Letter from Palestine

By Mazin Qumsiyeh

Good news: International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands) will take-up Israeli actions in the occupied territories: “The Prosecution has carefully considered the observations of the participants and remains of the view that the Court has jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It respectfully requests Pre-Trial Chamber I to confirm that the “territory” over which the Court may exercise its jurisdiction under article 12(2)(a) comprises the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza.” Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/CR2020_01746.PDFCodepink

Good news 2:  Palestine activists win landmark Supreme Court ruling against UK government. Local pension schemes now able to divest from companies complicit in Israeli occupation, after governmental guidance ruled unlawful https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-solidarity-campaign-won-decisive-supreme-court-ruling-against-uk-government

Bad news: The US continues its genocidal sanctions on Iran even under the Covid-19 crisis. Act if a US citizen to lift the sanctions: https://www.codepink.org/covid19diplomacy

COVID-19: Israel must release Palestinian prisoners in vulnerable situation, say UN experts https://www.ohchr.org/EN/News

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Zoos are closed. Many animals in zoos love the attention they received from visitors. Some zoos are allowing animals to visit each other. This is funny! https://youtu.be/9EVVCMQQEpU

In our institute (palestinenature.org) we have few living animals of various species that we take care of whether chickens for eggs or wild animals for rehabilitation. We have lots of plants including vegetables and fruits supplying staff and volunteers with organic healthy produce. We have fewer humans and we would welcome some local volunteers (internationals cannot come anymore due to travel bans). To see what you gain from volunteering, here is a short video: https://youtu.be/APxvAZh8qrQ
(we welcome you and we can share with you our new projects, publications, productive time etc)

Read also:
Terrorist capabilities laid bare in an Eastern Ghouta chemical lab

Finally a hopeful message from PALESTINE to the world (Covid-19) https://youtu.be/PxQQtRospmw

Stay Human, stay safe, stay active

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor, Founder, and (volunteer) Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History
Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability
Bethlehem University
Occupied Palestine
http://qumsiyeh.org
http://palestinenature.org

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