We’re Catholics, we’re not only local, we’re global. We can all connect, even in a small way, with some missionary or justice issues round the world, as with Red boxes or CAFOD. After my 10 day visit to Palestine and Israel 10 years ago, a great way for me to stay connected with those amazing people, is to follow the wonderful Martin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian Professor at Birseit and Bethlehem Universities, a one time lecturer at Yale University. Martin is Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability. He believes in dialogue with everybody. See his amazing website at http://qumsiyeh.org I’ve just written to Martin to show him support.

Martin’s current Good News is to say that the International Criminal Court (The Hague, Netherlands) will take-up Israeli actions in the occupied territories: “The Prosecution has carefully considered the observations of the participants and remains of the view that the Court has jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

https://www.icc-cpi.int/CourtRecords/ CR2020_01746.PDF

Also Good News is that Palestine activists have won a landmark Supreme Court ruling against UK government. Local pension schemes now are able to divest from companies complicit in Israeli occupation, after governmental guidance ruled this unlawful.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ palestine-solidarity-campaign-wondecisive- supreme-court-ruling-against-ukgovernment