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Believe it or Not:
Five Good News from
By Mazin Qumsiyeh
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, June 24, 2013
One can choose to focus on bad news or good news. What we focus
on determines our outlook on life.
Good news 1: Over 250 million
people watched and anticipated the last episode of the season for the TV
show "Arab Idol" and the winner for this season was 23 year old Palestinian
Mohammad Assaf from Gaza whose patriotic songs, beautiful voice, and self
confidence made millions spend the money to text message their vote. Assaf,
one of millions of Palestinian refugees, was then appointed goodwill
ambassador to the world’s youth by the UN agency UNRWA. Last night was a
night of celebrations among Palestinians in 1948 areas, in WB and Gaza, and
in Exile and indeed among all 350 million Arabs around the world. The dream
of Arab unity still lives on.
Good news 2: The video about the work
we are doing on issues of biodiversity in Palestine is now with English
subtitles. Our work is going great and we just got some exciting new data
on some rare animals from interesting and remote areas. Please watch here
and come visit to see what we are doing and volunteer if you can:
Good news 3: Good people standing for principles. ‘I was not a party to,
and never will be, to the planting of trees on expropriated and stolen
land’: Former South African Ambassador to Israel rejects JNF trees planted
in his name
Good news 4: Protests continue in Turkey, Brazil and around the world
against the new world order that favors the rich and powerful. Palestine
remains prominent as a key struggle that exposes the hypocrisy of Western
Governments who support colonialism, racism, and other violations of human
rights here in the Arab world and even in their own countries (e.g. snooping
on USA citizens by their own government). Speaking about democracy and
human rights while doing the opposite will not be sustainable.
news 5: People here (Israelis and Palestinians) are starting to ask
important questions about the limits of a militarized fascist society
especially after an Israeli Jewish guard shot an Israeli Jewish man for
simply saying God is Great (Allahu Akbar). The trigger happy Apartheid
society that feigns democracy may yet change and avoid the catastrophic end
seen before in history of similar racist societies.
Good news 6:
Demonstrations are spreading inside 1948 occupied areas (inside the green
line) against the Israeli government policies of ethnic cleansing and
racism. From the Neqab (Negev) to Jaffa to the Triangle to the Galilee,
Palestinians are standing up for their rights.
And perhaps one final
good news: most Palestinians now realize the failure of the Oslo leadership
and its inability to move forward with the needed reforms or to represent
our aspirations for freedom and dignity. The subcontractors for the
occupation are failing both in Gaza and in the West Bank. The resignation
of the last appointed prime minister of WB-A/B (West Bank, areas A and B)
shows the futility of trying to save face and not admit to failure of this
discourse. The road is clearer than ever: reconstitute the PLO on
democratic grounds and let the people decide how and when to return to a
liberation struggle. The people demand no less.
Send us other good
news to share.
Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD