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[HumanRights] So much goodness
By:Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Occupied Palestine
Date: Thursday, 1 August 2019, 8:07 pm

[HumanRights] So much goodness
Aug 1 at 10:38 AM

Mazin Qumsiyeh
To: drshabbir@bellsouth.net
Cc: Human Rights Newsletter
In moving about the UK and giving talks every day (so far in 8 days given
talks to hundreds of people), I am always struck by the goodness and
generosity of so many (hosts, organizers, attendees). In the evening after
long days and staying in good people's homes who treat me and Jessie like
family, we are really moved. Jean Giono said in the first paragraph of
‘The Man Who Planted Trees' about such human beings: ’“For a human
character to reveal truly exceptional qualities, one must have the good
fortune to be able to observe its performance over many years. If this
performance is devoid of any egoism, if it is guiding motive is
unparalleled generosity, if it is absolutely certain that there is no
thought of recompense and that, in addition, it has left its mark upon the
earth, then there can be no mistake.” Gibran Khalil noted " You give but
little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself
that you truly give"

Here is one report in a local outlet about my appearance in their town as
an example
www.marlboroughnewsonline.co.uk/news/8733-a-palestinian-christian-from-bethlehem-talks-about-life-under-occupation

Are Israeli arms sales hiding behind “agriculture” in South Sudan?
https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/are-israeli-arms-sales-hiding-behind-agriculture-south-sudan

"Led by communities of color, progressive Jewish groups, mainline churches,
trade unions, academic associations, LGBTQI groups, indigenous justice
movements, and university students, many Americans are abandoning the
ethically untenable “progressive except on Palestine” stance. Instead, they
are adopting the morally consistent principle of being progressive
including on Palestine. Being progressive today entails being morally
consistent, standing on the right side of history by supporting us as we
strive for our long-denied freedom, justice, and equality.”
https://www.thenation.com/article/bds-house-resolution-trump-squad-omar-aoc/

Battle to resolve the Middle East crisis can be won by exposing media
deceptions engineered by Israel and its supporters,
http://www.alternativeinsight.com/Talking_Points.html

Israeli dumping of waste in the occupied territories
https://youtu.be/I7_DCAgITf0
After Locking This Palestinian Out of His Home, Israel Revokes His Entry
Permit: Omar Hajajla’s family lives in the only home on the Israeli side of
a Jerusalem-area village which straddles the West Bank border - and Israel
locked the family out of ts home due to 'security threat'
https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-after-locking-this-palestinian-out-of-his-home-israel-revokes-his-entry-permit-1.7304182

*Contrast of TWO Christians: A Lebanese Cardinal & A Palestinian Professor*

*Rajai R. Masri*

Tuesday July 30, 2019

By way of a Caveat to start with, being myself Areligious, an utterly
Cleansed Free thinker who have profound reservations on Religion, All
Religions, this automatically free me without prejudice to comment and
criticize, even if need be, outright attack contemporary humans posing as
Religious symbols being a Mulla, an Ayatollah, Grand Sheikh, a Priest or
even a Pope.

Thus, with the above truly representative Caveat, I feel I can peacefully
proceed without the need to constantly qualify every word or a phrase with
an apologetic rendering every time as I sense that I inadvertently or even
intentionally scathed his (No Her thus far) Holiness with all the reverence
and symbolism that His Holiness Represents.

The Two Christians I am referring to in the above title are, *FIRST*, a
Lebanese Cardinal, His Eminence Cardinal *Béchara Pierre Raï, Patriach *of
ANTIOCH of the Maronites; President of the Synod of the Maronite
Church; President
of Assembly of the Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon & President
of Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the East …..It could never get more
Holly than that;

AND,

*SECOND*, a Palestinian Christian Professor, *Mazin Qumsiyeh* of Beit
Sahour, a small-town couple of hundred meters only from the Church of the
Nativity of Bethlehem, the very origin of Christianity where our Lord Jesus
Christ was born.

Professor Qumsiyeh is a relentless Human Rights Activist who abandoned his
post as a Professor of Biotechnology at the prestigious American learning
institution, Yale University, so that he would, relentlessly be struggling
with his Palestinian folks under occupation. I trust that Professor
Qumsiyeh is a humanist freethinker like me foretelling from a casual visit
I paid him in 2010 at his home in Beit Sahour where we both sat sipping at
tea at the verandah overlooking the Israeli settlement of Har Homa, very
first to be constructed after the signing of the Oslo Accords.

I simply do not hold high opinion of the Cardinal whom I find far more
political and an ideologue than a truly spiritual Christian. To me, he
seems far more parochial than spiritually and humanely Universal. I must
have formulated my opinion of the Cardinal early on since he was a
forceful, almost a militant-like Maronite Bishop. However, two particular
incidents made me more sure of the opinion I formulated about Cardinal *El-*
* Raï*.

First, Cardinal El-Rai’s rather vey puzzling quick visit to Riyad by
invitation of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Ben Salman, MBS (Possibly
First Ever by a Lebanese high Christian Clergy) at the very time when the
Prime Minister of Lebanon, Sa’d El-Hariri was detained by coercion, even
humiliatingly mistreated by the Crown Prince as MBS was equally rounding up
without a Due Process, Habeas Corpus, scores of Saudi businessmen and high
dignitaries.

Cardinal El-Rai made, in my opinion, most politically bias and totally
inappropriate declarations to the Press at the Riyad airport as he was
leaving the Saudi Capital commending the Saudi Authorities and lending
support to S’ad Hariri’s forced statements condemning Iran and the Lebanese
Hezbollah on the controlled Saudi State Television. Cardinal El-Rai further
declared that the Lebanese Prime Minister under Saudi detention was quite
fine.

Now, what really marked the Cardinal’s extremely biased political stand of
a high spiritual leader was a declaration two days ago supporting a most
controversial decision by the Lebanese Minister of Labor, Abu Slayman,
imposing new restrictive rules on the employment of the Palestinian
refugees in Lebanon who are already suffering from very selective Apartheid
policies against them by the Lebanese Authorities.

Cardinal El-Rai, forever political and an ideologue (Rather by the peculiar
nature of the Maronite Patriarchy - Please refer to my article: “Sovereign
Lebanon Born Out of the Anomalies of the Spoils of WWI.” …
article78.rrmasri.net), was all praise for the Lebanese Minister of Labor
for his brave decision. Interestingly, the Minister of labor is a member of
the extreme right Lebanese party of “The Lebanese Forces” that its militia
were quite famous for war crimes committed against the Palestinian refugees.

Struck me, a musing once shared by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh after a visit
to the Palestinian Refugees Camp in Lebanon that left him in constant
tears *(“Mazin
Qumsiyeh's Account of a Visit to Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon”… *
article83.rrmasri.net) ….. It is now left to the reader to draw the
contrast.

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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
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