“. . . O God of Glory Listen to the outcry of a dispossessed people . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Palestinian terrorist arrested by Israeli Police, November 26, 2015 (Photo: Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan)

❶ Jewish extremists arrested for Dawabsha arson murder
❷ Israel denies outlawed Muslim group entry to Al-Aqsa, assaults members
❸ Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians, Including Two Children, In Jerusalem
❹ Analysis: Israel’s ‘security’ wall has provided little security
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL  IS  WORLD’S  PREMIER  PRODUCER  AND  GENERATOR  OF  TERROR
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JEWISH  EXTREMISTS  ARRESTED  FOR  DAWABSHA  ARSON  MURDER
Dec. 3, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― Several Israeli youths connected to Jewish extremist organizations have been arrested by Israeli forces for suspected involvement in a fatal arson attack on a Palestinian family in July, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Thursday.
___An Israeli police spokeswoman for Arab media, Luba al-Samri, confirmed that police “recently arrested young men suspected of membership in a Jewish terrorist organization, and of carrying out different terrorist attacks.”
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  DENIES  OUTLAWED  MUSLIM  GROUP  ENTRY  TO  AL-AQSA,  ASSAULTS  MEMBERS
Dec. 3, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a group of Palestinian women after they were denied entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday, witnesses said.
___One of the women, Khadijah Khuweis, told Ma’an that the group, locally known as the Murabitat, were sitting outside the Hutta Gate after being denied entry to the holy site when Israeli officers suddenly began to push them back and hit them. . . .
___One of the women, Ayda Sidawi, fell to the ground after Israeli officers pushed her and was evacuated to hospital for treatment, she added.
___Meanwhile, over 70 right-wing Israeli Jews toured the Al-Aqsa compound under armed Israeli police guard, locals said.
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Members of Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center at Al-Aqsa Mosque with Palestinian guide, Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo: Harold Knight)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  TWO  CHILDREN,  IN JERUSALEM
Dec. 03, 2015
At least eight Palestinians, including two 11 years of age children, have been kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn and on Wednesday at night, during Israeli military invasions into Palestinian homes, in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem.
___The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), said the soldiers have kidnapped Mohammad Nadi Hashlamoun and Ziad Ayyoub Abu Hadwan, from their homes in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, and took them to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center, west of Jerusalem.
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Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ISRAEL’S  ‘SECURITY’  WALL  HAS  PROVIDED  LITTLE  SECURITY
Allison Deger and Philip Weiss
Dec. 2, 2015
The current violence in Israel and Palestine has demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the separation barrier, the concrete wall/barbed wire fence that Israel began erecting inside Palestine 13 years ago during the second intifada to provide security. The wall is as high as 25 feet in some places, and travels for hundreds of miles inside Palestine, mostly east of the Green Line, grabbing territory that was supposed to go to a Palestinian state under the Oslo accords.
___Most of the Palestinian attacks have taken place on the Israeli side of the separation barrier.
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Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  IS  WORLD’S  PREMIER  PRODUCER  AND  GENERATOR  OF  TERROR
Khalid Amayreh
Nov. 19, 2015
“Germany needs to respond to terror like Israel does,” the head of Germany’s internal intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, reportedly said this week.
___With all due respect, the German official is wrong for the following reasons.
___Israel, itself a gigantic crime against humanity by any moral standard imaginable, can never be considered part of the solution for the terror epidemic now hitting many countries.
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Related . . . CONFESSIONS: TALES OF SAVAGERY BY THE ISRAELI MILITARY

“PSALMS  OF  THE  PALESTINIANS,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

From here
From this purgatory
Of sorrow
In the Holy Land
The orphaned birds beseech
Mankind
From here
From Jenin
From Old Jerusalem
Alleluia.

Once
A Gaza tune of yearning
Played
Once
The sad refrain
Kindled tragedy
In refugee tents
Once
In Jerusalem
The little ones changed
We shall return
We shall return
Alleluia.

The birds nest on our roof
The sparrow flies
In the horizon
And in exile
Under the hot sun
In the wind
Hearts―eyes
Implored:
God of glory
Return us
Our trial
Has gone on too long!
Alleluia―Alleluia

And then it happened
The metallic eagles swept down
They did not bring the sons of Zion
To Zion
Not the remaining crowds
They did not bring
Pious psalms
To the Wailing Wall
God of Glory!
What did they bring?
Do not ask me
For in my voice a pagan flame
Burns
And listen O God of Glory
Listen to the outcry of a dispossessed people
We have been tested long enough
We have carried the weight of centuries
Long enough
―Why aren’t you convinced? ―
Our days of trial have been too long
So
Return us―Return us
Alleluia―Alleluia―Alleluia.

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 Amazon.
Additional poetry by Samih al-Qasim 

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The “Security” Wall dwarfs the hood of a car. Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

 

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