“. . . Have you forgotten your shame at . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Hashem al-Azzeh harvests his family’s olives directly beneath the Israeli settlement of Tel Rumeida in the West Bank city of Hebron in October 2012. (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler ActiveStills.)
Hashem al-Azzeh harvests his family’s olives  in Hebron in October 2012. (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler- ActiveStills.)

❶ Israel, Jordan Agree Deal for Al-Aqsa Mosque
❷ Palestinian shot, killed near Hebron after stabbing Israeli
❸ Settlers attack Palestinian farmers picking olives near Nablus
❹ [Deceased] Hebron activist showed Israel’s crimes to the world
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israeli Self-inflicted Hate
❺―A: Can Netanyahu say just what he likes?
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
ISRAEL,  JORDAN  AGREE  DEAL  FOR  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE
Oct. 25, 2015
Jordan and Israel have agreed to install 24-hour surveillance in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in a bid to reduce recent tensions over Islam’s third holiest site, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Jordanian capital Amman on Saturday.
____” I am also very pleased to announce today that [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu has agreed to what I think is an excellent suggestion by [Jordanian] King Abdullah to provide 24-hour video coverage of all sites on the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif”, Kerry said during a press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT,  KILLED  NEAR  HEBRON  AFTER  STABBING  ISRAELI
Oct. 26, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian suspect was shot and killed after stabbing an Israeli in Hebron on Monday, Israel’s army and media reported.
____An Israeli army spokesperson said a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in the neck near Beit Einun junction north of Hebron and was shot and killed at the scene.
____The Israeli, who is reportedly 19-years-old, was taken for medical treatment at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem with serious injuries.
____Israel’s army could not confirm whether the Israeli victim was a soldier or a settler, after conflicting reports in Hebrew-language media.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  FARMERS  PICKING  OLIVES  NEAR  NABLUS
Oct. 26, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers harvesting olives on their land east of Nablus on Monday, a local monitor told Ma’an.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activity in the norther West Bank, told Ma’an that a group of settlers from Elon Moreh threw rocks at farmers in the Azmut and Deir al-Hatab areas east of Nablus.
____The farmers were forced to leave their land despite having organized access to their fields through the Palestinian and Israeli liaison offices.
____Settlers also attacked a 66-year-old man, identified as Hajj Tawfiq, moderately injuring him, Daghlas said.
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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
HEBRON  ACTIVIST  SHOWED  ISRAEL’S  CRIMES  TO  THE  WORLD
Ryan Rodrick Beiler
Oct. 23, 2015
Hebron resident and anti-occupation activist Hashem al-Azzeh died Wednesday after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces.
____According to Palestinian media reports, al-Azzeh, who suffered from a heart condition, began feeling chest pains while in his home in the Israeli-controlled Tel Rumeida neighborhood of the occupied West Bank city.
____“There was no chance to get an ambulance there,” Hisham Sharabati, coordinator of the Hebron Defense Committee and a field worker for the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, told The Electronic Intifada. Israeli forces do not allow Palestinian vehicles to drive on the streets near his home, which are reserved for Jewish motorists.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ISRAELI  SELF- INFLICTED  HATE
Jamal Kanj
Oct. 25 2015
Haftom Zarhum, a 29-year-old Eritrean, was lynched by Jewish Israelis simply because he looked different. After being shot in the legs, a mob circled him like hyenas over a bleeding prey throwing a bench over his head and chanting the unofficial Zionist’s anthem of hate: “Death to Arabs, Arabs out!” and “Am Israel Hai”.
____Disowning culpability and playing the traditional victim, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nashon blamed the incident on the “terrible situation we are in.” [. . . . .]
____Screaming at an injured Palestinian child soaked in blood, a racist mob lynching Zarhum, or killing a Jew who was mistaken for a Palestinian were further manifestations of Israel’s culture of hate. It was espoused by no less than Israeli minister of culture, and supported by the majority of Israelis.
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❺―
A:  THE GUARDIAN
CAN  NETANYAHU  SAY  JUST  WHAT  HE  LIKES?
Dahlia Scheindlin
Oct. 23, 2015
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“BUCHENWALD,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Have you forgotten your shame at Buchenwald?
Do you remember your flames at Buchenwald?
Have you forgotten your love in the lexicon
of silence? Do you remember your panic―
at the reign of death, in the nightmare of time―
that the whole world
would become a Buchenwald?
Whether you’ve forgotten or not,
the dead’s images linger
among the wreaths of flowers,
and from the dismembered corpses
a hand emerges,
a nail in the palm and tattoo on the wrist―
a sign for the planet.
Do you remember? Or not?
Buchenwald― whether or not you’ve forgotten,
the images of the murdered
remain among the wreaths of flowers . . .

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER  THAN  WATER.  New  and  Selected  Poems.  Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.
Available from Amazon
About Samih Al-Qasim. Obituary, August 20, 2014.

Muslims gathered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem for the Eid al-Adha prayers. Image Source: Getty / AHMAD GHARABLI
Muslims gathered at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem for the Eid al-Adha prayers.
Image Source: Getty / AHMAD GHARABLI

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