“. . . Give birth to me again, so you can hold me in your hands . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah and Khalid Abu Arafeh, Members of Palestine's parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah and Khalid Abu Arafeh, Members of Palestine’s parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council.

From THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

Our son died confronting occupation, teen’s family insist

Budour Youssef Hassan
July 6, 2015
A large picture of Yasser and Samer al-Kasbeh covers the wall of the living room at their family’s home in Qalandiya refugee camp . . .
____Yasser was just 11 years old when he was killed by Israeli occupation forces on 16 December 2001, and Samer was just 15 when he was killed — fewer than 40 days later — on 25 January 2002.
____That was at the peak of the second intifada and Muhammad al-Kasbeh, their youngest brother, was just 3 years old at the time.
[. . . .]
____Not even the watchful eyes of a protective family, though, could have saved Muhammad when the bullet of Yisrael Shomer, commander of Israel’s Binyamin Brigade, ended his life last Friday.
(More. . .)

Picture caption: Family mourn during the funeral of Muhammad al-Kasbeh, shot dead by an Israeli commander in Qalandiya refugee camp, 3 July. Oren Ziv ActiveStills
Family mourn during the funeral of Muhammad al-Kasbeh, shot dead by an Israeli commander in Qalandiya refugee camp, 3 July. Oren Ziv ActiveStills

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI MINISTER TO DECIDE ON DEPORTATION OF PALESTINIAN MPS
July 7, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Minister of the Interior was given 30 days by the Supreme Court on Monday to reach a final decision on the possible deportation from East Jerusalem of three Palestinian lawmakers and a former Palestinian Authority Jerusalem affairs minister.
____Monday’s hearing was a follow-up to another hearing in the same court on May 5, 2015 that discussed the possibility of revoking the Jerusalem residency rights of Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah and Khalid Abu Arafeh [who] formerly served as the PA’s minister of Jerusalem affairs . . . .
____All four live in occupied East Jerusalem.
(More. . .)

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN 10 PALESTINIANS ACROSS THE WEST BANK
July 7, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank early Tuesday, arresting 10 Palestinian men, local sources and the Israeli army told Ma’an.
____In Al-Shuyukh village northeast of Hebron Israeli forces ransacked several homes and arrested Abdul-Kareem Muhammed Halaika.
____Israeli soldiers also ransacked a number of homes in Bethlehem city belonging to the Awwad and Saada families, and arrested Issa Nader Sarhan.
(More. . .)

From THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
ISRAEL VIOLATES RELIGIOUS SITES 184 TIMES IN TWO MONTHS
July 6, 2015
Israel’s occupation forces have violated religious sites in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on 184 occasions in the past two months, the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Affairs has revealed.
____In a report issued on Sunday, the ministry said that in May and June alone Al-Aqsa Mosque was subject to more than 80 attacks and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron almost 100 violations. The latter includes the banning of the call to prayer, while one of the main gates leading to Al-Aqsa, Bab Al-Yusufiyah, has been closed.
[. . . .]
____”Facts on the ground indicate that the occupation and settlers are trying to empty Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people. . .
(More. . .)

❺ Opinion
From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
PALESTINIANS SHOULD SEEK AN ALTERNATIVE SALVATION STRATEGY
Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
June 28, 2015
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation group, is rightly rejecting Palestinian Authority (PA) dictates regarding efforts to form a Palestinian government.
____We all know that the main raison d’être of the PA is to serve the so-called security interests of the Israeli occupation regime. Otherwise, the PA is completely redundant as far as the Palestinian people are concerned.
____Having utterly failed to make any tangible achievements for the Palestinian people, the PA is trying now to woo Hamas to join a “government of national unity”
(More . . .)
Khalid Amayreh
(b. 1957 Hebron) is a Palestinian journalist based in Dura, near Hebron. . . Amayreh is barred from leaving the West Bank . . . by the Israeli military occupation authorities. The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group [reports] harassment of Amayreh by both Israel and Palestinian authorities.

“GIVE BIRTH TO ME AGAIN THAT I MAY KNOW,” BY MAHMUD DARWISH

Give birth to me again. Give birth to me again that I may know
. . in which land I will die, in which land I will come to life again.
Peace be unto you as you light the morning fire, peace be unto you,
. . peace be unto you.
Isn’t it time for me to give you some presents, to return to you?
Is your hair still longer than our years, longer than the trees of clouds
. . stretching the sky to you so they can live?
Give birth to me again so I can drink the homeland’s milk from you and
. . remain a little boy in your arms, remain a little boy
For ever. I have seen many things, mother, I have seen. Give birth to
. . me again, so you can hold me in your hands.
When you feel love for me, do you still sing and cry about nothing?
. . Mother, I have lost my hands
On the waist of a woman of mirage. I embrace sand, I embrace a
. . shadow. Can I come back to you/to myself?
Your mother has a mother, the fig tree in the garden has clouds.
. . Don’t leave me alone, a fugitive. I want your hands
To carry my heart. I long for the bread of your voice, mother!
. . I long for everything. I long for myself…I long for you.

From: Adonis; Mahmud Darwish; Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS OF A MAP: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF ARABIC POETRY. Trans. Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
Biographical sketch of Mahmoud Darwish.

The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron was subject to almost 100 violations.
The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron was subject to almost 100 violations.

“. . . I have not seen any horrors, everything was extremely normal. . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

A Palestinian boy rides his bicycle July 3, 2015, past the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war. (AFP Mohammed Abed)
A Palestinian boy rides his bicycle July 3, 2015, past the rubble of buildings destroyed during the 50-day Gaza war. (AFP Mohammed Abed)

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
DESPERATE GAZANS RESORT TO MAKESHIFT HOMES YEAR AFTER WAR
July 6, 2015
GAZA CITY (AFP) — Fouad Abu Asser and his family have returned to their neighborhood amid the rubble of the Gaza Strip — but something resembling a shed is what they now call home.
____”We hear talk and more talk, but we still haven’t seen anything,” the 54-year-old father said, referring to the slow pace of rebuilding in the Gaza Strip, devastated by last summer’s war with Israel.
____Wednesday marks a year since the war’s start, and thousands of homes in Gaza still have not been rebuilt, forcing residents like Abu Asser to construct makeshift houses where they once lived out of prefabricated supplies or rubble.
(More. . .)
(Background. . .)

❷ From ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
UN REPORT ON ISRAELI WAR CRIMES IN GAZA
Richard Falk
July 6, 2015
The magnitude of the Palestinian losses, as well as the comparison with Israeli losses, and the comparative ratio of civilians to military killed on the two sides, by itself suggests that the essential character of this Israeli undertaking is best understood as ‘state terror’ directed at Gaza’s population as a whole. This one-sided impression of the events, however, is not conveyed by the much anticipated UN report.
(More. . .)

Richard Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.

From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
JEWISH SETTLERS STORM AL-AQSA MOSQUE
July 6, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A group of Jewish settlers stormed Monday morning al-Aqsa Mosque from the Israeli-controlled al-Magaribeh gate under heavy Israeli police protection.
____Unprecedentedly, the settlers left early the holy shrine before completing their tour due to the presence of big numbers of Palestinian worshipers.
(More. . .)
Background

 Palestinians clean the Al Aqsa mosque after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City November 5, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

Palestinians clean the Al Aqsa mosque after clashes with Israeli police on the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City November 5, 2014 (Reuters Photo)

From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
SECURITY ZONES BEING USED TO FURTHER EXPAND WEST BANK SETTLEMENTS
July 05, 2015
Land confiscated from Palestinians for the purpose of security buffer zones around illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank is actually being utilized as “land reserves or for agriculture,” according to an investigation by Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
____The buffer zones were originally created during the Second Intifada reportedly as a way to curb attacks against illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
(More. . .)
The Haaretz article

❺ Opinion
From +972 MAGAZINE
WHY NETANYAHU CAN’T JUST WISH PALESTINE AWAY: ANALYSIS OF A FAILED POLICY
Dahlia Scheindlin
July 6, 2015
Since Benjamin Netanyahu began his second term as prime minister in 2009, he has resisted reaching a two-state solution but he also claims not to want a single state, with or without a Jewish hegemony. Nobody seems to be willing to simply ask the prime minister: what do you intend for Israel and the Palestinians in five or 10 years from now?
____In lieu of a vision, Netanyahu has aggressively pursued three policies: separation between Gaza and the West Bank (and within), the merging of Israel and the West Bank, and messaging the rightness of both — hasbara. . . . all three have failed.
(More. . .)

“NORMAL JOURNEY,” BY MOURID BARGHOUTI

I have not seen any horrors,
I have not seen a dragon in the land,
I have not seen the Kraken* in the sea,
nor a witch or a policeman
at the outset of my day.
Pirates have not overtaken mu desires,
thieves have not broken down the door of my life,
my absence has not been long,
it only took me one lifetime.

How come you saw scars
on my face, sorrow in my eyes,
and bruises in my bones and in my heart?
These are only illusions.
I have not seen any horrors,
everything was extremely normal.
Don’t worry,
your son is still in his grave, murdered,
and he’s fine.

From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008.

*a legendary sea monster of large proportions

Mourid Barghouti (born July 8, 1944, in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank) is a Palestinian poet and writer. While Barghouti was studying at the University of Cairo in 1967, the 6-Day War broke out, and he was unable to return to the West Bank until 1996. He was expelled from Egypt in 1977 and was exiled in Budapest separated from his wife, the Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour. They lived together in the West Bank when he was allowed to return in 1996, but relocated to Cairo and lived there until her death in 2014. Their son, Tamim Al Barghouti, born in Egypt in 1977, is himself an important Palestinian poet.
Other poems by Mourid Barghouti here, and here.

 An Israeli flag is seen in front of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim. Photo by AP

An Israeli flag is seen in front of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim. Photo by AP

“. . . youth did not stint in giving his blood for us. He understood. . .” (Mahmoud Shukair)

Photo by Shadi Hatem, Ma'an News Agency.
Photo by Shadi Hatem, Ma’an News Agency.

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY

Israeli commander kills Palestinian teenager near Ramallah

July 3, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A senior Israeli commander shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank Friday after he threw stones at his patrol, medics and Israeli officials said.
____Muhammad Hani al-Kasbah,17, was killed by two bullets after allegedly throwing stones at an Israeli military vehicle close to the Qalandiya checkpoint, south of Ramallah, medics told Ma’an.
(More. . .)

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIANS COMMEMORATE MURDER OF TEENAGER ABU KHDEIR
July 2, 2015
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated in East Jerusalem Thursday to commemorate the first anniversary of a teenager being burned to death last summer.
____Muhammad Abu Khdeir, 16, was abducted and killed on July 2, 2014, weeks after the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
____Protesters in the streets of Abu Khdeir’s Shufat neighborhood waved Palestinian flags and held up posters and images of the boy in a beige baseball cap, an AFP correspondent said.
(More. . .)

From THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
WHEN WILL DAD COME BACK?
Refaat Alareer
The story of my brother, martyr Mohammed Alareer
July 2, 2015
The last time my little niece Raneem saw her dad was when the Israeli shells were falling on the heads and houses of more than 10,000 Palestinians in Shujaiya, east of Gaza City, last summer. My brother Mohammed took the time to help guide many families to shortcuts in a desperate attempt to escape the flying shrapnel and debris.
____He never came back. Not because he did not keep his word, but rather because the Israeli occupation has developed a policy of destroying people and their relationships.
(More. . .)

A destroyed home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 2 July 2015. Ashraf Amra APA images.
A destroyed home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 2 July 2015. Ashraf Amra APA images.

❹Analysis
From THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
RAND CORPORATION PREDICTS A BLEAK FUTURE FOR ISRAEL

Nonviolent resistance would cost Palestinians $12 billion over ten years and the Israelis $80 billion. Violent uprising, the worst of all possible scenarios, would cost Israel $250 billion (slightly less than its 2014 GDP) and the Palestinians $46 billion (more than three times their 2014 GDP).

Nasim Ahmed
July 2, 2015
The unsustainability of Israel’s occupation is acknowledged almost universally, yet its permanence is the only reality known to most Jews and Palestinians. Its supposed temporary nature has not prevented Israel from becoming more entrenched in its occupation, thus making any future peace deal unviable.
____This unbridgeable divide is reflected in the way that new generations of Israelis make increasingly greater demands on Palestinians . . . . while Palestinians have reached a near consensus that . . . there is nothing left for them to give other than to admit total submission and humiliation.
(More. . .)

❺ Opinion
From +972 MAGAZINE
ONE YEAR SINCE GAZA: WHY THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A ‘PRECISION STRIKE’

You often hear of an airstrike on Gaza being labeled a ‘precision strike.’ But how precise can a half- or one-ton bomb be when dropped on an area the size of Detroit?

Natasha Roth
July 2, 2015
“In Gaza, we use bombs that are extremely precise, and strike only Hamas targets – not civilians…” – Lt. Omer, Israeli Air Force Pilot [. . . .]
____When you read about an airstrike on Gaza by the Israeli Air Force, you invariably hear it being described as a “precision strike.” [. . . .]
____But look a little closer next time you read about the IAF’s “precision strikes.” . . . a phrase culled straight from the euphemistic military patois that goes into much of the IDF Spokesperson’s press releases (note that this is far from a uniquely Israeli phenomenon—see “surgical strikes,” below).
(More. . .)

“THE YOUTH,” BY MAHMOUD SHUKAIR
That tender-skinned youth did not stint in giving his blood for us. He understood. He understood, by virtue of his good instincts, that we needed clean air and a country, so he did not stint.
____It was his right to live so that he could get to know the country’s cities, one by one. It was his right to live so that he could go to university and read, at the least, ten thousand books. It was his right to live so that he could have a beautiful wife who would share the worries and joys of the world with him. It was his right to live so that he could live, like everyone else. Yet he understood by virtue of his good instincts that we. . . . so he didn’t stint. There he is leaving us now, clutching to the last a stone that he was going to hurl at the enemy.
Translated especially for this collection. (One of the “vignettes” from the collection of short stories. These “vignettes” are more like prose poems than short stories.)

From Shukair, Mahmoud. Mordechai’s Moustache and his Wife’s Cats, and other Stories. Translated by Issa J. Boullata, Elizabeth Whitehouse, Elizabeth Winslow, and Christina Phillips. London: Banipal Books, 2007.
Mahmoud Shukair has been a prodigious creator of short stories since the mid-1960s. He was born in 1941 in Jerusalem and grew up there. He studied at Damascus University and has an MA in Philosophy and Sociology (1965).
____He has published numerous volumes, including nine short story collections, 13 books for children, a volume of folk tales, a biography of a city, and a travelogue. He has written six series for TV, three plays, and countless newspaper and magazine articles, including for online publications.
____He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist, was editor-in-chief of a weekly magazine, Al-Talia’a [The Vanguard] 1994-96, and editor-in-chief of Dafatir Thaqafiya [Cultural File] magazine 1996-2000, when he was also director of literature for the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.
(More. . .)

Mahmoud Shukair
Mahmoud Shukair

“. . . Sorrow crawled naked in my city . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Hundreds of Palestinians wait in line at Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem to cross in to Jerusalem.
Hundreds of Palestinians wait in line at Checkpoint 300 in Bethlehem to cross in to Jerusalem.

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL RESTRICTS THE ENTRY OF PALESTINIANS TO JERUSALEM
July 1, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities set new restrictions Tuesday on Palestinians entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank after attacks targeting Israeli military and settlers, revoking the entry permits of hundreds set to travel during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
____The announcement by COGAT, the agency that manages civilian affairs in the occupied Palestinian territory, was the latest reversal to measures easing movement for Palestinians for Ramadan.
____The new restrictions now require a permit for women aged between 16 and 30 to enter Jerusalem on Fridays. The same applies for men aged 30-50, while those under the age of 12 and over 50 can enter without a permit.
(More. . .)

From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI POLICE BAN WORSHIPPERS ENTRY INTO AL-AQSA MOSQUE, PHYSICALLY ASSAULTS GIRL
July 2, 2015
Israeli police Thursday banned a Palestinian young man’s entry into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and physically assaulted a small girl inside the Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.
____WAFA correspondent reported that police banned Tamer Shala‘ta, from Sakhnin, entry into the Mosque compound for 17 days and fined him 8,000 NIS (about $2120). . . . purportedly for chanting ‘Allahu Akbar’ to protest the presence of Israeli settler groups that forced their way into the compound.
____Meanwhile, a special unit police officer physically assaulted a young girl inside the compound purportedly for shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ in protest of the presence of more Israeli settler groups.
____The 10-year-old child, who remains unidentified, sustained wounds in her legs and was treated at the scene.
(More. . .)

Mosque in Yatta
Mosque in Yatta

From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI ARMY RAZES LAND, NOTIFIES TO DEMOLISH STRUCTURES NEAR HEBRON
July 2, 2015
Israeli army forces on Thursday razed a Palestinian-owned four-dunum area near Hebron, as well as notified to demolish a house and a water well near the town of Yatta, south of Hebron, according to local sources.
____A farmer residing east of Hebron told WAFA that an Israeli army force . . . broke into the area and razed the land of Mohammad Mustafa Jaber, a local villager. The land is close to bypass road 60.
____Meanwhile, army forces broke into the villages of Dirat and Umm Sharara, just east of the town of Yatta, and notified a local resident about their intent to demolish his house along with a water well, which he owns in the area.
(More. . .)

❹ Opinion
From ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
JERUSALEM, AWARENESS AND ENTRY PERMITS
Rasem Obeidat
June 25, 2015
[. . . .]
We are witnessing a tsunami of normalisation on the grassroots level, which particularly focuses on and in the city of Jerusalem. The real tragedy here, of course, is that this normalisatin is sponsored and embraced by official Palestinian bodies. Normalisation works against the interests of the Palestinian people. . . . Intellectually, culturally, politically and ideologically, the opposition has not worked effectively, particularly with young Palestinians, against the risk of normalisation and its occupation of Palestinian consciousness.
____In such a situation, and with the weak and fragmented internal situation of the Palestinians who are divided against themselves, Palestinians are inciting more against each other than against the occupation.
(More. . .)
VIDEO: Interview with Jerusalem affairs minister, Khaled Abu Arafe

❺ Opinion
From ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
NEW EVIDENCE FROM 1967 WAR REVEALS ISRAELI ATROCITIES
Ilan Pappe
June 23, 2015
In the wake of the June 1967 war, the Israeli author Amos Oz, then a reserve soldier in the Israeli army, together with a friend collated interviews with Israeli soldiers who participated in the war and asked them about the emotions the fighting triggered in them. The interviews were published as a book titled Conversations with Soldiers . . . .
The military censor . . . erased 70 percent of the evidence since he claimed it would have harmed Israel’s international image.
This month an industrious Israeli filmmaker, Mor Loushi, is showing her new documentary based on most of this erased material. . . .
The aim is to cleanse the tormented soul of the victimizer and there is nothing like a good confession to make it all go away.
(More. . .)

“MY SAD CITY,” BY FADWA TUQAN
(The day of Zionist Occupation, June 27, 1967)

The day we saw death and betrayal,
The tide ebbed.
The windows of the sky closed,
And the city held its breath.
The day the waves were vanquished, the day
The ugliness of the abyss revealed its true face,
Hope turned to ashes,
And gaging on disaster,
My sad city choked.

Gone were the children and the songs,
There was no shadow, no echo.
Sorrow crawled naked in my city,
With bloodied footsteps,
Silence reigned in the city,
Silence like crouching mountains,
Mysterious like the night, tragic silence,
Burdened,
Weighed down with death and defeat.
Alas! My sad and silent city.
Can it be true that in the season of harvest,
Grain and fruit have turned to ashes?
Alas! That this should be the fruit of all the journeying!
―Translated by A.M. Elmesseri

From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.
Obituary for Fadwa Tuqan, 2003.

Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem
Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem

“. . . 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.
(More. . .)

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”.
(More. . .)

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.”
(More. . .)
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.
(More. . .)

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.
(More. . .)
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.
(More. . .)
An Interview with Dalia Taha

Belgian Parliament
Belgian Parliament