❶ UN’s Ban: Violent response to Israeli occupation ‘human nature’
❷ Scores attend funeral of slain Palestinian girl
❸ Israel bars 3 sisters from visiting father due to Islamic dress
❹ Palestinian PM: The Israeli deputy FM uses fiction to whitewash Occupation
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHEN DO ISRAELIS CARE ABOUT DEAD PALESTINIANS
❻ Poetry by Dalia Taha
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
UN’S BAN: VIOLENT RESPONSE TO ISRAELI OCCUPATION ‘HUMAN NATURE’
Jan. 26, 2016
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday lent his voice to mounting international criticism of key Israeli policies and said it was “human nature” for Palestinians to react violently to Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation.
___Speaking at the UN Security Council’s Middle East debate, Ban said the new year had begun as 2015 ended — “with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse across the spectrum in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.” More . . .
❷ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
SCORES ATTEND FUNERAL OF SLAIN PALESTINIAN GIRL
Jan. 24, 201
Dozens of Palestinians from Yatta attended the funeral of 13-year-old Ruqqaya Abu Eid in the cemetery of the village of al-Karmel east of Yatta.
___Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid, originally from the city of Yatta south of Hebron, was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard after allegedly trying to stab him near the illegal settlement of Anatot. More . . .
❸ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL BARS 3 SISTERS FROM VISITING FATHER DUE TO ISLAMIC DRESS
Jan. 25, 2016
Israeli authorities on Monday barred three Palestinian sisters from visiting their father in Israeli prison because of their conservative Islamic dress, a spokesperson with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies . . . said Israeli authorities would not allow the three sisters [to visit] their father, Yahya Shredah, 43, in Ramon Israeli prison because the three women were wearing the “al-niqab”. . .
___The three women were initially barred from visiting their father last year. . . .
___. . . Israeli forces also recently insulted other family members coming to visit Yahya with curse words, and made the male family members agree to a strip search before allowing visitation. . . . Yahya is serving a 22-year sentence. More . . .
❹ PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
PALESTINIAN PM: THE ISRAELI DEPUTY FM USES FICTION TO WHITEWASH OCCUPATION
Jan. 26, 2016
In response to an op-ed written for The Wall Street Journal by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely accusing Palestinians of utilizing foreign aid to support terrorism, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said, “Israel’s Deputy FM is using fiction to whitewash Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the crimes committed by Israeli Colonial Settlers” . . . .
___Hamdallah said that the latest attacks on the Palestinian government by Hotovely and others in the Israeli government “represent an act of desperation. . . .” More . . .
The Wall Street Journal editorial
WHEN DO ISRAELIS CARE ABOUT DEAD PALESTINIANS
Jan. 26, 2016
It seems that Israelis only pay attention to Palestinian lives when a left-wing activist is accused of sending Palestinians to their death. More . . .
“FACE,” BY DALIA TAHA
A sky fell into
of the little girl who was killed.
is a wind in the shadows
of the garden,
blowing without colour
when the air rushes through.
As if she knew,
when the jackals emerged
from her shadow and the river widened
in the disappointment
As if she knew, when the sparrows
ate her eyes
and the sidewalk walked
in her blood.
The woman treads on dead
for her hand.
She hides half her face,
and the air is filled with
the fingers of nothingness.
She pokes a hole in the poem
so the sidewalks can
wander into it.
The little girl’s hand withers and her blood
When God passed over
she buried her hands in the heights of the jasmine
and covered her nakedness
with the corpses of the invaders.
―Translated by Allison Blecker
From Banipal 45: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. Winter 2012. WWW.banipal.co.uk
Dalia Taha is a Palestinian poet and playwright. She was born in Berlin 1986 but grew up in Ramallah-Palestine. Her first play “Keffiyeh/Made in China” was produced by the Flemish Royal Theater [and] was premiered in Brussels in 2012, then brought to Palestine where it toured 7 Palestinian cities across the west bank. More . . .
An Interview with Dalia Taha