Palestine Action for the Planet

Palestine Action for the Planet

Philosophy/goals

Our Goal is to achieve Sustainable Human Communities and Sustainable Natural Communities. Why? 

  1. Nature provides us with health physical (food, adaptation, developing our immune system, clean air) and psychological (documented importance of plants and natural environment important for development of children and adults)
  2. Economic sustainability (with environmental sustainability as well)
  3. For future generations we need conservation (we inherited a beautiful planet we should guard it)
  4. Aesthetic value
  5. Morality/ethics
  6. Justice (to humans and living things). This is also part of popular resistance.
  7. Many other reasons

We agreed to develop a network called Palestine Action for the Planet (PAP) whose idea is to “Think Globally, Act locally” and “Work locally, Achieve Globally” in areas of environmental conservation. This is not a new organization or NGO but is intended to be an informal group of like-minded people representing all organizations and individuals concerned for the future of our planet. We also agreed to approach and be part of other groups on the ground locally (like PENGON) and globally (like Extinction Rebellion – ER). Individuals were assigned tasks to do (e.g. Zena will contact to join ER)

The first ten issues that PAP will take-up: 

  1. Challenge Zionist colonialist and imperialist actions locally and globally while promoting indigenous people with sustainable communities on the ground (indigenous/native people can protect their areas).
  2. Maximize the usage of traditions and cultural heritage (it’s more eco-friendly and more effective)
  3. Use and develop alternative energy to fossil fuels (e.g. walking, cycling, biogas, solar energy) 
  4. Reduce and then eliminate all plastic usage
  5. Reduce solid wastes and increase/intensify programs for recycling, reusing, and upcycling (including composting organic waste).
  6. Increase forestation (with native trees) and decrease burnings and cutting of trees
  7. Decrease and move towards eliminating all packaging (e.g. use baskets for shopping, recycled bags made from used clothes to sell dresses etc)
  8. Proper and conservative use of water and move towards eliminating liquid waste
  9. Deal with human over-population (including family counseling,)
  10. Reduce/eliminate meat consumption (vegetarian diets are healthier)

Agencies: 

  1. Universities: include above mentioned issues within curricula and graduation projects, we will meet with universities presidents to raise these issues up, encourage university students, staff, and faculty to take action (e.g.: start a plastic removal campaign in Bethlehem University)
  2. Schools: e.g.: work with environmental clubs at schools 
  3. Local Governments: meet with local municipalities to enforce local laws? (e.g.: shopping with reusable bags, reduce wastes –discuss waste dump in Bethlehem and Hebron area)
  4. National government: meet with relevant bodies (e.g. Ministry of Education)
  5. Media campaigns: use social media, TV shows, Radios etc.
  6. Networking globally and locally: approach all relevant NGOs and parties to be part of PAP

Meeting biweekly. For information email info@palestinenature.org tel 02-2773553

Palestine Action

A group of 18 concerned global citizens representing several countries plus Palestine (including Bethlehem & Al-Quds Universities) met on short notice (emergency) Saturday 24 August 2019 to decide what our local and global response should be regarding the fast paced environmental Nakba (catastrophe) that is engulfing our planet including fires in the Amazon & many countries run by politicians driven by greed and unconcerned for human values or the environment. A brief outline of the problems (5 minutes) from Prof. Qumsiyeh was followed by a very fruitful discussion with concrete outcomes over nearly 2 hours.

Philosophy/goals

Our Goal is to achieve Sustainable Human Communities and Sustainable Natural Communities. Why? 

1- Nature provides us with health: physical (food, adaptation, developing our immune system, clean air) and psychological (documented importance of plants and natural environment important for development of children and adults)

2- Economic sustainability (with environmental sustainability as well)

3- For future generations we need conservation (we inherited a beautiful planet we should guard it)

4-  Aesthetic value

5-  Morality/ethics

6- Justice (to humans and living things). This is also part of popular resistance.

7-  Many other reasons

We agreed to develop a network called Palestine Action for the Planet (PAP) whose idea is to “Think Globally, Act locally” and “Work locally, Achieve Globally” in areas of environmental conservation. This is not a new organization or NGO but is intended to be an informal group of like-minded people representing all organizations and individuals concerned for the future of our planet. We also agreed to approach and be part of other groups on the ground locally (like PENGON) and globally (like Extinction Rebellion – ER). Individuals were assigned tasks to do (e.g. Zena will contact to join ER)

The first ten issues that PAP will take-up: 

1- Challenge Zionist, colonialist ,and imperialist actions locally and globally while promoting indigenous people with sustainable communities on the ground (native people can protect their areas).

2-  Maximize the usage of traditions and cultural heritage (it’s more eco-friendly and more effective)

3- Use and develop alternative energy to fossil fuels (e.g. walking, cycling, biogas, solar energy) 

4-  Reduce and then eliminate all plastic usage

5-  Reduce solid wastes and increase/intensify programs for recycling, reusing, and upcycling (including composting organic waste).

6-  Increase forestation (with native trees) and decrease burnings and cutting of trees

7-  Decrease and move towards eliminating all packaging (e.g. use baskets for shopping, recycled bags made from used clothes to sell dresses etc)

8-  Proper and conservative use of water and move towards eliminating liquid waste

9- Deal with human over-population (including family counseling) 

10- Reduce/eliminate meat consumption (vegetarian diets are healthier) and enhance food security (e.g. via permaculture)

Agencies: 

1-  Universities: include above mentioned issues within curricula and graduation projects, we will meet with universities presidents to raise these issues up, encourage university students, staff, and faculty to take action (e.g.: start a plastic removal campaign in Bethlehem University)

2- Schools: e.g.: work with environmental clubs at schools 

3- Local Governments: meet with local municipalities to enforce local laws? (e.g.: shopping with reusable bags, reduce wastes –discuss waste dump in Bethlehem and Hebron area)

4-  National government: meet with relevant bodies (e.g. Ministry of Education)

5-  Media campaigns: use social media, TV shows, Radios etc.

6-  Networking globally and locally: approach all relevant NGOs and parties to be part of PAP

دعوة افتتاح

Cultural Heritage Project

Palestine’s rich human and natural history is due to geography and geology. That is why it is a key part of the Fertile Crescent where humans first developed agriculture. Traditional agriculture was sustainable as Palestinian ancestors (Canaanites) managed to cultivate an enormous variety of plants from wheat, barley, lentils, chickpeas, hawthorn, carobs, pistacia, and olives depending mostly on rainfall (Baal agriculture). But they also developed terracing and irrigation systems that were amazingly resilient with some functioning terraces and dykes used for the past 5000 years. Associated with all these were cultural heritage that is remarkable and unique.

The Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability and the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University (PalestineNature.org) in partnership with Masar Ibrahim is launching a project that focuses on innovative ways for the protection and preservation of specific forms of the Palestinian cultural heritage: those related to the natural history and agriculture of Palestine. Project Coordinator, project co-coordinator and six researchers (two in northern, two in middle and two in southern West Bank) have started working hard to collect specific forms of cultural heritage including: a) tangible assets like tools, implements, traditional bee hives, farming equipment, native seeds, farmer’s cloths, old books and ledgers, heirloom seeds of plant varieties, artistic objects made from plants and animal products among others; and b) intangible assets like knowledge and practices connected to the land, stories, anecdotes, proverbs, and life practices relating to land, nature and agriculture. Both tangible and intangible cultural heritage of this type is under threat (threats discussed below). We will research, educate about and also create a section in our nascent Palestine Museum of Natural History that will includes sociology of village life, and the traditional cultural expression (tangible and intangible heritage related to agriculture and nature).

This project is funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It has strong support in the local population (including Ministry of Tourism). The population is struggling to protect this indispensable heritage due to the ongoing occupation activities such as removal from the land, increased refugee population, gentrification, and deterioration of the natural environment.

There is now a dedicated website to receive input and search fpor intangible cultural heritage: http://turathna.palestinenature.org and there is an opening of the physical exhibit on 30 April at 10 AM – Noon and we cordially invite you:

We welcome support: time, money, in-kind donations (e.g. of old heritage items), ideas, books, old literature etc are most welcome. email us at info@palestinenature.org

Exploring Mammals

An explorer grant from National Geographic is allowing researchers at the Palestine Museum of Natural History at Bethlehem University to collect unique data on mammals in a World Heritage Site. Al-Makhrour Valley in South Jerusalem hills of Palestine was globally recognized for its unique topography and ancient agricultural practices including water-distribution systems and stone terraces in use for thousands of years. A project funded by National Geographic and with additional support from the Darwin Initiative seeks to study the unique fauna and flora and ensure sustainability of both human and other living communities in this spectacular valley. The initial work is already producing good results. For example, using an echolocation devise, we surveyed the bat fauna of the valley and already recorded ten known and two unknown species (representing one fruit bat and 11 insectivorous bats). Of the ten identified species so far, some are rather rare (e.g. Taphozous perfratus) or recorded for the first time (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in the occupied Palestinian territories. We also used camera traps and recorded larger mammals including gazelles, hyenas, foxes, jackals, hyrax, and wild cats.  The data being collected by our team of researchers in this very special valley will be analyzed and used in education campaigns for the local Palestinian communities bordering the valley as we also stimulate local economy through plans for ecotourism and maintenance of traditional agricultural practices.

Accomplishments and call for support

Colleagues:
We did a lot of service to our people and our environment with your support and the support of many local and international volunteers last year. For a link to our annua;l report for 2017, please click to download this PIBS_PMNH ANNUAL REPORT 2017  . We are so proud of these accomplishments and think we can do even better in 2018 WITH YOUR SUPPORT. We are calling for  donors (of money or in kind donations), volunteers, and activists.

To volunteer https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/
To donate https://www.palestinenature.org/donations

Accomplishments

Research: Serving Palestine and the scientific community, we published over 25 research papers in three years in areas ranging from genotoxicity to biodiversity of various groups of animals (ranging from scorpions, snails, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals), to museology (museum science), to environmental justice issues, to environmental education. This is applied and collaborative research that helps accomplish our other goals of education and conservation and elevates Palestine’s name in international scientific standing. See this short video on activities in research and other areas https://youtu.be/BPhFLOsEIM0 and for a sampling of research papers, see https://www.palestinenature.org/research/

Palestine Sunbird photo taken by Dr. Anton Khalilieh

Education: We hosted dozens of schools, did workshops educating our youth on areas like reducing waste, recycling, composting, respecting nature, biodiversity, critical thinking, science, anthropology, ecotourism, and more.  We also worked with university students and faculty not just at our own Bethlehem University but also at other universities in Palestine and abroad. You can see our education table and display board down below. We also held workshops ranging from taxidermy to math in nature to recycling. We are working on establishing a new interdisciplinary bachelor degree in under the auspices of the Faculty of Science and Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University. Mentored graduate and undergraduate students at Bethlehem University and three other Palestinian universities (PPU, HU, BZU) on senior thesis and graduate research. Many won top awards (for example students in architecture at PPU for design of new PMNH building). See this video on educational program https://youtu.be/AZOoOzXU7tQ  (Arabic and English)

Conservation and sustainability: We built new models of sustainability including in composting, aquaponics, biogas, rain harvesting, solar energy (covering all our needs and more), organic gardening, solar electricity, and more. We transferred knowledge to farmers and agriculture engineers, for example 12 who came from Gaza and learned aquaponics. We worked with Environmental Quality Authority to create a management plan for Wadi Al-Quff protected area and are working now on a similar plan for Wadi Al-Zarqa al-Ulwi near Salfit. The Environmental Impact Unit of PIBS did consulting work with a number of local and international institutions on issues of conservation and education.

Community Service: We worked closely with three local universities, five governmental agencies (e.g. Environmental Quality Authority, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education), private schools, and four Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs). For many of those we signed official memoranda of understanding (MOUs) and for others worked via official letters. Served the community in many other ways like working with school environmental clubs, donating labor, material and supplies, planting trees, helping farmers etc. Over two dozen joint projects were implemented including supervising student work at universities, helping on conservation projects, helping local farmers, planting trees in dangerous areas near Israeli built walls and settlements, harvesting olives with farmers, local school education.  We had more than 3150 visitors and community beneficiaries in the last six months.

Other: Built an international network of supporters with over 30,000 who now receive weekly emails relating to issues of environment (including environmental justice), life in Palestine and more. We received over 200 international volunteers and over 1500 international visitors since founding the museum and PIBS (since 2014).

Video on volunteering with us https://youtu.be/APxvAZh8qrQ

According to scholar.google.com Professor Qumsiyeh’s scientific publications received 4507 citations, 1335 citations since 2012 (as of 23/11/2017)
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8JCE0usAAAAJ&hl=en

According to another database ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net ) the citations for 141 publications as of 23/11/2017 reached 4345 citations.

Prof. Qumsiyeh (Volunteer Director) has also a significant popular impact. He has an email list of >48,000 followers. A simple google search for ‘Mazin Qumsiyeh’ yields 211,000 hits and for the ‘Palestine Museum of Natural History’ (founded and directed without compensation by Prof. and Mrs. Qumsiyeh since 2014) yields 626,000 hits.

We love you and we NEED YOU!!

To volunteer https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/

To donate https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/donate/

We thank you and wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and productive holiday season!

Six months accomplishments

The last six months’ accomplishments for the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) at Bethlehem University: Remarkable growth in areas of research, education, and conservation with limited material and human resources (volunteers, students, and very few employees).

1-Introduced new modules of sustainability education such as biogas, food forest, and composting

2-Installation and operation of solar panels

3-Published seven scientific papers and eight other articles (bringing much visibility to Bethlehem University). See partial listing below.

4-Worked on establishing the educational component of the PIBS (new bachelor degree in Sustainability at BU)

5-The Environmental Impact Unit of PIBS did consulting work with a number of local and international institutions on issues of conservation and education.

6-Carried out two trips to network and raise some funds (raised roughly $20,000 in US trip and 4000 in UK trip), other donations received including commitment to fund part of our new green museum and institute buildingfrom the Munib R Masri Family Foundation ($400,000 from $1 million need)

7-Submitted six grant proposals/funding requests and received three (two pending)!

8-Signed memoranda of understanding with two universities and two NGOs and helped with MOU between BU and Silk Road initiative (all need follow-up)

9-Represented BU on meeting at Ministry of Education on Horizon2020 and on the Higher Council for Innovation and Excellence among others

10-Mentored graduate and undergraduate students at Bethlehem University and three other Palestinian universities (PPU, HU, BZU) on senior thesis and graduate research. Many won top awards (for example students in architecture at PPU for design of new PMNH building).

11-Served the community in many other ways like working with school environmental clubs, donating labor, material and supplies, planting trees, helping farmers etc. Also building a famly of people working together built life-long friendships of volunteers and interns (e.g. our gathering for a memorial for our departed friend Qavi was very special)

12-Professor Qumsiyeh traveled to two countries (USA and UK) and gave over 55 talks at key institutions (Smithsonian, Houston Natural Science Museum, Oxford U, Leeds U, Warwick U), churches, and community centers with over 1200 individuals benefitting.

13-More than 3150 visitors and beneficiaries in those six months:

-Hosted 12 school delegations from 11 Palestinian communities with over 500 students attending
-Hosted 15 other local and regional delegations (professors, common people etc) with over 350 attending
-Hosted 17 International delegations from over 24 countries with over 550 individual
-Attended 11 workshops and conventions networking with at least 120 individuals
-Carried out 8 workshops for schools and communities in the Salfit region benefitting over 400 people
-Hosted 8 interns and over 35 volunteers  (local and international)

We can do a lot more with your support.
To volunteer https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/
To donate https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/donate/
To learn more via short videos:
https://youtu.be/BPhFLOsEIM0 (general video)
https://youtu.be/APxvAZh8qrQ (on volunteering)
https://youtu.be/AZOoOzXU7tQ (on our educational program)

Recent Publications (partial list)

Qumsiyeh, MB amd EN Handal. Beauty in (bio)diversity. This week in Palestineisse 232, August, pp.84-86

Qumsiyeh, MB Animal Biodiversity in Palestine. Bethlehem University Magazine, 25(1):12.

Qumsiyeh, MB. 2017. Nature and Resistance in Palestine. Active Arab Voices

Handal, Elias N. 2017. First record of Deroplax silphoides from the West Bank – Palestine. Entomologia Hellenica 26 (2017): 13-16

Abusarhan, M, ZS Amr, M Ghattas, EN Handal and MB  Qumsiyeh. 2017. Grasshoppers and Locusts (Orthoptera: Caelifera) from the Palestinian Territories at the Palestine Museum of Natural History. Zoology and Ecology

Abualia, K, R. Saeed, and M.B. Qumsiyeh. 2017. Environmental education and awareness for behavioral change in a developing country under the stresses of occupation. Pacific Ecologist. In press

Kilani A, K. Abualia, and MB Qumsiyeh. 2017. Incidence and types of chromosome abnormalities in a cohort of leukemic patients in the occupied Palestinian Territories. Submitted

Qumsiyeh. MB and Amr, ZS. 2017. Protected Areas in the Occupied Palestine Territories. Jordan Journal of Natural History, Vol 3, In press

Qumsiyeh, M.B. 2017. Fauna of Wadi Al-Quf: Invertebrates. Jordan Journal of Natural History, Volume 3, In Press

Qumsiyeh, M.B. 2017.Fauna of Wadi Al-Quf: Amphibians, Reptiles and Mammals. Jordan Journal of Natural History, Volume 3, In Press

Khalilieh, A. 2017.Fauna of Wadi Al-Quf: Birds. Jordan Journal of Natural History, Volume 3, In Press

Sawalha, Samir S., Asad Ramlawi, Ramzi M. Sansur, Ibrahim Mohammad Salem, and Zuhair S. Amr. 2017. Diversity, ecology, and seasonality of sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) of the Jenin District (Palestinian Territories). Journal of Vector Ecology 42 (1): 120-129

Qumsiyeh, Mazin, Anton Khalilieh, Issa Musa Albaradeiya, and Banan Al-Shaikh 2017. Biodiversity Of Wadi Al-Quf Area, Occupied Palestinian Territories: Challenges And Opportunities. Jordan Journal of Natural History, Volume 3, In Press

Qumsiyeh, MB and EN Handal. Revisiting adaptive nature of chromosome evolution in placental mammals. Cytologia

Qumsiyeh, MB 2017. Nature museums and botanical gardens for environmental conservation in developing countries. Bioscience

Qumsiyeh, MB and Amr, ZS. 2017. Protected Areas in the Occupied Palestine Territories. Jordan Journal of Natural History, Vol 3, In press

Qumsiyeh, MB, E Handal, J Chang, K Abualia, M Najajreh, M Abusarhan 2017. Role of museums and botanical gardens in ecosystem services in developing countries: Case study and outlook. Intl J Env Studies. 74(2): 340-350.

Adawi, S.H., Qasem, K.R., Zawahra, M.M. and Handal, E.N., 2017. On some Records of Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata: Anisoptera) from the West Bank (Palestine). Jordan Journal of Biological Sciences (JJBS), 151.

Opening

From Brother Peter (Vice Chancelor): “Congratulations on the opening ceremony on Wednesday. I thought the whole event went very well. There was a relaxed atmosphere during which some important issues were addressed and visitors had the opportunity to see that, as I said, it was more than an opening, rather a celebration of what you have achieved since 2014. I think it achieved the goal of alerting people to what the museum has done and is doing and several people I spoke to were in awe of what you and your team and volunteers have accomplished. Many spoke to me about how impressed they were with the way the volunteers engaged with them and the ease with which they were able to speak about what they were responsible for. It is a credit to your commitment and vision that you and Jessie have been able to entice so many people to become involved in this project which has such potential to educate people to the wonder of the natural environment and engage these people in the protection of that environment here in Palestine. I think you should be very pleased with the way people responded to what you made available to them and very proud of the people with whom you have worked.”

Here is a video of the opening

2016 Christmas Message

Holiday message from PMNH-BU

Endangered Bethlehem Star Flower at PMNH
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The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University wish you a great holiday season and wishing you and yours a wonderful new year. May 2017 be a year of progress towards peace and sustainability for our planet. Thanks to your partnership and donations, we had a tremendous success in 2016 fulfilling its mission to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world, culture and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible human interactions with our environment.  We are now going to a higher level and ask you for your donations and support in kind and volunteerism so please watch the short film of our activities here https://youtu.be/BPhFLOsEIM0 and share it then visit this link to donate: https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/ and this link to volunteer https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/.

With your support, we did a lot already:

a) Published two dozen papers in areas ranging from taxonomic studies to biodiversity to environmental pollution to museology (see https://www.palestinenature.org/research/ ).
b) Held workshops and other educational events that benefitted over 3,000 individuals.
c) Developed webpage (palestinenature.org) and social media accounts and reached out via the internet to tens of thousands of people
d) Established mobile conservation projects in remote and underprivileged communities.
e) Improved science education at both school and university level benefitting hundreds of students via hands-on workshops and creation of environmental clubs.
f) Developed an environmental impact assessment (EIA) unit and contributed to a management plan for the first OPT protected area.
g) Provided consultancy services to the nascent Palestinian governmental agencies (e.g. Ministry of Health, Environmental Quality Authority, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Agriculture).
h) Transformed a neglected 12 dunum area (part of the Bethlehem University Mar Andrea Campus) into a nascent botanical garden and permaculture facility (including bee-keeping, aquaponics, and aquaculture). This site was used to develop ideas which are now being transferred to farmers and other members of the community (e.g. green walls and composting).

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With your support, we can do much more. Our five year plan (2017-2021), considering includes:

1) Build a Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability to offer trainings, diplomas, and even higher degrees.
2) Raise enough financial resources to ensure sustainability including a green building of 2000 square meter.
3) Research: a) To complete and publish 30 major research projects in diverse areas (from agriculture to fauna to flora to environmental impact to genetics), b) To have functional research units such as cytogenetics, entomology, and herpetology.
4)  Human Resources (HR) and administration: a) develop staff and have by end of five years  three full time researchers, Administrative director, Project manager, education specialist, 2 garden workers, IT person, publicity/media person, and secretary/guide , b) to have at least 200 committed volunteers willing to help the museum (local and international), c) seamless internal operation and an oversight board of people who actually help the museum have administrative sustainability, d) By end of five year have revenues exceed or at least cover all expenses (financial sustainability)
5) Garden: To developed in the garden composting center, medicinal and herbal plants, terracing in the eastern and northern areas, fix the septic system, issue, and build a new cistern.
6) Education:  a) To developed a 7 indoor exhibits and 7 outdoor exhibits (all interactive) b)  To do minimum 6 workshops each year in diverse areas, for the five years a total > 30 workshops, c) host minimum 10,000 students over the five year period
7) Conservation: a) Study 3 protected areas with same level of intensity as done for Wadi Quff (6 publications), b) Develop a team of citizens (focusing on youth) for environmental conservation.
8) Publicity and Media Work: a) Every week we need to have at least one media appearance (newspapers, TV, radio etc.), b) have a functioning “friends of..” groups in many countries and cities that help fundraise and bring other support like networking etc., c) museum website and social media activities seamlessly integrated with the university’s other publicity, d) expand roster of museum brochures and videos focused on students.

Some achievement details for last year are shown here:
https://www.palestinenature.org/achievements-20152016/ But none of this will continue or grow without your support so please visit this link to donate: https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/ and this
link to volunteer https://www.palestinenature.org/support-us/volunteer/

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With best wishes to you and yours

Mazin, Jessie, Elias, Mohammad N, Mohammad A, Zuhair, Khawla, Reena, Mubarak, and all other volunteers
http://palestinenature.org

11/9/2016

We will start to issue a newsletter of happenings at the museum mostly with photos. Here are some of the news from the museum 1-10 September. But if you want to see more and on a daily or nearly daily basis, please join our facebook page under Palestine Museum of Natural History. Anyway here are some happenings

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Revien (a voluntreer) places a book on the book scanner invented and donated by Dany Qumsiyeh and next to newer exhibit areas (note large photos and more)

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Majd Salsaa Donated a fruit and vegetable drier

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Visit and “Zarb” food for Rotary Bethlehem and Sweden

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Recycling and making soap workshop (facilitation: Suha and Majd; sponsor: Culture of resistance)

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Injured mongoose and tortoises mating

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and growth continues (of plants, animals, and humans)

We also had many visits (delegations from Canada, Norway, US, England, Cyprus, Spain, and more)

Visit us or Join us by emailing info@palestinenature.org or cal 02-2773553

You can also donate at http://palestinenature.org/donate

 

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