“. . . For centuries I did not turn visitors away from my door. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP: A member of the Palestinian 3run Gaza team practices his parkour skills on a building in preparation for the 'Gulf Monster', the first Arab parkour competition in Qatar in November. (MEM file photo)
GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP: A member of the Palestinian 3run Gaza team practices his parkour skills on a building in preparation for the ‘Gulf Monster’, the first Arab parkour competition in Qatar in November. (MEM file photo)

❶ 12 year old Palestinian killed in Bethlehem as violence explodes across the West Bank
❷ Clashes break out after 13-year-old’s funeral in Bethlehem, 10 injured
❸ Demolishing the houses of the Martyrs’ families…Ja’abees, Hijazi and Abu Jamal using explosives
❹ Israeli settlers attack iconic mosque in Jaffa
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘The problem isn’t Arab protesters, it’s the society that sees them as an enemy’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The Basic Lies behind Zionism’s ‘Basic Truths’
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
12  YEAR  OLD  PALESTINIAN  KILLED  IN  BETHLEHEM  AS  VIOLENCE  EXPLODES  ACROSS  THE  WEST  BANK
Oct. 5, 2015
Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah, 12 was still in his school uniform when he was rushed in a civilian car to Beit Jala hospital from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem today. The boy, from from a Al Kahder village, was shot in the heart during confrontations at Aida camp as violence explodes across the West Bank prompting the Red Crescent to declare a level 3 state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territories. Another boy was shot in leg with live ammunition during the attack.
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The way American media reports the murder . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
CLASHES  BREAK  OUT  AFTER  13-YEAR-OLD’S  FUNERAL  IN  BETHLEHEM,  10  INJURED
Oct. 6, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians with live rounds on Tuesday as fierce clashes broke out in Bethlehem following the funeral of a 13-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before.
____Two Palestinians were shot with live bullets in their head, while another was shot in the leg, medics told Ma’an, adding that they had been rushed to operation rooms for treatments.
____Another seven Palestinians were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, medics said, and dozens suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.
____Hundreds took part in the funeral procession of Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, 13, who was shot in his chest while returning home from school during clashes in Aida refugee camp on Monday afternoon.
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WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
DEMOLISHING  THE  HOUSES  OF  THE  MARTYRS’  FAMILIES… JA’ABEES,  HIJAZI  AND  ABU  JAMAL  USING EXPLOSIVES
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — The occupation authorities execute an operation of demolishing using explosives and closing a room using cement to the houses of the Martyrs Mohammad Ja’abees and Ghassan Abu Jamal in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber and Mutaz Hijazi in Silwan.
____Wadi Hilweh Information Center (WHIC) was informed that explosives experts used explosives to demolish the houses of Mohammad Ja’abees and Ghassan Abu Jamal while the occupation authorities closed the room of Mutaz Hijazi with cement.
____During the operation, damage was caused to the neighboring houses.
____The forces raided the houses of the Martyrs Mohammad Ja’abees and Ghassan Abu Jamal in Jabal Al-Mukabber and Mutaz Hijazi in Silwan after midnight Monday.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  ICONIC  MOSQUE  IN  JAFFA
Oct. 6, 2015
A number of extremist Israeli settlers in Jaffa attacked the Hassan Bek Mosque yesterday and attempted to burn it, eyewitnesses told Arab48.
____Mohamed Ashqar, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said: “The settlers broke into the mosque from its main gate, threw big stones inside and smashed its windows.”
____“The settlers planned to destroy and burn the mosque like what happened in the past when they burnt it, threw a pig’s head inside.”
____Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said that they saw the settlers, who wanted to damage the mosque, but they undermined the settlers’ plan as they burst into it. “Therefore, the settlers fled,” the eyewitnesses told Arab48.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+ 972 MAGAZINE
‘THE  PROBLEM  ISN’T  ARAB  PROTESTERS,  IT’S  THE  SOCIETY  THAT  SEES  THEM  AS  AN  ENEMY’
Noam Sheizaf
Oct. 6, 2015
Fifteen years since the events of October 2000, in which Israeli police killed 13 Arab protesters, Hassan Jabareen, head of Israel’s leading Arab civil rights organization, talks to +972 about the lessons Israel’s Palestinian population learned from the killings, the escalation of systematic discrimination since, and the vision of a democratic state of all its citizens. ‘If Arabs in Israel determined their political leanings in accordance with what Jews said, they would always be inferior.’
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  BASIC  LIES  BEHIND  ZIONISM’S  ‘BASIC  TRUTHS’
Oct. 5 2015
Jeremy Salt
‘We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country. This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that.’ Thus spoke the ‘deputy foreign affairs minister’ for the Zionist settler state, a woman called Tzipi Hotovely. So let’s go along with her and return to the basics, especially as the killing of two settlers near Hebron and two in Jerusalem in the past week again reminds us of them.
____Since 1967 the people of Hebron have lived under the most, racist, brutal and illegal form of occupation in the world. Arguably, it is the worst place for a Palestinian living in eastern Palestine, also known as the West Bank, as opposed to the East Bank of the Jordan River.
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“IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH
For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But no
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not turn visitors
Away from my door
Than one morning I opened my eyes
To find my food stolen
My wife strangled
And my child’s back a field of wounds.
I recognized my treacherous guests.
I planted mines and daggers at my door
And I swore by the traces of the knife
That none of these guests shall enter my house
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I was only a poet
In the bands of the Sufis
But now
I am an erupting volcano
In the twentieth century.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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About Mahmoud Darwish 

Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah, 12, just before being shot to death by Israeli forces in Bethlehem (International Solidarity Movement photo)
Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah, 12, just before being shot to death by Israeli forces in Bethlehem (International Solidarity Movement photo)

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