❶ ‘Waiting is the worst part’: Families of slain Palestinians withheld by Israel continue their fight
- Background from Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly.
❷ Israeli settlers destroy vine trees, uproot plants south of Bethlehem
- Background from Against The Current
❸ Opinion/Analysis: O JERUSALEM — PLEASE FORGET ME
❺ POETRY by Muin Bseiso
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❶ ‘WAITING IS THE WORST PART’: FAMILIES OF SLAIN PALESTINIANS WITHHELD BY ISRAEL CONTINUE THEIR FIGHT
Ma’an News Agency
July 5, 2016
“We are hopeful,” Muhammad Elayyan said, as a few dozen Palestinians trickled into the quiet halls of Israel’s Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Monday. “These days, we have to see the glass as half full. We must stay hopeful.”
___Elayyan is the father of one of seven slain Palestinians whose bodies are currently locked inside refrigerators in Israel’s mortuary in Jaffa, withheld from their grieving families since they were killed by Israeli forces after carrying out or allegedly carrying out attacks on Israelis. MORE . . .
From Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly
[NOTE: the account of the difficulties encountered in launching in the West Bank of a special edition of Biography, “Life in Occupied Palestine” last year.]
Our Palestine launches were held without physical copies of the special issue, which did not make it through on time. In part this was the result of run-of-the-mill production delays. Another reason owed to the difficulty and expense of getting the books into Palestine [. . . .]
___As anyone at all familiar with Palestine will know, these stories [of the restrictions on the entry of books into Palestine] are commonplace. Taken together, they cannot be dismissed as a consulate worker’s idiosyncratic malice or as a postal employee’s juvenile pranks. The systemic allowance for these individually aimed and invasive acts, especially when combined with their affective excess, provide clues about how Israel maintains its practices of land theft and ethnic cleansing. Certainly, these instances of mail tampering are more “benign” than the terrorizing actions of Israeli soldiers who admit to shooting Palestinians for fun and even take photos while doing so, or the “price tag” attacks Jewish Israelis commit against their Palestinian neighbors (most recently, the “revenge” killing of baby Ali Sa‘ed Dawabshe, burned alive when settlers gas-bombed his home), which they sometimes share on Facebook. Nonetheless, along with accounts of such war and hate crimes, these mail-related micro-aggressions provide insights into the affective structures that sustain individuals’ support for the Zionist project and anti-Palestinian violence that is part and parcel of it.
- Franklin, Cynthia G. “The Afterlife Of The Text: Launching ‘Life In Occupied Palestine.’” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.3 (2015): 395-424. SOURCE.
❷ ISRAELI SETTLERS DESTROY VINE TREES, UPROOT PLANTS SOUTH OF BETHLEHEM
Palestine News Network – PNN
July 5, 2016
A group of Israeli settlers on Monday destroyed grapevines, a shed and uprooted plants, belonging to a Palestinian farmer in Al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, central West Bank.
___Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in al-Khader, said the assailants broke the main gate leading to the Palestinian land, uprooted grapevine shrubs and cut their arbors, IMEMC reported. MORE . . .
From Against The Current
Roots of Dehumanization
Anwar’s [Anwar Za’aneen of Al Mezan Center For Human Rights, killed August 8, 2014] story is but one among thousands that we will never hear. His name is one on the never ending list of the daily dead, a list that began long before the latest assault and that will continue long after it. His death means nothing to the killers who fire their missiles from above or blast them from gunboats stationed in the Mediterranean.
__Anwar’s life has no value because his people have been systematically dehumanized over the decades of ignorance and prejudice from a complacent West. His status as a refugee was long ago dismissed by the settlers of a colonial state impervious to the suffering of any other people. For many, he does not exist because “there are no Palestinians” according to former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and countless others.
___If we knew the stories, recognized the names, or saw the faces of all the women and men, children and elderly lying frozen in the morgues or waiting for burial by grieving and stunned families; by mothers hysterical with pain from the loss of their babies and preschoolers, school children and youth maturing into adulthood in such a difficult land, perhaps people living in the countries responsible for these outrages would finally wake up and demand a halt to this butchery.
❸ Opinion/Analysis: O JERUSALEM — PLEASE FORGET ME
July 4, 2016
It’s 25 years since I was a student at Hebrew University and I’ve just arrived to do some research on how West Jerusalem has changed. I’ve come with my husband, Kyle, who has never been here. He’ll be with me for a week and then I’ll stay another week on my own to work. My last two visits here were organized as Palestinian solidarity trips all over the West Bank; I haven’t seen West Jerusalem in years. A friend tells me I must show my husband Tel-Aviv and West Jerusalem as I research the changes, “so he can see the apartheid society they have made for themselves.”
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When I’m on Jaffa Road once again, after exiting Mamilla Mall and walking a bit, a young man approaches me. He’s holding a map of Jerusalem. He’s wearing a white t-shirt with red and green writing that says, “There is no such thing as Palestine.” MORE . . .
“NO!” BY MUIN BSEISO
His wounds said: “No!”
His chains said: “No!”
And the turtledove which shielded his wound with her feather
“No!” for those who sold and bought
Gaza’s silver anklet.
They sold the bullets and bought a goose.
Stop for a moment.
And listen to him
Pity him; he did not die under neon lights,
Between the candlestick and the moon.
Pity him; there was no formal announcement
or a dumb funeral.
No moaning poem nor song.
Let me compose, if only one line of verse,
That I may recite it to all the men with long and false beards.
Stop quaking for a moment
And listen to him saying: “No!”
Like the solid fence of a house in Gaza.
Every day, he gets killed one thousand times,
From: A Lover from Palestine and Other Poems: An Anthology of Palestinian Poetry. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970. Available from Amazon.
Muin Bseiso (1926 – January 23, 1984) was a Palestinian poet who lived in Egypt . . . He finished his primary and secondary education in Gaza in 1948. He started publishing his work in the Jaffa-based magazin Al-Hurriya (“Liberty”), where he published his first poems in 1946. In 1948, he enrolled in the American University in Cairo and subsequently graduated in 1952. On January 27, 1952 he published his first work titled Al-Ma’raka (“The Battle”). Imprisoned in Egyptian jails twice: 1955 to 1957 and 1959 to 1963. He died London in 1984.