“. . . in the begging of the willow and in the river’s obstinacy. . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

A Palestinian farmer from the village of Twaneih reacts after finding his olive trees destroyed in the southern West Bank village of Yata near Hebron on 08 September 2013. (EPA/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN
A Palestinian farmer from the village of Twaneih reacts after finding his olive trees destroyed in the southern West Bank village of Yata near Hebron on 08 September 2013. (EPA/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES FREE PALESTINIAN HUNGER STRIKER KHADER ADNAN
July 12, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities released Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan on Sunday, two weeks after a deal was reached that ended his 55-day long hunger strike.
____Adnan, 37, went on hunger strike in June to protest the Israeli practice of administrative detention, under which Palestinians can be held without charge or trials for months or years. His release Sunday came after 11 months in Israeli custody, without charge or trial.
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From MONDOWEISS
LIES, SMEAR, AND TWO-STEPS — WHY DID ORGANIZERS REALLY CANCEL THE FEIS?
Annie Robbins
July 10, 2015
Now that the event has been cancelled, you’d think the drama surrounding the Irish campaign to encourage participants to boycott the first 1st Israel Feis, or Gaelic dance competition, would be over and that everything would die down, hush up, and go away. But that won’t happen, because of the way it was cancelled: organizers accused Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) activists of “attacking” them with threatening actions and behavior, and the press parroted those accusations in announcing the cancellation. So activists who organized the #DontDance4Israel/#Don’tShameOurName campaign are not ready to put it in the past, and why should they?
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(Background)

Caption: Palestinians on the West Bank appeal for the Feis to be cancelled Photo: Hamza Burnat
Palestinians on the West Bank appeal for the Feis to be cancelled Photo: Hamza Burnat

From MA’AM NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI DRONE CRASHES IN LEBANON FOR 2ND TIME IN 3 WEEKS
July 11, 2015
BERUIT (AFP) — An Israeli drone crashed in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli on Saturday, the military said, in the second such incident in three weeks.
____”At around 8:30 a.m., a drone belonging to the Israeli enemy went down in the port of Tripoli, and the army has taken the necessary measures,” the Lebanese military said in a statement, without elaborating.
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From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ISRAELI EXTREMISTS UPROOT 80 OLIVE TREES IN SALFIT
July 11, 2015
A group of colonialist Israeli settlers, driving a number of bulldozers, invaded earlier Saturday Palestinian orchards belonging to residents of Deir Estia village, northwest of the central West Bank district of Salfit, and uprooted more than 80 olive trees.
____Local villagers said the settlers uprooted the olive trees in order to expand a bypass road, leading to illegal Israeli settlements, built on Palestinian lands.
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❺ Opinion
From MONDOWEISS
OREN MISREPRESENTS 1971 SYNAGOGUE BOMBING THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE
Philip Weiss
July 10, 2015
[The former Israeli ambassador to the United States] In his new memoir, Michael Oren makes out suburban New Jersey in 1971 to be as anti-Semitic as Odessa during the pogroms. To do so, he lies by omission about the facts behind a synagogue bombing. The Jewish terrorist Meir Kahane was due to speak there, and the speech was canceled. Oren doesn’t tell readers that part. –
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THE STAB,” BY MOURID BARGHOUTI
The moonlight said:
I am the first of the homeless,
the eternal wanderer;
you find me on the breakwaters,
on the soldier’s helmet,
on the false teeth of the party’s general secretary,
in the begging of the willow and in the river’s obstinacy,
on the woman’s brow
when pleasure lifts it,
on the executioner’s fingernails
and the robber’s key-ring,
on parliament’s oppressive dome,
on a deserter’s medals,
on the tilted surface of a bomber,
on the marble steps,
on a knife blade
which a friend takes from the front of his cloak
and points at your backbone.
And in my moment of agony,
I beg the clouds:
“Hide me!”

Barghouti, Mourid. Midnight and Other Poems. Radwa Ashour, Trans. (Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008.)
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About Mourid Barghouti

Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan (MaanImages)
Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan (MaanImages)

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