“. . . he doesn’t resemble a stranger in any way . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

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Palestinian workers wait in line at Checkpoint 300 near Bethlehem (Photo: Times of Israel, December 22, 2014, 10:29 am Screenshot: Channel 1).

❶ Palestinian workers banned from West Bank settlements
❷ Israeli forces demolish structures in Ramallah-area villages
. . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli bulldozers raze farmlands in Gaza
❸ EU to demand Israel pay for damages following demolition of Palestinian homes
❹ Analysis: Why Palestinians aren’t standing up for Israeli leftists
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Are Palestinian citizens of Israel banned from New York Times headlines?
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  WORKERS  BANNED  FROM  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS
Jan. 19, 2016
Palestinians have been banned from working in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank following recent attacks, Israel’s army said.
___“In light of the daily situation assessment following recent terror attacks, security measures have been taken,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.
___”As of today, Palestinian workers cannot enter Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria,” the spokesperson said, referring to the occupied West Bank.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  STRUCTURES  IN  RAMALLAH-AREA  VILLAGES
Jan. 18, 2016
Israeli forces on Sunday demolished several structures in two occupied West Bank villages in Ramallah district saying they had been built without the necessary permits, locals told Ma’an . . . .
___Under Israeli law, Palestinians are required to obtain building permits before they can build in land classified as Area C, which under the Oslo Accords falls under full Israeli control.
___However, the Israeli authorities refuse the vast majority of permit requests.  More . . .
. . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ)  DAYS OF PALESTINE
ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  RAZE  FARMLANDS  IN  GAZA
Jan 19, 2016
Four Israeli bulldozers protected by a number of tanks and armoured vehicles invaded on Tuesday morning eastern farmlands in the south of the Gaza Strip.
___The Israeli invasion was launched from the Israeli military base of Kisufim in the east of southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.
___Eyewitnesses said that the invading Israeli occupation forces fired smoke bombs and razed wide swathes of the Palestinian farms.   More . . .

raze gaza
Eyewitness confirmed Israelis razed Palestinian farms and greenhouses in Gaza and that they destroyed a water well used to irrigate farms in the area. (Photo: Days of Palestine, Jan. 19, 2016)

THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
EU  TO  DEMAND  ISRAEL  PAY  FOR  DAMAGES  FOLLOWING  DEMOLITION  OF  PALESTINIAN  HOMES
Jan. 15 2016
The head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s European Organisation department, Avivit Bar Ilan, said: “We are aware that the EU is considering requesting compensation from Israel for the destruction of EU-funded projects and all other issues related to accusing Israel of violating humanitarian law with regard to the same matter.”   More . . .
Analysis
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WHY  PALESTINIANS  AREN’T  STANDING  UP  FOR  ISRAELI  LEFTISTS
Sawsan Khalife
Jan. 18, 2016
The Israeli Left with which most Palestinians are familiar speaks the same language as the Right — of segregation and safeguarding a racist regime. The ‘other Left’ needs to develop a new discourse, and we should all hope it succeeds.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ARE  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS  OF  ISRAEL  BANNED  FROM  NEW  YORK  TIMES  HEADLINES?
Patrick Connors
Jan. 15, 2016
In his 1984 essay Permission to Narrate, the renowned Palestinian writer Edward Said explained that Palestinians were denied permission to narrate their existence . . . .
Sadly, more than 30 years later, US media outlets, including the powerful New York Times, remain a part of the “apparatus” that refuses to report basic elements of Palestinians’ experiences, including the perspectives of Palestinians living in Israel . . . .  More . . .

“THE  RETURNEE,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

Every day the emigrant comes home from death
to the shadows of his walls,
to his reading lessons,
he crawls to the shadows to rest under the quiet cinchona.

The emigrant comes home from death
to draw out breath from the chain of stone around his house,
from his milk-white feet,
from the rattling air.
He knows the trees,
the angles of the old houses,
the sound of his mother’s footsteps in the backyard,
the stories his great grandmother tells to put the mischievous young ones to sleep.
She plucks night stars as she wishes, after they have entered sleep.

He passes by like a stranger
though he doesn’t resemble a stranger in any way.
The people he sees standing now at his door
are the strangers. . .

About Ibrahim Nasrallah
From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN  INSIDE:  SELECTED  POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.

1-Sam_Bahour_(highres)
Sam Bahour is a Palestinian American businessman and entrepreneur who was born to a Palestinian father and Lebanese-American mother. He moved with his family to the Israeli-occupied West Bank in the 1990s following the signing of Oslo Accords to become involved in developing the economy of the future Palestinian state. See “The Returnee,” by Ibrahim Nasrallah.

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