“. . . I recognized my treacherous guests . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

❶ Israel to evacuate 200 Palestinians in Jordan Valley for settlement expansion

  • Background: “A Palestinian State Now or Equal Rights Until There Is a Solution: We Can Accept Either but We Accept Neither.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

❷ Israel declares Gaza border closed military zone: Is there new offensive on Gaza?
❸ Israel steals artifacts from Roman palace in Hebron
❹ Al-Quds University, Heinrich Heine celebrate Eighth Commencement of Joint Masters of European Studies
❺ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ ISRAEL  TO  EVACUATE  200  PALESTINIANS  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY  FOR  SETTLEMENT  EXPANSION
Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 10, 2017 ― Israeli authorities are reportedly planning to evacuate some 200 Palestinians from their homes and agricultural lands in the Jordan Valley are of the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
___Member of the Jordan Valley municipal council Mahdi Daraghmeh told Ma’an on Friday that Israeli forces delivered demolition and evacuation notices to 30 Palestinian families in the Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal villages in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday, Nov. 9th.
___The notices, which Daraghmeh said were dated Nov. 1st, gave the residents eight days — until Nov. 9th — to evacuate some 60 homes and structures voluntarily.   MORE . . .

Klug, Tony. “A  PALESTINIAN  STATE  NOW  OR  EQUAL  RIGHTS  UNTIL  THERE  IS  A  SOLUTION:  WE  CAN  ACCEPT  EITHER  BUT  WE  ACCEPT  NEITHER.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 53-58.
Israel’s Never-Ending Occupation Seriously Endangers Israel     [. . . .] Israel’s never-ending occupation of the land and lives of another people is not just seriously endangering Israel — not to mention deepening the despair of the Palestinians — but it is also making the situation of Jews around the world increasingly precarious. That makes it personal.
___But there is an even more profound personal dimension, one that goes to the very heart of what it means to be Jewish. I was asked recently what originally attracted me to the fields of human rights and peace. Almost without thinking, and to the visible surprise of the questioner, I answered, “the rabbis of the Orthodox Jewish school I attended.”
The Essence of Judaism: “Seek Peace and Pursue It”     . . . I was very taken by some of the passages that we were taught from the Hebrew Bible, the Torah; passages like: “Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Why, the sages asked, repeat “justice”? Was it a typo? Did the scribe have a stutter? Came the answer: “Justice must be pursued with justice”. It is not enough for justice to be the goal; it must be the means, too. Astonishing for now, let alone for then!
[. . . .] These time-honored Jewish ideals — justice, freedom, equality, peace, mutual respect — have made an extraordinary contribution to human civilization. They lie at the very core of Jewish identity and are the glue that binds together Jews of many different persuasions in many different countries. Jews have proudly espoused these values historically for themselves and for others which, at least in part, explains why Jews have disproportionally been active in civil rights causes.
[. . . .] We now face the naked reality of a state that declares itself, loudly and often, to be Jewish, and demands of others that it be recognized as Jewish, gearing itself up to withholding fundamental human rights from millions of people indefinitely — a standpoint that is in total defiance of quintessential Jewish principles. Indeed, one may ask, would such a blatantly inequitable policy be condoned by the self-appointed custodians of Jewish values if enacted by any other country?       FULL ARTICLE.
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❷ ISRAEL  DECLARES  GAZA  BORDER  CLOSED  MILITARY  ZONE:  IS  THERE  NEW  OFFENSIVE  ON  GAZA?
Days of Palestine
Nov. 09, 2017 ― The Israeli occupation authorities announced on Wednesday that the area near the border of the Gaza Strip is now a “closed military zone.”
___Israeli settlers living in the periphery of the Gaza Strip are now forbidden from approaching or entering this area at all. Even military patrols were stopped.
___The decision was taken because Israel is afraid of surprise attacks by Palestinians following its bombing of a tunnel which killed 12 Palestinians on 30 October.   MORE . . .   …
❸ ISRAEL  STEALS  ARTIFACTS  FROM  ROMAN  PALACE  IN  HEBRON 
Palestine News Network – PNN
Nov. 10, 2017 ― Israeli occupation forces along with employees from the Israeli Ministry of Antiquities and Civil Administration staff raided Mowaraq Palace in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron stealing collectables, Quds Press reported yesterday.
___Palestinian sources said occupation forces stole some of the bricks and collectables in the Roman palace, which is one of the oldest heritage sites in Palestine.
___A large number of Israeli troops were deployed around the palace while the employees of the Israeli Ministry of Antiquities carried out digging and search for a period of about five hours.    MORE . . .   ..
❹ AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY,  HEINRICH  HEINE  CELEBRATE  EIGHTH  COMMENCEMENT  OF  JOINT  MASTERS  OF  EUROPEAN  STUDIES  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA     
Nov. 10, 2017 – Al-Quds University and Heinrich Heine Thursday celebrated the eighth commencement of the Joint Masters of European Studies, said al-Quds University in a press release.
___The partnership between Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and Heinrich Heine in Dusseldorf has achieved an additional major milestone as another class of the joint Masters of European Studies successfully completed the program this month.
___The graduate program, which was established in 2009 as a result of a bilateral partnership between the two institutions, celebrated in Dusseldorf the Eighth Commencement for the graduates of this selective masters program. Senior members of Al-Quds University’s leadership were also present.
___Students of this graduate program between Al-Quds University and Heinrich Heine University are selected jointly. The program is highly selective, and admitted students receive full scholarships that cover both tuitions and living expenses.   MORE . . .    ..

“IN  THE  TWENTIETH  CENTURY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM  (1970)
For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But now
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not turn visitors
Away from my door
Then one morning I opened my eyes
To find my food stolen
My wife strangled
And my child’s back a field of wounds.
I recognized my treacherous guests.
I planted mines and daggers at my door
And I swore by the traces of the knife
That none of these guests shall enter my house
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I was only a poet
In the bands of the Sufis
But now
I am an erupting volcano
In the twentieth century.

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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