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A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
By:Mazin Qumsiyeh, Occupied Palestine
Date: Tuesday, 18 December 2018, 5:15 pm

What a wonderful Christmas season. We had ten schools visit us this month
and we have many local and Internatoinal volunteers. Yesterday we did some
winter planting (just in time before the rains last night). Yesterday a
dinner at home involved 13 vounteers/friends. Today some of our volunteers
went to visit a refugee camp and others are taking care of animals being
rehabilitated or chickens or peacock or the hamster that just deliveed 8
babies. Six researchers in the field and two here plus several volunteers
are getting amazing data on our threatened native (Palestinian Canaanitic)
cultural heritage (tangibe and intangible and a database and museum under
construction). Tomorrow we host some orphans from SOS for a Christmas event
and tour of the museum (palestinenature.org). To keep up with activities,
please visit our facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/Palestine-Museum-of-Natural-History-1454309858180882/

BUT BETTER YET: come visit us and/or work with us (email us at
info@palestinenature.org or visit our website for ways you can help).

Impact of tear gas
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/exactly-tear-gas-affects-body-231238436.html

Now I have reduced my posts on politics and human rights because focusing
on other issues like our sustainability & environmental work is also
important. I will occasionally add releevant material at the bottom of my
messages for those interested and you can skip it if you prefer to focus on
other things. So here goeas:

For those of you who still have an illusions about "Israel" demcracy, after
Israeli Knesset passed a aw defining the state as a Jewish state and that
only Jewish "people" have a right to self-determination in the state, the
Knesset voted down by a margin of 71-38, the Equality bill, intrduced by MK
Mossi Raz (Meretz). The text of the bill was clear and concise: “The State
of Israel shall maintain equal political rights amongst all its citizens,
without any difference between religions, race and sex.” This is a direct
quote from Israel’s Declaration of Independence.

‘De-Osloizing’ Palestine is a precondition for peace with justice
https://mondoweiss.net/2018/12/osloizing-palestine-precondition/

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/britain-stole-45-trillion-india-181206124830851.html

Africa still pays French colonial tax
https://popularresistance.org/14-african-nations-forced-to-pay-french-colonial-tax/

Orwellian: Violating the US constitution guaranteeing free speech and
association to please Zionist Israel
https://theintercept.com/2018/12/17/israel-texas-anti-bds-law/

Miko Peled: Sentenced to 65 years for helping Palestinians: Read an excerpt
from Miko Peled’s ‘Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five’
https://mondoweiss.net/2018/02/sentenced-palestinians-foundation

CNN caves to anti-Palestinian smear campaign and fired a decent journalist
https://972mag.com/cnn-marc-lamont-hill-palestine-free-speech/138936/
Marc Lamont Hill Speech at United Nations that upset the Zionist lobby
http://jadaliyya.com/Details/38202/Marc-Lamont-Hill-Speech-at-United-Nations-International-Day-of-Solidarity-with-Palestine
Interview of Mark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_5k6AJoNDs

Stay Human and come visit us in Palestine

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