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Sunday, December 20

Spanish University Boycotts Israel
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The deanship at the Central University of Barcelona (UAB) announced the official boycott of Israel, with the cut of all kinds of communication and relations with the Israeli universities and institutions which are related directly or indirectly to the occupation.

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The university agreed to be a part of the global initiative "places without racism", which included hundreds of municipalities, institutions, universities and organizations in the world.

This achievement, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, comes in the context of the achievements derived by the Boycott movement network (BDS), operating in dozens of European countries and the Americas, Africa and Australia, which has become a real worry for Israel.

In Spain, the BDS movement was formed in 2007, and promotes many activities with regard to the faciliataion of solidarity and awareness. The movement acts effectively against Israeli lobbying through business, cultural and academic sanctions, and has harvested many achievements in these areas.

The Canary Islands adopted the boycott of Israel two weeks ago, during a visit by Ambassador of the State of Palestine in Spain, Kefah Odeh, in celebration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Seville and dozens of other Spanish cities have adopted the boycott movement in support of the Palestinian cause, and the BDS activities.
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Israeli forces shoot 9 university students on Tulkarem campus
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TULKAREM (Ma’an) -- At least 9 Palestinian students were shot and injured on Sunday when clashes broke out with Israeli forces outside a university in the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem.
Clashes erupted after a group of Israeli soldiers deployed at an Israeli military base illegally set up on the campus of Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie, locals told Ma’an.

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Soldiers reportedly advanced towards university buildings where they were confronted by students throwing stones.
Palestinian medical sources at Tulkarem’s public hospital told Ma’an that several students were evacuated in Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances following the clashes.
Four of the victims were hit with live ammunition in their lower extremities and five others were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, medics said, adding that a paramedic was injured by a rubber-coated steel bullet while evacuating students.
Dozens of others suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation, medics added.
An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information on the incident.
Violence on the campus of Palestine Technical University has been near-daily in recent weeks.
Following student-organized marches that started in October to protest Israeli violations and raids onto the university campus, administrators reported that Israeli forces had positioned themselves at a temporary base on university property.
A head administrator of the university, Dirar Elayyan, told Ma’an earlier this month that non-students then began to enter the campus and throw stones at the Israeli base, prompting violent clashes that have severely interrupted normal campus life and left several students seriously injured.
The university reportedly began preparations to build a wall to prevent the entrance of outsiders last month, however Israeli forces stopped the construction and confiscated a bulldozer, assaulting workers, Elayyan said.
Palestinian leadership has recently requested international protection for Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory amid a recent increase in violence, but concrete moves have yet to be made to address the request.
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ISIS- Israeli Secret Intelligence Service?
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By Ludwig Watzal

It's all over town: The British and American intelligence, as 
well as the Mossad, worked together to create ISIS. As a 
rumor goes, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a Jewish 
Mossad agent-actor by the name of  Simon Elliot/Elliot 
Shimon. That would mean that the Western powers are 
fighting against themselves and continue their genocidal war.
Yossi Melman/Dan Raviv referred in their book "Every Spy a 
Prince" (1990) about the Israeli Intelligence Community that 
the Prime Minister's office referred to its subordinate 
organization the Mossad as "Israeli Secret Intelligence 
Service" (ISIS) [1].
How come that Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu said in a 
speech at Tel Aviv University that "ISIS is good for Israel". 
During a visit to the occupied Golan Heights defense minister
 Moshe Ya'alon said that neither ISIS nor al-Nusra front 
poses a threat to the security of Israel. The real aim of ISIS is
 Mecca and Medina. 
According to a secret "Memorandum of Understanding", that 
was published by WikiLeaks there exists a massive 
exchange of intelligence information between the NSA and 
the "Israeli SIGINT National Unit". (SIGNIT= intelligence-
gathering by interception of signals).
The NSA shares sensitive information with Israel on a regular
 basis, including information relating exclusively to American 
citizens. The Israelis can do with this information, what they 
want, as long as they do not violate US law.
"This agreement is not intended to create any legally 
enforceable rights and shall not be construed to be either an
 international agreement or a legally binding instrument 
according to international law." The Israeli side is obliged to 
"destroy upon recognition any communication contained in 
row SIGNIT provided by NSA that is either to or from an 
official of the US government." The NSA did not comment on
 specifics of these regulations.
Again, these documents are an embarrassment to the NSA 
and the American Government. The NSA scandal continues 
unabated and nobody seems to care.

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On Banksy’s Christmas Card Joseph And Mary Can’t Make It To Bethlehem Because of Police State
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Banksy’s classic Christmas card shows a picture of Joseph and Mary crossing the desert on their way to Bethlehem and are blocked by the infamous apartheid wall that separates Israel from Palestine and the West Bank. The card has recently gone viral again because of theholidays, but it is actually a few years old and seems to circulate around this time every year.
The piece first appeared at Santa’s Ghetto exhibit in London in 2005, which followed Banksy’s trip to the middle east.
Regardless of when the image was created, it sends a powerful message about how divided the middle east is on racial and ethnic lines, creating a massive refugee crisis, and widespread ghettos in many parts of the region. This current reality is obviously highlighted by the biblical story of Joseph and Mary, two refugees themselves who were said to travel across those lands thousands of years ago.
When the state of Israel was created instead of integrating the Arab and Jewish cultures together, the ruling class put policies in place that would force the Palestinian people onto unfertile ghettos, separated from water sources and food growing lands by giant walls. The Palestinians were also not given the right to organize, own property, or work, and without these basic freedoms, they remain refugees. Thesepolicies would result in a growing hostility between the two groups which eventually flared up in physical violence. This violence has spreadall throughout the oil-rich Middle East and has allowed the western establishment to have a permanent involvement in the region’s affairs, just as they planned.
The Palestinians have been tossed out into the wilderness, displaced from their homes and most of them are only asking for the ability towork, trade and own property. To be given this freedom would prevent them from being displaced again and would establish a proper economy so the Palestinian people can have a fighting chance to become a thriving society. The American government, which is also a banker backed colony, used these same policies to wipe out the native people that inhabited North America. The Native Americans were also treated as exiles on their own land and were pushed further and further away from their homes until the only places left for them were small reservations that were mostly in the desert.

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John Vibes is an author and researcher who organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference. He also has a publishing company where he offers a censorship free platform for both fiction and non-fiction writers. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can purchase his books, or get your own book published at his websitewww.JohnVibes.com
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2015-->2016 Palestine
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Throughout 2015 we shared with you general news and action items weekly. As 2015 comes to a close, we wanted to share with you our successes in 2015 and our new year resolutions for 2016 as well as our wishes for you.

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As you know the biggest project for us in 2015 was the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University. This was the first full year of actual operation and we published many research papers and two chapters in books (and one of my books came out in German), we held a science festival, we had over 3000 visitors, gave talks in Palestine and in five other countries that reached thousands more (our email list is now tens of thousands), built our infrastructure (aviary, a greenhouse, an animal room, new asphalt pavement for driveway and parking, beginnings of a botanical garden, bee keeping, animal room etc.), we hired two team members (one for outside and one for inside), we contracted a management consultant, we applied for funding (to supplement the start up funds we contributed) and received significant donations in money and in-kind, and we added over 2000 specimens and objects to our collection (for research and exhibit) through field work and through networking (see also http://www.palestinenature.org/achievements-first-year/). Of course we continue to suffer locally and watch suffering globally and we even lost friends and colleagues. But the best preventive cure for despair is action and we continue to act.

Our plans for 2016 are even more ambitious and we intend to redouble our efforts and expand (with volunteer and student help). I, with help of my graduate students and guest lecturers will be teaching five courses this spring: in biodiversity (at Birzeit University), in eco-tourism and molecular biology (at Bethlehem University), and in research methodology and in conflict resolutions and peacemaking (at Bethlehem Bible College).  My own plans are also to get the two books I have been holding backs finally edited and submitted for publications.Our plans are to have an actual opening of the museum with exhibit rooms and the botanical garden. Our plans also include doing and publishing new research (on clinical areas like cancer and spontaneous abortion, on genotoxicity of Israeli weapons, on decline of biodiversity, on reptilian biodiversity, on birds, on snails, and much more). Our plans are to do further research and development on permaculture and aquaculture and transfer this knowledge to farmers and potential farmers (even those with only a balcony can do something). We have many volunteers without whom this would not be possible. But we need many more supporters (time, resources, donations etc.) to get to our goals faster and with less pain. So please visit these links to see where you fit
Donations: http://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/
Many other ways o volunteer and help: http://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/
and we went ahead and put our video encouraging volunteering on the first or homepage of http://palestinenature.org

Our 2016 New Year resolutions:
We will strive to respect ourselves more, respect others more, respect nature more
We will strive to especially respect women, children, elderly people and handicapped
We will strive to minimize own environmental foot print (reduce, recycle, repair)
We will strive to “think globally and act locally”
We will strive to reaffirm the humanity of all people regardless of their religion or ideology
We will not hate or denigrate anyone but merely challenge oppression
We will refuse to let those who occupy us physically occupy our mind
We will refuse to give satisfaction to those who oppress us by having our obedience
We will strive to love all humans even we do not love or obey their violent actions
We will strive to respect all humans even as we resist the actions of greedy minority
We will strive to honor all lives lost and not just those of the privileged few
We will thus strive to pay more attention to the thousands suffering and dying globally
We will strive to give of ourselves more to help those in need
We will grow more of our own foods
We will work harder for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions) 
We will work harder for ODS (one democratic state)
We will redouble our efforts not only to challenge injustice & war but for justice & peace
We will “comfort the afflicted” and make the privileged greedy a little less comfortable 
We will thus redouble our efforts to build even in the middle of horrors *
We will strive to improve ourselves to achieve at least 20% more this year than last
We will use words like “I love you” and “I appreciate you” and “I thank you” more
We will think more positive thoughts and translate them to positive words and positive actions
We will strive to have more “joyful participation in the sorrows of this world”

* our own little projects of a museum of natural history and an institute of biodiversity and sustainability in Palestine is one such example; there are hundreds more

With utmost love and respect and thanks to all colleagues, friends, and supporters of peace with justice. Have a Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all who celebrate this or other holidays this season. May 2016 be better for all of us especially those most in need or suffering around the world.

Stay human and come visit us in occupied Palestine.

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University (also Birzeit and BBC)
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org
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ISRAEL CAUGHT HARVESTING PALESTINIAN ORGANS AGAIN
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The body of 22-year-old Mohammad Shamasneh from 
Jerusalem, was returned to his family with missing 
eye cornea's. He was tortured to death by a mob of 
terrorist Israeli settlers in mid-October, who had 
tied him down and beat him to death in the streets of 
Jerusalem. The settlers were not arrested or punished. 
By Ariyana Love
The Palestinian Ambassador to the United States (UN) announced in October, through a report, that Israel is once again harvesting the organs of it’s Palestinian victims, killed by the occupation soldiers or by terrorist Israeli settlers.
Riyad Mansour said in a letter addressed to UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon November 4th that the bodies of Palestinians are “returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”
“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs.”
He also pleaded concerns of Israel’s brutal “persistent aggression against the Palestinian people” over the past month and the Israeli Ministry’s “insistence on use of violent force and oppressive measures.”

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 Israel’s History of Organ Theft

Organ theft by the Israeli Zionist regime first came to light in a 2009 report by Sweden’s most highly-circulated daily news, Aftonbladet, in an article titled “Our Sons Are Plundered of Their Organs”
After being exposed to the public, the head of Israel’s Abu Kabir forensic institute, Jehuda Hiss, had admitted to harvesting organs in 2010, stating that they are no longer committing this criminal act. And in 2013, Israel agreed to return the stolen organs of dead Palestinians.
The New York Times said in an August 2014 report that transplant brokers in Israel have pocketed enormous sums of money. If this was an isolated incident, involving the occupied victims of Palestine, that would be one thing. But Israel’s organ harvesting extends outside of Palestine and on a global scale.
44 of the filthiest criminals were arrested in 2009, including three U.S. city mayors and two state legislators along with rabbi’s in New Jersey. Bribery, money laundering and organ trafficking was all linked back to Israel. The money and organs were laundered throughIsrael. In the court testimony from one of the rabbi’s, he was quoted as saying this was “payback for the holocaust.”
It took the FBI 10 years to bust this organ trafficking ring and it’s the biggest bust of it’s kind in world history. Why did it take the FBI 10 years to bust this ring? Why is Press TV the only news agency to write an article about Mansour’s recent report to the UN? And why am I only the second journalist who found this news worthy?

New Israeli policy, withholding the bodies of Palestinians killed

The 28 Palestinian bodies were being held at the Abu Kabir Forensic institute in Tel Aviv, in October. This is the exact same Forensic institute where the Israeli doctor harvested organs and body parts from Palestinian bodies without seeking permission from their families and was caught for it in 2009.
Salwa Hammad, from the Palestinian national campaign to retrieve martyrs, said that a letter was sent to the Israeli military governor in the Bet Il settlement north of Ramallah to release the bodies of the Palestinians killed in October, but received no response. It was estimated at that time that Israel is withholding 268 bodies. The bodies include Iraqi, Jordanian and Moroccan fighters.
These Zionist war crimes are torturous for the family of the martyred victims. It’s customary in Islam for a burial ceremony to be performed within 24 hours after death. The ritual is accompanied by washing and dressing the body in customary cloth and saying loving prayers for his or her soul’s redemption and transition from this world. The burial ritual is also therapeutic in helping the living relatives cope with the reality of a departed loved one.
In some cases, Israeli authorities summon the families to identify the bodies of their sons or daughters, and are told that this is the last time they will see them. The bodies are usually stripped of clothes on the scene and placed in black body bags, as reported byMiddle East Eye.
Sometimes the bodies of victims are returned in the middle of the night and armed soldiers force the family to bury the loved one immediately, at gun point and in the dark.
To profit from another human beings organs, is a criminal act so vile that most people cannot conceive that it could really be happening, especially when mainstream media will not report it.
I have a mission to bring a voice to, and put a face on, the reality of the suffering of the citizens of the Middle East. Not what you see on The Mainstream Media, or what is heralded by Western Governments, but reality as reported by journalists who live and see this deadly injustice daily. Tune in for Middle East Rising live broadcasting via The Liberty Beacon Radio network, brought to you by The Liberty Beacon project. The truth must be told! Follow me at Twitter: @wbgazafree & @mideastrising
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Monday, November 30

URGENT APPEAL - Lets keep the momentum going - Will You Help Keep The Window To Palestine Open
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It was the summer of 1996 and we started this blog, we always thought of getting a domain name but never got around to it because we always felt that we would loose the ranking we had on the internet. We have covered all the happenings to the best we could through the years and have expanded ourselves with not only this blog but throughout social media reaching tens of thousands daily on our face book and twitter accounts and else where through out the web. We are the Window that people look into to for all the news, opinions and perspectives from many great sources and writers to those on the front lines in Palestine.

Many hours a week go into this from our dedicated members of this blog from our small room that fills up with our volunteers that blog and tweet away to different areas of the globe where we have concerned citizens who do the same, we try and offer at all times a little token of our appreciation and provide small gifts and financial compensation for the assistance that keeps us going along with providing a little something for writers.

We have a lot of ideas that we are trying to save for to make these ideas a reality.
- video project
- a book about Palestine and the Canadian Perspective
as well as maintain ourselves with better computers and hardware that will allow us to do what we do better and faster.

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President Obama, recognize Palestine now!
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"Where many are grasping at straws for new strategies to compensate for so many past diplomatic failures, the only real strategy left is the realization of the state of Palestine on the ground. This is the missing link to get negotiations back on track and to give Palestinians hope for the future, not to mention saving the two-state solution from total collapse. U.S. recognition of Palestine would be the first concrete political step that would open the way to an entirely new dynamic upon which the end game would no longer be an unknown, allowing all stakeholders to focus on state building instead of ideological debate."

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By Sam Bahour, Geoffrey Lewis and Nomika Zion
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Wednesday, November 18

Pro-Palestinian activists defy new ban on BDS across France
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The popular Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel was declared illegal in France, making it a crime to call for a boycott of Israeli goods. But B-D-S campaigners have taken to the streets in defiance, arguing that the move is in contradiction with France's policy of valuing freedom of speech. As a result, French police have failed to enforce the new ban. From Paris, Press TV's Ramin Mazaheri explains.












Watch The Video: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/11/08/436727/Palestine-new-ban-BDS-France


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Support “Free All political prisoners” campaign
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Dear Friends
The 2016 “Colors from Palestine” calendar is a fundraiser for the “Free All political prisoners” campaign and it feature 12 Palestinian political posters spanning over 50 years.

The calendar is a great gift for family and friends and we offer discount on bulk orders, call us for more details. To view and buy the “Colors from Palestine” 2016 calendar, please click on the following link:  http://resistanceart.com/2016_Front_Back_Covers.htm

The calendar makes a great item for group fundraising, and we offer special discount for groups and organization who wish to use the calendar as fundraising item. To find out more please email your request to: cathy@resistanceart.com or call 416-890-2331


Please forward this email to your contacts,
Thank you for your support

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Saturday, November 14

A few young (or young at heart) activists
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"Woe to those who builds a city by bloodshed, and establish a town by wickedness!...Hear, O tribe and city council, You whose rich men are full of violence, whose inhabitants speak falsehood with deceitful tongues in their heads! Am I to bear any longer criminal hoarding .... Rather I will begin to strike you with devastation because of your sins….Therefore I will deliver you up to ruin,  and your citizens to derision; and you shall bear the reproach of the nations."(Old Testament/Torah, Micah)

Needed: A few young (or young at heart) activists or aspiring activists interested in working with others in team spirit (in Palestine OR helping us from abroad). You can help in many areas including liberating minds and bodies, education, culture, art, nature, environment, agriculture and more. 

Send us an email with your background and interests to info@palestinenature.org
For Palestinian students and graduates in all disciplines: If you are interested in helping Palestine and advancing your career at the same time, also email us. Donations are also welcome via http://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/

Humans and other living creatures continue to suffer in the "Holy Land" because of Zionism. Since October 1st, 80 Palestinians (17 children) and 9 Israelis were killed (two of these Israelis killed by fellow Israelis mistaking them for Palestinians).  Tear gas is devastating our nascent botanical garden (intended as a green area in Bethlehem) by driving away birds and other living creatures or outright killing them (a dove that was dead in the parking lot with no obvious injuries).  For how much longer will people remain unemployed and the economy paralyzed by Israeli policies? For how long will we continue to have students who cannot pay their tuition and sick people in Gaza dying for lack of medical care? For how long will hundreds of young Palestinians (including dozens of children) remain in "administrative detention" in Israeli gulags (no trial, no charges)?  For how much longer will seven million refugees be denied their basic right to return to their homes and lands? Is it then any surprise that 20-25 year old young women and men are desperate enough to sacrifice their lives by approaching Israeli occupation soldiers with a knife?  I wish Israelis would finally see the folly of continuing to deny millions of Palestinians their basic human rights like freedom and living in dignity on their own land. I wish western governments would see that they are enabling a disaster to happen here that will spare no one by continuing to support apartheid (e.g. US congress bowing to Israel's lobby just passed a resolution condemning the victims and supporting the oppressors).  When will people see that racism and apartheid has no future in the 21st century? We continue building and struggling but we need your help. We are in the live picking season and the spirit of the olive tree is strong. Its smell and its strength give us hope. Please visit and join us in Palestine.

5 Reasons Why I’m A Christian Who Stopped Supporting Israel
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/formerlyfundie/5-reasons-why-im-a-christian-who-stopped-supporting-israel/

Irish Academics commitment to BDS: “Responding to the appeal from Palestinian civil society, we therefore declare that we will not accept invitations to visit Israeli academic institutions; act as referees in any of their processes; participate in conferences funded, organised or sponsored by them, or otherwise co-operate with them.

We will, however, continue to work with our Israeli colleagues in their individual capacities and at the same time put in place strategies of political and practical support for Palestinian universities, academics and students.” http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/academics-and-israel-1.2415778

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org

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Hate cannot drive out hate
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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" Martin Luther King Jr.

Note: There is a new round of applications available for the Master program in Environmental Biology at Birzeit University http://registration.birzeit.edu/ar/admission/MA

My reflections on the catastrophic violence in France, Syria, and Lebanon remain the same as reflections on other violence originating from the swamp created by Sykes-Picot and company in 1916. Western government support of Zionist and Wahhabi Saud ideologies of violence and dictatorships remain the biggest obstacle to peace, democracy, and human rights. As I wrote in September "We still cry, we still mourn, but we must still act. It is not enough to tell the callous western leaders 'we told you so'. They still make horrible catastrophes. Please act to stop them."

September Reflections by Mazin Qumsiyeh
http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2015/09/black-september-reflectios.html

US Union support of Palestinian Rights could be a game-changer http://www.truthdig.com/report/page2/us_union_support_for_palestinian_rights_could_be_a_game_changer_20151105

21 disguised Israeli soldiers invade hospital:  Israeli agents with fake beards and disguises storm a hospital in occupied Palestine and killed one young person and kidnapped his injured cousin  (this is contrary to International law and even to agreements that Israeli leaders signed; ie. Oslo accords). When will Palestinian authority stop being a Vichy government and defend its people?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZJtFm8uZAI
[Within 24 hours, a Palestinian "avenged" this crime by killing two Israeli colonial settlers near Hebron]

Ubud Writers and Readers Festival photo album J http://www.flickr.com/photos/ubudwritersfest

The First Question to Ask After Any Terror Attack: Was It a False Flag?
Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article43407.htm

We still welcome you in Palestine where we also live, teach, do research, work, play, eat, and live an otherwise normal life (outside of the incidents mentioned associated with apartheid and colonialism). And yes, we spread and teach love despite the pain of terror that has inflicted us for seven decades.

Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
PMNH, Bethlehem University
http://palestinenature.org

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