Friday, December 23

Ying and Yang

The standard Ying and Yang (good and bad) of life goes on

“Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame” 
WH Auden 1939

Haaretz revealed that President-elect Donald Trump donated $10,000 to institutions located in the colony of Beit El... the donation was made in honor of Trump’s lawyer and friend David Friedman, whom he has since chosen as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.  Haaretz also noted that the Kushner family foundation (Kushner is the Jewish Zionist son in law of Trump) had donated $20,000 to the same colony. Such colonies are illegal and considered war crimes by international law. Can the Palestinian authority start criminal proceedngs in US and international courts instead of covering up for crimes (or do the Zionists have enough scandals on those Palestinian leader to keep them subservient). 

It gets worse as Trump pledged to increase nuclear arsenal (already enough to end all life on earth). The so called "Islamic state" burned two more soldiers alive, adopted the attack in Berlin that killed 12 (I would call them martyrs) in a Christmas market, an attack in Karak Jordan (not yet adopted) that shook our friends and colleagues in Jordan, the "Jewish state" killed more Palestinians and ethnically cleansed others, and more and more. We had a vigil in Nativity square yesterday to demand Israel release the bodies of the Palestinian martyrs it still holds. And there is a march today near the wall (Checkpoint 300) in Bethlehem for demanding release of prisoners and bodies and fo ending the "Jewish state"'s (now almost 50 year) occupation of Bethlehem and the rest of Palestine.

On Saturday, few of us involved in medicine (minister of health, head of Makassed Hospital, Deans of Medical schools at Al_Najah and Al-Quds etc and me from Bethlehem University) honored the work of British Vascular surgeon David Nott at the home of Munib Masri in Nablus. David worked in Gaza in 2014 for the weeks of slaughter committed by Israel saving lives. He also worked in Syria, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and more. Here is a brief CNN report on his work:

"The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose" -Robert Byrne

Film in French and English of the Syria we ignore
Reportage réalisé en Syrie par Julien Rochedy pour TV Libertés. On y découvre le point de vue de femmes et filles syriennes,

Newsletter of the British Committee for Universities in Palestine

Instead of the Two State Solution: An Alternative Vision for Peace in Israel-Palestine

I wrote a book on that one country/one state solution (the only solution here for peace which will also bring peace to the region and could usher in peace around the world). The book is titled "Sharing the Land of Canaan and was published in 2004

Stay human and come visit us in the city of the birthplace of Jesus, the prince of peace

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
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