Archives‎ > ‎

Human Rights newsletter from Mazin Qumsiyeh, Dec 5, 2015

Available Children Calendar of Palestine Natural History, Chronique
palestinienne (voir ci-dessous/see below) ...

Israeli murder of Palestinian civilians continues with impunity.108
Palestinians were killed since 1 October. In one incident over 1500 heavily
armed Israeli colonial soldiers invaded Shufat refugee camp in Jerusalem
(yes there are refugee camps also in Jerusalem) and demolished a home while
injuring many natives. Yosef Haim BenDavid is an “adult” Israeli settler
who recruited two other teenage Israelis and went looking for “Arabs” and
managed to kidnap a child Mohammad Khdair. The three then tortured and
burned the child to death. An Israeli judge aided by Israeli system ruled
that indeed the murderer did the deed but he is not responsible because of
his “mental state”. The same system refuses to punish murderous Jews who
burn whole families (like the Dawabsheh family (father, mother and child
 burned in their own home by colonial Jewish terrorists). Israeli
authorities are even sending bills to the Palestinian authority for costs
of treating the Dawabshe family (what Chutzpah!).  Israel also protects its
political and military elites who regularly engage in crimes against
humanity and war crimes (Sharon, Begin, Peres, Netanyahu etc). The same
Israeli system executes innocents and many Palestinians almost daily
without trials and when there are trials, Israeli prosecution and Israeli
judges sentence Palestinians including children to long jail sentences for
“throwing stones” or even concoct charges and plant “evidence” to convict
them. Palestinian mental state is not considered in this one country with
two systems of laws one for the privileged “chosen” and one for the
natives. But I continue to be most inspired by Palestinian children and
youth all around us (60% of us). The spirit should teach something to old
politicians who have been doing the same futile things over and over again.
The spirit is of change and youth. That is the future and we let children
literally draw inspiration for us (see calendar below). For those
interested look at our Palestine Museum of Natural history facebook page
(under that name).

I gave the keynote speech for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network. This is
a network of six Palestinian hospitals in illegally occupied and annexed
Eastern part of the city. My background is in medical genetics (in addition
to biology and other areas) and I discussed briefly challenges and
opportunities facing provision of medical healthcare under Israeli
repression. These range from denial of access and movement, invasion of
hospitals, kidnapping patients, and even attacking and injuring and
killings of patients and medical staff. It was truly inspiring to see the
excellent level of care provided despite these obstacles and discuss ways
to improve it especially in times of conflicts with increased demand and
limited resources (e.g. Palestinian Authority was tied by Oslo process to
spend 40+% of its budget on security which leaves little for healthcare,
education, environment, research and other important areas).

2016 Calendar of Palestine Natural History available and proceeds help
Palestine's children, see:

And if you like to donate directly before year-end to the Palestine Museum
of Natural History, please go to
and here are activities of the first year:

Chronique palestinienne : 29 novembre, Journée Internationale de Solidarité
avec la Palestine

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine


HumanRights newsletter