“. . . the maps of our planet have lied . . .” (Bisan Abu Khaled)

home demolition
Thirty-three percent of all Palestinian homes in the occupied city lack Israeli-issued building permits, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement, the UN reported in 2012. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ Palestinian family forced to demolish own home in Jerusalem
❷ WATCH: Ever wonder what a ‘settler takeover’ looks like?
❸ Oslo’s alphabet language of colonisation
. . . . . ❸― (ᴀ) What’s unknown about Oslo?
❹ Tension grows with EU, US over settlements
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  ZIONIST  DREAM  IS  OVER — LET’S  MOVE  FORWARD  TOGETHER
(First published in Hebrew on Local Call.)
❻ Poetry by Bisan Abu Khaled
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MA’AN NEWS AGNCY
PALESTINIAN  FAMILY  FORCED  TO  DEMOLISH  OWN  HOME  IN  JERUSALEM
Jan. 23, 2016
A Palestinian family in the occupied East Jerusalem village of Sur Bahir on Friday demolished their own home following an order from an Israeli court.
___Khalil Dabash, owner of the home, told Ma’an that a Jerusalem municipal court ordered the demolition on the grounds that it was built without proper permits. . . .
___Dabash is among many Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem who are forced to demolish their own homes in order to avoid paying the municipality high fees to carry out the demolitions.    More . . .
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WATCH:  EVER  WONDER  WHAT  A  ‘SETTLER  TAKEOVER’  LOOKS  LIKE?
Edo Konrad
Jan. 22, 2016
Dozens of Israeli settlers with crowbars descend on two homes in the old city of Hebron. Israeli authorities remove them a day later.   More . . .
Analysis, Background
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
OSLO’S  ALPHABET  LANGUAGE  OF  COLONISATION
Professor Kamel Hawwash, University of Birmingham
Jan. 23, 2016
The first three letters of the alphabet A, B & C have come to mark the occupation and creeping colonisation of Palestine by Israel. The lines around these areas were drawn in the Oslo II agreement signed in Taba in 1995. This divided the West Bank into three areas, with Israel and Palestine enjoying varying degrees of administrative and security rights in each. The area covering all West Bank cities and most of the Palestinian population was labelled Area A . . .    More . . .Oslo-Handshake-Israel-palestine

The iconic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and PA president Yasser Arafat.

. . . . . ❸― (ᴀ)  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
WHAT’S  UNKNOWN  ABOUT  OSLO?
Dr Fayez Rasheed
Jan. 22, 2016
Twenty-two years have passed since the ill-fated Oslo Accords were signed . . . . 68 per cent of our people would like to abolish the agreements with Israel . . . .
___Joel Zenger, who was an adviser to Shimon Peres (and has authored several publications for Hebrew University Press and Oxford University Press), has stated that Oslo was meant to ensure the establishment of a military occupation.   More . . .
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
TENSION  GROWS  WITH  EU,  US  OVER  SETTLEMENTS
Sergio Yahni
Jan. 19, 2016
The European Union finalised its resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Israeli settlements Monday, confirming that the EU considers Israel’s borders to be on the 1967 Green Line, and that any agreement made between Israel and member countries would accordingly not apply to settlements.
___”The EU expresses its commitment to ensure that – in line with international law – all agreements between the State of Israel and the EU must unequivocally and explicitly indicate their inapplicability to the territories occupied by Israel in 1967,” the resolution reads.   More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
THE  ZIONIST  DREAM  IS  OVER — LET’S  MOVE  FORWARD  TOGETHER
Samah Salaime
Jan. 22, 2016
(First published in Hebrew on Local Call. )
The Zionist dream is disappearing due to the rise of the messianic Right. Jews who are worried must know there is an alternative: building a society based on equality and democracy.
___The end of the Zionist era is upon us. Perhaps it is time to close this chapter in the history of the Jewish people. The Zionist movement has succeeded, and now it is time to take down the monster before it goes too far.   More . . .
(See end photo.)

“WHAT  PUSHKIN’S  POEMS  NEVER  SAID,”  BY  BISAN  ABU  KHALED

Something that will startle Lenin ―
oh, love, confront your destiny ― don’t kill yourself.
Time will not slow down for lovers to tarry
after the first kiss
and the last time they met.
Passing minutes would slit the throats of the women
had they not already drowned themselves in nostalgia.

Shall no one bear witness or know
that the maps of our planet have lied
about the face of our star
which always used to show her name.

Her name is and always Palestine
My song. . . .
my homeland . . . .
my face full of sorrow.
― Translated by Magi Gibson

“NOT  CONSIDERED  IN  POEMS  OF  PUSHKIN”

Lenin thought the world could be a homeland
without boundaries for all. O loved one,
face bad things he did not foresee.
Minutes erode all women, even those
not first bled down to a dry ghost by
nostalgia, our vampire bat.
Will one day none see on a new faked map
the name of she who is mine,
my loved homeland, Palestine?
― Translated by Alasdair Gray

From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving. (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.
About the book, with short discussion of Bisan Abu Khaled

chief rabbi
Chief Israeli Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu calls for execution of Palestinians on Facebook. “Israeli army has to stop arresting Palestinians,” he posted on his Facebook wall, “but, it must execute them and leave no one alive.” (Photo: Palestine News Network file)

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