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Palestine Museum of Natural History
By:Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Occupied Palestine
Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 7:08 pm

Olive picking is fun and more
Oct 22 at 12:20 PM

Mazin Qumsiyeh
To: drshabbir@bellsouth.net
Cc: Human Rights Newsletter
The system is stacked and structured to make the rich richer and the poor
poorer while destroying our planet and plunging us in endless wars that
distract us from the system’s injustice. Everyone intuitively and also now
logically understands this. The system thinks it can muzzle social media
posts related to this (e.g. see how facebook has banned many and how the
Palestinian authority is shutting down 59 informative sites). But what
happened in Tunisia and other places and what is happening now in Chile and
Lebanon points to a tide shift and give us reason for optimism. I will be
traveling to Lebanon in two weeks (and to the US in January) and surely
will meet with many interesting people doing great things. But even here
every day in Palestine we meet new people. Dozens visit our institute and
museum (see http://palestinenature.org) every day. Just yesterday a
delegation of 40 internationals (olive picking tour of Joint Advocacy
Initiative) plus 100 school students (girls) visited. New volunteers join
us (local and international) and help in tasks like setting a children’s
exploration room or picking olives (most reinvigorating and fun task). In
the past 24 hours, visitors from England brought us books, our team visited
schools in marginalized villages to promote environmental work. Lunch here
is usually 12-15 people – good food and good company. Much work to be done
and we have several projects dealing with sustainability, environmental
conservation, peacebuilding, and human rights. There are many challenges to
do this work under occupation/colonization. Yet, those who engage find it
highly enriching and fulfilling. Join us. Next main functions this week:

- Wednesday: Fieldwork near Husan as well as continued olive picking at
museum grounds, talk on reptiles 4:15 PM-6:45 PM (part of fauna and flora
course)
- Thursday: Finalize olive picking & olive pressing. Ceremony of our
community garden project (1 -3 PM), talk to master students in Molecular
Biology, garden work
- Saturday: Lecture and tour of museum to Internationals (8:15-10 AM),
garden work
- Saturday: Meeting of group “Palestine Action for the Planet”
https://www.palestinenature.org/palestine-action-for-the-planet/ at 3 PM at
museum (palestinenature.org/visit)

Join us!

Expose on olives in thsi olive harvest season by Mazin Qumsiyeh
https://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/the-olive-tree-not-just-an-ordinary-tree/

The Climate Crisis (and Other Crises) Require the Transformation of the
Basic Cultural Structure of the Modern World
https://www.transcend.org/tms/2019/10/the-climate-crisis-and-other-crises-require-the-transformation-of-the-basic-cultural-structure-of-the-modern-world-part-2/

En Israël, les cueilleurs de plantes aromatiques ne veulent plus être
criminalisés
https://www.lemonde.fr/m-le-mag/article/2019/09/06/en-israel-les-cueilleurs-de-plantes-aromatiques-ne-veulent-plus-etre-criminalises_5507058_4500055.html

Jerusalem Opens Natural Spring to Visitors – Unless They’re Palestinian
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-jerusalem-opens-natural-spring-to-visitors-unless-they-re-palestinian-1.7991344
[Information missing from the article: It was illegal for Israel to expand
borders of Jerusalem to include this site, it was illegal to annex it per
international law, the spring belongs to Al-Walaja (all other Walaja spring
were already stolen)]

U.S. Police are Being Trained by Israel—And Communities of Color Are Paying
the Price
https://progressive.org/dispatches/us-police-trained-by-israel-communities-of-color-paying-price-shahshahani-cohen-191007/

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/
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