“. . . your children will play again and fathers and sons will meet . . .” (Nizar Qabbani)

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PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS: Palestinian Bedouin Children near Jericho. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 9, 2015)

❶ Knesset bill to jail minors on terror charges passes 1st vote
❷ Palestinian killed at Nablus checkpoint after alleged attack
❸ Israel to build “smart fence” around al-Khalil
❹ Analysis: More guns will not make Israelis any safer
❺ Opinion: ISRAEL’S  OPEN  SEASON  ON  ‘ARABS’
❻ Poetry by Nizar Qabbani
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
KNESSET  BILL  TO  JAIL  MINORS  ON  TERROR  CHARGES  PASSES  1ST  VOTE
Nov. 25, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― The Israeli parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow Palestinian minors under 14 who are facing terrorism charges to be sentenced to time in prison, a Knesset press release said.
___The bill was approved in a preliminary vote with 64 in favor of the bill and 22 against.
___If the bill becomes law, children under 14 would reportedly be placed in a children’s home until they turn 14, after which the child would be transferred to a mainstream security prison.
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Related . . . HEAD  OF  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS’  CLUB  CONDEMNS  CHILD  INCARCERATION  BILL (Nov. 26 2015)
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AT  NABLUS  CHECKPOINT  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK
Nov. 26, 2015
NABLUS ― Israeli forces on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian at the Zaatara (Tappuah) military checkpoint south of Nablus after he reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, Israeli police said.
___Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a taxi stopped suddenly at the checkpoint and a passenger exited the vehicle, attempting to stab an Israeli soldier.
___Israeli forces on site shot the man several times before he was pronounced dead, and began chasing the taxi that brought the man to the checkpoint, al-Samri said.
___Earlier Thursday, a 21-year-old Palestinian, Yahya Yusri Taha, was killed by Israeli soldiers when clashes broke out during a search and arrest raid in the town of Qatanna.
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Related . . . PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  IN  CLASHES  2  WEEKS  AGO  DIES  FROM  WOUNDS (Nov. 25, 2015)
Related . . . PALESTINIAN  SHOT  AFTER  STABBING  ISRAELI  SOLDIER  DIES  FROM  INJURIES  (Nov. 25, 2015)
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  TO  BUILD  “SMART  FENCE”  AROUND  AL-KHALIL
Nov. 26, 2015
NAZARETH― Israeli war minister Moshe Ya’alon declared on Wednesday evening intention to construct a smart fence, separating the West Bank city of al-Khalil and the Lakhish Regional Council.
___Ya’alon’s remarks came in response to a motion filed by Likud MK Mickey Zohar to prevent Palestinian resistance operations.
___The fence constitutes of a well-equipped electric panel with smart cameras.
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Israeli shows a tear gas gun he just bought at a gun shop in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015. Arms shop’s owners report a rise in demand for weapons and other self-defense gear as violence continues around Jerusalem. (Photo: Active Stills/Yotam Ronen)

Analysis
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MORE  GUNS  WILL  NOT  MAKE  ISRAELIS  ANY  SAFER
Tanya Rubinstein
Nov. 25, 2015
These days, and actually most of the time, violence in the streets is making headlines on a near-daily basis. The dangers of citizens arming themselves, of the growing militarization of our society, and the way these two intersect to create more violence — especially toward women — can hardly be found in our newspapers.
___ Israeli society’s sense of security greatly stems from both developing our weapons industry and the massive arming of the IDF. This is our answer to every threat, whether real or imagined. . . . This is a society in which weapons — both the private and public sphere — are completely normal.
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Opinion
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ISRAEL’S  OPEN  SEASON  ON  ‘ARABS’
Jeremy Salt
Nov 25 2015
Sometimes it must be such fun to be an Israeli undercover agent especially if you like amateur theatricals and perhaps thought of an acting career but were not quite good enough and had to settle for something less. You get drama and excitement without the element of danger to yourself. You can dress up as an ‘Arab’ and storm into ‘Arab’ homes on the West Bank to terrorize families and shoot dead teenagers. You have to put up with sobbing mothers and screaming children, but so what, they are all terrorists or will grow up to be one. You can storm into a hospital to kidnap and kill.
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“JERUSALEM,”  BY  NIZAR  QABBANI

Oh Jerusalem, the luminous city of prophets
The shortest path between earth and sky

Oh Jerusalem, the citadel of laws
A beautiful child with fingers charred
and downcast eyes
You are the shady oasis passed by the Prophet
Your streets are melancholy
Your minarets are mourning
You, the young maiden dressed in black
Who rings the bells in the Nativity
On Saturday morning?
Who brings toys for the children
On Christmas eve?
The city of sorrow
A huge tear trembling on your eyelid
Who will halt the aggression
On you, the pearl of religions?
Who will wash your bloody walls?
Who will safeguard the Bible?
Who will rescue the Quran?
Who will save Christ?
Who will save man?
Oh Jerusalem my town
Oh Jerusalem my love
Tomorrow the lemon trees will blossom
And the olive trees will rejoice
Your eyes will dance
The migrant pigeons will return
To your sacred roofs
And your children will play again
And fathers and sons will meet
On your rosy hills
My city, city of peace and olives.
—Translated by Sharif Elmusa and Naomi Shihab Nye

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.
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian diplomat and poet revered by Arabs for his sensual and romantic verse. A man of his times and of all times, he is by far the most popular contemporary poet in the Arab world.
MORE  PALESTINIAN  TERRORISTS:  Sixth Graders at the Rawdat El-Zuhur School in East Jerusalem singing a revolutionary anthem. (Video, Harold Knight, Nov. 3, 2015)

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