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Newsletter from Mazin Qumsiyeh

"Woe to those who builds a city by bloodshed, and establish a town by
wickedness!...Hear, O tribe and city council, You whose rich men are full
of violence, whose inhabitants speak falsehood with deceitful tongues in
their heads! Am I to bear any longer criminal hoarding .... Rather I will
begin to strike you with devastation because of your sins….Therefore I will
deliver you up to ruin,  and your citizens to derision; and you shall bear
the reproach of the nations."(Old Testament/Torah, Micah)

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Humans and other living creatures continue to suffer in the "Holy Land"
because of Zionism. Since October 1st, 80 Palestinians (17 children) and 9
Israelis were killed (two of these Israelis killed by fellow Israelis
mistaking them for Palestinians).  Tear gas is devastating our nascent
botanical garden (intended as a green area in Bethlehem) by driving away
birds and other living creatures or outright killing them (a dove that was
dead in the parking lot with no obvious injuries).  For how much longer
will people remain unemployed and the economy paralyzed by Israeli
policies? For how long will we continue to have students who cannot pay
their tuition and sick people in Gaza dying for lack of medical care? For
how long will hundreds of young Palestinians (including dozens of children)
remain in "administrative detention" in Israeli gulags (no trial, no
charges)?  For how much longer will seven million refugees be denied their
basic right to return to their homes and lands? Is it then any surprise
that 20-25 year old young women and men are desperate enough to sacrifice
their lives by approaching Israeli occupation soldiers with a knife?  I
wish Israelis would finally see the folly of continuing to deny millions of
Palestinians their basic human rights like freedom and living in dignity on
their own land. I wish western governments would see that they are enabling
a disaster to happen here that will spare no one by continuing to support
apartheid (e.g. US congress bowing to Israel's lobby just passed a
resolution condemning the victims and supporting the oppressors).  When
will people see that racism and apartheid has no future in the 21st
century? We continue building and struggling but we need your help. We are
in the live picking season and the spirit of the olive tree is strong. Its
smell and its strength give us hope. Please visit and join us in Palestine.

5 Reasons Why I’m A Christian Who Stopped Supporting Israel

Irish Academics commitment to BDS: “Responding to the appeal from
Palestinian civil society, we therefore declare that we will not accept
invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; act as referees in any
of their processes; participate in conferences funded, organised or
sponsored by them, or otherwise co-operate with them.

We will, however, continue to work with our Israeli colleagues in their
individual capacities and at the same time put in place strategies of
political and practical support for Palestinian universities, academics and

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

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