“. . . Israel can militarily defeat but not politically subdue Palestinians . . .” (Martin Shaw)

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September 6, 2006. Israeli military in Balata Refugee Camp, south-east of Nablus partially destroy ten shops in the marketplace on the main street of the camp city center. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

❶ Israeli forces demolish warehouses, butchery near Nablus
❷ Israeli forces detain family of 8, journalist, 14 others in West Bank raids
. . . ― (a) Report: Israel detained 554 people, including 130 children, in October
❸  Israeli settlers call to stop ‘noise pollution’ caused by Muslim call to prayer in Jerusalem

  • Background: “Palestine And Genocide: An International Historical Perspective Revisited.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal

❹ Asma has been a refugee for 36 years; now a fashion startup has offered a lifeline
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  WAREHOUSES,  BUTCHERY  NEAR  NABLUS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA   
Nov.3, 2016
Israeli forces demolished early Thursday two storage warehouses and butchery in the town of Beita, south of Nablus, according to a local official.
___Beita mayor Wasef Mualla told WAFA that the warehouses and the butchery were located near the town’s vegetable market.     More . . .   

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Al-Amari Refugee Camp, Funeral of Muhammad Qattri, killed by Israeli forces during protest, Aug. 15, 2014. (Photo: Electronic Intifada)

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  FAMILY  OF  8,  JOURNALIST,  14  OTHERS  IN  WEST  BANK  RAIDS  
Ma’an News Agency   
Nov. 3, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 25 Palestinians, including two parents, their six sons, and a journalist, in overnight raids in the occupied West Bank between Wednesday and Thursday, Israeli and Palestinian sources told Ma’an.
___In the West Bank district of Ramallah, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said that Israeli forces detained eight members of the same family in the AL-AMARI  REFUGEE  CAMP, sparking clashes in which four Palestinians were injured according to witnesses.
___The family members were identified as Zuhdi Thib Abu Shusheh, his wife Jihad Abu Shusheh, and their six sons Mahran, Ihab, Muhammad, Fadi, Bahaa, and Thib.  More . . .  
. . . ― (A) REPORT:  ISRAEL  DETAINED  554  PEOPLE,  INCLUDING  130  CHILDREN,  IN  OCTOBER    
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Nov. 2, 2016   Israel detained 554 Palestinians during the month of October, including 130 minors and 11 women, according to a joint report by rights and prisoners’ advocacy groups published Wednesday.     ___The Prisoners’ Affairs Commission, the Prisoner’s Society, al-Mezan for Human Rights and Addameer said in their joint monthly report on situation of detainees from the occupied Palestinian territories held in Israeli jails that almost half of the detainees were from Jerusalem.      More . . .   

❸ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  CALL  TO  STOP  ‘NOISE  POLLUTION’  CAUSED  BY  MUSLIM  CALL  TO  PRAYER  IN  JERUSALEM 
Ma’an News Agency  
Nov. 3, 2016
A number of Israeli settlers from illegal settlement of Pisgat Zeev protested in front of the house of Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barakat on Thursday morning over the ‘noise pollution’ caused by the Muslim call to prayer. . . .
___The call to prayer ―also known as the adhan ― broadcast five times a day from mosques or Islamic centers.
___A spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an that Barkat, “in collaboration with the Jerusalem District police chief and local Muslim leadership, has developed a plan to protect the religious freedom of Muslim muezzin to announce the call to prayer, while ensuring reasonable quiet in Jerusalem’s residential areas.” [. . . .]
___Adnan al-Husseini, the Palestinian Authority (PA)-appointed governor of Jerusalem, told Ma’an that the call to prayer was one of the main Muslim religious rituals and an integral part of Jerusalem’s identity. He said that Israeli demands to lower the sound of the adhan was a threat which had been issued several times before in Jerusalem. More . . .

  • Shaw, Martin. “Palestine And Genocide: An International Historical Perspective Revisited.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Edinburgh University Press) 12.1 (2013): 1-7.    Full article.

[. . . .]     Considered as a case of decolonization, Zionism was also unusual. Despite their lack of an organic connection with the British Empire, Zionists aspired nonetheless to present themselves as its natural heirs. Britain had committed itself to a Jewish national home, but it was ambivalent about the Zionist bid to monopolise land, wealth and power in Palestine, and it prioritised its own interests as decolonisation loomed. Zionists were not unusual in having, in the end, to fight the empire that protected them (so did Algerian and Rhodesian colons), but they were unique in lacking traditional national leverage in the imperial nation. They would compensate for this by seeking the protection of the United Nations, and as pioneers of the ethnic lobby in US domestic politics.
___Among the reasons that Zionist critics have given for rejecting the genocide frame are the low civilian casualties among Palestinian Arabs as a result of direct Zionist violence against them in 1948. A death toll of around 5,000 is generally accepted, compared to 750,000 people removed, a relatively low ratio suggesting that killing was a spur and aid to expulsion rather than an end in itself. . .  cases like the Holocaust and Rwanda where violence escalates to all-out mass murder are the exception . . .  critics have pointed out that a substantial Palestinian population remained in Israel after 1948 and has continued up to the present day. This too is not so unusual: neither Bosnia nor Darfur has seen total population removal either.
___. . .  The lateness of Zionist colonization, its expansionary ambitiousness compared to the consolidating projects of other East European nationalisms, and its lack of organic imperial protection all made the removal of Palestinians higher-risk than many genocidal projects. Israel was dependent on the support of the UN and its great powers, and that was also a constraint. . .  Israel’s destruction of Palestinian society responded to a short window of opportunity offered by the 1948 war. Although Palestinians were weakly organized in that year, the Naqba and their ongoing persecutions under Israeli rule and later occupation eventually catalysed a strong national consciousness, in turn a key reference point for wider Arab nationalism and later Islamism. All this has ensured an ongoing struggle in which Palestinians can provoke but not overthrow Israeli power; Israel can militarily defeat but not politically subdue Palestinians.

ASMA  HAS  BEEN  A  REFUGEE  FOR  36  YEARS;  NOW  A  FASHION  STARTUP  HAS  OFFERED  A  LIFELINE  
The Guardian
Oliver Balch
Nov. 3, 2016       Palestinian refugees in Jordan are one of the longest standing refugee populations. SEP Jordan has trained 500 to make embroidered products
___Born in a Jordanian refugee camp to Palestinian parents, Asma Aradeh is stateless. The 36-year-old mother of six is one of more than 30,000 Palestinian exiles living for decades in legal limbo in Jordan’s Jerash camp. But there is one silver lining to Aradeh’s story: she is no longer jobless.
___Three years ago, Aradeh became one of 40 women to join a fledgling social enterprise called SEP Jordan, which manufactures contemporary design products based on traditional Palestinian embroidery. She is now quality controller of the socially minded startup, which has trained around 500 women across the camp.       More . . .

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