“. . . If poetry does not carry a lantern . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

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View of the Valley Below the Tent of Nations, 9km Southwest of Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 13, 2015)

❶ Extending the duration of detaining 4 Jerusalemite children inside internal rehabilitation institutions
❷ Israeli Court Convicts Primary Suspect in Abu-Khdeir Murder
❸ PA losing $285 million a year under arrangements with Israel
❹ Palestine to send medics, aid to Ecuador after deadly earthquake
❺ Opinion/Analysis: POETIC  INJUSTICE:  PALESTINIAN  POET  ARRESTED  OVER  FACEBOOK  POST
❻ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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EXTENDING  THE  DURATION  OF  DETAINING  4  JERUSALEMITE  CHILDREN  INSIDE  INTERNAL  REHABILITATION  INSTITUTIONS
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
April 18, 2016
The District Court judges decided to extend the duration of detaining 4 Jerusalemites children inside internal rehabilitation institutions [. . . .]
___The internal institutions are “rehabilitation institutions” run by the social affairs. Detaining children in such institutions is based on recommendations by the public prosecution and intelligence service; they are considered an alternative to the occupation prisons.      MORE . . .  

ISRAELI  COURT  CONVICTS  PRIMARY  SUSPECT  IN  ABU-KHDEIR  MURDER
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 19, 2016
The primary suspect in the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was convicted of murder on Tuesday, after an Israeli court in Jerusalem rejected an insanity plea presented by the defendant [. . . .]
___Abu Khdeir’s family demanded that not only Ben-David be sentenced to life imprisonment, but that also HIS FAMILY HOME BE PUNITIVELY DEMOLISHED [emphasis added], in parallel with the Israel’s policy of punitive demolition of family houses of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks . . .  MORE . . .   HISTORY . . .

PA  LOSING  $285  MILLION  A  YEAR  UNDER  ARRANGEMENTS  WITH  ISRAEL
Ma’an News Agency
April 18, 2016
The Palestinian Authority is losing up to $285 million a year under its current economic arrangements with Israel, the World Bank said on Monday [. . . .]
___It found that the current revenue sharing arrangements as outlined by the Paris Protocol — through which Israel collects VAT, import taxes and other revenues on behalf of the PA — “have not been systematically implemented.”     MORE . . .

PALESTINE  TO  SEND  MEDICS,  AID  TO  ECUADOR  AFTER  DEADLY  EARTHQUAKE
Ma’an News Agency
April 17, 2016
A Palestinian medical team will leave the occupied West Bank on Monday to help victims of a deadly earthquake in Ecuador, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said [. . . .]
___Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said a team of 15 Palestinian emergency and disaster medics would leave for Ecuador on Monday.
___Al-Maliki added that Palestine and Ecuador have always shared a strong bond and been supportive of one another.     MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  POETIC  INJUSTICE:  PALESTINIAN  POET  ARRESTED  OVER  FACEBOOK  POST
+972 Blog
Yoav Haifawi
April 17, 2016
Poet and activist Dareen Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence based on a poem she posted on Facebook. Its translation by a policeman whose sole competence as a translator is his ‘love for the Arabic language,’ was enough to convince the court to extend her remand and keep her under house arrest. MORE . . .   

“OF  POETRY,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH

I

Yesterday, we sang to a star behind a cloud
and bathed in our tears.
Yesterday, we bickered with the vine trees and the moon
with the nights, and fate,
and made love to women.
The hour struck, Khayyam drank on
and under the rhythm of his drugged songs
we remained poor as ever.
Poets, friends
we are in a new world!
What has passed is dead, and whoever writes a poem
in the days of the atom and the wind
creates prophets.

II

Our poems are without colour,
voiceless and tasteless.
If poetry  does not carry a lantern from house to house,
if the poor to not know what it ‘means’
we had better discard it!
It is better that we seek immortal silence

III

I would that these poems were
the chisel in the labourer’s hand,
the bomb in the extremist’s―

I would that these words
were the plough between a peasant’s hands,
a shirt, a door, or a key!
Someone has said,
If my poems please those who love me
and anger my enemies
then I am a poet. . .
But a for me―

(1964)

From WHEN THE WORDS BURN: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN ARABIC POETRY: 1945-1987.
Translated and edited by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Cormorant BBooks, 1988.

“. . . Teach us to exist in the age of lost things . . .” (Ali al-Khalili)

Bedouins build a makeshift house in al-Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert that has been razed dozens of times, north of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, July 21, 2011. (photo by ENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Bedouins build a makeshift house in al-Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert that has been razed dozens of times, north of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, July 21, 2011. (photo by ENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

❶ Why Israel wants these Bedouins to pay for their village’s demolition
❷ Why Palestinians mark Prisoners’ Day
❸ Presidential Spokesperson: Israeli Government Plunges Whole Region into Violence, Chaos
❹ Netanyahu: Occupied Golan Heights to ‘forever remain in Israel’s hands’
. . . . . ❹― (ᴀ) Israeli cabinet meeting in Golan ‘irresponsible provocation’: Syria envoy
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘NY  TIMES’  PUBLISHES  OP-ED  WRITER’S  BLATANT  FALSEHOOD  ABOUT  PALESTINIANS  WITHOUT  BLINKING  AN  EYE
❻ POETRY by Ali al-Khalili
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❶ WHY  ISRAEL  WANTS  THESE  BEDOUINS  TO  PAY  FOR  THEIR  VILLAGE’S  DEMOLITION
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Ahmad Melhem
April 17, 2016
The Bedouin al-Araqib village (status unrecognized by Israel) in the Negev (Naqab) region is facing an ongoing demolition campaign that started on the morning of June 27, 2010, when the whole village was flattened to the ground. Since then, demolition work has been recurring each time the inhabitants set up new tents, with Israel claiming lack of permits. The latest incident took place April 5 and was the 96th to date. [. . . .]
___The Araqib case is merely another example of the unrecognized villages in the Negev region (75 villages). Israel is planning to relocate the people in order to establish Jewish communities. This is part of the Prawer Plan presented by Ehud Prawer, the former Israeli head of policy planning in the prime minister’s office, in 2011.      MORE . . .   
HISTORY . . .  

WHY  PALESTINIANS  MARK  PRISONERS’  DAY
+972 Blog
Noam Rotem
April 17, 2016
More than 7,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of minors, are currently in Israeli prisons. Honoring prisoners and ‘freedom fighters’ isn’t just a Palestinian tradition, however. Israelis do it, too.     MORE . . .

A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows an Israeli soldier monitoring the Syrian village of Hader, on June 16, 2015 (Photo: Agence France Presse/Jalaa Marey, File)
A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows an Israeli soldier monitoring the Syrian village of Hader, on June 16, 2015 (Photo: Agence France Presse/Jalaa Marey, File)

[Please note the correlation among the following three news stories.]

PRESIDENTIAL  SPOKESPERSON:  ISRAELI  GOVERNMENT  PLUNGES  WHOLE  REGION  INTO  VIOLENCE,  CHAOS  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 18, 2016
Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh Sunday stated that the Israeli government is plunging the whole region into endless violence and chaos.
___Speaking to Palestine TV from Moscow, Abu Rudenieh stated that uncommon and clear political positions would be taken within the next few days or weeks with regards to the Question of Palestine, which stands at a serious crossroads.      MORE . . .

❹ NETANYAHU:  OCCUPIED  GOLAN  HEIGHTS  TO  ‘FOREVER  REMAIN  IN  ISRAEL’S  HANDS’
Ma’an News Agency
April 17, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Golan Heights would “forever remain in Israel’s hands,” during a CONTROVERSIAL CABINET MEETING HELD IN THE ANNEXED TERRITORY [emphasis added] on Sunday.
___Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognized by the international community.
___Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Friday that Israeli officials had decided to hold a meeting in the area as a gesture of defiance, as world leaders work on drafting an agreement to end the five-year civil war in Syria which calls on Israel to hand back the annexed Golan to Syria.      MORE . . . 

. . . . . ❹― (ᴀ) ISRAELI CABINET MEETING IN GOLAN ‘IRRESPONSIBLE PROVOCATION’: SYRIA ENVOY
Middle East Eye
April 18, 2016
Syria’s envoy to the UN on Monday denounced an unprecedented Israeli cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights on Sunday as “provocative”.      MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  ‘NY  TIMES’  PUBLISHES  OP-ED  WRITER’S  BLATANT  FALSEHOOD  ABOUT  PALESTINIANS  WITHOUT  BLINKING  AN  EYE
Mondoweiss
David Samel
April 16, 2016
The recent wide-ranging debate on Zionism appearing in the New York Times was a welcome sign, no doubt.  While it’s long overdue, the movement to a more open . . .  discussion on whether the Jewish State is a good or bad thing is no longer taboo in mainstream media . . . .
___Oddly, though, a blatant falsehood appearing in one of the five op-eds shows how colossal ignorance has unfortunate staying power.      MORE . . . 

From  DIALECTICS  OF  THE  HOMELAND  (1976),  by  Ali  al-Khalili

Beyond the rainy cloud, the rose, the pagan dream
are remnants of the old pledge.
The lovers are no more the lovers
And the murderers are similarly transposed.
O homeland, drowning in mystic symbols and in blood,
Lost homeland!
Teach us to exist in the age of lost things
Teach us to unlock barred doors
To fertilize a barren land
Discover in you the cloud and the rose
Illuminate the tired masses.
Homeland of lost things,
Teach us to conceive trees and children,
When the promised sun and the promised wind
Are concealed or revealed
Teach us that the murderers are visible in you
And the murdered invisible.

Ali Al-Khalibi was born in Nablus in 1943. He graduated from Arab University of Beirut. He is novelist, short story writer, critic, poet, and literary historian. He died in 2011.
ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
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PALESTINE PRISONERS’ DAY. “. . . what of the chains chafing my wrists. . .” (Fouzi El-Azmar)

Palestinian prisoner in chains (Photo: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)
Palestinian prisoner in chains (Photo: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)

❶ Report: 7,896 PALESTINIANS inside Israeli jails
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Report: “Israeli Army Kidnapped and Imprisoned 1.000.000 Palestinians Since 1967”
❷ Premier Urges Int’l Community to Protect Rights of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
❸ Take Action for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day
❹ Report: “509 JERUSALEMITE Palestinians, including 15 Women and 10 Children, Imprisoned by Israel”
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ON  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS’  DAY,  ANTI-PRISON,  LABOR,  ACADEMIC  DELEGATION  TAKES  STAND  AGAINST  ISRAELI  STATE  VIOLENCE,  AFFIRMS  SOLIDARITY  WITH  PALESTINIAN  PEOPLE
❻ POETRY by Fouzi El-Azmar
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REPORT:  7,896  PALESTINIANS  INSIDE  ISRAELI  JAILS
Days of Palestine
MILITARY COURT WATCH
April 16, 2016
MCW reported Israeli Prison Service (IPS)’s statistics showing that there were 6,204 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities by the end of last month.
___It said that this number included 438 children.
___Regarding children, the MCW said that there was an 8 per cent increase in the number compared with the previous month and an annual increase of 94 per cent compared with 2015.
___These figures include seven children held under administrative detention. A further 1,692 Palestinians were held as “criminal prisoners” including 15 children.       MORE . . .

. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) REPORT:  “ISRAELI  ARMY  KIDNAPPED  AND  IMPRISONED  1.000.000  PALESTINIANS  SINCE  1967”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 17, 2016
The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) have reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped around 1.000.000 Palestinians, including tens of thousands of women and children, since occupying the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967. Two detainees died in 2015 due to being denied access to specialized medical treatment.
___In their joint report marking April 17, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Detainees’ Committee and the PPS said the Israeli army has kidnapped, since the beginning of “Al-Aqsa Intifada,” in late September 2000, until this day, more than 90.000 Palestinians, including 11.000 children, 1.300 women and girls, and 65 elected legislators and government ministers.       MORE . . .

❷ PREMIER  URGES  INT’L  COMMUNITY  TO  PROTECT  RIGHTS  OF  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  IN  ISRAELI  JAILS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 17, 2016
On the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah urged the international community to protect the human rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, especially the children who are subject to psychological and physical harm, said a statement issued on Sunday by the Premier’s office.
___”Israel’s policies of detention and imprisonment violate all international legal standards, and  are intended to obstruct the daily lives of Palestinians, in order to oppress an entire population,” the Prime Minister added.      MORE . . .

Twelve Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, jail conditions. (Photo: Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Jan.18, 2016)
Twelve Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, jail conditions.
(Photo: Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Jan.18, 2016)

❸ TAKE  ACTION  FOR  PALESTINIAN  PRISONER’S  DAY
Alternative Information Center – AIC
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
April 14, 2016
As Palestinians prepare to mark Prisoners’ Day on April 17, a day to be in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian political prisoners by demanding their freedom from Israeli jails, the US Campaign to End the Occupation launched a new website G4S Facts highlighting the various injustices perpetrated by G4S, the world’s largest private security company, in the United States, Palestine, and beyond.     MORE . . .  

❹ REPORT:  “509  JERUSALEMITE  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  15  WOMEN  AND  10  CHILDREN,  IMPRISONED  BY  ISRAEL” 
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC 
April 17, 2016
The Jerusalem Detainees’ Parents Committee has reported, Sunday, that as the Palestinians mark the Prisoners Day on April 17, at least 509 Jerusalemite Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel, among them are 10 women, and 18 children.
___The committee provided the following information regarding Jerusalemite political prisoners, held by Israel.

    10 children under the age of 14.

118 children, above the age of 14, and below the age of 18.

MORE . . .

❺ Opinion/Analysis: ON  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS’  DAY,  ANTI-PRISON,  LABOR,  ACADEMIC  DELEGATION  TAKES  STAND  AGAINST  ISRAELI  STATE  VIOLENCE,  AFFIRMS  SOLIDARITY  WITH  PALESTINIAN  PEOPLE
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
April 16, 2016
Recently returned from a ten-day trip to the Israeli-colonized Palestine, a US delegation of anti-prison, labor, and scholar-activists has issued the following statement to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day 2016.  The delegation included three former US-held political prisoners, and a formerly incarcerated activist, two former Black Panther Party members, university professors, prison abolition organizers, and trade unionists. . . .
___In recognition of International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners, the US Anti-Prison, Labor, and Academic Delegation is demanding freedom for the 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently held in Israeli jails and all those fighting for justice everywhere, including political prisoners in U.S. prisons.      MORE . . .

(Blogger’s note: This poem was written 45 years ago. Its timeliness today cannot be disputed.)

“TWENTY  COMRADES,”  BY  FOUZI  EL ASMAR

Beloved, you ask me
Of life in this prison, this cell
what of the chains
chafing my wrists
what of my food and drink
and the comrades of my cell?

Beloved, let me tell you:
Our clouds are indeed heavy
But our being here
is a smile of spring,
The shock of thunder
in autumn, after drought.
We are not defeated
Like our jailers.

Life in this prison, this cell
is a palm tree impregnated
at the dawn.
My chains are the round
echo of a muezzin,
Their clank is the ringing
of my people’s bells.

Beloved, you ask me
of the meaning of my food
Here beloved
we grow like the wild flowers.

And what of
my comrades
in this cell? You ask
They are the twenty candles
lighting the darkness of this cell
The twenty songs
shaking the walls of this cell
The twenty revolutions
that will eternalize this cell
And we, beloved
we shall not be stopped.  (June, 1970)

About Fouzi El Asmar.
El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
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“. . . scattered forever in the light of the impossible . . .” (Sulafa Hijjawi)

Residents of al-Walaje survey the destruction following the demolition of three homes in the village overnight on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (Photo: +972 Magazine, April 14, 2016)
Residents of al-Walaje survey the destruction following the demolition of three homes in the village overnight on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (Photo: +972 Magazine, April 14, 2016)

❶ Jerusalem demolishes Palestinian homes beyond the wall for first time
❷ EU Missions Concerned at Re-launching of Work on Separation Barrier
❸ ‘Peace Now’ and Israeli gov’t go head to head over new settler units
❹ Settlers Prevent Palestinian Farmer from Accessing his land near Bethlehem
❺ Opinion/Analysis:  DOES  ISRAEL  WANT  THE  PALESTINIANS  TO  THANK  HER  FOR  NOT  EXTERMINATING  THEM?
❻ POETRY by Sulafa Hijjawi
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❶ JERUSALEM  DEMOLISHES  PALESTINIAN  HOMES  BEYOND  THE  WALL  FOR  FIRST  TIME
+972 Blog
Aviv Tatarsky
April 14, 2016
Israeli authorities destroy three homes in al-Walaje, a village that was partially annexed to Jerusalem, yet has been totally neglected by the municipality. . . .
___The demolitions in al-Walaja may have far-reaching consequences . . . . Ever since the beginning of the construction of the separation wall . . . Israel refrained from demolition homes there.      MORE . . .  

View of Ein Karem village, West Jerusalem, pre-1947. From BEFORE THEIR DIASPORA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE PALESTINIANS 1876-1948. Commentary by Walid Khalidi. Washington, D.C. Institute for Palestine Studies, 2010.
View of Ein Karem village, West Jerusalem, pre-1947. From BEFORE THEIR DIASPORA: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE PALESTINIANS 1876-1948. Commentary by Walid Khalidi. Washington, D.C. Institute for Palestine Studies, 2010.

❷ EU  MISSIONS  CONCERNED  AT  RE-LAUNCHING  OF  WORK  ON  SEPARATION  BARRIER
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 16, 2016
The EU Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed deep concern over the re-launching of works for the construction of the separation barrier in the Cremisan valley . . .  said a statement issued on Friday by the EU press office.
___The statement noted that once built, the barrier will severely restrict access of almost 60 Palestinian families to their agricultural land, profoundly affecting their livelihoods.
___“EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall the EU’s strong opposition to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, such as building the separation barrier . . . .      MORE . . .  
THE EU STATEMENT . . .

PEACE  NOW’  AND  ISRAELI  GOV’T  GO  HEAD  TO  HEAD  OVER  NEW  SETTLER  UNITS
Ma’an News Agency  
April 15, 2016
Israeli settlement watchdog ‘Peace Now’ has rejected Israeli government claims that more than 200 settler homes approved this week were already built, saying the approval will go toward new housing units.
___The watchdog reported Wednesday that the Israeli government had given the green light to another 267 homes in Israel’s Jewish-only settlements, bringing the total number of new units approved this year to 941.      MORE . . .   

❹ SETTLERS  PREVENT  PALESTINIAN  FARMER  FROM  ACCESSING  HIS  LAND  NEAR  BETHLEHEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 16, 2016
Israeli settlers Saturday denied a Palestinian farmer access into his farmland near al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, said security sources.
___A group of settlers from Neve Daniyyel, an illegal Israeli settlement to the southwest of Bethlehem, denied Ibrahim Salah access into his land and farmed it.
___Al-Khader is an agricultural town known for its grape vines. Israel has seized thousands of acres of the town’s land and uprooted olive trees for settlement, bypass road and wall construction.      MORE . . .   

❺ Opinion/Analysis: DOES  ISRAEL  WANT  THE  PALESTINIANS  TO  THANK  HER  FOR  NOT  EXTERMINATING  THEM?
The Palestinian Information Center
Khalid Amayreh
Like apartheid South Africa did to justify its repulsive approach toward its majority black citizens, Israel is making all sorts of similarly despicable arguments to justify its decades-old evil occupation and systematic persecution of Palestinians . . .  the apartheid South African regime had argued that black South Africans ought to be grateful to the White regime for giving them employment and enabling them to have a semblance of decent life. . . .
___What is wrong with this argument is that it doesn’t really distinguish between humans and animals. In the final analysis, humans, unlike animals, don’t live by bread alone. They are also entitled to freedom and dignity.      MORE . . .

Ein Karem as it is today, an upscale Jewish suburb nestled in the hills in southwest Jerusalem. An example of re-population of Palestinian villages. By Gila Brand, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4059455
Ein Karem as it is today, an upscale Jewish suburb nestled in the hills in southwest Jerusalem. An example of re-population of Palestinian villages.
By Gila Brand, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4059455

“DEATH  SENTENCE,”  BY  SULAFA  HIJJAWI  (b. 1934)

At night, orders came to the soldiers
to destroy our lovely village, Zeita.***
Zeita! Bride of trees,
of blooming tulips,
spark of the winds!

The soldiers came in the dark
while the sons of the village
the trees and field and flowerbuds
clung to Zeita
hugging her for shelter . . .

“Orders demand that all of you depart
Zeita will be destroyed before the night ends.”

But we held tight, chanting:
Zeita is the land, the heart of the land,
and we her people are its branches.

That’s how people fall―
a few moments of resistance,
so Zeita remains an eternal embrace across the nights
In moments she was rubble,
not a single bread oven remained.
Men and stones
were pasted and powdered by enemy tractors,
scattered forever in the light of the impossible.

Now in the evenings
in the song of our wind,
Zeita arises, igniting its scarlet spark
upon the plains
And by morning
Zeita returns to the fields
as tulips do.

Night is morning in Zeita,
Night is morning.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye

*** Zeita was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, July 17–18, 1948. Its inhabitants became refugees, ending up the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All that remains of the village structures is the well that served as its main water source.

Sulafa Hijjawi, Palestinian poet and researcher, was born in Nablus, 1934. She lived in Iraq and married Iraqi poet Kazim Jawad. She has published several studies and translations, most importantly, Poetry of Resistance in Occupied Palestine (1982).
From: ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

“. . . When the tree rises up, the branches shall flourish . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Israel's Dimona nuclear facility: not monitored by the IAEA.
Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility: not monitored by the IAEA.

❶ Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian Bedouins
❷ US State Department Human Rights Report (2015)
❸ Army Kidnaps A Palestinian Teen, Attacks A Man, North Of Hebron
❹ Al-Maliki: “We Are Ongoing With Preparations to Head to Security Council”
❺ Opinion/Analysis: DOES ISRAEL HAVE JUSTIFICATION TO ENTER WEST BANK’S AREA A?
❻ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM AND THE DISPLACEMENT OF PALESTINIAN BEDOUINS
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Fahwad Al-Khadoumi
April 7, 2016
Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair . . .  Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material . . . from its not-IAEA monitored Dimona nuclear facility.
___The director of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine’s Israeli-occupied West Bank issued a press release, stressing that the UNRWA condemns the latest round of demolitions of Bedouin’s homes in Um al-Khair, in the South Hebron Hills.  MORE . . . 

❷ US STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT (2015)
Military Court Watch
April 15, 2016
On 14 April the US State Department released its annual global report on human rights for 2015. The report includes sections on Israel/Palestine and as in previous years, the State Department has considered the treatment of minors detained by the Israeli military and prosecuted in military courts.
___After referring to UNICEF’s 2013 report – Children in Israeli Military Detention . . .  the State Department noted that reports of mistreatment continued in 2015.      MORE . . .

Photo: World Bulletin, August 15, 2015
Photo: World Bulletin, August 15, 2015

❸ ARMY KIDNAPS A PALESTINIAN TEEN, ATTACKS A MAN, NORTH OF HEBRON
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 14, 2016
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday evening, Beit Ummar town . . .  kidnapped one Palestinian and assaulted another, causing various cuts and bruises.
___Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Hebron, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers stopped Khalil Odah al-‘Allami, 16, at a military roadblock near the main entrance of the town, before kidnapping him.       MORE . . .
RELATED . . . Israeli Police Detain 2 Palestinian Boys in Jerusalem  
RELATED . . . UPDATE: Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian after Alleged Attack Attempt

❹ AL-MALIKI: “WE ARE ONGOING WITH PREPARATIONS TO HEAD TO SECURITY COUNCIL”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 15, 2016
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, stated Thursday that the Palestinian leadership is conducting all needed preparations to send Israel’s settlements file to the United Nations Security Council.
___His statements came after Israeli media agencies claimed that the Palestinian leadership intends to retract it decision to submit a proposal to the Security Council in response to Israel’s ongoing and escalating colonialist activities in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.      MORE . . . 

Opinion/Analysis:  DOES  ISRAEL  HAVE  JUSTIFICATION  TO  ENTER  WEST  BANK’S  AREA  A?
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
April 14, 2016
The outbreak of the latest intifada in October, accompanied by the intensification of Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets, which resulted in the death of 33 Israelis and the injury of over 250 others, provided the Israeli army with an excuse to further encroach on the West Bank under the pretext of a hot pursuit of Palestinian fugitives. . . .
___The Oslo II Accord of 1995 divided the West Bank (5,844 square kilometers, or 2,256 square miles) between Palestinians and Israelis into three areas. Area A, where the majority of the Palestinian population is concentrated, is under the Palestinian Authority (PA) full civil and security control and its surface area represents 18% of the total land area of the West Bank.      MORE . . .  

During the first weeks after the June 1967 war, foreign papers and radio stations slanted news in a way that gloated over the misfortune, as if the end of the Arab people had been decided by this relapse. From this situation the following poem was born.

“THE  DELUGE  AND  THE  TREE,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

When the hurricane swirled and spread its deluge
of dark evil
onto the good green land
‘They’ gloated. The western skies
reverberated with joyous accounts:
“The tree has fallen!
The great trunk is smashed! The hurricane
leaves no life in the Tree!”

Had the Tree really fallen?
Never! Not with our red streams flowing forever,
not while the wine of our torn limbs
feeds the thirst roots,
Arab roots alive
tunneling deep, deep, into the land!

When the Tree rises up, the branches
shall flourish green and fresh in the sun
the laughter of the Tree shall leaf
beneath the sun and birds shall return
Undoubtedly, the birds shall return.
The birds shall return.
―Translated by Naomi Shihab Nye

ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
About Fadwa Tuqan 
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“. . . green cities do not merge with cities of flame . . .” (Izziddin al-Manasra)

Palestinians sit among the rubble of their house, which was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, in the West Bank village of Jimba, southern Hebron February 2, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)
Palestinians sit among the rubble of their house, which was demolished by Israeli bulldozers, in the West Bank village of Jimba, southern Hebron February 2, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

ISRAEL  ON  A  RAMPAGE  OF  DESTRUCTION  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli Forces Demolish Rainwater Harvesting Well near Hebron Camp
❷ Israeli forces cause fire in Ramallah money exchange office during dawn raid
❸ Goldman Sachs is funding Hebron settlers
❹ Erekat: Escalation of Israeli settlement construction a ‘war crime’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  DANGEROUS  NEW  TRANSFER  TACTIC  IN  JERUSALEM
❻ POETRY by Izziddin al-Manasra
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❶ ISRAEL  ON  A  RAMPAGE  OF  DESTRUCTION  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Times Warp
April 12, 2016
Israeli bulldozers are tearing up Palestinian structures at a rapid pace this year, destroying more than 500 houses and other buildings and displacing more than 650 men, women and children in three short months. The demolition spree is outpacing last year’s rate by more than three to one, and monitoring groups are raising the alarm.      MORE . . .  
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)  ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  RAINWATER  HARVESTING  WELL  NEAR  HEBRON  CAMP
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 14, 2016
Israeli forces Thursday demolished a rainwater harvesting well near al-Arrub refugee camp, north of Hebron city, in the southern West Bank, said a local activist.
___ . . . bulldozers escorted by Israeli forces and so-called Civil Administration officers stormed Abu Suda locality, opposite to Biet al-Braka church compound, north of the camp, and demolished a Palestinian-owned rainwater harvesting well.
___The well-owner was identified as Saleh Nimer from the refugee camp.      MORE . . .
RELATED . . . 

❷ ISRAELI  FORCES  CAUSE  FIRE  IN  RAMALLAH  MONEY  EXCHANGE  OFFICE  DURING  DAWN  RAID
Ma’an News Agency
April 14, 2016
Israeli forces raided a money exchange office in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah at dawn on Thursday, causing a fire in the building.
___Witnesses said that Israeli soldiers fired stun grenades in the al-Ajouli currency exchange service, causing a fire which spread inside the building.      MORE . . .
RELATED . . .     ISRAELI  FORCES  STEAL  MONEY  FROM  PAL  EXCHANGE  OFFICE

❸ GOLDMAN  SACHS  IS  FUNDING  HEBRON  SETTLERS
Mondoweiss
Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins
April 13, 2016
For years American taxpayers have been bankrolling Jewish-only illegal settlements in the West Bank with hundreds of millions of dollars funneled through tax-exempt non-profit organizations . . .    One of the organizations which is a frequent recipient of these donations is the Brooklyn-based Hebron Fund which supports Hebron’s settler community.
___Haaretz reports that Goldman Sachs has a “clear pattern” of giving to Israeli rightwing groups through their Charitable Gift Fund, including the notorious Jewish zealots in Hebron.     MORE . . .   

Since the beginning of 2016, Israel has demolished, on average, 29 Palestinian-owned buildings a week, according to the UN (Photo: EPA)
Since the beginning of 2016, Israel has demolished, on average, 29 Palestinian-owned buildings a week, according to the UN (Photo: EPA)

❹ EREKAT:  ESCALATION  OF  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENT  CONSTRUCTION  A  ‘WAR  CRIME’
Ma’an News Agency
April 13, 2016
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced on Wednesday recent Israeli plans to expand illegal settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, calling it a “war crime.”
___“The continued Israeli colonization of Palestine is a war crime under international law,” Erekat said in a statement. “This is an official policy of the Government of Israel that continues to entrench Israel’s colonial occupation and destroy the prospects of two independent states . . . .       MORE . . .

RELATED . . .   DR.  ASHRAWI  DENOUNCES  ISRAEL’S  DECISION  TO  BUILD  HUNDREDS  OF  COLONIALIST  UNITS   

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAEL’S  DANGEROUS  NEW  TRANSFER  TACTIC  IN  JERUSALEM
Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network
Munir Nuseibah
April 12, 2016
Israel is adept at creating new Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons . . . . Today, it is using the recent violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) to introduce a dangerous new twist to its long-standing residency revocation policy to force Palestinians out of East Jerusalem.
___This new concept –”breach of allegiance” to the state of Israel – is now being used to revoke the residency of Palestinian Jerusalemites, in addition to possible demolition  of  their  family  homes.       MORE . . .  

“AT  NIGHT,”  BY  IZZIDDIN  AL-DIN  AL-MANASRA

At night I come to you,
at night I tempt you,
and your memory wounds me.
I weep for you
traveling toward your vineyards in my dream,
towards your mountain paths.
I slide onto your sandy roads like a snake,
leaving my traces before I die.

At night I speak, bringing the sea
to the mountain, reconciling thorns with lilies
and night guards
with people awaiting seaborne barbarians
or desert strangers, coming from oils wells, coming.
I yearn for you at night but green cities do not merge
with cities of flame; you never leave your exile
and I never enter it.
How can I reconcile our exiles with the
cities of green? Those cities we love.
Hanged with the noose by the blue guards.
Guarded by rubies, oil, and gold.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye

IZZ  AL-DIN  AL-MANASRA was born in Hebron in 1946. He has been the Director of cultural programs in Jordanian radio, editor of Palestinian Affairs magazine, and worked as a professor of comparative literature in Constantine University in Algeria. He has been the Secretary general of the Arab Contemporary Literary Society since 1984. He has published many volumes of poetry.   MORE . . .
ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

“. . . a theater of sounds on the west bank of our ancient river . . .” (Fawaz Turki)

Israel Demolishes Three Homes in Bethlehem Village April 12, 2016 (Photo: WAFA)
Israel Demolishes Three Homes in Bethlehem Village April 12, 2016 (Photo: WAFA)

❶ Israeli Forces Detain Six Palestinians from West Bank
Israeli Forces Detain Nine Palestinians, Karate Team Coach from West Bank, Gaza
❷ Israeli Army Destroys Playground near Nablus
Israel Demolishes Three Homes in Bethlehem Village
❸ Palestinian PM says he is ‘bitterly disappointed’ in US
❹ Analysis: Would pre-state Zionist militias be terrorists by today’s standards
❺ Opinion/Analysis: AS  THREATS  AGAINST  BDS  GROW,  IT  IS  TIME  FOR  ‘SUMOUD’ [RESOLVE]  IN  ACTIVIST  COMMUNITIES
❻ POETRY by Fawaz Turki
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ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  SIX  PALESTINIANS  FROM  WEST  BANK
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 12, 2016
Israeli forces detained early Tuesday six Palestinians from the West Bank, bringing the total number of detainees to 17, said WAFA correspondent.
___Israeli forces detained three Palestinians during a raid into Qalandia Youth Center in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.
MORE . . .
RELATED . . .  ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  NINE  PALESTINIANS,  KARATE  TEAM  COACH  FROM  WEST  BANK,  GAZA

ISRAELI  ARMY  DESTROYS  PLAYGROUND  NEAR  NABLUS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 12, 2016
Israeli army on Tuesday destroyed a playground in Za’tara, a small village to the south of Nablus, according to local sources.
___Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in northern West Bank, told WAFA that Israeli military bulldozers broke into the village and demolished playground, which was used a children’s park.      MORE . . . 
RELATED . . .    ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  THREE  HOMES  IN  BETHLEHEM  VILLAGE 

PALESTINIAN  PM  SAYS  HE  IS  ‘BITTERLY  DISAPPOINTED’  IN  US
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Daoud Kuttab
April 11, 2016
Since being appointed Palestinian prime minister in June 2013, Rami Hamdallah has run a tight economic ship, earning him praise from Christoph Duenwald, the local representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) . . . .
___Praise from the IMF aside, Hamdallah said, “As prime minister I am bitterly disappointed when it comes to the US. . .  Hamdallah explained that although US support in 2010 reached $1.45 billion, in 2015 Washington pledged to provide $290 million but only delivered $130 million. The remaining $160 million was frozen by Congress.      MORE . . .

Analysis:  WOULD  PRE-STATE  ZIONIST  MILITIAS  BE  TERRORISTS  BY  TODAY’S  STANDARDS?
+972 Blog
Tomer Persico
April 10, 2016
Labor MK Zohair Bahloul in recent days raised the ire of Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum, including members of his own party, for his unwillingness to label Palestinians who attack Israeli soldiers “terrorists.”      MORE . . . 

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American comedian and actress Roseann Barr seen at the opening of “Yedioth Aharonots” conference “Fighting the Boycott” discussing issues and ways to fight the BDS movement, at the Jerusalem Convention Center, on March 28, 2016. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Opinion/Analysis:  AS  THREATS  AGAINST  BDS  GROW,  IT  IS  TIME  FOR  ‘SUMOUD’  [RESOLVE]   IN  ACTIVIST  COMMUNITIES
Mondoweisss
Nada Elia
April 11, 2016
The attacks on BDS, and BDS organizers, are intensifying globally.  “The BDS organizations will have no rest,” warned Gilad Erdan at the recent “Stop BDS” conference in Occupied Jerusalem.
___One of the better-known BDS organizers, Omar Barghouti, has been directly named as a target of “civil assassination.”  [. . . . ]
___And historically, Palestinians have given the world many terms.  “Nakba,” our catastrophe, which started before the day of its commemoration, May 15, 1948, and is ongoing today . . . .  “Intifada,” the “shaking off” of an oppressive system intent on our total annihilation . . . .  And “SUMOUD.”  Sumoud is the persistence of the Palestinian people . . . .        MORE . . .

“DUSK IN GALILEE,” BY Fawaz Turki
(on request)

A feast of colors
is the sunset in Galilee,
a silent orgy
in the horizon of our
West Bank,
silver grey stars
quivering in the sky
speeding to hug one another
body and soul
like erotic grapes of sorrow
the wind
and the desolate music
of the oud
are a theater of sounds
on the west bank
of our ancient river
and the evening will unfurl
exquisite delights
in Galilee.
The military governor
tells his guests
all this has come to pass
because he issued an edict
and his soldiers used their guns
to make it so.

Fawaz Turki (b. 1940) was born in Haifa, Palestine. He is a poet and the author of prose accounts of his life as a Palestinian in exile. He has published several books in English. He was writer-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo, and a frequent speaker at conferences on the Middle East.   About Fawaz Turki.
From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
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“. . . names of all the prisons, and every type of handcuff . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Imam Mohamed Salim, Al Aqsa, Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)
Imam Mohamed Salim, Al Aqsa, Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)

❶ Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders to 35 Palestinians
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Israel Blocks off Jerusalem Home of Palestinian Detainee
❷ Settlers Storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) Arrest of Al-Aqsa Imam ‘Violation of International Law,’ Insists Jordan
❸ Israeli Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians in Hebron
Army Kidnaps Six Palestinians in Nablus
Israeli Soldiers Kidnap a Palestinian in Bethlehem, And Three in Jerusalem
Army Kidnaps One Palestinian Near Jenin, Injures Many Others
❹ Silwan: Demolition orders for several houses in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT’S  SO  THREATENING  ABOUT  HUMAN  RIGHTS?
❻ POETRY by Tawfiq  Zayyad
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
ISRAEL  ISSUES  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  TO  35  PALESTINIANS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders to 35 Palestinians, said Monday Palestine Prisoner’s Society in a press release.
___Fifteen Palestinians received administrative detention for the duration of six months. . . .
imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.
[List of detainees]
___The use of administrative detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (PPSN) . . .  violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for imperative reasons of security.”     MORE . . .

. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) ISRAEL  BLOCKS  OFF  JERUSALEM  HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Israeli police on Monday blocked off with metal bars the house of a Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, during a raid on the neighborhood of Sur Baher in Jerusalem.      MORE . . .

Israeli settlers and security officers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque April 11, 2016. (Photo: WAFA)
Israeli settlers and security officers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque April 11, 2016. (Photo: WAFA)

SETTLERS  STORM  JERUSALEM’S  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Extremist Israeli settlers Monday resumed their provocative tours to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, amid calls by Jewish organizations for mass visits to the holy site to mark the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday.
___WAFA correspondent said small groups of Jewish settlers accompanied by policemen entered the compound from the Moroccan Gate, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry.      MORE . . .  

. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) ARREST  OF  AL-AQSA  IMAM  ‘VIOLATION  OF  INTERNATIONAL  LAW,’  INSISTS  JORDAN
Palestine Chronicle
April 10, 2016
Jordan has condemned Israel’s arrest of an imam at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday as a “violation of international law”, Anadolu has reported. Mohamed Salim was arrested when he left the mosque after delivering the Friday sermon.
___“This is an interference by the Israeli authorities in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque and it is a violation of its own duties and pledges as an occupying authority,” said Jordan’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Hayil Daud. “This is a violation of international law.”     MORE . . .

ISRAELI  ARMY  KIDNAPS  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 11, 2016      MORE . . .  
ARMY  KIDNAPS  SIX  PALESTINIANS  IN  NABLUS      MORE . . .
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  A  PALESTINIAN  IN  BETHLEHEM,  AND  THREE  IN  JERUSALEM      MORE . . .
ARMY  KIDNAPS  ONE  PALESTINIAN  NEAR  JENIN,  INJURES  MANY  OTHERS       MORE . . .

SILWAN:  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  FOR  SEVERAL  HOUSES  IN  THE  NEIGHBORHOOD  OF  EIN  AL-LOZEH
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
April 9, 2016
The occupation municipality’s crews along with Israeli forces raided on Saturday the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan and distributed “demolition notices” to five residential houses under the pretext of building without a permit.
___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that municipality crews raided “Hosh Al-A’war” in Ein Al-Lozeh and took pictures of commercial and residential establishments . . .       MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT’S  SO  THREATENING  ABOUT  HUMAN  RIGHTS?
+972 Blog
Dror Etkes
April 10, 2016
There is a positive aspect to the continuing, orchestrated campaign by Israel’s right-wing government and its helpers against “leftist” organizations . . . . As the campaign goes on, it helps create an intuitive, collective understanding . . . that there is no room for the artificial barrier dividing human rights organizations from other left-wing groups, under the pretense that these are “professional” and “apolitical” organizations. . . .
___I will not try to establish universal truths about the connection between human rights and the political left, but rather say something about the relationship between the two as has been formed in the Israeli context since the occupation in 1967. . . .      MORE . . .

“ON  THE  TRUNK  OF  AN  OLIVE  TREE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD

Because I do not weave wool,
And daily am in danger of detention,
And my house is the object of police visits
To search and “to cleanse,”
Because I cannot buy paper,
I shall carve the record of my sufferings,
And all my secrets
On an olive tree
In the courtyard
Of my house.

I shall carve my story and the chapters of my tragedy,
I shall carve my sighs
On my grove and on the tombs of my dead;
I shall carve
All the bitterness I have tasted,
To be blotted out by some of the happiness to come.

I shall carve the number of each deed
Of our usurped land
The location of my village and its boundaries.
The demolished houses of its peoples,
My uprooted trees,
And each crushed wild blossom.
And the names of those master torturers
Who rattled my nerves and caused my misery.
The names of all the prisons,
And every type of handcuff
That closed around my wrists,
The files of my jailers,
Every curse
Poured upon my head.
I shall carve:
Kafr Qasim, I shall not forget!
And I shall carve:
Deir Yassin, it’s rooted in my memory.
I shall carve:
We have reached the peak of our tragedy.
It has absorbed us and we have absorbed it,
But we have finally reached it.

I shall carve all that the sun tells me,
And what the moon whispers,
And what the skylark relates,
Near the well
Forsaken by lovers.

And to remember it all,
I shall continue to carve
All the chapters of my tragedy,
And all the stages of the disaster,
From beginning
To end,
On the olive tree
In the courtyard
Of the house.

From  THE   PALESTINIAN   WEDDING:   A   BILINGUAL   ANTHOLOGY   OF   CONTEMPORARY   PALESTINIAN   RESISTANCE   POETRY.   Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
About Tafiq Zayyad.
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“. . . faces struck dumb by what now unfolds under your skies . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

Extension of Israeli Apartheid Wall in the Cremisan Valley (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)
Extension of Israeli Apartheid Wall in the Cremisan Valley (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)

❶ France calls on Israel to halt new construction of Cremisan Valley separation wall
❷ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Eleven Palestinians in the West Bank
❸ Over 66% of Jewish Israelis agree with rabbi’s controversial statement
❹ Hamas slams detention of 3 Palestinians by PA as ‘collaboration’ with Israel
❺ Opinion/Analysis: A  NEW  PHASE  IN  ISRAEL’S  ‘LAWFARE’  STRATEGY’
❻ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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FRANCE  CALLS  ON  ISRAEL  TO  HALT  NEW  CONSTRUCTION  OF  CREMISAN  VALLEY  SEPARATION  WALL
Ma’an News Agency
April 9, 2016
The French Foreign Ministry called on Israel to halt renewed construction of the Israeli separation wall in the southern occupied West Bank’s Cremisan Valley, according to a statement published Friday.
___“France is concerned by the Israeli authorities’ resumption of construction of the separation wall in the historical Cremisan Valley, which will affect several dozen Palestinian families in Beit Jala,” the statement read, referring to a Palestinian village west of Bethlehem city.
___“This wall is a new obstacle to economic and social development in the town of Bethlehem,” the ministry said.     MORE . . .

❷  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  ELEVEN  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 10, 2016
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late at night and on Sunday at dawn, at least eleven Palestinians, including children and a journalist, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and summoned many for interrogation in a number of military centers. The soldiers also invaded and bulldozed farmlands, in Gaza.
___Several military vehicles invaded Silwad town, east of the central West bank city of Ramallah, searched many homes and kidnapped three Palestinians . . . .  in Deir Jarir town, east of Ramallah.
___The soldiers also invaded Zawiya town, in the central West Bank district of Salfit, and . . . In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the soldiers kidnapped . . .
___The soldiers also summoned for interrogation the head of Palestine Detainees’ Center Osama Shahin, and Jaber Rajoub, from Doura. . . . In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers kidnapped a child. . . .       MORE . . . 

OVER  66%  OF  JEWISH  ISRAELIS  AGREE  WITH  RABBI’S  CONTROVERSIAL  STATEMENT
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
April 8, 2016
The majority (66.5 per cent) of Israel’s Jewish public agree that “it is a commandment to kill a terrorist who comes at you with a knife”, according to the latest Peace Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.      MORE . . .  

HAMAS  SLAMS  DETENTION  OF  3  PALESTINIANS  BY  PA  AS  ‘COLLABORATION’  WITH  ISRAEL
Ma’an News Agency
April 10, 2016
Palestinian security forces found and detained three Palestinians on Saturday who had been reported missing, in a move slammed by the Hamas movement as collaboration between PA and Israeli authorities to thwart a planned attack inside Israel.
___The Hamas movement responded to the incident, accusing the Palestinian security services of “cooperation with the Israeli occupation” in the detention of three “resistance fighters.”       MORE . . .

Entrance to Southampton University, latest battle in Israel’s “LAWFARE” Anti-BDS “front.”
Entrance to Southampton University, latest battle in Israel’s “LAWFARE” Anti-BDS “front.”

Opinion/Analysis:  A  NEW  PHASE  IN  ISRAEL’S  ‘LAWFARE’  STRATEGY
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Asa Winstanley
April 9, 2016
For the last decade, a central plank of Israel’s strategy to combat its global critics has been something it terms “lawfare” – using courts around the world to attack, defame, silence and intimidate its enemies.
___Since Israel is addicted to real life war, it’s no surprise to find that even its diplomats and ambassadors are seemingly unable to think and act in terms other than purely military ones . . .  Take its response to the BDS campaign – the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel until it respects Palestinian human rights.
___A reporter for liberal Israeli daily Haaretz, on a recent visit to the Israeli embassy in London, noted a map that was “like the war room of a brigade on the Lebanese border.” This map showed the “front” (another military term) which consists of “the main campuses, the deployment of pro-Israel activists and the location of the ‘enemy forces.’”      MORE . . .
BACKGROUND . . .
AND . . .

Excerpted from  “MIDNIGHT,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI

You, whose mother gave birth to you
in the homestead of the Orient,
surrounded by poems and age-old laws,
you’ll continue to see faces
carved by ancient chisels,
in the presence of which the beards of ages have gone grey,
faces which now forsake the stacked mud tablets
on the shelves of Babylon,
faces emerging from the memory of two rivers ―
their blueness did not last long ―
and from the temples whose pillars
are now broken like reeds,
faces struck dumb by what now unfolds under your skies.
They look up to see only
hanging ropes
which topple imagination from its saddle,
or, with huge rubbers,
erase thought.

Mourid al-Barghouti was born in 1944 in the village of Deir Ghassaneh near Ramallah, and lived most of his life in exile. He has a BA in English literature from Cairo University. He worked as a teacher in Kuwait and Cairo, in Budapest as PLO representative and in Cairo as a radio journalist with “Palestine Radio”. He has published 13 collections of poetry, and his collected works. He won the AUC 1997 Naguib Mahfouz Literature Prize for his autobiographical novel Ra’aytu Ramallah (I Saw Ramallah), and in 2000 the Palestine Award for Poetry. He lives in Cairo.   On Facebook
On Wikipedia
Another of Barghouti’s poems

From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Amazon.

“. . . they shout Die―so courage can live . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

Palestinians fleeing villages after Massacre at Deir Yassin, 1948.
Palestinians fleeing villages after Massacre at Deir Yassin, 1948.

❶ Palestinians Mark 68th Anniversary of Deir Yassin Massacre
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Deir Yassin Massacre
❷ Netanyahu: Our military presence in Area A “sacred”
❸ IDF preventing Arab citizens from visiting ailing relatives in Gaza
❹ UN pulls Israeli exhibition claiming Palestinian citizens have equal rights
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ON  OUR  WAY  OUT  OF  THE  APARTHEID  CLOSET
❻ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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PALESTINIANS  MARK  68TH  ANNIVERSARY  OF  DEIR  YASSIN  MASSACRE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 9, 2016
Palestinians Saturday marked the 68th anniversary of the massacre of 254 Palestinians by Zionist militias in the Jerusalem village of Deir Yassin.
___The massacre of Deir Yassin is an episode that characterizes the widespread terror and horrific acts of violence committed by Zionist militias against Palestinians. According to the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, massacres and expulsions of Palestinians created an atmosphere of fear and panic that forced hundreds of thousands from their homes. The left behind land and personal possessions that were subsequently stolen by the State of Israel, sometimes out rightly and sometimes through ‘clever’ legislation.
___Deir Yassin Massacre is an episode that characterizes the atrocities of the Nakba (catastrophe) and highlights the impunity that Israel still enjoys today.      MORE . . .  
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International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 9, 2016
Today, Saturday, is the sixty-eight anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre committed by the Ergun and Stern Zionist terrorist organizations against this village in 1948, killing 250-360 Palestinian in cold blood, after the two groups invaded the village of 750 inhabitants.     MORE . . .

Deir Yassin.
Deir Yassin.

NETANYAHU:  OUR  MILITARY  PRESENCE  IN  AREA  A  “SACRED” 
The Palestinian Information Center
April 9, 2016
Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has said that his government will never end its military activities and campaigns in “Area A” of the West Bank, which is, according to Oslo accords, under the Palestinian Authority’s civil and security control. According to Haaretz newspaper, Netanyahu described Israel’s freedom to carry out operations in the Palestinian West Bank areas “sacrosanct,” stressing that Israel would not allow the situation that had existed before 2000 to repeat itself.      MORE . . .  

IDF  PREVENTING  ARAB  CITIZENS  FROM  VISITING  AILING  RELATIVES  IN  GAZA
+972 Blog
Michal Luft
April 7, 2016
A new Israeli policy makes it nearly impossible for Palestinian citizens from visiting their ailing relatives in the Gaza Strip. All in the name of security.      MORE . . .

UN  PULLS  ISRAELI  EXHIBITION  CLAIMING  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS  HAVE  EQUAL  RIGHTS
Mondoweiss
Emily Mulder
April 6, 2016
The UN removed portions of an Israeli exhibition at the international body’s headquarters in New York this week that alleged Israel’s equal treatment of Palestinian citizens and touted Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, claims deemed by the UN as falling out of line with international law.       MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  ON  OUR  WAY  OUT  OF  THE  APARTHEID  CLOSET 
+972 Blog
April 8, 2016
Marzouq El-Halabi
By advancing legislation to exclude the Arab minority from the Knesset, Israel is showing the world that its political system is really only intended for one group.
___The so-called “suspension bill,” which passed its first reading in the Knesset several weeks ago, constitutes another step by the Israeli Right to exclude Arab representatives from Israeli politics. The bill, which gives the Knesset the authority to temporarily or permanently suspend elected members, stems not from a worry over the fate of Israel’s democracy, but is part of the Right’s slow effort to maliciously and intentionally harm it. The ultimate goal of the bill goes unspoken, although it is clear to all: to remove the Arab electorate from the political game in order to ensure the Right’s reign in the near future.      MORE . . .  
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“CHAIRS,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH 

Chairs will distract us in war
Overwhelm us in peace
and forgive us like sins
Chair Hell
Chair Intercession
And whenever something new appears they shout
Die―so courage can live
They dearly love people
People’s contentment
Though chairs made of blood on top of blood
cannot withstand the bloom of a dream
As those chairs were never trees

[Note: This is the last of a series of short poems―four to twelve lines each―from a set titled “Chairs” in which each poem is an intense image of a relationship between the inanimate chair and the lives of people. The blood image seems particularly appropriate for the anniversary of the Massacre at Deir Yassin.]

From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN  INSIDE:  SELECTED  POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.
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