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Mazin Qumsiyeh


Honored to be a "Freedom Rider"

[Image by Marc Israel Sellem.]

I was honored to be a freedom rider and it was a team effort at its best (those who rode and the many who worked behind the scenes). Two other Palestinians were also arrested with us. They were there as a reporters/observers, not participants. All eight of us were eventually released pending potential trials. Fajr kindly gave us a ride to the edge of Beit Sahour from Ramallah (we were released at Qalandia checkpoint), where my wife met us with my car. She and I then gave ...

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Letter From Palestine

[Activist Video from Palestine]

[Dear Jadaliyya Readers: this letter from Mazin in Palestine will be the first to be posted under a new page on Jadaliyya, titled "Reports, Stories, and Letters." It will be announced shortly] -- Jadaliyya Editors   Dear friends: We were devastated to hear the news of the first martyr in 2011 being none other than Jawaher, the sister of the martyr Bassem Abu Rahma from Bil'in. Jawaher fainted in yesterday's demonstration but died apparently of this toxic ...

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Mazin Qumsiyeh


Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in occupied Palestine. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. Mazin served on the board/steering/executive committees of a number of groups including Peace Action Education Fund, the US Campaign to End the Occupation, the Palestinian American Congress, Association for One Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, and He is now president of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Sahour. He is author of  "Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle" and the forthcoming book “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment.”

Mazin's main interest is media activism and public education.  He published over 200 letters to the editor and 100 op-ed pieces and interviewed in TV and radio extensively (local, national and international). Appearances in national media included the Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, CNBC, C-Span, and ABC, among others. He also regularly lectures on issues of human rights and international law. He maintains a web blog at