“. . . They stripped me of everything except a heart . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

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Israeli soldiers arrest Birzeit student on December 21. Birzeit students continue to protest, despite the arrests [EPA] (Photo: Al Jazeera)
❶ Army Raids, Wreaks Havoc into Birzeit University near Ramallah
. . . ❶―(ᴀ) Birzeit University rises up against Israel’s arrests
❷ Israeli forces detain 60 Palestinian workers without permits
❸ Locals raise funds to rebuild demolished home of Palestinian attacker
❹ Aerial Photography of Palestine: A spying mission produced valuable documentation
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Knesset anti-BDS meeting reveals Israeli fear of isolation
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad
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PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ARMY  RAIDS,  WREAKS  HAVOC  INTO  BIRZEIT  UNIVERSITY  NEAR  RAMALLAH
Jan. 11, 2016
Israeli troops Monday raided the campus of Birzeit University, north of Ramallah, where they destroyed some of the contents and seized other belongings, according to the university’s administration.
___The university, in a press release, said that at early dawn Monday, an Israeli army force of about 15 vehicles broke into the university’s headquarters after breaking down the university’s western gate, and turned it into a military outpost.
___Soldiers reportedly raided the offices of the student s, in addition to the office of the Students’ Council, where they seized flags, banners, loud speakers, audio devices and computers belonging to students. More . . .
. . . ❶―(ᴀ) AL JAZEERA
BIRZEIT  UNIVERSITY  RISES  UP  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S  ARRESTS
Jan. 11, 2016   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  60  PALESTINIAN  WORKERS  WITHOUT  PERMITS
Jan. 11, 2016
Israeli police on Sunday detained 60 Palestinian workers who they said had entered northern Israel from the occupied West Bank without the necessary work permits . . . .
___The contractors that hired the Palestinians were also reportedly detained.
___According to Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled by the ongoing Israeli military occupation.   More . . .

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An Israeli police spokesperson was only able to confirm “general operations” against Palestinians working illegally in Israel, and had no immediate information on Sunday night’s arrests. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, Jan. 11, 2016)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
LOCALS  RAISE  FUNDS  TO  REBUILD  DEMOLISHED  HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  ATTACKER
Jan. 10, 2016
A group of activists on Sunday began a campaign to raise funds for the reconstruction of a home demolished by Israel belonging to a Palestinian who killed two Israelis in October.
___Israeli forces demolished the family home of Muhannad al-Halabi on Saturday in the village of Surda north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.   More . . .
Related . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
AERIAL  PHOTOGRAPHY  OF  PALESTINE:  A  SPYING  MISSION  PRODUCED  VALUABLE  DOCUMENTATION
Tamara Hodali
January, 2016
During World War I, during the operations of the German-Ottoman alliance the German air force had a number of aircraft in Palestine. Early in 1916 . . . exploratory military flights were performed in the region by these squadrons, as the Germans were aiming to obstruct communications between England and India. . . .
___These photographs . . . document the existence and conditions of the majority of towns and villages at the end of the Ottoman period.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
KNESSET  ANTI-BDS  MEETING  REVEALS  ISRAELI  FEAR  OF  ISOLATION
Omar Barghouti
Jan. 7, 2016
Despair is not always easy to detect, let alone smell.
___But recent Israeli efforts to fight BDS smell of deep despair, which is giving rise to hopeless aggression, even worse bullying and patently irrational measures that can only help BDS to grow in the coming few years.
___Particularly noteworthy are reports on the Knesset’s anti-BDS caucus meeting which convey the universal sense in Israel of failure to stem the BDS movement’s growth and the admission that the impact of BDS may be growing beyond control.  More . . .

“A MILLION SUNS IN MY BLOOD,” BY TAWFIQ ZAYYAD

They stripped me of water and oil
And the salt of bread
The shining sun, the warm sea
The taste of knowledge
And a loved one who―twenty years ago―went off
Whom I wish (if only for an instant) to embrace.
They striped me of everything
The threshold of my home
The flowerpots on the balcony.
They stripped me of everything
Except
A heart
A conscience
And a tongue!

In their chains, my pride
Is fiercer than all arrogant delirium.
In my blood a million suns
Defy a multitude of cruelties.
My love for you
You people of boundless tragedy
Lets me storm the seven heavens
For I am you son . . .
Your offspring
In heart
Conscience
And tongue!

Our hands are steady and enduring.
The hands of the oppressor
However hard
Tremble!

――Translated by Sharif Elmusa and Jack Collom

About Tawfiq Zayyad
From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

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Jerusalem, the Old City with the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque. German spy photo, WWI.

2 thoughts on ““. . . They stripped me of everything except a heart . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

  1. I am from Vancouver,Canada and I wanted to say that this atrocity by the Israeli army at Birzeit University should be exposed to the world.There is no other country in the world where such a barbaric act would happen at a university.These barbaric,uncivilized acts by the Israeli gov.t against the Palestinian Students needs to be condemned worldwide.
    The Canadian and American gov’ts are complicit in these atrocities against students at Birzeit University because of their support for Israeli apartheid.Support from all over the world will continue for the Palestinian Intifada. It is the only way to stop such barbaric atrocities such has been happening at Birzeit University by the Israeli army.

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    • I hope you will point out the report from the Palestinian news sources to your friends – post on social media, for example – and help educate the vast populace of the US and Canada who are so uninformed and so hoodwinked by the Israeli propaganda machine.

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