“. . . My anger drips oil and honey, my pain bears almonds . . .” (Yusuf Hamdan)

The boy, Ahmed Manasrah, 13, remains strong, unwilling to break, no matter how much the Israeli officers aggravate him with moral and physical pressure. (Photo: MEMO)
The boy, Ahmed Manasrah, 13, remains strong, unwilling to break, no matter how much the Israeli officers aggravate him with moral and physical pressure. (Photo: MEMO)

❶ Analysis: A Child Triumphs against Israel’s Brutal Occupation
❷ Israeli Troops Force Palestinian Family off Land during Olive Harvest
❸ Thousands Attend Funerals of Two Palestinians Slain in Clashes
❹ Beyond the Natural Scenes of Palestinian Nature Reserves
-A– Israeli Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory –October 2015
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israeli hospital raid reflects the criminal behavior of the country’s political leadership
❻ Poetry by Yusuf Hamdan
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❶ Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
A  CHILD  TRIUMPHS  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S BRUTAL  OCCUPATION
Hossam Shaker
Nov 13 2015
It is rare to find scenes that can express a complex reality or major issue, but one such was some video footage leaked recently, which exposed part of the heinous interrogation of a Palestinian child. Ranking officers in the Israeli occupation security services tried to overpower a 13 year old boy, break his will and crush his dignity.
____The astonishing video shows the impressive resilience of the Palestinian people, represented by this child from Jerusalem. The boy, Ahmed Manasrah, remains strong, unwilling to break, no matter how much the Israeli officers aggravate him with moral and physical pressure.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  TROOPS  FORCE  PALESTINIAN  FAMILY  OFF  LAND  DURING  OLIVE  HARVEST
Nov. 15, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli troops on Sunday forced a Palestinian family off their agricultural land during an olive harvest for the second time in two days, a popular committee spokesperson told Ma’an.
___Muhammad Ayyad Awad said Israeli troops forced Hammad Abdul-Hamid Sleibi and his family to leave the family’s olive fields on the outskirts Beit Ummar, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.
___Sleibi said that security guards from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin first arrived to tell the family to leave. The security guards allegedly pointed their guns at the family and threatened them, telling them not to come back to the area.
___The family refused to leave their land, and Israeli forces soon showed up to the scene and shot tear gas and stun grenades at the family, forcing them to flee.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
THOUSANDS  ATTEND  FUNERALS  OF  TWO  PALESTINIANS  SLAIN  IN  CLASHES
Nov. 14, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Hebron and Ramallah districts of the occupied West Bank Saturday for separate funerals of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes.
___Near Hebron, mourners carried the body of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, whowas shot in the heart on Friday in the town of Halhul and killed immediately, medics told Ma’an at the time.
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___Mourners demanded international protection and a response to “Israeli violations and executions against Palestinians.”
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___Meanwhile in the Ramallah-area town of Budrus, mourners buried Lafi Yusif Awad, 22.
___Awad was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the town Friday after the Israeli army said he attempted to grab a soldier’s weapon.
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The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages, Nov. 14, 2015)
The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages, Nov. 14, 2015)

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
BEYOND  THE  NATURAL  SCENES  OF  PALESTINIAN  NATURE  RESERVES
Roubina Bassous Ghattas
November 2015
At the 1992 Earth Summit the governments of the world agreed on a new agenda for sustainable development. This agenda included a bold new Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which calls on governments to establish systems of protected areas and to manage these in order to support conservation, sustainable use, and equitable benefit sharing. . . . Nature Reserves are places for people to get a sense of peace in a busy world; places that invigorate the human spirit and challenge the senses.
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The Palestinian Nature Reserves (NRs) harbor a rich base with many species. When applying the precautionary principle for the analysis of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) on the Palestinian NRs, we find numbers of them identified as KBAs, which highlights the outstanding biodiversity value that is represented by the Palestinian reserves.
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-A–  ISRAELI  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OCCUPIED  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY –OCTOBER 2015
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem
Oct. 11, 2015
From the beginning of the month of October 2015, the Palestinian territory witnessed a systematic war carried out by the Israeli Occupation Army and settlers living in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. The confrontation began between the Palestinians, who have the right of the land, and the Israeli Army and their settlers, who have nothing unless the military gear. . .
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI  HOSPITAL  RAID  REFLECTS  THE  CRIMINAL  BEHAVIOR  OF  THE  COUNTRY’S  POLITICAL  LEADERSHIP
Michael Marder
Nov. 13, 2015
The thuggish operations of the Israeli army match very closely the criminal behavior of the country’s political authorities. The undercover raid of the Palestinian al-Ahli hospital in Hebron by about a dozen IDF operatives in disguise on November 12 resulted in the killing of 27-year-old Abdallah Shalaldeh and the arrest of his cousin Azzam who was being treated there.
___An armed attack on a hospital is an offense, according to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, to which Israel was a signatory a year after their formulation, in 1950
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___At bottom, Israel engages in self-dehumanization when it sanctions raids akin to the one that happened this Thursday
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“THE  TRUTH  IS  SAID,”  BY  YUSUF  HAMDAN
I say that I hate occupation
you get angry
wake the mountain from its sleep
and chide the fox for forgetting
and you draw the arrest order

I say that I hate war and fighting
you get angry
send an armed messenger
polite
to tell me: Come!
and when I smile
you drown in insults and coughs

I say that I hate oppression
and that all I have
of progressive papers is Al-Itthad
you get angry
and from the sky
you pour Jerusalem and the News
al-Subh and al-Masa
and New Outlook
and other names

I say that I hate rape
you get angry
and honor me in a prison cell
and inflict punishment upon me
and guard me from my friends

I say that I love Justice
you hate it!

I say that I hate injustice
you love it
and if you get angry
there is the ocean drink it!

My anger drips oil and honey
my pain bears almonds, flouts, and roses
so jail my piece of bread
I defy

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.
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Also in: Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture. Vol.14 No.1 2007.
Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.
Al-Ittihad (The Union) is an Israeli Arabic-language daily newspaper based in Haifa. Once considered the most important Arab media outlet in Israel, it is owned by Maki, the Israeli Communist Party. It is currently edited by Aida Touma-Suleiman.

Graph: Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activities in the Palestinian Territories, Oct. 11, 2015.
Graph: Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activities in the Palestinian Territories, Oct. 11, 2015.

2 thoughts on ““. . . My anger drips oil and honey, my pain bears almonds . . .” (Yusuf Hamdan)

  1. What an appallingly sad story of Ahmed Nanasrah. Is he still in custody? What is known of the outcome of the video being leaked?

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