“. . . I would ask if she’s angry . . .” (Rochelle Mass)

Palestinians stand near a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 4, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Palestinians stand near a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 4, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

❶ 200 Israeli settlers attack Palestinian village with firebombs
❷ Israeli court refuses appeal, will go ahead with Hebron demolition
❸ Jerusalem’s intifada takes its toll
❹ Israeli soldiers Attack Jenin Secondary School with Tear Gas
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Palestinians Want 1967 Lands Under UN Protection
❻ Poetry by Rochelle Mass
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❶ MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
200  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGE  WITH  FIREBOMBS
Oct. 18, 2015
HEBRON ― More than 200 Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian villages of Wad al-Haseen and Wad al-Nasara near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba overnight in the eastern Hebron district of the occupied southern West Bank, locals and medics said.
____During the attack, Israeli settlers threw stones and firebombs at Palestinian homes and injured at least three people, two of which were minors, while Israeli forces later shot and injured one Palestinian with live fire.
____An Israeli army spokesperson said she did not have reports of any injuries with live fire.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  REFUSES  APPEAL,  WILL  GO  AHEAD  WITH  HEBRON  DEMOLITION
Oct. 18, 2015
HEBRON ― An Israeli court this week refused a family’s appeal to stop the demolition order on their home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, the family told Ma’an.
____After failing to establish an appeal, Israeli forces will go forward with the demolition order on the family home of Palestinian prisoner Maher Hamdi al-Hashlmoun, 31, the family said.
____In a phone call with the Mujhat al-Quds institution, a Palestinian prisoners advocacy group, al-Hashlmoun’s wife said that “refusing the appeal means that the Israeli excavators can demolish the house at any moment and without a prior warning.”
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
JERUSALEM’S  INTIFADA  TAKES  ITS  TOLL
Daoud Kuttab
Oct. 16, 2015
Despite the sense of pride Palestinians have been expressing as they break the fear barrier and stump one of the world’s most powerful armies, Jerusalem’s intifada is taking its toll on the Palestinians of the holy city.
____The trigger-happy Israeli soldiers, settlers and citizens encouraged by their government to carry weapons have created fear and terror among the 350,000 Palestinians who make East Jerusalem their home.
____A resident of the Old City expressed this fear. In a post on his Facebook page Oct. 12, Ahmad Buderi said that Palestinians in the Old City want international protection, especially from armed settlers. “Any mistake can easily lead to the end of your life using the cover of self-defense. All it takes is for the settler to say ‘mikhablim’ [Hebrew for terrorists], and you can easily be the target of bullets coming at you from all directions.”
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ATTACK  JENIN  SECONDARY  SCHOOL  WITH  TEAR  GAS
Oct. 18, 2015
JENIN– Israeli forces Sunday fired tired gas canisters and stun grenades inside a boys’ secondary school in Jenin while students were still inside, while groups of settlers attempted to storm Yabod town to the west of Jenin.
____Witnesses informed WAFA that Israeli soldiers stationed adjacent to the separation wall, built illegally on land belonging to Palestinians, fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades inside al-Tayba Secondary School to the west of Jenin.
____Earlier Sunday, Dozens of university students suffocated as Israeli forces Sunday raided the campus of Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie to the west of Tulkarem city, while firing a hail of tear gas canisters toward students.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PALESTINIANS  WANT  1967  LANDS  UNDER  UN  PROTECTION
Samer B. Jaber
Oct. 11, 2015
We, a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, and political activists, appeal to the Palestinian leadership within the Palestine Liberation Organization and outside of it, to call on the United Nation and the permanent members of the Security Council to put the Palestine territory occupied by Israel in 1967 under the international protection of the United Nations.
____This call is coming after two decades of negotiations between the leadership of the PLO and successive Israeli occupation governments. These negotiations have not been able to achieve the rights of the Palestinian people to return to the homes from which they were displaced and to self-determination. The goal of this initiative is to provide an exit strategy from the arrangement in which the balance of power is tipped entirely in favor of the occupying state, thereby giving it the opportunity to impose its policy of fait accompli.
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“FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW,” BY ROCHELLE MASS
I often think there’s a woman on the hill
over there, who looks out her kitchen window
in my direction
as she prepares dinner for her family.

Perhaps that woman has watched our village grow
Perhaps
she’s seen it spread over the Gilboa
new homes built for young families
children playing in the yard.

I watch Jenin stretch so wide
I have to turn my head
each way
to see the full size of it.

Perhaps that woman is picking olives, as I am
soaking them in large bins then
slicing lemons, adding coarse salt
tossing in bay leaves, peppercorns and

sharp red peppers to get the right flavor. Perhaps
she helps her husband as I help mine
take their crop to the local press, return
with gallons of oil.

I watch evening stagger over Jenin as
I soap my dishes
see lights splash
over the city.

I wonder if that woman
is looking my way ―
I would ask if she’s angry
if she’s afraid.

From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from Barnes&Noble.
ROCHELLE MASS, Canadian born, with her husband and two young daughters, moved to Israel in l973, lived on a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley for almost 25 years, and now lives in a settlement crawling up the Gilboa Mountain, overlooking that valley. She is a translator and editor (Kibbutz Trends, bi-annual of cultural/political issues). She has published two poetry collections.
Blogger’s note: My reading of Mass’s poetry is that she is a dedicated Israeli. However, she does not advocate violence and has some real sense of the horror of the life she represents.

Jenin. (Photo: Palden Jenkins. paldywan.blogspot.co.uk.)
Jenin. (Photo: Palden Jenkins. paldywan.blogspot.co.uk.)

 

“. . . I must be proud of you, wound of the city. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish, 1970)

Three young Palestinian protesters sit on a pavement during clashes in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages/Killian Redden/File) Number ❶ below.
Three young Palestinian protesters sit on a pavement during clashes in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages/Killian Redden/File) Number ❶ below.

❶ The anger of Palestine’s ‘lost’ generation
❷ 16-year-old Palestinian shot dead after alleged attack in Jerusalem
❸ People in Israel and around the world support #selfiesforpalestine
A ― In pictures: Closure, siege and checkpoints in the villages and neighborhoods of Jerusalem
❹ Zionism’s ‘Double Ghettoisation’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Let’s not forget that East Jerusalem Palestinians are stateless
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
THE  ANGER  OF  PALESTINE’S  ‘LOST’  GENERATION
Killian Redden
Oct. 16, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A few weeks before an Israeli soldier shot him through the stomach, Mutaz Zawahreh discovered a love of the sea.
____On the coast of Brittany, Mutaz and two friends from Duheisha refugee camp, Murad Ouda and Issa al-Saifi . . . spent two months in France as part of an educational program organized by a center in Duheisha.
____But as their visit progressed, the first signs of unrest began to show in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the three grew anxious to return home [. . . . .].
____The three returned, and several days later Ghassan ended his hunger strike when Israel agreed to release him in November. But the brothers never saw each other.
____On Oct. 13, at a demonstration before Israel’s separation wall in northern Bethlehem, Mutaz was shot dead, the 30th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in under two weeks [. . . . .].
____Issa [friend of Mutaz] acknowledged that Palestinians risking their lives to throw stones at Israel’s separation wall were unlikely to cause Israel any material damage [. . . . .].
____The protests are the cry of a Palestinian generation that has felt for too long that no one is listening to them.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
16-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 17, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead Saturday morning after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli policeman in the illegal settlement of East Talpiot in occupied East Jerusalem, police said.
____The teen reportedly attempted to stab the officer in the settlement, also known as Armon Hanatziv, according to Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. . .
____He was identified as Muataz Ahmad Hajis Uweisat.
____The teen was killed less than two hours after FADIL QAWASMI, 18, WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY AN ISRAELI SETTLER IN HEBRON after the teen reportedly attempted to stab him.
____No Israeli injuries were reported in either incident.
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PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
PEOPLE  IN  ISRAEL  AND  AROUND  THE  WORLD  SUPPORT  #SELFIESFORPALESTINE
PEOPLE in Israel and across the globe are showing solidarity for Palestine by posting online photos of themselves with the hashtag #selfiesforpalestine
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AWADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN (EAST JERUSALEM)
IN  PICTURES:  CLOSURE,  SIEGE  AND  CHECKPOINTS  IN  THE  VILLAGES  AND  NEIGHBORHOODS  OF  JERUSALEM
October 16, 2015
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THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ZIONISM’S  ‘DOUBLE  GHETTOISATION’
Jeremy Salt
Oct. 17, 2015
In the late medieval period ‘pale’ was the word used by the English to describe their colony in Ireland. They lived within the ‘pale’ (from the Latin ‘palus’), a line of settlement bounded by castles and fortresses. Beyond the pale lived the invaded and therefore dangerous Irish.
____Centuries later Jews had to live within what was called the ‘pale of settlement’ in European Russia. . . .
____With some exceptions Jews were not allowed to live outside the Russian pale of settlement. They could escape if they had the money and left in waves after each pogrom, heading for Europe, for the United States, the dream of many, and for the Zionists among them, for Palestine.
____While superiority has been ascribed historically both to those living within and beyond a pale of settlement, it is only the phrase ‘beyond the pale’ that has come to mean people whose behavior is outrageous, deplorable and intolerable. All of these words are fitting to describe the attitudes and behavior of many Israelis in recent weeks. Torrents of pure hatred have been directed by soldiers, police and civilians against Palestinians [. . . . .].
____Zionism remains a state-building ideology. Compassion is a weakness and there can be no possibility of pity for the Palestinians until they have been comprehensively and absolutely defeated. Like the indigenous people of the United States, only when the Palestinians have been reduced to an atomized ethnic minority will it be safe to admit the ‘mistakes’ of the past and acknowledge the crimes of the forefathers.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
LET’S  NOT  FORGET  THAT  EAST  JERUSALEM  PALESTINIANS  ARE  STATELESS
Edo Konrad
Oct. 16, 2015
The stabbing of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the killing of two Palestinian demonstrators in demonstrations held in Gaza and the West Bank were just the latest events in the downward spiral of violence across Israel/Palestine.
____Earlier this week, Haaretz published two different op-eds claiming that that very violence is both the result and the harbinger of the “bi-national state” Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly warned against, yet has done very little to avoid [. . . . .].
____The problem with Shavit and Barak’s arguments isn’t that they prefer a two-state solution over a bi-national state, but that they pretend as if the two-state solution were ever actually implemented in the first place.
____There is no better time to hammer home the fact: Palestinians in East Jerusalem are a stateless people. This has been the case since June 7, 1967, when East Jerusalem was captured by the Israeli army.
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“PROMISES  FROM AL-ASSIFA ― THE STORM,” **  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Be that as it may,
I must reject death,
And dry the tears of sentimental songs,
And rid the olive trees
Of all the false branches.
For if I sing the song of joy
Behind the lids of frightened eyes,
It is because the Storm
Has swept the standing trees
Clean
Of all the dull sparrows
And false branches.
Be that as it may,
I must be proud of you, wound of the city,
You are a light in our sad nights.
As the streets frown in my face,
You shield me from the shade and looks of hatred.
I will sing the song of joy,
Behind lids of apprehensive eyes,
For in my country, the Storm has blown,
Promising wine and rainbows.

“**Al-Assifa, the Storm, is the military arm of Fatah. Punning is a favorite figure of Arab poets, ancient and modern.”
From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
Interview with Mahmoud Darwish

The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as AUGUSTA VICTORIA AND AL-MAQASED HOSPITALS. It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur. (Photo Silwanic.net)
The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as AUGUSTA VICTORIA and AL-MAQASED HOSPITALS. It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur. (Photo Silwanic.net)

“. . . 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.
Available from Amazon.
About Fouzi El Asmar.

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)

“. . . What do I know about settlers or rock-throwers . . .” (Rabbi Rachel Barenblat)

THE 'SMARTPHONE INTIFADA.' Palestinian women take pictures on smartphones during the funeral of a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Feb. 24, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
THE ‘SMARTPHONE INTIFADA.’ Palestinian women take pictures on smartphones during the funeral of a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Feb. 24, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

HAARETZ (Israel’s oldest daily newspaper)
NETANYAHU  MUST  STOP  THE  INCITEMENT  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S  ARAB  CITIZENS
Haaretz Editorial
Prime minister and his ministers would do well to act to calm things down and adopt a different policy, which regards Arabs as equal citizens, not a fifth column undermining the state.
Oct. 15, 2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Arab Knesset members of incitement against the State of Israel this week. He spoke of “the instigating leadership of the communist Balad party, behind whom are a train of ISIS flags.” Such statements, uttered by the prime minister of Israel in a speech from the Knesset rostrum, could have destructive implications for the relationship between the Arab citizens and the Jewish majority at a time when people on both sides feel threatened and are afraid to walk the streets.
____In addition to their dangerous timing, Netanyahu’s statements revealed his ignorance about Arab politics and society. Balad is a national-Arab party which has no connection to the communist party, even if some of its members were associated with that party in the past. There has been bitter political rivalry between the two parties for many years, and the fact that they are cooperating in the Joint Arab List faction in the Knesset does not mean that the differences between them have melted away.
____Moreover, at no march or rally of the Arab public have the black flags of the Islamic state been raised.
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+972 MAGAZINE
THIS DANCE OF DEATH WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
Natasha Roth
Oct. 13, 2015
[Synopsis of Bergman film “The Seventh Seal,” 1957]
As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, three Israelis have been killed over the course of a few hours following a double attack in Jerusalem that involved shooting, stabbing and running over Israeli civilians with a vehicle. One of the alleged Palestinian attackers was shot dead at the scene.
____The incidents took place alongside two stabbing attacks in the central Israeli town of Ra’anana that left several Israelis wounded in an exceptionally violent morning, even by the standards of a gruesome fortnight that has seen dozens of Israelis injured and four more killed in stabbing and shooting attacks. Meanwhile nearly 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces either while demonstrating, following a stabbing attack or — in the IDF’s own words — “by accident.” The number of Palestinians injured since the beginning of October has passed the 1,000 mark.
____The terminology one applies to this latest spike in violence is academic. It also distracts from the underlying and fundamental issue: that successive Israeli leaders have, like the knight in The Seventh Seal, tried to cheat the inevitable, which in this case is the end of the occupation.
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PALESTINE CHRONICLE
HASBARA OR NOT: APARTHEID IN ISRAEL IS DOOMED
Iqbal Jassat
Oct. 13, 2015
As the noose of resistance begins to take a firm grip around the neck of Israel’s apartheid regime, Netanyahu’s bewilderment must not be construed as an expression of ignorance.
___Equally, displaying shock and anger as his entire cabinet has been doing, is merely putting on a mask of hypocrisy for fellow Israelis and his western allies.
____The truth is eloquently captured by prominent Palestinian author and journalist Ramzy Baroud: “Palestinian youth are protesting because they experience daily humiliation and endure the unrelenting violence of the Occupation.”
____Israel’s suffocating policies of apartheid, administered ruthlessly by Netanyahu’s racist rightwing coalition, is responsible for the current wave of protests.
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HAARETZ (Israel’s oldest daily newspaper)
THIS ISN’T AN INTIFADA, THIS IS WHAT BINATIONAL ISRAEL LOOKS LIKE
Asher Schechter (Haaretz staff writer)
Intifadas by definition have an ending. Recent events are merely a terrifying preview to a hellish reality: You can’t send a tank to fight a mother with a master’s degree wielding a knife.
Oct 15, 2015
[. . . . .]
____With violence in Israel and the West Bank steadily increasing, many are asking: Is this an intifada? Is this truly the beginning of yet another, years-long, bloody chapter in the saga of Israel-Palestine, or is this just another footnote [. . . . .]
____Based on the volume of violent incidents and, more importantly, the identity of the people behind them, it’s easy to say: this isn’t an intifada. It’s something far worse. [. . . . .]
____In a way, it’s easy to understand why Israeli politicians are confused. Intifadas usually end with a massive military campaign: Operation Defensive Shield ended the Second Intifada; or a massive peace effort – the Madrid Conference and the Oslo Accords ended the First Intifada.
____But this time it isn’t a conflict for armies or diplomats. You can’t send a tank to fight a mother with a master’s degree wielding a knife.
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AL-SHABAKA: THE PALESTINIAN POLICY NETWORK
READ THEIR LIPS: ISRAELI LEADERS’ PLANS FOR THE PALESTINIANS
Samah Sabawi
Oct. 15, 2015
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. [. . . . .]
____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. [. . . . .]
____At a recent press conference Netanyahu spoke in Hebrew about how there was a huge settlement drive during his years of leadership. At the same conference, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon assured reporters that there had not been a settlement freeze for one minute. [. . . . .]
____Palestinians in the grip of Israel’s military occupation have given up on any hope of a sovereign state. Palestinian youth are sending a clear message both to their occupiers and to their leaders. They are taking matters into their own hands and demanding their full human rights at any cost.
____Desperate Palestinian youth who have lived under occupation and siege their entire lives, with no hope of a future, risk their lives in their fight for freedom. But what are the Israelis fighting for? Having destroyed all chances of Palestinian statehood, Israel is fighting to maintain its occupation and subjugation of the Palestinian people, creating an apartheid state throughout the lands where its rule holds sway.
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“FIRST VISIT TO THE CAMP D’HAISHA, BETHLEHEM,” BY RABBI RACHEL BARENBLAT
There are no canvas tents.
The buildings don’t look
so bad, standard issue
developing-world
cement block structures

until I try to imagine
eleven thousand people
in one square kilometer,
one in every minyan
an angry alumnus

of the Israeli jails.
What do I know
about settlers or rock-throwers,
one state, two state
impossibilities?

But our grandparents
didn’t escape the ghettos
of Europe’s worst era
only to create new ones
for somebody else.

When we depart
I’m saddened, troubled
but perfectly able
to order a cold beer
and make conversation.

The sorrow and the fury
dormant overnight
explode the next day.
Even Shabbat can’t soothe
my lacerated heart.

From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.
Rachel Barenblat was ordained a rabbi in January 2011 through the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the author of 4 chapbooks of poetry. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The Texas Observer. She lives in western Massachusetts.

An injured Palestinian protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes Oct. 13, 2015 (MaanImages/Sheren Khalel)
An injured Palestinian protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes Oct. 13, 2015 (MaanImages/Sheren Khalel)

Yousef el Qedra, “. .Time has grown up on its own without me. . ” [A special post of news analysis]

Israeli troops shower protesters with tear gas in Bethlehem on Wednesday - Photo by WAFA Israeli troops shower protesters with tear gas in Bethlehem on Wednesday - Photo by WAFA
Israeli troops shower protesters with tear gas in Bethlehem on Wednesday – Photo by WAFA

MONDOWEISS
ON  BRET  STEPHENS’  HATE  SPEECH
Dorgham Abusalim
Oct. 14, 201
For Israel and her allies it seems that panic mode is on, and Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, who somehow manages to pass himself for a psychologist in his latest column, is freaking out.
____His article “Palestine: The Psychotic Stage” bears the subtitle, “The truth about why Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust.” In typical desperate fashion of the pro-occupation ilk, Stephens manipulates the tragic deaths of Israelis reported over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, he conveniently pretends that Palestinians are immortal. They don’t die. Hence, not one mention of a Palestinian death is worth his words — never mind that one of the world’s strongest armed forces is flexing its muscles against them. The issue is not so much with reporting on who died. Stephens’ dangerous propagation in this regard is that a Jewish death is a tragic one and worth reporting, while a Palestinian death is just not worth it because a Palestinian is a psychotic blood thirsty terrorist. Stephens writes:

Treatises have been written about the media’s mind-set when it comes to telling the story of Israel. We’ll leave that aside for now. The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment. Despair at the state of the peace process, or the economy? Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves.

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
PALESTINE:  THE  PSYCHOTIC  STAGE
THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  WHY  PALESTINIANS  HAVE  BEEN  SEIZED  BY  THEIR  PRESENT  BLOOD  LUST.
Bret Stephens
Oct. 12, 2015
If you’ve been following the news from Israel, you might have the impression that “violence” is killing a lot of people. As in this headline: “Palestinian Killed as Violence Continues.” Or this first paragraph: “Violence and bloodshed radiating outward from flash points in Jerusalem and the West Bank appear to be shifting gears and expanding, with Gaza increasingly drawn in.”
____Read further, and you might also get a sense of who, according to Western media, is perpetrating “violence.” As in: “Two Palestinian Teenagers Shot by Israeli Police,” according to one headline. [. . . . .]
____The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized . . . Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves. [. . . . .]
____Above all, it’s time to give hatred its due.
____Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.
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OPENDEMOCRACY. FREE THINKING FOR THE WORLD
PALESTINIANS  MUST  NOT  FALL  INTO  THIS  TRAP,  AGAIN!
Sam Bahour
Oct. 14, 2015
To cover up its crimes, Israel needs to feed all the western stereotypes of Palestinians as violent and subhuman rather than hungry for freedom and equal rights.
____The lid on the powder keg of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, has been rattling for years now. Palestinians from all walks of life have lost their voices making the case that Israel’s right-wing government . . . is pursuing policies bound to lead to exactly what we are witnessing today, violence. [. . . . .]
____Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has built his entire political career on a platform of violence against Palestinians.. . . . Netanyahu prides himself on being the leader who stopped the peace process in its tracks. To make sure peace would never have a chance, he accelerated settlement building in the West Bank, attacked Gaza multiple times, demolished more Palestinian homes, arrested Palestinians, including minors, often without charges, and failed to bring to justice the Jewish settlers who recently burned alive a Palestinian family while they slept in their home.
____But why does Israel seemingly seek violence? The answer is elementary to anyone following this conflict: Israel has a single gamebook against the legitimate Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence, that of using their well-oiled military machine to squash any Palestinian who attempts to resist occupation. Israel since 1948 and 1967 has routinely used war and violence to seize more land, all the while pushing Palestinians to either turn violent or emigrate.
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CBS/AP
U.S.  CONDEMNS  PALESTINIAN  ATTACKS  AGAINST  ISRAELI  CIVILIANS
Oct. 13, 2015
Video of the CBS coverage. No mention of settler terrorism. No mention of the International treaty that gives the Palestinians sole right to administer Al-Aqsa mosque. Palestinians are “terrorists.” The Israelis are afraid to go out, to ride buses. No mention of the complete control of Palestinian society by Israel.
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ISRAEL’S  SCAPEGOAT  PROBLEM
Talal Jabari
Israeli governments always found someone to blame for whatever violence came their way, and then they bombed them. This time around there’s nobody to blame. Except for that one thing.
Oct. 14, 2015
This current wave of “lone-wolf” attacks by Palestinians against Israelis poses a threat to the Israeli government unlike any other. Obviously I am not referring to the security risk they pose — after all, Israel has far more deaths and injuries from car accidents. Nor am I referring to the fear this onslaught of attacks may be causing Israelis. No, the real threat is that for the first time since the First Intifada, almost 30 years ago, the Israeli government has nobody to blame. [. . . . .]
____Clearly the Israelis haven’t found anyone to blame, but that’s only because they’re not looking in the right place. Here’s a short list of where they should be looking.
____Let’s start with the obvious. No Palestinian under 50 living in the West Bank, and to an extent the Gaza Strip, has known a day of freedom in his or her entire life. No freedom of movement, no freedom of worship, no sense of personal safety or stability.
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“I  HAVE  NO  HOME,”  BY  YOUSEF  EL  QEDRA (June 22, 2009)
I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms―
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.
I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.

From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISREL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
Available from Barnes and Noble.
Yousef el Qedra is a young poet and playwright living in Gaza, Palestine. He has a B.A. degree in Arabic literature from al Azhar University, Gaza. His poems have been published in local, national and international magazines, newspapers, and internet websites. More. . .

“. . . they come to burn the love in our hearts . . .” (Yousef al-Mahmoud)

The separation Wall in Jerusalem. (Photo by George Azar)
The separation Wall in Jerusalem. (Photo by George Azar)

❶ 2 Palestinians shot dead as attacks kill 3 Israelis, injure 28
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 23 Palestinians with live bullets
❸ Demoralization and Resistance: Israel’s Unseen Policy and Jerusalem’s Refusal to Abandon Its Collective Identity
❹ UNRWA slams Israel’s use of force against Palestinians
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Of course, It is an Intifada: This is What You Must Know
❻ Poetry by Yousef al-Mahmoud
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  DEAD  AS  ATTACKS  KILL  3  ISRAELIS,  INJURE  28
Oct. 13, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Israelis were killed and up to 28 injured, several of them seriously, in at least four separate attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, with at least two suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead, Israeli medics and police said.
____The Israeli government immediately began discussing punitive measures against Palestinians, including the closure of Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and arming more Israeli citizens with guns.
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Summary of violence today
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  23  PALESTINIANS  WITH  LIVE  BULLETS
Oct. 12, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured at least 23 Palestinians with live bullets during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Monday, with two more shot and injured by Israeli settlers, Palestinian sources reported. [. . . . . ]
____Clashes have injured more than 1,300 Palestinians since the beginning of the month, with 152 shot with live and rubber-coated steel bullets on Sunday alone, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health and the Palestinian Red Crescent.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
DEMORALIZATION  AND  RESISTANCE;  ISRAEL’S  UNSEEN  POLICY  AND  JERUSALEM’S  REFUSAL  TO  ABANDON  ITS  COLLECTIVE  IDENTITY
Megan Driscoll
Oct. 2015
Though never far out of sight, Jerusalem was notably at the center of much of the world’s focus this year, as tensions mounted throughout the occupied city. Following the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir this past July and a fierce reaction from Palestinian Jerusalemites, many pondered whether or not a third Intifada was brewing in the streets of Shu’fat, Silwan, Wadi al-Joz and elsewhere. Israel’s reaction to the growing popular resistance was in turn swift and forceful . . . . little has been dedicated to the underlying psychosocial impact of the occupation force’s growing repression in East Jerusalem.
____Historically, Israel has worked to undermine the collective identity of Palestinian Jerusalemites since it first occupied the city in 1967. Over the past four decades, the state has implemented a complex network of measures that comprehensively work to minimize Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
UNRWA  SLAMS  ISRAEL’S  USE  OF  FORCE  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS
Oct. 13, 2015
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Monday condemned the recent murder and injury of a number of Palestinians by Israeli security forces. [. . . . .]
____The clashes erupted after groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several consecutive days last month.
____UNRWA expressed its concern over the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces to disperse demonstrators — a policy the agency described as “excessive use of force”, which, it said, “may be contrary to international law enforcement standards”.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
OF  COURSE,  IT  IS  AN  INTIFADA:  THIS  IS  WHAT  YOU  MUST  KNOW
Ramzy Baroud
Oct. 12 2015
When my book ‘Searching Jenin’ was published soon after the Israeli massacre in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002, I was quizzed repeatedly by the media and many readers for conferring the word ‘massacre’ on what Israel has depicted as a legitimate battle against camp-based ‘terrorists’.
____The interrogative questions were aimed at relocating the narrative from a discussion regarding possible war crimes into a technical dispute over the application of language. For them, the evidence of Israel’s violations of human rights mattered little. [. . . . .]
____Even when video evidence emerges countering the official Israeli narrative and revealing, as in most other cases, that the murdered youth posed no threat, the official Israeli narrative will always be accepted as facts, by some. Isra’, Fadi, and all the rest are ‘terrorists’ who endangered the safety of Israeli citizens and, alas, had to be eliminated as a result.
– Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com.
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Dr. Ramzy Baroud

“ENEMY,”  BY  YOUSEF  AL-MAHMOUD
They come from all the ends of the earth to sit among us
they come from the ends of the winds
they bring sickness and a hissing like sakes
they come from the ends of the snows
they come smelling of death
they come with blood-dipping knives
they bring panic and terror
they are utterly not-to-be-trusted
they are utterly murderous
they are proud of their murders, they are drinkers of blood
proud of tooth and nail
even more proud of guns and treachery
they come to burn the love in our hearts
and turn it to torture and bitterness
they bring sorrow, terror, sickness. . .
How have they come to sit among us?
—-—-Translated by DM Black

From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.
—-Yousef Al-Mahmoud is a prominent broadcaster and poet, and former head of the Ministry of Culture in his native Jenin.

Palestinians attempt to break through a section of the separation wall Israel built in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, 11 October. (Photo by Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills)
Palestinians attempt to break through a section of the separation wall Israel built in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, 11 October. (Photo by Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills)

“. . . What did I do to make you destroy me . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

A photo of Mustafa Adel al-Khatib. (Ma’an Images). Number 1 below.
A photo of Mustafa Adel al-Khatib. (Ma’an Images). Number 1 below.

❶ Palestinian shot, killed in East Jerusalem after alleged stabbing
❷ Israel Carries out Large-Scale Detention Operation in West Bank, Jerusalem
❸ Personal essay: There Is More to Us
❹ US refuses to label Israeli attacks on Palestinians ‘terror’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Who needs justice when suspects can be executed in the street?
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT,  KILLED  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING
Oct. 12, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem after an alleged stabbing attempt on border police officers, Israeli police said. [. . . . .]
____Israeli news site the Times of Israel reported that border police asked a Palestinian man to take his hands out of his pockets after becoming suspicious, at which point the suspect attempted to attack the officer, hitting his protective vest.
____The attacker was then shot multiple times.
____Palestinian witnesses told Ma’an that there was no attempted stabbing at the time of the shooting, and the man was killed as he was walking in the area.
____The suspect was identified as Mustafa Adel al-Khatib, 18.
____The latest death brings the total number of Palestinians killed to 25 since the beginning of October.
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  CARRIES  OUT  LARGE-SCALE  DETENTION  OPERATION  IN  WEST  BANK,  JERUSALEM
Oct. 12, 2015
WEST BANK, (WAFA) – At least 32 Palestinians were last night detained by the Israeli army and security forces across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
____The intense operation comes amid a seemingly unceasing popular unrest by Palestinian youth against the Israeli measures in the occupied territories, including attempts to temporally divide al-Aqsa Mosque compound as well as Israel’s continuing settlement construction and expansion.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
THERE  IS  MORE  TO  US
Hasheemah H. Afaneh
Oct. 2015
I was sitting in the back seat of my family’s green van and staring out the window when I heard my parents discuss our moving to Palestine. Needless to say, my eyes widened at the thought of moving and leaving all my friends behind.
____“But why?” I had asked furiously, my eyes welling up.
____With his eyes still on the road, my father responded, “So you and your brothers can see our home and learn Arabic. You’ll meet lots of family members, and you’ll make friends in no time.” [. . . . .]
____Both my mother and father were raised in Palestine in the pre-Oslo period. The image that I had of Palestine and of who we are as Palestinians was a result of that reality and of the fact that I lived halfway across the world. [. . . . .]
However, there was more to know and learn about us, as my father told me.
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Hasheemah H. Afaneh, born in one place and raised in two, is studying nutrition and dietetics at Birzeit University. She writes poetry, short stories, and descriptive essays.
Hasheemah H. Afaneh’s Blog
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
US  REFUSES  TO  LABEL  ISRAELI  ATTACKS  ON  PALESTINIANS  ‘TERROR’
Oct. 10, 2015
The State Department said Friday that recent attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are “acts of terror” but failed to apply the same standard when violence is committed against Palestinians by Israelis.
____”We would consider these violent acts [by Palestinians] that we’re talking about specifically here as acts of terror,” spokesman John Kirby said in response to a question about violence in the occupied territories.
____But when asked whether he also considered to be terrorist acts the stabbing of a Palestinian by a 17-year-old Israeli in the city of Dimona, Kirby brushed it aside and said he was not aware of the incident.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
WHO  NEEDS  JUSTICE  WHEN  SUSPECTS  CAN  BE  EXECUTED  IN  THE  STREET?
Orly Noy
Oct. 11, 2015
Yesterday I published John Brown’s latest article on my Facebook wall. The article includes a video that clearly shows Fadi Alloun, the young Palestinian man from Issawiya, being shot and killed by police officers despite not posing a threat when shot. There is no question here of not knowing “what happened before” — even if Alloun did stab someone, the police could have subdued him and protected the passersby without killing him. Alloun, put simply, was executed to the cheers of the onlookers who encouraged the officers to shoot. [. . . . .]
____Israel’s legal system is supposed to reflect its collective principles, as formulated by its elected officials. It holds a substantial statement. And when that statement reflects those who say it in a bad light, it is always easier to implement the policy itself without taking responsibility for its moral significance. That way, Sharon Gal (who proposed the “death to terrorists” law) gets what he wants — death sentence for “terrorists,” defined in the widest possible way — while the Israeli legal system remains clean of any law that may tarnish it in the eyes of many Israelis, not to mention the international community.
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Article with video of police killing

“HE  EMBRACES  HIS  MURDERER,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
He embraces his murderer.
May he win his heart: Do you feel angrier if I survive?
Brother…My brother!
What did I do to make you destroy me?
Two birds fly overhead.
Why don’t you shoot upwards?
What do you say?
You grew tired of my embrace and my smell.
Aren’t you just as tired of the fear within me?
Then throw your gun in the river! What do you say?
The enemy on the riverbank aims his machine gun at an embrace?
Shoot the enemy!
Thus we avoid the enemy’s bullets and keep from falling into sin.
What do you say?
You’ll kill me so the enemy can go to our home
And descend again into the law of the jungle?
What did you do with my mother’s coffee; with your mother’s coffee?
What crime did I commit to make you destroy me?
I will never
Cease embracing you.
And I will never
Release you.

“Poems by Mahmoud Darwish.” PoemHunter.com
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/he-embraces-his-murderer/
About Mahmoud Darwish

The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)
The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

“. . . you who fear death, I feared it not. . . “ (Samih Al-Qasim)

No. 3 below. Matias Hadwa of Palestine jumps for a header during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against the United Arab Emirates at Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in the West Bank town of Al-Ram near Jerusalem, Sept. 8, 2015. (Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Torokman).
No. 3 below.
Matias Hadwa of Palestine jumps for a header during their 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match against the United Arab Emirates at Faisal al-Husseini Stadium in the West Bank town of Al-Ram near Jerusalem, Sept. 8, 2015. (Photo by REUTERS/Mohamed Torokman).

Israeli forces shoot dead two boys, aged 13 and 15, in Gaza
❷ Israeli airstrike kills pregnant woman, 2-year-old girl in Gaza City
❸ Palestinian soccer scores goal in venue dispute
❹ Analysis: Why one Jerusalem street has seen so many stabbings
❺ Opinion: A different kind of intifada
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT  DEAD  TWO  BOYS,  AGED  13  AND  15,  IN  GAZA
Oct. 11, 2015
GAZA CITY — Israeli forces on Saturday shot and killed two Palestinian boys, aged 13 and 15, at a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip.
____The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that Marwan Barbakh, 13, and Khalil Othman, 15, were shot dead during the protest to the east of Khan Younis. . . .
____At least 15 others were injured during the protest, the ministry said, although it did not provide further details.
____The Palestinian Red Crescent later said that its ambulance crews had treated seven Palestinians shot with live rounds across the Gaza Strip, in addition to 21 who suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  AIRSTRIKE  KILLS  PREGNANT  WOMAN,  2-YEAR-OLD  GIRL  IN  GAZA  CITY
Oct. 11, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An Israeli airstrike targeted a building near a home in Gaza City during the earliest hours of Sunday morning, killing a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old daughter after their home collapsed, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza said.
____Ashraf al-Qidra said the woman, identified as Nour Rasmi Hassan was five months pregnant during the time of her death, her daughter Rahaf Yahya Hassan was also killed, and three other family members were injured when their house was damaged from the airstrike near the al-Maslakh mosque in southern Gaza City.
____Hours before the airstrike,sirens sounded across southern Israel, as a single rocket was intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome in an area south of Ashkelon.
____No Injuries were reported.
____According to a statement from the Israeli army, Israeli forces responded to Gaza’s rocket with an airstrikes on “two Hamas weapon manufacturing facilities in the northern Gaza Strip.”
____The statement made no mention of any deaths or damages to civilian homes.
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
PALESTINIAN  SOCCER  SCORES  GOAL  IN  VENUE  DISPUTE
Ahmad Melhem
(Ahmad Melhem is a Palestinian journalist and photographer based in Ramallah for Al-Watan News.)
Oct.7, 2015
RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian soccer may have won its biggest victory over its Saudi rival before the teams even enter the pitch.
____The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has decided that the two national teams may play the second of two matches in the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Asian Cup qualifications in Palestine after all, revoking an earlier decision to find a less controversial alternative. The reversal came after an Oct. 6 meeting in Zurich between FIFA President Sepp Blatter and the heads of the Palestinian and Saudi Arabian football associations, Jibril Rajoub and Ahmed Eid al-Harbi.
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❹ Analysis
+972 BLOG
WHY  ONE  JERUSALEM  STREET  HAS  SEEN  SO  MANY  STABBINGS
Yonathan Mizrachi
(Yonathan Mizrachi is an archaeologist and the executive director of Emek Shaveh.)
Oct. 11, 2015
For Israel and settler organizations, creating a Jewish identity and presence on the access road to the Western Wall is very important. Palestinians, on the other hand, view it as a dangerous provocation.
____The many stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old City in recent weeks have taken place in one precise location: Ha-Gai Street, or Al-Wad Street in Arabic. While the walled city is relatively small, it is interesting to note why the political and violent struggle over Jerusalem focalizes on its most heavily guarded street.
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❺ Opinion
AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
A  DIFFERENT  KIND  OF  INTIFADA
Daoud Kuttab
(Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist, a media activist and a columnist for Palestine Pulse. He is former Ferris Professor of journalism at Princeton University.)
Oct. 8, 2015
The ultimate direction of the current violent escalation in Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank is a mystery. Is it the long-anticipated third intifada? Or is it merely a short-term spike in the escalation of violence?
____One thing seems clear: There is no way of knowing or predicting the depth, length or nature of what happens when people lose hope. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to wash his hands of the 1993 Oslo Accord — which he himself had signed 22 years earlier — might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
____Without any peace process in sight and with the young Palestinian population seeing no future, it is not surprising that people are revolting.
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Blogger’s Note: This poem, and many others from the years shortly after the 1967 war seem to be more timely and urgent now than at any time since they were written.

“A MARTYR’S ELEGY,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
Leave the martyr shrouded in his clothes;
Rest him at the foot of the mountain, it knows his sorrow.
Don’t bury him; his wounds
Tell the will of his love and suffering.
Do you hear? Let him depart from his friends,
A bleeding eagle among the rocks.
Rest him in the sun; a wind
From the land of his youth will caress his face.
Don’t close his eyes; a last
Glimmer of light is still in them.
His call reverberates in the golden valleys:
“You who fear death, I feared it not;
Take me to my home to rest my cheek
On its threshold and to kiss its door.
Let me see my vineyard
One last time.”

From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
About Samih Al-Qasim
Qasim in academic journals
Book review

A Different Intifada. A Palestinian girl hurls stones at Israeli troops during clashes after a suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier and was then shot dead by special forces, Hebron, Oct. 7, 2015. (Photo by REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma).
A Different Intifada.
A Palestinian girl hurls stones at Israeli troops during clashes after a suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier and was then shot dead by special forces, Hebron, Oct. 7, 2015. (Photo by REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma).

“. . . Your house is shrouded with the dust of death. . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Le Trio Joubran plays traditional Palestinian OUD music―3 brothers from Nazareth. Adnan Joubran: "We are Palestinians . . .  but no one even notices that we are Christian Palestinians, because for us, Palestinians, it does not matter . . .  we are campaigning for the freedom of our country through our heritage and music." (Photo, Arab Women Media Watch Centre UK)
Le Trio Joubran plays traditional Palestinian OUD music―3 brothers from Nazareth. Adnan Joubran: “We are Palestinians . . . but no one even notices that we are Christian Palestinians, because for us, Palestinians, it does not matter . . . we are campaigning for the freedom of our country through our heritage and music.” (Photo, Arab Women Media Watch Centre UK)

❶ Ministry: 14 Palestinians killed, 1,000 injured since Oct. 1
❷ Jordan Slams Israel’s Continued Aggression against Palestinians as State Terrorism
❸ ‘There is no co-existence with cancer’: Right-wing Israelis demand gov’t give military ‘free hand’ to fight Palestinians
❹ Our Culture … Our Rooted Identity throughout History
❺ Opinion/Analysis: STOP TALKING ABOUT AN INTIFADA: ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION MUST END
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
MINISTRY:  14  PALESTINIANS  KILLED,  1,000  INJURED  SINCE  OCT.  1
Oct. 9, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fourteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and around 1,000 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since Oct. 1, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said Friday.
____By the end of the day on Friday alone, seven Palestinians were killed and around 200 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets, while seven suffered from bruises after being physically assaulted by Israeli forces in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
____According to the ministry, the numbers include those who were admitted to hospitals, while hundreds of others were treated on the scene.
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Background . . . WHAT  WEAPONS  ARE  BEING  USED  IN  THE  ISRAEL-GAZA  CONFLICT. Jonathan Marcus BBC diplomatic correspondent. 10 July 2014.
Background. . .

Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. ((Agence France‑Presse/Photo.)Musa Al-Shaer, File)
Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. ((Agence France‑Presse/Photo. Musa Al-Shaer, File)

PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JORDAN  SLAMS  ISRAEL’S  CONTINUED  AGGRESSION  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS  AS  STATE  TERRORISM
Oct. 10, 2015
The Jordanian House of Representatives Saturday slammed the Israeli continued aggression against the Palestinian people, land, and holy sites as a ‘state terrorism’ conducted before the eyes of the entire world.
____The Jordanian house of Representatives expressed their utmost anger and condemnation of the Israeli crimes and repeated racist violations committed against the unarmed Palestinian people, which led to the killing and injury of many Palestinians, as well as violated the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites.
____ . . . it said that the world did nothing to curb [Israel’s] racist and foolish policies, which it stressed, would only drag the region and the world into more violence, terrorism, and lack of instability, as well as undermine efforts exerted toward the attainment of peace.
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MONDOWEISS
‘THERE  IS  NO  CO-EXISTENCE  WITH  CANCER’:  RIGHT-WING  ISRAELIS  DEMAND  GOV’T  GIVE  MILITARY  ‘FREE  HAND’  TO FIGHT  PALESTINIANS
Scott Ratner
Oct. 9, 2015
Brandishing their typical black and yellow flags and Hebrew signs boasting “Kahane was Right” and “There is no co-existence with cancer,” hundreds of right-wing activists took to the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night in a growing phenomenon of public demonstrations led by the country’s leading fascist groups such as Lahava and La Familia. Despite negligible attempts by Israeli police to force the demonstrators from proceeding (the demonstration was not granted prior police approval), the Jewish crowds began marching at around 9 pm when police officers made it readily apparent that they had no intention of halting the mostly youth from making their away across the city
____Guided and instigated by far-right ideologues such as Benzion Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, the crowds chanted their usual “Death to Arabs,” “A Jew has a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore,” and other similar malicious slogans.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
OUR  CULTURE …  OUR  ROOTED  IDENTITY  THROUGHOUT  HISTORY
Courtesy of Bank of Palestine
October, 2015
In Palestine, culture is a mix of rich and varied components that combine history, literature, thought, politics, religion, economy, and identity. Culture is one of the most important factors that affect the development of societies and nations, and it is the main reason for the advancement of a nation’s political, economic, and scientific core. We typically judge a nation based on the factors listed above, which constitute its culture, a vital component of the civilization of any people or place.
____The name Palestine is enough to inspire the intellectual wealth of the world because it alone is home to all identities, nations, countries, religions, and historical eras. Palestine is the first civilization where prophets from all religions lived, and it is the last refuge for people before the end of life on this earth. Hence, all people have a duty to preserve the culture of this land.
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Background . . . BARENBOIM-SAID  MUSIC  CENTER  RAMALLAH
Background . . . “WE  ARE  DEFENDING  OUR  CULTURE”:  AN  INTERVIEW  WITH  SAMIR  JOUBRAN
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA. Adri Nieuwhof. Mar. 29, 2010.
❺ Opinion/Analysis
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
STOP  TALKING  ABOUT  AN  INTIFADA:  ISRAEL’S  OCCUPATION  MUST  END
Oct. 10, 2015
Saeb Erekat
(Saeb Erekat is the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization.)
Over the past few days, many have wondered whether this is the beginning of a third Intifada. For the Palestinian people, this question is no longer relevant. There has not been a single day, in almost half a century, that we haven’t suffered from the Israeli occupation; the main source of violence in our region. Occupation means control, which is precisely what Israel has been doing with our lives, with a daily oppression and humiliation in our own homeland by a belligerent occupying power [. . . . .]
____Yet, Netanyahu’s right-wing extremist government continues to deny Palestinian rights and to incite violence, clearly indicating that ending this Apartheid regime is not an option. His top diplomat, [Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi] Hotovely, just yesterday declared that this government was formed with the goal of preventing a two-state solution.
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“THE  LAST  KNOCK,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
Will you not open this door for me?
My hand is exhausted from knocking at Your door.
I have come to Your vastness to beg
Some tranquility and peace of mind.
But Your door is closed in my face,
Drowned in silence.
Lord of the house,
The door was open here,
A refuge for all burdened with grief.
The door was open here,
And the green olive tree rose high,
Embracing the house.
The oil lamp kindling without faire,
Guiding the steps of one walking at night,
Relieving those crushed by the burden of earth,
Flooding them with satisfaction and ease.
Do you hear me, O Lord of the house,
After my loss in the deserts;
Away from You I have returned to You
But your door is closed
In my face, drowned in silence.
Your house is shrouded
With the dust of death.
You are here. Open, then, the door.
Do not veil Your face.
See my orphanhood, my loss,
Amid the ruins of a collapsing world,
The grief of the world on my shoulders
And terrors of a tyrant destiny
To be undone.

From:   A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
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“. . . But have you pondered the cause behind my tears . . .” (Ahmad Hussein)

Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip. (Agence France‑Presse /File Menahem Kahana)
Israeli soldiers on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip. (Agence France‑Presse /File Menahem Kahana)

❶ 2 killed, 19 injured as Israeli forces open fire at Gaza demo
❷ Israeli settlers assault PA minister of communications
❸ Two Palestinians Shot, While Dozens Suffocate during Jericho Clashes
❹ Analysis: The Dogs Not Barking: Netanyahu and Harper Muzzled
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The next Intifada should be a Palestinian revolution until the occupation ends
❻ Poetry by Ahmad Hussein
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  KILLED,  19  INJURED  AS  ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  GAZA  DEMO
Oct. 9, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were killed and 19 others injured as Israeli military forces opened fire at a demonstration by the border fence east of Gaza City, medics said.
____Medical sources told Ma’an that Ahmad al-Harbawi and Hussam Dawla were shot and killed during the clashes east of the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood east of Gaza City.
____At least 19 Palestinians were injured.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ASSAULT  PA  MINISTER  OF  COMMUNICATIONS
Oct. 8, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers assaulted the Palestinian Authority Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Alam Moussa, in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Thursday, smashing his car windows during the attack, PA officials said.
____Palestinian officials condemned the attack, noting that the assault against the PA minister is evidence of settlers indiscriminately targeting Palestinians.
____Government officials called upon institutions of the international community, particularly the United Nations Security Council, to intervene in Israeli violations against Palestinians.
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
TWO  PALESTINIANS  SHOT,  WHILE  DOZENS  SUFFOCATE  DURING  JERICHO  CLASHES
Oct. 7, 2015
JERICHO – Two Palestinian youth were shot while dozens others suffocated on Wednesday during clashes with Israeli army forces at the southern entrance of Jericho.
____Israeli forces stationed at the military checkpoint at the southern entrance of Jericho opened fire on Palestinians who marched to express their solidarity with Al-Aqsa Mosque and denunciation of settlers’ attacks against Palestinians.
____Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel bullets at demonstrators, hitting and injuring Rami Abu Qamar and Mohammad Barahma. Forces also fired tear gas canisters at demonstrators, causing dozens of them to suffocate from excessive tear gas inhalation.
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It may be entirely coincidental, but why are they so silent now? (Palestine Chronicle Photo)
It may be entirely coincidental, but why are they so silent now? (Palestine Chronicle Photo)

❹ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  DOGS  NOT  BARKING:  NETANYAHU  AND  HARPER  MUZZLED
Jim Miles
Oct 8 2015
Most people know the now cliché passage from Sherlock Holmes:

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”
Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”
Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

____Two days after Putin made his historic speech at the UN indicating that the new world order was not necessarily that of the U.S., Russia has vigorously entered into the war against the terrorists in Syria/Iraq. Caught off guard and unawares, the U.S. and its allies, notably the U.K., pounced on Russia’s actions.
____It would appear that Putin and his advisors have the upper hand. [. . . . .]
____The western mainstream media has made a significant outcry from this [. . . . .]
____ Where there has been a deafening silence is from two surprising sources, Canada and Israel.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
THE  NEXT  INTIFADA  SHOULD  BE  A  PALESTINIAN  REVOLUTION  UNTIL  THE  OCCUPATION  ENDS
Samah Jabr
Oct. 8, 2015
President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN, which had been preceded by inflated propaganda claiming that it would be a “bombshell”, turned out to be no more than a litany of well-worn complaints and appeals to the international community. The speech certainly failed to raise any new challenges, offer new strategies or inspire hope among the Palestinians burning under Israeli occupation. . . .
____Palestinian youths had hoped that the announcement would mean that the PA would stop acting like Israel’s subcontractor in the effort to crush Palestinian resistance. They then stood up to fight the Israeli appropriation of the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, to resist the closing of the city to its own people and to oppose the relentless attacks by settlers on villagers in the West Bank. . . .
____ . . . they are blamed in accordance with the typical dynamics of abuse: “They brought all that suffering upon themselves and their families!” We have heard similar comments about women who have been raped: “She asked for it; she provoked it; she is the one to blame for it.” Israel has ordered the shooting of any Palestinian child who is seen throwing stones.
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“THE  WAILING  SONG,”  BY  AHMAD  HUSSEIN
I found you in grief
Which was ever present,
Whence the promises,
The clouds,
And the rain,
And whence the dust that turned into tears
In my eyes.
Say, where did you hide the trees?

I found you in grief,
And long was our meeting!
Thirty partings,
Thirty captivities
Thirty dishonors.
I found you between what I left behind me and what I must face.
Waiting is ahead of me,
Waiting is behind me.

Looking at you I became hooked, coiled
Around an almond twig like a woman’s hair.
Should you release me, I’ll still be part of you.
Praised be your face,
Your bosom,
Praised be your lap so warm!

You read me! How time rolled by,
I became the etching, you the stone;
And, as you know, I was the singer,
And I was . . .
But have you pondered the cause behind my tears
A long, long time ago?
Can words precede images?
Then, listen to me, hear me
A song, a bower, over the lands,
Whenever you recall the sound of my voice, it pours.
I am love, and you will never lose me
So long as the soil in you lives,
And Jericho is surrounded by trees.

From THE  PALESTINIAN  WEDDING:  A BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE  POETRY.  Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
____Born in 1939 in Haifa, Ahmad Hussein received his education in the local Arab schools of Haifa, Umm al-Fahm, and Nazareth. He has published short stories and poems in the local daily al-Yawn, in the bi-weekly al-Ittihad, and in the periodicals al-Mujtama, al-Jahid, and al-Fajr. His first collection of poems, Zaman al-Khawf (Time of Fear) was published in 1977 after the tragic death of his celebrated  brother,  Rashid  Hussein.  His poetry often uses romantic love as imagery for love of Palestine.

"Settlers and Soldiers at Iraq Burin" originally posted to Flickr as Settlers and Soldiers attacking demonstrators in Iraq Burin, 2009. (International Solidarity Movement photo)
“Settlers and Soldiers at Iraq Burin” originally posted to Flickr as Settlers and Soldiers attacking demonstrators in Iraq Burin, 2009. (International Solidarity Movement photo)