“. . . and then the cataclysm comes . . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

1-jerusalem land
Members of the Abu Ta’ah family at the Amana construction site on the land that was expropriated from them in East Jerusalem (Photo: Jerusalem.Olivier Fitoussi)

❶ Israel Transfers East Jerusalem Arab Land to Settler NGO
❷ Israeli settlers occupy building in East Jerusalem’s Old City
❸ Saeb Erekat: Palestinians Have Never Agreed to Establish a State with Provisional Borders
❹ DC meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia marks end of Arab Peace Initiative and two-state solution
❺ Opinion/Analysis: DEAR  PALESTINIANS:  WE  DON’T  NEED  A  STATE  UNDER  EXISTING  CIRCUMSTANCES
❻ POETRY by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
❼ Historical note
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
❶ ISRAEL  TRANSFERS  EAST  JERUSALEM  ARAB  LAND  TO  SETTLER  NGO
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 9, 2016
Israeli authorities have expropriated a Palestinian-owned land in East Jerusalem from its original owners and handed it over to Amana, an organization that works to establish settlements and outposts, Israeli daily Haaretz revealed on Monday.
___Some months ago, Haaretz said, Amana began building a large office building on the land for its headquarters. Documents submitted for an administrative petition against the land transfer reveals that the state used strenuous “bureaucratic acrobatics” to deliver land that didn’t belong to it [. . . .]
___The Palestinians want their state to include all land captured by Israel in 1967, but some 500,000 Jews now live in more than 200 settlements and outposts in the West Bank – including East Jerusalem.      MORE . . .

❷ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  OCCUPY  BUILDING  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY
Ma’an News Agency
May 9, 2016
Israeli settlers on Monday morning occupied a “huge” building in the al-Saadiyya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, a local activist told Ma’an.
___Alaa al-Haddad said some 40 right-wing settlers arrived and entered the building, then performed Jewish prayers in the courtyard.
___The three-floor building, he said, has a vast courtyard and a view over Al-Aqsa Mosque. The property belongs to the al-Yozbeshi family. . . .  It is not clear why the settlers occupied the building.      MORE . . .

1-jews jerusalem
The forceful eviction of Palestinian families is part of a larger strategy to “Judaize” Jerusalem. Settlers atop building occupied yesterday. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

EREKAT:  PALESTINIANS  HAVE  NEVER  AGREED  TO  ESTABLISH  A  STATE  WITH  PROVISIONAL  BORDERS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Saeb Erekat (Negotiator of the Oslo Accords)
May 9, 2016
In his opinion piece “Dear Abbas, answer Kerry, and establish a Palestinian state now”, Mr. Yossi Beilin provides several assertions that are not factual, including the allegation that Palestinians had agreed to establish a state with provisional borders in the past.
___While the idea of “provisional borders” was an option according to the Road Map, President Yasser Arafat never accepted this formula. Under President Abbas’ leadership, the PLO never accepted such a formula either.      MORE . . .

❹ DC  MEETING  BETWEEN  ISRAEL  AND  SAUDI  ARABIA  MARKS  END  OF  ARAB  PEACE  INITIATIVE  AND  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION
Mondoweiss
Raed Jarrar and Alli McCracken
May 4, 2016
For decades, Saudi Arabia has been an advocate of Palestinian statehood rights and a critic of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Palestine has defined the geopolitical contours of the Middle East for decades. But now that the Iran nuclear deal has been struck and as the war in Syria ravages on, those political lines are being redrawn, bringing together unexpected bedfellows: Saudi Arabia and Israel.
___Marketed as a “pathbreaking public dialogue between senior national security leaders from two old adversaries,” May 5, 2016 will feature a high-profile public meeting in Washington DC between officials from Saudi Arabia and Israel.      MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  DEAR PALESTINIANS:  WE  DON’T  NEED  A  STATE  UNDER  EXISTING  CIRCUMSTANCES
The Palestinian Information Center
Khalid Amayreh
Mach 18, 2016
I have no doubt in my mind that the establishment of a diminutive Palestinian state under existing circumstances would be a major historical disaster befalling the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause. Such a disaster would be greater in its magnitude than the Nakba of 1948, when Israel was created and the bulk of Palestinians were forced into exile.      MORE . . .

TOP  TEN  MYTHS  ABOUT  THE  ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN  CONFLICT
Foreign Policy Journal
Jeremy R. Hammond
June 17, 2010       ESSAY . . .

“SINGLE ADDRESS FOR THE POST,” BY ABDEL RAHIM AL-SHEIKH
On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.
The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes
that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.
From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.
From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.
From this spot.
We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.
This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver
He takes them from the hands
of those who follow
And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.
It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
—translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh is from Jerusalem. He teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Center in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.

 

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 )

Twitter picture

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

Facebook photo

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

Google+ photo

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

Connecting to %s