“Survivors of The Holocaust please talk to me . . .” (Lahab Assef Al-Jundi)

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Khillat Khader community where Israeli troops and tanks on  demolished ten structures including tents which are home to  four families made up of 20 people. (Photo: PNN)

❶ Restrictions on movement in Bab al-Majles in Jerusalem’s Old City place neighborhood in chokehold
❷ Mayor: Israeli forces assault entire family during al-Issawiya raid
. . . . . ❷―(ᴀ) Update: “Army Kidnaps 27 Palestinians In The West Bank”
❸ Two Palestinians shot, critically injured by Israeli forces near Bethlehem
❹ IOF demolish facilities in the Jordan Valleys, leave 20 homeless
❺ Opinion/Analysis: BEYOND  SOUTH  AFRICA:  UNDERSTANDING  ISRAELI  APARTHEID
❻ Poetry by Lahab Assef Al-Jundi
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RESTRICTIONS  ON  MOVEMENT  IN  BAB AL-MAJLES  IN  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY  PLACE  NEIGHBORHOOD  IN  CHOKEHOLD
B’TSELEM – THE ISRAELI INFORMATION CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Feb. 28 2016
The neighborhood of Bab al-Majles al-Islami, also known as Bab a-Nazer, is located in the very heart of Jerusalem’s Old City. It lies immediately to the east of al-Wad St., the main street which leads from Damascus Gate to the entrance to the Western Wall. . . . It is a historical area where, until recently, Old City residents led rich community and cultural lives.
___ Some 350 people live in Bab al- Majles, and the Islamic Waqf offices are located there. . . .
___These restrictions have effectively sealed off the neighborhood and severely harmed its residents, the businesses operating there . . . Residents do not know when they might be able to leave their homes or return to them.     More . . .

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Police checkpoint at the entrance to the neighborhood of Bab al-Majles al-Islami. (Photo by Yoav Gross, B’Tselem 23 Feb. 2016)

MAYOR:  ISRAELI  FORCES  ASSAULT  ENTIRE  FAMILY  DURING  AL-ISSAWIYA  RAID
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
Feb. 29, 2016
Israeli forces physically assaulted an entire family in the occupied East Jerusalem village of al-Issawiya overnight Sunday after the family resisted during an arrest raid, the head of the village said.
___. . . Israeli forces stormed the home of Tareq and Tahreer Darwish with the intention of detaining the couple’s sons Yousef, 18, and Laith, 17.
___The two teens, along with their father, resisted the detention, and Israeli forces attacked the three, beating them.     More . . .
. . . . . ❷―(ᴀ) UPDATE:  “ARMY  KIDNAPS  27  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK”
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
Feb. 29, 2016
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Monday, 27 Palestinians, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, during extensive military invasions and violent searches of homes.     More . . .
TWO  PALESTINIANS  SHOT,  CRITICALLY  INJURED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  NEAR  BETHLEHEM
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
Feb. 28, 2016
Two Palestinians were critically injured in clashes with the Israeli army south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, medical sources said.
___Palestinian Red Crescent spokeswoman Errab Foqoha told Ma’an that two Palestinians were shot in the chest during clashes . . . . Locals told Ma’an that the two were shot when clashes broke out after Israeli forces began raiding the village and firing haphazardly.
___One of the victims, they said, is a middle-aged dentist identified as Hisham Muhammad Atwan Sbeih, who was in his car parked in his front yard.     More . . .
IOF  DEMOLISH  FACILITIES  IN  THE  JORDAN  VALLEYS,  LEAVE  20  HOMELESS
PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday morning have demolished about ten facilities that include tents, barns and residential structures in the Khillat Khader community in Al-Farisiyya area east of Tubas district, northern Jordan valleys, under the pretext of “no building permit.”
___According to the head of the local council of al-Maleh area, Aaref Daraghmeh, Israeli troops and tanks on Monday morning have stormed the community and demolished ten structures including tents which are home to at least four families made up of 20 people.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis:  BEYOND  SOUTH  AFRICA:  UNDERSTANDING  ISRAELI  APARTHEID
THE PALESTINIAN POLICY NETWORK
by Samer Abdelnour on April 4, 2013
“Israeli Apartheid” is a commonly used term to describe the racial violence and segregation enshrined in Israel’s institutions. Though Israel’s most ardent supporters will continue to resist the rhetoric of apartheid, the reality of apartheid in Israel is unmistakable. . . .
___Apartheid is a complex system of racial violence, segregation, and dispossession. The roots of apartheid are colonial . . . Modern apartheid systems, like South Africa and Israel, evolved from historical practices of mobility restriction and internment. . . . Israel implements practices reminiscent of apartheid-era South Africa.      More . . .

“COLLATERAL  SAVAGE,”  BY  LAHAB  ASSEF  AL-JUNDI

Survivors of The Holocaust please
Talk to me. Help me understand―
So you sanction what’s being done
In your names?

I thought your spirits
grew more gentle
having lived through the unspeakable.

Bomb are not less lethal or evil―
Stop being so deathly afraid of the other.

A thousand eyes for an eye?
Children of the Holocaust
please do not lash out
as if you lost your sight.

Lahab Assef Al-Jundi
Lahab Assef Al-Jundi was born of Palestinian refugee parents and grew up in Damascus, Syria. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Not long after graduation, he discovered his passion for writing. He published his first poetry collection, A Long Way, in 1985. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary publications, and many anthologies including Inclined to Speak, An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry, edited by Hayan Charara, and Between Heaven and Texas, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye.

From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE.  Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from Barnes & Noble.

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