“. . . What makes a man with a gun seem bigger than a man with almonds? . . .” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

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Five Israeli soldiers with assault rifles search one Palestinian at Damascus Gate. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

❶ Israeli forces shoot 5 Palestinians during Tulkarem university demo
❷ Palestinian shot dead after allegedly injuring 2 Israelis in Jerusalem
❸ Palestinian killed ‘in cold blood’ Friday was reportedly an American citizen
❹ Legislator Jarrar Sentenced To 15 Months
❺ Opinion/Analysis: IN THE AFTERMATH OF PARIS, THE ISRAELI WAY IS NOT THE ANSWER
❻ Poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT  5  PALESTINIANS  DURING  TULKAREM  UNIVERSITY  DEMONSTRATION
Dec. 7, 2015
TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday shot and injured five Palestinians during a student demonstration near the Palestine Technical University in Tulkarem, medics said.
___Clashes erupted near the university, also known as al-Khadouri University, after Israeli military forces fired tear gas canisters and live rounds at students.
___Five Palestinians were evacuated to the Thabet Ibn Thabet hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds, while at least 10 others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGEDLY  INJURING  2  ISRAELIS  IN  JERUSALEM
Dec. 6, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly injured two Israelis in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, Israeli police said.
___Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian, identified as a 21-year-old from Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem, was shot and killed after he allegedly hit one Israeli with his car, before stabbing another with a knife.
___However, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that one of these Israelis was injured when he was apparently “hit by a vehicle that passed by the scene as he was attempting to flee.”
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Palestinian protesters burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of Abdul Rahman Barghouthi
Palestinian protesters burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of Abdul Rahman Barghouthi, who was shot dead in Aboud village, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, December 5, 2015. (Photo by Shadi Hatem – Mondoweiss)

MONDOWEISS
PALESTINIAN  KILLED  ‘IN  COLD  BLOOD’  FRIDAY  WAS  REPORTEDLY  AN  AMERICAN  CITIZEN
Annie Robbins
Dec. 6, 2015
Friday was another deadly bloody day in Palestine. Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, two in Hebron and two outside illegal Israeli settlements near Ramallah. The third to die was Abed Rahman Barghouthi, 26, killed at the entrance of the Palestinian village of Aboud, adjacent to the settlement of Halamish. Witnesses told Ma’an News Barghouthi was an American citizen who “recently arrived back from the US to get married, after getting engaged five months previously.”
– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/12/palestinian-reportedly-american#sthash.T3tbMjic.dpuf
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
LEGISLATOR  JARRAR  SENTENCED  TO  15  MONTHS
Dec. 07, 2015
An Israeli court sentenced, Sunday, democratically-elected leftist Palestinian legislator, and a senior political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Khaleda Jarrar to 15 months imprisonment.
___The army kidnapped the legislator on April 2nd of this year, and on April 5th, she was sentenced for six months imprisonment, under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges.
___On April 15, the Israeli military prosecutor’s office filed an indictment of twelve charges against Jarrar, including what it called “membership in an illegal organization,” in addition to “holding and participating in protests” in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners.
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Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
IN  THE  AFTERMATH  OF  PARIS,  THE  ISRAELI  WAY  IS  NOT  THE  ANSWER
Dr. Samah Jabr
Dec 2 2015
When I arrived in Paris on the evening of Friday, 13 November, my host asked our taxi driver to take us to her home at Fontaine au Roi; the taxi’s GPS system displayed that a shooting was taking place at that very moment. It wasn’t until the next morning that we understood the full details of the tragedy.
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___The truth is that the “Jewish State” was established through excessive violence and aggression against the Palestinians, the native people of the land. Like other native peoples whose land was colonized . . . the Palestinians have been capable of using violence to retaliate against their oppressors and to deter them from further oppression, as well as utilising nonviolent campaigns and diplomatic channels to achieve liberation. That is all entirely within their rights under international law.
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___It is thus more reasonable to compare the tactics of Daesh with those of the terrorist groups behind the founding of the state of Israel rather than with the Palestinian resistance. Both Daesh and the “Jewish state” were established through horrible massacres leaving a population of refugees in their wake. Both display expansionist ambitions.
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___In addition to reaping political benefit through reframing the occupation of Palestine and the imposition of Israeli policies as a “war on terror” and smearing the character of Palestinians as inhumane, uncivilised terrorists,
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“WHEN  YOU  LUNCH,”  BY  NAOMI  SHIHAB  NYE

When you lunch in a town
which has recently known war
under a calm slate sky mirroring none of it,
certain words feel impossible in the mouth.
Casualty: too casual, it must be changed.
A short man stacks mounds of pita bread
on each end of the table, muttering
something about more to come.
[. . . . ]
What makes a man with a gun seem bigger
than a man with almonds? How can there be a
war and the next day eating, a man stacking plates
on the curl of his arm, a table of people
toasting one another in languages of grace:
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. . . and someone with sky and birds in his heart
said this would be a good place for a park.

From: Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19  VARIETIES  OF  GAZELLE:  POEMS  OF  THE  MIDDLE  EAST. New York: Green Willow Books, 1994. Available from Barnes and Noble.
About Naomi Shihab Nye.

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Member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Beit Jala practicing the legendary Palestinian hospitality after Sunday Service. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)

 

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