“. . . You swear I don’t exist that I have no sun . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

Palestinians inspect a house that was demolished by the Israeli army in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The Israeli military says it has demolished the homes of four Palestinians who allegedly carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. (Photo: Majdi Mohammed, AP)
Palestinians inspect a house that was demolished by the Israeli army in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The Israeli military says it has demolished the homes of four Palestinians who allegedly carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. (Number 4 below)
(Photo: Majdi Mohammed, AP)

❶ Undercover Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Palestinian in Hebron Hospital
❷ 111 Palestinians Shot, Injured During West Bank, Gaza Demonstrations
❸ Analysis: Netanyahu’s transfer plan is met with silent complicity
❹ Israeli Army Blows Up Three Homes in Nablus, One in Ramallah
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘We Will Stay Like Our Olives:’ A Battle Over Trees This Harvest
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El-Asmar
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
UNDERCOVER ISRAELI FORCES SHOOT DEAD PALESTINIAN IN HEBRON HOSPITAL
Nov. 12, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Undercover Israeli forces on Thursday shot dead a Palestinian during a hospital raid in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and hospital staff said.
___Abdullah Azzam Shalaldah, 28, was shot several times by forces who raided the surgery unit of al-Ahli hospital in order to detain his cousin, Azzam Ezzat Shalaldah, 20, who was shot by an Israeli settler last month, hospital staff told Ma’an. http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=768464
___Abdullah and another relative were in the hospital visiting Azzam when around 20 undercover Israeli soldiers entered the hospital at around 4:00 a.m., witnesses said.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
111 PALESTINIANS SHOT, INJURED DURING WEST BANK, GAZA DEMONSTRATIONS
Nov. 13, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least 94 Palestinians were shot and injured on Friday during clashes across the occupied West Bank, medics told Ma’an.
___In al-Balou area of northern al-Bireh in the Ramallah district, 26 Palestinians were injured with live bullets and 35 with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
___Witnesses said that Israeli forces stormed the area during clashes, opening fire in order to prevent demonstrators from accessing the Beit El checkpoint and assaulting journalists.
[. . . . .]
___In the West Bank, UN Office for Humanitarian affairs reported that the total number of Palestinian injuries from Oct. 1 to Nov. 9 alone had far surpassed the total number injured during the whole of 2014.
___Over 7,000 Palestinians have been injured since the start of October, and 83 have been killed.
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Related . . . 3RD PALESTINIAN DIES FROM CLASHES WITH ISRAELI FORCES
❸ Analysis
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NETANYAHU’S TRANSFER PLAN IS MET WITH SILENT COMPLICITY
Yehudit Oppenheimer
Nov. 14, 2015
Israel’s self-ordained “democratic” camp silently accepted Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to revoke the permanent residency status of 100,000 Palestinians who live in those East Jerusalem neighborhoods that lie beyond the separation barrier last month.
___ Even if Netanyahu’s proposal is never actualized, it is impossible to ignore its significance even as a proposal: the prime minister of Israel is advocating the mass transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem and the center-left political parties in the opposition did not offer up even the faintest whisper of protest.
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Israeli Border Police officers stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, October 15, 2015. Israel set up checkpoints in the Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and mobilized hundreds of soldiers in response to attacks by Palestinians. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Israeli Border Police officers stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, October 15, 2015. Israel set up checkpoints in the Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and mobilized hundreds of soldiers in response to attacks by Palestinians. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ISRAELI ARMY BLOWS UP THREE HOMES IN NABLUS, ONE IN RAMALLAH
Nov. 14, 2015
Israeli soldiers invaded on, Saturday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and detonated bombs in two homes of detainees who were accused of killing an Israeli settler and his wife, near Beit Forik in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, several months ago. The soldiers also demolished a home in Ramallah.
___The soldiers invaded the house of detainee Karam al-Masri, forced the family out, and wired the property before detonating a bomb, destroying its interior.
___The soldiers also forced the residents of nearby homes out of their properties, and held them in one room belonging to one of the neighboring families, before exploding al-Masri’s home.
___The army also fired several gas bombs at residents who gathered in the area, causing an 80 year old woman to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation while in her own home.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
‘WE WILL STAY LIKE OUR OLIVES:’ A BATTLE OVER TREES THIS HARVEST
Megan Hanna
Nov. 14, 2015
BEIT SAFAFA (Ma’an) — Part of Hiyam Mousa’s olive grove, which has been passed down through her family for as far back as she can remember, has been destroyed due to the construction of a bypass road connecting settlements in the West Bank to West Jerusalem, and the rest is also under threat of being confiscated.
“We’ve been harvesting olives for a long time, it’s a special demonstration of the culture and history of Palestinians, and the whole family participates,” Mousa says, reaching up through the gnarled branches to pick this year’s harvest from the trees that remain.
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Since 2000, it is estimated that more than two million trees have been destroyed across the occupied Palestinian territory through Israeli military operations, the building of settler roads, expansion of settlements, or construction of the separation wall.
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(Megan Hanna is an independent journalist and photographer based in Palestine.)

“A BOUQUET OF ROSES,” BY FOUZI EL-ASMAR

The story unfolds
you’ve heard the beginning
We did not reject you
as a human being
or as a friend
But as an intruder
a foe
chasing a mirage
A beast stealing dreams
from my children’s eyes.

Stubborn gambler
in human rights
You’ve tailored God’s commands
and now you wear them as you see fit
You forget, then steal
you forget, then kill
You swear I don’t exist
that I have no sun
spring
or field in me

For twenty-five years
we have fasted
And have broken that fast.

(Note: since the poem was published in 1979, the twenty-five years is now at least sixty.)

About Fouzi El-Asmar
El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE WIND-DRIVEN REED AND OTHER POEMS. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1979.
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The separation wall surrounds a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, May 15, 2015. (Activestills.org)
The separation wall surrounds a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, May 15, 2015. (Activestills.org)

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