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There are good events in the Bethlehem area in the next few days and we
could use your participation/support: 1) Thursday 3:30 PM, land reclamation
in Wad Rahhal , 2) Friday at Noon, march from the mosque area to the
apartheid wall in Al-Walaja (important to come to encourage this village
that ios valiantly trying to stop the wall encircling the village), 3)
Monday and Tuesday beginning 9:30 AM rehabilitation for Land in Al-Khader
(destroyed by settlers).  
My wife's photos of Palestine:
Wildlife photo album

Apartheid wall album
 As I keep hearing the mantra of a "new" opening for peace in the Middle
East, I am reminded of the statement issued by Amnesty International in
March 2001, stating that "a major flaw of the process that began with the
Oslo Agreement of 1993 was that peace was not founded on ensuring respect
and protection for human rights. if human rights are sacrificed in the
search for peace and security there will be no peace and no security".  The
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted by the UN General
Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948. The next day, the UN General Assembly also
adopted Resolution 194, which dealt specifically with human rights in the
Israeli-Palestinian context and included establishing a conciliatory
commission, sharing Jerusalem, and guaranteeing the right of Palestinian
refugees to return to their homes and lands. To this date, neither UDHR nor
General Assembly Resolution 194 have been implemented. 62 years later,
Israeli apartheid still seems to get away literally with murder. The UN
Human Rights Council just issued a report on the massacre of activists in
the flotilla ship bringing aid to Gaza.  And just yesterday Jerusalem was up
in flames after a settler mercenary murdered a Palestinian in occupied East
Israel, armed to the teeth by the US, is the strongest military power in the
Middle East. The state harbors hundreds of nuclear weapons (with a don't ask
don't tell policy supported by the US) as well as other WMD. It receives
billions in US taxpayer largess every year. And the US government has vetoed
over 35 UN Security Council resolutions that attempted to hold Israel
accountable to international law and human rights in the region.  This is a
state that caused the largest post-WWII refugee crisis that is still
unresolved.  The ethnic cleansing accompanying the foundation of this
apartheid Jewish state meant the destruction of 530 villages and towns.  It
has become well known as the Palestinian Nakba or catastrophe.  But this is
an ongoing process that still involves many homer demolitions and
deportations of people even today. 62 years of ethnic cleansing must come to
a stop and must be reversed.  Today 7 million of the 11 million Palestinians
around the world are refugees or displaced people.  Palestinian Christians
and Muslims who owned and used 93% of historic Palestine in 1947 have now
been reduced to use of 8.3% of the land.
In 2007, Ehud Olmert, then prime minister, declared: "If the day comes when
the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle
for equal voting rights [also for the Palestinians in the territories],
then, as soon as that happens, the state of Israel is finished." More
recently, making a similar point, Ehud Barak, Israel's defense minister,
said "as long as between the Jordan and the sea there is only one political
entity, named Israel, it will end up being either non-Jewish or
non-democratic ... If the Palestinians vote in elections, it is a
bi-national state, and if they don't, it is an apartheid state."
There are resolutions at the UN that were almost forgotten but should be and
can be activated.  Here is one that calls on all governments to cut and
freeze all economic or other ties (ie. Boycotts and sanctions)
To achieve our rights despite Israeli massive military might and support
from western governments, we must as before depend on themselves with
support from people of conscience in the rest of the world (for example via
the International Solidarity Movement and the movement for Boycotts,
Divestments and Sanctions).  Palestinian popular resistance has been
inspirational even as we faced massive violent repression, loss of our
lands, restrictions of movements, concentration camp like Ghettos, walls of
apartheid and much more.  Bishop Desmond Tutu and all major South African
leaders described this situation as worse than what existed in Apartheid
South Africa.   One year after the International Court of Justice ruled on
the illegality of the apartheid wall and colonial settlement activity, the
Palestinian civil society organizations issued a call in 2005 to the world
community to engage in the same kinds of activities that helped bring an end
to Apartheid in South Africa.  This includes BDS until Israel complies with
International law including basic human rights (on issues of refugees,
equality, and ending occupation/colonization).  This is the assured road to
a durable peace. We hope you will join us as we walk it.
Adalah organization video on treatment of so called "Israeli Arabs"
(Palestinians who stayed in Palestine despite the attempt at ethnic
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home    
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,    
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What are human rights?

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.

Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.

Universal and inalienable

The principle of universality of human rights is the cornerstone of international human rights law. This principle, as first emphasized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights in 1948, has been reiterated in numerous international human rights conventions, declarations, and resolutions. The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, for example, noted that it is the duty of States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, regardless of their political, economic and cultural systems.

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All States have ratified at least one, and 80% of States have ratified four or more, of the core human rights treaties, reflecting consent of States which creates legal obligations for them and giving concrete expression to universality. Some fundamental human rights norms enjoy universal protection by customary international law across all boundaries and civilizations.

Human rights are inalienable. They should not be taken away, except in specific situations and according to due process. For example, the right to liberty may be restricted if a person is found guilty of a crime by a court of law.

Interdependent and indivisible

All human rights are indivisible, whether they are civil and political rights, such as the right to life, equality before the law and freedom of expression; economic, social and cultural rights, such as the rights to work, social security and education , or collective rights, such as the rights to development and self-determination, are indivisible, interrelated and interdependent. The improvement of one right facilitates advancement of the others. Likewise, the deprivation of one right adversely affects the others.  

Equal and non-discriminatory

UNICEF photoNon-discrimination is a cross-cutting principle in international human rights law. The principle is present in all the major human rights treaties and provides the central theme of some of international human rights conventions such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.  

The principle applies to everyone in relation to all human rights and freedoms and it prohibits discrimination on the basis of a list of non-exhaustive categories such as sex, race, colour and so on. The principle of non-discrimination is complemented by the principle of equality, as stated in Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Both Rights and Obligations

 Human rights entail both rights and obligations. States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights. The obligation to respect means that States must refrain from interfering with or curtailing the enjoyment of human rights. The obligation to protect requires States to protect individuals and groups against human rights abuses. The obligation to fulfil means that States must take positive action to facilitate the enjoyment of basic human rights. At the individual level, while we are entitled our human rights, we should also respect the human rights of others.

Gaza relief boat ....

carrying Cynthia McKinney rammed by Israelis


Published on 12-30-2008

An Israeli patrol boat intercepted a yacht carrying three tons of medical supplies to Gaza in international waters early on Tuesday as it attempted to run an Israeli blockade. According to those on board, the patrol boat accused the relief vessel of being involved in terrorist activity and then deliberately rammed it, forcing it to return to port in Lebanon.

Among the yacht's 16 passengers were doctors, journalists, and human rights activists, including former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA). McKinney spoke to CNN from Lebanon, telling John Roberts, "Our boat was rammed three times, twice in the front and once on the side."

McKinney described as "outright disinformation" a statement by the Israeli Foreign Ministry which called the charge that the ramming was deliberate "absurd." According to the Israeli spokesman, the boat was struck as it attempted to outmaneuver the Israeli vessel.

The Free Gaza movement, which sponsored the relief mission, explained in a press release, "This is the sixth boat that the Free Gaza movement has sent ... in a symbolic effort to end the seige of Gaza. These are small boats, and they do not cross into Israeli waters at all. This Israeli attack on the boat, which occurred in international waters, cannot be described as 'self defense' by any stretch of delusional imagination."

"Our mission was a peaceful mission to deliver medical supplies," McKinney told CNN, "and our mission was thwarted by the Israelis -- the aggressiveness of the Israeli military."

McKinney then appealed to President-elect Obama to "say something, please, about the humanitarian crisis that is being experienced right now by the people of Gaza." She referred to Martin Luther King's
description of the United States as "the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet" and noted that "the weapons that are being used by Israel are weapons that are being supplied by the United States."

McKinney has been known for her opposition to Israeli policies, which is blamed in part for her loss of her Congressional seat.
According to the Washington Post, "In 2002, two Democrats in Congress with records of voting against Israel's interests -- Reps. Earl Hilliard of Alabama and Cynthia McKinney of Georgia -- faced primary opponents who received substantial support from Jewish donors. A majority of AIPAC board members gave to either McKinney's challenger or Hilliard's or both. Hilliard and McKinney lost."

The full CNN story can be read

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast Dec. 30, 2008. You can download it here:

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child




I filmed a small Human Right Protest in Portland Oregon 4-4-08
Free the political prisoners in Tibet
I also filmed a bigger event in Portland on March 9 2008 in  commeration of 49 years of being in exile



I am interested in helping to organize an event for Black August. Please contact me if you are also interested in doing so.



I am interested in helping to organize an event for Black August. Please contact me if you are also interested in doing so.

George Jackson counseled: "Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution" — Blood In My Eye

Article below is from 2001. For updated article go to:
Black August: A Story of African Freedom Fighters
By Kiilu Nyasha

Black August is a month of great significance for Africans throughout the diaspora, but particularly here in the U.S. where it originated. "August," as Mumia Abu-Jamal noted, "is a month of meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us."

This is the 22nd anniversary of Black August, first organized to honor our fallen freedom fighters, Jonathan and George Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, William Christmas, and the sole survivor of the August 7, 1970 Courthouse Slave Rebellion, Ruchell Cinque Magee. It is still a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical fitness and/or training in martial arts, resistance, and spiritual renewal. The concept, Black August, grew out of the need to expose to the light of day the glorious and heroic deeds of those Afrikan women and men who recognized and struggled against the injustices heaped upon people of color on a daily basis in America.

One cannot tell the story of Black August without first providing the reader with a brief glimpse of the "Black Movement" behind California prison walls in the Sixties, led by George Jackson, W. L. Nolen, Hugo Pinell, Warren Wells, Kumasi (Steve Simmons), and others.

As Jackson wrote:

"... when I was accused of robbing a gas station of $70, I accepted a deal ... but when time came for sentencing, they tossed me into the penitentiary with one to life. It was 1960. I was 18 years old... I met Marx, Lenin, Trotsky, Engels, and Mao when I entered prison and they redeemed me. For the first four years I studied nothing but economics and military ideas. I met black guerrillas, George 'Big Jake' Lewis, and James Carr, W.L. Nolen, Bill Christmas, Tony Gibson, and many, many others.

" We attempted to transform the Black criminal mentality into a black revolutionary mentality. As a result, each of us has been subject to years of the most vicious reactionary violence by the state. Our mortality rate is almost what you would expect to find in a history of Dachau. Three of us [Nolen, Sweet Jugs Miller, and Cleve Edwards] were murdered several months ago [Jan. 13, 1969] by a pig shooting from thirty feet above their heads with a military rifle."
— Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson)

When the brothers first demanded the killer guard be tried for murder, they were rebuffed. Upon their insistence, the administration held a kangaroo court and three days later returned a verdict of "justifiable homicide." Shortly afterward, a white guard was found beaten to death and thrown from a tier. Six days later, three prisoners were accused of murder, and became known as The Soledad Brothers. "I am being tried in court right now with two other brothers. John Clutchette and Fleeta Drumgo, for the alleged slaying of a prison guard. This charge carries an automatic death penalty for me. I can't get life. I already have it."

"Dialectical materialism is my bag. I identify with anyone who hates just one fascist. I don't want a piece of the pie, I don't want all of it even. I think it's rotten, should be discarded, we should start all over again. This new start should be made without individualism (read isolation) ..."

"I still think of myself as a black and an African but I can't be satisfied with myself until I am communist man, revolutionary man, and this without feeling that I've denied myself, or failed to identify."

"The black bourgeoisie (pseudo-bourgeoisie), the right reverends, the militant opportunists, have left us in a quandary, rendered us impotent. How ridiculous we must seem to the rest of the black world when we beg the government to investigate their own protective agencies. Aren't the wild hip-shooting pigs loose among us to protect the property rights of the people who formed the government?"

"The theory that all whites are the immediate enemy and all blacks our brothers (making them loyal) is silly and indicative of a lazy mind (to be generous, since it could be a fascist plot)."

"We belong among the righteous of the world. We are the most powerful. We are in the best position to do the people's work. To win will involve taking a chance,crawling on the belly, naming, numbering, infiltrating, giving up meaningless small comforts, readjusting some values. My life means absolutely nothing without positive control over the factors that determine its quality."
— Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson

Anniversary of the Death of George L. Jackson

On August 21, 1971, after numerous failed attempts on his life, the State finally succeeded in assassinating Jackson, then Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party, in what was described by prison officials as an escape attempt in which Jackson allegedly smuggled a gun into San Quentin in a wig. That feat was proven impossible, and evidence subsequently uncovered indicated a set-up orchestrated by prison officials to eliminate Jackson once and for all. Of course, I doubt they counted on losing any of their own in the process.

On that fateful day, three notoriously racist prison guards and two inmate turnkeys were also killed. Subsequently, six prisoners were singled out and put on trial — wearing 30 lbs. of chains in Marin courthouse — for various charges of murder and assault: Fleeta Drumgo, David Johnson, Hugo L.A. Pinell (Yogi), Luis Talamantez, Johnny Spain, and Willie Sundiata Tate, who became known as the San Quentin Six. Only one was convicted of murder, Johnny Spain. The others were either acquitted or convicted of assault. Pinell is the only one remaining in prison and has suffered prolonged torture in lockups since 1969. He is currently serving his 11th year in Pelican Bay's SHU, a torture chamber if ever there was one. A true warrior, Pinell never hesitated to put his life on the line to defend his fellow captives.

As decades passed, our Black scholars, like Mumia Abu-Jamal, learned of other liberation moves that happened in Black August. E.g., the first and only armed revolution whereby Africans freed themselves from chattel slavery commenced on August 21, 1791 in Haiti. Nat Turner's slave rebellion began on August 21, 1831 (coincidence?), and Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad started in August. As Mumia stated, "Their sacrifice, their despair, their determination and their blood has painted the month Black for all time."

On August 17, 1995, Mumia was scheduled to be executed in Pennsylvania. But hundreds of his supporters, myself included, were able to celebrate his stay of execution on that date in Philadelphia shortly after the '95 PCRA (post conviction relief appeal) hearings were held in State Court. This August 17, 2001 thousands [gathered] in Philadelphia to stand with our beloved freedom fighter, our "voice of the voiceless." ...

George Jackson counseled:

"Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution" — Blood In My Eye

The article above was written for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper. You can access the Bay View at But there's a photo spread that might only be available in the newspaper itself. Feel free to distribute widely in keeping with.......
   "Each one teach one."

— Kiilu Nyasha,


Did You Know?

Scope of the Iraqi Refugee Crisis

Human Rights First was recently cited in a Washington Post’s lead editorial urging policymakers to address the Iraqi refugee crisis. See this article below: or check this link

 Posted here on joe-anybody on August 21 2007


The Refugee Crisis



Total number of Iraqi refugees  ….. At least 2.2 million, with another 2 million displaced inside Iraq


Number of Iraqis fleeing each day   ….. 2,000


Number of Iraqi refugees in Jordan   ….. 750,000


Number of Iraqi refugees in Syria Between   …..1,000,000 and 1,500,000


Number of Iraqi refugees accepted by the United States in 2007   …..190


Helping Iraqis who helped us

Sunday, August 12, 2007; B06

AS MANY AS 110,000 Iraqis may be targeted as collaborators for helping U.S., coalition or foreign reconstruction efforts. These Iraqis and their families are frequently at risk of kidnapping, murder and persecution. At least 257 translators have already been killed, according to Human Rights First.

As a result, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has referred more than 8,000 Iraqis to the United States for resettlement this year alone. Yet fewer than 200 have been admitted. This embarrassingly slow trickle of resettled refugees -- Sweden takes more than 1,000 each month -- motivated Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad, to write a cable last month urging the administration to guarantee visas for all Iraqis helping the United States.

The obstacles Iraqis face to be recommended by the UNHCR make these low resettlement rates all the more astonishing. Iraqis cannot apply for refugee status from within Iraq; they must first brave the dangers of crossing a border. If they make it, those fleeing violence and persecution may also find that because of a broad legal provision disqualifying refugees who have provided "material support" to terrorist organizations they can be denied resettlement in the United States if they have paid ransoms for kidnapped relatives. According to Human Rights First, in some cases involving kidnappings the UNHCR has decided not to refer even deserving applicants to the United States out of concern that the irrational "material support" provision will bar them from entry.

Bills introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) could help oil the American refugee-processing machine. The bills would set up processing facilities in Iraq, establish Iraqi refugee coordinators at U.S. embassies in the region and authorize more funding. Both would create a special immigrant visa category for Iraqis who have worked for the United States, allowing them to apply for resettlement from within Iraq and without having to go through the UNHCR. The House bill also revises the "material support" provision to exempt cases in which the support was provided under duress.

Both bills also would require the United States to better assist Iraq's neighbors, which have absorbed more than 2 million refugees at great cost to their own economic and social stability. The State Department has taken some steps in this direction, including its recent pledge to help fund a UNHCR-UNICEF program subsidizing schooling for displaced Iraqi children.

We urge legislators to support these bills. No matter one's opinion on the war, this humanitarian crisis needs to be confronted and fixed.

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    I was pleased to see Deputy Secretary England’s memo directing compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.  Application of Common Article 3 to all those held in military custody restores a legal framework to detentions in the “war on terror” and brings US practices in line with international law.
    Clearly, a decision to apply Common Article 3 to detainees in military custody is only one step. Full protections under international human rights and humanitarian law must also be applied in the case of all detainees wherever they are held and by whichever agency.  For the Court’s decision to have effect, all agencies, including the CIA, must be bound by the decision.  Since the CIA is allegedly responsible for secret detentions, unlawful renditions, and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, it is critical that they are bound by the same principles.
    I urge you to ensure compliance with the indispensable protections provided for in international law.  To that end, it is imperative that the US does not seek to limit the protections in Common Article 3 through restrictive definitions.  All detainees in US custody should be registered and visited by the Red Cross immediately.  Any trials must comply with fair trials standards.  Finally, no one should be subject to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.
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    You are suppose to be watcing the Border Cams  to turn the violaters into the authorities! ....Ha !
    But I will do no such thing
    In fact ....I think the borders should come down!

    The BBC reports "a US state has begun testing a website that aims to police illegal immigration by offering web users surveillance footage from the Mexican border. The site intends to give web users the chance to virtually patrol the Texas border and contact the authorities if they spot seemingly illegal crossings. Only eight of more than a dozen cameras installed were initially working. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who launched the scheme, asked for "forgiveness" for early technical difficulties".

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