“. . . But have you pondered the cause behind my tears . . .” (Ahmad Hussein)

Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip. (Agence France‑Presse /File Menahem Kahana)
Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip. (Agence France‑Presse /File Menahem Kahana)

❶ 2 killed, 19 injured as Israeli forces open fire at Gaza demo
❷ Israeli settlers assault PA minister of communications
❸ Two Palestinians Shot, While Dozens Suffocate during Jericho Clashes
❹ Analysis: The Dogs Not Barking: Netanyahu and Harper Muzzled
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The next Intifada should be a Palestinian revolution until the occupation ends
❻ Poetry by Ahmad Hussein
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  KILLED,  19  INJURED  AS  ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  GAZA  DEMO
Oct. 9, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were killed and 19 others injured as Israeli military forces opened fire at a demonstration by the border fence east of Gaza City, medics said.
____Medical sources told Ma’an that Ahmad al-Harbawi and Hussam Dawla were shot and killed during the clashes east of the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood east of Gaza City.
____At least 19 Palestinians were injured.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ASSAULT  PA  MINISTER  OF  COMMUNICATIONS
Oct. 8, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers assaulted the Palestinian Authority Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Alam Moussa, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday, smashing his car windows during the attack, PA officials said.
____Palestinian officials condemned the attack, noting that the assault against the PA minister is evidence of settlers indiscriminately targeting Palestinians.
____Government officials called upon institutions of the international community, particularly the United Nations Security Council, to intervene in Israeli violations against Palestinians.
More . . .
PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
TWO  PALESTINIANS  SHOT,  WHILE  DOZENS  SUFFOCATE  DURING  JERICHO  CLASHES
Oct. 7, 2015
JERICHO – Two Palestinian youth were shot while dozens others suffocated on Wednesday during clashes with Israeli army forces at the southern entrance of Jericho.
____Israeli forces stationed at the military checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho opened fire on Palestinians who marched to express their solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque and denunciation of settlers’ attacks against Palestinians.
____Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators, hitting and injuring Rami Abu Qamar and Mohammad Barahma. Forces also fired tear gas canisters at demonstrators, causing dozens of them to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation.
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It may be entirely coincidental, but why are they so silent now? (Palestine Chronicle Photo)
It may be entirely coincidental, but why are they so silent now? (Palestine Chronicle Photo)

❹ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  DOGS  NOT  BARKING:  NETANYAHU  AND  HARPER  MUZZLED
Jim Miles
Oct 8 2015
Most people know the now cliché passage from Sherlock Holmes:

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

____Two days after Putin made his historic speech at the UN indicating that the new world order was not necessarily that of the U.S., Russia has vigorously entered into the war against the terrorists in Syria/Iraq. Caught off guard and unawares, the U.S. and its allies, notably the U.K., pounced on Russia’s actions.
____It would appear that Putin and his advisors have the upper hand. [. . . . .]
____The western mainstream media has made a significant outcry from this [. . . . .]
____ Where there has been a deafening silence is from two surprising sources, Canada and Israel.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
THE  NEXT  INTIFADA  SHOULD  BE  A  PALESTINIAN  REVOLUTION  UNTIL  THE  OCCUPATION  ENDS
Samah Jabr
Oct. 8, 2015
President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN, which had been preceded by inflated propaganda claiming that it would be a “bombshell”, turned out to be no more than a litany of well-worn complaints and appeals to the international community. The speech certainly failed to raise any new challenges, offer new strategies or inspire hope among the Palestinians burning under Israeli occupation. . . .
____Palestinian youths had hoped that the announcement would mean that the PA would stop acting like Israel’s subcontractor in the effort to crush Palestinian resistance. They then stood up to fight the Israeli appropriation of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, to resist the closing of the city to its own people and to oppose the relentless attacks by settlers on villagers in the West Bank. . . .
____ . . . they are blamed in accordance with the typical dynamics of abuse: “They brought all that suffering upon themselves and their families!” We have heard similar comments about women who have been raped: “She asked for it; she provoked it; she is the one to blame for it.” Israel has ordered the shooting of any Palestinian child who is seen throwing stones.
More . . .

“THE  WAILING  SONG,”  BY  AHMAD  HUSSEIN
I found you in grief
Which was ever present,
Whence the promises,
The clouds,
And the rain,
And whence the dust that turned into tears
In my eyes.
Say, where did you hide the trees?

I found you in grief,
And long was our meeting!
Thirty partings,
Thirty captivities
Thirty dishonors.
I found you between what I left behind me and what I must face.
Waiting is ahead of me,
Waiting is behind me.

Looking at you I became hooked, coiled
Around an almond twig like a woman’s hair.
Should you release me, I’ll still be part of you.
Praised be your face,
Your bosom,
Praised be your lap so warm!

You read me! How time rolled by,
I became the etching, you the stone;
And, as you know, I was the singer,
And I was . . .
But have you pondered the cause behind my tears
A long, long time ago?
Can words precede images?
Then, listen to me, hear me
A song, a bower, over the lands,
Whenever you recall the sound of my voice, it pours.
I am love, and you will never lose me
So long as the soil in you lives,
And Jericho is surrounded by trees.

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.
____Born in 1939 in Haifa, Ahmad Hussein received his education in the local Arab schools of Haifa, Umm al-Fahm, and Nazareth. He has published short stories and poems in the local daily al-Yawn, in the bi-weekly al-Ittihad, and in the periodicals al-Mujtama, al-Jahid, and al-Fajr. His first collection of poems, Zaman al-Khawf (Time of Fear) was published in 1977 after the tragic death of his celebrated  brother,  Rashid  Hussein.  His poetry often uses romantic love as imagery for love of Palestine.

"Settlers and Soldiers at Iraq Burin" originally posted to Flickr as Settlers and Soldiers attacking demonstrators in Iraq Burin, 2009. (International Solidarity Movement photo)
“Settlers and Soldiers at Iraq Burin” originally posted to Flickr as Settlers and Soldiers attacking demonstrators in Iraq Burin, 2009. (International Solidarity Movement photo)

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