“. . . O refugees of humanity: dignity will lift your heads. . .” (Gunvor Hofmo)

Nahid Fawzi Mutir, died 15 Mar. 2016, age 22.
Nahid Fawzi Mutir, died 15 Mar. 2016, age 22.

❶ Israel demolishes structures across West Bank, East Jerusalem
❷ Thousands attend funeral of man fatally shot in Qalandiya raid
❸ Israeli Forces Detain Five Palestinians from West Bank
❹ Analysis: Keeping the Palestinian cause alive
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHY BDS CANNOT LOSE: A MORAL THRESHOLD TO COMBAT RACISM IN ISRAEL
❻ Poetry by Gunvor Hofmo
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ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  STRUCTURES  ACROSS  WEST  BANK,  EAST  JERUSALEM
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 16, 2016
Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished three structures and issued demolition orders for a further two in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
___In the village of al-Khader south of Bethlehem, Israeli forces tore down a two-story home . . .
___Further to the south, in Wadi Rahhal, Israeli forces tore down an agricultural shack . . .
___Meanwhile, in occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli forces tore down a clothing warehouse . . .      MORE . . . 

THOUSANDS  ATTEND  FUNERAL  OF  MAN  FATALLY  SHOT  IN  QALANDIYA  RAID
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 15, 2016
Thousands of Palestinians on Tuesday attended the funeral of a Palestinian man who succumbed to wounds he sustained two weeks earlier during an intense Israeli raid into Qalandiya refugee camp that left another Palestinian dead and at least 11 others wounded.
___Nahid Fawzi Mutir, 24, was buried inside the refugee camp after the slain man’s body was brought to the camp’s local mosque for burial prayers.       MORE . . .  

ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN FIVE PALESTINIANS FROM WEST BANK
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
16 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces Wednesday overnight detained five Palestinians from Hebron, Nablus and Salfit districts, according to the Palestine Prisoners’ Society (PPS). . . .
___This brought the total number of Palestinians detained Wednesday overnight to 10 as five other Palestinians were detained earlier.      MORE . . .

ANALYSIS:  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  CAUSE  ALIVE
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Badr Al-Ibrahim
15 Mar. 2016
The stabbings in occupied Palestine continue and the fears and concerns of Israelis are on the increase. The “knife” intifada has spread fear in the ranks of the illegal settlers . . . .
___This spontaneous uprising in the occupied West Bank reveals a lot about the reality of the Palestinian cause today, which is going through one of its worst phases, even though preceding phases were generally not positive; the chaos and disorientation across the Arab world applies equally to the situation in Palestine.       MORE . . . 

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa, was labelled a terrorist by the US government.  When he passed away in 2013, top US politicians vociferously listed his great qualities, speaking of his commitment to justice and human rights. However, Mandela’s name was not removed from the US terrorism watch list till 2008. (Photo in MEMO)
Nelson Mandela was labelled a terrorist by the US government. When he died in 2013, top US politicians listed his great qualities, speaking of his commitment to justice and human rights. Mandela’s name was not removed from the US terrorism watch list till 2008. (Photo in MEMO)

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  WHY  BDS  CANNOT  LOSE:  A  MORAL  THRESHOLD  TO  COMBAT  RACISM  IN  ISRAEL
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Ramzy Baroud
15 Mar. 2016
A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments. . . to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). On the contrary, it has accelerated.
___It is as if history is repeating itself. Western governments took on the pro-South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, fighting it at every corner and branding its leaders. Nelson Mandela and many of his comrades were called terrorists.   MORE . . .

“TO PALESTINE,” BY GUNVOR HOFMO
Black, flying ships on all the oceans.
And all the ships carry our dead friends’ faces
And our dead friends’ souls.
O, the images of all humanity are in them, these ships,
humiliation’s bitter pride
lies in the closed eyes of children at the horizon:
soon they will open in a sorrow with meaning,
a struggle with purpose―
O refugees of humanity:
dignity will lift your heads,
in your own streets the burning tears will be dried!
And the silent fields are filled by a strange depth
when nightly images fly like shadows across God’s forehead,
and the wheat grows nearby in the bloody ashes
as painful beauty, as depth and the hard ordinary day.

“There was no such thing as Palestinians It was not as though there was a Palestinian People in Palestine, considering itself as a Palestinian people, and we came an threw them out and took their country away from them. They did not exist” (Golda Meir).

Gunvor Hofmo poem from Great River Review 62/63, (Spring-Winter2015) 127.

Gunvor Hofmo (30 June 1921 – 17 October 1995) was a Norwegian writer. She is often considered one of Norway’s most influential modernist poets.”
Golda Meir (May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) statement, quoted in: Fouzi El-Asmar. THROUGH  THE  HEBREW  LOOKING-GLASS:  ARAB  STEREOTYPES  IN  CHILDREN’S  LITERATURE.  Vermont, USA: Amana Books, 1986. Available from Amazon. 
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