A letter from Jordan

By Mazin Qumsiyeh*

I am in Jordan  for some work related to the museum (research andadministrative and networking).

Jordanians are very upset.  An Israeli security official at a private apartment building shoots the owner of the building and a 17 year old worker installing furniture and runs off to a hero’s welcome in Tel Aviv.

The two victims? One a muslim, one a christian.One of Palestinian origin (refugee family) and the other a Jordanian lineage. One young, one old. One highly educated (practicing doctor) andone who has not finished school. One friendly to Israel and rents to theirofficials the other more nationalist.

Israeli murderers showed all people in the world repeatedly that they do not distinguish “goyim” from one another. Hopefully some day that killer would be brought back to Jordan toface justice.

Yet, our actions do make a difference. Israeli forces finally complied with Internationally law temporarily by removing the illegal electronic gates and corrals leading to Al-Aqsa compound. Western media ignored the massive popular resistance (non-violent) that made the difference. They also

ignored the cost of our success: 4 murdered Palestinians and hundreds injured (and no support from most governments). There is now mobilization to stop the anti-constitutional AIPAC (Zionist lobby) bill in the USA to punish anyone calling for BDS (boycotts, divestment, sanctions). See http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.803037

We must thus increase our work for human rights and justice. Together we do make a difference. Lighting candles is infinitely better than cursing the dark.


The Palestine Museum of Natural History: A lecture with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeQZe_SWSe0

The recently opened Palestine Museum of Natural History  is more than its collections and its name; it is testimony to the spirit, vision, and courage of the Palestinian people, to their need for ontological security, a sense of order and continuity in their experiences, and hopes for their future.

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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