“. . . we have lost the most beautiful thing among us . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

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Yousef Ahmad Mahmoud al-‘Allami – Beit Ummar Facebook Page. (Photo published: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER, Nov. 25, 2015)

❶ Army Kidnaps 34 Palestinians in the West Bank
―A ―Soldiers Assault and Kidnap a Child, Eight Years of Age, In Hebron
❷ Illegal settlements aren’t rogue, they’re government policy
❸ Why won’t Israel allow autopsy on youth killed by police?
❹ Analysis: Part 1: Palestinian youth revolt – Any role for political parties?
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Identifying the wrong culprit for terrorism
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  34  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Nov. 25, 2015
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, overnight and on Wednesday morning, 34 Palestinians, including many children, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
___ In Hebron, the soldiers kidnapped ten Palestinians, including five children, in the city and nearby towns.
___Three Palestinians, identified as Mohammad Yasser Masalma, Hamdi Qassem Masalma, 18, Qussai Hani Masalma, and Qussai Ghazi Shallash, 20, were kidnapped from their homes in Doura town, west of Hebron.
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   ❶―ARelated . . . SOLDIERS  ASSAULT  AND  KIDNAP  A  CHILD,  EIGHT  YEARS  OF  AGE,  IN  HEBRON
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ILLEGAL  SETTLEMENTS  AREN’T  ROGUE,  THEY’RE  GOVERNMENT  POLICY
Adam Aloni
Nov. 24, 2015
Consecutive Israeli governments have fabricated a sophisticated system designed to lend a guise of legality to the seizure of land in the West Bank.
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Israeli soldiers stand in front of the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit, which was partially built on expropriated land belonging to the Palestinian village of Wadi Fukin, West Bank, September 26, 2014. Number (Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
WHY  WON’T  ISRAEL  ALLOW  AUTOPSY  ON  YOUTH KILLED  BY  POLICE?
Alia Al Ghussain
A refusal by the Israeli police to allow an autopsy on a young Palestinian killed by its officers indicates a cover-up.
___On 17 October, Mutaz Uweisat was killed by the police in Armon Hanatziv, an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.
___Israeli police have alleged that the 16-year-old boy tried to stab a border guard.
___Palestinian human rights groups are calling for an investigation of the officer implicated in the killing.
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___ Amnesty has documented a number of instances in which Palestinian youths were killed by Israeli forces when they did not present any imminent threat to life, and says the slayings amount to extrajudicial executions.
Nov. 24, 2015
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❹ Analysis
AL-SHABAKA: THE PALESTINIAN POLICY NETWORK
PART  1:  PALESTINIAN  YOUTH  REVOLT  –  ANY  ROLE  FOR  POLITICAL  PARTIES?
Nov. 24, 2015
Jamal Juma’
(The following is the first segment of a five-part publication at Al-Shabaka.)
For nearly two months, Palestinians have waited for the political parties to shoulder their role in leading and guiding the uprising. Clearly, they are neither able nor willing to do so. There are several reasons for their inaction.
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There are several factors in favor of creating a space for a new national or local leadership. Even if it subsides, the current uprising has raised the question the current leadership’s eligibility and has legitimized the search for alternatives. It has also united the Palestinian people inside the Green Line, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. Ironically, the political forces are the ones who remain divided.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS [Dallas, Texas, USA]
IDENTIFYING  THE  WRONG  CULPRIT  FOR  TERRORISM
Sahar Aziz
Nov. 24, 2015
Each time persons claiming to be Muslim commit a terrorist attack in the West, the same two questions arise: 1) Why aren’t Muslims condemning terrorism; and 2) Why aren’t Muslims challenging extremist Islamic interpretations to stop terrorism conducted in its name rather than repeating that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam.
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To be sure, Al Qaeda and its progeny, Islamic State, employ Islamic rhetoric to legitimize their political agendas. They pick and choose verses in the Quran and Hadiths to justify an apocalyptic ideology rooted in a clash-of-civilizations worldview.
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So before Americans and Europeans condescendingly demand Muslims get their religious house in order, they should get their own political house in order. A good start is demanding their governments’ foreign policies stop propping up dictators.
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FROM  “THE  HOURS,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

The hour of the despot
It will brush away what remains of dust
to see us more clearly
and laugh like a content wolf
when it sees that we have lost
the most beautiful thing among us.

The hour of nightmare
I creep toward absence
carrying the tired earth on my shoulders.
But my blood stirs
and I wake from sleep like a stone
with a bitter body
and veins of wood.

The hour of arrest
Usually, a solitary gazelle prepares songs for its young
and at dawn lullabies the question’s wound.
But suddenly they cross the streets―in great numbers―
and a woman asks:
What are you doing with those guns?
Have they come to arrest the mountains?

The hour of execution
Silently, soldiers go round in the barracks
and famished dogs rush out.
There are the monotonous sounds of footsteps
in chains and in darkness.
Silently, a knotted rope swings
in a rush of bullets and death.

From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN  INSIDE:  SELECTED  POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.
About Ibrahim Nasrallah.

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Youths parade through Gaza City in solidarity with Palestinians locked up in Israeli prisons. (Picture: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty)

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