Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh shares part of a lecture he is to give:

The importance of what is happening here (in Palestine) to regional and international issues will be highlighted in my upcoming talks. For example here is my abstract for Rhodes Forum:

In this paper we discuss the current mayhem in the Arab world as an
inevitable outcome of a historical process originating in Europe 100 years ago with three key dates: the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreements, the 1917 Balfour and Cambon declarations in support of Zionism, the 1919 Paris “Peace Conference”, and the 1920 San Remo Conference. The  unifying thread of these key events was western support for fragmentation of the Arab world via sectarian and ethnic divisions spearheaded by the formation of a Jewish state in the heart of the area. Rational voices in the Western world argued for a more collaborative approach that takes into account the interests of the common people of those areas (i.e. self-determination). Such voices were silenced because of elite and moneyed interests. Some of those rational voices correctly predicted the mayhem that we see ourselves in this year including extremism, terrorism, flood of refugees, and apartheid
racist systems. To reverse this trend is difficult but not impossible. We
must first recognize the above diagnosis and begin to reverse western
discourse that is now dominated by the USA (itself under significant
influence from the Israel or Zionist lobby). We show that there are really
only two paths:1) the path of status quo, militarization, and hegemony
aided by puppet dictors which leads to no winners, or 2) the path of human rights and justice which leads to accommodation, justice, and equality. The latter path is explored in detail showing that key to it is starting with democratization in Western dependent countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia. In particular, evidence shows that it is critical to allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands and create a secular pluralistic democracy in historic Palestine as this was and is the main destabilizing element in Western Asia. We show that it is possible to arrive at this humanistic outcome throughout the region via non-armed methods such as popular resistance and the growing boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He is director of the main clinical cytogenetics laboratory and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Institute for Biodiversity Research ( He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities. He published over 130 scientific papers on topics ranging from biodiversity to cancer. He published hundreds of refereed articles and several books including “Mammals of the Holy Land” and “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle”
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