“. . . a reality that is willfully obscured by the complicit international community . . .” (Ramona Wadi)

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❶ A research centre affiliated to the PLO has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities destroyed 478 Palestinian buildings and other facilities during 2015. (Photo: MEMO File Photo)

❶ Settlement expansion and the disappearance of Palestinian memory
❷ Palestinian killed after suspected car attack near Huwwara
❸ Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians from West Bank
❹ Young Palestinian patriot cut down by Israeli bullet
❺ Opinion/Analysis: +972’s Story of the Year: The Right has officially taken over
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
SETTLEMENT  EXPANSION  AND  THE  DISAPPEARANCE  OF  PALESTINIAN  MEMORY
Ramona Wadi
Dec. 30, 2015
Israeli pressure group Peace Now, which defends Israel’s right to exist “within secure borders” and advocates for the two-state paradigm, has revealed that the Israeli housing ministry is planning the construction of 55,548 settlement units in the occupied West Bank. . . .
___For Palestinians. . . “Greater Israel” and its ramifications are about the concept of disappearance with regard to history and memory – a reality that is willfully obscured by the complicit international community.   MORE . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AFTER  SUSPECTED  CAR  ATTACK  NEAR  HUWWARA
Dec. 31, 2015
A Palestinian was shot dead after a suspected vehicular attack near the Huwwara military checkpoint in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, Israel’s army said.
___A spokesperson for the Israeli army told Ma’an that an assailant ran his car into Israeli forces who were stationed on highway 60 near the Huwwara checkpoint for security purposes.
___The forces opened fire on the man, killing him on scene, the spokesperson said.   MORE . . . 
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  16  PALESTINIANS  FROM  WEST  BANK
Dec. 31, 2015
Israeli forces overnight Wednesday detained 16 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, a prisoners’ rights group said.
___The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society told Ma’an that four Palestinians were detained from Bethlehem, identifying the detainees as Ahmad Amer Odeh, 20, from the Aida refugee camp, Ahmad Mahmoud Shakarneh and Noor Izzat Shakarneh from the Nahalin village, and Muhammad Salem Khalil Jibrin, 20, from the Tuqu village.    MORE . . .

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Mahmoud Alayan, killed by Israeli troops Nov. 19. (Photo: Electronic Intifada)

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
YOUNG  PALESTINIAN  PATRIOT  CUT  DOWN  BY  ISRAELI  BULLET
Budour Youssef Hassan
Dec. 31, 2015
Mahmoud Alayan was a Fatah party supporter and an active member of its campus chapter at his school.
___He was also an implacable opponent of the status quo in occupied territory to which a Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority clings.
___That defiance ultimately cost him his life.   MORE . . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
+972’S  STORY  OF  THE  YEAR:  THE  RIGHT  HAS  OFFICIALLY  TAKEN  OVER
Noam Sheizaf
Dec. 30, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu and the Right finally took over Israel this year. The right wing successfully isolated and delegitimized the Left, eliminated any serious ideological challengers, put the country’s Palestinian citizens in its crosshairs, and quietly ushered us into an un-democratic one-state era.
___Save for the brief episodes of the Rabin and Barak governments, the Israeli Right has been in power since 1977 . . .  In the 70s and 80s the right- and left-wing blocs were relatively balanced, but over the past 15 years the Likud . . . has been the unchallenged, dominant force in the Israeli political system. . . .  The Right is in the driver’s seat, alone.  MORE. . .

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❺ Benjamin Netanyahu makes final notes to a  speech against the Iran deal he delivered to AIPAC in Washington. March 2, 2015, Washington D.C. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

“MARTYRS OF THE INTIFADA,” BY FADWA TUQAN

1
They drew up the map of the road to life
they paved it with precious stones and with their young hearts
they raised their hearts as stones on their palms
embers and flame
and with these they pelted the monster of the road,
now is the time to show courage and strength,
their voice was heard strong everywhere
it reverberated everywhere
and there was courage and strength
they died standing
blazing on the road
shining like stars
their lips pressed to the lips of life.

2
Death charged and drove its scythe through them
they stood up in the face of death
fairer than palm groves
fairer than the yield of wheat
fairer than bright day rising
fairer than the trees which the rain has bathed in the lap of dawn
they rose they sprang they were on their way to the battlefield
and there they spread like balls of fire
they burned they shone and gave forth light
in the middle of the road–and then disappeared like the sun.

3
Ah dream of theirs which appear in the distance
embracing the happy future!
You will bring about their rebirth
along with their great tomorrow.
Their rebirth will come will rise out of the depth of death and darkness,
on its face it bears good tidings
and on its broad brow a star shines.

4
Earth shall suckle him all through life
neither the concentrations of evil
nor the demons of earth land and sea
shall tear him from its breasts
never will he be weaned whatever the usurper’s cruelty
he shall not be weaned
until in a perfidious night death paints
the nipples of the bountiful breasts with the juice of bitter apple.

5
Look at them in the distance!
How they rise up higher and higher
while the whole world watches!
How they climb up ever higher
on a ladder of their gushing blood!
Never shall treacherous death seize their hearts
as long as rebirth and the new dawn
remain their vision which guides them on the path of sacrifice!
Look at them falcons in their Intifada
how they join to the heavens the land and their sacred country!

About Fadwa Tuqan
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