In 2019 Mohammad Najajrah and Mazin Qumsiyeh from the Palestine Museum of Natural History, at the University of Bethlehem, carried out the first ever study of ladybirds in the West Bank. They found 35 species. In this episode, I talked to them about their work, how the Israeli occupation is affecting nature and the environment in Palestine, how ladybirds are viewed in Palestinian culture and more. 

You can read the study here: - Mazin's article on the environmental effects of Israeli policies. - Article about birds in Gaza by Abdel Fattah Abd Rabou. - More about the Nakba and interviews with survivors.  

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