“. . . In which storm may my heart play? . . .” (Yousef Abdul-Aziz)

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Israeli left-wing activists march to protest the recent incitement against “Breaking the Silence” and other left wing NGOs, in central Tel Aviv, December 19, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

❶ 5 East Jerusalem youth indicted for ‘terrorist’ activities
❷ Israeli forces raid Duheisha refugee camp, tear gas residents
❸ Hundreds march in Tel Aviv against growing right-wing incitement
❹ Analysis: Israel and UN incitement against Palestinian resistance
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The  Occupation  Cannot  Hold  Back  the  Palestinians  Forever
❻ Poetry by Yousef Abdul-Aziz
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
5  EAST  JERUSALEM  YOUTH  INDICTED  FOR  ‘TERRORIST’  ACTIVITIES
Dec. 21, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Five Palestinian youths from occupied East Jerusalem were indicted Monday for a range of “terrorist attacks,” the Israeli police said.
___Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that the findings came after investigations by Israeli police in cooperation with Israel’s international security agency, Shin Bet.
___Al-Samri said that the “large number of local terrorist attacks included throwing rocks, fireworks, and Molotov cocktails at security forces and Jews” in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood and near the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.  More . . .
Related . . . ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  3  PALESTINIANS  ON  FRIDAY
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  DUHEISHA  REFUGEE  CAMP,  TEAR  GAS  RESIDENTS
Dec. 21, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Monday stormed the Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank during an arrest raid, locals said.
___Locals told Ma’an that snipers deployed on rooftops as groups of soldiers surrounded the home of 24-year-old Salih Jueidi. . . .
___Jueidi’s home was searched before Israeli soldiers detained him. Locals across the camp told Ma’an that they came under heavy tear gas fire as well as live ammunition when military vehicles and undercover forces that raided the camp remained in the area following the arrest.
___Several residents of Duheisha were evacuated to the hospital following tear gas inhalation. . . .  More . . .  
Related . . .
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  19  PALESTINIANS  FROM  ACROSS  WEST  BANK

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Palestinians burn tires and throw stones at Israeli security forces during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces after Friday prayer in Gaza city, Gaza on December 18, 2015.

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HUNDREDS  MARCH  IN  TEL AVIV  AGAINST  GROWING  RIGHT-WING  INCITEMENT
Haggai Matar
Dec. 20, 2015
Over a thousand Israelis marched Saturday night in Tel Aviv to demonstrate against incitement and occupation, and in support of Israeli human rights organizations, peace, equality, and social justice.
___The protest was organized by the group “Omdim Beyachad” (Standing Together) in response to the recent incitement by far-right group Im Tirzu and government ministers against Breaking the Silence and other human rights organizations last week.  More . . .
Related . . . WATCH:  INCITEMENT  AGAINST  THE  ISRAELI  LEFT  JUST  GOT  A  LOT  SCARIER
Related . . . WHY  DO  SO  MANY  ISRAELIS  HATE  “BREAKING  THE  SILENCE?”
Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
ISRAEL  AND  UN  INCITEMENT  AGAINST  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE
Ramona Wadi
Dec. 17, 2015
While Israel continues with its premeditated and systematic oppressive policies, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement which, as is typical of the organisation, is devoid of both coherence and context . . . . the statement seeks to disguise the organisation’s feigned ignorance with rhetorical ambiguities.
___While the refusal to recognise the Palestinian uprising is the primary and recurring error in every official UN statement, the latest omission has depicted a historical turning point as a merely untenable situation which, although precarious, is no longer of concern to the international community.  More . . .
Related . . . ISRAEL  THREATENS  TO  REVOKE  JERUSALEM  RESIDENCY  FOR  230,000  PALESTINIANS
Opinion/Analysis
THE NEW ARAB
THE  OCCUPATION  CANNOT  HOLD  BACK  THE  PALESTINIANS  FOREVER
Vijay Prashad
Everything is known of the everyday indignities of living under the Israeli occupation: the checkpoints, the separation wall, the embargo, the settlers, the IDF raids . . . .
___Much has been written about individual acts of violence and inconvenience. The fundamental immobility of the Palestinians is not often underlined. Palestinians in Gaza are cut off from this in the West Bank, who are themselves not allowed into Israel proper. . . .
___This is the myth of the IDF and Mossad:: that they are invincible and legendary. Each retelling affirms the Israeli project. The Palestinian movement is tossed into purgatory.
___Nothing is further from the truth.
___Israeli occupation is a failure. The arrogance and anxiety of the IDF at the checkpoints shows their tenuous hold on power.  More . . .

“THE  BOOK  OF  DOUBT,”  BY  YOUSEF  ABDUL-AZIZ

Tonight
I stumbled across Solitude I my house.
Not only wearing my best shirt
and drinking my coffee
but also
smoking my tobacco
it was thrashing about the pages
of what looked like my manuscript.
It sat in my chair like a queen
and from its hands
rose an enchanted fog. . .

Still cloaked in my dreams I stood close by
trembling like a branch of the night
raining down bitter
questions:

What is woman?
In which storm
may my heart play?
Where did I bury the fire?!

As though I were a ring on its finger
it didn’t give me much thought.
Unfazed by my stiff shadow at the door
Solitude went on
with a sneer
scrambling pages
tearing them out of the manuscript.
I saw myself cast out to blind lands
and I hollered;
I saw before me a sphere of water
rising up in the wind
and above, a cracked moon,
and slain butterflies
strewn around me.

I’m sure
you will soon wrap up this farce! I yelled.
Solitude glanced at me with its two eyes of a gazelle―
my own eyes.
And it handed me
the book of doubt―it was my own book.
—  Translated by Juana Adcock

From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving. (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014).
— Yousef Abdul-Aziz was born in Jerusalem and studied in Amman and Beirut. He is a teacher, a committee member of the online journal Awraq, and recipient of literary awards, including the (Jordanian) Arar prize.

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