“. . . We have buried our loved ones in the darkness of the clouds . . .” (Adonis; Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

Young Palestinian women protesters march, during clashes with Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, October 14, 2015. (Activestills.org)
Young Palestinian women protesters march, during clashes with Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, October 14, 2015. (Activestills.org)

❶ Israeli Army Shoots Dead Two Youths for Alleged Attempted Stabbing
❷ Premier Hamdallah Condemns Israel’s Systematic Land Grab Policy
❸ Israeli forces detain at least 15 Palestinians during overnight raids
❹ Poll: Palestinians say political affiliation of US president ‘makes no difference’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT’S  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGE  REBELLION  ALIVE?
❻ Poetry by Adonis
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
ISRAELI  ARMY  SHOOTS  DEAD  TWO  YOUTHS  FOR  ALLEGED  ATTEMPTED  STABBING
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA 
17 Mar. 2016
Israeli army forces Thursday killed two Palestinian youths near the illegal settlement of Ariel built on Palestinians’ land near Salfit, north of the West Bank.      MORE . . .

PREMIER  HAMDALLAH  CONDEMNS  ISRAEL’S  SYSTEMATIC  LAND  GRAB  POLICY
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
17 Mar. 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday condemned Israel’s systematic land grab policy of Palestinians’ land and farms in the West Bank.
___In a press release Hamdallah described the policy as a “flagrant violation of international law”. He said the Israeli government has no interest in peace and would rather implement a policy designed to prevent the formation of a contiguous Palestinian state.      MORE . . .   

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  AT  LEAST  15  PALESTINIANS  DURING  OVERNIGHT  RAIDS
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
17 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight Wednesday, a spokesperson from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. . . .  six Palestinians, including two minors, were detained in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. . . .  In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian . . . . In the village of Beit Duqqu, just north of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians . . . . In the occupied East Jerusalem towns of Beit Hanina and al-Issawiya, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians . . . . To the south, in the Hebron district, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians . . . .    MORE . . . 

POLL:  PALESTINIANS  SAY  POLITICAL  AFFILIATION  OF  US  PRESIDENT  ‘MAKES  NO  DIFFERENCE’
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
17 Mar. 2016
The majority of Palestinians believe the political affiliation of the future US president “makes no difference” when it comes to advancing the peace process, according to a recent public opinion poll.
___The poll . . . revealed that while 27 percent of Palestinians said a Democratic US president would be better for the peace process, 16 percent preferred a Republican.
___Fifty-two percent meanwhile believed the political affiliation of the future president would be irrelevant . . . .      MORE . . .

File photo of Palestinian youths throwing stones toward Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in response to Israeli-imposed restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
File photo of Palestinian youths throwing stones toward Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in response to Israeli-imposed restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  WHAT’S  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGE  REBELLION  ALIVE?
+972 BLOG
Umar al-Ghubari
15 Mar. 2016
Instead of referring to Palestinians who carry out stabbings ‘child terrorists,’ Israeli society would do well to wake up and realize that this rebellion won’t end until these teenagers have their freedom.     MORE . . .

“WE TRAVEL LIKE OTHER PEOPLE,” BY ADONIS (Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

We travel like other people, but we return to nowhere. As if travelling
Is the way of the clouds. We have buried our loved ones in the
darkness of the clouds, between the roots of the trees.
And we said to our wives: go on giving birth to people like us
for hundreds of year so we can complete this journey
To the hour of a country, to a metre of the impossible.
We travel in the carriages of the psalms, sleep in the tent of the
prophets and come out of the speech of the gypsies.
We measure space with a hoopoe’s beak or sing to while away the
distance and cleanse the  light of the moon.
Your path is long so dream of seven women to bear this long path
On your shoulders. Shake for them palm trees so as to know their
names and who’ll be the mother of the boy of Galilee.
We have a country of words. Speak speak so I can put my road on the
stone of a stone.
We have a country of words. Speak speak so we may know the end of
this travel.

―Translated by Abdullah al-Udhari

About Adonis (Adunis, Ali Ahmad Said Esber)
From by Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
BDS FINAL LOGO_v5WEB_URL_side

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s