Friday, December 17, 2010

Mazin Qumsiyeh Speech in Stuttgart

Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian activist, who is involved in the Olive Tree Initiative, spoke  last month at a Palestinian Solidarity conference in Stuttgart (November 26-28). The title of his presentation was "Civil Resistance Against Occupation and Apartheid in Palestine." The below link shows the announcement for the event in German along with the list of panelists.

The video is linked below.

Mazin Qumsiyeh: Civil resistance against occupation and apartheid

I don't wish to take issue with all of Qumsiyeh's talk because certainly the Palestinians have legitimate grievances. However, I noted a few points.

1 Qumsiyeh referred to the "right" for occupied people to to resist "by any means necessary" under international law. Does that include acts of terror against innocent men, women and children? Does that include hijackings of airplanes, suicide bombings? Does that include terror attacks around the world against people of other nationalities? Does that include the Munich Olympics massacre in 1972?
2 Qumsiyeh actually referred to the Munich attack in passing, telling his audience they may have heard of Palestinians in connection with "hijackings, the Munich attack or something like that". ("Only a few individuals".)
3 In giving an overview of Palestinian history during the 19th and early 20th centuries, he conveniently neglected to mention the name of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseyni during the 1930s and 40s.

(He's the guy on the left.)

Here is Husseyni reviewing a Bosnian SS Division he helped organize during World War II.

4 Qumsiyeh, however, did not forget to mention the Free Gaza movement and their "flotillas" to Gaza. He also did not forget to get in a plug for the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement (BDS).

And what came out of this conference? The Stuttgart Declaration. Here it is below with a list of signatories. Read carefully what this declaration calls for.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

We all need to talk more about the Grand Mufti. Honest discussion about that era of history should disabuse those who wish to style themselves as "left" that there is something "left" about the "Arab" cause, and those who consider opposition to Israel "leftist," in one swell foop.

I don't know whether there really were significant numbers of Arab villages who wanted to remain in Israel and live in peace with their kibbutzim neighbors, as portrayed in the movie "Exodus." If there were, the Grand Mufti certainly orchestrated the means to terrorize them into "resistance."

The original "Arab" alignment were a collection of feudal landlords and decrepit monarchies looking for the main chance.

Anonymous said...

"I don't wish to take issue with all of Qumsiyeh's talk because certainly the Palestinians have legitimate grievances."

Indeed they do have some grievances, but who is to blame? But themselves.

Their lives was only improving under Israel after the 1967 war, but they chose to destroy it over night with their "intefadas." orchestrated by Arafat to lour his people's mind from looking into his bank account as he continued to rip off his people.

Anonymous said...

Mazin Qumsiyeh routinely calls Israelis Zionazis. See here:

And the maps of Arab villages as presented by Mazin are pure fabrication.

And about that evil Mufti Husseiyni, he sent a delegation to the Yemeni King and others in the Middle East asking for collaboration with Hitler's "Final Solution" plan. To learn more about that terrible Mufti, go to

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Mazin may or may not be presenting fabricated maps, I have neither seen his maps, nor an alternative posed as "genuine," and I certainly can't take the word of Anonymous either way.

It is a fact that some parts of what is now Israel were inhabited by Arabic-speaking peoples before the first Jewish settlers from Europe arrived. It was not all empty space, any more than it was all densely populated. The first Jewish settlements arrived by permission of the Ottoman Sultan, who ruled the territory at the time.