“. . . The crack of bullets followed our coffee and smashed into our conversation . . .” (Yousef Al-Mahmoud)

❶ Silwan- Settlers attempt to seize a land owned by Basboos family
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Clashes flare as Israelis try to grab Palestinian land near al-Aqsa

  • Background:  “A Dangerous Divide: The Deterioration of Jewish-Palestinian Relations in Israel.” Middle East Journal.

❷ Palestinian shot dead after carrying out alleged vehicular attack on Israeli soldiers
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli police detains Palestinian in Jerusalem for alleged knife possession
❸ Germany says it is watching Israeli settlement plans with great concern
❹ POETRY by Yousef Al-Mahmoud
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❶ SILWAN-  SETTLERS  ATTEMPT  TO  SEIZE  A  LAND  OWNED  BY  BASBOOS  FAMILY
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
July 10, 2017.   Settlers attempted on Monday morning to seize a land owned by Basboos family in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan under the pretext of being owned by three Jews from Yemen who used to live and own the land before 1948.
___Ra’fat Basboos explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the family was surprised this morning when a group of settlers along with workers raided their land which is adjacent to their house and started placing wires around . . .     the residents confronted the settlers and prevented them from continuing their actions.
___Afterwards, the occupation forces raided the land and assaulted the residents with pepper gas which led to the suffocation of 6 young men.
___Ra’fat Basboos added that the police officer informed the family and the locals of Batn Al-Hawa that they are not allowed to enter or use the land while settlers are allowed to enter land without doing any work.     MORE . . . 
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)  CLASHES  FLARE  AS  ISRAELIS  TRY  TO  GRAB  PALESTINIAN  LAND  NEAR  AL-AQSA     
The Palestinian Information Center  
July 10, 2017.   Violent clashes burst out south of holy al-Aqsa Mosque, in Occupied Jerusalem, after Israeli settlers attempted to seize a Palestinian land lot.
___A PIC news correspondent said a group of Israeli settlers, escorted by a special unit, broke into Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, in Silwan, and attempted to grab hold of a Palestinian land owned by al-Rajabi and Basbous families.      MORE . . .   

Waxman, Dov. “A  DANGEROUS  DIVIDE:  THE  DETERIORATION  OF  JEWISH-PALESTINIAN  RELATIONS  IN  ISRAEL.” Middle East Journal, vol. 66, no. 1, Winter2012, pp. 11-29
[. . . . ] An even more disturbing trend than the rise of political intolerance among Israeli Jews for the future of Jewish-Palestinian relations in Israel is growing Israeli-Jewish support for proposals to rid Israel of some or all of its Arab population. The idea of forcibly expelling Arab citizens from Israel — euphemistically referred to as “transfer” in Israeli political discourse — had . . .   never received much support from the Jewish public since it was generally deemed to be morally reprehensible. Since 2000, however, the idea of transfer has been raised more frequently, and has become more publicly acceptable. In a survey taken in 2003, a third of the Israeli-Jewish public (33%) expressed support for the expulsion of Arab citizens from Israel . . . . More popular than simply expelling Arabs from Israel . . .  is the idea of “voluntary transfer,” which would involve government policies aimed at encouraging Arab emigration. This is increasingly supported by Israeli Jews, with 50% favoring this in a 2001 poll, 63% supporting it in 2006, and 72% in favor of it in 2009.
[. . . .] Many Israeli Jews now regard the Palestinian minority as an enemy — a threat to national security and to the continued existence of Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinian citizens, in turn, have felt ever more alienated from Israeli-Jewish society and the state, and have become more radical in their political views and goals. Abandoning their hopes for integration into Israeli society and equality within the state, they have grown more separatist in their social and political orientation. More and more Palestinian citizens are giving up the desire to belong to an Israeli society that they feel has rejected them time and again. Instead, they are turning inwards, and focusing on building a separate Arab society within Israel. As both communities turn away from each other and perceive each other in adversarial ways, the rift between Jews and Palestinians in Israel — always wide — has become dangerously deep and bitter, and the prospects for their peaceful coexistence in the future diminish day by day. Jews and Palestinians in Israel are currently on a collision course, with potentially severe consequences for their continued peaceful co-existence, as well as for stability and democracy in Israel.   FULL ARTICLE . . .

❷ PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  CARRYING  OUT  ALLEGED  VEHICULAR  ATTACK  ON  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS      
Ma’an News Agency
July 10, 2017.   A Palestinian was shot and killed after he carried out an alleged vehicular attack on Israeli soldiers, lightly injuring one, at a junction near the village of Tuqu and the illegal Israeli settlement Maale Amos in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem.
___An Israeli army spokesperson claimed that the alleged assailant rammed his car at Israeli forces stationed at the junction, leaving one Israeli soldier lightly wounded. The driver then allegedly exited his vehicle armed with a knife and attempted to stab the soldier, when another soldier fatally shot the Palestinian.
___Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom said it evacuated the 20-year-old Israeli soldier in a moderate condition to Israel’s Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem for treatment, while the Palestinian driver was “neutralized” and treated by the Israeli army at the scene before being declared dead.   MORE . . . 
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  POLICE  DETAINS  PALESTINIAN  IN  JERUSALEM  FOR  ALLEGED  KNIFE  POSSESSION   
Ma’an News Agency  
July 9, 2017. Israeli forces detained a Jerusalemite Palestinian for alleged knife possession in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.
___According to Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva, an Israeli security guard apprehended a young Palestinian at the central bus station in Jerusalem for being in possession of a knife and turned him in to Israeli police.
___Arutz Sheva added that there were no reported injuries during the incident.
___Scores of Palestinians have been detained in the past two year for alleged knife possession.   MORE . . . 
❸ GERMANY  SAYS  IT  IS  WATCHING  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENT  PLANS  WITH  GREAT  CONCERN   
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA     
July 10, 2017.   The German government said on Monday that it was gravely concerned about Israeli settlement plans in East Jerusalem.
___It said in a statement by the German Foreign Ministry that it was “watching with great concern” Israeli decisions to build settlements inside Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.        MORE . . . 

“ABOVE THE CARNATIONS,” BY YOUSEF AL-MAHMOUD
Her house is above the carnations
on the path to the wind-swept hills. . .
At evening we sought refuge there
watching out for the guns and the aeroplanes.

The crack of bullets followed our coffee
and smashed into our conversation.
The crack of bullets and the bark of artillery
came near to the flowers inside the windows
came near to the warmth and the water jug
debris clattered down the outside stairway
and fell towards the marble pavement.

Her house is above the carnations
there we were in it
we had sought refuge there
and so we moved to where the Jewish soldiers could no longer see us.

—Translated by DM Black
—Yousef Al-Mahmoud is a prominent broadcaster and poet, and former head of the Ministry of Culture in his native Jenin.
—From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014). Available from Barnes and Noble.

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