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The standard Yin and Yang (good and bad) of life goes on, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

“Defenseless under the nightOur world in stupor lies;Yet, dotted everywhere,Ironic points of lightFlash out wherever the JustExchange their messages:May I, composed like themOf Eros and of dust,Beleaguered by the sameNegation and despair,Show an affirming flame”WH Auden 1939Haaretz revealed that President-elect Donald Trump donated $10,000 toinstitutions located in the colony of Beit El... the donation was made inhonor of Trump’s lawyer and friend David Friedman, whom he has since chosenas the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.  Haaretz also noted that the Kushnerfamily foundation (Kushner is the Jewish Zionist son in law of Trump) haddonated $20,000 to the same colony. Such colonies are illegal andconsidered war crimes by international law. Can the Palestinian authoritystart criminal proceedngs in US and international courts instead ofcovering up for crimes (or do the Zionists have enough scandals on thosePalestinian leader to keep them subservient).It gets worse as Trump pledged to increase nuclear arsenal (already enoughto end all life on earth). The so called "Islamic state" burned two moresoldiers alive, adopted the attack in Berlin that killed 12 (I would callthem martyrs) in a Christmas market, an attack in Karak Jordan (not yetadopted) that shook our friends and colleagues in Jordan, the "Jewishstate" killed more Palestinians and ethnically cleansed others, and moreand more. We had a vigil in Nativity square yesterday to demand Israelrelease the bodies of the Palestinian martyrs it still holds. And there isa march today at 1 PM near the wall (Checkpoint 300) in Bethlehem fordemanding release of prisoners and bodies and fo ending the "Jewishstate"'s (now almost 50 year) occupation of Bethlehem and the rest ofPalestine. I unfortunately will miss this latter event as I give final examto my students in Dar AlKalika.On Saturday, few of us involved in medicine (minister of health, head ofMakassed Hospital, Deans of Medical schools at Al_Najah and Al-Quds etc andme from Bethlehem University) honored the work of British Vascular surgeonDavid Nott at the home of Munib Masri in Nablus. David worked in Gaza in2014 for the weeks of slaughter committed by Israel saving lives. He alsoworked in Syria, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and more. Here is a brief CNNreport on his work:"The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose" -Robert ByrneFilm in French and English of the Syria we ignoreReportage réalisé en Syrie par Julien Rochedy pour TV Libertés. On ydécouvre le point de vue de femmes et filles syriennes, of the British Committee for Universities in Palestine of the Two State Solution: An Alternative Vision for Peace inIsrael-Palestine wrote a book on that one country/one state solution (the only solutionhere for peace which will also bring peace to the region and could usher inpeace around the world). The book is titled "Sharing the Land of Canaan andwas published in 2004Stay human and come visit us in the city of the birthplace of Jesus, theprince of peaceMazin 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 newsletter