“. . . children of Abraham! You are not pagans or witches . . .” (Aftab Yusuf Shaikh)

An Israeli man shows his son how to work a machine gun. (AFP PHOTO/GALI. Photo via Newscom.)
An Israeli man shows his son how to work a machine gun. (AFP PHOTO/GALI. Photo via Newscom.)

❶ West Jerusalem mayor tells settlers to ‘come out with their guns’
❷ Palestinian detained after Israeli man stabbed, injured in Jerusalem
❸ Palestinian traders stay put in Jerusalem’s Old City, despite intimidation
❹ Raed Salah blames Netanyahu for escalation in Palestinian territories
❺ Opinion/Analysis: In Israel/Palestine we are witnessing the end of a colonial regime
❻ Poetry by Aftab Yusuf Shaikh
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PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
WEST  JERUSALEM  MAYOR  TELLS  SETTLERS  TO  ‘COME  OUT  WITH  THEIR  GUNS’
Oct. 8, 2015
Jerusalem―The Israeli mayor of West Jerusalem, Nir Barkat on Thursday delivered a message to the settlers to ‘come out with their guns.”
____“Come out today with your licensed guns, for those who know how to use it, that’s what needed right now. In a way, this is like reserve duty,” Barkat said on the Israeli GLZRadio.
____Barkat also said that the Palestinians groups “harassing” settlers in general have to be prevented from going up to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
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MA’AN NEWS ANGENCY
PALESTINIAN  DETAINED  AFTER  ISRAELI  MAN  STABBED,  INJURED  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 8, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian suspect was detained after an Israeli man was stabbed and injured Thursday near a main road in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, Israeli police said.
____Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an the Palestinian suspect was apprehended and the Israeli man was left with light injuries.
____Israeli media reported that the victim, a 25-year-old Haredi man, was seriously injured in the attack and taken for treatment at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
____The attack took place near Highway 1, a main thoroughfare cutting West to East across northern Jerusalem and crossing through areas currently site to high tensions after ongoing attacks.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
PALESTINIAN  TRADERS  STAY  PUT  IN  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY,  DESPITE  INTIMIDATION
Lydia Noon
Oct. 7 2015
The entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City is partially blocked by police vans.
____“Where are you from?” barks one of several Israeli police officers at a makeshift checkpoint near Damascus Gate.
____“Britain,” I reply. He looks confused. “UK… England.” He’s not happy.
____“Are you Muslim?” I shake my head.
____He passes my passport on to his colleague who asks if I am a tourist. I reply to the affirmative and I am finally let through. At the bottom of the steps is another checkpoint and I count around 25 within the 0.9 square kilometre of the walled city. Palestinians are stopped at these smaller checkpoints; tourists are waved through.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
RAED  SALAH  BLAMES  NETANYAHU  FOR  ESCALATION  IN  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORIES
Oct. 7, 2015
The head of the Islamic Movement in Israel has blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the ongoing escalation of tension and violence in the occupied Palestinian territories, Anadolu has reported
____“Netanyahu thought that the weakness in the Arab region would give him a chance to partition Al-Aqsa, but this will not happen,” said Shaikh Raed Salah. “This uprising is going to turn into a massive intifada if Netanyahu does not recognise his mistake.”
____Regarding the Israeli government’s claim that his movement is behind the uprising, the veteran Palestinian rights campaigner said that it is a “laughable” accusation. “The people in Jerusalem are Palestinians who see and hear what is happening. The violations of the Israeli occupation are increasing and fuelling the escalation.”
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❺ Opinion/Analysis:
MONDOWEISS
IN  ISRAEL/PALESTINE  WE  ARE  WITNESSING  THE  END  OF  A  COLONIAL  REGIME
Ilene Cohen
Oct. 7, 2015
What is happening in Israel today and what happened last week, last month, last year, and for the past almost fifty years is about cementing sovereignty over land that the international community agrees does not belong to Israel and over a subject people, the Palestinians—all in contravention of international law.
____I’m in Israel now, taking a break from the inanity and horrors of American politics, and watching the situation in Israel/Palestine heating up. Frequent topic in the Israeli press: is this or isn’t this the start of the third intifada? And, if it is, the discussion goes, how can Israel tweak the occupation so as to pacify the Palestinians? As for, how can Israel address the root cause—the very fact of the occupation—by decolonizing, well, that’s not part of the discourse.
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“JERUSALEM,”  BY  AFTAB  YUSUF  SHAIKH
If this city were a woman,
She must have earned a bad name by now,
For the number of swords unsheathed,
For the cauldrons of blood shed,
For the haunting silence that rings in wombs,
For the innocent childhoods weeded,

But, No!
This is a city, and a holy one!
Holy for whom? The ones who heap
unholiness on it.

O children of Abraham!
You are not pagans or witches,
You must remember very sharply,
That the shedding of blood cleanses nothing,
And nothing cleanses the shedding of blood,

Man remembers the Promises of God,
But very casually forgets
The Promise God took from him.

From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
Available from Barnes and Noble.
About Aftab Yusuf Shaikh

A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Oct. 6, 2015. (Photo: Xinhua/Luay Sababa)
A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli soldiers during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Oct. 6, 2015. (Photo: Xinhua/Luay Sababa)

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