Love, courage and wisdom – Mazin Qumsiyeh

“Love without courage and wisdom is sentimentality, as with the ordinary
church member. Courage without love and wisdom is foolhardiness, as with
the ordinary soldier.  Wisdom without love and courage is cowardice, as
with the ordinary intellectual.  Therefore one who has love, courage and
wisdom is one in a million who moves the world, as with Jesus, Buddha and
Gandhi.” Ammon Hennacy, “The One-Man Revolution”

Many profiteers of the colonization of Palestine are puzzled why
Palestinians have not capitulated to their demands to live under apartheid
(perpetual servitude) and how we can keep going with no or minimal external
support. They blame their victims (7.5 million of us natives are refugees
and displaced people, >100,000 killed, >900,000 injured, >1 million
jailed/imprisoned since Zionism came to us from Europe). This “blaming the
victim” strategy is common here and elsewhere throughout history of
oppression going back thousands of years. But we are also not merely
victims, we have agency and we are strong and resilient (what we call in
Arabic the spirit of Sumud). I wrote a whole book on this about the local
situation going back 130 years called “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A
history of Hope and Empowerment” ( ). I am now finishing
another book on hope and resilience. I also continue to research these
issues including how to liberate the oppressor and the oppressed from
mental colonization (see this chapter But
knowledge without practice is sterile. I am always surrounded by hopeful
and resilient and inspiring people who act on their convictions and thus
truly live.

In the next few weekly emails I will highlight some of those who inspire
us. I would appreciate it as you look around yourself to share other
stories with us (I will ask about creating a dedicated website). Here is
the first story of a young man who was martyred but has inspired a
generation of young people: Basil Al-Araj of Al-Walaja village who
personified love, widom and courage. Our Palestine Institute for
Biodiversity and Sustainability ( is closely working
with to promote farmers and entrepreneurs (especially women) in this
remarkable village.

[good news] Beshara Doumani, inaugural chair of Palestine studies at Brown

On enlightened self-interest

Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor, Founder, and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
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