Update by Mazin Qumsiyeh

By Mazin Qumsiyeh. My short trip to the USA and Canada was encouraging as all 12 talks I gave
were well attended including schools, churches and civic centers. I also
visited museums to get additional ideas and collaborations for continuing
work in our nascent Palestine Museum of Natural History. The Sabeel
Conference in Portland also had 400 people. Much work for peace and justice
is being done everywhere.  I saw that in Victoria, Vancouver, Los Angeles,
Sacramento, Chico, San Francisco, etc. I am especially encouraged by the
growth of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (bdsmovement.net)
around teh world.

Back in Palestine and working on research, teaching and clinical service.
Today (Friday) and tomorrow I plan to take field trips to observe nature
and collect data to add to the research we are doing on biodiversity (I
acquired some new equipment for the work). I would love for those who are
in Palestine to join us and/or get together and plan other collective work
for Palestine (political, cultural, scientific, clinical etc).  For those
outside, you are encouraged to visit us and join in the rewarding work for
progress, for peace, and for justice.

Indian Country Today: On Native Americans and Native Palestinians
(The map of shrinking native lands in the US is one that inspired me and my
son to do the shrinking map of Palestine 13 years ago and that is now a
meme that spread and is used everywhere. Shared with our friend Stan)

Khalil Nakhleh on Oslo replacing liberation with economic neo-colonialism
(this also adds to the weight of evidence that Oslo was catastrophic for
the cause of peace with justice and that is way past time we discard it and
build a model for liberation and justice. Existing factions must take heed
or new factions must be established.)

(A Jewish Magazine starts an investigation and uncovers amazing data)
26 Billion Bucks: The Jewish Charity Industry Uncovered
Part I-  Donors Give More to [Apartheid] Israel Than to Education
(note: the issue is not Jewish charity, the issue is hijacking charity to
serve oppression and ethnic cleansing in the name of Judaism and to promote
exclusivist ideas)