“. . . Your house is shrouded with the dust of death. . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Le Trio Joubran plays traditional Palestinian OUD music―3 brothers from Nazareth. Adnan Joubran: "We are Palestinians . . .  but no one even notices that we are Christian Palestinians, because for us, Palestinians, it does not matter . . .  we are campaigning for the freedom of our country through our heritage and music." (Photo, Arab Women Media Watch Centre UK)
Le Trio Joubran plays traditional Palestinian OUD music―3 brothers from Nazareth. Adnan Joubran: “We are Palestinians . . . but no one even notices that we are Christian Palestinians, because for us, Palestinians, it does not matter . . . we are campaigning for the freedom of our country through our heritage and music.” (Photo, Arab Women Media Watch Centre UK)

❶ Ministry: 14 Palestinians killed, 1,000 injured since Oct. 1
❷ Jordan Slams Israel’s Continued Aggression against Palestinians as State Terrorism
❸ ‘There is no co-existence with cancer’: Right-wing Israelis demand gov’t give military ‘free hand’ to fight Palestinians
❹ Our Culture … Our Rooted Identity throughout History
❺ Opinion/Analysis: STOP TALKING ABOUT AN INTIFADA: ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION MUST END
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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(Please read “Purpose” above, and thank you for “following.”)
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
MINISTRY:  14  PALESTINIANS  KILLED,  1,000  INJURED  SINCE  OCT.  1
Oct. 9, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fourteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and around 1,000 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since Oct. 1, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said Friday.
____By the end of the day on Friday alone, seven Palestinians were killed and around 200 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets, while seven suffered from bruises after being physically assaulted by Israeli forces in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
____According to the ministry, the numbers include those who were admitted to hospitals, while hundreds of others were treated on the scene.
More . . .
Background . . . WHAT  WEAPONS  ARE  BEING  USED  IN  THE  ISRAEL-GAZA  CONFLICT. Jonathan Marcus BBC diplomatic correspondent. 10 July 2014.
Background. . .

Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. ((Agence France‑Presse/Photo.)Musa Al-Shaer, File)
Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. ((Agence France‑Presse/Photo. Musa Al-Shaer, File)

PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JORDAN  SLAMS  ISRAEL’S  CONTINUED  AGGRESSION  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS  AS  STATE  TERRORISM
Oct. 10, 2015
The Jordanian House of Representatives Saturday slammed the Israeli continued aggression against the Palestinian people, land, and holy sites as a ‘state terrorism’ conducted before the eyes of the entire world.
____The Jordanian house of Representatives expressed their utmost anger and condemnation of the Israeli crimes and repeated racist violations committed against the unarmed Palestinian people, which led to the killing and injury of many Palestinians, as well as violated the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites.
____ . . . it said that the world did nothing to curb [Israel’s] racist and foolish policies, which it stressed, would only drag the region and the world into more violence, terrorism, and lack of instability, as well as undermine efforts exerted toward the attainment of peace.
More . . .
MONDOWEISS
‘THERE  IS  NO  CO-EXISTENCE  WITH  CANCER’:  RIGHT-WING  ISRAELIS  DEMAND  GOV’T  GIVE  MILITARY  ‘FREE  HAND’  TO FIGHT  PALESTINIANS
Scott Ratner
Oct. 9, 2015
Brandishing their typical black and yellow flags and Hebrew signs boasting “Kahane was Right” and “There is no co-existence with cancer,” hundreds of right-wing activists took to the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night in a growing phenomenon of public demonstrations led by the country’s leading fascist groups such as Lahava and La Familia. Despite negligible attempts by Israeli police to force the demonstrators from proceeding (the demonstration was not granted prior police approval), the Jewish crowds began marching at around 9 pm when police officers made it readily apparent that they had no intention of halting the mostly youth from making their away across the city
____Guided and instigated by far-right ideologues such as Benzion Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, the crowds chanted their usual “Death to Arabs,” “A Jew has a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore,” and other similar malicious slogans.
More . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
OUR  CULTURE …  OUR  ROOTED  IDENTITY  THROUGHOUT  HISTORY
Courtesy of Bank of Palestine
October, 2015
In Palestine, culture is a mix of rich and varied components that combine history, literature, thought, politics, religion, economy, and identity. Culture is one of the most important factors that affect the development of societies and nations, and it is the main reason for the advancement of a nation’s political, economic, and scientific core. We typically judge a nation based on the factors listed above, which constitute its culture, a vital component of the civilization of any people or place.
____The name Palestine is enough to inspire the intellectual wealth of the world because it alone is home to all identities, nations, countries, religions, and historical eras. Palestine is the first civilization where prophets from all religions lived, and it is the last refuge for people before the end of life on this earth. Hence, all people have a duty to preserve the culture of this land.
More . . .
Background . . . BARENBOIM-SAID  MUSIC  CENTER  RAMALLAH
Background . . . “WE  ARE  DEFENDING  OUR  CULTURE”:  AN  INTERVIEW  WITH  SAMIR  JOUBRAN
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA. Adri Nieuwhof. Mar. 29, 2010.
❺ Opinion/Analysis
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
STOP  TALKING  ABOUT  AN  INTIFADA:  ISRAEL’S  OCCUPATION  MUST  END
Oct. 10, 2015
Saeb Erekat
(Saeb Erekat is the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization.)
Over the past few days, many have wondered whether this is the beginning of a third Intifada. For the Palestinian people, this question is no longer relevant. There has not been a single day, in almost half a century, that we haven’t suffered from the Israeli occupation; the main source of violence in our region. Occupation means control, which is precisely what Israel has been doing with our lives, with a daily oppression and humiliation in our own homeland by a belligerent occupying power [. . . . .]
____Yet, Netanyahu’s right-wing extremist government continues to deny Palestinian rights and to incite violence, clearly indicating that ending this Apartheid regime is not an option. His top diplomat, [Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi] Hotovely, just yesterday declared that this government was formed with the goal of preventing a two-state solution.
More . . . 

“THE  LAST  KNOCK,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
Will you not open this door for me?
My hand is exhausted from knocking at Your door.
I have come to Your vastness to beg
Some tranquility and peace of mind.
But Your door is closed in my face,
Drowned in silence.
Lord of the house,
The door was open here,
A refuge for all burdened with grief.
The door was open here,
And the green olive tree rose high,
Embracing the house.
The oil lamp kindling without faire,
Guiding the steps of one walking at night,
Relieving those crushed by the burden of earth,
Flooding them with satisfaction and ease.
Do you hear me, O Lord of the house,
After my loss in the deserts;
Away from You I have returned to You
But your door is closed
In my face, drowned in silence.
Your house is shrouded
With the dust of death.
You are here. Open, then, the door.
Do not veil Your face.
See my orphanhood, my loss,
Amid the ruins of a collapsing world,
The grief of the world on my shoulders
And terrors of a tyrant destiny
To be undone.

From:   A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
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