“. . . You may take the last strip of my land, Feed my youth to prison cells . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus (Photo by Mahmoud Illean August 1, 2013)
Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus.  (Photo by Mahmoud Illean August 1, 2013)  See number 2 below.

❶ Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandiya refugee camp
❷ Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians across West Bank
❸ Jordanian King: Jerusalem will remain under Jordan’s guardianship
❹ Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Other Officials
Opinion/Analysis: End Slavish Support for Israel: It is about Fairness, Rule of Law
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  2  PALESTINIANS  IN  QALANDIYA  REFUGEE  CAMP
Nov. 16, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the Qalandiya refugee camp at dawn on Monday during a raid to demolish the home of an alleged Palestinian attacker, witnesses said.
___Israeli soldiers shot and killed Laith Assad Manasra, 21, and Ahmad Abu al-Aish, 28, as clashes broke out following a raid involving hundreds of Israeli forces in the densely populated refugee camp.
___Dozens of other Palestinians were injured in the clashes, with Yusuf Abu Latifa, 17, critically wounded. Witnesses said Israeli forces stopped an ambulance he was being carried in and detained him while he was en route to hospital.
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Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo.) NOTE: There is no mention of what the Israeli troops did to bring this about.
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo.)
NOTE: There is no mention of what the Israeli troops did to bring this about.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  17  PALESTINIANS  ACROSS  WEST  BANK
Nov. 16, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
___Palestinian security sources said that Israeli forces raided several homes in Askar refugee camp in eastern Nablus and detained Saber Ali al-Lahham, 32, and Muhammad Ahmad Nabhan Saqr, 30.
___Israeli forces also detained Ahmad Hussein Hanini, 25, from the Beit Furik military checkpoint in eastern Nablus.
___Security sources added that Israeli police officers assaulted 19-year-old Mahdi Nitham Mahmod Muhareb from Huwwara village after he got into an argument with an Israeli driver. Muhareb was reportedly taken to Rafidia governmental hospital.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
JORDANIAN  KING:  JERUSALEM  WILL  REMAIN  UNDER  JORDAN’S  GUARDIANSHIP
Nov. 16, 2015
Jordan’s King Abdullah II has stressed that Jerusalem will remain under Hashemite guardianship in terms of Jordan’s religious and historical responsibility towards the Holy City.
___In his speech during the opening of the third session of the Jordanian parliament on Sunday, the King said that “The Palestinian cause has been on top of the Jordanian diplomatic agenda because it is a supreme national interest.”
___“Jerusalem will remain a holy cause that was our looked after by our ancestors, and will continue to be taken care of by our sons and our daughters who continue to play this supervisor role and who will defend it against any assault and any attempt to change the reality,” he added.
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PALESTINE CHRONICLE
SPANISH  COURT  ISSUES  ARREST  WARRANTS  FOR  NETANYAHU  AND  OTHER  OFFICIALS
Nov 15 2015
A Spanish court has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials for their role in the 2010 attack on the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza, local media reported on Friday.
___Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said that the Supreme Court in Madrid ordered the arrest of ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defence minister Ehud Barak, the then-deputy prime ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, and former state minister Benny Begin, as well as Netanyahu. It also ordered the arrest of Israeli Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, who is among the co-defendants found guilty by the Spanish judge.
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Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
END  SLAVISH  SUPPORT  FOR  ISRAEL:  IT  IS  ABOUT  FAIRNESS,  RULE  OF  LAW
Richard Forer
Oct. 31, 2015
In 2008 the United States and the government of Israel agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in which the U.S. would “help Israel meet its security requirements.” The terms of the agreement provided Israel with, on average, three billion dollars in military assistance annually . . . The three billion represents approximately twenty-five percent of Israel’s military budget, effectively making the United States a partner in Israel’s military enterprise.
___In 1976 the U.S. Congress passed the Arms Export Control Act. Section 2754 of the Act requires that international governments use America’s military assistance “solely for internal security, for legitimate self-defense.”
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The United States government publicly advocates the rule of law, but its actions belie its rhetoric when it comes to Israel. Israel continuously disregards United Nations Resolutions, defies the Fourth Geneva Convention’s prohibition against an occupying power transferring parts of its own population into the territories it occupies, and obstructs investigations by U.N. agencies into its disproportionate use of force, collective punishment and other human rights violations, as it did after Operations Cast Lead (2008-2009) and Protective Edge (2014).
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“ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

I may―if you wish―lose my livelihood
I may sell my shirt and bed.
I may work as a stone cutter,
A street sweeper, a porter.
I may clean your stores
Or rummage your garbage for food.
I may lie down hungry,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may take the last strip of my land,
Feed my youth to prison cells.
You may plunder my heritage.
You may burn my books, my poems,
Or feed my flesh to the dogs.
You may spread a web of terror
On the roofs of my village.
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may put out the light in my eyes
You may deprive me of my mother’s kisses.
You may curse my father, my people.
You may distort my history.
You may deprive my children of a smile
And of life’s necessities.
You may fool my friends with a borrowed face.
You may build walls of hatred around me.
You may glue my eyes to humiliations,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
O enemy of the sun
The decorations are raised at the port,
The ejaculations fill the air,
A glow in the hearts,
And in the horizon
A sail is seen
Challenging the wind
And the depths.
It is Ulysses
Returning home
From the sea of loss

It is the return of the sun,
Of my exiled ones
And for her sake, and his
I swear
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
Resist―and resist.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
Available from ABE BOOKS.
About Samih Al-Qasim 

In May 2010, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” was sent to give humanitarian aid and construction materials to Gaza, but they were unable to. Their Zionist oppressors (Israel) has policed the Gaza borders since Hamas has been in command in 2007. In a valiant act of defiance, the activist ships went full speed ahead, resulting in Israeli intervention that ended in the death of nine activists.
In May 2010, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” was sent to give humanitarian aid and construction materials to Gaza, but they were unable to. Their Zionist oppressors (Israel) has policed the Gaza borders since Hamas has been in command in 2007. In a valiant act of defiance, the activist ships went full speed ahead, resulting in Israeli intervention that ended in the death of nine activists.

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