Café Palestine 24 “The Unity Intifada” with Prof Mazin Qumsiyeh on Sat 29 May 3.45pm (UK) / 5.45pm (Pal)

Cafe Palestine 24
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh
Saturday 29 May
15.45pm (UK time) / 17.45pm (Pal time)

“’The Unity Intifada’: reflections and prospects”

The Cafe will open with music at 3.45pm (UK time) / 5.45pm (Pal time)
The discussion will start at 4.00pm (UK) / 6.00pm (Palestine)
The whole event is expected to finish at about 5.30pm (UK) / 7.30pm (Palestine)

نوفر خدمة الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية في مقهى فلسطين لمن يحتاجون إلىها، سيكون هناك  ملخص حصري ومتداول باللغة العربية للعرض والأسئلة والإجابات
إذا كنت تحتاج إلى الترجمة إلى اللغة العربية، أرسل رسالة إلى الإيميل التالي
ستتوفر الترجمة من خلال الانضمام إلى مجموعة في تطبيق الواتساب .

ARABIC TRANSLATION AT CAFE PALESTINE: Throughout Cafe Palestine there will be a rolling Arabic text summary of the presentation, questions and answers available via Whatsapp. Please contact if you would like to be added to the Whatsapp Arabic translation group.

In this mailing:
1. Café Palestine 24: “’The Unity Intifada’: reflections and prospects” with Prof Qumsiyeh
2. DO NO HARM: Refrain from Locating your Conferences in Israel   
3. Mental Health Workers’ Pledge for Palestine
4. Health Justice Working Group Statement
5. Israeli Jews call: “Stop Israel’s Apartheid!”    
6. An interview with psychiatrist Ruchama Marton              
7. “War on the Mind” Conference recording  

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1. Café Palestine 24 The Unity Intifada”: reflections and prospects

The recent tragic events, beginning with provocations in East Jerusalem, and leading to another heinous massacre in Gaza, have given rise to new forms of resistance and self-expression, and seem to have united Palestinians in all parts of historic Palestine, as well as galvanized people of conscience throughout the world.
We are delighted that Professor Qumsiyeh, founder and volunteer director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University, has agreed to discuss with us his thoughts on what this means for the struggle for dignity and freedom in Palestine and beyond.

As a “bedouin in cyberspace”, Mazin has much to teach us about using “bottom up” activism and joint struggle for justice.  As a “villager at home”, much of the work done by him and his team endeavors to increase environmental awareness in children and increasing sustainability in human and natural communities in Palestine.

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian biologist and human rights activist.  He is the founder and volunteer director of the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University ( He is an ardent defender of the human and non-human environment, and has been a major figure in the struggle for Palestinian rights particularly since his return in 2008 from the US where he taught at Duke and Yale. He is the author of over 150 scientific articles and several books including Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment published in several languages. For more see

 2. “DO NO HARM: Refrain from Locating your Conferences in Israel”

The UK-Palestine Mental Health Network recently mailed out the “Do No Harm” letter, a joint initiative of the Mental Health Networks in the USA, UK, South Africa, Ireland and France. Planned before the recent war on Gaza, we see these events as having further evidenced the need to press for fundamental reform in Palestine/Israel. The gulf between popular revulsion and governmental indifference towards this latest massacre was seen in the size and mood of the recent mass demonstrations of outrage and solidarity, in London and around the world.

The UKPMHN will be mailing to all mental health organisations. We shall attempt to give it global reach. Please share it with your colleagues and friends, and begin the conversations that need to take place in our workplaces and professional associations. Let us know about associations that we might have omitted to write to.

3. “Mental Health Workers’ Pledge for Palestine”

As well as this, and as a public expression of our solidarity, please also join the 450 plus professionals who have signed the Mental Health Workers’ Pledge for Palestine.
4. Health Justice Working Group Statement: “On Spring 2021 Attacks on Health in Palestine”

Please also sign this statement released by the Palestine Health Justice Working Group. The PHJWG also calls for action from the international health community “in holding Israel accountable and pushing to end the support of our governments for Israel’s control and destruction of Palestinian land and infrastructure”. They emphasise that we should push for an end to military collaboration, and insist that the International Criminal Court pursue its investigation of Israel for war crimes.
5. Israeli Jews call: “Stop Israel’s Apartheid!”

Nearly 700 people, including mental health professionals, have signed this “commitment to act against the actions of the Israeli government”.  Their declaration continues: “We refuse to accept the Jewish-supremacist regime and call upon the international community to immediately intervene in defense of the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem, the Galilee, the Negev, al-Lydd, Yafa, Ramleh, Haifa and throughout historic Palestine… “.
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6. An interview with psychiatrist Ruchama Marton

Among the signatories to the above letter is Dr Ruchama Marton, now 84 and still campaigning for human rights. In this interview with film-maker Harry Fear she offers her analysis of the consciousness of what she calls the ‘Zionist Israeli Collective’.
7. “War on the Mind” Conference recording

Recordings of the presentations made to this conference, organised by Bradford-on-Avon Friends of Palestine and co-hosted by the UKPMHN, can be found here: