“. . . How is the message to reach you Deaf Washington . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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An aunt of Muhammad Abu Latifa at his funeral in Qalandia Refugee Camp, July 27, 2015. Abu Latifa was killed while fleeing Israeli special police during an arrest raid. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) SEE NUMBER 5 BELOW.

❶ Group: 41 Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces since October
❷ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians, Injure a Child, In Jerusalem
❸ Israel to build 1000 housing units in O. J’lem
❹ Netanyahu: the magician
Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT  DO  ISRAELIS  REALLY  KNOW  ABOUT  PALESTINIAN  SUFFERING?
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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GROUP:  41  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  SINCE  OCTOBER
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
5 Mar. 2016
Forty-one Palestinian children have been killed in the occupied Palestinian territory since October, Defense for Children International’s Palestine branch (DCIP) reported Friday.
___All were killed as a “direct result of intensified violence,” DCIP said in a statement, and all but one were killed by Israeli military forces.
___The number includes 31 Palestinians under the age of 18 . . . .      MORE . . .
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  THREE  PALESTINIANS,  INJURE  A  CHILD,  IN  JERUSALEM
IMEMC NEWS
5 Mar. 2016
Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, on Friday evening, two Palestinian men in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, after a number of Israeli extremists assaulted them. Army also kidnaped a Palestinian man in Silwan; clashes took place in Silwan, and Abu Dis; one child injured.      MORE . . .
ISRAEL  TO  BUILD  1000  HOUSING  UNITS  IN  O. J’LEM
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
4 Mar. 2016
An Israeli weekly newspaper revealed that Israeli government is advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in four illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem despite the stiff international criticism. Kol Ha’ir Hebrew newspaper said that Israeli settlement construction is continuing within the existing settlements in occupied Jerusalem under the supervision of the Israeli government.      MORE . . .

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defies the odds and maintains his fragile rule. (Photo: Alternative Information Center.)

NETANYAHU:  THE  MAGICIAN
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER
Hani Habib
I have often described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a magician in my articles, perhaps too often. Yet today I am compelled to use this moniker yet again, in light of my apparently incorrect sense of his government’s (in)stability.
___I expected Netanyahu’s government to be destabilized as a result of its failure to halt the third intifada . . .
Yet I see now that contrary to all indications, Netanyahu’s government remains surprisingly stable.  MORE . . .
Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT  DO  ISRAELIS  REALLY  KNOW  ABOUT  PALESTINIAN  SUFFERING?
+972 BLOG
Ksenia Svetlova

The writer is a Knesset Member with the Zionist Union, and an expert on Middle East and Arab affairs. This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call.

5 Mar. 2016
Yoaz Hendel, a former director of communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote . . . addressing a topic that has became popular: why Palestinians don’t experience bereavement. Or in other words, why are we better than the Palestinians and why are they worse than us. . . . “The difference between bereavements is obvious. There is a gaping chasm between Palestinian and Israeli societies.”
___The first question that beckons is: How much do you really know Palestinian society, Yoaz?      MORE . . .

“THE  UNKNOWN  CONTINENT,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
How do we reach you
Slums of Chicago?
How is the spark to reach you?
How is the fire to be born?
Skyscrapers!
Stacked huts!
Stretch your arms out of the darkness―
For the big banner
Spreads its warmth, its light
Forever
Into the depths of night
And the big banner is
Forever
A sail for the drowning.

How are the storms to reach you

Jazzband Club in New York?
The black man is hungry and fearful
The wolves of the KKK roam the forest
―the current overpowering
And the conscience of the statue shaken
And the heart of night.
The wind is frozen,
And the waves of the sea unmoving?
How is the message to reach you
Deaf Washington,
With the humming of the machine?
In Vietnam you slaughter
And you export
Cokes and medicine to the sad moon!
And you sweep over the blood of victims.
How is the message to reach you?

Descendants of Ole Abe!
My voice has become hoarse
And the wind
Has become tired of my shouts!

Descendants of Old Abe!
Shake the marble of history,
Rise to the sky,
Rise above the band of stupid maggis
And halt ―for
The earth grumbles
Rivers of blood.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE.  Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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