiers seal shops in Hebron to add to hundreds of shops closed because illegal settlers took over nearby buildings. Video and story by Israeli human Rights group B’Tselem

31 August 2010: Soldiers and police violently seal shops in Hebron without showing order -

Must Read: Where has the hypocrisy gone? Amira Hass in Haaretz No one thinks to ask about the consensus among the residents of Palestinian cities and villages on whose land the settlements have been built. The millions of Palestinians don't count at all. Where has the hypocrisy gone? -

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics released a report showing the number of settlers in the West Bank reached 517,774 PCBS: released a Statistical Report about Israeli Settlements in the Palestinian Territory 2009 03/08/2010 -

Israeli colonial officers destroy the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev for the fifth time (the village existed in this location before Israel was created in 1948) This video shows the senseless continuing destruction of Palestinian homes and lives.

But popular resistance is growing and more people are getting involved. There is widening gap between government officials and the people around the world on this issue. Millions of activists are being mobilized for the boycotts, divestments and sanctions movement and as the negotiations lead nowhere, the apartheid system is being exposed more. It will happen just as suddenly and unexpectedly as the fall of apartheid in South Africa. Your involvement can help.

Action: Sign petition Ban Israel from the 2012 Olympics

Example of the thousands of lectures and events organized around the world.

Houston Conference for One Democratic State October 22-24, 2010

B R E C H T F O R U M and COMMITTEE FOR OPEN DISCUSSION OF ZIONISM Present Resolving the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict: Why One Democratic State Is the Best Solution featured speakers: Joel Kovel& Norton Mezvinsky Wednesday, October 27 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brecht Forum, 51 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets, New York, NY 10014 – Phone: (212) 242-4201 Email:

Join Professors Joel Kovel and Norton Mezvinsky as each presents his respective argument for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kovel will argue that a two-state solution cannot solve the conflict, because it continues the Jewish ethno-chauvinism that lies at the core of Zionism.

Mezvinsky will propose that a democratic and just two-state solution is highly unlikely to occur and that the presently constructed one state can and must be changed by an emphasis upon and implementation of fair and equal human rights for all inhabitants of the state. Discussion to follow.
Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD (formerly of Yale and Duke Universities) teaches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine and chairs the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. 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 include 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:

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