“. . . dragging the remains of the years to unmarked graves . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

sykes1❶― (ᴀ) A century on: Why Arabs resent Sykes-Picot  [May 16, 1916]
..❶― (ᴃ) Will the Sykes-Picot agreement collapse?
..❶― (с) Palestine and the Psychological Impact of Sykes-Picot
❷ Israel dismantles EU-funded homes in Jerusalem-area Bedouin neighborhood
❸ Video: Remembering the Nakba from Burj Barajneh refugee camp
❹ Suspended between hope and hardship
❺ Opinion/Analysis: IS  THIRD  INTIFADA  ON  ITS  WAY  TO  BECOMING  HISTORY?
❻ POETRY by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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❶― (ᴀ) A  CENTURY  ON:  WHY  ARABS  RESENT  SYKES-PICOT  [May 16, 1916]
Al-Jazeera
The borders of the Middle East were drawn during World War I by a Briton, Mark Sykes, and a Frenchman, Francois Picot.
___The two diplomats’ pencils divided the map of one of the most volatile regions in the world into states that cut through ethnic and religious communities.       MORE . . .

..❶― (ᴃ) WILL  THE  SYKES-PICOT  AGREEMENT  COLLAPSE?
Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
January 21, 2016
Despite the fact that the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed 100 years ago, the debate and controversy surrounding it is ongoing . . .  This requires us to take the time to re-read the content of this agreement and what it established and provided for over the past 100 years. We must also consider if now is the time for the Sykes-Picot agreement to collapse, as some believe, or if the matter is more complicated than this.  MORE . . .   

..❶― (с) PALESTINE  AND  THE  PSYCHOLOGICAL  IMPACT  OF  SYKES-PICOT
La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. (TVSUR)
Yasir Tineh
May 15, 2016
The century-old Sykes-Picot agreement without a doubt much of the blame for the current status of the Middle East, to bear blame and to be responsible are two different things.
___As a member of the Palestinian diaspora and Arab youth, I find it silly that the Sykes-Picot agreement remains a topic of blame for the Middle East’s current state of affairs.      MORE . . .   

❷ ISRAEL  DISMANTLES  EU-FUNDED  HOMES  IN  JERUSALEM-AREA  BEDOUIN  NEIGHBORHOOD
Ma’an News Agency
May 16, 2016
Some 90 Palestinian Bedouins, the majority of them children, were left homeless Monday when Israeli forces disassembled EU-donated mobile homes without prior notice in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood in the outskirts of the village of al-Eizariya east of Jerusalem.
___Atallah Mazaraa, a representative of Jabal al-Baba, said . . . “When the Israeli authorities disassemble and confiscate our houses without prior notice on the Nakba’s anniversary their message to the Bedouin communities is: “we will chase you wherever you go and you will not have a moment of security or rest.”
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=771530  (copy and paste in browser)

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First Israeli demolition of EU-funded projects on April 11, 2014. (Photo: European Union, News)

❸ VIDEO:  REMEMBERING  THE  NAKBA  FROM  BURJ  BARAJNEH  REFUGEE  CAMP
Mondoweiss
Sonia Grieco
May 15, 2016
In the Active Aging House of Burj Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, the Nakba is still a vivid memory. Some of the center-goers were in their childhood when, in 1948, the ‘catastrophe’ befell . . . Around 110,000 took refuge in Lebanon . . . At that time the Palestinians thought they would make their way back home soon, but for 68 years they have been living as refugees and the keys they brought with them have opened no doors.
___Marian, 68 years old, still remembers those keys.      MORE (VIDEO) . . .    

❹ SUSPENDED  BETWEEN  HOPE  AND  HARDSHIP
The Electronic Intifada
Anne Paq
May 13, 2016
The lives of Palestinian refugee families who have fled Syria to Lebanon are suspended and their futures uncertain. Denied their right to return to Palestine, from where they originate and have hoped to return for decades, they were more recently uprooted from their homes and, for many, their relatively comfortable lives in Syria.
___Lebanon currently hosts one million Syrians — one out of four persons in the country is a refugee. More than 100,000 of the 560,000 Palestinians in Syria registered with UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, have fled the country — approximately 42,000 of them to Lebanon, according to the agency.     MORE . . .    

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  IS  THIRD  INTIFADA  ON  ITS  WAY  TO  BECOMING  HISTORY?
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
May 13, 2016
Palestinians now go days between hearing about an armed attack against Israelis. During the first two months of the current unrest, multiple attacks took place every day [. . . .]
___In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khalil Shaheen, the head of the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies in Ramallah, said, “The decline was expected since the outbreak of the intifada. Some Palestinians rushed into calling it a third intifada because what is happening is a wave of popular uprising, which may evolve or stumble eventually. It may even take a different direction even if it receded at some point . . . .
___Shaheen said, “As for the current decline of the intifada, it is due to the absence of an official leadership or organization, as well as of a political agenda. . . .       MORE . . .   

“THE  CITY,”  BY  JABRA  IBRAHIM  JABRA

II.
What is this barrenness in the blood?
Boredom is born every day, and I say
this nothingness at least obliterates the preceding day’s boredom,
sympathy and solace;
but the days that persist in
dragging the remains of the years
to unmarked graves spin, too, in seasons.
The seed grows a stalk which contains
the fury of winter and the joy of spring
and if the sun blows on its fire
the fruit is kindled, laughing for every hand
and the gold-heaped laps reply.

The spirit in the street trussed
with ropes of light and shadow still bears
some hollow straws in the wind
that lie shivering in dread
of the wind’s blows and lash of the storm.

Sections I and IV of this poem 
Section III of this poem
About Jabra Ibrahim Jabra  

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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