“. . . The great trunk is smashed! The hurricane leaves no life in the Tree!. . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Susiya Protest Image By Bassam Shweiki  Hebron Defense Committee
Susiya Protest Image By Bassam Shweiki Hebron Defense Committee

❶ From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ISRAEL AFFIRMS PALESTINIAN OWNERSHIP OF SUSIYA VILLAGE, BUT CONTINUES WITH DEMOLITION PLAN
The Israeli daily Haaretz has reported that a document released by the Civil Administration Office of the Defense Ministry affirms that Susiya village, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, is built on private Palestinian property.
____But in spite of this admission, the Israeli military has stated that they will continue with a plan to demolish the village, and forcibly relocate the Palestinian families who live there.
____The Jabour and Nawaja families, based in Susiya for hundreds of years, have in their possession ownership documents of their land that date back to the Ottoman empire of the late 1800s.
(More. . .)

❷ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES, RIGHT-WINGERS STORM AQSA MOSQUE COMPOUND
July 26, 2015
JERUSALEM — Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday morning firing stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at Muslim worshipers as they cleared way for right-wing Jews who were visiting the compound to mark a Jewish fast day, witnesses said.
____Dozens of Palestinian worshipers were reportedly hit with rubber-coated bullets and suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, while Israeli police officers were reported to have attacked worshipers with pepper spray, rods and rifle butts.
____At least three Palestinians were reportedly detained.
(More. . .)

(Ma'an Images) Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday
(Ma’an Images) Israeli forces broke into Al-Aqsa mosque compound Sunday

❸From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL ARRESTS FIVE YOUNG PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK
July 26, 2015
BETHLHEM, (WAFA) – Israeli forces Sunday arrested five Palestinians, including four between the ages of 17 and 19, from the West Bank, while clashes erupted between forces and Palestinians to the east of Ramallah, according to local and security sources. . . . forces arrested two young Palestinians from the village of Husan to the west of Bethlehem after raiding and searching their families’ homes.
[. . . .]
____Meanwhile, forces intensified their military presence across several neighborhoods and towns in the Hebron district, where they arrested three Palestinians from the towns of Yatta and Halhoul. . . .
____Forces further stormed the town of Beit Owa to the west of Hebron and searched several homes, However, no arrests were reported.
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❹ From THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAEL EXPLOITS SYRIAN CHAOS TO PLAN LOOTING OF GOLAN OIL
Paul Fallon
July 21, 2015
According to Geoff Rochwarger, CEO of Afek, energy independence is the new Zionism.
____The Afek oil and gas exploration company has almost completed its second drilling test in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria which Israel has occupied since 1967 and annexed in violation of international law.
____The test is part of a three-year program to see if hydrocarbons in the area could lead to oil or gas for Israel.
[. . . .]
____Israel is now taking advantage of the chaos in Syria to look for precious resources to extract from the occupied Golan Heights.
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❺ Opinion
From MONDOWEISS
IT’S TIME FOR AMERICAN JEWS TO RECOGNIZE THEY HAVE BEEN DUPED
Avigail Abarbanel
July 25, 2015
Two stories came to my attention this morning. . . . The second story, by Raphael Ahren in the Times of Israel is about the apparent decline in support for Israel among American Jews . . . .
____As a long-time activist for Palestinian rights and an anti-Zionist, I should have been pleased to read that American Jews increasingly question their knee-jerk support for Israel. But instead, I felt a familiar frustration. Jewish American support for Israel has always been vital for Israel and not just for economic reasons. . . . Israel also relies on Jewish American support for its feelings of legitimacy. As long as American Jews support Israel ‘right or wrong’, Israel feels justified in its existence and in everything it does.
____I believe Israeli Jews feel in the depth of their bones that Israel’s existence the way it is, is illegitimate.
[. . . .]
____American Jews either do not know or refuse to acknowledge that Israel is a settler colonial project. If they knew or if they acknowledge it, would it make a difference to their opinion?
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“THE DELUGE AND THE TREE,” BY FADWA TUQAN
When the hurricane swirled and spread its deluge
of dark evil
onto the good green land
‘they’ gloated. The western skies
reverberated with joyous accounts:
‘The Tree has fallen !
The great trunk is smashed! The hurricane leaves no life in the Tree!’

Had the Tree really fallen?
Never! Not with our red streams flowing forever,
not while the wine of our thorn limbs
fed the thirsty roots,
Arab roots alive
tunneling deep, deep, into the land!

When the Tree rises up, the branches
shall flourish green and fresh in the sun
the laughter of the Tree shall leaf
beneath the sun
and birds shall return
Undoubtedly, the birds shall return.
The birds shall return.

From poemhunter.com

Fadwa Tuqan (born 1917 in Nablus – died 2003), was well known for her representations of resistance to Israeli occupation in contemporary Arab poetry.
Tuqan’s poetry is known for her distinctive chronicling of the suffering of her people. Born to the wealthy Palestinian Tuqan family known for their accomplishments in many fields, she received schooling until age 13 when she was forced to quit school at a young age due to illness. One of her brothers, Ibrahim Tuqan, known as the Poet of Palestine, took responsibility of educating her. She attended Oxford University, where she studied English and literature.
Fadwa Tuqan’s eldest brother is Ahmad Toukan, former Prime Minister of Jordan.
Tuqan eventually published eight poetry collections, which were translated into many languages and enjoy renown throughout the Arab World.

Israeli soldiers patrol near the occupied Syrian town of Majdal al-Shams in the Golan Heights in 2011. Oren Ziv ActiveStills
Israeli soldiers patrol near the occupied Syrian town of Majdal al-Shams in the Golan Heights in 2011. Oren Ziv ActiveStills

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  1. […] ❸ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY ARAB LEAGUE MINISTERS TO MEET AFTER AQSA CLASHES July 27, 2015 Cairo (AFP) ― Arab League foreign ministers will meet in Cairo early next month to discuss clashes involving Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian official said Monday. ____Sunday’s incident saw Israeli police enter the mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, as they clashed with Palestinians angered by Jews’ access to the compound on an annual day of Jewish mourning. ____Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters that foreign ministers from 15 Arab states will meet on August 5 to discuss what he called the “dangerous development” in Jerusalem. (More. . .) (More. . .) (Background) […]

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