“. . . How will the prison guard Feed his children? . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

❶ Army Invades a School in Jerusalem, Abduct Principal and Three Teachers

  • Background: “Textbooks as a Vehicle for Segregation and Domination: State Efforts to Shape Palestinian Israelis’ Identities as Citizens.” Journal of Curriculum Studies.

. . . . .  ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least Twenty-One Palestinians
❷ Israel holds the bodies of 5 Palestinian Militants killed in the tunnel bombing
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) International humanitarian law forbids holding bodies as bargaining chips, say groups
❸ Cameras to monitor Palestinians installed at Al-Aqsa Mosque
❹ POETRY by Rashid Hussein
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❶ ARMY INVADES A SCHOOL IN JERUSALEM, ABDUCT PRINCIPAL AND THREE TEACHERS
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC    
Nov. 6, 2017 ― Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, a Palestinian school in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, abducted the principal along with three female teachers, and shut the school down.     ___The Union of Parents Committees in East Jerusalem Schools said many soldiers invaded Zahwat al-Quds School, in Beit Hanina, causing anxiety attacks among many children, and abducted the principal, Mona al-Karawi, and two teachers, before taking the three women to an interrogation center.     ___The school later announced receiving an order issue by the City Council, shutting the school down, and informing the families that they needed to transfer their children to other schools.   MORE . . .   ..

Nasser, Riad and Irene Nasser. “TEXTBOOKS AS A VEHICLE FOR SEGREGATION AND DOMINATION: STATE EFFORTS TO SHAPE PALESTINIAN ISRAELIS’ IDENTITIES AS CITIZENS.”
JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM STUDIES,
vol. 40, no. 5, Oct. 2008, pp. 627-650.
. . . Through education, a state’s elite can grant or deny certain individuals or groups membership in a nation, and have the power to produce knowledge that reconstructs their past and collective memory . . . . textbook knowledge, like other forms of knowledge, is not objective or neutral, but a social construction deeply rooted in a nexus of power relations.
[. . . .] the overwhelming majority of textbooks for the Palestinian Israeli system have been published by the Ministry [of Education] itself. The Ministry has employed a ‘chosen’ group of a handful of Palestinian Israeli authors (teachers and superintendents) to write and translate textbooks for all school levels. In most cases, those authors have little freedom to deviate from the strict instructions they receive from the Ministry.
[. . . .]  Arab history in the Arabian Peninsula is portrayed as beginning in 200 BCE, while the textbooks present an elaborate discussion of Jewish history that dates back to 2500 BCE. This sort of sequencing is also evident in portraying the Arab presence in Palestine as beginning with the emergence of Islam in the 7th century CE, whereas Jews are reported to be deeply rooted in the region for a much longer period. . . . The textbooks also describe the land as ‘ruined, abused, and neglected’ when its ‘original owners’ left it, or when others occupied it. In the modern era, Jewish efforts have been to ‘normalize’ their existence by ‘redeeming’ the land . . . .
___The absence of Jews from Canaan makes it a land without history, regardless of the fact that during 2000 years other civilizations arose and declined on that land. The textbooks in both periods refer to Canaan as an ‘empty land’ or as ‘empty-populated.’
[. . . .]  . . . textbooks developed for use by Palestinian Israelis convey messages that privilege the culture and legitimate the political and economic power of the dominant group, while blaming subordinate-group members for their disadvantaged status. To the extent that such messages are perceived in this way, and internalized, unequal inter-group relations are reproduced. To the extent that such messages are either perceived differently, not internalized, and/or rejected, there may be a strengthening of the already existing tensions between the minority and the majority groups in society over the use of national economic and political resources.   SOURCE . . .

. . . . .  ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI SOLDIERS ABDUCT AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE PALESTINIANS    
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC    
Nov. 6, 2017 ― The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted, earlier Monday, at least twenty-one Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes in the West Bank, and one of them was taken prisoners at the Erez Terminal, in northern Gaza.
___The Bethlehem office of the PPS said the soldiers abducted Moayyad Ghassan Qaisi, 18, Samer Shibli al-Qaisi, 19, from the al-Azza refugee camp, north of the city, in addition to Zeid Taleb al-Badan, 24, from Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, and Abdul-Rahman Shawqi Sheibat, 28, from Beit Sahour city, west of Bethlehem.
___In addition, the soldiers invaded homes in Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, and abducted Amir Emad Nofal.   MORE . . .
❷ ISRAEL HOLDS THE BODIES OF 5 PALESTINIAN MILITANTS KILLED IN THE TUNNEL BOMBING
Palestine News Network
Nov. 6, 2017 ― The Israeli Occupation Forces aid that it is holding the bodies of five Palestinian militants killed last week in the tunnel which Israel blew up in Gaza.
___Last week Israeli Occupation Forces blew up tunnels on the Gaza Strip border near the Kissufim military base and killed 12 militants who were in the tunnel.
___The Israeli military said it would not release the five bodies unless an agreement is made towards releasing the bodies of two Israeli soldiers which have been held by Hamas since 2014, according to Haartez.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW FORBIDS HOLDING BODIES AS BARGAINING CHIPS, SAY GROUPS   
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Nov. 6, 2017 ― Two human rights groups in Haifa and Gaza denounced on Sunday Israeli army holding bodies of five Palestinians retrieved from a tunnel destroyed by the Israeli army last week saying international humanitarian law forbids holding bodies as a bargaining chip.
___The families of the deceased maintain their right to demand the return of the bodies of their sons for burial, they said.     MORE . . .
❸ CAMERAS TO MONITOR PALESTINIANS INSTALLED AT AL-AQSA MOSQUE 
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Nov. 6, 2017 ― Israeli police have begun placing new cameras at the Council Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque to monitor Palestinians’ entry and exit, Safa News Agency has reported.
___Director of Al-Aqsa Academy for Science and Heritage Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat said that Israeli police “are placing the cameras to monitor the movement in and out of Al-Aqsa Mosque and to restrict the movement of Jerusalemites, mainly in the Old City”.
___According to Safa, Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said he was preparing a security plan to prevent “Palestinian attacks” in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.
___The plan includes tightening the security fence in Damascus Gate and the Old City by setting up inspection points similar to military checkpoints.     MORE . . .

“JAIL  AND  CHILDREN,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
Don’t be sad, Darling!
To put me in prison, as they did, is a very easy thing!
But what can they do about the sun
Shining outside and torturing new rebels?

I should like to be romantic and say to you:
If my being in jail
Did nothing more than bring you to visit me
And cry in my arms ―
Then my arrest was not in vain.

But I’m not feeling romantic right now!
(How can one be romantic with the bedbugs
having such a feast?)
I’m just scratching away, and writing to you,
And asking myself this banal question:
If I and others don’t go to prison,
How will the prison guard
Feed his children?

Darling! I would so like for us
To have a baby!
We spoke of it once,
But I don’t know if
We’ll ever be given the chance.
That is why, for the time being, I give myself
To thoughts about the babies of others
Including my enemies’ babies!
And because they cannot understand this simple feeling
They put me here in prison.   

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. He was buried a week later in Musmus. His funeral was attended by thousands of Palestinians

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