“. . . Why are you roaming through the streets, Arab . . .” (Salem Jubran)

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Safad is a city in the eastern Galilee, it is one of the oldest cities of historic Palestine.  (Photo: History of Palestine: About the history of Palestine throughout ages.)           SEE NOTE AT END OF THIS POSTING.

❶ Israeli military threatens village after residents protest settler bypass road
❷ Over 40 Palestinian homes, structures demolished in Jordan Valley
❸ Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid in Israel – A Photo Essay
❹ [Israeli] Antiquities department and Nature and Parks authority carry out excavation works in a land in Silwan
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THIS  LAND  HAS  BEEN  HERE  LONGER  THAN  YOU  AND  ME
❻ Poetry by Salem Jubran
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  MILITARY  THREATENS  VILLAGE  AFTER  RESIDENTS  PROTEST  SETTLER  BYPASS  ROAD
Israeli forces raided the occupied West Bank village of Izbat al-Tabib overnight Friday after residents demonstrated against the construction of a settler bypass road on their private land.
___Head of the village’s local council, Bayan Tabib, told Ma’an that residents had protested during the day Friday after Israeli forces announced plans to confiscate their land to build a new road serving illegal Israeli settlements in the area.
___Tabib said Israeli military forces then stormed the Qalqiliya-area village in the night, searching several homes including his own.    More . . .
❷ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
OVER 40 PALESTINIAN HOMES, STRUCTURES DEMOLISHED IN JORDAN VALLEY
Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed over 40 Palestinian homes and structures in the Tubas district of the occupied West Bank as ongoing Israeli policies in the Jordan Valley continue to drive Palestinians out of their homes.
___A Palestinian official from the governor’s office in Tubas, Mutaz Bsharat, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and bulldozers stormed the Palestinian communities of al-Farisiya and Khallet al-Khader and demolished seven homes, displacing seven families.
___Forces also demolished 35 structures . . . .    More . . .
Related . . . VIDEO:  ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  RAZE  JORDAN  VALLEY  HOMES

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A Palestinian youth hurls a stone at Israeli forces following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, on Dec. 20, 2013 in the occupied West Bank village of Kfar Qaddum in the Qalqilya district. (Photo: Agence France Presse /Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File

Analysis:
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
OCCUPATION,  COLONIALISM  AND  APARTHEID  IN  ISRAEL – A  PHOTO  ESSAY
Mats Svensson
Feb. 10, 2016
Year after year, we are still reading the same unfortunate news reports showing the evil form of Apartheid that exists in Israel today. I lived in Shuafat in East Jerusalem. I saw that evil with my own eyes. I tried to understand what was going on.
___I walked along the Wall, from the south to the north. 520 km long, it snakes through Palestinian villages, destroyed olive groves and pasture lands. It moves across the rolling landscape, cutting off roads and paths and precluding the continuation of the social and economic life . . . .     More . . .
WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
[ISRAELI]  ANTIQUITIES  DEPARTMENT  AND  NATURE  AND  PARKS  AUTHORITY  CARRY  OUT  EXCAVATION  WORKS  IN  A  LAND  IN  SILWAN
Feb. 11, 2016
Joint crews of Nature and parks authority and Antiquities department raided on Wednesday the land of Khaled Al-Zeer in the neighborhood of Abbasyeh in Silwan.
___Khaled Al-Zeer explained that the occupation forces placed red tape around a certain part of the land and prevented him from approaching by force. The antiquities crews then proceeded with excavations works without presenting any official document regarding their actions.
___Al-Zeer pointed out that the antiquities department also carried out excavation works at the end of last months for no reason.    More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE BLOG
THIS  LAND  HAS  BEEN  HERE  LONGER  THAN  YOU  AND  ME
Alex Stein
Feb. 13, 2016
Even if we can’t agree on or accept each other’s historical narratives, it is still possible to acknowledge that there are both Israelis and Palestinians living here today.
___MK Anat Berko (Likud) kicked off a storm in the Knesset last week when she pointed out that Arabic doesn’t have a ‘P’ sound, meaning that Palestinians themselves can’t pronounce Palestine (Arabic softens Ps into Fs, which is why the Arabic word for Palestine is Falastin) . . . . given that she was speaking on the same day as Prime Minister Netanyahu once again said that the time wasn’t right for a two-state solution, it’s no surprise that there was disquiet following her remarks.    More . . .

“SAFAD,”  BY  SALEM  JUBRAN
I am a stranger Safad
And you too,
The Houses greet me
But their dwellers
Order me to go away
Why are you roaming through the streets, Arab,
Why?
If you say hello
Nobody would answer you
Your relatives had been here
Then went away
And nobody stayed
A funeral of a morning
Sits on my lips
And in my eyes
There sits a lion’s humiliation
Farwell
Farwell Safad!

About Salem Jubran.
From POETRY OF RESISTANCE IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE, Trans. Sulafa Hijjawi. Published by the Ministry of Culture Baghdad- Iraq. 1968. Revised 2009.

Ṣafad is a city in the Northern District of Palestine. At an elevation of 900 metres (2,953 ft), Safad is the highest city in the Galilee. Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters. Because of its mild climate and scenic views, Safed is a popular holiday resort frequented by Israelis and foreign visitors. (Information from Wikipedia. In the original there is no mention that it was for centuries a Palestinian Arab city, depopulated in 1948.) HISTORY OF PALESTINE BLOG.

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