“. . . the air is filled with the fingers of nothingness . . .” (Dalia Taha)

Dalia Taha - Photo El Kaoutit
Dalia Taha – Photo El Kaoutit

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
GAZA MINISTRY DEPLOYS HAMAS SECURITY FORCES AT EGYPT BORDER
July 1, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Ministry of Interior in the Gaza Strip deployed forces along the border with Egypt on Wednesday after attacks in Sinai by militants affiliated with the Islamic State killed over 70 people.
____Iyad al-Buzem, spokesman of the ministry, said security forces and patrols were deployed along the southern border to maintain security and stability.
____At least 70 people, mostly Egyptian soldiers but also civilians, were killed in attacks and ongoing clashes with Islamic State group militants in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, officials said.
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From THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISIS CALLS HAMAS ‘APOSTATES’, PLEDGES TO FIGHT THEM IN GAZA
July 1, 2015
ISIS called Hamas members “apostates” and pledged to creep into Gaza to fight them and force them out soon, the Jordanian Al-Sabeel newspaper reported yesterday.
____A video message entitled “To our People in Bayt Al-Maqdis”, a group of ISIS members can be seen leaving Gaza and arrived in the “governorate of Aleppo”. They claim they impose Sharia Law, but “Hamas idols are ruling Gaza based on democracy”.
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Yusuf Al-Qaradawi
Yousuf Al-Qaradawi

From THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
AL-QARADAWI CALLS FOR LIFTING SIEGE ON GAZA, HAILS FREEDOM FLOTILLA ACTIVISTS
July 1, 2015
Chairman of the Global Union for Muslim Scholars yesterday called for lifting the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and hailed the participants in the Freedom Flotilla including former Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
____In a statement posted on Facebook, Yousef Al-Qaradawi called for lifting the siege and starting rebuilding projects.
____”Despite the widespread oppression, there are free people around the globe who challenge the oppressors and defend the oppressed,” Al-Qaradawi said. “They do not care about their suffering to achieve their goals.”
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About Yousef Al-Qaradawi

From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
BELGIUM TO SUPPORT PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
July 1, 2015
BRUSSELS, (PIC)– The Belgian parliament decided to urgently intervene and put pressure for the release of the Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, ending violations against them and forming parliament committees to seek the truth on their detention conditions.
____In a special session on the issue of Palestinian captives on Wednesday, the parliament said the decision came in the wake of a detailed Palestinian report filed to the Belgian parliament on detention conditions of Palestinian prisoners as well as the Israeli violations of the international law and conventions.
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Opinion
From THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
THE RISING TIDES OF 21ST-CENTURY MIDDLE EASTERN AND ARABIC LITERARY VOICES
Daphne Muse
[. . . .]
____ In 1970, my literary horizons were expanded exponentially, when, in an act of solidarity, Drum and Spear Press, Inc. published Enemy of the Sun: Poetry of Palestinian Resistance, edited by Naseer Aruri and Edmund Ghareeb. Included were the piercing, magnificent, and emerging voices of twelve Palestinian poets living in the diaspora and Israel. Mostly written during and after the 1967 Six Day War, the poems reflect the angst and awe of Palestinian life and culture that were emerging at the time.
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Daphne Muse is a writer, social commentator, and poet. Her work appears in This Week in Palestine and The Atlantic, and has aired on NPR. Her Blog.

“FACE,” BY DALIA TAHA
A sky fell into
the braid
of the little girl who was killed.
Her face
is a wind in the shadows
of the garden,
blowing without colour
or blushing
when the air rushes through.

As if she knew,
when the jackals emerged
from her shadow and the river widened
in the disappointment
of whiteness.

As if she knew, when the sparrows
ate her eyes
and the sidewalk walked
in her blood.

The woman treads on dead
jasmine, searching
the minutes
for her hand.
She hides half her face,
and the air is filled with
the fingers of nothingness.

She pokes a hole in the poem
so the sidewalks can
wander into it.

The little girl’s hand withers and her blood
slumbers in
the lake.
When God passed over
her name,
she buried her hands in the heights of the jasmine
and covered her nakedness
with the corpses of the invaders.
―Translated by Allison Blecker

From Banipal 45: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. Winter 2012. WWW.banipal.co.uk

Dalia Taha is a Palestinian poet and playwright. She was born in Berlin 1986 but grew up in Ramallah-Palestine. Her first play “Keffiyeh/Made in China” was produced by the Flemish Royal Theater [and] was premiered in Brussels in 2012, then brought to Palestine where it toured 7 Palestinian cities across the west bank. The play was given a staged reading in July 2013 at the Mosaic room in London, as part of the Shubbak Festival: A window on contemporary Arab Culture. . . . In addition to plays, Dalia writes poetry and fiction. She has published two collections of poetry, and one novel. Her poems were translated into English, French, German, and Swedish.
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An Interview with Dalia Taha

Belgian Parliament
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