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ADL on the Defensive. Nonviolent Revolution for Palestine Deepens
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD, A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
Axis of Logic
Sunday, Oct 17, 2010

The Arab Defamation League (A.K.A. as Anti-Defamation league of Bnai Brith) is an American Zionist organization which focuses on defending Israeli apartheid policies even when those are harming Jews.  ADL just named the top ten groups in the US that they say are most organized in their "anti-Israel" stances in the US.  I am proud to have been a co-founder of one of those organizations and to have served on the board of two others as well actively involved in supporting five others (via donations, consulting, advise etc). 

I of course do not agree with ADL on anything including on the idea of measuring impact of particular organizations (I believe grassroot work is critical).  For example, some organizations like the Council For National Interest have significant impact while remaining out of the limelight and also one would have to point out that different time frames in the life of one organization (and longevity) should be taken into consideration. I had my own run-in's with the ADL.  Many years ago we even held a demonstration in front of their offices in Connecticut. They did me the honor of writing a report targeting me personally as well as targeting my employer (Yale University at the time) to pressure them about having me on their medical school faculty.  In other words, yes, I think those organizations mentioned by ADL (and those not mentioned but doing similar things) should be proud and redouble their efforts to challenge Israeli apartheid in the US.

Editor's Note: The ADL attack on Mazin. - LMB

Mazin Qumsiyeh, who served on the genetics faculty of both Duke and Yale Universities, has a long record of propagating a distinctly biased view of Israel through his speaking engagements and writings. Qumsiyeh, born near Bethlehem, currently works for a medical diagnostics center in New Jersey.

Qumsiyeh, author of Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle, often equates Israel interchangeably with apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany and his arguments frequently focus on “Zionist” control of American foreign policy. Qumsiyeh fundamentally rejects a two-state solution, and is a major proponent of divestment from Israel as a means to achieving his long-term objective of securing Palestinian right of return.

In addition to his articles and op-eds, Qumsiyeh promotes his unbalanced views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during visits to high schools and college campuses.  He is a frequent speaker with the anti-Israel Wheels of Justice Bus Tour, whic has traveled across the country since July 2003.

As a major proponent of divestment from Israel, Qumsiyeh regularly writes on the subject and keeps an up-to-date list of divestment and boycott campaigns on his Web site, linking to the organizations and institutions behind them.

In January 2006, Qumsiyeh’s article “Boycott Israel” appeared in Global Agenda, the official magazine of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.  In the article, Qumsiyeh implored countries to divest from Israel and impose a boycott. He made false statements about Israel, Zionism and Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, as well as anti-Semitic insinuations of Jewish control of the media and American and international policymaking. WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab later denounced the article’s content, blaming a failure in the magazine’s editorial production process for its inclusion.

In October 2004, Qumsiyeh spoke at the fourth National Student Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM) at Duke University in North Carolina.  During his speech, Qumsiyeh called Zionism “a disease” and claimed that the violence in the Middle East started with “the idea that the land belongs to the Jewish people.” He also asked audience members, “If apartheid was a problem in South Africa, why do we consider it a solution in Palestine and Israel?”

Qumsiyeh co-founded the Boycott Israeli Goods campaign, which promotes divestment from Israel and the boycotting of Israeli products and leisure tourism in the hopes of forcing Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories to allow for the return of displaced Palestinians.  Qumsiyeh also initiated a petition campaign demanding a moratorium on U.S. funding of and collaboration with Israeli universities, which he claims to have generated more than 500 signatures by US and other academicians and researchers.

Qumsiyeh also co-founded Academics for Justice (AFJ), an activist group that claims its purpose is to “defend academic freedom of speech and association,” in the name of promoting peace, justice and human rights. Yet through its Call for Boycott campaign, AFJ actively promotes for censorship of Israeli academics through boycotting Israeli institutions and their programs. (Source: ADL)

We just had a three day conference in Ramallah organized by the International Center on Non-Violent Conflict where both Academics and Activists (and people like me who are both) gathered to discuss and strategize on best ways to educate the masses on power, forms, and structures of popular resistance.  I led a workshop based on my upcoming book "Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of hope and Empowerment".
Gaza monologues: Performances worldwide to break the siege on Gaza on Sunday October 17. 
Join one of the events near you.  Tow of these events are in the Bethlehem area.
Other Actions: Olive picking Um Salamona, 9:30 AM Sunday October 17, contact Awad 0598997852
Excellent report on Ahmedinujad's visit to Lebanon
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Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home