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Buildings and more, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

We are glad that we have plans for the new buildings and ground of thePalestine Museum of Natural History. Thank to distinguished graduatingarchitects Afnan Abuawad, Khaldoun Atawna, and Mohammad Alhaddad who gotthe best grades for their project. Here is a short video f existing museumand future plans (3D): a powerpoint presentation on the detailed plans we hope a generous donor(s) who wants to leave a permanant mark onPalestine and preserve our environment steps forward to realize theseplans. Other support (technical, volunteerism, etc) are also sought soemail the museum staff at info@palestinenature.orgFor those who asked about my upcoming trip to the US June 17-July 2nd, youwill find a schedule posted here: will be updated regularly so check it and help also fill out opentimes. The purpose of this trip is to speak especially to new audiencesabout environmental justice, environmental stewardship, and our collectiverole.Here are excerpts from a press release sent by the Institute of PublicAccuracy:Director of the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability anda professor at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities (,Qumsiyeh will be on a speaking tour in the U.S. beginning in mid-June. Hisbooks include Sharing the Land of Canaan; Mammals of the Holy Land; andPopular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment.Qumsiyeh said today: "Israel has moved in 750,000 illegal colonial settlersinto the West Bank since 1967. Jewish colonial settlements don't blend intothe landscape. Palestinian villages going back several thousand years arebuilt on the sides of hills or in valleys. Settlements are built on top,which gives a commanding view, but is environmentally unfriendly."Occupation and colonialism over the last 50 years and in fact since 1948have had a devastating effect. The colonial settlements (residential andindustrial) and the wall impact the Palestinian environment. The future inplaces like Gaza and the West Bank is basically unlivable should trendscontinue."When Israel was created and destroyed 500 Palestinian villages and towns,the Jewish National Fund replaced endogenous trees and village homes with amonoculture of pine trees -- fast growing, fire-hazard, and destructive tolocal flora. The Israelis have destroyed the Hula wetlands, syphoned waterfrom the Lake of Tiberias, dried up the Dead Sea, and now are building anenvironmentally catastrophic Dead Sea-Red Sea canal."  "The Israelis haveput some of their worst polluting factories in the West Bank, producingtoxic waste that affected nearby Palestinian villages. Our scientificstudies on such pollution in an area like Salfit show its health impact.”"Climate change effects developing countries drastically, though it'smostly caused by developed countries. Palestinians use very little fossilfuels yet have already seen rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall.Paris accords were not good agreements, too little, too late andnon-mandatory on the signatory countries. Yet even these small steps arenow being undermined by the world's largest economy. Palestine is part ofthe fertile crescent, where humans first went from hunter-gatherers toagriculture (Natufian and Canaanitic cultures) and we thus have a richnatural and (connected) cultural heritage. Yet the prolonged conflictthreatens both. From embroidery, folk music and dance, proverbs, toknowledge of traditional medicine; all these are threatened by the factthat two-thirds of the 12 million Palestinians are now refugees."Artists ditch Israel’s pinkwashing film festival’s concentration camp in Palestine“She should die”: Israelis taunt critically wounded Palestinian girl HumanMazin QumsiyehA bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at homeProfessor and (volunteer) DirectorPalestine Museum of Natural HistoryPalestine Institute of Biodiversity and SustainabilityBethlehem UniversityOccupied Palestinehttp://qumsiyeh.orghttp://palestinenature.orgJoin me on facebook