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Opinion Editorials, December 2012
Multi-Billionaire Zionists Behind Wars and Destruction of the Environment
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 17, 2012
Today's date is 12/12/12. One of my graduate students posted on the biotechnology facebook page that we are the only generation to see 01-01-01, 02-02-02, 03-03-03, 04-04-04, 05-05-05, 06-06-06, 07-07-07, 08-08-08, 09-09-09, 10-10-10, 11-11-11, 12-12-12.
But I think it remains to be seen whether we are unique in other ways: for example will we be the generation that misses the opportunity to save our species and planet earth from the looming environmental catastrophe of global warming. Some places on earth (like most of the Arab world) will see over the next 20 years an increase in average annual temperature of 3-5 C and a decline in annual rainfall by 20-30%.
You add to that the explosion in population, the dwindling existing
resources, decline in culture and education, and you get a major problem.
Gaza's underground water aquifer for example is projected to be unusable by
2016 while its impoverished population will grow to over
This man-made Nakba (catstrophe) might be the last and most significant
of our Nakbas. I will be speaking about these issues at the Third
Palestinian Environmental Awareness & Education Conference Monday
For many decades, they declared war on environmental rights, human rights, rights to natural resources, rights to clean air, rights to sustainable environment etc. Those who champion rights of common people are by definition enemies of those elites and man pay a heavy price for our resistance.
On the global human rights' day, Israeli occupation forces raided human
rights organization offices in Ramallah including women's organization
offices and the offices of the Palestinian prisoner rights group Addameer.
Hundreds of such violations of basic rights occur daily here. Here is
just one story from my friend AbdelFattah AbuSrour: The Knock at the Door by
Abdel Fattah AbuSrour
There are also hundreds of thousands of decent common Palestinians and
millions other human beings who dedicate their lives to justice, human
rights, and to peace.
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities http://qumsiyeh.org
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