“. . . I never fought against God Why am I taught by pain. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Sani Sakakini (No13) is an instrumental part of Palestine’s rise in basketball. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Sani Sakakini (No13) is an instrumental part of Palestine’s rise in basketball. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images


(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you)

❶ Israeli forces storm Aqsa Mosque in third day of clashes
❷ IOF rolls into Palestinian refugee camp, attack civilians
❸ Personality of the Month: Sani Sakakini
❹ Defying Palestinian law, many still seek work in West Bank settlements
❺ Opinion/Analysis: How Obama Can Save the Two-State Solution before He Leaves Office

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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  STORM  AQSA  MOSQUE  IN  THIRD  DAY  OF  CLASHES
Sept. 15, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound’s southern mosque on Tuesday sparking the third straight day of violent clashes at the third holiest site in Islam.
____Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the clashes, during which Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian worshipers, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said.
____The director of the society’s office in Jerusalem, Amin Abu Ghazala, told Ma’an that 36 Palestinians had received treatment.
____He said that some of the Palestinians had suffered wounds and bruises after they were physically attacked, while others had suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, although he added that no one needed to be hospitalized.
More . . .
Related . . .
Related . . . 

Palestinian women demonstrate in an alley outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on September 14, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
Palestinian women demonstrate in an alley outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on September 14, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IOF  ROLLS  INTO  PALESTINIAN  REFUGEE  CAMP,  ATTACK  CIVILIANS
Sept. 15, 2015
AL-KHALIL, (PIC) ― A wave of violent clashes broke out Monday evening in the Aroub refugee camp, in northern al-Khalil, after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rolled into the area and attacked the Palestinian civilians with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets [. . . .]
The assault comes at a time when Palestinian national factions called for holding vigils across the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem in protest at Israeli attacks on Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque . . .
More . . .

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
PERSONALITY  OF  THE  MONTH:  SANI  SAKAKINI
If you spent enough time at Ramallah’s Sirriyeh Club during the early 2000s, you may have spotted a tall young man named Sani Sakakini playing basketball . . . . through years of devotion, Sani Sakakini is now the first professional basketball player to hail from Palestine [. . . .]
____Sani currently plays for a team in Jiangsu, China. . . . IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, SANI WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NBA SUMMER LEAGUE, a platform that many players have used to get into the NBA.
More. . .

AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
DEFYING  PALESTINIAN  LAW,  MANY  STILL  SEEK  WORK  IN  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS
Ahmad Melhem
Sept. 14, 2015
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Moussa Alayla, 48, had been working for almost 20 years in agriculture in Israeli settlements in the West Bank before he decided to capitalize on the experience he had gained and establish in 2002 his own company [. . . .]
Anas Mohammed, 25, graduated from one of the colleges in Ramallah two years ago and has been working for five months in the Ariel settlement as a construction worker. He told Al-Monitor that he had to accept work in the settlement because of a lack of job opportunities in the West Bank. [. . . .]
President Mahmoud Abbas issued decree law no. 4 in 2010. . . . The law bans and criminalizes any trade of Israeli settlements’ goods and products, and prohibits Palestinians from working in the settlements.
More . . .

❺ Opinion/Analysis
TPM CAFE: OPINION
HOW  OBAMA  CAN  SAVE  THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  BEFORE  HE  LEAVES  OFFICE
Sam Bahour
September 14, 2015
President Obama promised that as soon as the Iran nuclear deal is closed he will refocus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Given this shift of focus is now in sight, Obama should grant U.S. recognition of Palestine as an independent state, albeit a militarily occupied one. Such an elementary step is long overdue and may be the sole act that saves the two-state solution.
____Palestine will never be a complete nation state if required to negotiate its statehood with its military occupier Israel. Without the immediate altering of the dynamics of the conflict, extremism is almost guaranteed to begin pouring into the Palestinian community and Israel. Any further deterioration of the situation on the ground could lead a future Republican president to send U.S. boots to protect Israel. That would be a colossal mistake.
More . . . 
Sam Bahour serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, and Chairman of Palestinians for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy. He blogs at ePalestine.com.

The following poem was written in response to the so-called “Six-Day War,” June 5-10, 1967.

From “JOB’S DIARY,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
As Usual

As usual
It is provocative today.
The toll of dead rises in Haiphong,
In Aden they killed six children.
In Israel― mourning.
They commemorate the victory
Over Nazism,
The memory of human slaughter.
The army chief of staff
threatens Syria.

7/5/67

Nothing new.

12/5/67

All the reports declare:
I never fought against God
Why am I taught by pain―?
Well!

Hear me
Whisper into the image:
Job’s curse arise
Arise
Job’s curse. . . revolt
And listen to my cry:
Job
Do not submit to agony
resist the pain!
Note:
To the readers
The remaining notes of Job’s diary are drowned in “red ink”―it is impossible to read―please excuse.

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.keywords=an+enemy+of+the+sun+palestinian
About Samih Al-Qasim

Israeli military invasion of Al Aroub refugee camp / Incursion de l'armée israelienne au camp de Al Aroub, 24.05.2013. ActiveStills Images.
Israeli military invasion of Al Aroub refugee camp / Incursion de l’armée israelienne au camp de Al Aroub, 24.05.2013. ActiveStills Images.

One thought on ““. . . I never fought against God Why am I taught by pain. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

  1. […] ❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY SAUDI  KING  SEEKS  ‘URGENT’  UN  ACTION  ON  AL-AQSA Sept. 17, 2015 RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Saudi King Salman has appealed to UN chief Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council for “urgent measures” after clashes at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, state media reported. ____Salman “expressed strong condemnation of the dangerous Israeli escalation” at the holy site where Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police for three straight days, the Saudi Press Agency reported. [. . . .] ____Salman added that the “attack on worshipers” violates the sanctity of religions “and contributes to feeding extremism and violence in the world.” More. . .  Background. . . […]

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