“. . . reclaimed my hand from the combat of the street . . . “ (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

“O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. . .” Israeli forces close a main road in Bethlehem where near-daily clashes have taken place since Oct .1. (MaanImages)
“O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. . .” Israeli forces close a main road in Bethlehem where near-daily clashes have taken place since Oct .1. (MaanImages)

❶ What’s happening on Gaza-Israeli border?
❷ Israel closes major checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem
❸ Israeli forces detain 10 Palestinians in West Bank raids
❹ Israeli Police Kills Youth near Jerusalem for Alleged Stabbing
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The real problem with Netanyahu’s Mufti speech
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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AL-MONITOR: THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
WHAT’S  HAPPENING  ON  GAZA-ISRAELI  BORDER?
Asmaa al-Ghoul
Oct. 22, 2015
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip — Clashes have suddenly erupted along the southern, eastern and northern borders of the Gaza Strip. This has raised concerns that Gaza will never experience stability.
____Palestinian youths have insisted on reaching the iron fence separating the Gaza Strip from the Green Line from the eastern Bureij refugee camp. On Oct. 10, and the days that followed, they managed to cross the fence and hang the Palestinian flag.
____For the first time in years, demonstrators managed to cross the border; after Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, it imposed a buffer zone of between 600 and 1,000 meters (1,968 to 3,280 feet) at the border.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  CLOSES  MAJOR  CHECKPOINT  BETWEEN  BETHLEHEM  AND  JERUSALEM
Oct. 22, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A major military checkpoint separating Bethlehem and Jerusalem was shut down Thursday morning in preparation for Jewish pilgrims to enter a religious site in the area.
____The Israeli Civil Administration said in a statement that Checkpoint 300 would remain closed for three days, returning to normal operation on Monday morning.
____The statement referred to the closure as a “security procedure” taken before thousands of “Jewish people are expected to flock to the nearby Rachel’s Tomb” to commemorate the anniversary of the biblical figure’s death.
____The site is surrounded on three sides by the Israeli separation wall despite being in the middle of the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. . . .
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  10  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK  RAIDS
Oct. 23, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians in overnight arrest raids in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s army and locals said Friday. . . . In the district of Hebron. . . . from the village of al-Samu. . . . in the Ramallah district.
More . . .
PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  POLICE  KILLS  YOUTH  NEAR  JERUSALEM  FOR  ALLEGED  STABBING
JERUSALEM, October 22, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli security forces Thursday shot dead a youth and seriously injured another one for allegedly stabbing an Israeli settler in the settlement town of Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, according to police sources.
____Israeli police said the two men attempted to mount the rooftop of an Israeli bus in Beit Shemesh, but they were unable to do so, before they allegedly stabbed an Israeli youth outside the bus . . . .
____The youth who was killed was identified as Meqdad al-Haj, 20, from the town of Surif near Hebron. The other youth . . . was transferred to Hadasah Medical Center in Jerusalem or medical treatment.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
THE  REAL  PROBLEM  WITH  NETANYAHU’S  MUFTI  SPEECH
Noam Sheizaf
By calling the Palestinians Nazis, the Israeli prime minister was saying they can never be negotiated with — that Israel must fight them to the bloody end.
Oct. 23, 2015
Despite the festival of mockery taking place on social media, Benjamin Netanyahu clearly does not believe that Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini is more responsible than Hitler for the Holocaust . . . . Netanyahu is a smart guy who knows World War II history better than most of his critics. The idea that the mufti is responsible for the extermination of European Jewry is completely absurd, and Netanyahu knows that . . . . he wasn’t even talking about the Nazis, and he certainly never meant to absolve them for the Holocaust. The prime minister was trying to make a statement about the Palestinians and that’s the real problem.
____Saying that the Palestinians are Nazis — very much like the comparison between Israel and the Nazis — has no place in a fact-based or historically accurate discourse . . . . The only reason to do so would be to illustrate that it is impossible to negotiate, or even speak with, the other side — that they must be fought to the bloody end. That is the historical context and significance of comparing somebody to the Nazis
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“ABSENCE,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

Who loves the winter as you do?
And is fascinated by trees that resist the wind as you do?
And who like you perfects life
With such innocent joy?
God!
If only you were with me now
I have prepared everything
The chestnuts and the fire,
I have pulled back the blinds
And raised my prayer to the gypsy rain
Pleaded that it persist in its discord
And eternal rites
God!
If only you were beside me now!
I have prepared my poems
And reclaimed my hand
From the combat of the street
From the merchants
And the brokers
And the guardsmen,
And a frost that has tried so often
To squeeze you out of my heart
From bullets that have repeatedly aimed
To swallow up the ring of your voice
As you commune with the buds
Or kindle the fire
God! Had you been with me
We would have sung our song now
The one which the wind almost uproots from my voice
Each time I sing it alone
――Translation by Ibrahim Muhawi

From Poem Hunter. Poemhunter.com. 1 Nov. 2014 Web. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/absence-107/
About Ibrahim Nasrallah 

A Palestinian protester holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Oct. 15, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
A Palestinian protester holds a Palestinian flag during clashes with Israeli troops near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Oct. 15, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

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