“. . . towards what remained of her home . . .” (Majid Abu Ghoush)

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Israeli police at the scene of a home demolition in East Jerusalem’s Shuafat refugee camp on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (Israel Police)

❶ Israeli forces demolish homes of 2 Palestinian attackers in Jerusalem
❷ Settlers breach wall of Palestinian home in Jerusalem’s Old City
❸ Israeli settlers attack Palestinian home near Nablus
❹ Netanyahu targets Palestinians in Israel
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The road to hell is paved with ‘national security’
❻ Poetry by Majid Abu Ghoush
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  HOMES  OF  2  PALESTINIAN  ATTACKERS  IN  JERUSALEM
Jan. 4, 2016
Israeli forces on Monday demolished the family home of a Palestinian attacker killed in October and sealed off the home of another attacker’s family with cement, the families told Ma’an.
___The homes, in the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of East Jerusalem, belonged to relatives of Alaa Abu Jamal and Baha Elayyan who were both shot dead on Oct. 13 after carrying out separate attacks that left four Israelis dead.
___Israeli forces reportedly stormed the homes and ordered the families to evacuate them before they proceeded with the demolitions.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
SETTLERS  BREACH  WALL  OF  PALESTINIAN  HOME  IN  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY
Jan. 4, 2016
Israeli settlers on Sunday made a number of breaches through the wall of a Palestinian home belonging to Noura Sub Laban in the Old City of Jerusalem, family members told Ma’an.
___Noura’s son, Ahmad Sub Laban, said the family was shocked to find at least six breaches through the wall, which borders a settler enclave that was established just two weeks ago.
___Ahmad said the family called Israeli police, who arrived on the scene and asked that the settlers repair the damage without bringing any formal procedures against them, despite the settlers admitting to breaching the wall.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  HOME  NEAR  NABLUS
Jan. 3, 2016
Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked a Palestinian home in the village of Beit Furik near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian Authority official said.
___Ghassan Daghlas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that settlers threw stones at the home of Nihad Hanani before leaving behind a Molotov cocktail and a letter.
___Daghlas said that the settlers — believed to be from the nearby illegal settlement of Itamar — were chased by locals as they fled the scene after attacking the home. The attack is the most recent to be carried out by settlers in the occupied West Bank.   More . . .

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Netanyahu remained committed to invigorating incitement against Palestinian citizens of Israel at Sunday’s Cabinet meeting. (Photo: Alternative News Agency)

ALTERNATIVE NEWS AGENCY
NETANYAHU  TARGETS  PALESTINIANS  IN  ISRAEL
Sergio Yahni
Jan. 4, 2016
Following Friday’s attack in Tel Aviv, which Israeli police suspect was carried out by a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Sunday’s cabinet meeting with a call for greater law enforcement in “the Arab sector.”
___On Friday, two people were shot dead and six others were wounded in a shooting at a crowded pub at 130 Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv.
___The police have yet to officially refer to Friday’s shooting as a terrorist attack. . . .
___Nertanyahu visited the scene on Saturday and immediately treated the event as a terrorist attack.   More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
INTIFADA PALESTINE
THE  ROAD  TO  HELL  IS  PAVED  WITH  ‘NATIONAL  SECURITY’
CJ Werleman (from Middle East Eye)
Jan. 3, 2016
If you wanted to trace the roots of any of the world’s evil, conflict and chaos, you could start where you first heard the words “national security”.
___In the name of “national security,” Germany invaded Poland, the Nazis cleansed the Jews . . . while Israel ethnically cleansed more than 500 Arab villages, annexed Palestinian land, and enclosed it with a “security barrier”.
___More recently, it is the god of “national security” that has not only given us the self-defeating “war on terror” but also Guantanamo Bay . . . . It is also under the guise of national security that the US homeland-security-industrial complex has boomed to more than $50 billion per year . . . .
___In the wake of the recent Paris and San Bernardino attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is turning the West’s fixation on Islamic State-inspired terrorism into an opportunity to expand both its apartheid laws and its militarisation of the West Bank.  More . . .

“RETURNING,”  BY  AMJID  ABU  GHOUSH

the woman was dragging her feet
and what remained of her children
towards what remained of her home
towards what remained
of the sea
towards what remained
of the heart
towards what remained of the heart

she raised her hand softly
wiped a tear which rolled down her cheek
and smiled when the beautiful one
she met on the way asked her:
why are you going back?

to water the jasmine tree
to shade the names of the martyrs

—translated by Magi Gibson

MAJID ABU GHOUSH was born in Amwas. He is a prolific poet, a member of the Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Writers and a founding member of Poets Without Borders Palestine.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY  (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

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