Biodiversity Conservation & Human rights issues – Mazin Qumsiyeh

BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ISSUES

-We submitted six papers for publication from our group in September (a
monthly record) eanging from effect of OIsrael’s apartheid wall on
biodiversity to climate change education to power dynamics in conservation
issues.
-We received the good news this week that the balance of funding is
approved for our renovation and new construction to create a national-level
museum of natural history.
-We received funding from the Swiss representative office for work on
medicinal plants
-Funder evaluation of the 3-year project (Darwin Initiative) that helped
locals and the environment was completed and showed we did achieve very
good results
-We (our institutional team, Environment Quality Authority, stakeholders)
completed the national report for the convention on biological diversity
and commenced working on the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans
-Two of our team members will be in Jordan for a meeting next week related
to protected area management
-Tomorrow (Saturday) we have our regular monthly meeting of volunteers,
staff and supporters so let us know if you like to join and we can send you
the link

If you like to help us volunteer and/or donate (see
http://palestinenature.org) . We could use your support

Video to watch: The story of plastic https://youtu.be/PCNanJNJ8JA

HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

Some of the news from Haaretz (Israeli paper that dares to write what
Western and even Arab regime mainstream media ignore):
-The 11-year-old Palestinian ‘Enemy’ Who Wet His Pants. “The boy was
arrested for being a Palestinian with ideas in his head. Had he not been
arrested on his way to the grocery store, he probably would have grown up
to be a prideful, defiant sort of character, who refuses to bow his head
before his Jewish master.”
-Masked Settlers Attack Palestinians With Stones: Injuring 12, Including
3-year-old. “Dozens of masked settlers threw stones at Palestinians on
Tuesday, injuring 12, as settler violence continues to escalate in the
South Hebron Hills
-A Pogrom, and Silence “From the beginning of the year through September
20, the United Nations has documented 333 settler attacks on West Bank
Palestinians, 93 of which resulted in injuries. The plethora of attacks
point to a pattern with a clear aim: To expel Palestinians, both shepherds
and farmers, from the agricultural and open lands of the West Bank”

And Israeli apartheid forces murdered 9 Palestinian youth this week and
demolished the village of al-araqib for the 193rd time (yes you read that
correctly).  But slowly, we are chipping at the walls of apartheid. The
Labor Party in the UK just vpoted taht Israel is indeed an apartheid state
and a legal victory against the EU paves the way for ending trade with the
illegal settlements.

Video to watch: Arna’s children https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQZiHgbBBcI

Stay Human and keep Palestine alive

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
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