“. . . You have stolen my ancestors’ vineyards and the land I once ploughed . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

“The savage would eventually cease to exist in the face of civilization’s inevitable, God-ordained expansion. Savagism salved the civilized conscience while completing the task: ‘Civilization had created a savage, so to kill him. Idea had begotten an image, so to kill it’.” (Roy Harvey Pearce)

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A Palestinian woman mourns the destruction of olive trees. (Photo: Flickr / Frank M. Rafik, via Telesur, August 19, 2015)

❶ Assailants destroy 45 olive trees and spray paint ‘revenge’ on Palestinian land
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Addameer highlights systematic abuses by Israeli forces
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Lawyer who says Palestinians don’t exist sues San Francisco University

Background:   “Civilization, Savagism, and the Presence of Burning Children,” from Cross Currents

❷ Claims of Israeli settlement freeze an ‘attempt to fool the public’
. . . . .  ❷ ― (ᴀ) Knesset passes draft bill to annex illegal West Bank settlements
❸ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ ASSAILANTS  DESTROY  45  OLIVE  TREES  AND  SPRAY  PAINT  ‘REVENGE’  ON  PALESTINIAN  LAND
Ma’an News Agency
June 25, 2017.  Some 45 olive trees were found destroyed near the village of Burin, adjacent to the notorious illegal Yitzhar settlement in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, while the Hebrew word for “revenge” was spray painted on a stone left in the area, an Israeli human rights organization said Sunday.
___Israeli NGO Rabbis for Human Rights reported on Facebook that the damage was done adjacent to Route 60, the main highway running through the occupied West Bank.  MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ON  THE  INTERNATIONAL  DAY  IN  SUPPORT  OF  VICTIMS  OF  TORTURE,  ADDAMEER  HIGHLIGHTS  SYSTEMATIC  ABUSES  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
June 26, 2017.   On International Day to Support Victims of Torture, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association highlights the continued forms of physical and psychological torture of Palestinian prisoners and detainees by Israeli forces. Occupation authorities practice torture and ill-treatment in a systematic manner, in contravention with international law, which prohibits physical and psychological torture. Human rights conventions, including the Convention Against Torture, to which Israeli is a signatory, as well as the Fourth Geneva Convention, prohibit the use of torture with no exceptions.
MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) LAWYER  WHO  SAYS  PALESTINIANS  DON’T  EXIST  SUES  SAN  FRANCISCO  UNIVERSITY
The Electronic Intifada   
Charlotte Silver
June 23, 2017.   A lawyer who denies that Palestinians exist is suing San Francisco State University, alleging the administration there fosters a hostile environment for Jewish students.
___But faculty and civil rights lawyers say the lawsuit, filed on behalf of six plaintiffs, is yet another attempt at censorship by conflating criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism.
___The complaint, filed in federal court in Northern California on 19 June, was prepared by The Lawfare Project, a group that describes itself as “the legal arm of the pro-Israel community.”
___Last year, the group’s director, Brooke Goldstein, was filmed asking Israel lobby leaders in New York, “Why are we using the word Palestinian?”
___“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A PALESTINIAN PERSON,” GOLDSTEIN ASSERTED . . .   MORE . . .

Smith, Robert O. “Civilization, Savagism, and the Presence of Burning Children.” Cross Currents, vol. 66, no. 2, June 2016, pp. 204-214.
[Roy Harvey Pearce in Savagism and Civilization in 1953] argues that “savagism” is a creation of “civilization” so civilization better understands the boundaries surrounding its proper existence. In the North American context, the “savage” was the Indian (undifferentiated by different tribes). While the Indian had many virtues (i.e., eloquence and closeness to the earth), these were all savage virtues diminished by contact with civilization. . . .  The savage would eventually cease to exist in the face of civilization’s inevitable, God-ordained expansion. Savagism salved the civilized conscience while completing the task: “Civilization had created a savage, so to kill him. Idea had begotten an image, so to kill it” (Pearce).
[. . . .] Five days after the [burning to death of 5-year-old Ali Saad Dawabshe on July 31, 2015], Israeli novelist and commentator David Grossman indicted Israeli right-wing politics for nurturing a climate of extremism.
___Grossman suggested “the consciousness of an occupying people” includes the idea that “there are two kinds of people, and the fact that one is apparently subordinate to another means that it is naturally also inferior to the other,” that “the occupied is less of a human being than the occupier.” Thus, “the person who burned down the Dawabsheh family home knew . . . only that they were Palestinians.” This, Grossman says, “was adequate reason in his eyes . . . to kill them . . .  their mere existence justified their murder and their removal from this world.” This is the logic of savagism. The savage exists, but should not. Their race is run. (Grossman, David, “Will the Israeli Right Finally Come to Its Senses?” Ha’aretz. August 4, 2015).
SOURCE . . . 

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Mohammed, grandfather of 5-year-old Ali Saad Dawabshe, murdered when his family’s home was firebombed by Jewish extremists on July 31, prays while sitting in the wrecked home. (Photo: CNN.com, n.d.)

❷ CLAIMS  OF  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENT  FREEZE  AN  ‘ATTEMPT  TO  FOOL  THE  PUBLIC’       
Ma’an News Agency
June 26, 2017.   After reports emerged Friday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised the United States government to stop marketing new settlement units for the rest of 2017, a representative from settlement watchdog Peace Now called the alleged promise “another spin of the Netanyahu government trying to fool the public.”
___Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post had reported that the alleged freeze was discovered when settlers from the illegal Beit El settlement in the central occupied West Bank discovered that plans for 300 new settler homes — promised to the settlers by Netanyahu in exchange for a peaceful evacuation of the illegal Ulpana outpost — were halted.
___Netanyahu then reportedly met with the settlement’s regional council head Shai Alon and ensured him that the homes promised to the settlers would be excluded from the temporary settlement freeze. . . .     MORE . . .
. . . . .  ❷ ― (ᴀ) KNESSET  PASSES  DRAFT  BILL  TO  ANNEX  ILLEGAL  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS   
Palestine News Network – PNN
June 24, 2017.   The Israeli Knesset approved in its preliminary reading a draft law allowing the application of Israeli law in the illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.
___Haaretz said 48 Members of the Knesset supported the bill while 39 voted against it on Wednesday.
___MK, Bezalel Smotrich, of the right-wing Jewish Home party, who initiated the bill said the decision includes transferring petitions against illegal construction in the settlements to the administrative court instead of the Supreme Court.   MORE . . . 

[Note: Mahmoud Darwish wrote this poem in 1964 when he was 22 years old. He was imprisoned for it―his first imprisonment. The poem became rallying words for the Palestinians. Note, it was written before the 1967 War and before the First and Second Intifadas and remains germane in today’s Palestine.]

“IDENTITY  CARD,”  BY MAHMOUD  DARWISH  (1964)

Write down:
I am an Arab
my I.D. number, 50,000
my children, eight
and the ninth due next summer
―Does that anger you?

Write down:
Arab.
I work with my struggling friends in a quarry
and my children are eight.
I chip a loaf of bread for them,
clothes and notebooks
from the rocks.
I will not beg for a handout at your
door nor humble myself
on your threshold
―Does that anger you?

Write down:
Arab,
a name with no friendly diminutive.
A patient man, in a country
brimming with anger.
My roots have gripped this soil
since time began,
before the opening of ages
before the cypress and the olive,
before the grasses flourished.
My father came from a line of plowmen,
and my grandfather was a peasant
who taught me about the sun’s glory
before teaching me to read.
My home is a watchman’s shack
made of reeds and sticks―
Does my condition anger you?

There is no gentle name,
write down:
Arab.
The colour of my hair, jet black―
eyes, brown―
trademarks, a headband over a keffiyeh
and a hand whose touch grates
rough as a rock.
My address is a weaponless village
with nameless streets.
All its men are in the field and quarry
―Does that anger you?

Write down:
Arab.
You have stolen my ancestors’ vineyards
and the land I once ploughed
with my children
leaving my grandchildren nothing but rocks.
Will your government take those too,
as the rumour goes?

Write down, then
at the top of Page One:
I do not hate
and do not steal
but starve me, and I will eat
my assailant’s flesh.
Beware of my hunger
and of my anger.

About Mahmoud Darwish
From WHEN  THE  WORDS  BURN:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY:  1945-1987.  Translated and edited by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Cormorant Books, 1988.
Film biography of Mahmoud Darwish, Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto, 2014

“. . . brutal, degenerate war as a method of keeping the Palestinians in their place. . . .” (Martin Shaw)

[Please note: Today’s post is in a format different from the normal here. It simply presents a selection of news items about individual Palestinians directly affected by the Israeli forces of occupation in the context of Israel’s new law cracking down on the most effective voice for the Palestinians.]  

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Hizma Village lost more than 60% of its lands for the construction of the Israeli Segregation Wall, Dec. 7, 2007 (Photo: POICA/ARIJ)

❶ NEW  ISRAELI  CRACKDOWN  AIMS  TO  ROOT  OUT,  EXPEL  BDS  ACTIVISTS
The Electronic Intifada
Ali Abunimah
Aug. 8 2016
MORE . . .   
RELATED:  “THE   BOYCOTT,   DIVESTMENT,   SANCTIONS   (BDS)   MOVEMENT   WORKS  TO  END  INTERNATIONAL  SUPPORT  FOR ISRAEL’S  OPPRESSION  OF  PALESTINIANS

  • Shaw, Martin. “PALESTINE  IN  AN  INTERNATIONAL  HISTORICAL  PERSPECTIVE  ON  GENOCIDE.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal  9.1 (2010): 1-24.

Israel’s destruction of the larger part of Palestinian Arab society in 1948 was not exceptionally murderous (‘only’ a few thousand Arabs were massacred), nor was it complete (an Arab minority remained within the Israeli state). Yet it can be argued that the consequences for Israel and the region have been more severe than in many other cases. In part this is because the Palestinians mostly survived, including within Israel, and were able to develop a national movement, with support from the Arab world. Yet it is also because for Israel’s leaders, the national project was evidently incomplete. Subsequent phases of the conflict, although not marked by large-scale violent expulsions and induced flight as in 1948, have provided Israel with opportunities to extend its confiscation of Arab land and to continue piecemeal the displacement of population. Israel has of course used its security concerns as a rationale for settlement and complex geographical control, both designed to make Palestinian communities unviable and force individuals and families to move. These continuing policies can be seen as the ‘slow-motion’ extension and consolidation of the genocide of 1948.
[. . . .]
. . . the consequence of a society founded on genocide in these circumstances is a situation of more or less permanent war. So long as Israel does not come to terms with the genocide of 1948 and its enduring injustice, its leaders will continue to resort to brutal, degenerate war as a method of keeping the Palestinians in their place. A society thus founded cannot hope either for integrity or for security.     FULL ARTICLE

❷ ISRAEL  RELEASES  JERUSALEMITE  GIRL  AFTER  FIVE  MONTHS  IN  PRISON  FOR  KNIFE  POSSESSION
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 11, 2016
MORE . . .
❸ CHILD  DAWABSHEH  TRANSFERRED  TO  TEL HASHOMER  HOSPITAL
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Aug. 11, 2016
MORE . . .
❹ AFTER  7  MONTHS  UNDER  HOUSE  ARREST,  A  JERUSALEMITE  CHILD  TURNS  HIMSELF  IN  TO  SERVE  A  10-MONTH  PRISON  SENTENCE
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
Aug. 8, 2016
MORE. . .
❺ IOF  ARRESTS  12  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
The Palestinian Information Center
Aug. 11, 2016
MORE . . .

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An Israeli border guard grabs Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein during the demonstration in the village of Turmus Aya near Ramallah, during which Abu Ein died, on December 10, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

❻ ISRAELI  POLICE  FINDS  NO  WRONGDOING  IN  DEATH  OF  PALESTINIAN  MINISTER  BEATEN  DURING  PROTEST
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 10, 2016
MORE . . .
❼ SHOT  IN  THE  HEAD  BY  THE  IDF?  YOUR  ENTRY  PERMIT  IS  NOW  REVOKED
+972 Blog
Aug. 6, 2016
MORE . . . 
❽ PPS: “ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  AND  INTERROGATORS  ASSAULT  THREE  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEES”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 11, 2016
MORE . . .
❾ ARMY  ORDERS  A  PALESTINIAN  TO  LEAVE  HIS  HOME  TO  USE  IT  AS  A  MILITARY  POST
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 11, 2016
MORE . . .  
❿ JENIN:  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  DEMOLISH  A  BRICK  FACTORY,  CONFISCATE  ITS  EQUIPMENT
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Aug. 11, 2016
MORE . . .

  • Opinion/Analysis:  FACED  WITH  A  CHOICE  OF  PEACE  AND  BDS,  ISRAEL  CHOOSES  BDS
    Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
    Professor Kamel Hawwash

    [Professor Hawwash is a British Palestinian engineering academic based at the University of Birmingham.]

    August 10, 2016
    Israel’s recent decision to form a taskforce to target Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists for deportation is in stark contrast to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent claim that BDS had been defeated.
    [. . . .]
    ___How can calls for ending the illegal occupation, for equality for all citizens and the respect and promotion of the right of return for Palestinian refugees be a strategic threat?
    [. . . .]
    ___ US Secretary of State John Kerry . . . warned Israel . . .  it would face boycotts on steroids. Israel is now facing this because when it has been called on to choose between a just peace and BDS, it chooses BDS and then blames others for its self-inflicted delegitimisation strategy.      MORE . . .   

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“. . . When the faces of the judges peer down on us . . .” (Muhammad al-As’ad)

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Israeli Tanks Invade Border Areas Near Central Gaza Strip, April 22, 2010 (Photo IMEMC)

Israeli forces detain 47 Palestinians in major East Jerusalem, West Bank raids
❷ Israeli [alleged] murderer of Dawabsheh family released
❸ Israeli Army Invades Palestinian Agricultural Lands in Central and Southern Gaza
❹ Opinion/Analysis: WHICH  JERUSALEM?  ISRAEL’S  LITTLE-KNOWN  MASTER  PLANS
❺ POETRY by Muhammad al-As’ad
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  47  PALESTINIANS  IN  MAJOR  EAST  JERUSALEM,  WEST  BANK RAIDS
Ma’an News Agency
June 1, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 47 Palestinians in overnight raids in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli sources told Ma’an.
___Israeli police carried out a major detention campaign in the al-Tur and al-Suwwana neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, detaining at least 29 Palestinian men and teenagers, locals told Ma’an [. . . .]
___Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that Israeli police and border guard officers detained 33 Palestinians across East Jerusalem on Tuesday night.  MORE . . .  

The Fourth Geneva Convention establishes a high standard for detaining a civilian, whether in occupied territory or in the territory of a party to the conflict. . . .
___The rule is slightly different for occupying powers in occupied territory. In that case, “if the Occupying Power considers it necessary, for imperative reasons of security”  [. . . .]
___Israel has two laws that authorize it to conduct security detentions―an emergency powers law and an “incarceration of illegal combatants” law. Under both laws, a detainee may have his detention reviewed by a court. The Government of Israel views itself as being in an ongoing armed conflict with Palestinian terrorist organizations operating from Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip [. . . .]
___Under Israel’s emergency powers law, the Ministry of Defense (MOD) may detain a person during a “state of emergency” when the Minister has “reasonable cause to believe that reasons of state security or public security require “. . . . The proceedings are not public, and may depart from the regular rules of evidence.

  • Deeks, Ashley S. “Administrative Detention in Armed Conflict.” Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 40.3 (2009): 403-436.      MORE. . .

❷ ISRAELI  [ALLEGED]  MURDERER  OF  DAWABSHEH  FAMILY  RELEASED
Palestine News Network – PNN
June 1, 2016
The top Israeli terror suspect, Meir Ettinger (20) who [allegedly] led the arson attack on the Dawabsheh home in Duma village was released after 10 months of administrative detention on Wednesday morning.
___Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right activist Meir Kahane, was detained following the murder of the Dawabsheh family last July, in which baby Ali Dawabsheh and both his parents were killed.       MORE . . .

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Jerusalem’s Har Homa Jewish Settler neighborhood in 2008. (Photo: Haaretz/Emil Salman)

❸ ISRAELI  ARMY  INVADES  PALESTINIAN  AGRICULTURAL  LANDS  IN  CENTRAL  AND  SOUTHERN  GAZA
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 1, 2016
Several armored Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers invaded, on Wednesday morning, Palestinian agricultural lands, close to the border fence, in the southern and central parts of the Gaza Strip.
___Several tanks and bulldozers, stationed in the Kissufim military base, east of Khan Younis, invaded Palestinian lands, northeast of al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis, while three tanks were positioned behind sand hills, across the border fence.     MORE . . .  
. . . RELATED   Israeli navy injures one Palestinian fisher, kidnaps four others, in Gaza waters   
. . . RELATED   Gaza commemorates 6th anniversary of the freedom flotilla attack

If it cannot be established that the objective (intention) of the closure [of Gaza] regime was to deny the civilian population of Gaza objects essential for its survival then the closure regime will still be unlawful if . . . ‘the damage to the civilian population is, or may be expected to be, excessive in relation to the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated from the blockade’. A blockade cannot be therefore deployed if the damage to the civilian population is expected to be excessive in relation to the anticipated military advantage [. . . .]
. . . even if the Israel-Hamas armed conflict could be internationalised and thus regarded as an international armed conflict, the blockade would still be unlawful because, on 31 May 2010, the blockade was not deployed in accordance with the principle of proportionality. . . Israel’s blockade of Gaza on 31 May 2010 cannot be regarded as lawful. As a state cannot lawfully enforce an unlawful blockade Israel cannot rely upon international humanitarian law to override its obligations under the law of the sea . . .

  • Buchan, Russell. “The International Law of Naval Blockade and Israel’s Interception of the Mavi Marmara.” Netherlands International Law Review (Cambridge University Press) 58.2 (2011): 209-241

Opinion/Analysis: WHICH  JERUSALEM?  ISRAEL’S  LITTLE-KNOWN  MASTER  PLANS
Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.
Nur Arafeh
May 31, 2016
It is the year 2050 and Israel has fulfilled its vision for Jerusalem: Visitors will see a largely Jewish high-tech center amid a sea of tourists, with a minimal Palestinian presence. To achieve this vision, Israel is working on three master plans; one is well-known but two remain under the radar [. . . .]
___The best known of the three Israeli master plans for the city is the Jerusalem 2020 Master Plan, which has not been deposited for public view even though it was first published in 2004. The least known are the Marom Plan, a government-commissioned plan for the development of Jerusalem, and the “Jerusalem 5800” Plan, also known as Jerusalem 2050, which is the outcome of a private sector initiative and is presented as a “transformational master plan for Jerusalem” (see below).      MORE . . .

. . . Israel occupied East Jerusalem in 1967 during the Six-day War and in 1980 declared the whole city, both the western part and the eastern occupied part, to be the “eternal and united” capital of the Jewish State. Nonetheless, the international community has never recognized Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem and Palestinians still claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. This is the reason why the main Israeli effort since the 1967 annexation has been to strengthen de facto its control over the whole city; the aim being to create “urban facts” which would make any future division of the city practically impossible. As Michael Romann and Alex Weingrod state, “the overall policy had as its main axiom the prevention of any possible future attempts to again divide the city or to cut off the occupied East Jerusalem territory from sovereign Israeli control.” 9

  • Chiodell, Francesco. The Jerusalem Master Plan: Planning into the Conflict. Jerusalem Quarterly 51 (2012): 5-20.  MORE. . .

(The footnotes to above article are below)

“SINGERS,” BY MUHAMMAD AL-AS’AD

A deep plunge into the darkness
Merits golden birds
Red roses
And a band all ready to play.
But we the singers in the Arab night
The night of low-profile stars
And eternal sands
We scorn the reward
And cannot take it in.
When the faces of the judges peer down on us
We weep a botanical pain
Picked up in meadows, weep
The blue of waters
And the beauty of deer
Running in our valleys.
When sentence is passed down
In our absolute absence
We will be content with a smile
Or perhaps a sneer.
We are
Not of
This
Kingdom.
Who comprehends the bewilderment
of the last bird
In a blazing forest.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Jack Collom

About Muhammad al-As’ad
From: ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE. Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

8 The international resolutions about Jerusalem by the General assembly and Security Council of the United Nations are available at http:// unispal.un.org  . For a summary, see Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook No 13 (Ramallah: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2011), 49-60).
9 Michael Romann and Alex Weingrod, Living Together Separately. Arabs and Jews in Contemporary Jerusalem (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991), 54. The words of Golda Meir (Prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974 . . .) are very elucidatory: “Arab sovereignty in Jerusalem just cannot be. This city will not be divided – not half and half, not 60–40, not 75–25, nothing” (Golda Meir, “Middle East: Getting almost all Points of View”, The Times, February 19, 1973).

“. . . there’s still some hope, behind that nearby dune . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

2015: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala celebrated Palm Sunday with palms and flowers before joining the local Catholic Church for a procession through Beit Jala. (Photos: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Website)
2015: The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala celebrated Palm Sunday with palms and flowers before joining the local Catholic Church for a procession through Beit Jala. (Photos: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Website)

❶ Unidentified assailants set fire to home of 2015 Duma arson witness
❷ 850 Gaza Christians receive permits to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem
❸ Shanti: Gaza suffers from a serious water crisis
❹ Japan Deplores Israel’s Decision to Expropriate Thousands of Dumuns in Jericho
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ECONOMIC POLICIES ENTRENCH ISRAELI OCCUPATION
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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UNIDENTIFIED  ASSAILANTS  SET  FIRE  TO  HOME  OF  2015  DUMA  ARSON  WITNESS
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
20 Mar. 2016
Unidentified assailants on Saturday night set fire to a house in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank, targeting the only witness of an arson attack that killed a Palestinian family last year.
___.  . .  unidentified attackers threw Molotov cocktails at the house of Ibrahim Dawabsha at 2 a.m. and broke a window while he and his family were sleeping. . . .  Dawabsha was the only witness of the deadly arson attack carried out by extremist Israeli settlers on the home of Saad and Riham Dawabsha in the northern West Bank village on July 30 last year.      MORE . . .

850  GAZA  CHRISTIANS  RECEIVE  PERMITS  TO  CELEBRATE  EASTER  IN  JERUSALEM
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
19 Mar. 2016
Hundreds of Christian Palestinians from the Gaza Strip will travel to celebrate Easter in Bethlehem and occupied East Jerusalem after the Israeli authorities agreed to grant them permits, a Palestinian Authority official said Saturday.
___Muhammad al-Maqadma, a public information officer for the Palestinian Ministry of Civil Affairs, told Ma’an that Israel had granted around 850 permits to Gaza Christians of different ages to travel to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.       MORE . . .
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SHANTI:  GAZA  SUFFERS  FROM  A  SERIOUS  WATER CRISIS
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
20 Mar. 2016
The water authority in Gaza has warned that the besieged enclave suffers from a severe water shortage in its coastal aquifer, which is the primary source for getting water.
___This came during “an interview with an official,” which was organized on Sunday by the government’s information office in Gaza City in the presence of a reporter from the Palestinian Information Center (PIC). Head of the water authority Yaser al-Shanti described the water situation in Gaza as very dangerous.      MORE . . . 

JAPAN  DEPLORES  ISRAEL’S  DECISION  TO  EXPROPRIATE  THOUSANDS  OF  DUMUNS  IN  JERICHO
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
20 Mar. 2016
The Government of Japan Sunday deplored the Israeli government’s decision to expropriate nearly 2,342 dunums near the West Bank district of Jericho, under the pretext of being classified as ‘state land’.
___“The announcement by the Government of Israel clearly contradicts the ongoing efforts by the international community toward a two-state solution,” said the statement . . . .      MORE . . .

OPINION/ANALYSIS:   ECONOMIC  POLICIES  ENTRENCH  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
Nassar Ibrahim
20 Mar. 2016
The Palestinian economy has not been independent in centuries. Like the economies of other Arab countries, the Palestinian economy was subject to foreign control and looting for four centuries under Ottoman rule. Next, British colonial rule lorded over Palestine, until the Nakba uprooted Palestinians from their land in 1948. Following Israel’s occupation of Palestine, Israeli colonial powers took control of the Palestinian economy. All of this made the already weak Palestinian economy an easy target for manipulation and destruction. Israeli management of the Palestinian economy has created deep structural disparities in Palestinian society.       MORE . . .

“OASIS,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

Behind this dune we have an oasis. Leave me alone.
Leave me to rinse myself off in a bit
of its mirage. I’m tired of running after myself
to catch myself before I die.
Take―old friends and my companions―my body,
the shadow of its body’s shadow,
and hold it for a while, so I can reach my time in time.
Behind this dune we have an oasis.
Sustain your longing with dates and water,
without despair.
Listen with me to the songs of the girls
beneath the palms, but do not follow
the voice of my silence.
We have, friends, the right to die as we desire.
But there’s still some hope, behind that nearby dune.
And we have the right to make the stranger
a stranger’s friend, and we have an oasis―
and a bit of rest in the house
of the loved one who left us.
He will come from behind this dune.

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER  THAN  WATER.  NEW  AND  SELECTED  POEMS.  Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008. Available from Amazon
Samih al-Qasim Obituary,
August 20, 2014
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“. . . I never stooped in my country Nor will I ever be humbled . . .” (Tawfiq Ziad)

7 Jerusalemite children that were sentenced with imprisonment. (Photo: Silwanic.net)
7 Jerusalemite children who were sentenced with imprisonment. (Photo: Silwanic.net)

❶ Israel sentences 7 Palestinian minors to 1-3 years of imprisonment
❷ Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians in overnight raids across West Bank
❸ 5-year-old Duma attack survivor meets Real Madrid idol
❹ History: ZIONISM’S LONG AND RICH HISTORY OF DELEGITIMIZING PALESTINIANS
❺ Opinion/Analysis: FLEEING THE WORLD’S LARGEST PRISON: A JOURNEY FROM GAZA TO ISRAEL
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Ziad
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ISRAEL  SENTENCES  7  PALESTINIAN  MINORS  TO  1-3  YEARS  OF  IMPRISONMENT
PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
17 Mar. 2016
The judge of the Israeli District Court on Wednesday, 16 March, has sentenced seven minors from Jerusalem with actual imprisonment with ranging period, starting with 12 months and up to 39 months.
___According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, charges against the children include hurling stones at settlers’ vehicles while passing from Beit Hanina, north of Jerusalem Street.      MORE . . . 

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  9  PALESTINIANS  IN  OVERNIGHT  RAIDS  ACROSS  WEST  BANK
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 18, 2016
Israeli forces detained nine Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank Friday, an Israeli army spokesman said.
___The spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians were detained in the village of Silat al-Thahr near Jenin. . . . In the village of Habla in the northern district of Qalqiliya . . . . in al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central West Bank district of Ramallah. . . . in the Hebron district . . . .
___The spokesperson told Ma’an all were detained for suspected illegal activity or alleged involvement with Hamas.      MORE . . .

5-YEAR-OLD  DUMA  ATTACK  SURVIVOR  MEETS  REAL MADRID  IDOL
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 17, 2016
A Palestinian child whose family was killed in an arson attack committed by Israeli settlers last year was welcomed by major Spanish football club Real Madrid on Thursday.
___Ahmad Dawabsha, 5, arrived at the Real Madrid club headquarters in Madrid accompanied by his grandfather, where he met a number of players including his idol Cristiano Ronaldo.
___Ahmad was the sole survivor of a deadly arson attack carried out by extremist Israeli settlers on his family home in the northern West Bank village of Duma on July 30 last year.      MORE . . .

British Zionist Israel Zangwill who coined the phrase, "Palestine is a country without a people; the Jews are a people without a country" (Photo: Wikimedia)
British Zionist Israel Zangwill who coined the phrase, “Palestine is a country without a people; the Jews are a people without a country” (Photo: Wikimedia)

HISTORY:   ZIONISM’S  LONG  AND  RICH  HISTORY  OF  DELEGITIMIZING  PALESTINIANS
MONDOWEISS 
Thomas S. Harrington
17 Mar. 2016
Demonstrating once again the sniveling and shameless fealty to the wealthy that she and her husband have elevated to a high art over the last 30 years, Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban last July 6th in which she said that: I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority. . . .      MORE . . . . 

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  FLEEING  THE  WORLD’S  LARGEST  PRISON:  A  JOURNEY  FROM  GAZA  TO  ISRAEL
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Samah Salaime
18 Mar. 2016
When Shefaa was granted permission to leave Gaza for a four-day visit to Israel to meet with a group of Jewish and Palestinian women, it was nothing short of a miracle. There she could tell her story and dispel the myths about life in Gaza.       MORE . . .

“I  CLASP  YOUR  HANDS,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZIAD
I call upon you
And clasp your hands.
I kiss the dust under your shoe
And say: I’ll lay down my life for you,
Grant you the gift of eyesight in my eyes.
The warm love in my heart I give to you,
For the tragedy I live
Is but mu share in your larger tragedy.

I call upon you
And clasp your hands.
I never stooped in my country
Nor will I ever be humbled.
Orphaned, naked and barefoot
I confronted my oppressors,
Carrying my blood in my palms.

I have never lowered my flags,
And have always tended the grass over my ancestors’ graves.
I call upon you, and clasp your hands!

From THE  PALESTINIAN  WEDDING:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE  POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
Tawfiq Ziad was a Palestinian poet, writer, scholar and politician. He was born in Nazareth in 1929 and died on July 5, 1994 in a dreadful car crash while on his way to meet Yasser Arafat in Jericho after the Oslo agreements. He participated in Palestinian political life in occupied Palestine, was elected mayor of Nazareth, and served as a member of the Israeli Knesset.
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“. . . we will continue our prayers and conjure new seasons for our lives . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

❶ Analysis: The end of normalcy for Israeli settlements?
❷ Israeli forces seize Palestinian vehicles, equipment in Jordan Valley
❸ Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian farmers, shepherds in Gaza
❹ Jerusalem court slams police over arrests of left-wing activists
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The Israeli government is as responsible for Duma murders as those who threw the firebomb
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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THE  END  OF  NORMALCY  FOR  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENTS?
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
January 29, 2016
The United States appears to be following the European Union in taking symbolic steps to challenge the aura of normalcy with which Israel has cloaked its settlement enterprise for decades.
___United States Customs officials published a notice last week clarifying that U.S. law does not permit goods manufactured in the West Bank, including in Israeli settlements, to be labeled as “made in Israel.”   More
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SEIZE  PALESTINIAN  VEHICLES,  EQUIPMENT  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY
Jan. 30, 2016
Israeli forces late Friday confiscated trucks and equipment being used to build a new agricultural road in the Palestinian village of Khirbet al-Dir in the northern Jordan Valley.
___The head of a local council in the occupied West Bank village, al-Maleh Arif Daraghmah, told Ma’an that military forces had seized the equipment, without citing a reason for its removal.
___Daraghmah added that days before, Israeli forces had ruined dozens of acres of agricultural land and roads while carrying out military drills in the area.    More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  ON  PALESTINIAN  FARMERS,  SHEPHERDS  IN  GAZA
Jan. 30, 2016
Israeli forces deployed at the borderline between the Gaza Strip and Israel opened fire at a group of Palestinian farmers and shepherds who were in nearby agricultural lands.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that the group was forced to leave the area after the forces opened fire east of the city of Khan Younis. No injuries were reported. . . .
___Israeli military forces have opened fire on Palestinian farmers near the border at least four times this month, one of whom was injured on Friday.    More . . .
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JERUSALEM  COURT  SLAMS  POLICE  OVER  ARRESTS  OF  LEFT-WING  ACTIVISTS
Haggai Matar
Jan. 29, 2016
The Jerusalem Magistate’s Court freed Israeli left-wing activists Ezra Nawi and Guy Butavia from house arrest on Thursday, with Judge David Shaul Gabai Richter chastising police for not substantiating their suspicions against the pair.
___Nawi and Butavia, activists with anti-occupation direct-action group Ta’ayush, were arrested following the broadcast of a right-wing hidden camera “sting,” on suspicion of making contact with a foreign agent (Palestinian security services). . . .    More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
THE  ISRAELI  GOVERNMENT  IS  AS  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  DUMA  MURDERS  AS  THOSE  WHO  THREW  THE  FIREBOMB
Dan Cohen
Jan. 29, 2016
Since the announcement of an indictment in the deadly firebombing in the occupied West Bank village of Duma, Israeli media outlets have analyzed the likelihood that the killers will be punished, given that the main suspect’s confession were extracted by torture.
___But they have not mentioned the elephant in the room: culpability for the murder of baby Ali Dawabshe and his parents lies not only with those who threw the firebomb, but with the Israeli government which promotes, subsidizes and protects their presence in the West Bank.   More . . .

“PRAYER,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

Farah, we will begin our prayers
amid this bloody sorrow
and among the lonely pine.
What makes the mountains this morning much kinder,
the sun more glamorous,
the wind a song that celebrates the heights?
What makes our beloved jasmine
more pure than we imagined
and more disobedient than we had thought?
What makes these mountains
and these trees that we allowed to be taller than us
much shorter than us now?
Farah, we will continue our prayers
and conjure new seasons for our lives,
new rivers to flow in our veins
and a new place for the world’s singing.
We will continues our prayers
and when love is total,
when our fingers shyly and tenderly come together
like beads of the fig’s milk,
we will climb the mountain to bless all creatures
and together whisper: Amen . . . amen.

About Ibrahim Nasrallah
From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN INSIDE: SELECTED POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.

“. . . a drop of blood…resisting the conquerors! . . .” (Majid Abu Ghoush)

❶ West Bank village punished for exposing Israel’s brutality
❷ Palestinian home targeted in suspected revenge attack by settlers
❸ WATCH: Israelis say ‘enough’ to violence and occupation
❹ Dual-citizen suspects in the Duma killings: Four suspects maintain citizenship with Anglo-Saxon countries [Related: suspects released]
❺ Opinion/Analysis: DELINKING  THE  PALESTINIANS
❻ Poetry by Majid Abu Ghoush
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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
WEST  BANK  VILLAGE  PUNISHED  FOR  EXPOSING  ISRAEL’S  BRUTALITY
Nancy Murray
Dec. 21, 2015
The small West Bank village of Nabi Saleh is paying a steep price for a VIDEO OF ISRAELI BRUTALITY.
___Widely circulated in recent months, the video shows the mother and sister of 12-year-old Muhammad Tamimi wresting him away from a masked and armed Israeli soldier. The boy was throttled and jammed into boulders on 28 August, despite having a cast on his arm. . . .
___Miri Regev, Israel’s culture minister, said that the soldier should have shot the boy’s unarmed rescuers.
___Since the incident, the Israeli army has detained scores of young men from the village and subjected them to lengthy periods of interrogation, during which abusive treatment occurred.   More . . .

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  HOME  TARGETED  IN  SUSPECTED  REVENGE  ATTACK  BY  SETTLERS
Dec. 22, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Suspected Israeli settlers early Tuesday attacked a Palestinian home in a Ramallah-area village in the occupied West Bank in what appeared to be a revenge attack for the arrest of Jewish extremists who carried out a deadly attack last summer.
___Hussein al-Najjar, 30, told Ma’an that settlers arrived to his home in the village of Beitillu around 1:30 a.m. and vandalized the exterior walls of the house before smashing in a window and throwing three tear gas bombs inside.
___Al-Najjar said that he and his wife as well as their 9-month-old son Karam suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.   More . . .
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WATCH:  ISRAELIS  SAY  ‘ENOUGH’  TO  VIOLENCE  AND  OCCUPATION
December 21, 2015
Since the beginning of October, more than 120 people — Palestinians and Israelis — have lost their lives, while hundreds of others have been wounded in the latest round of violence. Lives on both sides are cut short, entire families are torn apart, and fear and hatred reign in the streets. Dozens of Israeli activists heeded the call of their Palestinian counterparts and protested in front of the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv last week to call for an end to the violence.   More . . .
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
DUAL-CITIZEN  SUSPECTS  IN  THE  DUMA  KILLINGS:  FOUR   SUSPECTS  MAINTAIN  CITIZENSHIP  WITH  ANGLO-SAXON  COUNTRIES.
Sergio Yahni
Dec. 21, 2015
In July 2015, two parents and their 18-month-old son were burned to death when a commando threw firebombs at the Dawabshe family’s home in the village of Duma. A four-year-old child survived the attack, but sustained severe injuries.
___At least six Israelis were arrested for the attack . . . .
___Meyer is a U.S. citizen. Shin Bet claims that Mordechai committed arson at Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.
___Ettinger – a U.S. citizen and the grandson of militant Jewish nationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane . . . .   More . . .
Related . . . SETTLER  IMPUNITY:  ISRAELI  DEFENSE  MINISTER  SAYS  THERE  IS  NOT  ENOUGH  EVIDENCE  TO  DETAIN  OR  PROSECUTE  DAWABSHE  KILLERS
Opinion/Analysis
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
DELINKING  THE  PALESTINIANS
Joseph Massad
Dec. 22, 2015
Since the more recent third Palestinian uprising started in early October, there has been a rush by different Arab countries and intellectuals to legitimize their good relations with, and their love for, Israel.
___With the Palestinian uprising refusing to abate in November, panic set in among the Arab anti-Palestinian camp, which has gained considerable ground across the Arab world since the 1978 Egypt-Israel Camp David accords . . . .
___On 1 November, the Egyptian government, in addition to being one of the two jailers of 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza, voted openly and for the first time ever in favor of Israel at the United Nations.   More . . .

“RESISTANCE,”  MAJID  ABU  GHOUSH

I plant my poetry
in the streets,
in every quarter
and every alley,
a poem…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my fingers
in the streets,
in every hole,
in every flower pot:
a finger…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my blood
in the streets,
on every sidewalk,
on every roadsign:
a drop of blood…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my dreams
in the streets,
in the heads of passers-by:
an infant dream…resisting the conquerors!
I plant the names of my loved ones
in the streets,
on every tree, on every wall:
the name of a martyr resisting the conquerors!
I plant the colors of the flag
in the streets,
on every house,
and every window and door:
a color…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my children’s luggage
in the streets
at every roadblock,
at every checkpoint:
a suitcase…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my hands
in the streets,
on every corner:
a firm hand resisting the conquerors!

Majid Abu Ghoush (b. Amwas) is a prolific poet, a member of the Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Writers, and a founding member of Poets Without Borders Palestine. Abu Ghoush reading one of his own poems.  See also. 
From: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Middle East Affairs
Special Programs,
Commemorating the Intifada’s Tenth Year, April 10, 1998
Prof. Naseer Aruri

 

“. . . I shall tell the world. . . Of the fire that consumed . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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The Dawabsha Family, Murdered by Jewish Settler radicalized terrorists

YA’ALON: NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO TRY DOUMA TERRORISTS
❷ BBC forced to admit it misled over Palestine
❸ Soldiers Kidnap Four Palestinians in Hebron; Army Kidnaps Four Palestinians in Ramallah, One in Beit Jala
❹ Obama’s ISIS czar says we can’t defeat extremism without resolving Palestinian issue
Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL GETS A RAISE DESPITE INSULTS TO OBAMA, 50 YEARS OF VIOLENCE TO PALESTINIANS
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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IMEMC News
YA’ALON:  NOT  ENOUGH  EVIDENCE  TO  TRY  DOUMA  TERRORISTS
December 15, 2015
The Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, on Tuesday said that the terrorists who burned the home of the Dawabsha family, killing a baby and his parents, were identified, except that the court evidence against them is “not enough.”
___Ya’alon, speaking to army radio, admitted that the attack was “CLEARLY  A  JEWISH  TERROR  ATTACK”  which “he is ashamed of,” adding that “Israel does not have enough evidence against the defendants to keep them detained or prosecute them.”
More . . .

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Moshe Ya’Alon Israeli Minister of Defense (Photo: Jerusalem Post)

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
BBC  FORCED  TO  ADMIT  IT  MISLED  OVER  PALESTINE
Dec. 11, 2015
For the second time in just over six months, the BBC has been forced to admit that its flagship news and current affairs program — Today — has misled its audiences over the situation in Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
___In a broadcast in October, veteran presenter John Humphrys and Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly implied in a two-way conversation that all of those killed in that month’s violence were Israeli.
___In fact, at the date of broadcast, on 19 October, more than 40 of those killed were Palestinian and fewer than 10 Israeli.
More . . .
IMEMC News
SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  FOUR  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON
Tuesday December 15, 2015
Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and several nearby towns, searched and ransacked many homes, and kidnapped four Palestinians, including a former political prisoner.
More . . .
Related. . . ARMY  KIDNAPS  FOUR  PALESTINIANS  IN  RAMALLAH,  ONE IN  BEIT  JALA
MONDOWEISS
OBAMA’S  ISIS  CZAR  SAYS  WE  CAN’T  DEFEAT  EXTREMISM  WITHOUT  RESOLVING  PALESTINIAN  ISSUE
Philip Weiss
Dec. 14, 2015
President Obama’s new ISIS czar said yesterday that resolving the Israel Palestine conflict is necessary to defeating Islamist extremists.
___Rob Malley, senior advisor to Obama “for the Counter-ISIL Campaign in Iraq and Syria” and White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, said at a New York conference that the conflict enables ISIS in two ways. Extremists “refer constantly” to the situation of Palestinians. So they would lose a recruiting tool if the matter were resolved. And the failure to resolve the conflict makes it “very difficult” to get “the kind of open cooperation that we really need to get changes on the ground”–
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL  GETS  A  RAISE  DESPITE  INSULTS  TO  OBAMA,  50  YEARS  OF  VIOLENCE  TO  PALESTINIANS
Rachelle Marshall
January 2015
National pride and respect for international law are no match for political expediency when it comes to America’s “special relationship” with Israel. This was demonstrated again in November, when President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to consider $50 billion in military aid to Israel over the next 10 years—a hefty increase of $2 billion a year. The additional aid is intended as consolation to Israel for a nuclear agreement with Iran that makes Israel safer.
___As if this were not irrational enough, President Obama welcomed Netanyahu to the White House on Nov. 9 and again reassured him of America’s unwavering support. Republicans who are calling for cuts in domestic spending are promising even more money to Israel, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has pledged that if elected, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be her first guest at the White House.
More . . .

“JOB’S  DIARY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
I shall tell the world.
I shall tell the world―tell them
Of the lamp they shattered in my home,
Of the axe that destroyed a lily,
Of the fire that consumed a braid

I shall tell them of the unmilked ewe-lamb
Of the morning coffee―left undrunk
Of the mother’s dough left unbaked
Of the mud roof where the grass grows now
I shall tell the world

Neglected daughter of my neighbor
I still have your doll―put away
I have it so come back
Come back
On the train of the East wind

And Hanna
I have forgotten your features
Yet, I ache to remember
In my heart I hear your footsteps
How beautiful we were―together
My neighbor’s daughter, Hanna and I

How beautiful together we were
So why have our eyes
Become focused in foreign land?
And our hands roped
To this curse?
I shall tell the world―tell them
I shall tell the world!

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.
About Samih Al-Qasim

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Rob Malley, senior adviser at the White House on Middle East and counter-ISIL campaign (White House Photo)

 

 

“. . . Don’t ask me to empty the sea . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

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Palestinians attend the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec. 13, 2011. (Xinhua/Fadi Arouri)

❶ The Grinch who stole Palestinian Christmas
❷ Israel releases Palestinian journalist held without trial or charge
❸ Israel releases suspect of Dawabsha arson murder on house arrest
❹ ‘Jews can’t be terrorists,’ Jewish Home MK says
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Letter From An Israeli Activist
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El-Asmar
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REPORT: LIST  OF  116  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  SINCE  OCTOBER  1ST

AL-MONITOR: THE PULSE OF PALESTINE
THE  GRINCH  WHO  STOLE  PALESTINIAN  CHRISTMAS
Aziza Nofal
Dec. 10, 2015
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Activist Hekmat Bessiso recently wrote on her Facebook page, “If the birthplace of Jesus Christ does not celebrate Christmas, who in the world will? I hope Palestine remains full of lights every December. Our struggle is enduring, and this is why we should preserve our joy.”
___Bessiso’s comments were in protest of a Nov. 23 declaration by the Council of Churches of Ramallah city and municipality to cancel the annual Christmas tree lighting and limit Christmas celebrations to religious rituals because of the current unrest. It said the decision had been made out of respect for victims and the wounded. As of Dec. 8, the number of Palestinians killed during the two-month-old intifada stood at 117.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  RELEASES  PALESTINIAN  JOURNALIST  HELD  WITHOUT   TRIAL  OR  CHARGE
Dec. 10, 201
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released a well-known Palestinian rights activist and journalist on Thursday after being held for 18 months under administrative detention, locals told Ma’an.
___Nidal Abu Aker, who has served a total of 14 non-consecutive years in Israeli prison, was released to his family in Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem.
___Most of Abu Aker’s total internment in Israeli prison had been under Israel’s policy of administrative detention, or imprisonment without trial or charge.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  RELEASES  SUSPECT  OF  DAWABSHA  ARSON  MURDER  ON  HOUSE  ARREST
Dec. 11, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel on Thursday released an Israeli settler arrested for suspected involvement in a fatal arson attack on a Palestinian family in July, Israeli media reported.
___The settler, connected to a Jewish extremist organization, was arrested along with several others as a suspect in an arson that killed three members of the Dawabsha family in Duma village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.
___The suspect was reportedly released and transferred to house arrest for five days at his home in the illegal Israeli settlement of Benyamin, east of Ramallah city.
More . . . 

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Riham Dawabsha has died of injuries she sustained during an arson attack on her home in the West Bank that killed her husband and infant son on July 31, 2015.

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‘JEWS  CAN’T  BE  TERRORISTS,’  JEWISH  HOME  MK  SAYS
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Dec. 10, 2015
‘When you push an entire population up against the wall, when you demonize them and trample their rights, [the situation] will explode in the end,’ the Israeli parliamentarian writes with no sense of irony.
More . . .
Related . . . WATCH:  BARBECUE  AT  THE  CHECKPOINT?  WHY  NOT
Opinion/Analysis
IMEMC NEWS
LETTER  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  ACTIVIST
Matan Kaminer – Alternative Information Center
Nov. 30, 2015
I read your open letter to Israeli activists with great shame. I do not know you personally but from your letter and your background I gather that you are one of the many Palestinians who hold a real belief in human decency, and have not entirely lost hope of finding that decency in Jewish Israelis. For many years, people like you have searched all channels of information to garner knowledge about Israeli acts of resistance against the occupation, and it used to be that such acts could be discovered. Not many, perhaps. But now it seems to me that you perk up your ears and hear nothing but a deafening silence. The least I can do is to break that silence by answering your letter, though I cannot say I bring good tidings.
More . . .

“TO  A  JEWISH  FRIEND,”  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR

Don’t ask me
the impossible
Don’t’ ask me
to hunt stars,
walk to the sun.
Don’t ask me
to empty the sea
to erase the day’s light
I am nothing but a man.

Don’t ask me
to abandon my eyes, my love,
the memory of my childhood.

I was raised
under an olive tree,
I ate the figs
of my orchard
drank wine from
the sloping vineyards
Tasted Cactus fruit
in the valleys
more, more.

The nightingale has sung
in my ears
The free winds of fields and cities
always tickled me
My friend
You cannot ask me
to leave my own country. (March 1971)

El Asmar, Fouzi.  POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON.  Intro. Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
Available at Google Books.
About Fouzi El-Asmar 

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Ofer Prison, Occupied Territories run by the Israel Prison Service. It holds 1,100 Palestinians, those under administrative detention and those who have been tried and sentenced. Among them are children. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

 

“. . build for scoundrels a life of justice and scented plentitude . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad, 1970)

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Blockade of an entrance to Hebron erected a few days before this photo was taken (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

❶ Officials: Israel to confiscate 244 dunams of land in northern Hebron
❷ 2 Palestinian teenagers killed in Hebron after stabbing attack
❸ PA, Israel in dispute over Dawabsha family medical bills
❹ The farce of catching Jewish terrorists
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel  Ratchets  up  Its  Violence  against  a  New  Generation  of  Palestinians.  A  New  Intifada?
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
OFFICIALS:  ISRAEL  TO  CONFISCATE  244  DUNAMS  OF  LAND  IN  NORTHERN  HEBRON
Dec. 3, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli authorities have ruled to confiscate 244 dunams of land from the villages of Surif and al-Jabaa in the northern Hebron district, local officials told Ma’an Thursday.
___The mayor of Surif, Muhammad Lati Ghneimat, said that the land is located in the al-Ghazal, Khillet Abu Ghneim, Deir Moussa, and Thahr al-Mansara areas in al-Jabaa village.
___“There are hundreds of olive trees planted in these lands that are very old belonging to the Ghneimat, al-Hur, Hmeidat and other families,” the mayor said.  More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGERS  KILLED  IN  HEBRON  AFTER  STABBING  ATTACK
Dec. 4, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers in Hebron overnight Friday after an alleged stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier, Israel’s army and locals said.
___”Overnight two assailants stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron. In response to the threat, forces fired at the attackers, resulting in their death. A soldier was moderately wounded,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.
___Palestinian sources identified the victims to Ma’an as cousins Taher Faysal Fannoun, 19, a student at Hebron University, and Faysal Abd al-Minem Fannoun, 15.
___Witnesses in the Tel Rumeida area where the incident took place reported seeing two bodies on the ground after hearing gunshots after midnight.  More . . .

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Barricade in Hebron with guard tower overlooking street commandeered by Jewish Settlers (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PA,  ISRAEL  IN  DISPUTE  OVER  DAWABSHA  FAMILY  MEDICAL  BILLS
Dec. 4, 2015
RAMALLAH ― The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health on Thursday said it had been asked to pay the medical bills to treat members of the Dawabsha family after a deadly attack on their home by settlers in July, a claim denied by a senior Israeli official.
¬¬___The ministry issued a statement claiming that the Sheba Medical Center had demanded that the Palestinian ministry cover the medical bills of four-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha, the only surviving member of a deadly arson attack which killed his 18-month-old baby brother and parents Saad and Riham.
___On Oct. 25, the PA ministry received a bill from the medical center for 259,643 shekels ($67,000) to cover treatment of the Dawabsha family.  More . . .
Related . . . DAWABSHA  FAMILY:  ISRAELI  GOVERNMENT  GAVE  SETTLERS  A  ‘LICENCE  TO  KILL’
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THE  FARCE  OF  CATCHING  JEWISH  TERRORISTS
Edo Konrad
Dec. 3, 2015
After months of seemingly never-ending promises by Israel’s defense establishment, a number of Israeli youths have been arrested in connection with the arson attack in the West Bank village Duma last summer, which killed three members of the Dawabsha family. . . . Their identity still remains under gag order.
Gag orders are commonly used in cases of Jewish terrorism, a courtesy hardly extended to Palestinian subjects of military rule. In fact, at any given moment there are hundreds of Palestinians, including minors, who Israel holds without trial.
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The Duma arrests come just months after Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon first claimed he knew who was responsible for the attack, yet abstained from putting anyone on trial so as not to expose the defense establishment’s source’s in court.  More . . .
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WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL  RATCHETS  UP  ITS  VIOLENCE  AGAINST  A  NEW  GENERATION  OF  PALESTINIANS.  A  NEW  INTIFADA?
Jonathan Cook (first of four commentaries)
December, 2015
Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister, gave an interview to Israeli army radio on Oct. 15. . . The man who 13 years earlier, during the height of the second intifada, had called for his troops to “burn into [the Palestinians’] consciousness” their defeat, now spoke of the challenges Israel faced in “managing” the conflict.
___“We have to know how to deal with this and not get scared, and understand that there’s a long struggle there and mainly act in our own interests,” he said. Israelis had to concentrate on living a “normal life” while “around us there’s a culture of death.”
___The change of emphasis more than a decade later almost certainly reflected the views of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu too. . More . . .

“THE  PAGAN  FIRE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  (1929 – 1994)

Slowly,
I draw the thin thread of light
From the night’s entangled darkness,
Water the nursery of dreams
At the source of the torrent,
And dry the tears of my beloved
With kerchiefs of Arabian Jasmine.

Slowly,
I plant the scarce oases
In the burning sands,
And build for scoundrels
A life of justice and scented plentitude.
If, one day, I trip on the road,
My roots will guide me back.

Slowly,
For I am not like matches
That flicker once and die forever
But like a pagan fire,
I burn from the cradle to the grave,
And from my ancestors to my descendants.
My breath is as wide as the horizon;
I will master the craft of ants.

Slowly,
For we dictate
The course of history.
We have seen the end
Of many a tyrant;
Each gets what he deserves.
We lengthen their ropes,
Not to lengthen their lives, but to hang them.
―Translated by Dr. Mahmud Hassan of Alexandria University

From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970. Available from Amazon.
Tawfiq Zayyad (7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his “poetry of protest”. Born in the Galilee, Zayyad studied literature in USSR. After returning home, he was elected mayor of Nazareth on 9 December 1973. . . More . . . 

hebron fortress
Fortress of the Israeli military protecting illegal Jewish settlements in Hebron (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)