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Opinion Editorials, December 2014
Palestinian Cabinet Member, Ziyad Abu Ain, Brutally Killed by Israeli Occupation Solders
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 15, 2014
I was scheduled to meet with PA Minister Ziyad Abu Ein a few days later
but he was killed yesterday by the Israeli colonization forces while he and
over 100 Palestinians were trying to plant trees on private Palestinian land
threatened by illegal Jewish colonies. One of his subordinates, another
decent man who also belongs to Fatah told me I should meet with him because
he is "different from other Palestinian Authority men". He explained that
Abu Ein is one of actions not speeches. My sister remembers him as a friend
of her husband Hazem who was also a member of Fat'h revolutionary council. I
am ashamed to say that while I agreed to the meeting, privately I remained
skeptical. Now that meeting will not happen unless it is in the afterlife.
My Fatah friend and my sister were proven right about the decency of the man
and Minister Ziyad joins tens of thousands who lost their lives while ACTING
in the resistance to the colonial settler state of Israel. Others sitting
comfortably in fancy PA offices will claim he is "the comrade" and will make
speeches. I am certain Mr. Abu Ein would not want that, he would want to be
honored by actions not words.
Some of those are clearly speaking out in private to Mr. Abbas because he
occasionally complains of dissension within Fatah. There is clearly a
struggle within the PA and we hope that the murder of minister Ziyad Abu Ein
will be the straw that breaks the camel's back, that it will tip things
towards those decent Fat'h people who realize that salaries and cars are not
a substitute for a free Palestine (let alone for a conscience). That way the
blood of martyrs like Abu Ein will not go in vain. After all, freedom is not
freely given and there must be sacrifices.
With or without new “nation-state” law, Israel is a settler-colonial
apartheid state ......We call on people of conscience worldwide to intensify
BDS campaigns to isolate Israel’s regime of settler colonialism and
apartheid in the academic, cultural, economic and military fields, in order
to bring about Israel’s full compliance with its obligations under
international law. This must include pressuring companies to end complicit
business activity and institutions to divest. Pressure must also be
increased on governments to finally adopt effective measures, starting with
a comprehensive military embargo, as well as the suspension of free-trade
and cooperation agreements with Israel.....
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