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Women’s Day, reliable virus info, 42 knees etc. | 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.

It is hard to come up with the right words on International Women’s Day. To my three sisters, my wife, my mom, to all Palestinian women, to all women, especially those in areas of conflict and under occupation, colonization, oppression we say: we must redouble our efforts for freedom and human rights. To the 43 women political prisoners in Israeli jails: we honor you.

Bethlehem is like a ghost town indeed after 19 tested positive for coronavirus (contained in a hotel). People are staying indoors. But there are 250,000 people in this district and life must go on. Positive aspects are making the world realize the trends of going back to 19th-century nationalism and xenophobia will not work. We share a planet and our fates are all connected (climate change, infectious disease, poverty, etc. in one area affect all!)

Here in Bethlehem under siege, we met with health officials, we took precautions as needed but work must go on. I and about half a dozen volunteers are taking care of garden work, feeding animals, going on field trips (Yesterday in Wadi Al-Makhrour, today maybe in Artas), writing research papers, doing clinical cases. Talking about research, we uploaded some new published works that just came out on our website, please take time to review them here: https://www.palestinenature.org/research.

’42 knees in one day’: Israeli snipers open up about shooting Gaza protesters: Over 200 Palestinians were killed and nearly 8,000 were injured during almost two years of weekly protests at the Israel-Gaza border. Israeli army snipers tell their stories. ……Eden: “On that day, our pair had the largest number of hits, 42 in all. My locator wasn’t supposed to shoot, but I gave him a break, because we were getting close to the end of our stint, and he didn’t have knees. In the end you want to leave with the feeling that you did something, that you weren’t a sniper during exercises only. So, after I had a few hits, I suggested to him that we switch. He got around 28 knees there, I’d say.”


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