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[HumanRights] Only if we respect ourselves
By:Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bahrain
Date: Sunday, 22 October 2017, 5:45 pm

Updated schedule of lectures in England: http://qumsiyeh.org/upcomingevents/

We have just finished harvesting olives both at the museum garden and at
home. Not uch productivity this year (115 and 125 kg respectively). But it
is OK and will feed the volunteers in the next few months. We continue to
receive some volunteers and many visitors. We could use more volunteers.
Here are videos about the museum activities
https://youtu.be/BPhFLOsEIM0 (general)
https://youtu.be/APxvAZh8qrQ (on volunteering with us)
https://youtu.be/AZOoOzXU7tQ (on our educational program)

We welcome volunteers and donors.
To volunteer https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/
To donate https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/donate/

Bedeutungslose Erfahrungen [blog in German titled ‘Unimportant experiences’
by one of those who interned/volunteered at the museum talking about life
experiences in Bethlehem]
https://choicewords.live/2016/11/05/bedeutungslose-erfahrungen/

Israeli settlers steal olive harvest, attack Palestinian farmers in West
Bank
http://maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=779328

Inspiring. Young photographers from Gaza capture moments of joy:
https://www.icrc.org/en/document/competition-gaza-young-photographers

Only if we respect ourselves as Arabs and understand the true dignity and
justice of our struggle, only then can we appreciate why, almost despite
ourselves, so many people all over the world, including Rachel Corrie and
the two young people wounded with her from ISM, Tom Hurndall and Brian
Avery, have felt it possible to express their solidarity with us. I
conclude with one last irony. Isn't it astonishing that all the signs of
popular solidarity that Palestine and the Arabs receive occur with no
comparable sign of solidarity and dignity for ourselves that others admire
and respect us more than we do ourselves? Isn't it time we caught up with
our own status and made certain that our representatives here and elsewhere
realize, as a first step, that they are fighting for a just and noble
cause, and that they have nothing to apologize for or anything to be
embarrassed about? On the contrary, they should be proud of what their
people have done and proud also to represent them." (Edward Said
http://www.counterpunch.org/said09252003.html
[Note: Our museum motto is respect - for ourselves, for others, & for
nature]

Gilad and all that Jazz: Documentary on Gilad Azmon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz6oKHPvjCw

Stay Human

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org
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