“. . . whoever writes a poem in the days of the atom and the wind . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

❶ Israeli violations of Palestinian media freedoms in October highest for 2017
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israel releases Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq

  • Background: “Changing Trends in Palestinian Political Activism: The Second Intifada, the Wall Protests, and the Human Rights Turn.” Geopolitics.

❷ IOF arrests 9 citizens from WB
❸ Israeli settlers assault Palestinian farmers, injure 3 in Nablus area
❹ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 9, 2017 ― The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) monitored 28 violations against media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory during October, 27 of which were carried out by Israeli forces, according to a statement released by the group on Wednesday.
___According to the group, the number of violations committed by Israeli forces increased from 22 in September to 27 during October, all of which were “serious attacks.” The statement added that the violations in October constituted the most serious of all violations of media freedoms in the territory recorded since the beginning of 2017.
___Israeli violations of media freedoms in October included storming 10 offices and headquarters of Pal Media, Trans Media and Ramsat media companies in the cities of Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem and Nablus, “confiscating their property and turning 94 journalists and employees working in these institutions jobless,” MADA said.
[. . . .] Palestinian journalists often describe their work as a form of “resistance,” as they believe their stories show the world the devastating effects of Israel’s policies on Palestinians and provide Palestinians an outlet for their voices in a media climate that is often overshadowed by pro-Israeli narratives.   MORE . . .   ..
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO 
Nov. 9, 2017 ― Israeli occupation authorities yesterday released Palestinian journalist Muhammad Al-Qeeq after he completed his sentence, Quds Press reported.
___Thirty-five-year-old Al-Qeeq was arrested in 2015 and placed under administrative detention – detention without charge or trial. He went for a hunger strike that lasted 94 days in protest against his detention.
___He was released in 2016, but in January 2017, he was re-arrested at an Israeli military checkpoint in the north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.   MORE . . .    ..

Mall Dibiasi, Caroline.
Geopolitics, vol. 20, no. 3, Jul-Sep2015, pp. 669-695.
[. . . .] Palestinian spatiality has been the focus of much academic writing since the Oslo Accords. The transformation of the Palestinian landscape through the separation of Palestinians and Israelis, as envisaged in the Oslo Agreement, enforced through checkpoints and a number of other physical and functional barriers, has not only affected the Palestinian national project but also Palestinian society in everyday life.
[. . . .]  ‘The spatial organization of the Occupied Territories is a reflection not only of an ordered process of planning and implementation, but, and increasingly, so, of “structured chaos”, in which the – often deliberate – selective absence of government intervention promotes an unregulated process of violent dispossession. The actors operating within this frontier – young settlers, the Israeli military, the cellular network provider and other capitalist corporations, human rights and political activists, armed resistance, humanitarian and legal experts, government ministries, foreign governments, “supportive” communities overseas, state planners, the media, the Israeli High Court of Justice – with the differences and contradictions of their aims, all play their part in the diffused and anarchic, albeit collective authorship of its spaces.’  SOURCE . . .

Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Nov. 9, 2017 ― Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested at dawn on Thursday eight Palestinian civilians, from different parts of the occupied West Bank.
___Local sources said that the IOF stormed the town of Qabatiya south of Jenin.
___They arrested five Palestinian youths named as: Mustafa Zakarneh, Mahmoud Zakarneh, Ahmad Abu al-Rub, Jawad Kmail and Mustafa Abu al-Rab.
___According to the sources, Israeli soldiers arrested Bassel Belidi and Mohammed al-Alimi from Tulkarm. They also arrested Khader Abo Rafea, resident of Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, and Baraa Asafra from Hebron.
___The IOF arrested at the morning a girl and her brother after storming the town of Hizma, northeast of occupied Jerusalem.   MORE . . .
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 9, 2017 ― Three Palestinians were injured on Wednesday morning after Israeli settlers assaulted a group of farmers picking olives in the Urif village in the Nablus district of the northern occupied West Bank.
___Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli settlers from the nearby Yitzhar settlement attacked and assaulted several Palestinian farmers.   MORE . . .   ..

Yesterday, we sang to a star behind a cloud
and bathed in our tears.
Yesterday, we bickered with the vine trees and the moon
with the nights, and fate,
and made love to women.
The hour struck, Khayyam drank on
and under the rhythm of his drugged songs
we remained poor as ever.
Poets, friends
we are in a new world!
What has passed is dead, and whoever writes a poem
in the days of the atom and the wind
creates prophets.
Our poems are without colour,
voiceless and tasteless.
If poetry does not carry a lantern from house to house,
if the poor to not know what it ‘means’
we had better discard it!
It is better that we seek immortal silence
I would that these poems were
the chisel in the labourer’s hand,
the bomb in the extremist’s―
I would that these words
were the plough between a peasant’s hands,
a shirt, a door, or a key!
Someone has said,
If my poems please those who love me
and anger my enemies
then I am a poet. . .
But as for me―

Mahmoud Darwish
Translated and edited by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Available from Barnes & Noble.

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