[act-ma] 9/16, Sunday, 7pm: Mazin Qumsiyeh Speaks; Film: Occupation 101/ Brookline High, MLK Room

Amy Hendrickson amyh at texnology.com
Wed Sep 12 05:37:19 PDT 2007

 Sunday September 16, 7pm

Martin Luther King Room, Brookline High School

(Building with pillars.  Go in front door and go straight back to the MLK Room)

115 Greenough St., Brookline Hills T stop, Green D line

Meet Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh 

                                    Palestinian-American Activist 

                                         Talk and Discussion 


                                                           with film:   





An award-winning documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israel-Palestinian conflict and U.S. government involvement. The film presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths -- Commentaries from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media - http://www.occupation101.com


Join Dr. Qumsiyeh for dinner! 
Discuss his ideas for achieving peace
Fugaku Restaurant, 1280 Beacon St

(1.5 blocks down Beacon towards downtown Boston from Coolidge Corner)
please rsvp-- peace at texnology.com

Presented by Brookline PeaceWorks 

More info: peace at texnology.com

>From Mazin Qumsiyeh:

"To achieve peace and justice in the area is really conceptually simple: 

enforce the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

In a modern democracy citizens would not see themselves primarily as Jews, Christians or Muslims but as workers, farmers, shopkeepers and so on. In their religious capacities, individuals might still look upon Israel/Palestine as sacred. But as citizens of a secular democracy, they would expect their state to serve the entire population irrespective of religion or ethnicity--and would complain bitterly if it did not. 
I argue that a grass-roots movement can effect change that will result in a win-win situation for the people of the land of Canaan... The guiding goals of such a grass-roots movement for peace would be based on justice and equality.  

from Sharing the Land of Canaan, 2004, http://www.qumsiyeh.org

Mazin B. Qumsiyeh, a human rights activist based at Yale University, offers an overview of the issues at stake and outlines his vision for a lasting peace based on upholding the principles of human rights for all. Tackling taboo subjects, myths and obstacles, he argues convincingly that apartheid in the form of a two-state solution is no longer a feasible way to achieve enduring peace. At this critical time, his book lays out hopeful ideas for the future of this truly multiethnic and multicultural region.  

"I was born and raised in Beit Sahour, the biblical Shepherds' Field just on the outskirts of Bethlehem.  My first hand experiences as a Palestinian Christian and my educational background in universities both in the Middle East and the US helped shape my evolving world views.  I was raised under Israeli occupation and my large family still resides in the area.-- My memories include vivid recollections of pastoral farm life, urban education, cultural events, and an overall mosaic of people of varied religions and backgrounds.   They include a rich International coterie of friends and relatives visiting from Europe, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the US.  As for Israelis, my interactions included not only Israeli soldiers and settlers/colonists but also average Israelis from all walks of life and all stripes."  
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD served on the faculty of both Duke and Yale Universities. He served on the Steering/Executive  Committees of a number of groups including the US Campaign to End the Occupation, the Palestinian American Congress,and the Association for One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine. He has given many hundreds of invited talks and helps organize the Wheels of Justice bus tour which travels throughout the US educating the public on the plight of the Palestinians.
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