“. . . and his dreams are aches which march onward. . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

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Nighttime in Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❶ Stores Demolished near Bethlehem, Settlers Close Major Junction
❷ Palestinian shot dead after alleged vehicle attack east of Jerusalem
❸ Soldiers Kill a Palestinian Teen in Hebron
❹ Israel to Coordinate With Google, YouTube, To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Maariv: Google Will Censor Videos Inciting Palestinian Violence
❻ Poetry by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
STORES  DEMOLISHED  NEAR  BETHLEHEM,  SETTLERS  CLOSE  MAJOR  JUNCTION
Nov. 26, 2015
The Israeli army, Thursday, demolished two commercial structures and seized some of their contents in the village of Hosan, west of Bethlehem, according to local sources.
___Hassan Hamamreh, mayor of Hosan, told WAFA that an Israeli army force, accompanied by bulldozers, broke into the village and demolished two commercial structures belonging to Ishaq Shousha and Bajes Oudeh, two local Palestinians, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext for the demolition.
___The two structures are used as stores to sell construction related material and scrap.
___The Israeli military also seized heavy machinery and other equipment available in both stores, including a bagger, forklift trucks and motor homes.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  VEHICLE  ATTACK  EAST  OF  JERUSALEM
Nov. 27, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― A Palestinian man was shot dead on Friday after allegedly running over two Israeli soldiers in a vehicle attack east of Jerusalem, locals and Israel’s army said.
___The Israeli military said there was a “car ramming attack” at a bus station east of Jerusalem, near the Kfar Adumim settlement, which left two soldiers injured.
___Israeli police said that an Israeli settler who was in the area shot dead the Palestinian suspect following the incident.
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Related . . . PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AFTER  INJURING  6  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  IN  CAR  ATTACK  (Nov. 27, 2015)

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The al Arroub refugee camp (Photo: Anne Paq, ActiveStills.org)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SOLDIERS  KILL  A  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  IN  HEBRON
Nov. 27, 2015
Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Thursday evening, a young Palestinian man, after the army invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
___Medical sources said the slain Palestinian has been identified as Khaled Mohammad Jawabra, 19 years of age. He was shot with several rounds of live ammunition, targeting the upper parts of his body.
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Jawabra’s death brings the number of Palestinians, shot dead by Israeli fire, since October first to 102, including 22 children and four women . . . .
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ISRAEL  TO  COORDINATE  WITH  GOOGLE,  YOUTUBE,  TO  CENSOR  PALESTINIAN  VIDEOS  OF  CONFLICT
Nov. 27, 2015
The Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Member of Knesset Tzipi Hotovely, held meetings this week with representatives of YouTube and Google, to find ways of cooperating to censor Palestinian videos from occupied Palestine, videos she dubbed as “inciting violence and terrorism.”
___Israeli daily Maariv said Hotovely will be working with Google and YouTube officials in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.”
___Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices.
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Related . . . ISRAELI  JOURNALISTS  SLAM  NETANYAHU  OVER  CLOSURE  OF  ARABIC  MEDIA  OUTLETS  (Nov. 26, 2015)
❺ Opinion/Analysis
(Note: I include this not knowing anything about the author except what he has said online; you, the reader here, will have to evaluate it)
TIKUN OLAM-תיקון עולם
MAARIV:  GOOGLE  WILL  CENSOR  VIDEOS  INCITING  PALESTINIAN  VIOLENCE


Bibi Netanyahu has been blaming U.S. internet companies like Facebook for the current Palestinian uprising. I’ve taken to calling it the “Facebook Intifada.” Now there’s a new Silicon Valley target.
___Today, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, who’s devoutly wished to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple (thereby destroying the Haram al Sharif), announced (in Hebrew, English here) that she’d met with YouTube’s CEO and Google’s director of public policy at its Silicon Valley campus. During this meeting, according to a Maariv article, Hotovely schooled the executives about the ways in which pro-Palestine propaganda infects the internet and incites impressionable young Palestinian children to knife innocent victims.
___What struck me about the article was the conclusion, in which Hotovely says that Google agreed to create a formal mechanism enabling formal coöperation between the foreign ministry and the company regarding the issue of incitement as played out in YouTube’s video content. In other words, she implied that Google would collaborate with Israel on identifying and removing videos that “incited” violence against Israel.
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“DUSK,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
there is a bird, alone. . .alone and measuring the may sun with
the beating of his wings,
more eager than the east, he grooms, speeds past, clips the mountain
crest, a feather harp,
known to lovers by his eyelashes, his fierce dance, his acrobat desire, on
raffia rope, his two black feet,
and all is fleeting but him, the camera shutter, the full rainbow. . .
a world without end or sorrow,
and he is not the night warden, does not tell each morning of the night
returning at sunset,
as the night will always return, and the feather harp. . . a lover out of
a luck and a luck out of love,
a meeting point, a river, a fire, a brink of all things, again and again
and again,
his feints and flits are far from tender. . . he settles on her breast,
as round as the world,
holding in his butterflies, a blanket for the grieving, his partner in sleep,
and his dreams are aches which march onward, and there are no
maps for the crossing, and she warns him:
that child, your sea, is taking off his shoes, is leaning on the
mountains of the moon,
a strait where paths break, a quenching blue, a clouded pearl. . .
oh his fire! oh his flute!
oh the changing world. . .
and who executes the final turn!

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh from Jerusalem, teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Centre in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian citizens in Bethlehem, Sunday, after the village of Hosan was taken over by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and turned into a military zone. Nov 9, 2015.

“. . . I never fought against God Why am I taught by pain. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Sani Sakakini (No13) is an instrumental part of Palestine’s rise in basketball. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Sani Sakakini (No13) is an instrumental part of Palestine’s rise in basketball. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images


(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you)

❶ Israeli forces storm Aqsa Mosque in third day of clashes
❷ IOF rolls into Palestinian refugee camp, attack civilians
❸ Personality of the Month: Sani Sakakini
❹ Defying Palestinian law, many still seek work in West Bank settlements
❺ Opinion/Analysis: How Obama Can Save the Two-State Solution before He Leaves Office

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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  STORM  AQSA  MOSQUE  IN  THIRD  DAY  OF  CLASHES
Sept. 15, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound’s southern mosque on Tuesday sparking the third straight day of violent clashes at the third holiest site in Islam.
____Dozens of Palestinians were injured in the clashes, during which Israeli forces fired stun grenades, tear gas canisters, and rubber-coated steel bullets at Palestinian worshipers, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society said.
____The director of the society’s office in Jerusalem, Amin Abu Ghazala, told Ma’an that 36 Palestinians had received treatment.
____He said that some of the Palestinians had suffered wounds and bruises after they were physically attacked, while others had suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, although he added that no one needed to be hospitalized.
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Palestinian women demonstrate in an alley outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on September 14, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
Palestinian women demonstrate in an alley outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on September 14, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IOF  ROLLS  INTO  PALESTINIAN  REFUGEE  CAMP,  ATTACK  CIVILIANS
Sept. 15, 2015
AL-KHALIL, (PIC) ― A wave of violent clashes broke out Monday evening in the Aroub refugee camp, in northern al-Khalil, after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rolled into the area and attacked the Palestinian civilians with tear gas canisters and rubber bullets [. . . .]
The assault comes at a time when Palestinian national factions called for holding vigils across the West Bank and Occupied Jerusalem in protest at Israeli attacks on Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque . . .
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
PERSONALITY  OF  THE  MONTH:  SANI  SAKAKINI
If you spent enough time at Ramallah’s Sirriyeh Club during the early 2000s, you may have spotted a tall young man named Sani Sakakini playing basketball . . . . through years of devotion, Sani Sakakini is now the first professional basketball player to hail from Palestine [. . . .]
____Sani currently plays for a team in Jiangsu, China. . . . IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, SANI WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NBA SUMMER LEAGUE, a platform that many players have used to get into the NBA.
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
DEFYING  PALESTINIAN  LAW,  MANY  STILL  SEEK  WORK  IN  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS
Ahmad Melhem
Sept. 14, 2015
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Moussa Alayla, 48, had been working for almost 20 years in agriculture in Israeli settlements in the West Bank before he decided to capitalize on the experience he had gained and establish in 2002 his own company [. . . .]
Anas Mohammed, 25, graduated from one of the colleges in Ramallah two years ago and has been working for five months in the Ariel settlement as a construction worker. He told Al-Monitor that he had to accept work in the settlement because of a lack of job opportunities in the West Bank. [. . . .]
President Mahmoud Abbas issued decree law no. 4 in 2010. . . . The law bans and criminalizes any trade of Israeli settlements’ goods and products, and prohibits Palestinians from working in the settlements.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
TPM CAFE: OPINION
HOW  OBAMA  CAN  SAVE  THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  BEFORE  HE  LEAVES  OFFICE
Sam Bahour
September 14, 2015
President Obama promised that as soon as the Iran nuclear deal is closed he will refocus on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Given this shift of focus is now in sight, Obama should grant U.S. recognition of Palestine as an independent state, albeit a militarily occupied one. Such an elementary step is long overdue and may be the sole act that saves the two-state solution.
____Palestine will never be a complete nation state if required to negotiate its statehood with its military occupier Israel. Without the immediate altering of the dynamics of the conflict, extremism is almost guaranteed to begin pouring into the Palestinian community and Israel. Any further deterioration of the situation on the ground could lead a future Republican president to send U.S. boots to protect Israel. That would be a colossal mistake.
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Sam Bahour serves as a policy adviser to Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, and Chairman of Palestinians for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy. He blogs at ePalestine.com.

The following poem was written in response to the so-called “Six-Day War,” June 5-10, 1967.

From “JOB’S DIARY,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
As Usual

As usual
It is provocative today.
The toll of dead rises in Haiphong,
In Aden they killed six children.
In Israel― mourning.
They commemorate the victory
Over Nazism,
The memory of human slaughter.
The army chief of staff
threatens Syria.

7/5/67

Nothing new.

12/5/67

All the reports declare:
I never fought against God
Why am I taught by pain―?
Well!

Hear me
Whisper into the image:
Job’s curse arise
Arise
Job’s curse. . . revolt
And listen to my cry:
Job
Do not submit to agony
resist the pain!
Note:
To the readers
The remaining notes of Job’s diary are drowned in “red ink”―it is impossible to read―please excuse.

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.keywords=an+enemy+of+the+sun+palestinian
About Samih Al-Qasim

Israeli military invasion of Al Aroub refugee camp / Incursion de l'armée israelienne au camp de Al Aroub, 24.05.2013. ActiveStills Images.
Israeli military invasion of Al Aroub refugee camp / Incursion de l’armée israelienne au camp de Al Aroub, 24.05.2013. ActiveStills Images.