“. . . After the wind has committed suicide in my voice. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Laith al-Khadi, 17 was shot in the chest late Friday and died after two surgeries in Ramallah hospital.  MaanImages
Laith al-Khadi, 17 was shot in the chest late Friday and died after two surgeries in Ramallah hospital. MaanImages

❶ From: MONDOWEISS
THE  EXTREMISM  OF  THE  CENTER  IN  ISRAEL
Michael Marder
July 31, 2015
This Thursday was a day of terror in Israel. Almost immediately after an ultra-Orthodox fanatic Yishai Schlisser stabbed six people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, Jewish extremists perpetrated an arson attack in the village of Douma, near Nablus, killing a one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian toddler.
____Both crimes were explicitly condemned by the Israeli Prime-Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, who even expressed his “shock and horror” at the events. Yet, both would not have been possible without the climate of hatred incited by Netanyahu’s own extreme right-wing government.
____Indeed, incitement is a staple feature of Netanyahu’s political CV
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❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  KILL  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  NEAR  RAMALLAH
(Including related item)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen late Friday evening near Ramallah during clashes at an Israeli military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, medical sources said.
____Laith al-Khaldi,17, born in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah, was shot in the chest at the Atara checkpoint and later died from his injuries at Palestine Medical Complex near Ramallah, medical sources told Ma’an.
[. . . .]
____Al-Khalidi was at least the 20th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, not including those killed in attacks by Israeli settlers.
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(Related) AUTOPSY  PROVES  THAT  TEENAGER  AL-KHALDI  WAS  SHOT  FROM  BEHIND
Caption: Nablus, 16 Rabiul Akhir 1434 H/25 February 2013 (MINA) – Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Qasra village, south of Nablus

❸ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
UPDATE:  SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  FARMERS  SOUTH  OF  NABLUS
August 1, 2015
NABLUS ― Israeli settlers Saturday attacked Palestinian farmers tending to their farmland to the south of Nablus, injuring at least one, according to a local official.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank, informed WAFA that a number of settlers from the illegal settlement outpost of Yash Kodesh attacked farmers while they were tending to their farmland. . . however, the guard committees present at the scene managed to fend off the settlers’ attack.
____Meanwhile, Israeli forces, who provided protection to settlers during their attack, fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades toward the farmers. . . .
____Later on Saturday, settlers attacked another Palestinian tending to his farmland located between the villages of Jalood and Qasra to the south of Nablus.
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Nablus, February 2013 (MINA) – Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Qasra village, south of Nablus
Nablus, February 2013 (MINA) – Dozens of Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian homes in Qasra village, south of Nablus

❹ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
OFFICIAL:  PALESTINIAN  SECURITY  TO  CRACK  DOWN  ON  ‘SETTLER  TERRORISM’
August 1, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority security forces plan to crack down on acts of terrorism carried out by Israeli settlers living in the occupied West Bank, an official said Saturday.
____PA security spokesman Adnan Dmeiri told Ma’an: “We will take legal procedures and do everything we can do against them [Israeli settlers] as war criminals who committed crimes against humanity.”
____When asked about practical steps expected to be taken by the PA forces against settlers who commit violent acts against Palestinians, Dmeiri said: “We consider them wanted by the Palestinian security.”
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❺ Opinion
From: THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
“KAHANE  WAS  RIGHT” –  BUT  NOT  IN  THE  WAY  ISRAELI  RACISTS  CLAIM
Asa Winstanley
Friday, 31 July 2015
In 1968 in New York City, an American rabbi named Meir Kahane founded an organization called the Jewish Defence League. Despite the claim in the name to be defending the Jewish community from anti-Jewish attacks, the JDL was from the start far more concerned with going on the attack against its enemies. And the attacks were of an extremely violent nature — to the extent that the FBI in 2001 listed the JDL as a terrorist organisation.
[. . . .]
Many of today’s violent settler fanatics are often followers of Kahane. The ultra-Zionist terrorists who today burned a Palestinian baby to death with a fire bomb near Nablus are likely to be modern day followers of Kahane. One of their main slogans is “Kahane was right”. . . Kahane’s call to deport every single Palestinian from historic Palestine, or as he termed it “the Land of Israel.”
[. . . .]
But today we can say that Kahane was right in only one sense. He . . . never seemed to waiver in his belief that one day he would be vindicated and his ideas would become mainstream in Israeli society and in the Israeli government. In that sense, he was right.
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“THE  THUNDERBIRD,”  BY  SAMIH AL-QASIM
It is bound to come,
To come with the sun;
Its face deformed by the dust of books.
It is bound to come,
After the wind has committed suicide in my voice,
Something whose wonders have no bounds;
Something called in the songs:
The thunderbird.
It is bound to come;
For we have reached it,
We have reached the summit of death.
. . .Translated by Dr. Mahmud Hassan of Alexandria University.

From: A Lover From Palestine and Other Poems: An Anthology of Palestinian Poetry. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
About Samih Al-Qasim

member of the Dawabsha family in the home targeted in an arson attack that left an 18-month-old Palestinian dead. AFP -Majdi Mohammed
Member of the Dawabsha family in the home targeted in an arson attack that left an 18-month-old Palestinian dead. AFP -Majdi Mohammed

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