“. . . the voice shouts in vain like the voice of all that came before death . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

Palestinian man protecting himself from IOF attack. Photo from Bil'in village this Friday afternoon. (Photo credit: Mohammed Yasin)
Palestinian man protecting himself from IOF attack during weekly non-violent protest. Photo from Bil’in village this Friday afternoon. (Photo credit: Mohammed Yasin)

❶ Young Palestinian killed in Hebron after alleged stab attack
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Palestinian killed after alleged stab attempt at Gush Etzion
. . . . . ❶―(ᴃ) Israeli forces blockade Bethlehem-area town for 2nd day
❷ IOF attack weekly nonviolent protests in the occupied West Bank
❸ No to Normalisation
❹ Watchdog: Israeli press violations reached ‘new peak’ in 2015
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  UNRAVELING  ILLUSION  OF  PALESTINIAN  AUTONOMY
❻ Poetry by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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On March 14, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon at AIPAC convention.  (Photo: AIPAC)
On March 14, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon at AIPAC convention. (Photo: AIPAC)

YOUNG  PALESTINIAN  KILLED  IN  HEBRON  AFTER  ALLEGED  STAB  ATTACK
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
19 Mar. 2016
A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli forces near an illegal settlement in the southern occupied West Bank on Saturday after he allegedly stabbed a soldier, Israeli security sources said.
___Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said Israeli border police at the Abu al-Rish checkpoint near the Kiryat Arba settlement on the outskirts of Hebron noticed a “suspicious” young Palestinian.      MORE . . .    
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AFTER  ALLEGED  STAB  ATTEMPT  AT  GUSH  ETZION 
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
18 Mar. 2016
A Palestinian man was shot dead after allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction, shortly after two Palestinians were detained on suspicions of planning an attack in the illegal Shaare Benjamin settlement.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶―(ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  BLOCKADE  BETHLEHEM-AREA  TOWN  FOR  2ND  DAY
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
18 MAR. 2016
Israeli forces closed the entrances to the town of Beit Fajjar in the central occupied West Bank for the second day in a row on Friday, after two youths from the town were killed for allegedly carrying out a stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier.      MORE . . .

IOF  ATTACK  WEEKLY  NONVIOLENT  PROTESTS  IN  THE  OCCUPIED  WEST  BANK
PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
19 Mar. 2016
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday 18 March, attacked the weekly nonviolent protest against the apartheid Wall and the illegal Israeli settlements, in Bil’in village, west of Ramallah, Kufur Qaddoum town, northern of Qalqilia, as well as in Nil’in village, causing dozens to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. Furthermore, the IOF tried to suppress a demonstration in Bethlehem.      MORE . . .

NO  TO  NORMALISATION
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
18 Mar. 2016
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon admitted in his speech at the annual AIPAC conference, the largest Zionist lobby supporting Israel in the US, that the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi and the installation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi was planned, in cooperation with generals in the Egyptian and Gulf armies and intelligence agencies. He also said that Israel’s interests will always be served by having military regimes in the Arab world, especially in Egypt.      MORE . . .  

WATCHDOG:  ISRAELI  PRESS  VIOLATIONS  REACHED  ‘NEW  PEAK’  IN  2015     
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY  
18 March. 2016
A Palestinian press freedoms watchdog on Thursday said 2015 had seen an “unprecedented” increase in Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists across the occupied Palestinian territory.
___The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms, known as MADA, recorded a total of 599 violations against media freedoms throughout the year. . . .       MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  THE  UNRAVELING  ILLUSION  OF  PALESTINIAN  AUTONOMY
+972 MAGAZINE
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
18 Mar. 2016
Palestinians have been told for decades that limited autonomy in the West Bank is just a stop along the road to sovereignty. But more than 20 years after Oslo failed to bring usher in independence, the illusion is unraveling — and fast.      MORE . . .   

“BEYOND  GALILEE,”  BY  JABRA  IBRAHIM  JABRA

When I lived with Christ,
died with him and was resurrected
my voice was still shouting in the wilderness,
a voice unlike my own
burning with an unfamiliar fire.

Whose fire?
Give me shade and cold water,
and I will hang my memories on
a wall in some deserted room.
The crowd has scattered and the guests are gone;
the voice shouts in vain
like the voice of all that came before
death and Galilee.
On my lips are traces of honey
and hemlock.
Have I come after death to hear my voice
pulling me toward a long-deserted void?
Give me shade! And you, woman,
put a chunk of ice in your water.
The sun is burning. Life after death
is tiresome. And still my voice is drawn by the fire.
For whom? For whom
have I closed my eyes, while on my lips were
those traces of honey and hemlock?
(1962)

“As a Palestinian, Jabra has sought to express in his poetry the anger, bewilderment and alienation experienced by his countrymen, uprooted from their land and its traditions” (page 171). From WHEN  THE  WORDS  BURN:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY:  1945-1987.  Translated and edited by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Cormorant Books, 1988.
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