“. . . fill the streets With demonstrations And the jails with pride . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Israeli soldiers seal off the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mashal on June 17 (Photo: Daily Mail, Getty Images, June 18, 2017)

❶ B’Tselem: Israeli army continues to disrupt life for residents of Deir Abu Mashaal
❷ Israeli forces deliver stop-work notice in Hebron-area village
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Kufr Qaddoum marks six years for its Intifada against the Israeli occupation
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) IOF bulldozes lands in Daher al-Maleh village

Background:   Slater, Jerome. “Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Middle East Policy.

❸ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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Ma’an News Agency 
July 1, 2017.   Israeli authorities have continued to implement restrictive policies on Palestinians in Deir Abu Mashaal in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, after three residents of the town were shot dead last month after allegedly carrying out a deadly attack near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem, which killed an Israeli police officer, B’Tselem reported on Thursday.     ___After it was revealed that the three alleged assailants — Baraa Ibrahim Saleh, 18, Adel Hassan Ahmad Ankoush, 18, and Usama Ahmad Ata, 19 — were from the village of Deir Abu Mashaal, the town was subsequently placed under lockdown, and was subjected to multiple military raids.
___Based on field research conducted in the village, B’Tselem reported that, on the night of the attack, Israeli forces installed an iron gate at the entrance of the village and erected large rocks and piles of dirt on three dirt roads used by villagers, and refused to allow any Palestinian from leaving or entering the area, putting the village under a complete siege.
___Locals removed some of the obstacles in order to drive out of the village, as many residents are dependent on work in Ramallah city.  MORE . . .
July 1, 2017.   Israeli forces delivered a stop-work notice to a Palestinian home in the Khillet Ibrahim area of western Idhna village in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron for lacking nearly impossible-to-obtain Israeli-issued building permits.      ___The house, which belongs to Jamal Muhammad Abu Zalta, measures 150 square meters in area, Mayor of Idhna Muammar al-Tmeizi told Ma’an.
___Five Palestinians reside in the home, according to al-Tmeizi.
___Al-Tmeizi also pointed out that two-thirds of the village’s area has been declared Area C — the more than 60 percent of the occupied Palestinian territory under full Israeli military control as a result of the Oslo Accords.    MORE . . .
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
July 19, 2017.   Six years ago today, the Palestinian residents of Qufr Qaddoum, a peaceful village near Qalqilya in the north of the West Bank, decided to rise against the Israeli military’s closure of a vital and historical village road and demand its reopening.
___In six years of uprising, the village witnessed 500 marches, usually carried out on Fridays following the prayer. During these protests, an elderly man was shot dead by the army during confrontations and 85 wounded with live bullets, including six children, some of them lost an eye or speech ability, 170 people detained, homes destroyed, fields torched, farms wrecked, military checkpoints, collective punishment and more than $70,000 in fines imposed on the helpless Palestinian civilians.
___But all this did not deter or tire the residents, who are determined to continue with their weekly activity until they get the vital road reopened.   MORE . . .   
Al Hourriah Magazine (Freedom)
July 1, 2017.   The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) bulldozed on Friday agricultural lands in Daher al-Maleh village which is isolated behind the apartheid wall to the north of Yabad town in Jenin province for the purpose of constructing a road and a new section of the apartheid wall.
___Head of Daher al-Maleh village council Omar al-Khatib said that the IOF bulldozers razed about 20 dunums of land planted with olives and tobacco in preparation for the construction of a road linking between Shaked settlement and the settlements of Tal Menashe and Hananit, according to Wafa news agency.   MORE . . .

Slater, Jerome. “TERRORISM AND THE ISRAELI -PALESTINIAN CONFLICT.” Middle East Policy, vol. 22, no. 3, Fall2015, pp. 79-99.     [. . . .] . . . the political path to a settlement is all but dead, leaving only nonviolent resistance as an alternative to terrorism. In fact, at various periods the Palestinians have tried nonviolent resistance, civil disobedience and political protest, especially in the first and largely unarmed intifada in the late 1980s, and in the last few years to prevent the further expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. All of these efforts have been suppressed or violently crushed by Israeli forces. As Meron Benvenisti, the former deputy mayor of Jerusalem . . . has written: “. . . The Israelis have managed to persuade the Palestinians that they have no inhibitions when it comes to using force, even gunfire, against unarmed protesters, and they make no distinction between violent and nonviolent demonstrations.”
[. . . .]  The more important point today is this: even if it is arguable whether the Palestinians gained more than they lost by their earlier periods of terrorism, it no longer is. In the last 10 years, it has become clear that Palestinian terrorism is a disaster for both peoples. It has reinforced the Israeli “Never Again” mindset that results in an entirely preposterous analogy, cynical or genuine, comparing Palestinian resistance to the Holocaust.
[. . . .] In 2008, an allegedly “new” Israeli military doctrine was announced by Gadi Eizenkot, a leading Israeli general. This so-called “Dahiya doctrine,” named after a 2006 Israeli attack with 2,000-pound bombs on the residential Beirut suburb of Dahiya, made explicit and, in effect, official what until then had been obvious though unacknowledged: “What happened in 2006 will happen in every village from which Israel is fired on….We will apply disproportionate force on it and cause great damage and destruction….This is not a recommendation….It has been approved.” Today Eizenkot is the IDF chief of staff.
[. . . .] It is necessary to separate the issue of whether it was legitimate for the Jewish people to have a state of their own from the issue of where it could have been established. The argument is strong that, in light of centuries of murderous European anti-Semitism, in general, and the Holocaust, in particular, the establishment of a Jewish state was justifiable. . .  For that reason, the argument has been made . . .  that the moral wrongs of Zionist and Israeli terrorism and ethnic cleansing during the 1947- 49 period were at least mitigated by the need to establish a viable state with a large Jewish majority . . .   no such mitigation is available for Israeli terrorism since the end of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War . . . Not only have the continuing Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians and their institutions been unjust, so have their essential purposes: to maintain the occupation and prevent the Palestinians from reaching their just goal of an independent state. . . Aggressor states have no “right of self-defense” when it is their criminality that has provoked violent resistance  . . .
[. . . .] For several reasons, Israeli terrorism has been morally worse than that of the Palestinians. First, at least since the 1980s, most — though not all — Palestinian terrorism has been largely driven by the just cause of national liberation in part of Palestine . . .
[. . . .] . . . a second reason Israeli terrorism has been worse than that of the Palestinians is that its scale and extent have been far greater and more destructive. Numbers matter . . .
[. . . .] Third, Palestinian terrorism comes much closer to meeting the just-war criterion of last resort, or the absence of alternatives. In their legitimate quest for independence and political sovereignty — not to mention dignity — the Palestinians have tried armed resistance against the Israeli occupying forces, negotiations and diplomacy, and nonviolent political action. None have worked.
[. . . .]  A final reason that Israeli terrorism is worse than Palestinian terrorism is that Israel is a democracy (however flawed) . . .  than do the Palestinians in Gaza, who live under the autocratic rule of Hamas.
[. . . .]  As I have argued, while there is a reasonable case that Palestinian terrorism in the 1970-2000 period did bring international recognition . . . Palestinian terrorism has backfired. The Palestinians have no other means of attaining their just cause other than through nonviolent resistance, international diplomacy and moral appeals to convince the United States to end its de facto support of the Israeli occupation.  FULL ARTICLE . . .

It is a thousand times easier
For you
To pass an elephant through the needle’s eye
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way
To plow the sea
To teach an alligator speech,
A thousand times easier
Than smothering with your oppression.
The spark of an idea
Or forcing us to deviate
A single step
From our chosen march.
Like twenty impossibilities
We shall remain in Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here upon your chests
We shall remain
Like the glass and the cactus
In your throats
A fiery whirlwind in your eyes.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We wash the dishes in the hotels
And serve drinks to the masters.
We mop the floors in the dark kitchens
To extract a piece of bread
From your blue teeth
For the little ones.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We starve,
Go naked,
Sing songs
And fill the streets
With demonstrations
And the jails with pride.
We breed rebellions
One after another.
Like twenty impossibles we remain
In Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here, we shall remain.
You may drink the sea;
We shall guard the shade
Of the olive tree and the fig,
Planting ideas
Like the yeast in the dough.
The coldness of ice is in our nerves
And a burning hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock to quench our thirst
And if we starve
We eat the dirt
And never depart
Or grudge our blood.

Here – we have a past
……a present
………..and a future.
Our roots are entrenched
Deep in the earth
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
Let the oppressor review his account
Before the turn of the wheel.
For every action there is a reaction:
Read what is written in the Book.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain – in Lydda, Ramlah and Galilee.

Tawfiq Zayyad, poet, scholar, politician (1929-1994)
From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY OF THE SUN: POETRY OF THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.   Available from Amazon

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