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Work for the future, by Mazin Qumsiyeh

First the positive news: Large demonstrations in front of 10 Downingstreet for the Theresa May-Benjamin Netanuyahu visit today. Thedemonstration was mixed people of all religions, skin colors, andbackgrounds. By contrast, the much smaller group of paid Zionistelites was very homogeneous (Jewish white Ashkenazi). Let us hope foran even larger demonstration of Netanyahu to Trump February 15.Locally, Israel is proceeding with more colonial settlements hopingthat if they saturate the land scape, we native Palestinians wouldleave and they can have their racist Jewish state. But people are notleaving and much of the world now sees that there was never a "twostate solution" to a colonial anti-coloniial struggle. The bestscenario forward is like in most postcolonial countries (see South andCentral America and much of SE Asia). We are working on that withJewish, Christian, Muslim, and other colleagues here (some of themalso hold "Israeli" citizenship).  WE collectively are building thingson the ground and not leaving and resisting daily (yes sometimesinjured, sometimes killed, sometimes jailed, sometimes arrested...).
One small project involving daily work by dozens of international andlocal volunteers is our museum, botanical garden and institute ofsustainability (please see this ). We arepartnering with many NGOs, governmental agencies, universities, etc todo very good work. Just the past two weeks we finished two researchpapers, hosted students from many universities and schools, startedthree other research projects (on snails, on environmental changesover the past on amphibians as indicators of environmental damage),said goodbye to some volunteers and welcomed others, wrote proposalsand received grants, we were sad to see some students fail theircourses and happy to see others succeed (and they all learn throughthe challenges in life), and we buried friends and welcomed newbirths. We hope you can join us.Now for not so good news.  More Israeli Knesset bills to move itfaster down the path of Nazi Germany of the 1930s:    -Punishing any university that has diversity of opinions on Israel'sapartheid system:

     -Preventing any critics of Israel who call for non-violent resistancefrom entering (and ofcourse passing on to Palestinain areas). Over amillion Palestinians and Internationals pass every year across borderssupport human righst including supporting the right to boycottapartheid Israel. Thus we will be living in an even more isolatedprison under a more fascist government if this law passes. good reports on human rights violations inside the Green line see their database of Israeli discriminatory laws in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories binary options industry flourished in Israel for the pastnine years, Thousands of Israelis work in the "industry" (gettingrich) scamming hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide out ofbillions of dollars with little to no intervention from Israeli lawenforcement. Many victims committed suicide from Nazareth by Jonathan Cook: Netanyahu scandals reflectcorruption at the heart of Israeli society Abunimah tweeted: Fiscally insolvent mouse warns lumberingelephant not to boycott Israeli settlements job is to stay vigilant and respond to the bad news (likeNetanyahu's visit to Washington to push for more wars for Israel). Butanother and perhaps more important job is to build a new society basedon RESPECT (for our selves, for others, and for the environment). Inother words, work for the future by challenging those who want todestroy it and by actually doing positive things for achieving it(sustainability, peace, justice).Come join us as we do that in Palestine under occupationMazin 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