“. . . My country is the rape victim I will marry. . .” (Marwan Makhoul)

Children flying kites in Susiya, August 12, 2015. From: Susiya Forever Community, Facebook.
Children flying kites in Susiya, August 12, 2015. From: Susiya Forever Community, Facebook.

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  MEMORIAL  FOR  SLAIN  INFANT  IN  SUSIYA
August, 15, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian and foreign activists on Friday during a memorial in the village of Susiya south of Hebron for 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha who was killed in an arson attack by Israeli settlers on July 30, a spokesperson from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee told Ma’an.
____No injuries were reported.
____During the memorial, activists and local children were flying kites above a nearby illegal Israeli settlement when Israeli soldiers in the area responded with opening fire at the kite flyers. . . .
____Organizers said the memorial signified that the arson attack on the 18-month-old was just one piece of a series of crimes committed by the state of Israel and Israeli settlers across the Palestine territory.
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❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  LAWYERS  ORGANIZE  SIT-IN  RALLY  IN  SUPPORT  OF  ALLAN
August, 15, 2015
RAMALLAH ― The President of the Palestinian Bar Association said in a statement Sunday that several members of the association’s general assembly, as well as other Palestinian citizens of Israel will meet for a sit-in in front of Barzilai Medical Center in southern Israel, where Palestinian hunger striker Muhammad Allan is being treated.
____Allan, a Palestinian lawyer who fell into a coma on Friday, has been on an open-ended hunger strike for over two months against his administrative detention. . . .
____Allan has been held under administrative detention status since November.
____Palestinian bar president Hussien Shabana said that Allan’s cause is a fair and just cause and must be made a priority for all Palestinian lawyers, AS WELL AS EVERY FREE PERSON IN THE WORLD.
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❸ From: ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
HOW  GLOBAL  REAL  ESTATE  GIANT  RE/MAX  PROFITS  FROM  STOLEN  PALESTINIAN  LAND
Ben Norton
August 12, 2015
Agents working for the US-headquartered real estate giant RE/MAX are promoting themselves as specialists in property built in Israel’s settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
____The Colorado-based corporation which says it operates in nearly 100 countries was identified as responsible by a 2013 United Nations’ probe for how its Israeli franchises sell houses and apartments in the occupied West Bank.
[. . . .]
____Despite that criticism, many RE/MAX representatives are continuing to handle such property. . .
____[Shlomo Benzaquen, a RE/MAX agent] particularly recommends Kokhav Yaakov, Tel Zion and Adam (also known as Geva Binyamin) as “communities” which “offer tremendous value to young families and investors looking for high returns.”
____In fact, all of these “communities” are Israeli settlements inside the West Bank and are illegal under international law.
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❹ Analysis
From: THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
PALESTINE:  ONE  STATE  FOR  ALL  OR  A  FINAL  ZIONIST  ETHNIC  CLEANSING?
Alan Hart
Aug 14 2015
____The headline over a recent article in The Times of Israel by the paper’s Middle East analyst, Avi Issacharoff, was The end of the two-state solution. And the strapline (secondary headline) underneath that was a quote from the body of his article. “It’s time to say it out loud: The Israeli right has won – a temporary, pyrrhic victory that has set Israel on the path to becoming a Muslim-majority state.”
____Issacharoff’s opening thoughts were the following.
“Conditions are now such that an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank has already become impossible.
“And here it must be said: The watershed line seems to have been crossed. The two-state solution is no more.
“No Palestinian state will exist here beside the State of Israel.”
[. . . .]
____In reality the two-state solution was never on from the moment the UN Security Council passed Resolution 242 on 22 November 1967.
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UN Security Council passes Resolution 242 on 22 November 1967.
UN Security Council passes Resolution 242 on 22 November 1967.

❺ Opinion
From: MONDOWEISS
MEETING  JIMMY  CARTER
Marc H. Ellis
August 15, 2015
The news of President Carter’s illness has political pundits preparing his obituary. Since I have encountered President Carter on numerous occasions, my reaction is personal. My first encounter was most memorable.
____It was 1988, at the height of the Palestinian Uprising. The venue was a conference, “Theology, Politics and Peace,” that the Carter Center co-sponsored with Emory University in Atlanta. As with most conferences, the papers delivered at the conference were, for the most part, theoretical. With the Uprising in the air, however, I was determined to highlight the brutal repression the Israeli government was meting out to Palestinians struggling for freedom.
More. . .
Related. . . CARTER  SAYS  ISRAEL  KILLED  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION

“DAILY  POEMS,”  BY  MARWAN  MAKHOUL
The homeland having fallen down a well
and after sixty years, it’s up to us
to raise the rope a little, then let it fall again,
for only thus will hope learn patience.
***
There are things I don’t understand,
not being an Israeli
and not being entirely Palestinian.
***
My country is the rape victim
I will marry.
***
My grandfather told me: Palestine is an irregular verb in the past.
My father said: No, it’s in the present tense.
I say, and a plane has just landed nearby: My grandfather’s right
and my father too.

From BANIPAL: MAGAZINE OF MODERN ARAB LITERATURE 45 Winter, 2012. WWW.banipal.co.uk
Marwan Makhoul was born to a Palestinian father and a Lebanese mother in 1979 in the village of Boquai’a in the Upper Galilee region of Palestine. He currently lives in the village of Maalot Tarshiha. Marwan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Al-Mustaqbal College and now works as a civil engineer and is the director of a construction company.
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US-based multinational RE/MAX is marketing properties in illegal Jews-only settlements built on stolen Palestinian land such as Ariel, near Salfit in the West Bank. Keren Manor / ActiveStills.
US-based multinational RE/MAX is marketing properties in illegal Jews-only settlements built on stolen Palestinian land such as Ariel, near Salfit in the West Bank. Keren Manor / ActiveStills.

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