“. . . men are pained by long memories . . .” (Ramzy Baroud)

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Palestinian orchards seen from Tent of Nations farm near Bethlehem. Photo, Harold Knight, November 6, 2015.

[Note: Please see the page “Other Sources” for a list of the sources used that are not specifically “news” sites, the location of many of the opinion pieces here.] 

SELECTED  NEWS  OF  THE  DAY 

ISRAEL  REJECTS  UN  PROPOSALS  TO  PROTECT  PALESTINIANS   Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, condemned the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ report on improving Palestinian protection in the occupied territories.   ___Danny Danon spoke on behalf of Israel and announced Israel’s rejection of the report presented by Guterres on Friday.   More.
ISRAELI  NAVY  OPENS  FIRE  AT  GAZA  FLOTILLA     Israeli naval forces opened fire at dozens of Gaza flotilla boats that set sail on Saturday from the besieged Gaza Strip port in attempt to break the maritime blockade imposed by Israel.   ___According to local sources, Israeli naval forces opened fire a while after five boats of the Gaza flotilla set sail towards the northern borders of Gaza to break the nearly 12-year siege.   More.
ISRAEL  ARRESTS  PALESTINIAN  JOURNALIST  FOR  FILMING  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS     A Palestinian journalist has been arrested by Israeli authorities for filming soldiers operating in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Facebook Live. They claim he was inciting violence against Israel and the army.   ___Ali Dar Ali live-streamed two videos on Facebook on Tuesday morning, which showed Israeli soldiers . . . drawing up a plan of a Palestinian home, a procedure typically done before demolishing a building, according to Gaza-based journalist Hind Khoudary.   More.
IRISH  TOWN  TO  TWIN  WITH  BEIT  SAHOUR  A town in Ireland has completed the first step towards twinning with Beit Sahour in the occupied West Bank.   ___Kerry County Council has passed unopposed a motion to link Tralee, in County Kerry, with the Palestinian municipality.   ___Councilor Pa Daly of the Sinn Fein political party, who proposed the motion, said that he had the idea of twinning with a Palestinian town after the killing of more than 60 Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces on Nakba Day.  More.

COMMENTARY  AND  OPINION

‘FARMER  TERRORISM’  IS  THE  NEW  SLOGAN  FOR  JEWISH  SETTLERS
Ramona Wadi
In less than three months, Jewish settlers have destroyed over 2,000 trees and grapevines in the occupied West Bank. Rights group B’Tselem has issued a detailed report on this destruction, including testimony from Palestinian farmers. Bales of hay and barley fields were also destroyed. The destruction wrought by Israel’s settler-colonists equates Palestinian agriculture to terrorism; slogans sprayed on Palestinian property following the destruction included “No to farmer terrorism”.   ___The personal testimonies show that Israel has once again refused to act in order to deter settler violence against Palestinians and their land.  More.

JEWISH  NATION-STATE  LAW:  WHY  ISRAEL  WAS  NEVER  A  DEMOCRACY
Ramzy Baroud 
The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset, Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-state Law as “the death of our democracy.”    ___Did Odeh truly believe that, prior to this law, he had lived in a true democracy? 70 years of Israeli Jewish supremacy, genocide, ethnic cleansing, wars, sieges, mass incarceration, numerous discriminatory laws, all aimed at the very destruction of the Palestinian people should have given enough clues that Israel was never a democracy, to begin with.   ___The Jewish Nation-state Law is merely the icing on the cake. It simply gave those who argued, all along, that Israel’s attempt at combining democracy with ethnic supremacy was racism masquerading as democracy, the munition they needed to further illustrate the point.   More.

WHY  WE  CONTINUE  TO  MARCH  IN  GAZA
Abdalrahim Alfarra
I was sitting behind my desk in my family’s supermarket in Khan Younis on 14 May when my cousin Ali approached.     ___There was going to be another gathering in al-Faraheen for that day’s Great March of Return protest, he said. Would I join him?  [Abdalrahim continues with an account of his cousin’s shooting by Israeli soldiers.]
___For Ali and myself, the Great March of Return was a dream. Here we were, Palestinians, together, all calling for the right of refugees to return to their homes and lands from where they were expelled by Zionist forces in 1948. All of us, together, were demanding the lifting of Israel’s blockade on Gaza, now in its 11th year. We were united against the US embassy move to Jerusalem.   ___I was most motivated by the need for the rest of the world to see the protests from a Gazan perspective. There aren’t enough activists here who can tell our story in English to people abroad and reveal how Israel’s terror and inhumanity impact our lives.  More.

“SAND  AND  TEARS,”  by  Ramzy  Baroud
No water here, no humanity either;
only footprints our mothers made
crossing the Sahel into Gaza where
men are pained by long memories,
and women plot their return to die.

Wind, weeping all night, made my
eyes dry, yet when I saw yours
I remembered my name, and I was
determined to reach out for
the moon and ride her back to the

Beginning of our dreams, my hand
trembling in your firm grasp,
above the last dune where my
desert abruptly ends
and yours maps out a continent.
— For a refugee from Mali

—From I Remember My Name, Novum Pro Books, 2016.

“. . . In Gaza, There is no legacy under the rubble . . .” (Jehan Bseiso)

[Note: Please see the page “Other Sources” for a list of the sources used that are not specifically “news” sites, the location of many of the opinion pieces here.]

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The Apartheid Wall, Shuafat Refugee Camp, Jerusalem. Photo, Harold Knight, November 5, 2015.

SELECTED  NEWS  OF  THE  DAY

2  PALESTINIANS  KILLED,  270  OTHERS  INJURED  DURING  GAZA  PROTESTS.
Two Palestinians were killed and 270 others were injured by Israeli forces alongside the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip during the 21st Friday of “The Great March of Return” under the slogan “Revolution for Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa.”  More.
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  PALESTINIAN  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM. A Palestinian youth was killed after being shot by Israeli forces under the pretext of attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.  More.
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHUT  DOWN  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE  COMPOUND.  Israeli forces have shut down the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound following an alleged stabbing attempt by a Palestinian on a group of Israeli policemen in Jerusalem’s Old City.   ___The attacker, a 30-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel from the town of Umm al-Faham, was shot dead by the Israeli forces. . . .  More.

OPINION AND COMMENTARY

AS  ISRAEL  ENSHRINES  JEWISH  SUPERIORITY,  WHAT’S  NEXT  FOR  ITS  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS?
Henriette Chacar (August 15, 2018)
. . . the Jewish Nation-State Law, which enshrined a superior set of rights for Jewish Israelis last month, and the direction in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government is headed.  . . . . ___ Members of the Palestinian community in Israel launched a campaign to repeal the law — headed by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee — an umbrella organization that represents the country’s Arabs, which make up 20 percent of Israel’s population. Tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens, together with Jewish supporters, demonstrated against the law in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square over the weekend, a week after the Druze community held their own mass protest in the same square.  More.

THE  DRUZE  AND  THE  NATION-STATE  BILL.
Yara Hawari (August 16, 2018)
The passing of the “nation-state” bill last month, affirming the Israeli state’s Jewish character and downgrading the Arabic language, has reignited a conversation among the Palestinian citizens of Israel especially with regards to their precarious position within the state. In particular, it has sparked intense conversations among the Palestinian Druze community in Israel. In addition to several resignations from Druze officers currently serving in the Israeli military.   More.

ONE  STATE:  A  VIEW  FROM  GAZA
Ahmed Abu Artema  (August 17, 2018)
There are those who believe that Israel’s recently-passed Nation-State Law represents a failure of the one-state option, as it formalizes the exclusively Jewish nature of the dominant state in Palestine and with it, the disenfranchisement of the non-Jewish population.   ___The new law could also be viewed, however, as betraying a fear on the part of the occupying power that the de facto imposition of one state on the ground holds within it the seeds of the dismantling of the colonial project from the inside. Seen in this way, all of the decisions, laws and actions taken by the occupying power to insist upon the specifically Jewish character of the state are but desperate attempts to go against history and legitimize an order that is both unfair and unsustainable.  More.

INTERVIEW:  BENJAMIN  LADRAA:  ‘YOU  DON’T  HAVE  TO  BE  PALESTINIAN  TO  CARE  ABOUT  THE  INJUSTICE  IN  PALESTINE’.
(August 18, 2018)
Benjamin Ladraa is a Swedish human rights activist, who walked 4,800 km through 13 countries over a span of 11 months to raise awareness about the Palestinian cause.   ___Ma’an News Agency interviewed Ladraa after Israeli authorities banned him from entering Palestine upon his arrival at the Allenby Bridge, the Jordanian-Palestinian borders, in July.   Video.

“CEASEFIRE,” by  Jehan Bseiso.

Little men, cross legged, trade war stories like boys trade baseball cards.

These are times ripe and full with want and promise never fulfilled.

This much is true:
Lost boys become lost men.

Too much water, too much blood dilutes history and
We always end up with less than what we started.

In Gaza,
There is no legacy under the rubble, no pride in long fires
Burning.

There is a face at the window, sallow.

One woman sighing, her body bears the marks of all their trudging,
thighs transformed to gallows and trenches.

Her hair shrouds the dead from both sides and her lap
cradles aporias generations can’t understand.

—from I Remember My Name. Novum Pro Publishers. 2016.

 

“. . .the US cannot let the situation remain stable . . .” (Jared Kushner)

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5th-century Mosaics, floor of the Church of Loaves and Fishes, Sea of Galilee. Photo by Harold Knight, November 9, 2015.

SELECTED  NEWS  OF  THE  DAY

ISRAELI  SETTLERS  DAMAGE  40  PALESTINIAN  VEHICLES  IN  NABLUS
Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian house, punctured and damaged vehicles in the northern West Bank district of Nablus late Thursday.  ___The attacks came after an Israeli settlers was killed by a Palestinian driver in a car accident, initially thought to be a vehicular attack, near Nablus, late Thursday night.   ___The Palestinian driver, 60, turned himself in to the Palestinian liaison, shortly after the accident, saying that he had fled the site of the accident out of fear.  MORE.
ISRAEL  EXTENDS  DETENTION  OF  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN  ON  DAY  OF  RELEASE
The Israeli authorities renewed, on Friday morning, the administrative detention of Palestinian prisoner Fidaa Muhammad Ikhlayyil, 21, from Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. . .  Ikhlayyil, a university student, was detained by Israeli forces six months ago and charged with incitement against Israel via her social media pages.   MORE.
HAMAS  RESPONDS  TO  ISRAELI  THREATS  AGAINST  ITS  LEADERS
Member of Hamas Political Bureau Husam Badran responded on Sunday to Israeli threats of assassinating the Movement’s leaders. ___In a press release on Sunday, Badran said that the Israeli threats against Hamas leaders “reflect the state of confusion and hysteria the Israeli Occupation is going through.”  MORE.
REPORTS  REVEAL  KUSHNER  PLAN  TO  DISMANTLE  UNRWA
The Palestinian leadership have slammed a reported plan by the US President’s special adviser Jared Kushner to dismantle the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, saying it’s a plot to take a key issue off any future negotiations. MORE.

COMMENTARY  AND  OPINION

WHY  A  CULTURAL  CENTRE?
Samia Khoury
A few days ago Israel bombarded the Mishal  cultural centre in Gaza destroying it completely.  Why?  This centre has been the gift of Said Meshal to the youth of Gaza to help them cope with all the pressure of living under  siege for the last twelve years.  It is neither a Hamas nor a Fateh Centre. . . . Is it not enough that those young people as well as all the people of Gaza are deprived of a normal life, that it was too much for Israel to see them enjoying some fun with music art, and drama.  MORE.

ARBITRARY  DEMANDS  ON  FOREIGN  NATIONAL  ACADEMICS  WORKING  IN  PALESTINIAN  UNIVERSITIES
(Letter from Committee on Academic Freedom, Middle East Studies Association)
Dear Prime Minister and Ministers,
We write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) to express our dismay regarding the severe and unreasonable limitations imposed on foreign nationals who are faculty members at Birzeit University (BZU) and other Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza. These faculty, some of whom have been teaching for years in Palestinian universities, now have to deal with a wide range of arbitrary demands and conditions in order to obtain re-entry visas that permit their employment in Palestinian universities. Moreover, for the past two years, the Israeli authorities have increasingly denied visas – both new and re-entry – to such academics, to a degree that severely imperils the quality of Palestinian education and the right to education of Palestinian students.  MORE.

FOR  PALESTINIANS  IN  GAZA,  PETER  BEINART’S  DETENTION  IS  A  LUXURY.  HERE  ARE  OUR  STORIES.
Muhammad Shehada
This week, noted journalist, CNN contributor and Forward columnist Peter Beinart underwent a shocking ordeal. He was detained and interrogated at Ben Gurion Airport when trying to enter Israel, despite being Jewish and an ardent Zionist. The outrage was so swift that Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu himself called the episode a mistake in a quasi-apology. . . . for Gaza’s two million locked up inhabitants, it’s far worse. Israel closes Gaza’s sea, air and field spaces with its military, leaving the population with one Israeli-controlled border to leave the besieged enclave, the Erez Border Crossing. There is also the Egyptian border, the Rafah crossing. . . .  The truth is, I’d rather to be detained and interrogated at Ben Gurion for weeks on end than be imprisoned in Gaza. ___I’m not alone. Here are a few stories of Palestinians from Gaza who feel similarly.   MORE.

WEEKLY  REPORT  ON  ISRAELI  HUMAN  RIGHTS  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OCCUPIED  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY  (09–15–2018)
Israeli forces continued to use force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip.
3 Palestinian civilians, including a volunteer paramedic, were killed while a civilian succumbed to his pervious wounds.
157 Palestinian civilians, including 27 children, 2 women, 2 journalists, and 2 paramedics, were wounded; 11 of them sustained serious wounds.
Israeli forces conducted 73 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 4 similar incursions were conducted in Jerusalem. . . .
Israeli authorities continued to create a Jewish majority in occupied East Jerusalem. MORE.

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Firebombing by Israeli seminary students, Church of Loaves and Fishes, June 17, 2015. Photo by Harold Knight, November 9, 2015.

 

Welcome Back! (readers and blogger)

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Sunrise, Nazareth, November 8, 2015. Photo by Harold Knight.

Today begins a new format and a slightly altered purpose for Palestine InSight. As always, my purpose is to provide a sort of “digest” of important Palestinian news stories of the day. However, instead of copying sections of those stories, I will link them.

Most of the space will be given to “opinion” pieces or “commentary” that I find interesting and useful. Note “I find.” I am fully aware that my intention is not to provide a broad range of ideas. I will post interesting items from the online sources I follow regularly (many by subscription).  My purpose is to present ideas about and interpretations of the news that most Americans would not otherwise find. So, no, this is not an “objective” discussion. It is information about the plight of the Palestinian people as they struggle to maintain their heritage, their history, their homes — their lives.

SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY

(Please see “Online Sources” above for links to other current news publications)

~ Israel demolishes al-Araqib Bedouin village for 132nd time
~ Crucial 48 hours as Gaza awaits truce
~ Hamas decries Israeli decision to end ‘Black Friday’ probe: Hamas says Israel must be tried before ICC after investigation into 2014 assault that killed 135 Palestinians closes.
Israel Plans To Turn A Jordan Valley Military Base Into A Colony

SOURCES: ORGANIZATIONS, BLOGS, NEWS SITES

(This is a list of the sources I follow closely. I have put the list with descriptions here today as background. This list will become a “page” listed above, and I will refer the reader to the list as I post articles from these sources each day.)

  • SABEEL ECUMENICAL LIBERATION THEOLOGY CENTER, JERUSALEM
    Mission: To strive towards theological liberation through instilling the Christian faith in the daily lives of those who suffer under occupation, violence, injustice, and discrimination.
    http://sabeel.org/
  • FRIENDS OF SABEEL – NORTH AMERICA
    Support for Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.
    https://www.fosna.org/
  • EYEWITNESS PALESTINE – Journeys for Justice with Palestinian and Israeli Peace-Builders
    Go beyond the headlines. See the land of Palestine/Israel. Connect with Palestinian and Israeli peace-builders. Learn frameworks and strategies for justice. Act to build bridges between people and movements. Every Eyewitness Palestine delegation is real, honest, heartfelt, and genuine. There’s only one way to truly understand the realities of Palestine/Israel – through the eyes of those who live there.  https://www.eyewitnesspalestine.org/
  • BRIGHT STARS OF BETHLEHEM
    Bright Stars of Bethlehem supports Palestinians living in the Holy Land partners to grow hope in Palestine by connecting with people in the United States through awareness-raising and fund-raising institutions in the Holy Land.  Subscribe to newsletter.
    http://brightstarsbethlehem.org/
  • THE INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT (ISM)
    The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles.
    (Subscribe to email newsletter on the home page.)
    https://palsolidarity.org/
  • KINDER USA – Kids in Need of Development, Education, and Relief
    KINDER USA is the leading American Muslim organization focused on the health and well-being of Palestinian children. We envision a free, just and peaceful Palestine where children thrive and look forward to a productive future, like children everywhere. Our mission is to improve the lives of Palestinian children.
    https://www.kinderusa.or
  • REFLECTIONS FROM PALESTINE: A Journey of Hope
    Personal reflections by Samia Khoury, Jerusalem
    http://reflectionsfrompalestine.blogspot.com/
    MUSEUM OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, Washington, D.C.
    The Museum of the Palestinian People shares the rich history, vibrant arts and culture, and spirit of the Palestinian people. It is a space where people are not marginalized because of the artificial distinctions that separate us, a space where people can open their hearts to discover what unites us all. Together, we can create a world without borders. Subscribe here.
    https://mpp-dc.org/
  • A TEXAS LUTHERAN’S VOICE FOR PEACE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL
    Sharing resources for prayer, education and advocacy, seeking justice and peace in Palestine and Israel. Personal blog of Ann Hafften.
    http://voicesforpeace.blogspot.com/
  • NOTES FROM SHUKRI
    The Voice of Imprisoned Humanitarian Activist Shukri Abu Baker of the Holy Land Foundation
    https://notesfromshukri.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/im-humbled/
  • CHRISTIAN ZIONISM.ORG
    We are professors, pastors, leaders of church-related organizations, and laity all working together toward one purpose: to examine a theological teaching called Christian Zionism that is growing in the church today. We believe that this trend demands close examination and study.
    https://www.christianzionism.org/
  • RIGHT TO ENTER
    Right to Enter is a grassroots campaign defending the rights of access, movement and residency in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory. We are a volunteer group of individuals and families affected by the current Israeli occupation authorities policy that denies entry to foreign passport holders.
    http://www.righttoenter.ps/
  • MONDOWEISS
    News & Opinion About Palestine, Israel & the United States Mondoweiss is an independent website devoted to informing readers about developments in Israel/Palestine and related US foreign policy. We provide news and analysis unavailable through the mainstream media regarding the struggle for Palestinian human rights. Founded in 2006 as a personal blog of journalist Philip Weiss.
    https://mondoweiss.net/
  • THE FORWARD
    American magazine founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily, it is a digital-first publication with online reporting alongside monthly magazines in both English and Yiddish. It is one of the most influential American Jewish publications. It has a politically progressive editorial focus
    https://forward.com/
  • HAARETZ: Most-Read Articles Newsletter
    Israeli newspaper founded in 1918, the longest running newspaper in Israel, and is now published in both Hebrew and English. Both Hebrew and English editions can be read on the Internet. It is known for its left-wing and liberal stances on domestic and foreign issues. According to the Center for Research Libraries, “Haaretz is considered [Israel’s] most influential and respected for both its news coverage and its commentary.”
    https://www.haaretz.com/misc/newsletters-page/haaretz-todays-most-read-articles