“. . . Oh Jerusalem, the city of sorrow . . .” (Nizar Qabbani)

Jewish anti-occupation activists hand out flyers to delegates at the World Zionist Congress, Jerusalem, October 20, 2015. (Photo: Laura Gottesdiener). See number ❸ below.
Jewish anti-occupation activists hand out flyers to delegates at the World Zionist Congress, Jerusalem, October 20, 2015. (Photo: Laura Gottesdiener). See number ❸ below.

❶ Jerusalem family demolishes own home following Israeli order
❷ Settler shoots, critically injures Palestinian near Gush Etzion
❸ Diaspora Jews bring occupation to World Zionist Congress
❹ Settlers Set Car Ablaze, Spray Paint Racist Graffiti in Jerusalem
❺ Opinion/Analysis: It’s in times of violence we need most to talk about peace
❻ Poetry by Nizar Qabbani
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JERUSALEM  FAMILY  DEMOLISHES  OWN  HOME  FOLLOWING  ISRAELI  ORDER
Oct. 24, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian family in occupied East Jerusalem demolished its own home on Saturday in order to avoid the Israeli municipality’s demolition.
____The house, which totaled 100 square meters, was built in 1998 in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, and had been housing Abeer al-Rajabi, her husband, and six children, aged six to 18 years old.
____Abeer’s father, Elias, told Ma’an that the Israeli authorities had delivered several demolition orders in recent years, with the final order issued in April.
____The order gave the family until Oct. 24 to execute the demolition, after which point they would be charged 60,000 shekels ($15,430) in demolition expenses.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
SETTLER  SHOOTS,  CRITICALLY  INJURES  PALESTINIAN  NEAR  GUSH  ETZION
Oct. 25, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli settler shot and seriously injured a young Palestinian man on Sunday morning in the Wadi Sair area near the illegal Israeli settlement bloc of Gush Etzion, southeast of Bethlehem, Palestinian security sources said.
____The settler claimed, according to Israeli reports, that a Palestinian attacked him with a knife.
____Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that an Israeli settler shot 20-year-old Azzam Azmi Shalalda four times while he was in his agricultural field, after the actual person suspected of carrying out the alleged attack had reportedly already fled the scene.
____After the shooting, Shalalda was evacuated to al-Mamoon clinic in Sair for first aid, before he was taken to al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron. Medics say he is in a critical condition.
More . . .
Related . . . WITNESSES:  ISRAELI  POLICE  SHOOT,  KILL  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN  IN  HEBRON
+972 MAGAZINE
DIASPORA  JEWS  BRING  OCCUPATION  TO WORLD  ZIONIST  CONGRESS
Edo Konrad
While Netanyahu was busy blaming a Palestinian for the Holocaust, a group of Jewish activists asked the World Zionist Congress what it was planning to do to end the occupation.
Oct. 24, 2015
Hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made headlines for telling the World Zionist Congress that a Palestinian inspired Hitler to exterminate the Jews, a group of Jews from around the world came to that very same congress to remind delegates of the conditions in which Palestinians live [. . . . .].
____ . . . One side of the flyers included a quote from historic Zionist leader and promoter of Jewish-Palestinian bi-nationalism, Martin Buber, from World Zionist Congress in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia in 1921, where he implored the congress, and the Jewish people at large, to “reject with abhorrence the methods of nationalistic domination, under which they themselves have so long suffered.”
More . . .
PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
SETTLERS  SET  CAR  ABLAZE,  SPRAY  PAINT  RACIST  GRAFFITI  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 25, 2015 (WAFA) – Extremist Jewish settlers from the so-called ‘price tag’ group at dawn Sunday set a Palestinian-owned car on fire and spray painted racists graffiti on walls in Um Tuba, a village just southeast of Jerusalem, according to local sources.
____According to witnesses, settlers from the ‘price tag’ group set a car ablaze and painted racist slogans that call for the killing of Palestinians, in addition to the Jewish Star of David. The car belongs to local Nayef Abu Tair.
____The group has conducted similar attacks in Jerusalem and across the West Bank in recent years.
____Violence by illegal Jewish settlers is commonplace. They have repeatedly attacked Palestinian property and worship places. Settler violence includes property and mosques’ arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, and attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
+ 972 MAGAZINE
IT’S  IN  TIMES  OF  VIOLENCE  WE  NEED  MOST  TO  TALK  ABOUT  PEACE
By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Oct. 22, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas will never make peace. They will never succeed at stopping the violence, and they will never see eye to eye on anything other than the incompatibility of their respective visions.
____Don’t get me wrong: both men want peace. Even Benjamin Netanyahu . . . . is a master politician whose worldview dictates that the Jewish people will never be safe and that Muslims in general, but Palestinians in particular, are the greatest threat to it.
____That world view is the driving force behind the only two issues in which Netanyahu has ever fully invested himself in his political career: preventing Iranian nuclear proliferation, and ensuring that Israel does not give up strategic military control of the West Bank and Gaza. It’s not that he wants to rule over the Palestinians, it’s just that they happen to live on the land over which he will never agree to cede control.
____There will never be a Palestinian leader who agrees to Netanyahu’s terms for peace
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“JERUSALEM,” BY NIZAR QABBANI

I wept until my tears were dry
I prayed until the candles flickered
I knelt until the floor creaked
I asked about Mohammed and Christ
Oh Jerusalem, the fragrance of prophets
The shortest path between earth and sky
Oh Jerusalem, the citadel of laws
A beautiful child with fingers charred
and downcast eyes
You are the shady oasis passed by the Prophet
Your streets are melancholy
Your minarets are mourning
You, the young maiden dressed in black
Who rings the bells in the Nativity
On Saturday morning?
Who brings toys for the children
On Christmas eve?
Oh Jerusalem, the city of sorrow
A big tear wandering in the eye
Who will halt the aggression
On you, the pearl of religions?
Who will wash your bloody walls?
Who will safeguard the Bible?
Who will rescue the Quran?
Who will save Christ?
Who will save man?
Oh Jerusalem my town
Oh Jerusalem my love
Tomorrow the lemon trees will blossom
And the olive trees will rejoice
Your eyes will dance
The migrant pigeons will return
To your sacred roofs
And your children will play again
And fathers and sons will meet
On your rosy hills
My town
The town of peace and olives.

“Jerusalem, Poem by Nizar Qabbani.” Poemhunter.com. Web. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/jerusalem-12/
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian diplomat and poet revered by Arabs for his sensual and romantic verse. A man of his times and of all times, he is by far the most popular contemporary poet in the Arab world.

An 18-month-old boy and his parents were killed in a night-time attack on two homes in the village of Duma.The Hebrew word for "revenge" and a Star of David were found sprayed on the wall of one of the gutted houses. July 31, 2015. (Photo: BBC News). See number ❹ above.
An 18-month-old boy and his parents were killed in a night-time attack on two homes in the village of Duma.The Hebrew word for “revenge” and a Star of David were found sprayed on the wall of one of the gutted houses. July 31, 2015. (Photo: BBC News). See number ❹ above.

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