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Life in colonized Palestine
By:Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Occupied Palestine
Date: Thursday, 20 June 2019, 9:43 pm

Life in colonized Palestine trudges along. I spend 14-15 hours a day
volunteering at the museum and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and
Sustainability on projects that help children and university students and
many adults to fluorish and increase respect (for ourselves, for others,
for nature). I spend two hours a day reading (books and news like the ones
below). The reading parts allow one to contemplate and the more I read the
more I worry that I will lose faith in humanity. I sometimes seek the
wisdom of my mother who celebrated her 87th birthday this week. She is
highly educated and not too optimistic on humanity. She thinks I do too
much for others and she asks why I volunteer all this time and spend all my
savings on others. I tell her because it makes me happy and useful
[actually I should tell her because she taught me well by example]. It does
not mean I am certain that all I do is useful. I make mistakes many times.
I hope I learn from them. But I count my blessings when I think of the
starving bombed people of Yemen or Gaza (and we try to help!). But the most
important thing I tell my mother is that resistance is existance, it is
hope. As the subtitle of my last book was "Popular Resistance in Palestine:
A history of hope and empowerment." So despite occasional bad news and the
Zionist intent to push the US into a new war (this time with Iran), we
remain hopeful and empowered. Truth will trump (sic) the lies.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla on the Chicago River July 18-20
http://vcnv.org/2019/05/14/gaza-freedom-flotilla-on-the-chicago-river-july-18-20/

B’tselem creates 3 D map of colonial settlement growth
https://conquer-and-divide.btselem.org/

An Israeli Double-Feature: 52nd Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on the USS
Liberty - Israel Is a Dictatorship, Not a Democracy
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/51739.htm

A conversation with Mazin Qumsiyeh
https://soundcloud.com/greenplanetmonitor/a-conversation-with-mazin-qumsiyeh

U.S. Israel Free Trade Agreement Damage Assessment - 6/20/2019: Why has the
Israel Free Trade Area Agreement (ILFTA) been so bad for America? Will
Israel and its lobby advance even worse U.S.-Israel initiatives?
https://www.irmep.org/06202019_ilfta.html

Daily Mail forced to pay £120,000 in damages to pro-Palestinian charity
over false antisemitism and terrorism allegations
https://evolvepolitics.com/daily-mail-forced-to-pay-120000-in-damages-to-pro-palestinian-charity-over-false-antisemitism-and-terrorism-allegations/

According to the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ),
the consumer must be informed when a food product comes from Israeli
settlements, reports the Belgian daily L'Echo.
http://www.europalestine.com/spip.php?article294

Disinformation and False Accusations of Anti-Semitism: Permitting Israel's
Slow Motion Genocide of Palestinians
https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/disinformation-and-false-accusations-of-anti-semitism/

Waving the bible to block justice
http://www.comeandsee.com/view.php?sid=1377

240 Akademiker gegen BDS-Votum: Namhafte israelische und jüdische
Wissenschaftler werfen dem Bundestag vor, sich im Kampf gegen BDS
instrumentalisieren zu lassen.
http://taz.de/Bundestagsbeschluss-zu-Israel-Boykott/!5601030/

In support of the call by 240 Jewish and Israeli scholars to the German
government: Do not equate ‘BDS’ with anti-Semitism
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc1W_JE2ioVSbW1XhT_WdpzFT4NY3trBWP39-Alb6ge7HpKpg/viewform

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
facebook pages
Personal https://www.facebook.com/mazin.qumsiyeh.9
Museum
https://www.facebook.com/Palestine-Museum-of-Natural-History-1454309858180882/