“. . . Bound his hands to the rock of the dead and said: Murderer!. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

A Palestinian youth reacts during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank town of Hebron on October 4, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse/Photo)
A Palestinian youth reacts during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank town of Hebron on October 4, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse/Photo)

❶ Protest called in Hebron as Israel withholds 11 Palestinians’ bodies
❷ Israeli Army Detains 46 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem
❸ UN: Israel should not take unilateral steps in Jerusalem
❹ Personality of the Month: Albert Aghazarian
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Ramzy  Baroud:  Palestine  Remains  the  Core  Struggle  in  the  Middle  East
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PROTEST  CALLED  IN  HEBRON  AS  ISRAEL  WITHHOLDS  11  PALESTINIANS’  BODIES
Oct. 27, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Palestinians across the southern West Bank district of Hebron are set to rally on Tuesday in protest against Israel’s decision to withhold the bodies of 11 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces this month.
____Palestinian factions across Hebron called for the “rally of anger” to march from al-Haras mosque in Hebron’s city center to Ibn Rush Square.
____In a joint statement, Hebron’s factional leaders urged residents of Hebron district to join the rally in solidarity with the families of Hebron’s “martyrs.”
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  ARMY  DETAINS  46  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK,  JERUSALEM
Oct. 27, 2015
Israeli forces late Monday and early Tuesday detained 46 Palestinians, including minors, from across the West Bank districts, including Jerusalem, bringing the total number of Palestinians detained since the beginning of violent unrest in October 1, 2015, to 1085, according to local and security sources.
____Forces detained nine Palestinians during a raid and search campaign conducted across the Hebron area.
____In Hebron city, army soldiers detained four Palestinians after raiding and wreaking havoc into their homes.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
UN:  ISRAEL  SHOULD  NOT  TAKE  UNILATERAL  STEPS  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 27, 2015
Israel must refrain from taking any unilateral steps in Jerusalem; Anadolu Agency reported a UN spokesperson as saying yesterday.
____UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric’s comment came after Israeli media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to revoke the residencies of Palestinians living in the East Jerusalem side of the Separation Wall.
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Related . . . ‘MOST-READ’  ARTICLE  AT  WASHINGTON  POST  CALLS  ISRAEL  ‘SAVAGE,  UNREPAIRABLE  SOCIETY’ 

Albert-Aghazarian
Albert-Aghazarian

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
PERSONALITY  OF  THE  MONTH  ALBERT  AGHAZARIAN
[. . . . .] “But of course, Albert Aghazarian!” The mere utterance of his name usually precipitates numerous stories about Al-Ustaz, the teacher… the Old City’s walking encyclopedia who knows the history of Jerusalem up to its each and every stone.
____Albert Aghazarian may be known mostly as a historian, a teacher, and a storyteller, but if you were to ask him, he might say that he is first and foremost an interpreter, because everything in this life is up for interpretation. A fluent speaker of Arabic, English, French, Armenian, Hebrew, Turkish, and some Spanish, Albert would say that he only speaks “one language,” before he pauses and adds… “at a time.”
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
RAMZY  BAROUD:  PALESTINE  REMAINS THE  CORE  STRUGGLE  IN  THE  MIDDLE  EAST
Oct 26 2015
[. . . . .]
Historically, chaos, whether that managed by or provoked in its entirety by Israel and its Zionist and neoconservative supporters, has largely served the objectives of successive Israeli governments. Whatever benefits Israel reaped from conflicts, tend to serve it in the short term only. In the long term, agitated conflicts often backfire.
____This has caused Israel an unsolvable dilemma: it is a state that engenders perpetual conflict, yet invariably seeks normalization, security and stability, all at the same time. In reality, however, the position that Israel managed to carve for itself is that of a warring, barbarous nation – a scenario that explains its rise, but also its inevitable downfall [. . . . .]
____So naturally, the Arab world cannot be ‘okay’ if Palestine is not ‘okay’.
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“ABOUT  A  MAN,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
They gagged his mouth,
Bound his hands to the rock of the dead
And said: Murderer!
They took his food, clothes and banners,
Cast him into the condemned cell
And said: Thief!
They drove him away from every port,
Took his young sweetheart,
Then said: Refugee!

O you with bloodshot eyes and bloody hands,
Night is short-lived,
The detention room lasts not forever,
Nor yet the links of chains.
Nero died, Rome did not:
With her very eyes she fights.
And seeds from a withered ear
With wheat shall fill the valley.

From Poem Hunter. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/on-man/  Web. 26 Jun 2015.
A conversation with Mahmoud Darwish

CPT members escort children to school in Hebron. Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine supports Palestinian-led, non-violent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities we strive to help create a space for justice and peace. (Photo: CPT)
CPT members escort children to school in Hebron. Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine supports Palestinian-led, non-violent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities we strive to help create a space for justice and peace. (Photo: CPT)

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