“. . . If I and others don’t go to prison, How will the prison guard Feed his children . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

Caption: Palestinian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration on August 16, 2015 in front of the hospital in Ashkelon where Muhammad Allan is being held. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Palestinian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration on August 16, 2015 in front of the hospital in Ashkelon where Muhammad Allan is being held. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  TO  REVIEW  REQUEST  TO  FREE  PALESTINIAN  HUNGER  STRIKER
Aug. 17, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― The Israeli Supreme Court will consider a request by the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoner’s Affairs to release hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, head of the committee Issa Qaraqe said Monday.
____The Palestinian official made the comments to the official Wafa news agency, without providing further details.
____Muhammad Allan, 31, slipped into a coma on Friday after ingesting only water since June 18 in protest at his detention without charge by Israeli authorities.
____If and when he regains consciousness — and if he continues to refuse to eat — Israel’s government must decide whether it will invoke a law passed in July allowing the force-feeding of prisoners when their lives are endangered.
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❷ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PRISONERS’  MINISTER:  SITUATION  IN  ISRAELI  JAILS  HEADING  TOWARD  ‘OUTBURST’
August 17, 2015
Ramallah ― Chairman of the Commission of Prisoners’’ Affairs (CPA), Minister Issa Qaraqe, said on Monday that the situation in Israeli prisons is heading towards an “outburst”.
____He said tension has run high in Israeli prisons after the Israeli prison authorities declined to meet a series of agreements concluded with the Palestinian prisoners, under which the authorities pledged to improve their prison conditions. . . .
[. . . .]
____Qaraqe stressed that efforts are being exerted to ensure [Muhammad] Allan’s release and provide him with the much needed treatment, after 65 days of hunger strike against his administrative detention, without charge or trial.
More. . .

❸ From: +972 MAGAZINE
ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  BEING  USED  TO  PUSH  CONTROVERSIAL  ‘TERROR  LAW’
Sawsan Khalife’
August 16, 2015
A week after the Shin Bet recommended that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon sign off on administrative detention for two Jewish Israelis following the attack in the Palestinian village of Duma, he also recommended the Knesset pass an “anti-terrorism bill.”
____The bill . . . authorizes the defense minister to use administrative detention without the standard prerequisite of declaring a “state of emergency” (which has been in place, essentially, since Israel’s founding). The law refers specifically to the administrative detention of Israeli civilians, since Palestinians in the occupied territories already live under a military regime.
The law will allow the court 48 hours to review the confidential evidence at hand, while the suspect will be denied the right to know the charges against him or her.
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❹ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  ARMY  RAZES  LAND  NEAR  BETHLEHEM  TO  EXPAND  APARTHEID  WALL
August 17, 2015
BETHLEHEM― Israeli army Monday razed an agricultural land belonging to local Palestinians near the town of Beit Jala to the north of Bethlehem in preparation to expand the apartheid wall, according to local sources.
____Witnesses told WAFA that an Israeli army force accompanied by two heavy machinery broke into the area, planted with olive trees, and proceeded to raze the land, which has an area of around 30 dunums, for the expansion of the separation wall following an Israeli court order to the change the route of the wall.
____According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Eighty-five percent of the Israeli Separation Barrier is within the West Bank itself, not along the Green Line. In areas where the Separation Barrier has already been built, the extensive violations of human rights of Palestinians living nearby are evident.
More. . .
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Overlooking Beit Jala valley and Cremisan Monastery
Overlooking Beit Jala valley and Cremisan Monastery

❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
BDS  ECHOES  PRISONERS  APPEAL  TO  BOYCOTT  ISRAELI  PRISON-INDUSTRIAL  COMPLEX
August 17, 2015
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience around the world to initiate and/or escalate boycott and divestment campaigns against the companies that are most complicit in these Israeli crimes, in response to an unprecedented appeal from Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The appeal came in the context of an escalation in Israel’s repression against Palestinian political prisoners. Israel’s systematic use of torture, a crime against humanity under international law, as a policy against Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners, has recently seen a sharp rise.
____Israel, which remains one of few countries in the world that legalizes torture under circumstances deemed as “necessary,” has passed at the end of July a law allowing the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who have resorted to hunger strikes as a last ditch attempt to achieve their basic rights and dignity.
More. . .
Related (G4S website)

“JAIL  AND  CHILDREN,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
Don’t be sad, Darling!
To put me in prison, as they did, is a very easy thing!
But what can they do about the sun
Shining outside and torturing new rebels?

I should like to be romantic and say to you:
If my being in jail
Did nothing more than bring you to visit me
And cry in my arms ―
Then my arrest was not in vain.

But I’m not feeling romantic right now!
(How can one be romantic with the bedbugs
having such a feast?)
I’m just scratching away, and writing to you,
And asking myself this banal question:
If I and others don’t go to prison,
How will the prison guard
Feed his children?

Darling! I would so like for us
To have a baby!
We spoke of it once,
But I don’t know if
We’ll ever be given the chance.
That is why, for the time being, I give myself
To thoughts about the babies of others
Including my enemies’ babies!
And because they cannot understand this simple feeling
They put me here in prison.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY OF THE SUN: POETRY OF THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
Rashid Hussein (1936-1977) was born in Musmus, Palestine. He published his first collection in 1957 and established himself as a major Palestinian poet and orator. He participated in founding the Land Movement in 1959. He left in 1966 and lived in Syria and Lebanon and later in New York City where he died in February, 1977. He was buried a week later in Musmus. His funeral was attended by thousands of Palestinians. More. . .

Protest at G4S accuses company of violating human rights. Thursday June 7 2012.
Protest at G4S accuses company of violating human rights. Thursday June 7 2012.

“. . . 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.
More. . .

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.

“. . . And build for scoundrels a life of justice and scented plentitude . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Israeli administrative detention. B'Tselem photo.
Israeli administrative detention. B’Tselem photo.

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
LAWYER:  ALLAN  REFUSED  2-YEAR  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  DEAL  BEFORE  COMA
August. 15, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― Muhammad Allan, who has been on hunger strike for more than 60 days, had refused an Israeli offer to continue his administrative detention for a period of two years, Allan’s lawyer told Ma’an Saturday.
____Allan’s lawyer Jamil al-Khatib told Ma’an that the offer was made before his health condition was critical.
____Allan remains at Israeli Barzilai Medical Center, where he went into a coma on Friday, and is currently connected to ventilators and intravenous fluids.
____His health condition has been rapidly deteriorating al-Khatib said.
More. . .
Related. . .  ‘FREEDOM  OR  DEATH’:  FAMILY  OF  HUNGER  STRIKER  LEFT  WAITING

❷ From: MONDOWEISS
IN  LATEST  THRUST  AT  OBAMA,  NETANYAHU  NAMES  UN  AMBASSADOR  WHO  TRASHED  HIM  AND  SAID   PALESTINIANS  CAN  HAVE  ‘FACEBOOK  STATE’
Philip Weiss
August 14, 2015
In the midst of his battle with President Obama over the Iran Deal, Israel’s prime minister announced today that he will appoint as the country’s next ambassador to the U.N. a far-right politician [DANNY DANON] who has been outspoken against Obama and who wants to annex the West Bank.
[. . .]
____Netanyahu fired Danon as deputy foreign minister in July 2014 when Danon said that Netanyahu was being too restrained in his attack on Gaza, which was then producing imagery of slaughtered children around the world.
____Two years ago, Danon taunted Palestinians over the idea they would ever have enfranchisement or a state. Ben Birnbaum reported in the New Republic:
More. . .
About Danny Danon

❸ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ACTIVISTS,  LOCALS  RALLY  NEAR  HEBRON  AGAINST  BLOCKADE,  SETTLEMENTS
August 15, 2015
HEBRON ― Local residents, foreign activists, and volunteers with Hebron’s Youth Against Settlements rallied near the al-Buera village in the southern West Bank district of Hebron on Friday in protest of the continued closure of al-Buera’s main road.
____The village’s main road has been controlled and blockaded by the Israeli occupation since the second Palestinian Intifada broke out in mid-2000.
____For the past 15 years, Israeli forces have implemented the blockaded of al-Buera’s main road using rocks and earth mounds. In addition, a steel gate was installed on one of the village’s exits near the illegal Israeli outpost of Givat Harsina in the Kiryat Arba settlement.
____The rally kicked off near the steel gate, and protesters marched from the outpost towards al-Buera village.
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Activists from Youth Against Settlements (YAS) group in Hebron demonstrating against blockade of al-Buera's main street.
Activists from Youth Against Settlements (YAS) group in Hebron demonstrating against blockade of al-Buera’s main street.

❹ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  DETAIN  PALESTINIAN  NEAR  RAMALLAH  VILLAGE
August 15, 2015
RAMALLAH― forces Saturday shot and injured a Palestinian youth near the village of Beit ‘Ur al-Tahta to the west of Ramallah before detaining him, said Palestinian medical sources.
____Israeli forces shot and injured Mahmoud Jomhoor, who comes from the East Jerusalem town of Beit ‘Anan, twice in his hand purportedly for attempting to stab an Israeli soldier on route 443, an Israeli bypass road that is considered the main traffic artery between Ramallah and several Palestinian villages to the southwest of the city.
____Sources from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said that a PRCS paramedics rushed to provide emergency treatment for Jomhoor, but they were prevented from approaching the scene.
____PRCS sources added that Israeli forces detained the injured man and led him to an unknown destination.
More. . .

❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ALLIANCE  BLACKMAIL:  ISRAEL’S  OPPOSITION  TO  THE  IRAN  NUCLEAR  AGREEMENT
Richard Falk
July 30, 2015

“Which side will prevail in this dysfunctional encounter is presently obscure, which itself is an indication of the dismal conditions of political life in America. Many unanswered and unanswerable questions bedevil the process: Will this agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program be approved, and then implemented, or will it be blocked or unacceptably revised before coming into operation, or later on? Will Iran become associated more openly with Western attempts to defeat ISIS and in the desperate need to bring peace and humane governance to Syria where the people of the country have endured such severe suffering since 2011? Will these developments allow Iran to be treated as a normal state within regional and global political settings, and if this reduced atmosphere of external tension occurs will it also have moderating impacts on the internal governing process in Iran? Or will Israel and its allies succeed in keeping Iran in ‘a terrorist cage’ reserved for pariah states, and continue to insist upon a military option to wage war against Iran?”
[. . . .]
“What seems superficially astounding is that the world’s number one state seems frightened to step on the smallest Israeli toe, while Israel is ready to do whatever it needs to do to get its way on policy issues in the event of a dispute with its supposedly more powerful partner. After negotiating a far tougher deal (on enriched uranium and intrusive inspections) with Iran than the realities warrant, at least partly out of deference to Israeli concerns. . .”

Richard Falk is Albert G Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Research Fellow, Orfalea Center of Global Studies. He is also the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights.

“THE  PAGAN  FIRE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  (1929 – 1994)
Slowly,
I draw the thin thread of light
From the night’s entangled darkness,
Water the nursery of dreams
At the source of the torrent,
And dry the tears of my beloved
With kerchiefs of Arabian Jasmine.

Slowly,
I plant the scarce oases
In the burning sands,
And build for scoundrels
A life of justice and scented plentitude.
If, one day, I trip on the road,
My roots will guide me back.

Slowly,
For I am not like matches
That flicker once and die forever
But like a pagan fire,
I burn from the cradle to the grave,
And from my ancestors to my descendants.
My breath is as wide as the horizon;
I will master the craft of ants.

Slowly,
For we dictate
The course of history.
We have seen the end
Of many a tyrant;
Each gets what he deserves.
We lengthen their ropes,
Not to lengthen their lives, but to hang them.
―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.
Available from Amazon.
Tawfiq Zayyad (7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his “poetry of protest”. Born in the Galilee, Zayyad studied literature in USSR. After returning home, he was elected mayor of Nazareth on 9 December 1973. . .
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Barailai Medical Center. both prison and hospital.
Barailai Medical Center. both prison and hospital.

“. . . the ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning. . .” (Yousef el Qedra)

Loav Bakri in hospital. Image by Ma'an.
Loav Bakri in hospital after beating by gang of Israeli settlers . Image by Ma’an.

❶ From: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
PCHR  REPORT  ON  ISRAELI  HUMAN  RIGHTS  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OPT  (06- 12 AUGUST 2015)
PCHR-Gaza
August 13, 2015
Israeli forces escalated the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces used excessive force killing a Palestinian civilian, while Sa’ed Dawabsha died of burns he sustained earlier due to a settler attack. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded a Palestinian child east of Beit Hanoun town as part of shooting incidents along the Gaza Strip border area. . . .
____Incursions . . . .
____Restrictions on movement . . . .
____Settlement Activities . . . .
____Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem . . . .
More. . . 
Complete PCHR document

❷ From: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
PALESTINIAN PRISONER RESISTANCE: PALESTINIAN PRISONERS ARE CONTINUING THEIR PROTESTS AND RESISTANCE INSIDE PRISON.
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
August 13, 2015
This includes Muhammad Allan, the 31-year-old lawyer on hunger strike for 58 days to protest his administrative detention without charge or trial.
____About 560 prisoners in Ramon and Nafha prisons are currently taking part in protests against recent violent raids, transfers and other conditions in the prisons. . . . Their current protest actions include boycotting domestic work in the cells, refusing to answer to security checks or roll call, refusing to distribute meals and refusing to meet or deal with wardens.
____The prisoners are demanding an end on the invasions and violent raids on cells; improvement of medical care for prisoners. . . . the end of isolation and solitary confinement; restoration of family visits to all prisoners denied them; an end to arbitrary transfers . . . .
More. . .
HUNGER  STRIKER  ENTERS  COMA  AS  PROTEST  ENTERS  60  DAYS  (MUHAMMAD ALLAN)

❸ From: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ISRAELI  PARAMILITARY  SETTLER  GANG  BEATS  PALESTINIAN  WORKER  WITH  STEEL  RODS
Celine Hagbard
August 14, 2015
A gang of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian worker who was repairing a traffic light in an illegal Israeli settlement near Jerusalem Thursday, landing the worker in the hospital with a broken hand and a number of other injuries, according to local sources.
____The worker, Loav Bakri, 31, works as an electrical contractor, and was sent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev to fix a broken traffic light.
____When he arrived on the worksite, he was attacked by a gang of six extremist settler youth who beat him severely with metal rods, fists and boots.
____Bakri suffered multiple injuries in the attack, and was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment.
More. . .

Beit Yonatan building, named for Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel and jailed in 1987. The tall building draped in a gigantic Israeli flag. Photo Settlement Watch of Peace Now.
Beit Yonatan building, named for Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel and jailed in 1987. The tall building draped in a gigantic Israeli flag. Photo Settlement Watch of Peace Now.

❹ From: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ILLEGAL  JEWISH  SETTLEMENTS  CONTINUE  TO  SPREAD  IN  OCCUPIED  EAST  JERUSALEM
August 14, 2015
A pro-settler group is continuing with its efforts to spread illegal Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. Ateret Cohanim, reported Haaretz on Thursday, has obtained a court order to evict a Palestinian family from a building that the organisation now controls in Silwan, near to the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.
____Several weeks ago, the organisation filed a request to evacuate other Palestinian families living in the area as it tries to seize more Palestinian homes. More recently, it applied for licences to build a three-story building in Silwan . . . .
____Ateret Cohanim has been active for years . . . . Its activities revolve around taking control of the area of Batan Al-Hawa in Silwan, which it claims was home to Jews of Yemeni origin more than a hundred years ago. In this context the group seized the Beit Yonatan building, which was built without a licence and is now inhabited by 10 Jewish families
More. . .
Peace Now

❺ Opinion
From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
WHAT  IF  BIBI  WINS?
John Whitbeck
Aug. 13, 2015
The choice facing members of the U.S. Congress in September’s “disapproval” votes could scarcely be clearer and has nothing to do with the merits of the international agreement reached on July 14 with respect to Iran’s nuclear program.
____Whether one believes that there was a genuine risk of Iran attacking Israel with a nuclear weapon or, more sensibly, that there was a genuine risk of Israel attacking Iran with conventional or nuclear weapons. . . . the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” reached in Vienna should vastly reduce the risk of a catastrophic war involving Iran and Israel.
____Since this diplomatic agreement is obviously good news for the world, the UN Security Council has unanimously approved it and only one of the UN’s 193 member states, Israel, is currently opposed to it.
____The choice before members of Congress is thus a clear and simple one: Do they owe their primary allegiance and loyalty to the United States of America or to Israel?
More. . .
John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.

“I  HAVE  NO  HOME,”  BY YOUSEF  EL  QEDRA
I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms―
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.

I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.

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 Barnes and Noble.
Yousef el Qedra is a young poet and playwright living in Gaza, Palestine. He has a B.A. degree in Arabic literature from al Azhar University, Gaza. His poems have been published in local, national and international magazines, newspapers, and internet websites. More. . . Nafha Prison, 5 miles north of Mitzpe Ramon.Nafha Prison, 5 miles north of Mitzpe Ramon.

“. . . you get angry send an armed messenger polite to tell me: Come . . . “(Yusif [Yusuf] Hamdan)

A monk stands next to
A monk stands next to “PRICE TAG” graffiti sprayed by vandals on a wall at the entrance to the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012. REUTERS Baz Ratner

❶ From: ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE *** (Note below)
PRICE  TAG”  AND  EXTREMIST  ATTACKS  IN  ISRAEL
August 5, 2015
Since 2008, there have been repeated attacks carried out by extremist Israeli Jews against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians, often in reprisal for Israeli government action against illegal settlement activity. These attacks, which are frequently labeled “price tag” incidents, target mosques, churches, Arab and Jewish homes and property, Israeli military bases and vehicles, as well as other Israeli Jews. They involve the desecration of property with anti-Arab and anti-government slogans. MOST OF THESE ATTACKS INCLUDE THE PHRASE “PRICE TAG” AND ARE ACCOMPANIED BY HATEFUL AND RACIST SLOGANS, the name of an illegal settlement, or a reference to an Israeli casualty of Palestinian terrorism, the implication being that THE VIOLENT INCIDENT IS THE “COST” OF ISRAELI GOVERNMENT ACTION on settlements or for anti-Israeli violence.
More. . .
(*** is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States. Describing itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency,” the ADL states that it “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” doing so through “information, education, legislation, and advocacy.”)

❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  TORCH  BEDOUIN  TENT  NEAR  RAMALLAH
August, 13, 2015
RAMALLAH ― Israeli settlers torched a Bedouin tent in the area of Ein Samiya near Kafr Malik village in northern Ramallah Thursday morning, local sources told Ma’an.
____A group of Israeli settlers raided the village of Ein Samiya and threw flammable material on a Bedouin tent before the residents noticed and attacked the settlers, forcing them to flee the area.
____An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the attack but could give no further details.
____The fire caused substantial damages to the tent but locals were able to put the fire out without any injuries, locals said.
____Israeli settlers also SPRAYED “PRICE TAG” NEAR THE SCENE AND SIGNED SLOGANS CALLING FOR THE KILLING OF PALESTINIANS and expelling them out of their lands.
More. . .   

❸ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  TROOPS  DETAIN  12  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Aug. 13, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight on Wednesday, locals told Ma’an.
____Two of the Palestinians were detained in the Jordan Valley, two close to Ramallah, two near Bethlehem, and one in southwest Jenin, an Israeli military spokesperson said.
____Israeli forces also detained two men from villages near Hebron. The two men have been identified asIsmail Youssef Tmeizi, 35, from Ithna and Mushir Abd al-Qader al-Shahatit, 29, from the Kharsa village in Dura.
____The men were detained after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes. . . .
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Israeli soldiers on patrol in the occupied West Bank (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
Israeli soldiers on patrol in the occupied West Bank (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)

❹ From: From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ISRAEL  DENIES  WATER  ACCESS  TO  MORE  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGES
August 12, 2015
During the hottest month of the year, the Israeli occupation has cut off water from three more Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank.
____The villages of Qarawat Bani Hassan, Biddya and Sarta, in the West Bank cityu of Nablus, have received only a partial supply of water, leaving almost half of their residents without running water on certain days.
____Mayor of Qarawat Bani Hassan, Aziz Aasi, said that the Israeli water company “Mekorot” had begun lowering the water quota for the villages, causing water pressure to drop.
____“Following the decrease in water pressure, all the houses that are in the higher parts of the towns were left without a drop,” he said, according to Days of Palestine.
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❺ Opinion
From: +972 MAGAZINE
OCCUPATION  IS  THE REAL  ‘JEWISH  TERRORISM’
Samah Salaime
August 9, 2015
I’ve recently tried to figure out the over-use of the phrase “Jewish terror” . . . According to Wikipedia, “Jewish terror” refers to terrorism carried out by Jews against Arabs since the establishment of the state, with some incidents here and there of Jews targeting other Jews.
[. . . .]
____Under “Palestinian terror” were descriptions of Palestinian actions defined as . . . . “Terror activities were principally invasions into Jewish neighborhoods and settlements, murders of their residents, ambushes of vehicles, and the burning of Jewish-owned orchards and fields.”
____Surely there must be a mistake here. This is exactly what settlers have been doing to Palestinians for quite some time, under the supervision of the army . . . instances of ransacking and harassment, burglary of land and property, vandalism, hostility, destruction of land, uprooting of trees . . . destruction of houses, paving of roads and interruption of the West Bank in every direction. How do we call this form of terror? Ah, yes, “occupation.” Suddenly it made sense: Jewish occupation / Jewish terror.
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“THE  TRUTH  IS  SAID,”  BY  YUSUF  HAMDAN
I say that I hate occupation
you get angry
wake the mountain from its sleep
and chide the fox for forgetting
and you draw the arrest order

I say that I hate war and fighting
you get angry
send an armed messenger
polite
to tell me: Come!
and when I smile
you drown in insults and coughs

I say that I hate oppression
and that all I have
of progressive papers is Al-Itthad
you get angry
and from the sky
you pour Jerusalem and the News
al-Subh and al-Masa
and New Outlook
and other names

I say that I hate rape
you get angry
and honor me in a prison cell
and inflict punishment upon me
and guard me from my friends

I say that I love Justice
you hate it!

I say that I hate injustice
you love it
and if you get angry
there is the ocean drink it!

My anger drips oil and honey
my pain bears almonds, flouts, and roses
so jail my piece of bread
I defy

From: THE PALESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982.
―Available from Palestine Online Store.
Also in: Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture. Vol.14 No.1 2007.
Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.
Al-Ittihad (The Union) is an Israeli Arabic-language daily newspaper based in Haifa. Once considered the most important Arab media outlet in Israel, it is owned by Maki, the Israeli Communist Party. It is currently edited by Aida Touma-Suleiman.
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“. . . when the sea gazelle was stabbed, And the moon became an eye of glass. . .” (Mu’in Bseiso)

A picture taken on March 19, 2013 shows workers at the archaeological site of the Saint Hilarion Monastery, one of the largest Christian monasteries in the Middle East, in Tel Umm al-Amr close to Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. AFP photo. More. . .
A picture taken on March 19, 2013 shows workers at the archaeological site of the Saint Hilarion Monastery, one of the largest Christian monasteries in the Middle East, in Tel Umm al-Amr close to Deir al-Balah, in the central Gaza Strip. AFP photo.  More. . .  

❶ From: PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
IOF  TO  BAN  MUSLIMS,  ALLOW  SETTLERS  INTO  IBRAHIMI  MOSQUE  ON  THURSDAY
August 12, 2015
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Tuesday night announced will to close the Ibrahimi mosque (Haram) in the old city of Hebron, southern West Bank, for the Muslim worshipers under the pretext of “Jewish occasions. “Local sources said that IOF announced the mosque will be closed in the face of Muslims Thursday early morning, until the evening, but will be opened for Israeli Jewish settlers.
____The mosque is regularly closed down by Israeli forces under the same pretext, but Jewish settlers are given full privilege to break into the mosque whenever desired.
[. . . .]
____IOF have often prevented the call for prayers (Adan) from the mosque, violating the religious freedom of Muslims.
____The Israeli minister of army, Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday morning broke into the mosque “to carry out Jewish prayers” in midst of tight security guardianship.
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❷ From: PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
GRAND  MUFTI  CONDEMNS  ISRAEL’S  DECISION  TO  BUILD  SYNAGOGUE  IN  OLD  JERUSALEM
August 12, 2015
JERUSALEM, (WAFA) – The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, condemned on Wednesday the ongoing construction of a Jewish synagogue upon the ruins of an Islamic site in the Old City of Jerusalem.
____He said the construction of the synagogue comes as part of a “Judaization” plan which aims to transfer the holy city and areas surrounding al-Aqsa Mosque into a completely Jewish area.
____The Jordan-run Islamic Waqf, which has administrative jurisdiction over the compound, has accused Israel of attempting to “Judaize” the holy site and the city of Jerusalem.
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A view of Jerusalem’s Old City Hurva (The Ruin) synagogue, left, the Dome of the Rock mosque, center, and an Armenian church on January 24, 2011. Getty Images.
A view of Jerusalem’s Old City Hurva (The Ruin) synagogue, left, the Dome of the Rock mosque, center, and an Armenian church on January 24, 2011. Getty Images.

❸ From: AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
PERPETUAL  NEGLECT  JEOPARDIZES  GAZA’S  ARCHAEOLOGICAL  SITES
Rasha Abou Jalal
August 11, 2015
GAZA CITY — Some of the Gaza Strip’s most precious historical sites, dating back thousands of years, are being devastated not only by the targeted bombardments of repeated wars, but also from long-term government neglect.
____ “In addition to the Israeli attacks, cultural heritage, as well as Islamic and Christian archaeological sites, suffer from significant violations due to the neglect of successive governments,” [said] Nasser al-Yafawi, an expert on history and heritage in the Gaza Strip. . .
____He added, “These governments failed to preserve the Palestinian heritage in Gaza. They left heritage sites exposed to looting, pillaging and effacement without providing the minimal level of care that is worthy of the civilization that these sites and old buildings represent.”
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❹ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
US  INTERVENES  IN  CASE  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS  OVER  ISRAEL  ATTACKS
Aug. 12, 2015
WASHINGTON ―The United States said on Tuesday it has intervened in a lawsuit against Palestinian authorities over attacks in Israel that killed and injured Americans, arguing that a high bond could compromise the Palestinians’ financial stability.
____A US jury in February found the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) liable for six attacks between 2002 and 2004, which killed 33 people . . .
____The families were awarded more than $218 million in damages, which was automatically tripled to about $650 million. . . .
____The US State Department said it had filed a Statement of Interest . . . to express concerns over the possible bond amount that could be issued in the case. . . for the PA to appeal the decision.
____The filing cited “US concerns about the harms that could arise if the ability of the Palestinian Authority to operate as a governmental authority is severely compromised.”
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❺ Opinion
From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  STRUGGLES  WITH  RACIST  UNDERGROUND
August 11, 2015
James Dorsey
Israel is struggling with how to deal with groups . . . that are linked to a banned nationalist political party that has emerged at the core of recent racist, anti-Palestinian incidents and include a militant soccer fan group that was responsible for last month’s violent clashes during a Europa League qualifier in Belgium between Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem and Charleloi SC.
____Two government investigations of Beitar and La Familia, its notorious fan group that openly supports Kach, the banned party founded by Meir Kahane, an extremist rabbi who was assassinated in 1990, took on added significance. . . .
____ . . . the investigations have moved center stage amid recent racist and discriminatory attacks such as the firebombing of a Palestinian home that killed an 18-month-old baby . . . as well as the stabbing of participants in a gay parade by an ultra-religious repeat offender as well as allegations . . . .
[. . . .]
____Israeli leaders have condemned the firebombing as an act of terrorism and are keen to stop elements of the underground from threatening the fabric of Israeli society by escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
____Israel also wants to ensure that racist incidents don’t pour grist on the mill of the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that seeks to isolate Israel internationally or revive efforts by the Palestine Football Association (PFA) to get world soccer body FIFA to suspend Israel’s membership in part on the grounds of racism.
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“ALEXANDER  AND  THE  SUN  FLOWER,”  BY  MUEEN  BESSISSOU  (Mu’in  Bseiso)
The auction began,
And she was carried on a litter to Alexander’s tent.
They brought her the milk of a deer and a lioness.
And so she washed.
She was perfumed with incense;
And when they blew the horn,
A bed was fetched.
And Alexander entered.
Joys of Alexander!
He slept with her
Until the cock crowed,
Then discarded her,
To be bestowed on a king
Who abandoned her after two nights.
She was carried on a camel
And bestowed on a prince.
The incense garden burned down.
Then she was bestowed on a minister,
And down to the fifty-first man in his entourage.
And when the sea gazelle was stabbed,
And the moon became an eye of glass,
Her navel became a wine pot.
Kings and rebels drank to her health,
She learned how to lie with them.
Rainbow! Stay this winter from our skies.
Your red and blue and green
Stain our face, like mud and glue.

From: A LOVER FROM PALESTINE AND OTHER POEMS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PALESTINIAN POETRY. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
Mu’in Bseiso (1926 – January 23, 1984)

Fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team hold up a sign saying "beitar pure for ever" and chanted against owner Arcadi Gayadamak during Saturday evening's game against Bnei Yehuda of Tel Aviv over Gaydamak's announced intention to make two Russians the first Muslims in the teams history. Jan 26 2013. Photo by Flash90
Fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team hold up a sign saying “beitar pure for ever” and chanted against owner Arcadi Gayadamak during Saturday evening’s game against Bnei Yehuda of Tel Aviv over Gaydamak’s announced intention to make two Russians the first Muslims in the teams history. Jan 26 2013. Photo by Flash90

“. . . they thought it was a dream But the night went on and on . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

(Please see Note from the editor above the Zayyad poem.)

Netanyahu vows to expand the settlements during a 2015 campaign stop at Har Homa. (See "opinion" below)
Netanyahu vows to expand the settlements during a 2015 campaign stop at Har Homa. (See “opinion” below)

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  POLICE  PREVENT  WOMEN,  CHILDREN  FROM  ENTERING  AQSA
Aug. 11, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli police on Tuesday prevented Palestinian children taking part in a summer camp as well as a number of Palestinian women from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, witnesses said.
____Witnesses said that Israeli police “suddenly” deployed at the compound gates and set up iron barriers.
____Israeli police reportedly distributed a list of women’s names at all gates and prevented a number of women, as well as children taking part in a summer camp, from entering the holy site.
____Witnesses added that police deployed at the Lion’s Gate chased children from the area, causing them to panic.
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❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
SETTLERS  FIREBOMB  PUBLIC  PARK  IN  NABLUS  VILLAGE
Aug. 11, 2015
NABLUS ―Israeli settlers hurled Molotov cocktails at a public park in the northern West Bank village of Qaryut overnight Monday in a failed attempt to set fire to the park.
____Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that a number of settlers arrived in three vehicles at 2 a.m. and hurled several Molotov cocktails at the park before fleeing the scene.
____The sources said local youths tried to chase the attackers but they sped away. No injuries were reported.
____Residents of the nearby village of Beita said that settlers tried to carry out a separate attack there, but locals noticed them and managed to prevent the attack.
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❸ From: PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  ‘DEFENSE’  MINISTER  BREAKS  INTO  IBRAHIMI  MOSQUE  IN  HEBRON
Aug. 11, 2015
HEBRON – Israeli ‘Defense’ Minister Moshe Ya’alon Tuesday morning broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron. . . . Ya’alon broke into the Ibrahimi Mosque under tightened security protection.
____. . . in anticipation of Ya’alon’s provocative visit, Israeli forces closed down all of the old market gates leading to the Mosque, effectively denying Palestinian Shari‘a Court employees as well as Muslim worshippers access into the Mosque.
____The Mosque caretaker Munther Abu al-Feilat denounced Ya’alon’s act describing it as an attempt to obliterate the Palestinian and Islamic nature of the Mosque and the Old City of Hebron.
More. . .

❹ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  POSTPONES  KHALIDA  JARRAR  HEARING  FOR  3RD  TIME
Aug. 11, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — An Israeli military court on Monday postponed a court hearing for Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar for the third time in a row after witnesses failed to show up, her lawyer said.
____Mahmoud Hassan, director of the legal unit for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, said that the military prosecution had again failed to take the necessary steps to have the witnesses brought to the court.
____”Failure to bring the witnesses prolongs Jarrar’s detention, exhausts her and her family, and undermines her right to have a just trial,” Hassan told the court.
____The court judge on Monday rejected a second request to release Jarrar on bail that was submitted by Addameer last week. . . .
____ Hassan accused the prosecution of “procrastinating.”
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Demonsration in support of Khalida Jarrar. (Maanimages file)
Demonsration in support of Khalida Jarrar. (Maanimages file)

❺ Opinion
From: MONDOWEISS
ISRAEL’S  ‘BLAME  THE  HAND’  EXCUSE  FOR  SETTLER  VIOLENCE
Aaron Turgeman
Aug. 10, 2015
In Mel Brooks’ comedy Blazing Saddles, the newly appointed black sheriff of a Wild West township realizes that his welcome ceremony is about to turn into a lynch by the town’s all-white denizens. The black cowboy improvises an ingenious escape plan: he points his gun at his own head and pretends to be taken hostage.
____Fans of Mel Brooks may appreciate the Israeli spectacle, cast in the same mold, which could be referred to as “blame the hand”. . . .
[. . . .]
____It has been the mainstay of the Zionist left and the so-called peace camp to blame Israel’s post-1967 territorial entanglement on settlers. According to this view, the settlers have violated the 1967 borders, the settlers . . . the settlers . . . . . . the settlers . . . While these accusations certainly have merit, it is worth remembering that the hand does not operate by itself. It is the head that moves it. And the head is the Israeli government, representing Israel’s Jewish population.
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(RARE NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: I found this poem leafing through Enemy of the Sun. The line in the title above stuck in my mind. I realized that seldom [except in Gaza] do the horrors perpetrated on the Palestinians reach the level of the Kufr Qassem massacre, and that makes it easy for us―especially Americans―to forget that all that happens in Palestine is rooted in the horrors of the not-too-distant past. None of the reports above is insignificant or trivial, and “night [goes] on and on.”)

“THE  SKULL  HARVEST,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
Did you hear the story of the skulls
how humans were slaughtered like cows
It is called the “Harvest of Skulls.”
The stage is a village
Call it Kufr Qassem
It has awakened the town’s people
At first they thought it was a dream
But the night went on and on
And the sleepy eyes opened again
This time they were shaken
by the wailing of bereaved mothers
and that of young men
of the elders, and the expectant
They exploded in our nation
volcanoes of bitterness and revenge
A voice is coming from the horizon
The cries of victims crack their graves
Listen carefully:
A chant is shaking the village yard
It is the people, massacred by the guards

Unite your ranks and be prepared
to erase the misery
which lies heavily on your chest
to destroy a system based on oppression
to destroy a system of crime and blood

From: ENEMY OF THE SUN: POETRY OF PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE. Edited by Naseer Aruri and Edmund Ghareeb. Washington, D.C.: Drum and Spear Press, 1970. ―Available from Amazon.
Tawfiq Zayyad was a Palestinian poet, writer, scholar and politician. He was born in Nazareth in 1929 and died on July 5, 1994 in a dreadful car crash while on his way to meet Yasser Arafat in Jericho after the Oslo agreements. He participated in Palestinian political life in occupied Palestine, was elected mayor of Nazareth, and served as a member of the Israeli Knesset.

FROM  WIKIPEDIA,  about  Kafr  Qawim:
The Kafr Qasim massacre took place in the Israeli Arab village of Kafr Qasim situated on the Green Line, at that time, the de facto border between Israel and the Jordanian West Bank on October 29, 1956. It was carried out by the Israel Border Police (Magav), who murdered Arab civilians returning from work during a curfew, imposed earlier in the day, on the eve of the Sinai war, of which they were unaware. In total 48 people died, including 6 women and 23 children aged 8–17. Arab sources usually give the death toll as 49, as they include the unborn child of one of the women.
The border policemen who were involved in the shooting were brought to trial and found guilty and sentenced to prison terms, but all received pardons and were released in a year. . .

Kafr Qasim. October 29, 1956.
Kafr Qasim. October 29, 1956.

“. . . time has scattered them, their suns and their names dispelled. . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

The long-awaited reconstruction began in Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Photo: AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra.
The long-awaited reconstruction began in Gaza City on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Photo: AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra.

❶ From: MONDOWEISS
GAZA  RECONSTRUCTION  FINALLY  BEGINS  OVER  A  YEAR  AFTER  ISRAELI  ATTACK
Isra Saleh El-Namy
Aug. 10, 2015
Awad Nawasra, 52, was delighted when he got a call from the Ministry of Labor in Gaza to come and sign a contract in order to start rebuilding his completely demolished home in Gaza’s el-Maqazi camp. . .
____Nawasra’s home was targeted by the Israeli military planes three times during the conflict last summer. Four of his family members were killed in the first raid.
[. . . .]
____The current plan aims to build only one floor for every completely damaged house, regardless of the size of the previous house.
____Reconstruction is now being seen in nearly all of Gaza’s districts as part of the funds that were pledged at the Cairo Conference to reconstruct Gaza have started to be delivered to Gaza.
More. . .

❷ From: THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  SET FIRE  TO  PALESTINIAN  FARMLANDS
Aug. 10, 2015
Extremist Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian farms and pasture lands in the south of the West Bank city of Nablus, local Palestinian sources told the Anadolu Agency yesterday.
____Member of the council of Burin Village Waleed Obaid said that a number of settlers snuck into the eastern areas of the village and set fire to over than 10,000 square metres of pasture lands.
____The settlers, who came from a nearby illegal settlement, withdrew safely under the protection of the Israeli occupation’s troops, he explained.
More. . .

Palestinian olive farm burning. Burin Village near Nablus Yitzhar Settlement
Palestinian olive farm burning. Burin Village near Nablus Yitzhar Settlement

❸ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  TROOPS  DEMOLISH  HOUSE  IN  SALFIT,  DELIVER  NOTICES  IN  NABLUS
Aug. 10, 2015
SALFIT―Israeli forces on Monday demolished a home under construction in the village of Deir Ballut in western Salfit and delivered demolition orders in western Nablus, locals said.
____Dawood Abdullah, a local activist, told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops escorted two bulldozers into Deir Ballut in the early hours of Monday and immediately started to tear down an incomplete house belonging to Adnan Abdullah.
____The activist said that the home, which was in an area known locally as Khallat Qaswal, was one of 60 houses in the village located in land classified as Area C.
More. . .

❹ From: AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
PALESTINE  NOT  EQUIPPED  TO  FACE  POSSIBLE  EARTHQUAKES
Ahmad Melhem
Aug. 9, 2015
RAMALLAH — An earthquake that measured 5.2 magnitude hit Palestine on June 27. Since the earthquake, whose epicenter was in the Red Sea region, the Earth Sciences and Seismic Engineering Center at An-Najah National University in Nablus has been tracking seismic activity south of Aqaba.
____This earthquake was one of hundreds that had been tracked by earthquake detectors in the region since the beginning of the year, which prompted experts to renew their calls for increasing preparations to face a possible earthquake. Studies indicate that Palestine, which is situated in a seismically active region, would be greatly affected by a strong earthquake.
[. . . .]
____According to Dabbeek, several faults exist in Palestine, and their time to crack or cause an earthquake has come.
More. . . 

❺ Opinion (Personal essay)
From: MONDOWEISS
FROM  GAZA  TO  OXFORD:  PERSISTENCE  TRIUMPHS  OVER  TYRANNY
Said Al-Yacoubi
Aug. 10, 2015
This story was written for the Gaza-based We Are Not Numbers project.
____As I prepare to leave the UK to return to Gaza, my mind is a jumble of thoughts. When I originally filed my visa application so that I could study in the UK, my mind was a mess. . .
____It was two years ago that I was accepted into a clinical training program at Oxford University. Until then, I never believed that some dreams do come true. . . I was among just 50 students from all over the world to be selected for this training at Oxford. It is only a two-month course, but let’s face it, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
[. . . .]
____Now, as I am about to finish my training course at Oxford, my visa will expire as of August 21. I will not be allowed to stay in the UK anymore. However, I also will not be allowed to enter Egyptian lands until the crossing is open again. . . . So, my only real choice is to do nothing but wait. Fingers crossed again.
More. . . 

TWO POEMS BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
“TENTS”
There are tents of blood and terror
in the dust
pitched there to make a myth of the sky.
There are tents of wind in our blood
that take us everywhere though we appear motionless,
so the lime in the lore of the mejana **
and a smell from the sea surround us.
The singer has multiplied in us.
The imam has multiplied in us.
Talk has multiplied in us.
Departure and the medallions of war multiply and
fragment our bodies with victory!
And we are still here,
fifty years old―steeped in killing―
and on our own.

“COUNTRIES”
There are villages and towns in the dust
amid heaps of ashes.
Now time has scattered them,
their suns and their names dispelled.
There are towers without guards in the dust,
paths without people,
blunt swords searching for sharpness,
a reason for every absence and return.
There are countries buried in the dust.
So the wind went to the wilderness
to speak of their lore to the silence.

**A Palestinian song form

From: Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN INSIDE: SELECTED POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. ―Available from Amazon.
About Ibrahim Nasrallah

Said al-Yacoubi (far left), with two members of the Oxford transplant team.
Said al-Yacoubi (far left), with two members of the Oxford transplant team.

“. . . whose dreams are hindered by the little dreams of flowers. . .” (Sami Muhana)

Extremist Settlers Attack
Extremist Settlers Attack

BEFOREA MUST-READ. (Editor’s note: This is a condensed statement of the information anyone needs to understand much of the history of the “Middle East Crisis” of the last 67 years—by a woman who has lived through and written about all of it.) Samia’s blog.

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
EXTREMIST  SETTLERS  ATTACK  ANOTHER  HOME  IN  DUMA
August 8, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attacked a Palestinian home with firebombs and rocks in the West Bank village of Duma, little more than a week after an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler and his father were killed in a deadly attack in the same village.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that “a number of extremist settlers hurled two fire bombs at the home of Mahmoud Fazza al-Kaabna.”
____The fire bombs, Daghlas said, landed on the outer wall of the home near a window, but did not make it inside the house.
The attackers also hurled stones at the house, with one of them hitting al-Kaabna in the upper body.
More. . .

❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  MARCH   OVER  WEST  BANK  CHURCH  SETTLEMENT  PLANS
August 8, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces on Saturday suppressed a Palestinian march protesting Israeli plans to turn a southern West Bank church compound into a settlement outpost, as well as other Israeli “crimes,” locals said.
____Rateb al-Jbour, a coordinator for popular committees in southern Hebron, said that Israeli forces suppressed the march near al-Arrub refugee camp while it was making its way from the town of Beit Ummar towards the church compound, known as Beit al-Baraka.
____The 38-dunam compound has been in the spotlight since Israeli media reported in May that in 2012 the site was secretly PURCHASED BY AN AMERICAN MILLIONAIRE, IRVING MOSKOWITZ, [emphasis added] with the intention of turning it into a settlement outpost.
More. . .

Israeli forces on Saturday suppressed a Palestinian march
Israeli forces on Saturday suppressed a Palestinian march

❸ From: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
INFANT  MORTALITY  RATE  RISES  IN  GAZA  FOR  FIRST  TIME  IN  FIFTY  YEARS

August 8, 2015 Press Release for Immediate Publication
United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA
via UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness

Jerusalem― The infant mortality rate in Gaza has risen for the first time in five decades, according to an UNRWA study, and UNRWA’s Health Director says the blockade may be contributing to the trend.
____Every five years, UNRWA conducts a survey of infant mortality across the region, and the 2013 results were released this week.
____The number of babies dying before the age of one has consistently gone down over the last decades in Gaza, from 127 per 1,000 live births in 1960 to 20.2 in 2008. At the last count, in 2013, it had risen to 22.4 per 1,000 live births.
More. . .

❹From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JEWISH  ORGANIZATION  DEMANDS  TO  EVICT  JERUSALEMITE  FAMILY
August 9, 2015
JERUSALEM, (WAFA) – A Jewish organization handed the Sarhan family from Jerusalem a judicial order to evict their three homes and a land they own, under the pretext that Jewish individuals own the property.
____According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center (WHIC), the Ateret Cohanim Jewish organization asked Sarhan family to leave the three homes and abandon a land of their own to the Jewish group, saying the property belongs to three Yemenite Jews who lived there before prior to 1948. . . .
____The homes are shelter to 10 Palestinians from the Sarhan family, who has been there for more than 80 years, according to WHIC.
____It said the homes are located within the Ateret Cohanim master plan for settlement activity in Silwan . . . .
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❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
ASHRAWI:  ISRAEL  HAS  GONE  COMPLETELY  OUT  OF  CONTROL
August 1, 2015
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of 300 units in the illegal settlement of Beit El and plans to construct additional units in and around Jerusalem. . .

“Israel is deliberately and willfully defying international consensus to create ‘Greater Israel’ on historical Palestine. With its rapid, intensive and overwhelming violations, Israel has gone completely out of control, and it is quantitatively making it impossible for the international community to pursue these violations systematically.”

These comments were made following a meeting Dr. Ashrawi had with French Consul General Hervé Magro earlier today at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.
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“A  WINDOW,”  BY  SAMI  MUHANA
Between the sunrise and me there’s a window.
So I greet my old friends the morning air
and the horizon’s penciled line. Those clouds
are gossiping about a secret rendezvous.
I say hello to that dear memory.

Between my love and me there’s a window.
I gaze out into Spring through the eyes of
someone who loves flowers, whose dreams
are hindered by the little dreams of flowers ―
dreams of loss, dreams of goodbye.

Between God and me there’s a window
and I have named it Galilee.
―Trans. By John Glenday

Sami Muhanna is a poet and lawyer, and president and founder of the Arab Writers Union in Haifa. He is active in Palestinian political and academic affairs inside Israel.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.

Hanan Ashrawi
Hanan Ashrawi

“. . . 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
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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,