“. . . we fill the streets with demonstrations and the jails with pride . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

[Note: Today’s photos do not specifically relate to news stories except to show situations of the Palestinian people that lead to resistance actions.]

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Street scene in Shufat Refugee Camp, a squalid over-populated neighborhood closed in by the Apartheid Wall, where there are virtually no city services such as policing, traffic control, or street cleaning, but where the tax rates are the highest in the nation. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❶ 2 Israelis convicted for 2014 killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 3 Palestinians near Ramallah
❸ Settler who attacked leftist rabbi: ‘If I kill one it’ll be over’
❹ Israeli court orders Silwan family to demolish two apartments
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  MOST  REPRESSIVE  LAW  IS  ABOUT  TO  GET  WORSE
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad (1970)
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  ISRAELIS  CONVICTED  FOR  2014  KILLING  OF  MUHAMMAD  ABU  KHDEIR
Nov. 30, 2015
[Note: This killing incited some of the violence that led to 2014 Gaza devastation.]
BETHLEHEM ―Israel’s Jerusalem District Court on Monday convicted two Israelis for the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir last summer, with a third suspect [Yousef ben David] who admitted to the killing escaping conviction on the grounds of his mental health.
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The two Israeli youths found guilty will be sentenced on Jan. 13, according to the AFP news agency, while another hearing for Ben David was set for Dec. 20.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  3  PALESTINIANS  NEAR  RAMALLAH
Nov. 30, 2015
RAMALLAH ― Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians during clashes east of Ramallah late Sunday, locals told Ma’an.
____Witnesses said that Israeli forces raided the village of Silwad after youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at settler vehicles driving in the area.
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Scaffolding in place to repair damage done inside Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, by Jewish Extremists. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

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SETTLER  WHO  ATTACKED  LEFTIST  RABBI:  ‘IF  I  KILL  ONE  IT’LL  BE  OVER’
Natasha Roth
Nov. 27, 2015
The Jewish extremist accused of attacking Rabbis for Human Rights president Arik Ascherman last month was charged in court two weeks ago with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife and ammunition. The youth, 17 years old, is suspected of assaulting Ascherman near the settlement of Itamar as the rabbi was assisting Palestinians with their olive harvest.
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“If I kill one of them it’ll be over. But that isn’t legal,” he said. “We need to deter them. They need to be made fearful. They need to receive a blow.”
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  ORDERS  SILWAN  FAMILY  TO  DEMOLISH  TWO  APARTMENTS
Nov. 29, 2015
JERUSALEM ―An Israeli court on Sunday issued a demolition order for two apartments in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, claiming they had been built without the necessary permits.
___The Siyam family, which owns the apartments, said they were built 21 years ago, and over the course of years they have spent 600,000 shekels ($154,000) in fines to Israeli authorities, in addition to fees paid trying to obtain a construction license.
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Related . . . PICTURES:  ADMINISTRATIVE  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  TO  RESIDENTIAL  HOUSES  IN  SILWAN
Related . . . MONITOR:  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  CLASHES  IN  SILWAN
❺ Opinion/Analysis
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ISRAEL’S  MOST  REPRESSIVE  LAW  IS  ABOUT  TO  GET  WORSE
Amjad Iraqi
Nov. 29, 2015
In June 1951, member of Knesset and future Prime Minister Menachem Begin participated in a meeting of the Knesset’s Constitutional, Law, and Justice Committee on whether Israel should adopt administrative detentions as a legitimate security practice.
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Despite Begin’s criticisms in the forum, the Knesset decided to keep the Emergency Regulations as a part of Israel’s legal system. . . .
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Two weeks ago, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon invoked the Emergency Regulations to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Rather than conducting transparent investigations, hearings, and collection of evidence as required by various Israeli laws . . .
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(Below is the complete poem, parts of which are posted in various places online with the title “Here we shall stay.” The poem is elegant in itself, but it is particularly moving to realize how little has changed since it was written in 1970.)

“WE  SHALL  REMAIN,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  – 1970

It is a thousand times easier
For you to pass an elephant through the needle’s eye
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way
To plow the sea
To teach the alligator speech, a thousand times easier
Than smothering with you oppression
The spark of an idea
Of forcing us to deviate
A single step
From our chosen march.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain in Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here upon your chests
We shall remain
Like the glass and the cactus
In your throats
A fiery whirlwind
In your eyes.

Here we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We wash dishes in the hotels
And serve drinks to the masters.
We mop the floors in the dark kitchens
To extract a piece of bread
From your blue teeth
For the little ones.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We starve,
Go naked,
Sing songs
And fill the streets
With demonstrations
And the jails with pride.
We breed rebellions
One after another.
Like twenty impossibles we remain
In Lydda, Ramlah, Galilee.

Here, we shall remain.
You may drink the sea;
We shall guard the shade
Of the olive tree and the fig,
Planting ideas
Like the yeast in the dough.
The coldness of ice is in our nerves
And a burning hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock
To quench our thirst
And if we starve
We eat the dirt
And never depart
Or grudge our blood.

Here―we have a past
―a present
―and a future.
Our roots are entrenched
Deep in the earth.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
Let the oppressor review his account
Before the turn of the wheel.
For every action there is a reaction:
Read what is written in the Book.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain―in Lydda, in Ramlah
And Galilee.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE.  Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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About Tawfiq Zayyad 

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Hebron family prepares to climb into back window of their home, of which the Israeli Occupation Force has welded shut the front door because it is on a street where ILLEGAL JEWISH SETTLERS live. Taken from the roof of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee headquarters. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

See information about the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee in The Guardian.

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