Palestine: Environment and Conflict & Palestinian Christians & more

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Conference today Friday 23 September 3 PM Portugal Time (5 PM Palestine
Time) on the special issue of Africana Studia relating to the Palestinian
Environment.  Palestine: Environment and Conflict (Palestina – Ambiente e
Conflito) Online/Zoom:
Some of the research articles being discussed are posted here:

Reminder (deadline October 5): The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity &
Sustainability-Bethlehem University in partnership with the Palestinian
Quality Authority, the Galilee Society, and the Palestinian  Center for
Rapprochement between People cordially invite you to register for the 2nd
Global Conference on Biodiversity & Human Diversity: “Towards Living in
Harmony with Nature”. Read more and register by 5 October at

Budrus: documentary on popular resistance

Visiting the Palestinian narrative requires more than a visit

It’s Time to Call Israel’s Bluff

Holy Land’ article’s misinformation libels communities
The Salt Lake Tribune 18 Sep 2022
The article by Peggy Fletcher Stack on Sept. 11 about Palestine (“In the
Holy Land, a place divided by religion, we discover how it is — and isn’t —
like LDS Utah”) was very disturbing and loaded with misinformation and
generalizations that libel entire communities. My family is a Palestinian
Christian family. Stack did not interview any leading Palestinian
Christians (or Muslims) on either side of the 1948 green line and was
content with giving us only Zionist views about what Christians (which she
called incorrectly “protestant”) feel or think and about “riots” on what
she calls the “Temple Mount” (Al-Aqsa mosque compound which Israeli
occupation forces regularly storm while people are in prayers). The article
is loaded with colonialist-orientalist language about the natives. For the
record, Palestinian Christian and Muslim villages were ethnically cleansed
in 1948 and we continue to be removed from our land, our houses demolished.
Eight million Palestinians are refugees or displaced people (10% of whom
are Christian) thanks to U.S.-backed apartheid system intent on taking a
multi-religions, multi-cultural society called Palestine and turn it to a
Jewish state called Israel. My 90-year-old Christian mother still remembers
her [muslim] friend Hayah Balbisi killed in the Massacre of Deir Yassin
April 9, 1948! And we Palestinian Christians reject the innuendos directed
to members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My sister, who
happens to belong to that church, wrote a whole book relating to her life
under Israeli occupation (see Sahar Qumsiyeh, “Peace for a Palestinian: One
Woman’s Story of Faith Amidst War in the Holy Land”). Please read it to see
if she was “intimidated” by fellow Muslims. Next time we would welcome
objective reporting and actual meetings with us, the descendants of the
first Christians, instead of projecting Zionist ideas to your readers.
Mazin Qumsiyeh Founder and director of Palestine Institute for Biodiversity
and Sustainability, Bethlehem University, West Bank

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
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