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On walls, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Donald Trump in explaining how effective “the wall” between Mexico and theUS would be said to “ask Israel”. This is one liar asking us to ask anotherliar! The facts are very clear:-After most of the residents were ethnically cleansed, a temporary wall offences was built around remaining 3500 Palestinians in Al-Majdal to starvethem until they agreed to leave ‘voluntarily’ in 1951 (long after the endof the 1948 war).  The city was renamed Ashqelon-The wall around Gaza was completed before even the first Palestiniansuicide bombings started and it was a clear failure. Hundreds of tunnelswere dug underneath and used to transport everything from people to camelsto cars.-The wall in the West Bank was less than 25% complete when Hamas made apolitical decision to stop bombings and run for elections in 2006.  Hamasheld to its end of this even though they were not allowed to govern afterbeing elected.-The International Court of Justice ruled the wall illegal since it isbuilt in the occupied areas (just like the Israeli colonies are illegal andsubject to 4th Geneva convention)-Even today in 2017, the wall is actually less than 70% complete; nearly10,000 Palestinians cross to the Israeli side without Israeli permission towork DAILY and so any person interested in doing violence could do it-The wall zigzags in ways clearly intended to capture maximum agriculturallands and natural resources instead of being more secure straighter linesin most of its currently built course. (what Zionists call ‘maximumgeography with minimum demography’)-The Israeli wall was slated to cost $2.5 billion and be finished in threeyears and here we are 14 years later and it cost $8 billion and is not evenfinished yet! Imagine the US wall (expected to cost $15-20 billion but willcost 3-4 times more). US taxpayers are already burdened with $20 trillionpublic debt (roughly $60,000 for each of us)-There are Palestinians on both sides of the wall (hundreds of thousands onthe so called "Israeli side"). There are also Israelis on both sides of it.Thus, it cannot be a security issue.- See also and morally, I find walls repugnant. Some who support themsay you have to be realistic and accept our divisive human nature and lookto protect "our country". But history tells us that nationalism andprotectionism lead to catastrophe. You cannot have it both ways: think ofyour-self as morally superior while also thinking of 'countries' and'nations' as fighting in a zero sum game. Actually the competition itselfmaybe the only zero-sum when you are thinking of sates. The latest spatcreated by Trump with Mexico will hurt both countries. Trump and hisZionist handlers are also trying to prop-up India (as a balance to Islamiccountries); see appointment of the only Indian-American in Trump's cabinet(Nikki Haley, ardent Israeli apologist). This will surely also backfirehurting India, USA, and Islamic countries (opening more roads to Daesh andits like minded terror groups to recruit).  It is exactly like whenZionists pushed for the US war on Iraq that damaged Iraq but also damagedthe US ($3 trillion cost and thousands of American lives) and Israel(because removing Saddam strengthened Lebanon, Hizbollah, Syria, and Iran).China will come out a winner because it is working to keep good relationswith everyone.The MLA just released this report on conditions within Palestinianuniversities, Jewish Voice for Peace and many other groups oppose the appointmentof racist Zionist (but that is redundant)  David Friedman who supportsviolations of human rights (colonial settlements on Palestinian land) asthe US Ambassador to Israel and the plan to move the US Embassy toJerusalem. Join them /usFor personal signatures: organizational signatures: addition, call the local offices of your Senators and your CongressionalRepresentative in your state and congressional district or write letters totheir offices there.I am glad we have a good community of volunteers and activists here at theBethlehem Univesrity Museum of Natural History and our Palestine Instituteof Biodiversity and Sustainability. "Thinking globally and acting locally"keeps our sanity in this crazy world where the lunatics run governments(Theresa May, Trump, Netanyahu....).Stay sane...Mazin Qumsiyeh

A 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