“. . . Have you noticed? You slip away with your dreams, your blood. . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

(Story in "Home Demolition" Page above.) In Umm Dirit, a 900 square meter fence was destroyed with the villagers' sheep inside. The fence was  on Palestinian land, a few meters from an Israeli settlement outpost.
(Story in “Home Demolition” Page above.) In Umm Dirit, a 900 square meter fence was destroyed with the villagers’ sheep inside. The fence was on Palestinian land, a few meters from an Israeli settlement outpost.

❶ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
FATHER  OF  BURNT  TO  DEATH  TODDLER  ALI  SUCCUMBS  TO  WOUNDS  HE  SUSTAINED  IN  DUMA  CRIME
August 8, 2015
NABLUS― Critically injured Sa’ed Dawabsheh, Father of toddler Ali who was burnt to death during an Israeli settlers’ arson attack on two homes in Nablus’ Duma village last week, has succumbed to his critical wounds early Saturday.
____Security sources informed WAFA that Sa’ed, 33, who sustained three degree burns following the arson attack, died of his critical wounds, while receiving medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.
____On July 31, suspected Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinian homes with Molotov cocktails; they reportedly threw the bombs inside the bedroom window at dawn, giving the family no chance to escape. The attack claimed the life of 18-month Ali Dawabsheh, and left his Father, Sa’ed, mother, Riham, and 4-year-old brother, Ahmad, critically burnt and injured.
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❷ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
FOLLOWING  DUMA  CRIME,  SETTLERS  ATTEMPT  TO  SET  FIRE  TO  ANOTHER  PALESTINIAN  HOME
August 8, 2015
NABLUS― Israeli settlers Saturday attempted to set fire to a Palestinian home belonging to a familyfrom al-Kaabneh tribe near the villages of Duma and al-Taybeh and adjacent to the Al-Mu’arrajat road leading to Jericho.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in northern West Bank, told WAFA that a number of Israeli settlers threw Molotov cocktails toward the home of Palestinian local, Mahmoud al-Kaabneh, however, locals managed to fend their attack and control the fire. No injuries were reported.
____He said that the fire was difficult to put out as settlers have reportedly used a burning material that makes the flames grow larger when attempting to extinguish it.
____This failed attack came only a week after settlers Set fire to a home in Duma, Burning to death a toddler, and . . . his father. . .
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❸ From: The Palestinian Information Center
JEWISH  SETTLERS  ATTACK  CITIZENS  SOUTH  OF  JENIN
August 8, 2015
JENIN― A horde of Jewish settlers on Friday morning attacked Palestinian citizens in an area located between Arraba and Yabud towns, south of Jenin city.
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An Israeli Jewish settler shoots in the air as Palestinians protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.
An Israeli Jewish settler shoots in the air as Palestinians protest against the Prawer Plan to resettle Israel’s Palestinian Bedouin minority from their villages in the Negev Desert, near the Israeli settlement of Bet El, north of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.

❹ From: +972 MAGAZINE
JAILING  PALESTINIANS  FOR  DECADES  WON’T  STOP  STONE  THROWING
Emily Schaeffer Omer-Man
Emily Schaeffer Omer-Man is a human rights lawyer specializing in international humanitarian law at the Michael Sfard Law Office in Tel Aviv.
August 7, 2015
[. . . .]
Last month the Knesset passed a bill amending Israel’s penal code, entrenching in the law more robust definitions that attach severe penalties for throwing stones at security personnel and their vehicles, as well as at civilians and their vehicles. Prior to this law there were two ways that stone throwers were criminally charged, neither of which was satisfactory to the legislators.
[. . . .]
Still, we do not need harsher penalties for stone throwing. There is no public benefit in jailing either Palestinian or Jewish stone throwers . . . .The only solution to this problem is equal law enforcement, halting the disproportionate use of force by the army and the police against demonstrators, ending the occupation, and alleviating the oppressive living conditions that cause despair among Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line.
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❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINECHRONICLE
THE  MIDDLE  EAST:  BETWEEN  ARAB  DICTATORS  AND ZIONIST  RACIST  COLONIALISM
Hasan Afif El-Hasan, Ph.D.
August 8, 2015
Since the 1970s and beyond, when democratic ideas and institutions spread, power has been exercised on behalf of the people in most of the world’s nations. Democratization came about through actions initiated by the elite reformers, by the demands of political activists to adapt foreign models to solve local problems, and by social movements on behalf of excluded groups. The era of colonialism in Africa, India and East Asia ended, but Zionism, a new form of colonialism supported by the nineteenth century European colonial powers emerged in the Middle East.
____History has to be rewritten every generation because each new generation should ask new questions as it lives differently and learns from the mistakes that had been made. Only people in the Middle East today still re-live the same aspects of their predecessors’ experiences; they keep asking the same questions of the past generations and they are making the same mistakes. Things are going from bad to worse; the old tyrant rulers are replaced by new ones; old conflicts remained and new conflicts emerged.
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“STEPS,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH
Have you noticed?
You cross the earth with your steps and your singing,
leaving for a faraway place
after years that have seemed as tired as the houses
but as free as the clouds
as the vehicles of the wind quit pounding the days
and you depart with them
as they shake the dust from their invisible bodies
and fling their bridles at words, shadows, and wooden benches.
Have you noticed?
You slip away with your dreams, your blood.
with horses, heights, water, sky,
cars, boats, and trains.
You’ve run away.
Have you noticed?
After all this
the earth is still wider than the ways of
your narrowing steps,
your short wings,
and your singing is barely complete.

From: Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN INSIDE: SELECTED POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.
Ibrahim Nasrallah, born 1954 in Amman, Jordan, in Wihdat refugee camp, is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the Al Qunfudhah region and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children’s books. In 2009 his novel The Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

Hundreds of Palestinians protest during a demonstration against the recent Israeli arson attack on the Dawabsha family, Duma, West Bank, August 1, 2015. Photo Ahmad Al-Bazz,
Hundreds of Palestinians protest during a demonstration against the recent Israeli arson attack on the Dawabsha family, Duma, West Bank, August 1, 2015. Photo Ahmad Al-Bazz,

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