“. . . and his dreams are aches which march onward. . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

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Nighttime in Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❶ Stores Demolished near Bethlehem, Settlers Close Major Junction
❷ Palestinian shot dead after alleged vehicle attack east of Jerusalem
❸ Soldiers Kill a Palestinian Teen in Hebron
❹ Israel to Coordinate With Google, YouTube, To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Maariv: Google Will Censor Videos Inciting Palestinian Violence
❻ Poetry by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
STORES  DEMOLISHED  NEAR  BETHLEHEM,  SETTLERS  CLOSE  MAJOR  JUNCTION
Nov. 26, 2015
The Israeli army, Thursday, demolished two commercial structures and seized some of their contents in the village of Hosan, west of Bethlehem, according to local sources.
___Hassan Hamamreh, mayor of Hosan, told WAFA that an Israeli army force, accompanied by bulldozers, broke into the village and demolished two commercial structures belonging to Ishaq Shousha and Bajes Oudeh, two local Palestinians, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext for the demolition.
___The two structures are used as stores to sell construction related material and scrap.
___The Israeli military also seized heavy machinery and other equipment available in both stores, including a bagger, forklift trucks and motor homes.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  VEHICLE  ATTACK  EAST  OF  JERUSALEM
Nov. 27, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― A Palestinian man was shot dead on Friday after allegedly running over two Israeli soldiers in a vehicle attack east of Jerusalem, locals and Israel’s army said.
___The Israeli military said there was a “car ramming attack” at a bus station east of Jerusalem, near the Kfar Adumim settlement, which left two soldiers injured.
___Israeli police said that an Israeli settler who was in the area shot dead the Palestinian suspect following the incident.
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Related . . . PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AFTER  INJURING  6  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  IN  CAR  ATTACK  (Nov. 27, 2015)

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The al Arroub refugee camp (Photo: Anne Paq, ActiveStills.org)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SOLDIERS  KILL  A  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  IN  HEBRON
Nov. 27, 2015
Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Thursday evening, a young Palestinian man, after the army invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
___Medical sources said the slain Palestinian has been identified as Khaled Mohammad Jawabra, 19 years of age. He was shot with several rounds of live ammunition, targeting the upper parts of his body.
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Jawabra’s death brings the number of Palestinians, shot dead by Israeli fire, since October first to 102, including 22 children and four women . . . .
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ISRAEL  TO  COORDINATE  WITH  GOOGLE,  YOUTUBE,  TO  CENSOR  PALESTINIAN  VIDEOS  OF  CONFLICT
Nov. 27, 2015
The Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Member of Knesset Tzipi Hotovely, held meetings this week with representatives of YouTube and Google, to find ways of cooperating to censor Palestinian videos from occupied Palestine, videos she dubbed as “inciting violence and terrorism.”
___Israeli daily Maariv said Hotovely will be working with Google and YouTube officials in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.”
___Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices.
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Related . . . ISRAELI  JOURNALISTS  SLAM  NETANYAHU  OVER  CLOSURE  OF  ARABIC  MEDIA  OUTLETS  (Nov. 26, 2015)
❺ Opinion/Analysis
(Note: I include this not knowing anything about the author except what he has said online; you, the reader here, will have to evaluate it)
TIKUN OLAM-תיקון עולם
MAARIV:  GOOGLE  WILL  CENSOR  VIDEOS  INCITING  PALESTINIAN  VIOLENCE


Bibi Netanyahu has been blaming U.S. internet companies like Facebook for the current Palestinian uprising. I’ve taken to calling it the “Facebook Intifada.” Now there’s a new Silicon Valley target.
___Today, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, who’s devoutly wished to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple (thereby destroying the Haram al Sharif), announced (in Hebrew, English here) that she’d met with YouTube’s CEO and Google’s director of public policy at its Silicon Valley campus. During this meeting, according to a Maariv article, Hotovely schooled the executives about the ways in which pro-Palestine propaganda infects the internet and incites impressionable young Palestinian children to knife innocent victims.
___What struck me about the article was the conclusion, in which Hotovely says that Google agreed to create a formal mechanism enabling formal coöperation between the foreign ministry and the company regarding the issue of incitement as played out in YouTube’s video content. In other words, she implied that Google would collaborate with Israel on identifying and removing videos that “incited” violence against Israel.
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“DUSK,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
there is a bird, alone. . .alone and measuring the may sun with
the beating of his wings,
more eager than the east, he grooms, speeds past, clips the mountain
crest, a feather harp,
known to lovers by his eyelashes, his fierce dance, his acrobat desire, on
raffia rope, his two black feet,
and all is fleeting but him, the camera shutter, the full rainbow. . .
a world without end or sorrow,
and he is not the night warden, does not tell each morning of the night
returning at sunset,
as the night will always return, and the feather harp. . . a lover out of
a luck and a luck out of love,
a meeting point, a river, a fire, a brink of all things, again and again
and again,
his feints and flits are far from tender. . . he settles on her breast,
as round as the world,
holding in his butterflies, a blanket for the grieving, his partner in sleep,
and his dreams are aches which march onward, and there are no
maps for the crossing, and she warns him:
that child, your sea, is taking off his shoes, is leaning on the
mountains of the moon,
a strait where paths break, a quenching blue, a clouded pearl. . .
oh his fire! oh his flute!
oh the changing world. . .
and who executes the final turn!

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh from Jerusalem, teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Centre in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian citizens in Bethlehem, Sunday, after the village of Hosan was taken over by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and turned into a military zone. Nov 9, 2015.

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