“. . . what’s the use of a harmonica in hell? . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

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A Bedouin family stands near their tents and sheep pens. (Image by West Bank-based photojournalist Mohammad Alhaj.)

❶ Told to leave, determined to stay: Bedouins of the Jordan Valley
❷ Palestinian village [Qabatiya] sealed for 2nd day after deadly attack
Related . . . Reprisal operation in Qabatiya
❸ Israel demolishes 9 Palestinian structures in Jordan Valley
❹ Dozens Injured As Israeli Soldiers Attack Weekly Protest in Bil’in
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israeli military reportedly seeks to censor private Facebook pages commenting on national security
❻ Poetry by Mourid Barghouti
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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
TOLD  TO  LEAVE,  DETERMINED  TO  STAY:  BEDOUINS  OF  THE  JORDAN  VALLEY
Mohammad Alhaj
Feb. 2 2016
On the sparsely populated northern stretch of the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley live tens of Bedouin families.
___Neglected by both the Palestinian Authority and harassed by the Israeli military, these families have to survive without running water or electricity.
___Any water wells dug by the families themselves will likely be destroyed by Israel, which maintains strict control over water resources in the occupied West Bank. Israel does not issue building permits for more permanent structures. Any attempt to build such structures will likely end in demolition.     More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  VILLAGE  [Qabatiya]  SEALED  FOR  2ND  DAY  AFTER  DEADLY  ATTACK
Feb. 5, 2016
Israeli forces on Friday continued to seal the occupied West Bank village of Qabatiya, the hometown of three Palestinians who were shot dead after carrying out an attack that left an Israeli officer dead in Jerusalem earlier this week.
___The Jenin-district village has been closed since late Wednesday, hours after the attack took place.
___Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces closed the Khirbat al-Wahid road Friday with bulldozers, cutting off the last opening for movement in and out of the village.  More . . .
Related . . . REPRISAL   OPERATION   IN   QABATIYA(Alternative Information Center ―AIC)

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Palestinians run for cover during clashes with Israeli occupation troops in the occupied West Bank village of Qabatya near Jenin, February 4, 2016 (Photo: Reuters)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  9  PALESTINIAN  STRUCTURES  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY
Feb. 5, 2016
Israeli forces on Thursday demolished five homes and four other Palestinian-owned structures in the Jordan Valley town of Tammun in the occupied West Bank.
___A spokesperson for Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) told Ma’an that Israel’s Civil Administration as well as security forces demolished the structures because they were built illegally “without necessary permits”. . . .
___ Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley — nearly all of which lies under complete Israeli control in Area C — are particularly vulnerable and have for decades faced pressure from Israeli authorities to leave the area.    More . . .
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
DOZENS  INJURED  AS ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ATTACK  WEEKLY  PROTEST  IN  BIL’IN
Feb. 05, 2016
Israeli soldiers used excessive force, Friday, against the weekly nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies, in Bil’in village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
___The protest started following noon prayers, when locals, along with Israeli and international peace activists, marched from the center of the village towards the villagers orchards, in the western part of the village.
___The protesters carried Palestinian flags, and pictures of hunger striking detainee Mohammad al-Qeeq — who is in a near-death situation — demanding his release, and the release of all political prisoners.    More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI  MILITARY  REPORTEDLY  SEEKS  TO  CENSOR  PRIVATE  FACEBOOK  PAGES  COMMENTING  ON  NATIONAL  SECURITY
Oren Parsiko
Trans. Jonathan Ofir
Feb. 4, 2016
Change of approach in the military censorship; No more monitoring of Facebook texts following their publication: from now on account holders are required to pass on to the censorship any text regarding the security establishment; Blogger Yossi Gurvitz: I will not comply with the decree, I will apply to the court system.    More . . .

“WITHOUT  MERCY,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI

There is a sweet music,
but its sweetness fails to console you.
This is what the days have taught you:
in every long war
there is a soldier, with a distracted face and ordinary teeth,
who sits outside his tent
holding his bright-sounding harmonica
which he has carefully protected from the dust and blood,
and like a bird
uninvolved in the conflict,
he sings to himself
a love song
that does not lie.

For a moment,
he feels embarrassed at what the moonlight might think:
what’s the use of a harmonica in hell?

A shadow approaches,
then more shadows.
His fellow soldiers, one after the other,
join him in his song.
The singer takes the whole regiment with him
to Romeo’s balcony,
and from there,
without thinking,
without mercy,
without doubt,
they will resume the killing!

Mourid Barghouti.
From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, Lancashire: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from B&N.

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A flock of doves flies over a Bedouin tent destroyed by the Israeli military. (Image by West Bank-based photojournalist Mohammad Alhaj.)

 

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