“Here we shall stay.  A wall upon your breast . . .” Tawfiq Zayyad

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PM calls on ICC to expedite investigation of Israeli war crimes

WAFA
February 15, 2020
Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called today upon the International Criminal Court to expedite its litigation procedures, especially after the ICC’s chief prosecutor announced in December its desire to launch a full investigation into Israeli war crimes in occupied Palestine.
– – – During a meeting with ICC’s chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on the sideline of the Munich Security Conference 2020, Shtayyeh said he rejects all attempts to politicize the work of the ICC . . .   More . . .

Israeli Authorities displace families in Jerusalem and West Bank after razing their homes

Days of Palestine
February 15, 2020
The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Thursday forced a Palestinian citizen to demolish his own house in Jerusalem and demolished another one in the West Bank.
– – – According to local sources, the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem forced Iyad Shuwaiki to demolish his own home in al-Thuri neighborhood, south of the Aqsa Mosque, and displaced his family in order to build a school in its place.  More . . .

Israeli Authorities Builds Settler-only Road from Nablus to Jordan Valley

The Palestine Chronicle
February 14, 2020
Israeli occupation authorities have started the build of a new road that would link the illegal Jewish settlements of Eli and Shilo  – in the north of the occupied West Bank – with the Jordan Valley.
– – – Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official in charge of the settlements file in the northern West Bank, told Wafa news agency yesterday that the settler-only road is about eight kilometers long.
– – – The road would cross fertile agricultural lands in the Palestinian villages of Duma, Telfit, Qaryut, and Al-Mughair, south of Nablus, all the way to the village of Fasayil in the central Jordan Valley.  More . . .

BACKGROUND INFORMATION/ ACTION NOTICES

How the U.S. made Palestine the exception to the rules of peacemaking
Israel has only ever offered Palestinians two things over the past century — submission or devastation — and the Americans have always backed them.

+972 Magazine
By Amjad Iraqi
February 10, 2020
Palestinians knew well before U.S. President Donald Trump announced the “Deal of the Century” that his proposed “peace plan” would be a farce. Yet even the most cynical observers could not have predicted how bone-chilling the event would be. The racism of Trump’s remarks, the grin on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s face, and the applause of the dignitaries in the room, may go down as one of the most harrowing political moments in Palestinian memory . . . . It was therefore a jarring experience to read Khaled Elgindy’s book Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump (Brookings Institution Press, 2019) as the “Deal of the Century” was being unveiled. Published in 2019, Elgindy’s book chronicles how the United States not only enabled this historical path, but actively designed its trajectory. Beginning with the Balfour Declaration and ending with Trump’s ascension, the book traces America’s century-long alignment with the Zionist movement and the State of Israel, which came at the direct expense of the Palestinian people.    More . . .

 Poem of the Day

“THE  IMPOSSIBLE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD

It is much easier for you
To pass an elephant through a needle’s eye,
Or catch fried fish in a galaxy,
Plough the sea,
Force a crocodile to speak
Than to destroy by persecution
The shimmering glow of a belief,
Or check our march,
One single step.

As if we were a thousand prodigies
Spreading everywhere
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee. . .
Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
And in your throat we shall stay,
A piece of glass, a cactus thorn,
And in your eyes,
A blazing fire.

Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
Cleaning dishes in taverns,
Filling cups for the masters,
Sweeping sooty kitchens
To snatch a bite from your blue fangs
For our children.

Here we shall stay.
A wall upon your breast,
Facing starvation,
Struggling with rags, defying,
Singing our songs,
Swarming the angry streets with our demonstrations,
Filling the dungeons with pride,
Rearing vengeance in new generations.
Like a thousand prodigies,
We roam along
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee.

Here we shall stay,
Go then and jump into the lake.
We will guard even the shadow of our fig and olive trees,
And ferment our cause as yeast does dough.
Here we shall stay with steel-cold nerves,
And red hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock to quench our thirst
And lull starvation with dust,
But we shall not depart.
Here we shall spill our dearest blood,
Here we have a past,
A present,
A future.
Stay we will, like a thousand prodigies,
In Lidda, Ramallah, the Galilee.
Strike deep in the earth
Our living roots.

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 Google Books.

“. . . No politicians Juggle oppression And human rights . . .” (Samah Sabawi)

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First demolition Khirbet Tana school, December 2010. (Photo: Palestina en el corazón, 2012)

❶ 2 Palestinian teens shot dead after allegedly attacking settler
❷ School among ‘dozens’ of structures demolished by Israel north of Nablus
❸ Belgian MPs, ‘Israel hides tragic effect of Gaza siege’ (Belgian MPs banned from entering Gaza)
❹ Analysis: The right to boycott is non-negotiable
❺ Opinion/Analysis: SUCCESS  OF  BDS  CAMPAIGN  IS  ESSENTIAL  FOR  PALESTINIAN  SURVIVAL
❻ Poetry by Samah Sabawi
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2  PALESTINIAN  TEENS  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGEDLY  ATTACKING  SETTLER
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian teenagers on Wednesday morning after they allegedly attacked an Israeli settler in the illegal settlement of Eli south of Nablus . . . .
___An Israeli army spokesperson said they “infiltrated” the settlement . . . . She said Israeli forces arrived on the scene and responded to the “significant threat” by opening fire on the two teenagers, killing both of them.
___The settler was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem with light injuries.   MORE . . .
SCHOOL AMONG  ‘DOZENS’  OF  STRUCTURES  DEMOLISHED  BY  ISRAEL  NORTH  OF  NABLUS
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished “dozens” of structures in the hamlet of Khirbet Tana northeast of Nablus, including houses, barns, and the hamlet’s sole school, a local official told Ma’an. . . .
bulldozers under Israeli army escort had stormed Khirbet Tana on Beit Furik’s outskirts and demolished every structure there.
___These included Khirbet Tana’s sole school, Hanani said, a building consisting of movable caravans donated by a European organization. . . .     MORE . . .
RELATED . . . Wadi  Hilweh  Information  Center – Silwan ― February  Statistics
BELGIAN  MPS,  ‘ISRAEL  HIDES  TRAGIC  EFFECT  OF  GAZA  SIEGE’  (BELGIAN  MPS  BANNED  FROM  ENTERING  GAZA)
DAYS OF PALESTINE
Mar 3, 2016
Remarks of the Belgian MPs came after the Israeli occupation authorities had prevented them from entering into the Strip to stand closely at the humanitarian crisis resulted of the Israeli measures against Gazans.
___In a statement, the MPs said: “The visit, which was scheduled on Tuesday, was pre-arranged with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).”   MORE . . .

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By working vigorously to combat boycotts against Israel, the very countries that purport to uphold civil rights have become the main forces undermining them. (Photo: +972 Magazine)

Analysis:  THE  RIGHT  TO  BOYCOTT  IS  NON-NEGOTIABLE
+972 MAGAZINE
Amjad Iraqi
2 Mar. 2016
. . . it is ridiculous that one should have to tell self-proclaimed ‘democracies’ that the right to boycott is a basic civil right, not a punishable crime.
___Last week, over 120 people attended a conference in Nazareth on the subject of “BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) . . . . Although the discussions were lively, many participants were cautious with their choice of words: Israel’s Anti-Boycott Law. . . cast a heavy shadow over the event.
___Now, in a corrupt twist, the very countries that purport to uphold civil rights have become the main forces undermining them.     MORE . . .
Opinion/Analysis:  SUCCESS  OF  BDS  CAMPAIGN  IS  ESSENTIAL  FOR  PALESTINIAN  SURVIVAL
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
Khalid Amayreh
28 Feb. 2016
The Israeli apartheid state seems to be taking the international campaign of boycott and disinvestment as well as other forms of protest against Israel’s decades-old occupation of the Palestinian homeland more seriously than ever before. . . .
___For these reasons, it is morally imperative that every honest woman and man around the world take a moral decision, now not tomorrow, to refrain from buying Israel produces and products from the nearby supermarket or grocery store.     MORE . . .

Samah Sabawi rebels in her poetry against adopting a language she sees as complicit and dictated by the occupier. . . . When a newspaper editor recently deleted these words from an op-ed she submitted saying they were “too strong,” she responded with this:

“WORDS,”  BY  SAMAH  SABAWI
Words!
I stand dispossessed
No congress behind me
No statesmen surround me
No lobby to breathe hellfire
No media eager to appease
No three-ring circus
Of intellectual jesters
Academic clowns
And policy experts
Who truly do not see
the big elephant in the room
No legal acrobats
Dance for me
On a thin rope of decency
No politicians
Juggle oppression
And human rights
On my behalf
No trips to boost careers
For MPs and their wives
No propaganda movies
No radio broadcasts
No myths
No lies
No hasbaranites
No army,
No country
Not even one leader
To believe in
All I have are my words
To tell my story
My voice
To demand justice
But you tell me
My language is too strong

Naksa
Forced exile
Ethnic cleansing
Apartheid
Words
Carefully chosen
Purposely uttered
These are the words
That lay the foundation
Of the language of my liberation

Samah Sabawi, a poet and political activist, has likened Gaza to an “Israeli-controlled Bantustan.” The Israelis forced her parents (and tens of thousands of other Palestinians) to flee their homes in Gaza in 1967. She is now a Palestinian-Australian with Canadian citizenship . . .    MORE. . .
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