“. . . To dissolve some dream of mine . . .” (Fouzi el-Asmar, 1973)

Israeli settlers march through the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City, Tuesday night. (Photo: Allison Deger) -
Israeli settlers march through the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City, Tuesday night. (Photo: Allison Deger)

❶ Read their lips: Israeli leaders’ plans for the Palestinians
❷ East Jerusalem is closed for Palestinians, but settlers march unimpeded
❸ Alarm grows over summary executions of Palestinians
❹ Settler Violence Continues in Bethlehem
❺ The Palestinian Youth Had to Challenge the Occupation
❻ Poetry by Fouzi el-Asmar
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
READ  THEIR  LIPS:  ISRAELI  LEADERS’  PLANS  FOR  THE  PALESTINIANS
Samah Sabawi
Oct. 15, 2015 5:04 P.M.
History in the Holy Land seems stuck in a loop. In 2000, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, at the time leader of the opposition, visited the Al-Aqsa compound in a deliberate provocation that triggered the Second Intifada. Israel launched operation “Defensive Shield” to crush the protests and eliminate the Palestinian resistance. As a result, more than 3,000 Palestinians and almost 1,000 Israelis lost their lives between 2000 and 2004, and the peace process was forever derailed.
____Fast forward to 2015: The peace process is now dead and what hope Palestinians had during the early Oslo years has turned into bitter disappointment and despair. Jewish colonies, illegal under international law, have expanded on Palestinian land throughout the years of negotiations and now fully surround Palestinian communities. Palestinians, still living under occupation, are denied basic human rights and harassed by the Israeli military and the armed extremist settlers on a daily basis.
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NOTE: An authoritative, accurate, and regularly updated account of the day’s incidents of struggle can always be found at Ma’an News Agency.
MONDOWEISS
EAST  JERUSALEM  IS  CLOSED  FOR  PALESTINIANS,  BUT  SETTLERS  MARCH  UNIMPEDED
Allison Deger
Oct. 15, 2015
Israeli police shut hundreds of Palestinian businesses in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City Tuesday night hours before a general order from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement” went into effect.
____Yet after the Palestinian stores were shuttered, police escorted more than 200 Israeli settlers through the Muslim quarter as they marched along the Via Dolorosa, the ancient road that Christians believe Jesus walked on the way to the crucifixion.
____The settlers sang prayers to music played on a PA system strapped to a dolly.
____An Israeli tour group also sauntered freely throughout the Muslim Quarter, stopping to take photographs and regale in the city’s history.
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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ALARM  GROWS  OVER  SUMMARY  EXECUTIONS  OF  PALESTINIANS
Charlotte Silver
Oct. 15 2015
Two more Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday following alleged knife attacks, while the Israeli army and government began implementing a rash of new measures approved by the so-called security cabinet late Tuesday night.
____Among the decisions made, Israeli police and Border Police will enforce closures on Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
____Human rights groups, meanwhile, have raised the alarm about an Israeli policy of extrajudicial killing aimed at Palestinians.
____The security cabinet also decided the army will deploy its military police to assist civilian police in major cities throughout present-day Israel, and 1,400 Border Police reservists have been called to reinforce Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SETTLER  VIOLENCE  CONTINUES  IN  BETHLEHEM
Oct. 15, 2015
Israeli settlers, Thursday, resumed their attacks against Palestinians, stoning Palestinian cars to the south of Bethlehem with stones, according to security sources.
Sources informed WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency that a group of settlers – protected by Israeli army soldiers – gathered near the Israeli settlement of Ifrat, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land – and proceeded to hurl stones at passing Palestinian registered cars. However, no injuries were reported.
____Israeli settlers reportedly blocked the Jerusalem-Hebron main road, hindering Palestinian traffic movement, which forced locals to take alternative ways to reach their destinations.
____Settlers have stepped up their violent attacks against Palestinians and their properties, following the killing of four Israelis at the hands of alleged Palestinian suspects.
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THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  PALESTINIAN  YOUTH  HAD  TO  CHALLENGE  THE  OCCUPATION
Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Oct. 14 2015
Four years after the advent of the “Arab Spring” and the failure to replace the ousted regimes with something better, the people of the Middle East today are engaged simultaneously in civil wars, holy wars, sectarian wars, and old and new foreign invasions. This is happening while Israel continues to commit human rights violations against the Palestinians, colonize their lands and denies them their right to be free, even the right to worship.
____The aftermath of the spontaneous outbreak of the pro-democracy “Arab Spring” in January 2011 brought the authoritarian Arab regimes and Israel closer in their opposition to democracy and Islamist successes, although each has their own reasons. [. . . . .]
____Israel had always prided itself on being an “island of democracy” in a sea of authoritarianism, but contrary to this claim, Israel is a racist state because Zionism is not compatible with a citizenship-based liberal democracy. Its leaders carried out the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians to create a Jewish majority state in 1947-48. [. . . . .]
____Like all of Israel’s prime ministers and leaders, Netanyahu’s premiership is marked by a stubborn refusal to reevaluate Israel’s relations with the Palestinians. . . . Netanyahu’s government is the most aggressively right wing, chauvinistic, and racist government in Israel’s history. Netanyahu’s ambition is to go down in history as the leader who secured greater Israel.
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TWO  POEMS  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR
“DETERMINATION  I,”
Man, whenever you reach out
to snatch my bread
and the remaining rays of light
in my eyes,
To dissolve some dream of mine . . . a remaining pride
To delay a rising sun:

Deep in my loins
You will only reach
a dignity and
a solid determination.

“IN  PRISON”
An hour passes
Another hour may follow:
Without feeling
Without words
Without work,
Comrade,
What for?

From: El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
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Israeli police stand near the body of a Palestinian who was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to stab a person in Jerusalem’s Old City on 14 October. (Photo Oren Ziv /ActiveStills)
Israeli police stand near the body of a Palestinian who was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to stab a person in Jerusalem’s Old City on 14 October. (Photo Oren Ziv /ActiveStills)

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