Mayhem versus sanity in Western Asia: Why Palestine is still the issue


Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Founder and Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability

  •  A light snack is served at 6:00 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh will share his views on the current situation in Palestine, now that the peace process has failed, and as it is clear that the policies of the US and Israeli governments are failing in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. He argues that all these attempts at divide and conquer, media manipulation, and outright distortion of the truth are rooted in consolidating Zionist hegemony over Palestine and beyond. The foreign policy of the United States has become a tool of Israeli colonialism. But, he contends, we can find some hope in the fact that Trump’s more confrontational approach with the world has shattered any illusion that diplomacy and the Oslo track are “the method” for establishing a Palestinian state. The events surrounding Al-Aqsa mosque, in combination with those in Gaza and the invigoration of the BDS campaign have (re)established in the minds of most rational people that people power is still where things must be determined. Qumsiyeh sees this as a promising sign for the future.


Biography of Speaker

Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and researches at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He is founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History, and Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (see He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities and has published over 150 scientific papers on topics ranging from biodiversity to cancer. He was chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People and currently serves on the board of Al-Rowwad Children’s Theater Center in Aida Refugee Camp. His many books include Mammals of the Holy Land, Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle (English, Spanish, and German) and Popular Resistance in Palestine: A history of Hope and Empowerment (Arabic, English, French, forthcoming in Italian). He also has an activism book published electronically on his website (, and has published over 250 letters to the editor and 100 op-ed pieces and interviewed on TV and radio extensively (local, national and international).



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