“. . . My chains are the round echo of a muezzin . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

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The Islamic Movement rejected the Israeli accusation, saying their group only provides Muslims with social and civic services [Reuters]
❶ Israel outlaws Islamic Movement’s northern branch
❷ Israeli forces detain 18 across West Bank, seize money, weapons
❸ Qatar launches initiative to ease power crisis in Gaza
❹ Israel to Approve Construction of 436 Settler Units in Jerusalem
Opinion/Analysis: On Zionism and Racism: Time to Rekindle UN Spark
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El-Asmar
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  OUTLAWS  ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT’S  NORTHERN  BRANCH
Nov. 17, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s security cabinet on Monday outlawed the Islamic Movement’s northern branch in Israel in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said was a bid to end “dangerous incitement.”
___A statement from Netanyahu’s office said the declaration would allow Israel to imprison anyone who acts on the movement’s behalf and also to seize any property belonging to the organization.
___Within hours, Israeli forces had detained at least one senior member of the movement and stormed offices of news organizations affiliated to it in the northern Israeli town of Umm Fahm.
___The Islamic Movement’s northern branch, led by Sheikh Raed Salah, has been a vocal critic of Israeli activity at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem — the third holiest site in Islam.
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Related . . . HAMAS:  BANNING  THE  ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT  IS  AN  ISRAELI  RACIST  MEASURE
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  18  ACROSS  WEST  BANK,  SEIZE  MONEY,  WEAPONS
Nov. 17, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 18 Palestinians and confiscated money and weapons in multiple raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.
___Hani Rawajba, a resident of Rujeib village in Nablus district, told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed his home at around 1 a.m. and detained his son, Muhammad, 18, and seized three weapons, two gold rings, and 8,000 shekels ($2,042).
___Israeli soldiers also reportedly raided the home of a local journalist in Rujeib, Ameed Dwikat, and searched his home searching for weapons, but left after they did not find anything.
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Related . . . UN  SUBMISSION:  UNLAWFUL  TRANSFER  OF  PROTECTED PERSONS
AL-MONITOR: THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
QATAR  LAUNCHES  INITIATIVE  TO  EASE  POWER  CRISIS  IN  GAZA
Adnan Abu Amer
Nov. 16, 2015
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been suffering from electricity outages since June 28, 2006, when Israel shelled the only electrical power plant in Gaza, in retaliation of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas.
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During a press conference in Gaza on Sept. 10, Mohammed al-Emadi, Qatari ambassador to Gaza and chairman of the National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, said that the committee discussed with Israel the supply of natural gas to Gaza; Israelis expressed their initial consent to this proposal. He added that the Quartet has appointed a special consultant for the project of building a gas pipeline to the Gaza power plant.
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Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem where Israel intends to build an extra 1,500 homes. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  TO  APPROVE  CONSTRUCTION  OF  436  SETTLER  UNITS  IN JERUSALEM
Nov. 17, 2015
The Israeli government is planning to issue tenders for the construction of 436 new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Ramat Shlomo in Jerusalem, according to Israeli daily Jerusalem Post.
___It said the municipality also wants to advance plans for the construction of 1,000 new housing units in the said settlement.
___In November 9, Israel’s planning committee for construction in the West Bank approved the construction of about 2,200 new housing units in Ma’aleh Michmash settlement complex, east of Ramallah, in addition to a plan to erect two settlement outposts in the area.
___The Israeli daily Haaretz said the move was to preempt legal action by Palestinians and rights groups to evacuate the sites.
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Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ON  ZIONISM  AND  RACISM:  TIME  TO  REKINDLE  UN  SPARK
Eric Walberg
Nov. 16 2015
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently held a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the squashing of UN resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism. It was passed in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35 (with 32 abstentions). The festive event this year was attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry and head of the Israeli Labor Party and Zionist Union Isaac Herzog, son of Chaim Herzog, president of Israel from 1983 to 1993, and star of the 1975 UN session.
___The 1975 vote took place approximately one year after resolution 3237 granted the PLO “observer status” . . . .
___It was revoked in December 1991 by UN resolution 46/86. At the commemoration this year, Ban Ki-moon recalled Chaim Herzog’s words in 1975, “I appeal to the community of nations to always act to uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.” Such nice platitudes coming from the Israeli ambassador—community, principles, tolerance, peace . . .
Nov 16 2015
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“TWENTY  COMRADES,”  BY  FOUZI  EL  ASMAR
Beloved, you ask me
Of life in this prison, this cell
what of the chains
chafing my wrists
what of my food and drink
and the comrades of my cell?

Beloved, let me tell you:
Our clouds are indeed heavy
But our being here
is a smile of spring,
The shock of thunder
in autumn, after draught.
We are not defeated
Like our jailers.

Life in this prison, this cell
is a palm tree impregnated
at the dawn.
My chains are the round
echo of a muezzin,
Their clank is the ringing
of my people’s bells.

Beloved, you as me
of the meaning of my food
Here beloved
we grow like the wild flowers.

And what of
my comrades in this cell? You ask
They are the twenty candles
lighting the darkness of this cell
The twenty songs
shaking the walls of this cell
The twenty revolutions
that will eternalize this cell
And we, beloved
we shall not be stopped. (June, 1970)

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Israel’s military hit a vital fuel tank at the Gaza Strip’s only power plant just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave. (Photo: Daily Mail, 29 July 2014)

“. . . My anger drips oil and honey my pain bears almonds . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Israeli policies violate Palestinians’ most basic right to education. (Mahfouz Abu Turk APA images.)
Israeli policies violate Palestinians’ most basic right to education. (Mahfouz Abu Turk APA images.)

❶ 13-year-old shot by Israeli forces may undergo amputation
❷ Abbas: Palestine no longer bound by agreements with Israel
❸ PPS: “Soldiers Kidnapped 562 Palestinians in September”
❹ Israel to Seize Palestinian-Owned Home in Hebron for ‘Military Purposes’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel’s assaults on Palestinian education amount to genocide
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

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

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
13-YEAR-OLD  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  MAY  UNDERGO  AMPUTATION 
Sept. 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli doctors on Wednesday were deciding on whether to amputate the leg of 13-year-old Palestinian Ahmad al-Muti after he was severely wounded by Israeli forces last week, a hospital spokesperson said.
____The spokeswoman for Hadassah hospital, where al-Muti was being treated, told Ma’an the child remained in moderate condition.
____She said he was unconscious but stable.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ABBAS:  PALESTINE  NO  LONGER  BOUND  BY  AGREEMENTS  WITH  ISRAEL
Sept. 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority will not remain committed to agreements with Israel, referring to the Oslo Accords of 1993, while violations take place on a daily basis.
____Abbas told the General Assembly that Israel’s refusal to commit to past agreements and release Palestinian prisoners, and continued Jewish settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, were destroying the possibility of a Palestinian state.
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President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on Sept. 30, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse/ Jewel Samad)
President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on Sept. 30, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse/ Jewel Samad)

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
PPS:  “SOLDIERS  KIDNAPPED  562  PALESTINIANS  IN  SEPTEMBER”
Saed Bannoura
Oct. 1, 2015
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 562 Palestinians, including dozens of children, mainly in occupied Jerusalem, in September.
____The PPS said the soldiers kidnapped 294 Palestinians, mainly children, in Jerusalem . . . after Israeli extremists, and soldiers, intensified their invasions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. [. . . . .]
____In addition, the PPS said that the army is still holding captive nearly 230 Palestinian children, while denying them basic rights, guaranteed by International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and subjected to physical and psychological torture.
____The detained children face high fines, denied the right to family visits, and are largely denied access to legal representation.
____The children are also attacked and beaten during their arrest, while some of them were shot and injured.
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  TO  SEIZE  PALESTINIAN-OWNED  HOME  IN  HEBRON  FOR  ‘MILITARY  PURPOSES’
Oct. 1, 2015
HEBRON, (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Thursday issued a military order to seize a Palestinian-owned house in the town of Halhoul to the north of Hebron, under the pretext of military purposes, according to security sources. [. . . . .]
____A municipality source told WAFA that forces, accompanied by staff from the civil administration, raided the house, while the owner’s nephew, Nidal Karjeh, was present inside, and handed him a military order to seize the house, under the pretext of military reasons.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAEL’S  ASSAULTS  ON  PALESTINIAN  EDUCATION  AMOUNT  TO  GENOCIDE
Nada Elia and Rima Najjar
Sept. 25, 2015
A strike by staff and students at 47 Palestinian Christian schools in Israel had been taking place for a few weeks before the American broadcaster NBC took notice.
____According to NBC’s headline, the protest was about “discrimination.” That it felt the need to put quotation marks around “discrimination” was indicative of how the mainstream media in the United States continuously fail to acknowledge that Israel is, fundamentally, a racist state.
____The Christian schools represent some of the few independent spaces for Palestinian political, cultural and economic life within Israel. So the cuts in government funding that triggered the strike must be understood as the latest move in the Israeli assault on Palestinians’ right to education. [. . . . .]
____Educational apartheid in Israel must be understood for what it is: an attempt at cultural genocide. Under the United Nations’ 1948 definition of genocide, this crime may include imposing conditions of life on a racial or ethnic group with the intent of wholly or partly destroying that group.
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“I  DEFY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Talk about exile―I defy
silence my argument with chains
and a foolish prison cell
I defy

Turn plague and sadness against me
I remained defying
cut my wrist
with my bloody chest I defy
cut my leg
I mount the wound and walk
and with my violence I defy
with my forehead I defy
and with my teeth
and the teeth of songs―I defy

and kill me―I defy
I kill death
and come to you a defying God

All that I own of my father’s and grandfather’
inheritance is to defy!

All that I understand from the
wind and the secrets of erased villages
and the songs of springs
on dying grass
a concealed sob
the roots of the tree
memorize it for me
a sob: To defy

All the eyes of children living within me
in bloody exile
All that I live of my absent country
in name and deed
a scream bruising me―to defy!

My anger drips oil and honey
my pain bears almonds, flouts and roses
so jail my piece of bread
I defy

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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Israeli security forces stand guard next to a protest tent erected by Jewish settlers in front of the house of the Palestinian Abu Rajab family, as they demonstrate on September 24, 2013 against the eviction of settlers from the building last year in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the resettlement of the disputed Machpela house, a Hebron structure near the Cave of the Patriarchs from which he had removed 15 Jewish settlers last year, following the killing of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz
Israeli security forces stand guard next to a protest tent erected by Jewish settlers in front of the house of the Palestinian Abu Rajab family, as they demonstrate on September 24, 2013 against the eviction of settlers from the building last year in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the resettlement of the disputed Machpela house, a Hebron structure near the Cave of the Patriarchs from which he had removed 15 Jewish settlers last year, following the killing of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz