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Conversation? | Mazin Qumsiyeh

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This post first appeared on the website of Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor and Director, Palestine Museum of Natural History, Bethlehem University. http://palestinenature.org, http://qumsiyeh.org, http://popular-resistance.com.

Life and death go on in this land where religion has increasingly political structure. Before Zionism, Western Asia (aka the “Middle East”) could potentially move into the modern era and shed anachronistic ideas of going back centuries to find governance models. Liberal trends where on the rise. I remember a time when girls wore whatever they wanted and this caused no discussion and when discussions among adults and children focused on science developments, landing on the moon, whether there is life in other planets, and whether behaviors and intelligence are shaped more by nature or nurture. Now we are in the era of Daesh/Islamic State/Jewish state etc.

Now we see even a war monger like Israel defense minister Yaalon quit and say that Israeli politics is taken over by extremists like Lieberman. But it is not just politics but public discourse. We need to pause and think when a bar bouncer like Lieberman can get automatic citizenship in Palestine (now renamed “Israel”) and rise to become a key minister in a racist apartheid regime and he can get away with calling for crimes against humanity and will soon have the power to do them. We live in an Orwellian world run by pathetic liars and criminals such as Netanyahu, Lieberman, Clinton, and Trump.

We need to pause and think when our discussions are no longer about science and the environment but about a dictator military man who came to power via an illegal coup (Egyptian General Sisi) and a king of the cleptocracy called “Saudi Arabia” are going to modify the already pathetic “Arab Peace Initiative” to gain favor with the US and Israel. Liquidating the Palestinian refugee inalienable rights and agreeing to recognize apartheid becomes a norm here. We need to pause and think when NASA tells us that 2016 will be the hottest year yet (climate change) but the conversation on mainstream and social media is about Kim Kardashian or about a dog that tested positive for illegal drugs! We need to pause and think when the United States dropped 23,000 bombs on people in our part of the world but President Obama has time to make a funny video about looking for a job after his presidency! How can we really start to discuss the real problems and the remedies that will save humanity and our planet from the impending global catastrophe (a nakba)? Perhaps we should just start. May I suggest that we take one evening every week where we gather in small groups around to deal with serious matters that challenge us. Maybe we can reflect on some important writing (like a book on climate change or on sustainability) or think of an approach to redirect resources from conflicts to sustainable coexistence of people and nature (altering our behavior). There are many other things we can discuss with an idea not of a choice between Trump and Clinton but of what OUR RESPONSIBILITIES are (what can I do). We will start here by forming a small group to meet maybe at our museum of Natural history at Bethlehem University (http://palestinenature.org). Do LET US KNOW if you are in Bethlehem area and is interested in the conversation towards action.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director, Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University, Occupied Palestine

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