“. . . My voice echoes a rocket rage . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

❶ Palestinian ‘extrajudicially executed’ by Israelis laid to rest

  • Background: “Lack of Security for Palestinians.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Bodies of 5 Palestinian fighters found in Gaza tunnel, bringing death toll to 12
❷ Army Attacks the Weekly Protest in Nil’in
❸ Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 October – 01November 2017)
❹ Mahmoud Darwish to have a statue in Bucharest
❺ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ PALESTINIAN ‘EXTRAJUDICIALLY EXECUTED’ BY ISRAELIS LAID TO REST   
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 4, 2017 ― Palestinians on Friday evening laid to rest 26-year-old Muhammad Moussa in his home town of Deir Ballout, near Salfit in the central occupied West Bank, shortly after receiving his body from Israeli authorities on Friday afternoon.
___Moussa was shot and killed on Tuesday morning near the illegal Halamish settlement north of Ramallah, after Israeli forces opened fire on his vehicle as he was passing a flying checkpoint set up in the area.
[. . . .] Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out extrajudicial executions on Palestinians.   MORE . . .

Elrahim, Amira Abd. “Lack of Security for Palestinians.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 21, no. 2, Nov. 2015, pp. 28-35.
[. . . .] Israel is trying to exterminate Palestinians from their homeland. They are attempting to Judaize Palestine by erasing its Palestinian and Muslim identity entirely under claims of historical belonging and their search for evidence that was never found. They are only trying to find justifications for all their cruel acts. Even Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to rewrite history by saying that the Holocaust wasn’t Hitler’s idea and pointing his finger at a Palestinian leader. Maybe this is why it didn’t surprise us when we watched videos of Israelis and Israeli soldiers placing weapons next to dead Palestinians to justify their murder.
___Palestinians who were accused of attacking Israelis were shot directly, either by Israeli military forces or by settlers who may have just felt insecure or threatened with or without reason. Most of the martyrs would not be liable for a death sentence in a state of law. The homes of these Palestinian martyrs are being demolished in violation of international law, and their families are threatened with loss of residency. While raids on Palestinian homes and schools continue, the theft of Palestinian land and spree of barbaric extrajudicial killings are all being buoyed by the cheers of the masses, media incitement and the encouragement of the Israeli government and the Zionist far-right extremists.
___Israelis have a government and weapons. They are protected by an army that stands behind them. Recently the Israeli government set up metal detectors at the entrances of the Old City of Jerusalem so that Palestinians aren’t allowed to go through with any metal objects, while Israeli settlers pass through with their guns!! The Israelis are asked to keep their weapons with them at all times!!! Could you think for yourself what do Palestinians have, who is there to protect them or care about their lost livelihoods. They are paralyzed and fed up with injustice, racism, the denial of rights practiced by the Israeli government and the ignorance of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinians are the only people on this earth who are asked to guarantee the security of their occupier, while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims.   FULL ARTICLE . . .

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) BODIES OF 5 PALESTINIAN FIGHTERS FOUND IN GAZA TUNNEL, BRINGING DEATH TOLL TO 12
Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 3, 2017 ― The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, released a statement on Friday declaring that five missing fighters belonging to the group in Gaza were dead.
___The five fighters had gone missing inside tunnels between southern Gaza and Israeli territory, after Israeli forces conducted explosions on the tunnels.   MORE . . .
❷ ARMY ATTACKS THE WEEKLY PROTEST IN NIL’IN 
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC    
Nov. 4, 2017 ― Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, many Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists, holding the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.
___The procession started in the afternoon hours, when many locals, and the peace activists, marched towards the Annexation Wall and the isolated Palestinian lands, especially olive orchards, before the soldiers attacked them.
___ Mohammad Amira, a member of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies, said the soldiers resorted to excessive force against the nonviolent protesters, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.   MORE . . .
❸ WEEKLY REPORT ON ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY (26 OCTOBER – 01 NOVEMBER 2017)  
Palestine Center for Human Rights
Nov. 2, 2017 ― A Palestinian civilian shot dead and his sister was wounded by Israeli settlers, northwest of Ramallah.     12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.       Israeli forces conducted 52 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the southern Gaza Strip.      70 civilians, including 9 children and 3 women; one of whom a journalist, were arrested in the West Bank.     12 of them, including 2 women, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.      An old and abandoned house was demolished in ‘Erq al-Ras area, southeast of Nablus.       350-gram jewellery was stolen from a house belonging to the family of Malek Hajeh in Kenar neighbourhood in Dura.   MORE . . .
❹ MAHMOUD DARWISH TO HAVE A STATUE IN BUCHAREST  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Nov. 4, 2017 ― The Romanian capital Bucharest will soon have a statute of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian embassy announced on Saturday.
___Palestine’s ambassador to Romania Fouad Kokaly held a meeting with the Daniel Tudorache, the mayor of District One in Bucharest, where the Palestinian ambassador asked the mayor to approve the building of a statue for Darwish in his town.
___Tudorache welcomed the ambassador’s request and added that he will be proud to have the statute of the late Palestinian poet.
___Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author regarded as the Palestinian national poet. He won numerous awards for his works.     SOURCE . . .

“A  DIALOGUE  WITH  A  MAN  WHO  HATES  ME,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Rome was burnt, O crazy man
Rome is more durable than Nero
Rome will not grasp your poems
She can recite them by heart
Rome will slice your strings
My tunes arise from my heart
Your voice echoes a miserable past
My voice echoes a rocket rage
Your path is long
I shall not tire
Yehuda** sold you
I shall not be crucified
My ancestors were cremated in Auschwitz
My heart is with them
Pull out the wires from my skin
And the wounds of yesterday?
A shameful scar―in the face of the executioner over there
What do you carry in your head
A little wheat
What’s in your chest?
A picture of a wound
Your face reflects a rancor color
My face reflects the color of the earth
Then convert your sword into plowshare
You did not leave me land to plow
You criminal!
I did not steal―did not kill―didn’t oppress
You Arab! You are a dog!
O man, may God cure your soul
Why don’t you try the taste of love
Why don’t you make way for the sun!!

** The Israeli town of Or Yehuda was established in 1950 on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian villages of Saqiya and Kfar ‘Ana. Jews from Iraq and North Africa settled there.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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Mahmoud Darwish Obituary

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