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    Palestine, Land Rights, & Environmental Justice

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     For over 75 years, Palestinians have resisted occupation, dispossession, and ethnic cleansing. The environmental impacts of the occupation and destruction of Palestine are less understood: water sources have been restricted, destroyed and polluted; habitat loss is pushing species like wolves, gazelles, and hyenas to the brink; destruction of crops and farmland drives food insecurity; and climate change is already impacting Palestine and its people.

    Join us to hear first-hand from one of Palestine’s foremost environmental experts Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, visiting Australia for the first time, in conversation with with local Palestinian, First Nations and environmental justice advocates. Connect with others working to grow the global solidarity movement for peace, land rights and environmental justice.

    “The status of the Palestinian environment, like the state of Palestine in general, is catastrophic under colonialism…As noted from the hundreds of thousands who took to the streets to protest the ongoing assault and demand a ceasefire, Palestine is a global issue. What has received less attention is that war and conflict are also a climate change issue. A sustainable planet requires the end of colonization.” - Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

    WHEN: 6PM - 8:30PM (including intermission), Thu 18th April 2024.

    WHERE: State Library Theatre, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Perth WA 6000, Whadjuk Noongar Boodja. Click here for information about the venue and information on accessibility.

    COST: Sliding scale (FREE - $15). Ticket sales will go towards the cost of the event (e.g. venue hire, speaker fees etc.) and any profits will be donated to the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability in Bethlehem.

    GETTING THERE: The State Library is a 6 minute walk from Perth Station. There is parking available in the CPP State Library car park (free after 6pm), more information on parking available here.

    BRING: Something to take notes with (pen/pencil, paper etc.).


    Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian scientist and author. He is a founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and teaches at the University of Bethlehem and Birzeit University. You can see a short video about the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability here and read more at

    This event will be both in-person and held on Zoom (link emailed to registrants in the week of the event).

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Shadi (he/him) by emailing

    This event will be a space free of racism, including zero tolerance for anti-Palestinian, islamophobic, and anti-semitic communication and behaviour.


    This event is supported and co-hosted by: Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability, Palestinian Community WA, Climate Justice Union, Friends of Palestine WA, and Unionists for Palestine WA.

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