“. . . fill prisons with dignity . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

❶ Israeli forces order Jordan Valley farmers off their land
. . . . . ―❶ (ᴀ) Hamdallah: Israeli plans to forcibly transfer Bedouins in E1 ‘cross a red line’

  • Background: “Dignity Takings and Dispossession in Israel.” Law & Social Inquiry 

❷ Jordan’s King: Just solution of the Palestinian cause brings regional stability
❸ Opinion/Analysis:  The national Bureau: a new Nakbah may take place if Israel forces Bedouin communities to leave their lands
❹ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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ISRAELI  FORCES  ORDER  JORDAN  VALLEY  FARMERS  OFF  THEIR  LAND       
Ma’an News Agency  
Nov. 29, 2017 ― Israeli forces on Wednesday morning reportedly forced Palestinian farmers off lands they were working on in the Jordan Valley area of the Tubas district in the northern occupied West Bank, according to official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned WAFA news agency.
___WAFA reported that Israeli forces ordered a group of Palestinian farmers near the village of Sakout to stop working and leave the lands immediately.
___While it remained unclear why the farmers were suddenly ordered off their land, the Jordan Valley forms a third of the occupied West Bank, with 88 percent of its land classified as Area C — under full Israeli military control.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ―❶ (ᴀ) HAMDALLAH:  ISRAELI  PLANS  TO  FORCIBLY  TRANSFER  BEDOUINS  IN  E1  ‘CROSS  A  RED  LINE’
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 28, 2017 ― Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah released a statement on Monday expressing the government’s solidarity with the hundreds of Palestinian Bedouins in the community of Jabal al-Baba at risk of forcible displacement by the Israeli government.
___Earlier this month, Israeli forces distributed evacuation notices to all 300 Palestinian residents of the village in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, saying the residents had eight days to move to a “relocation site” designated for them by Israeli authorities.
___The village is populated by some 55 Bedouin families who have inhabited the area for 65 years — after being forced out of their original lands in 1948 when Israel was created — and face constant threat of being expelled from their homes.
___“As the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, let me say clearly: we stand with our Palestinian citizens in Jabal al Baba, as well as with all of the other Palestinian communities across the West Bank that Israel seeks to displace in order to build illegal settlements in their place,” Hamdallah said.    MORE . . .     ..

Kedar, Alexandre (Sandy).
“DIGNITY  TAKINGS  AND  DISPOSSESSION  IN  ISRAEL.”
LAW & SOCIAL INQUIRY, vol. 41, no. 4, Fall2016, pp. 866-887.
[. . . .] Dignity takings occur when the state confiscates more than property; such takings simultaneously deny the dispossessed their dignity. Dignity presumes that human beings are of equal value, and entails a respect for each person’s autonomy. As such, dignity takings deny these core values. . . .
___Dignity taking entails five major elements: (1) “A state directly or indirectly” takes property. (2) “Destroys or confiscates property.” Such dignity takings are often effectuated through brutal and unilateral state force. . .  Atuahene emphasizes the function of property as personhood. Accordingly, when persons are displaced from their homes and properties, they suffer great emotional harm. . . . (3) “From owners or occupiers”. (4) “Whom it deems to be sub persons.” This includes dehumanization, “the failure to recognize an individual or group’s humanness”. It can also occur via infantilization, which is the “restriction of an individual or group’s autonomy based on the failure to recognize and respect their full capacity to reason” or treating them as if they were minors. (5) “Without paying just compensation or without a legitimate public purpose”. Atuahene clarifies that “just compensation” is not sufficient. If the landholder cannot reject the compensation offered and remain on the property, and the taking was not the result of a “legitimate public purpose” but part of a “larger strategy to dehumanize or infantilize” a specific group . . . this qualifies as a dignity taking.
[. . . .] To conclude, the concept of dignity takings, with some qualifications, adaptations, and transformations, can serve as an effective tool in analyzing the dispossession of Palestinians land in and by Israel. The concept highlights not only the material loss and harm done by these takings, but simultaneously the ways in which they inflicted devastating blows to the dignity and humanity of the dispossessed. Finally, the recognition that a certain taking or type of taking such as the Land Acquisition Law and Negev Bedouin cases constitute dignity taking should guide us in devising restitution processes that would restore not only the pecuniary value of the land, but also the taken dignity. Such restoration should recognize both past wrongs and present interests and impediments, while striving to design a healing future.   SOURCE . . .

❷ JORDAN’S  KING:  JUST  SOLUTION  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  CAUSE  BRINGS  REGIONAL  STABILITY 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Nov. 29, 2017 ― King of Jordan Abdullah II said on Tuesday evening that reaching a just and permanent solution of the Palestinian cause will lead to achieving security and stability in the entire region.
___King Abdullah, during a meeting in Washington with U.S. senators, called for reviving peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis based on a two-state solution and the resolutions of international community, leading to the creation of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and living side by side with Israel.   MORE . . .   ..
❸ OPINION/ANALYSIS:   THE  NATIONAL  BUREAU:  A  NEW  NAKBAH  MAY  TAKE  PLACE  IF  ISRAEL  FORCES  BEDOUIN  COMMUNITIES  TO  LEAVE  THEIR  LANDS    Palestine News Network – PNN 
Nov. 29, 2017 ― The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements released the weekly report on settlements named Israel’s plans Ethnic Cleansing The Bedouin Communities Surrounding Jerusalem in which they wrote:
___“The deadline given by the occupation authorities to the citizens of the Jabal Al-Baba in the Eizariya town, Jerusalem, to leave their land, properties and homes ended last week.  Thus, a new Nakbah (catastrophe) may take place should they succeed in implementing the plan, which means besieging the city of Jerusalem as a whole, and completely isolating it from its Palestinian surroundings.
___The Judaization, racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing policy that carried out by the occupation government against the Palestinian citizens in the East Jerusalem i.e. the Bedouin communities in Jabal-Baba, Arab-Jahalin and Abu-Nawar community to evacuate them requires the world countries. . . to intervene. . . ”  MORE . . .

“HERE  WE  SHALL  STAY,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
In Lidda, in Ramla, in the Galilee,
we shall remain
like a wall upon your chest,
and in your throat
like a shard of glass,
a cactus thorn,
and in your eyes
a sandstorm.

We shall remain
a wall upon your chest,
clean dishes in your restaurants,
serve drinks in your bars,
sweep the floors of your kitchens
to snatch a bite for our children
from your blue fangs.

Here we shall stay,
sing our songs,
take to the angry streets,
fill prisons with dignity.
In Lidda, in Ramla, in the Galilee,
we shall remain,
guard the shade of the fig
and olive trees,
ferment rebellion in our children
as yeast in the dough.

—translated by Sharif Elmusa and Charles Doria
From poemhunter.com
Tawfiq Zyyad (7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his “poetry of protest”. Born in the Galilee, Zyyad studied literature in USSR. He was elected mayor of Nazareth, a victory that “surprised and alarmed” Israelis. Elected to the Knesset 1973, Zyyad was active in pressuring the Israeli government to change its policies towards Palestinians both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. A report he co-authored. . .  (More . . .)

 

“. . . settle my history between a coward and a senseless god . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Oyoun Qarra massacre, 6:30 am on 20.05.1990 (Newspaper photo)

❶ Friday marks the 26th anniversary of the Oyoun Qara massacre
❷ EU strongly opposed to Israel’s settlement policy, demolitions and confiscations
❸ Against Jewish will, Palestinian film screened at Cannes
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAELI  ‘CHUTZPAH’  VERSUS  PALESTINIAN  ‘SUMUD’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: IN  GAZA,  NOTHING  IS  JUST  AN  ACCIDENT
❻ “A Speech in the Unemployment Market,” By Samih Al-Qasim
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Ami Popper during a prison furlough. Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 (The Yeshiva World News)

❶ FRIDAY  MARKS  THE  26TH  ANNIVERSARY  OF  THE  OYOUN  QARA  MASSACRE
Ma’an News Agency
May 20, 2016
Friday marked the 26th anniversary of the Oyoun Qara massacre . . .
___At 6:15 am on May 20, 1990, 20 Palestinian workers from the Gaza Strip waited for their employers to pick them up from the Oyoun Qara (Rishon Lezion) bus stop when a discharged Israeli soldier arrived and demanded that the workers show him their IDs.
___The soldier, Ami Popper, checked the workers’ IDs, and after ensuring they were all Palestinian, ordered them to line up in three lines and kneel down, then opened fire on the workers with an M16, killing seven and badly injuring 10 others. Popper then drove his vehicle away from the scene [. . . .]
___Israeli courts later convicted Popper of the murders . . .  reduced his sentence to 40 years of imprisonment.      MORE . . .
HISTORY; AMI POPPER TODAY . . .  

❷ EU  STRONGLY  OPPOSED  TO  ISRAEL’S  SETTLEMENT  POLICY,  DEMOLITIONS  AND  CONFISCATIONS
Palestine News Network
May 20, 2016
EU spokesperson said today . . .  that the EU is strongly opposed to Israel’s settlement policy and actions taken in this context, including demolitions and confiscations, building the separation barrier beyond the 1967 line, evictions and forced transfers. Such developments in the so-called E1 area call into question Israel’s commitment towards the two-state solution.
___The EU spokesperson also said that the regrettable trend of confiscations and demolitions since the beginning of the year, including of EU-funded humanitarian assistance, was confirmed once again this week by demolitions of temporary shelters in Jabal al-Baba, a Bedouin community in the so-called E1 area.      MORE . . .    

❸ AGAINST  JEWISH  WILL,  PALESTINIAN  FILM  SCREENED  AT  CANNES
Days of Palestine
May 19, 2016
Palestinian work was screened on Monday at Cannes Film Festival despite Jewish pressure to cancel it.
___The film, which name is Munich: A Palestinian Story, was screened without any delays as it was previously planned.
___Speaking to Electronic Intifada Nasri Hajjaj from Cannes, saying that the screening of a 14-minute segment passed without incident and he received a positive response from those present.
___France’s main pro-Israel lobby group CRIF had been exerting intense pressure on authorities to ban the film, even enlisting the support of the mayor of Cannes.   MORE . . .  

Opinion/Analysis: ISRAELI  ‘CHUTZPAH’  VERSUS  PALESTINIAN  ‘SUMUD’
Mondoweiss
Jonathan Ofir
May 18, 2016
In his book “The Joys of Yiddish” (1968), Leo Rosten writes . . . “Chutzpa is that quality enshrined in a man who, having killed his mother and father, throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. A chuzpanik may be defined as the man who shouts ‘Help! Help!’ while beating you up” [. . . .]
___The Palestinians, as a subjugated and militarily-inferior occupied party, had to historically apply a mirror antidote to this Chutzpah. Against the policy of harassment and regular dispossession, they had to apply the attitude of steadfastness. This is the meaning of Sumud.      MORE . . .

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A Palestinian boy looks at the charred walls of the Abu al-Hindi family home in al-Shati refugee camp after a fire killed three children in their bedroom, 7 May. (Ashraf Amra APA images)

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  IN  GAZA,  NOTHING  IS  JUST  AN  ACCIDENT
The Electronic Intifada
Hamza Abu Eltarabesh
May 17, 2016
When a candle caused a fire that killed three young children at a house in Gaza, it seemed like the kind of horrible misfortune that could happen anywhere.
___But candles in Beach refugee camp, where the recent fire occurred, are lit not for mood but necessity. And in Gaza, where rolling power cuts leave people without electricity for 12 hours a day, that need is great.
___And growing.      MORE . . .  

“A  SPEECH  IN  THE  UNEMPLOYMENT  MARKET,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

If you like, I will forfeit my wages
and put up my clothes and bed for sale.
I’ll work as a stonecutter, porter or street-sweeper,
and search for grain in the dung of cattle
and languish, naked and hungry
but with you, the sun’s enemy, I will not bargain.
With the last throb in my veins I will resist.

Though you steal the last foot of my land
and feed my youth to the prison,
seize my grandfather’s inheritance
of furnishings, dishes and pots,
burn my poems and books,
throw my flesh to the dogs
and dwell as a dream of horror over my village
with you, the sun’s enemy, I will not bargain.
With the last throb in my veins I will resist.

You may smother my flame in the night,
withhold my mother’s kiss
and let children curse my kinfolk.
You may slip past the guardian of my sorrows
and settle my history between a coward and a senseless god.
You may deny my children holiday clothes
and fool my friends with a borrowed face,
hedge me around with all your walls
and sacrifice my days on some humble spot
but with you, the sun’s enemy, I will not bargain.
With the last throb in my veins I will resist.

Enemy of the sun,
in the port there is feasting, a flood of good tidings,
shrills and shouts and a cry of joy;
heroic anthems burst from every throat!
On the horizon, a boat
challenges the wind and boundless sea, and passes out of danger.
It is Ulysses’ return
from the lost seas―
the return of the sun, and of the exiled―
and by her eyes,
and by his eyes,
I swear I will not bargain!

I will resist.
― (1967)

An interview with Samih Al-Qasim.
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.

 

“. . . dragging the remains of the years to unmarked graves . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

sykes1❶― (ᴀ) A century on: Why Arabs resent Sykes-Picot  [May 16, 1916]
..❶― (ᴃ) Will the Sykes-Picot agreement collapse?
..❶― (с) Palestine and the Psychological Impact of Sykes-Picot
❷ Israel dismantles EU-funded homes in Jerusalem-area Bedouin neighborhood
❸ Video: Remembering the Nakba from Burj Barajneh refugee camp
❹ Suspended between hope and hardship
❺ Opinion/Analysis: IS  THIRD  INTIFADA  ON  ITS  WAY  TO  BECOMING  HISTORY?
❻ POETRY by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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❶― (ᴀ) A  CENTURY  ON:  WHY  ARABS  RESENT  SYKES-PICOT  [May 16, 1916]
Al-Jazeera
The borders of the Middle East were drawn during World War I by a Briton, Mark Sykes, and a Frenchman, Francois Picot.
___The two diplomats’ pencils divided the map of one of the most volatile regions in the world into states that cut through ethnic and religious communities.       MORE . . .

..❶― (ᴃ) WILL  THE  SYKES-PICOT  AGREEMENT  COLLAPSE?
Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
January 21, 2016
Despite the fact that the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed 100 years ago, the debate and controversy surrounding it is ongoing . . .  This requires us to take the time to re-read the content of this agreement and what it established and provided for over the past 100 years. We must also consider if now is the time for the Sykes-Picot agreement to collapse, as some believe, or if the matter is more complicated than this.  MORE . . .   

..❶― (с) PALESTINE  AND  THE  PSYCHOLOGICAL  IMPACT  OF  SYKES-PICOT
La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. (TVSUR)
Yasir Tineh
May 15, 2016
The century-old Sykes-Picot agreement without a doubt much of the blame for the current status of the Middle East, to bear blame and to be responsible are two different things.
___As a member of the Palestinian diaspora and Arab youth, I find it silly that the Sykes-Picot agreement remains a topic of blame for the Middle East’s current state of affairs.      MORE . . .   

❷ ISRAEL  DISMANTLES  EU-FUNDED  HOMES  IN  JERUSALEM-AREA  BEDOUIN  NEIGHBORHOOD
Ma’an News Agency
May 16, 2016
Some 90 Palestinian Bedouins, the majority of them children, were left homeless Monday when Israeli forces disassembled EU-donated mobile homes without prior notice in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood in the outskirts of the village of al-Eizariya east of Jerusalem.
___Atallah Mazaraa, a representative of Jabal al-Baba, said . . . “When the Israeli authorities disassemble and confiscate our houses without prior notice on the Nakba’s anniversary their message to the Bedouin communities is: “we will chase you wherever you go and you will not have a moment of security or rest.”
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=771530  (copy and paste in browser)

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First Israeli demolition of EU-funded projects on April 11, 2014. (Photo: European Union, News)

❸ VIDEO:  REMEMBERING  THE  NAKBA  FROM  BURJ  BARAJNEH  REFUGEE  CAMP
Mondoweiss
Sonia Grieco
May 15, 2016
In the Active Aging House of Burj Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, the Nakba is still a vivid memory. Some of the center-goers were in their childhood when, in 1948, the ‘catastrophe’ befell . . . Around 110,000 took refuge in Lebanon . . . At that time the Palestinians thought they would make their way back home soon, but for 68 years they have been living as refugees and the keys they brought with them have opened no doors.
___Marian, 68 years old, still remembers those keys.      MORE (VIDEO) . . .    

❹ SUSPENDED  BETWEEN  HOPE  AND  HARDSHIP
The Electronic Intifada
Anne Paq
May 13, 2016
The lives of Palestinian refugee families who have fled Syria to Lebanon are suspended and their futures uncertain. Denied their right to return to Palestine, from where they originate and have hoped to return for decades, they were more recently uprooted from their homes and, for many, their relatively comfortable lives in Syria.
___Lebanon currently hosts one million Syrians — one out of four persons in the country is a refugee. More than 100,000 of the 560,000 Palestinians in Syria registered with UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, have fled the country — approximately 42,000 of them to Lebanon, according to the agency.     MORE . . .    

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  IS  THIRD  INTIFADA  ON  ITS  WAY  TO  BECOMING  HISTORY?
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
May 13, 2016
Palestinians now go days between hearing about an armed attack against Israelis. During the first two months of the current unrest, multiple attacks took place every day [. . . .]
___In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khalil Shaheen, the head of the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies in Ramallah, said, “The decline was expected since the outbreak of the intifada. Some Palestinians rushed into calling it a third intifada because what is happening is a wave of popular uprising, which may evolve or stumble eventually. It may even take a different direction even if it receded at some point . . . .
___Shaheen said, “As for the current decline of the intifada, it is due to the absence of an official leadership or organization, as well as of a political agenda. . . .       MORE . . .   

“THE  CITY,”  BY  JABRA  IBRAHIM  JABRA

II.
What is this barrenness in the blood?
Boredom is born every day, and I say
this nothingness at least obliterates the preceding day’s boredom,
sympathy and solace;
but the days that persist in
dragging the remains of the years
to unmarked graves spin, too, in seasons.
The seed grows a stalk which contains
the fury of winter and the joy of spring
and if the sun blows on its fire
the fruit is kindled, laughing for every hand
and the gold-heaped laps reply.

The spirit in the street trussed
with ropes of light and shadow still bears
some hollow straws in the wind
that lie shivering in dread
of the wind’s blows and lash of the storm.

Sections I and IV of this poem 
Section III of this poem
About Jabra Ibrahim Jabra  

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.