“. . . A skylark sings its morning song in Tulkarim . . .” (Salem Jubran)

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Palestinians show their dogs during a dog show organized by local breeders in Gaza City, Feb. 5, 2016. (photo by REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

❶ Gazans organize the first-ever dog show
❷ Bedouin Communities: steadfastness and struggle in defiance of displacement and ethnic cleansing
❸ PMO: Al-Qiq’s detention without trial highlights Israel’s draconian measures against Palestinians
❹ Coping with Insecurity
❺ Opinion/Analysis: EXCLUDE  AND  OBSERVE —  THE  VIOLENCE  OF  SETTLER  SOVEREIGNTY  IN  PALESTINE
❻ Poetry by Salem Jubran
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
GAZANS  ORGANIZE  THE  FIRST-EVER  DOG  SHOW
Ahmad Abu Amer
Feb. 21, 2016
More than 100 dog breeders gathered in the Gaza Strip on Feb. 5 for a dog show. This event was the first of its kind in Gaza.
___Hundreds of Palestinian citizens attended the event for dogs and their breeders, which was held in al-Kuteiba Park, west of Gaza City, and was promoted through the Facebook group “German Shepherd Dogs in Gaza.” The group includes more than 25,000 dog breeders and dog lovers in the Gaza Strip.
___Maher Jaber, one of the organizers of the event, told Al-Monitor, “We came up with the idea after thousands of people joined the group. . . ”      More . . .
PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
BEDOUIN  COMMUNITIES:  STEADFASTNESS  AND  STRUGGLE  IN  DEFIANCE  OF  DISPLACEMENT  AND  ETHNIC  CLEANSING
For the purpose of expanding its settler-colonial enterprise and emptying Jerusalem of its indigenous population, the Israeli government has stepped up its systematic onslaught against Palestinian Bedouin communities.
___This enterprise is labeled “E1” and targets especially occupied East Jerusalem. The construction of this area . . . started in 1999 and was built within the municipality boundaries of the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.     More . . .

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Tower and stockade at Kibbutz Negba in the Negev. Built originally in 1939, tower and stockade were restored in 2009 with help from the Jewish National Fund, USA (Photo: Mondoweiss)

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
PMO:  AL-QIQ’S  DETENTION  WITHOUT  TRIAL  HIGHLIGHTS  ISRAEL’S  DRACONIAN  MEASURES  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS
Feb. 22, 2016
Ninety days have passed since journalist Mohammed al-Qiq went on a hunger strike to protest his arrest and administrative detention in Israeli prisons for six months without any charges filed against him.
___Al-Qiq is one of 6,800 Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, including 660 administrative detainees and 18 journalists; many of them have been subjected to torture.  More . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
COPING  WITH  INSECURITY
Salwa Duaibis
Feb. 2016
I always look forward with apprehension to accompanying visiting delegations to Ofer military court, where they can witness injustice in “concentrated doses.” The visits are always stark reminders of what life is like for ordinary Palestinian men, women, and children who live in the shadow of settlements, along bypass roads, or behind the wall. This time, however, I was a bit relaxed because I knew I didn’t have to convince anyone of anything or to explain the obvious, as I was accompanying two Palestinian women: my sister and a lawyer friend of mine.     More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
EXCLUDE  AND  OBSERVE —  THE  VIOLENCE  OF  SETTLER  SOVEREIGNTY  IN  PALESTINE
Jimmy Johnson
Feb. 19, 2016
Israel is a settler colony. It is premised on the dislocation of Palestine. Israeli geographic existence and expansion is contingent upon Palestinian geographic contraction. Every five dunams of Israel is five less dunams of Palestine, what Patrick Wolfe calls a relationship of “negative articulation”. . . . When someone from Senegal buys a house in India the space does not become part of Senegal’s sovereignty, it remains India. When settlers obtain Palestinian land they remove it from Palestine and transfer it to Israel. The entire history of Zionism and Israel is this history of anti-Palestine-ing . . . .      More . . .

“THE  EXILE,”  BY  SALEM  JUBRAN
The sun seeps through barbed borders
Unheeded by the watchful squads,
And
A skylark sings its morning song in Tulkarim.
As evening comes
It sups and sleeps
Peacefully
With the birds of the kibbutzim.
A lost donkey strolls
Across the barbed borders;
It grazes peacefully,
Unheeded by the watchful squads.
But as for me, your ousted son,
My native land,
Between my eyes and your skies
Walls of the border stand.

About Salem Jubran
From: LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS: AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.  Available from Amazon.
About Tulkarim

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