Alan Hart’s last recommendation to us Palestinians

Mazin Qumsiyeh


A giant intellectual and kind human being and friend Alan Hart wrote his first book about Yasser Arafat and since then many other books on Zionism and more. Alan passed away January 15 at age 75.

The last message I received from Alan was 27 October 2017 and it has the two most succinct recommendations for us Palestinians which are timely today:

Dear Mazin,

It was good to hear your voice if only briefly and thanks for your message explaining the brevity. I would be able to entertain a small degree of hope if two things could be made to happen.

The first and most important is bringing back to life the PNC [Palestine National Council], refreshed and re-invigorated by elections to it in every place/country where the Palestinians are. This would enable the Palestinian people as a whole to speak to power (and the media and citizens) with one voice, (as Zionism does and always has done). The problem is this requires the Palestinian diaspora to put its act together and become engaged. I understand the reasons why it has not done so yet. Those who live in the Gulf are frightened of offending the corrupt and repressive regimes. And those who live in Europe and North America are frightened of losing their jobs. So yes, it’s a tough call.

The other thing that should happen is that pro-Palestinian groups everywhere should put their act together so that from time to time, when it matters most, they also can speak to power with one voice. They are all small/smallish groups doing their own little thing in splendid isolation and are, in my view, like flies to be swatted away by Zionism. (That’s an exaggeration to make a point nut the point is valid).

I hope, habibi, that you are well aware that my admiration of and respect for the steadfastness of the occupied and oppressed Palestinians is without limit. If any people on earth should have been dehumanized by what has happened to them and is still happening it’s them. They have not been dehumanized but their oppressors have.

Best regards,


[may those in positions of power listen and may those not in positions of power push those others to do so]


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Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh