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Sustainable development and environmental conservation and more

Mazin Qumsiyeh

Lots of relevant links to choose from below. But first I want to
update you on progress since I returned to Palestine. We have six new
major projects now that are funded (total >$600,000 in restricted
funds) relating to environmental research, education, and conservation
(one of them from National Geographic). Considering the scope of the
work, the money is minimal and we still depend much on unrestricted
donations and volunteer efforts (including our own, I am a volunteer
and so is my wife and many others). However, our results relative to
the support are phenomenally good. Many projects in the past two years
had great outcomes helping people and nature. We have learned to
become even more efficient/productive and will continue to improve.
Here is a simple example of the last project we completed successfully
with a $4000 fund from Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) in
partnership with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
(RBINS) through its CEBioS (Capacities for Biodiversity and
Sustainable Development) program supplemented by Palestine Museum of
Natural History (palestinenature.org) internal funding and volunteer

Socio-economic sustainable development and environmental conservation
at the northern transition zone to Wadi Qana Protected Area,
Palestine: This project focused on a) the study the ecosystems in the
northern transition zone of Wadi Qana Protected area including on
looking for temporary rainfall ponds and studying the only currently
known location of the Syrian spadefoot toad, b) develop management
plan and recommendations that foster environmental education and
conservation for an endangered pond ecosystem. We report on the pond’s
changes through the seasons and studied flora and fauna including the
locally endangered Syrian Spade-footed Toad. We managed to raise the
tadpoles ex-situ and return them successfully. The Pond Water-crowfoot
(Ranunculus peltatus) starts to grow soon in the late January and
early February then declines and the pond gets duckweed (Lemna minor)
staying a bit longer. We did a SWOT analysis for this pond focusing on
conservation. Strengths include its uniqueness and local interest;
weaknesses include previous neglect; threats include Israeli coonial
activities and Palestinian human activities; opportunities are high in
research potential, ecotourism, and simple remedial measures that will
protect the site while benefitting the local people. Remedial measures
were put in place with help of cooperative local communities.

My talk in Boston 19/6/2018 received a standing ovation. Recorded by
Martha Spiess of Peace Action Maine https://youtu.be/4xTTHYOvwgU

Two more Palestinians were murdered in Gaza Yesterday by te Israeli
occupation forces.

Action on Eurovision


After France Condemns Israel’s Killings in Gaza, French Police
Obstruct Freedom Flotilla

Human Rights Activist Claude Leostic Accuses Emmanuel Macron’s
Government of “Political Harassment”


Spain’s Navarre Region Endorses Pro-Palestine BDS Movement. Navarre
became the first Spanish autonomous region to endorse the Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions movement.


Birthright Participants Walk Off Trip to Join Anti-occupation Tour
Five participants left the program in public protest in order to visit
Hebron and Bethlehem with Breaking the Silence: ‘Israel tour is


Democrat Who Slammed Israel for Gaza Killings is Shock Winner of New
York Primary


Animated music video brings alive the Wizard of Oz characters in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories as they meet and interact with
wonderfully animated graffiti art on the separation wall in Bethlehem.
The video features Banksy’s artwork like never seen before…..


Here, you can also find the song on Youtube channel


Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its
Complicity in Israel’s Violations of Palestinian Human Rights


Ellen needs our help: A Jewish Survivor of the Sabra and Shatila
Massacre on a Lifetime of Activism


Former Duke “rabbi on campus” calls for death curse on Durham


America Has Quit the Human Rights Business: One more illustration of
the decline of U.S. influence on the world stage


“President Mahmoud ‘Abbas has every right to breathe a sigh of relief
as he sees the tour of U.S. envoy and President Donald Trump’s
son-in-law, Jared Kushner, end in failure,” writes Hani al-Masri on
the Palestinian. http://masarat.ps/ar/content/failed-end

Youngsters“Disabled for Life” by Israel’s Shoot-to-Cripple Policy in Gaza


Palestinian forces accused of ‘vicious’ response to protests
Amnesty says one of its staff at peaceful rally against Abbas’s Gaza
sanctions was tortured


Spain’s Navarre Region Endorses Pro-Palestine BDS Movement


Rebuilding health services in Gaza won’t be possible while Israel
maintains blockade, says report


Palestinian Authority violently suppresses West Bank protests


Mueller finally starts to target Trump’s Israel ties


Israelis nabbed in Philippines are tip of iceberg in alleged fraud
gone global. As police raid Israeli-operated boiler rooms in Asia and
Eastern Europe, local law enforcement has yet to indict a single
operative from an industry that has stolen billions


Stay Human

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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