“. . . Teach the night to forget to bring Dreams showing me my village . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

❶ Israeli settlers attack Hebron neighborhood, injure 4 Palestinians
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Israeli forces raid Jenin-area village, detain 5 Palestinians, including 12-year-old boy
❷ “F***  it, wipe out Gaza,” [Tweets] spokesman for new EU campaign
❸ Archives belie Israel’s narrative of Palestinian conflict

  • Background: “Deliberating the Holocaust and the Nakba: Disruptive Empathy and Binationalism in Israel/Palestine.” Journal of Genocide Research.

❹ POETRY by Rashid Hussein
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Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 5, 2017.   A group of Israeli settlers injured four Palestinians in Hebron city overnight on Friday as they raided the Wadi al-Hassin neighborhood, located directly beside Israel’s illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.
___The Palestinians sustained light to moderate wounds, according to locals, in the attack.
___Palestinian Red Crescent sources said that two Palestinians were transferred to a hospital for treatment, one of whom sustained an arm fracture and the other suffered from a head injury.
[. . . .] Local sources added that Israeli forces were present in the area at the time and had witnessed the assaults, without intervening.   MORE . . .
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 5, 2017.   Israeli forces raided the village of Yabad in the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin on Saturday, as clashes broke out between the Palestinian residents and Israeli armed forces, while at least 5 Palestinians were detained, including a 12-year-old boy.
___Yabad’s mayor Samer Abu Baker reportedly told Palestinian news agency Wafa that Israeli forces raided the village after midnight, causing clashes to erupt between Palestinians and Israeli forces.
___Israeli forces reportedly fired rubber-coated steel bullets, tear gas canisters, and stun grenades at the residents, causing several Palestinians to suffer from tear gas inhalation.   MORE . . .
The Electronic Intifada  
Ali Abunimah and Dena Shunra
August 3, 2017.  The European Union has hired an Israeli who advocates genocidal violence against Palestinians as the face of a new promotional campaign.
___Avishai Ivri appears in a video the EU embassy in Tel Aviv posted on its Facebook page last month.
___“The European Union. You think it’s anti-Israel, right?” Ivri begins. “Let me surprise you.”
___Ivri then rattles off trade and tourism statistics meant to convince Israeli viewers of just how much the European Union benefits Israel. He also boasts that the EU is a customer for Israel’s weapons industry, particularly drones.    MORE . . .
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)   
Daoud Kuttab
August 1, 2017.   It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, an image can also be as dangerous as a cannon . . .
___Rona Sela, a curator and lecturer [explained], “I was doing research in the mid-1990s,” she began. “My focus was an analysis of Zionist photography in the early stages of the state of Israel. I researched the way institutional Zionist propaganda departments from the 1920s to 1948 used visual images to construct a national identity to build people’s consciousness about national issues. As the Palestinian narrative was, in most cases, missing from the Zionist one, I started searching for Palestinian images.”
___Early on in her research, Sela found a large group of images by the photographer Khallil Rasas, whose work was not known but had been looted from his studio in Jerusalem. Rasas’ images of Palestinian life during the first half of the 20th century, never made public, often contradicted the official Israeli narrative. Sela published a few texts about Rasas and his work as well as other Palestinian photographers active in Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s.
[. . . .] The Village Files included photographs and surveys of most of the 418 Palestinian villages that have since been demolished or repopulated by Zionists after the Nakba.   MORE . . .

Bashir, Bashir and Amos Goldberg. “DELIBERATING  THE  HOLOCAUST  AND  THE  NAKBA:  DISRUPTIVE  EMPATHY  AND  BINATIONALISM  IN  ISRAEL/PALESTINE.” Journal of Genocide Research, vol. 16, no. 1, Jan. 2014, pp. 77-99. (Bashir Bashir teaches political philosophy in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Amos Goldberg is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.)
This article develops a theoretical framework for shared and inclusive Jewish and Palestinian deliberation on the memories of the Holocaust and the Nakba. It argues that a joint Arab-Jewish public deliberation on the traumatic memories of these two events is not only possible, however challenging and disruptive it may be, but also fundamental for producing an egalitarian and inclusive ethics of binationalism in Israel/Palestine. We contend that there are several reasons justifying common deliberations on these two foundational events.
[. . . .] To deliberate on these traumatic and foundational pasts under present conditions of animosity and asymmetry is exceptionally challenging. After all, creating such an enterprise is not a technical matter. As we have stated, not every exchange of words turns into a public deliberation, and not every shared discussion generates civil partnership. Regrettably, an inclusive and joint public sphere seldom evolves among Jews and Palestinians, even more so when it comes to the Holocaust and the Nakba. This is first and foremost because the traumas of the Holocaust and the Nakba continue to be experienced first-hand by each of the societies and constitute an open wound, and anything perceived to reframe it in an unorthodox manner generates extreme reactions.   SOURCE . . .

For a personal discussion by one of the above authors,  SEE ALSO : “The Nakba and the Holocaust: A Conversation with Bashir Bashir.” The Nakba Files.

Tent #50, on the left, is my new world,
Shared with me by my memories:
Memories as verdant as the eyes of spring.
Memories like the eyes of a woman weeping,
And memories the color of milk and love!

Two doors has my tent, two doors like two wounds
One leads to the other tents, wrinkle-browed
Like clouds no longer able to weep;
And the second ― a rent in the ceiling, leading
To the skies,
Revealing the stars
Like refugees scattered,
And like them, naked.

Also the moon is trudging there
Downcast and weary as the UNRWA,
Yellow as if it were the UNRWA
Under a load of yellow cheese for the refugees.

Tent #50, on the left, that is my present.
But it is too cramped to contain a future!
And ― “Forget!” they say, but how can I?

Teach the night to forget to bring
Dreams showing me my village
And teach the wind to forget to carry to me
The aroma of apricots in my fields!
And teach the sky, too, to forget to rain.

Only then, I may forget my country.

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.
Rashid Hussein (1936-1977) was born in Musmus, Palestine. He published his first collection in 1957 and established himself as a major Palestinian poet and orator. He participated in founding the Land Movement in 1959. He left in 1966 and lived in Syria and Lebanon and later in New York City where he died in February, 1977.    More. . .

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