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Popular Resistance in Palestine
By Mazen Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 15, 2010
"Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment" was
just published and is available in Europe and by mail from the publisher <http://www.plutobooks.com/display.asp?K=9780745330693>
Web page for the book is available at the author's <http://www.qumsiyeh.org/popularresistanceinpalestine/>
The book can be pre-ordered in the US from McMillan Books <http://us.macmillan.com/POPULARRESISTANCEINPALESTINE>
and retailers like Amazon
74533069X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289124202&sr=8-1> and Barnes
msiyeh/e/9780745330693/?itm=1&USRI=qumsiyeh> and Noble and is
Australia through Palgrave McMillan. It is also available soon in the
Educational Bookshop in <http://www.educationalbookshop.com/>
Soon available in Arabic (looking for publisher, version ready) and other
The author Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh <http://www.qumsiyeh.org/>
will be speaking in Stuttgart, Germany at this conference <http://senderfreiespalaestina.de/konferenz/index.html>
November 26-28 and will be in Italy January 4-14 (some slots for additional
invitations in Italy are still open). A book tour is being planned for
February and March in the US and Europe.
The book summarizes and
analyzes the rich 130-year history of popular resistance in Palestine
discussing the challenges and opportunities faced in different historical
periods. The aim is to put before the reader the most concise, yet most
comprehensive and accurate treatment, of a subject that has captured the
imagination and interests of the global community. Looking at the
successes, failures, missed opportunities and challenges in this period
allows people to chart a better direction for the future.
"This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important
chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine. Mazin Qumsiyeh
brilliantly evokes the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Edward Said, Rachel Corrie
and many others, to tell the unvarnished truth about Palestine and Zionist
settler colonialism. With its focus on 'history and activism from below',
this is a work of enormous significance. Developing further his original
ideas on human rights in Palestine, media activism, public policies and
popular, non-violent resistance, Mazin Qumsiyeh's book is a must read for
anyone interested in justice and how to produce the necessary breakthrough
in the Israel-Palestine conflict" Prof. Nur Masalha, author of 'The
Politics of Denial: Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem'
inspiring accounts of both the everyday and the most extraordinary acts of
Palestinian indigenous resistance to colonialism expose the misguided claims
that Palestinians have never tried nonviolence; in fact, they are among the
experts, whose courage, creativity, and resilience are an inspiration to
people of conscience everywhere. Even with the arms of a military
superpower, the Israeli government's failure to quell the Palestinians'
spirit and insistence on human rights reminds us that the greatest strength
of all belongs to those with justice on their side, who will ultimately
triumph." Anna Baltzer, author of 'Witness in Palestine'
Qumsiyeh's insider's chronicle of Palestinian civil resistance and its quest
for self-reliance, independence, political rights, and self-liberation
clearly shows that collective nonviolent action by Palestinians has been
neither episodic nor an aberration, but remarkably consistent and for nearly
a century. His sweeping account belongs on the bookshelves of Israelis who
are fearful, Palestinians who are unsure of next steps, and a global
community that has yet to take a meaningful stand for peace with justice.
Anyone concerned about the future for all the peoples of the Middle East
will take encouragement from his invigorating analysis."
King, Professor of peace and conflict studies and author of 'A Quiet
Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance'
"Mazin Qumsiyeh's book is enlightening and powerful. It reveals the
human suffering and destruction of Palestinian people and land, which are
the appalling consequences of Israel's ethnic, nationalist, military,
project that has displaced the indigenous Palestinian population and
committed crimes of genocide and apartheid. In spite of such injustice, we
can all take hope and inspiration from Mazin's stories of the lives of the
courageous Palestinian people who make the real, often unrecorded, history.
Their peaceful spirit and persevering struggle for human rights and
international law, has been, and continues to be, carried out (in the main)
by popular nonviolent resistance. Their method of active NV resistance
deserve to be known more widely by the International community who need to
see such examples, so they too can reject violence, militarism, and war, and
build their security and freedom on Human rights and International Law."
Mairead Maguire, Nobel Prize Winner