“. . . and homelessness has worn me out. . .” (Tawfiq Sayigh)

Inside Hawara checkpoint, in the occupied West Bank, Palestine. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.
Inside Hawara checkpoint, in the occupied West Bank, Palestine. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IOF  ROLLS  INTO  WESTERN  NABLUS,  TIGHTENS  MILITARY  GRIP
August 31, 2015
NABLUS ― The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at noontime Sunday rolled into western Nablus city, in the northern West Bank, and imposed tight security measures around the area.
____Eye-witnesses said an IOF patrol stormed western Nablus city and were deployed on the main road to An-Najah University.
____The IOF patrol broke into Ourata, to the south east of Nablus, and sealed off the main road to the village before they blocked the movement of Palestinian vehicles and passengers out of and into the area.
____The IOF further closed the Hawara checkpoint and Beit Furik, where Palestinian vehicles and IDs were meticulously inspected.
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ARMY  SUMMONS  FIVE  PALESTINIANS  FROM  JENIN,  DEMOLISH  STRUCTURES  NEAR  JERUSALEM
August 31, 2015
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday morning, the villages of Rommana and Zabbouba, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, stormed homes and searched them, and handed five Palestinians military warrants for interrogation in the Salem military base. Soldiers also demolished fifteen structures near Jerusalem.
____Media sources said the summoned Palestinians . . . were all summoned after the soldiers invaded their homes, and violently searched them.
[. . . .]
____In related news, soldiers invaded Jaba’ town, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished fifteen sheds and structures, belonging to Bedouin families of the al-‘Ara’ra family. Most of the demolished structures were installed in 1975 and 1976.
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA.
ISRAELI  ARMY  PREVENTS  REHABILITATION  OF  HEBRON  ARCHAEOLOGICAL  SITE
August 31, 2015
HEBRON – Israeli army and Jewish settlers on Monday hindered ongoing renovation work at an archeological site in the town of Bani Na’im, to the east of Hebron, according to local sources.
____The sources told WAFA an Israeli army force accompanied by staff from the so-called Israeli Civil Administration, as well as Jewish settlers, broke into the area and ordered all the workers at the site to leave. The site consists of an archeological house, revered by local Palestinians as Maqam en-Nabi Yaqin (Shrine of Prophet Yaqin).
[. . . .]
____Mahmoud Manasrah, mayor of Bani Na’im, told WAFA that the rehabilitation of the site, which overlooks the Dead Sea, is . . . part of an effort to protect local cultural, religious and historical heritage, he said.
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❹ Human interest
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
CAMPAIGN  FOR  PALESTINIAN  REFUGEE  SELLING  PENS  IN  BEIRUT  GOES  VIRAL
August 29, 2015
An internet campaign to raise funds for a Palestinian refugee filmed selling pens in Beirut with his daughter asleep on his shoulder has raised more than $100,000 within hours. The campaign went viral on its first day.
____Abdul Halim Attar, who fled from the Syrian regime’s bombardment of the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp on the outskirts of Damascus, started selling pens in order to feed himself and his two children, Abdelillah, aged 9, and his daughter Reem, aged 4.
____An Icelandic man who helps to run Conflict News and a Lebanese broadcaster Tweeted Attar’s image hoping to raise just $5,000 to help him start a new life.
More. . .

The Telegraph: Abdul Halim Attar, a Palestinian-Syrian with two children, was reportedly living in the besieged Damascus refugee quarter of Yarmouk before fleeing to Lebanon three years ago Photo: @GissiSim
The Telegraph: Abdul Halim Attar, a Palestinian-Syrian with two children, was reportedly living in the besieged Damascus refugee quarter of Yarmouk before fleeing to Lebanon three years ago Photo: @GissiSim

❺ Opinion
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
SETTING  THE  REGION  ON  FIRE
Eli Aminov
August 31, 2015
(The current situation is reminiscent of Israeli and American actions on the eve of the 1973 Middle East war. Eli Aminov explains.)
Netanyahu’s war against the Iran deal reached a new level last week: Israel began to heat up the northern border, together with feeding the media, which feared such a move, conspiracies and plots appropriate to spy novels from the Cold War period. The dangerous battle began last week, when Netanyahu and his defense minister toured the Golan border, had their picture taken and declared absolute preparedness for anything bad coming from the north. The next day Alex Fishman, the military and security correspondent of Yedioth Ahronot, wrote: “it appears we have those who would not object should a few rockets fly here from Lebanon or Syria, that the border would heat up a bit, perhaps fighting for a few days – just so it will be possible to put this on the Iranians and prove to the world how dangerous the Iranian threat is to the region, especially following the nuclear agreement. But what can we do, the Iranians and Hizbullah are not dishing up the goods” (Yedioth Ahronot, 19 August 2015).
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“LONGING,”  BY  TAWFIQ  SAYIGH  (1923-1971)
My feet are torn,
and homelessness has worn me out.
Park benches have left their marks
on my ribs.
Policemen followed me
with their suspicious looks.
I dragged myself from place to place,
destitute except for
day-long memories of a home
that yesterday, only yesterday,
was mine,
and except for evening dreams
of my dwelling there again.

Sulaiman, Khalid A. PALESTINE  AND  MODERN  ARAB  POETRY. London: Zed Books, Ltd. (1984).
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