“. . . We have a brother in the dust . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

❶ Israeli settlers attack northern West Bank school
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Scores of settlers and police forces defile Aqsa Mosque
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Settlers conduct land survey south of Nablus
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) Rabbi: Israeli settlement incubates worst violence against Palestinians

  • Background: “Childhood: A Universalist Perspective for How Israel Is Using Child Arrest and Detention to Further Its Colonial Settler Project.” International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.

❷ Two boys lose eyes to Israeli fire
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli occupation forces abduct 4 Palestinian children in Jenin
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) Palestinian child abducted by 21 Israeli soldiers returns home
❸ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  NORTHERN  WEST  BANK  SCHOOL  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Dec. 28, 2017 ― Jewish settlers attacked on Thursday students at the Burin High School in the northern West Bank district of Nablus prompting local residents to confront them and push them back, according to the school principal Ibrahim Omran.
___Israeli soldiers, who provided protection to the settlers who came from the illegal settlement of Yitzhar, fired tear gas and rubber bullets at the Palestinians causing several cases of suffocation from gas inhalation and rubber bullet injuries.
___Omran said the students were sitting for their mid-term exams when some 15 settlers attacked the school under army protection.     MORE . . . 
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴀ)  SCORES  OF  SETTLERS  AND  POLICE  FORCES  DEFILE  AQSA  MOSQUE
The Palestinian Information Center
Dec. 28, 2017 ―  Dozens of Jewish settlers on Thursday morning desecrated the Aqsa Mosque’s courtyards under tight police guard.
___According to local media sources, about 112 settlers entered the Mosque in groups through al-Maghariba Gate, while several police troops were deployed throughout the Mosque’s plateaus and among Palestinian worshipers.  MORE . . . 
.  .  .  .  .  ❶―  (ᴃ)  SETTLERS  CONDUCT  LAND  SURVEY  SOUTH  OF  NABLUS
The Palestinian Information Center 
Dec. 28, 2017 ―  A group of Jewish settlers escorted by soldiers on Wednesday surveyed a vast tract of land in an area between the towns of Duma and Qusra, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
___Local sources said that several settlers and soldiers were seen using maps in their land survey, expressing fears of Israeli intents to annex lands in their area for settlement projects.     MORE . . .  
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴄ)    RABBI:  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENT  INCUBATES  WORST  VIOLENCE  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS 
Days of Palestine 
Dec. 27, 2017 ―  Toxic environment of radical Israeli settlements incubates violence, while Israeli occupation forces has miserable record of bringing those who attack Palestinians to justice, Rabbi Arik Ascherman said. 
___In an opinion article published by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Tuesday, Ascherman said he was attacked with a knife by a masked settler from the illegal settlement of Itmar in 2015 while he was leading Israeli occupation forces to a FIRE SET BY SETTLERS in a Palestinian olive grove.
___The attacker, Ascherman ironically said, was taken to court and then was sentenced, but to 150 hours of community service.   MORE . . .  

Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera.
“Childhood: A Universalist Perspective for How Israel Is Using Child Arrest and Detention to Further Its Colonial Settler Project.”
International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
, vol. 12, no. 3, Sept. 2015, pp. 223-244.
[. . . .] . . . the general trend of settler colonialism is based on “a sustained institutional tendency to supplant the indigenous population” and a cultural logic of elimination that “reconciles a range of historical practices that might otherwise seem distinct” (Wolfe, P. (2006). Settler colonialism. p. 396). Furthermore, settler colonialism is located in programs of control, removal, and termination, and the invasion of the world of colonized people is a structure, not an event. Children who are maltreated in such a context suffer ongoing structural violence at the hands of the colonizer. . .  In the settler colonial project, settlers regard the new territory as theirs and conceive the birth and development of native children as contributing to a “demographic threat” that compromises their dominance over the territory. . .  demographic and social modes of control are  connected to structural preconditions that dispossess land and dominate movement and life. Controlling, subjugating, and abusing children enhances such dispossession.
[. . . .] Within this context, Palestinian children are viewed as security threats and therefore thrust outside of acceptable and established human rights framework and into a discriminatory structure of analysis. Mohammed Zine al-Majid, for example, was only four years old when an arrest warrant was issued in his name . . . Mohammed’s father recalled asking the armed officers who raided his home in search of his toddler son, “Are you sure you have an arrest warrant? A legal one?” . . .  Mohammed’s father could not believe that such a young boy could be considered a threat. Although the authorities left once they realized they had made mistake, the damage was already done.
___Legally, Mohammed was not treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention or the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child . . . Mohammed’s case calls for an analysis of how, in the context of the military occupation of the Palestinian territories, arrest warrants for children are considered “legal,”“acceptable,” and “normal,” and not seen as child abuse.    SOURCE . . . 

❷ TWO  BOYS  LOSE  EYES  TO  ISRAELI  FIRE 
The Electronic Intifada     
Maureen Clare Murphy
Dec. 28, 2017 ―  With Israel’s crackdown on protests over Jerusalem has come a spike in violations of Palestinian children’s rights.
___Since 6 December, when President Donald Trump announced that the US recognized the city as Israel’s capital and pledged to move the country’s embassy there, Palestinian children have been among the hundreds injured and arrested by Israeli forces.
___Several children have suffered potentially irreversible head injuries, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine.
___Two have lost eyes.
___Two boys were hit in the face with tear gas canisters fired by Israeli soldiers from a watchtower near Erez checkpoint during an 11 December protest at the Gaza-Israel boundary.   MORE . . .    ..
.  .  .  .  .  ❷  ―  (ᴀ)  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  FORCES  ABDUCT  4  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN  IN  JENIN    
Days of Palestine     
Dec. 27, 2017 ―  Israeli occupation forces abducted on Wednesday evening four Palestinian children from Kafr Dan Neighbourhood in West Bank city of Jenin.
___Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces raided a Palestinian farm in the area, attacked the farmers and abducted the four children.
___The eyewitnesses identified the four children as Hamza Sabah, Mohamed Salah, Mustafa Mer’e and Ahmed Salah.
___All of them were taken by a military jeep to the Israeli military camp in the area referred to by mass media as Salem Military Camp.    MORE . . . 
.  .  .  .  .  ❷  ―  (ᴃ)    PALESTINIAN  CHILD  ABDUCTED  BY  21  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  RETURNS  HOME
Days of Palestine
Dec. 28, 2017 ― The 16-year-old Palestinian teen, Fawzi al-Juneidi, who was recently arrested by Israeli soldiers, returned to his family late Wednesday.
___The boy was abducted on December 7 in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil after being dragged on the ground and blindfolded by heavily-armed Israeli soldiers.
___A photo of the blindfolded youth quickly became a symbol of ongoing Palestinian protests sparked by US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.    MORE . . .    ..

“BROTHER,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH
I have a brother in the dust
who has been waiting thirty years for his toys.
How did we not wait for him, he will ask us.
How did age take us by surprise?
How did we grow up?
And how is it, just like that, we’ve never invited him to join us?
Not once did we invite him
into our games in the mirror, in our dreams,
just like that!
One of our games is:
We have a brother in the dust.
When winter comes he waves with the grass.
He beguiles us with intense whiteness―that’s his habit―
then dwells close to our father, over there, inside mother.

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

“. . . I shall sing in spite of fences in spite of jailers . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

 

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Israeli Soldiers Demolish homes near Nablus. April 4, 2016 (Photo: IMEMC, April 4, 2016)

❶ Israel to Demolish Two Homes in Nablus Village
❷ Israel Okays 82 housing units in Ramat Shlomo settlement
❸ Israeli forces raid, blockade Ramallah area village after settler vehicle comes under fire
❹ Opinion/Analysis: THE  PARIS  PEACE  GAMBIT:  EVERYONE  GAINS  EXCEPT  THE  PALESTINIANS
❺ POETRY by Fouzi El-Asmar
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❶ ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  TWO  HOMES  IN  NABLUS  VILLAGE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 7, 2016
Israeli authorities on Tuesday notified Palestinians in the village of Duma, to the south of Nablus, about their intent to demolish two homes and a carpentry workshop of their own, according to local sources.
___Adeeb Dawabsheh, deputy mayor of Duma, told WAFA that the Israeli army cited construction without permission as a pretext for the demolition notice.
___He said the two homes and the workshop are the property of two local Palestinians from the Dawabsheh family.      MORE . . .  
RELATED . . .   ISRAELI  FORCES  SERVE  DEMOLITION  NOTICES  FOR  SHEEP  PENS  IN  BETHLEHEM  VILLAGE  

If the Israeli government recognises ‘pragmatically’ that at present Jews will not be able to settle throughout the territory of their geography of imagination because of demographic and geographic realities—namely the existence of a concentrated Palestinian population in many areas—what would be the expedient territorial adjustment while still adhering in the longer term to ‘core beliefs’? The answer is: adopt a strategy to prevent the creation of a viable Palestinian state by confining Palestinian population concentrations to non-contiguous ‘enclaves’ while Israel retains effective control over all Palestine’s international border . . . . Such ‘dynamic enclavisation’ is probably unique as a tactic of spatial dismemberment in expanding a nation-state with undetermined territorial borders, although it is familiar as a tactic in military geography employed on the battlefield [. . . .]
___Palestinians are invited at best to a kind of ‘mock’ sovereignty over an archipelago of truncated spaces—behind borders which are in some profound sense provisional. Indeed, provisionality seems a kind of modality for the way territory is dealt with under the Zionist – nationalist geopolitical code of control and its extension. In that sense, a kind of dynamic unilateral repartition of Mandatory Palestine seems an underlying strategy.

  • Falah, Ghazi-Walid. “The Geopolitics of ‘Enclavisation’ and the Demise of a Two-State Solution to the Israeli – Palestinian Conflict.” Third  World  Quarterly  26.8 (2005): 1341-1372.

❷ ISRAEL  OKAYS  82  HOUSING  UNITS  IN  RAMAT  SHLOMO  SETTLEMENT
The Palestinian Information Center
June 7, 2016
The Israeli municipality’s planning and construction committee in Occupied Jerusalem on Monday authorized the marketing of the 82 housing units in Ramat Shlomo settlement despite the government’s objection and without notifying it, Israel’s Channel 2 claimed.
___Ramat Shlomo is an illegal settlement located in northeast Jerusalem, next to the Palestinian village of Shuafat.
___A diplomatic crisis erupted between Israel and the US in March 2010 due to the former’s plan to build 1,600 new housing units in the settlement, coinciding with US vice-president Joe Biden’s visit to Palestine in order to push for renewed peace talks.  MORE . . .  

Fouzi  El-Asmar  lived  as  a  Palestinian  Arab  in Israel  for  the  first  thirty-five  years  of  his life.
___His poetry. . . captures the existential predicament of this condition: can one “be” an Arab in Israel if one refuses to accede one’s soul to the state authorities or protests the suffering of one’s people, who live under the oppression of a state that claims to speak for the protection of the Jewish people everywhere and for all time?   [. . . .]
___To be a Palestinian Arab in Israel at this moment is to represent an intractable problem for the demography and long-term “security” of the Jewish state, and is a painful reminder of how the founding conditions of Israeli society were built on the Palestinian Arab’s exclusion, transfer, or vulnerable location within an apartheid state. The Palestinian Arab in Israel lives in the shadow of the destruction of Palestinian civil society, which Israel’s settler colonial violence unleashed, and in the aftermath of the Holocaust and the rise of militant Zionism.

  • Abraham, Matthew. “The Perils Of Separation: Fouzi El-Asmar’s To  Be  An  Arab  In  Israel  As An Allegory Of Settler Colonial Anxiety.” South  Atlantic  Quarterly  107.4 (2008): 715-734.

❸ ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID,  BLOCKADE  RAMALLAH  AREA  VILLAGE  AFTER  SETTLER  VEHICLE  COMES  UNDER  FIRE  
Ma’an News Agency
June 7, 2016
Israeli forces raided and imposed a blockade on the village of Deir Abu Mashal in the central occupied West Bank Monday evening after Palestinian gunmen reportedly fired shots at two Israeli settler vehicles in the area, and an Israeli settler returned fire.___Locals told Ma’an that a large number of Israeli forces stormed Deir Abu Mashal northwest of Ramallah and broke into shops and gas stations, seizing hard drives from outdoor surveillance cameras. Witnesses added Israeli soldiers questioned several Palestinian youths.   MORE . . .

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Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in the mainly Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem with Palestinian houses seen from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, on June 5, 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

❹ Opinion/Analysis: THE  PARIS  PEACE  GAMBIT:  EVERYONE  GAINS  EXCEPT  THE  PALESTINIANS
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Ramzy Baroud
June 7, 2016
In their defense, the Israelis seem to have figured out the whole thing and opted out. But the hapless Palestinian leadership, along with their Arab League partners, joined by the French, EU and UN representatives, and even US Secretary of State, John Kerry, decided to play along.
___However, the French peace initiative-turned-conference in Paris on June 3 is nothing but a charade, and they all know it, Palestinians included.
___So, why the colossal waste of time?       MORE . . . 

“I  SHALL  SING,”  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR

I shall create
out of the darkness of my jail
my dawn
out of the jaw of hatred
my destiny.
I shall sing
the wind
the sun
the flowers
the spring.
I shall sing
in spite of fences
in spite of jailers
in spite of hatred.
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Fouzi El-Asmar
El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE   WIND-DRIVEN   REED   AND   OTHER   POEMS. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1979.  Available from Amazon.

“. . . Gone were the children and the songs . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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Homes demolished in Nablus, Feb. 7, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ Israel to Demolish Palestinian Houses, Sheds, Electricity Line in Nablus Village
❷ Israel extends detention of 12-year-old Palestinian for 1 year
❸ Opinion/Analysis: FREE  AND  DANGEROUS  CONCESSIONS
❹ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  PALESTINIAN  HOUSES,  SHEDS,  ELECTRICITY  LINE  IN  NABLUS  VILLAGE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 26, 2016
Israeli forces Thursday delivered demolition notices for a number of Palestinian houses, sheds and an electricity grid in Duma village, south of Nablus, said a local activist.
___Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors Israeli settlement construction in northern West Bank, said that Israeli forces delivered demolition notices for three houses and two sheds in the Duma locality of Abu Safi.      MORE . . . 

“. . . the qualification of the occupation as “illegal” [by the International Court of Criminal Justice] while it does not affect the continued application of both humanitarian and human rights law . . . does affect the legality of the security measures taken in its defense―as distinct from measures undertaken to protect Israel itself―as such measures are thereby illegal themselves. This consequence is relevant . . . to the legal assessment of various security measures undertaken by Israel, including but not limited to the Wall . . . . Indeed, the perception of the Israeli occupation as illegal and illegitimate might well have been the main factor which informed the ICJ’s perception of the Wall . . .  While refraining from commenting on the occupation regime itself, the Court was well aware of the “greater whole” of which the Wall is but one aspect.”

  • Ben-Naftali, Orna, Aeyal M. Gross, and Keren Michaeli. “Illegal Occupation: Framing the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Berkeley Journal of International Law 23.3 (2005): 551-614

“As happened in South Africa, what begins as segregation is liable to evolve into an institutionalized system of racial domination. Such separateness cannot be sustained without spawning suffering and cycles of violence. . . . With the dual system of law that currently prevails in the occupied Palestinian territory . . . logic dictates that Israel will inevitably reach the tipping point at which it is forced to confront its own racial realities vis-à-vis the Palestinians. While the shape that such a transformation ultimately takes will depend primarily on social attitudes and political craft, international law may retain a role through the light that it shines on the normative issues to be resolved in this context.”   MORE . . .

  • Dugard, John, and John Reynolds. “Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” European Journal of International Law 24.3 (2013): 913.

❷ ISRAEL  EXTENDS  DETENTION  OF  12-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  FOR  1  YEAR
Ma’an News Agency
May 25, 2016
The Israeli magistrate court extended the detention of 12-year-old Muhammad Ismail Hushiyeh for a year on Wednesday, according to the head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners.
___Amjad Abu Asab told Ma’an that Hushiyeh would be detained in a juvenile facility in the town of Ablin in northern Israel.
___Hushiyeh is the youngest Palestinian prisoner from Jerusalem held by Israeli authorities.       MORE . . .

“The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) held a June 2 [2015] congressional briefing at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC to reveal widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention. Speakers urged the 100 attendees, including staff members from 30 different congressional offices, to bring international juvenile justice reform to children in Israeli military detention by signing on to Rep. Betty McCollum (DMN)’s letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. . . .  Israel is the only nation in the world that systematically and automatically prosecutes children in military courts.”   MORE . . .

  • Quinn, Erin, and Delinda C. Hanley. “Israeli Detention Of Children: “It’s Time To Break The Cycle.” Washington Report On Middle East Affairs 34.5 (2015): 46-47.

The Israeli Army has maintained an unwelcome military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over 40 years. During this time, an increasing carceralization of society has occurred, most evident in three architectural forms: prisons, checkpoints, and walls. These three forms and their accompanying practices of social control, which have been refined and developed, are purportedly intended to prevent Palestinian violence against Israelis. But carceralization has had more insidious outcomes: dividing Palestinians, confiscating their land, destroying their livelihoods, and, thus, giving rise to some submission (collaboration with occupiers or emigration) but mostly to resistance (ranging from non-cooperation to militancy).   MORE (via EBSCO) . . . 

  • Bornstein, Avram. “Military Occupation as Carceral Society Prisons, Checkpoints, and Walls in the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle.” Social Analysis 52.2 (2008): 106-130.
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Seven-year-old Oday Rajabi detained by Israeli border police, September 9, 2014 (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

Opinion/Analysis: FREE  AND  DANGEROUS  CONCESSIONS
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Hussein Laqra’a
May 26, 2016
A number of recent reports have been talking about Arab countries, which describe themselves as “moderate” countries, making amendments to the Arab Peace Initiative approved during the Beirut summit in 2002. These countries presented the Israelis, through an international mediator, with new proposals regarding the occupied Golan Heights and the right of Palestinians to return to their land, and are now waiting for the Israelis to respond. This is in an effort to revive the direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to reach a comprehensive peace agreement, based on the initiative.
___Experience has taught us that the Arabs make one concession after the other, and when the Israelis reject them, they present more.      MORE . . . 

“MY SAD CITY,” BY FADWA TUQAN
(The day of Zionist Occupation, June 27, 1967)

The day we saw death and betrayal,
The tide ebbed.
The windows of the sky closed,
And the city held its breath.
The day the waves were vanquished, the day
The ugliness of the abyss revealed its true face,
Hope turned to ashes,
And gagging on disaster,
My sad city choked.

Gone were the children and the songs,
There was no shadow, no echo.
Sorrow crawled naked in my city,
With bloodied footsteps,
Silence reigned in the city,
Silence like crouching mountains,
Mysterious like the night, tragic silence,
Burdened,
Weighed down with death and defeat.
Alas! My sad and silent city.
Can it be true that in the season of harvest,
Grain and fruit have turned to ashes?
Alas! That this should be the fruit of all the journeying!
―Translated by A.M. Elmesseri

From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.
Obituary for Fadwa Tuqan, 2003.

“. . . 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.

“. . . for I had no address. I am a man in transit. . .” (Rashid Hussein)

(Please read “Purpose”above. Thank you.)

Palestinian women during the funeral of Riham Dawabsha, on Sept. 7, 2015, at a cemetery in the West Bank village of Duma. AFP Thomas Coex
Palestinian women during the funeral of Riham Dawabsha, on Sept. 7, 2015, at a cemetery in the West Bank village of Duma. AFP Thomas Coex

❶ Israeli soldiers ordered to “map entire Palestinian civilian population”
❷ Israel’s MoD knows who is behind deadly West Bank arson attack
❸ Israeli settlers set fire to olive trees after West Bank shooting
❹ (Opinion/Analysis) Palestine: The End or a New Beginning?
❺ (Opinion/Analysis) The idiot’s guide to whitewashing the occupation
❻ Poem by Rashid Hussein

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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ORDERED  TO  “MAP  ENTIRE  PALESTINIAN  CIVILIAN  POPULATION”
Maureen Clare Murphy
Sept. 10, 2015
Israel’s “mapping procedure” reveals the profound control that it exerts on Palestinians living under its military rule.
____The mapping procedure unfolds much like Israel’s routine nighttime arrest raids in the occupied West Bank.
____Armed soldiers surround a Palestinian family’s home in the dead of the night. A squad bangs on the front door, waking everyone up. Once inside, the soldiers gather the residents into a single room.
____The family’s ID cards are inspected and recorded, as is how everyone is related, and their phone numbers.
____One of the family members may be taken by the soldiers as they go from room to room, and ordered to open closet doors, or lift up mattresses.
____But unlike during an arrest raid, once the soldiers have gone through the home, they leave and move on to the next one, telling the family that they can go back to sleep.
More. . .
Related. . .

Israeli soldiers search through Palestinian computer files during a home invasion in Hebron, West Bank. Credit: Creative Commons/joshhough.
Israeli soldiers search through Palestinian computer files during a home invasion in Hebron, West Bank. Credit: Creative Commons/joshhough.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL’S  MoD  KNOWS  WHO  IS  BEHIND  DEADLY  WEST  BANK  ARSON  ATTACK
Sept. 10, 2015
BETHLEHEM, (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities know who is responsible for the arson attack in the northern West Bank village of Duma, which resulted in the death of three out of four family members caught in the blaze, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday.
____Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told a closed meeting of 20 Likud activists on Wednesday that Israel’s defense establishment has chosen to “prevent legal recourse in order to protect the identity of their sources,” Haaretz reported. [. . . .]
____According to UN figures, Israeli settlers have carried out at least 142 attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of this year.
More. . .

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI SETTLERS SET FIRE TO OLIVE TREES AFTER WEST BANK SHOOTING
Sept. 9, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Wednesday set fire to olive trees in the village of Burin south of Nablus, after an Israeli settler was lightly injured in a shooting earlier Wednesday morning, Palestinian sources told Ma’an.
____Sources said that Israelis from the illegal settlement of Yizhar had set dozens of olive trees west of Burin on fire, in full sight of Israeli soldiers who reportedly did nothing to stop them.
____A large number of olive trees were burnt before the Palestinian Civil Defense was able to reach the scene and put out the fire.
____Earlier Wednesday, a female Israeli settler was lightly injured when she was shot at while driving near Yizhar settlement.
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❹ Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
PALESTINE:  THE  END  OR  A  NEW  BEGINNING?
Alan Hart
Sept. 7 2015
There is a strong case for saying that Palestine is a lost cause. And it, the case, can be summarised as follows.
____The nuclear-armed Zionist (not Jewish) state of Israel is the regional superpower and not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. The vast majority of its Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda. . . .
[There follow three more arguments]
____The idea for this article was triggered by an analysis written for Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network, by Palestinian professor Tariq Dana. The title of his policy briefing paper was Corruption in Palestine: A Self-Enforcing System. Dana is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hebron University.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
THE  IDIOT’S  GUIDE  TO  WHITEWASHING  THE  OCCUPATION
Natasha Roth
Sept. 9, 2015
“Occupation, shmoccupation!” declares a new booklet published by the Yesha Council, the lobbying and political arm of West Bank settlements.
____Titled “Kibush kishkush” (which translates more literally as “occupation nonsense”), the pamphlet states its professed aim of addressing “misconceptions about settlements and the settler public in Judea and Samaria.”
____The book is intended to tackle the “stigmas left-wing organizations are trying to disseminate,” Yesha Council spokesperson Yigal Dakmoni told Ynet.
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“AN  ADDRESS,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
―1―
Hairs as short as my life is
And a mouth as sensuous as my dreams
And fire is her voice
And so is the music
Yet she wants me to rest
On an easy chair
And keep my thoughts clean.

Oh my dear hunter!
What you ask is much more
Than all that I can give. . .
For the angels are dead
And I am not one of them.
―2―
A wine was her perfume
Generous was her bed
But her hopes were stronger,
And the strongest of all:
She wanted my address.
She asked: “Where lives the ‘Prince’?”
Then, I stood silenced
For I had no address.
I am a man in transit,
Twenty years in transit
A man who was even deprived
The right of having an address.

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.
Rashid Hussein (1936-1977) was born in Musmus, Palestine. He published his first collection in 1957 and established himself as a major Palestinian poet and orator. He was the first celebrity poet to appear on the Arab-Israeli stage; other poets called him “the star“. He showed them it was possible to write about “human things“ – bread, hunger, anger.
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“Wouldn’t you prefer if they called you ‘mityashvim’?’ (A less pejorative word for settlers.) “I would prefer if they didn’t label us at all.” Idiot's Guide.
“Wouldn’t you prefer if they called you ‘mityashvim’?’ (A less pejorative word for settlers.)
“I would prefer if they didn’t label us at all.”
Idiot’s Guide.

“. . . whose dreams are hindered by the little dreams of flowers. . .” (Sami Muhana)

Extremist Settlers Attack
Extremist Settlers Attack

BEFOREA MUST-READ. (Editor’s note: This is a condensed statement of the information anyone needs to understand much of the history of the “Middle East Crisis” of the last 67 years—by a woman who has lived through and written about all of it.) Samia’s blog.

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
EXTREMIST  SETTLERS  ATTACK  ANOTHER  HOME  IN  DUMA
August 8, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attacked a Palestinian home with firebombs and rocks in the West Bank village of Duma, little more than a week after an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler and his father were killed in a deadly attack in the same village.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settler activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that “a number of extremist settlers hurled two fire bombs at the home of Mahmoud Fazza al-Kaabna.”
____The fire bombs, Daghlas said, landed on the outer wall of the home near a window, but did not make it inside the house.
The attackers also hurled stones at the house, with one of them hitting al-Kaabna in the upper body.
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❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  MARCH   OVER  WEST  BANK  CHURCH  SETTLEMENT  PLANS
August 8, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces on Saturday suppressed a Palestinian march protesting Israeli plans to turn a southern West Bank church compound into a settlement outpost, as well as other Israeli “crimes,” locals said.
____Rateb al-Jbour, a coordinator for popular committees in southern Hebron, said that Israeli forces suppressed the march near al-Arrub refugee camp while it was making its way from the town of Beit Ummar towards the church compound, known as Beit al-Baraka.
____The 38-dunam compound has been in the spotlight since Israeli media reported in May that in 2012 the site was secretly PURCHASED BY AN AMERICAN MILLIONAIRE, IRVING MOSKOWITZ, [emphasis added] with the intention of turning it into a settlement outpost.
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Israeli forces on Saturday suppressed a Palestinian march
Israeli forces on Saturday suppressed a Palestinian march

❸ From: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
INFANT  MORTALITY  RATE  RISES  IN  GAZA  FOR  FIRST  TIME  IN  FIFTY  YEARS

August 8, 2015 Press Release for Immediate Publication
United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA
via UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness

Jerusalem― The infant mortality rate in Gaza has risen for the first time in five decades, according to an UNRWA study, and UNRWA’s Health Director says the blockade may be contributing to the trend.
____Every five years, UNRWA conducts a survey of infant mortality across the region, and the 2013 results were released this week.
____The number of babies dying before the age of one has consistently gone down over the last decades in Gaza, from 127 per 1,000 live births in 1960 to 20.2 in 2008. At the last count, in 2013, it had risen to 22.4 per 1,000 live births.
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❹From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JEWISH  ORGANIZATION  DEMANDS  TO  EVICT  JERUSALEMITE  FAMILY
August 9, 2015
JERUSALEM, (WAFA) – A Jewish organization handed the Sarhan family from Jerusalem a judicial order to evict their three homes and a land they own, under the pretext that Jewish individuals own the property.
____According to Wadi Hilweh Information Center (WHIC), the Ateret Cohanim Jewish organization asked Sarhan family to leave the three homes and abandon a land of their own to the Jewish group, saying the property belongs to three Yemenite Jews who lived there before prior to 1948. . . .
____The homes are shelter to 10 Palestinians from the Sarhan family, who has been there for more than 80 years, according to WHIC.
____It said the homes are located within the Ateret Cohanim master plan for settlement activity in Silwan . . . .
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❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
ASHRAWI:  ISRAEL  HAS  GONE  COMPLETELY  OUT  OF  CONTROL
August 1, 2015
PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of 300 units in the illegal settlement of Beit El and plans to construct additional units in and around Jerusalem. . .

“Israel is deliberately and willfully defying international consensus to create ‘Greater Israel’ on historical Palestine. With its rapid, intensive and overwhelming violations, Israel has gone completely out of control, and it is quantitatively making it impossible for the international community to pursue these violations systematically.”

These comments were made following a meeting Dr. Ashrawi had with French Consul General Hervé Magro earlier today at the PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.
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“A  WINDOW,”  BY  SAMI  MUHANA
Between the sunrise and me there’s a window.
So I greet my old friends the morning air
and the horizon’s penciled line. Those clouds
are gossiping about a secret rendezvous.
I say hello to that dear memory.

Between my love and me there’s a window.
I gaze out into Spring through the eyes of
someone who loves flowers, whose dreams
are hindered by the little dreams of flowers ―
dreams of loss, dreams of goodbye.

Between God and me there’s a window
and I have named it Galilee.
―Trans. By John Glenday

Sami Muhanna is a poet and lawyer, and president and founder of the Arab Writers Union in Haifa. He is active in Palestinian political and academic affairs inside Israel.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.

Hanan Ashrawi
Hanan Ashrawi