“. . . . The Land of Israel will be returned to the people of Israel. In its entirety. Forever.” (Menachem Begin)

❶ PA welcomes UN resolution rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PLO official: UN vote demonstrates isolation of US

  • Background: “‘A Simple Historical Truth’: Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip in Menachem Begin’s Ideology.” Israel Affairs

❷ President on Christmas: US recognition of Jerusalem added insult to millions of people
❸ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ PA  WELCOMES  UN  RESOLUTION  REJECTING  US  RECOGNITION  OF  JERUSALEM  AS  ISRAELI  CAPITAL 
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 22, 2017 ― The United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution on Thursday rejecting US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
___A total of 128 countries voted in favor of the resolution, with nine countries — including the US and Israel — voting against, and 35 countries voting to abstain, including Canada, Australia and Mexico.
___The vote came after a series of threats by Trump and Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, who said that Washington would remember which countries “disrespected” America by voting against it.
___Leading up to the vote, President Trump had promised to “take names” and possibly cut donor funding to those countries who voted against it.   MORE . . .  
.  .  .  .  . ❶ ―  (ᴀ)  PLO  OFFICIAL:  UN  VOTE  DEMONSTRATES  ISOLATION  OF  US
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 22, 2017 ― The UN vote in favor of a draft resolution rejecting US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital demonstrates the isolation of the US, said Thursday the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO).
___Member of the PLO Executive Committee Hanan Ashrawi stated: “We are extremely encouraged and empowered by the overwhelming vote in favor of a UNGA resolution rejecting U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”
[. . . .] “Despite American efforts to safeguard Israeli violations and war crimes, the majority maintained their principled position while a minimal number succumbed by abstaining or voting against the resolution,” she remarked.
___“This further demonstrates the isolation of the U.S. in its blind support of Israeli lawlessness and impunity. It is therefore called on to rescind its irresponsible and dangerous decision and refrain from joining Israel in its criminal behavior,” she concluded.   MORE . . . 

Naor, Arye.
“‘A  SIMPLE  HISTORICAL  TRUTH’:  JUDEA,  SAMARIA  AND  THE  GAZA  STRIP  IN  MENACHEM  BEGIN’S  IDEOLOGY.” 
ISRAEL  AFFAIRS, vol. 21, no. 3, July 2015, pp. 462-481.
The orientation of Menachem Begin with regard to the political future of areas in the western part of the Land of Israel that were not in the possession of Israel before the Six Day War (1967) . . .   point to one political conclusion, namely, that the State of Israel should not permit foreign sovereignty over areas of the historical homeland of the Jewish people.
[. . . .] On 8 June 1967, the day after the conquest of the Old City of Jerusalem . . .    he made the following pronouncement:
“On this day, we stand before the Western Wall, remnant of our resplendent Temple in a redeemed Jerusalem, in a city which is compact together [Psalms 122, 3], and we bear a prayer emitted from our hearts that the holy temple will be built quickly in our days. And we shall go to Hebron, which is Kiryat Arba, and we shall prostrate ourselves before the graves of the Patriarchs, and we shall go by the way of Efrata, coming to Bethlehem in Judea, and pray at the tomb of the matriarch Rachel, and we shall recall the words of the prophet:
‘A voice is heard in Ramah, Lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; She refuseth  to be comforted for her children, Because they are not. Thus saith the Lord: Refrain thy voice from weeping, And thine eyes from tears; For thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; And they shall come back from the land of the enemy. And there is hope for thy  future, saith the Lord; And thy children shall return to their own border’ (Jeremiah 31, 15–17).”

There is no doubt that he regarded the territorial gains of the IDF as justified in international law, as well as historically justified through its biblical foundations. Thus, the vision of the prophet Jeremiah, which he selected for his prayer – ‘And thy children shall return to their own border’ – was on the verge of being realized and consolidated into a permanent reality.
[. . . .] If the partitions of the country were illegal, the implication is that the reunification is not an act of illegal annexation; rather, it is the realization of the right of the Jewish people over an inheritance from its forefathers. Time and again Begin referred back to Simon the Hasmonean’s reply to the messenger of King Antiochos VII from Side, who demanded that Simon withdraw from several places that he had conquered in the Judean periphery:   “We have neither taken other men’s land, nor have we possession of that which appertaineth to others, but of the inheritance of our fathers; howbeit, it was had in possession of our enemies wrongfully for a certain time. But we, having the opportunity, hold fast the inheritance of our fathers” [I  Maccabees, 15: 33–34].   SOURCE . . . 

❷  PRESIDENT  ON  CHRISTMAS:  US  RECOGNITION  OF  JERUSALEM  ADDED  INSULT  TO  MILLIONS  OF  PEOPLE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 22, 2017 ― President Mahmoud Abbas Friday stated on a Christmas message that the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has added “insult to millions of people worldwide and also to the city of Bethlehem”.
___Abbas added that the US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem “has encouraged the illegal disconnection between the holy cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, both separated for the first time in over 2000 years of Christianity.”     Following are excerpts from the text of the Christmas message: 
“This time every year, the souls of billions of people turn to Bethlehem to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the messenger of love, peace and justice. Over 2000 years ago, the message of Jesus was delivered from a humble manger in Bethlehem. We are proud that this precious tradition is an integral part of Palestine and that Palestinians all over the world feel pride and inspiration for coming from a land of divine messages, prophets and saints.
___[. . . .] Bethlehem is currently surrounded by 18 illegal colonial-settlements that are under ongoing expansion on Palestinian land. The Annexation Wall, a wall of shame and apartheid, has been built from the heart of the city and extends towards the Cremisan Valley, affecting the livelihoods of hundreds of Palestinian families, mainly Christians. Bethlehem, the birthplace of hope, continues to be affected by the Israeli plans to create the “Greater Jerusalem” on the sufferings of Palestinians.
___Regretfully, the U.S. has decided, against its obligations under International Law, to reward such policies by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This has been an insult to millions of people worldwide, and also to the city of Bethlehem. Washington’s decision has encouraged the illegal disconnection between the holy cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, both separated for the first time in 2000 years of Christianity.”  COMPLETE TEXT . . .    ..

“A  HOMELAND,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
So what,
When in my homeland
The sparrow dies of starvation,
In exile, without a shroud,
While the earthworm is satiated, devouring God’s food!

So what,
When the yellow fields
Yield no more to their tillers
Than memories of weariness,
While their rich harvest pours
Into the granaries of the usurper!

So what,
If the cement has diverted
The ancient springs
Causing them to forget their natural course,
When their owner calls,
They cry in his face: “Who are you?”

So what,
When the almond and the olive have turned to timber
Adorning tavern doorways,
And monuments
Whose nude loveliness beautifies halls and bars,
And is carried by tourists
To the farthest corners of the earth,
While nothing remains before my eyes
But dry leaves and tinder!

So what,
When my people’s tragedy
Has turned to farce in others’ eyes,
And my face is a poor bargain
That even the slave-trader gleefully disdains!

So what,
When in barren space the satellites spin,
And in the streets walks a beggar, holding a hat,
And the song of autumn is heard!
Blow, East winds!
Our roots are still alive.

Samih Al-Qasim
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.

 

“. . . Next to the great room we call our country . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

❶ Palestinians across the West Bank, Jerusalem protest Trump’s decision
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Over 50 injured, 9 with live ammunition, in clashes across Palestinian territory
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Israeli arrest campaign waged in anticipation of ‘day of rage’
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) Israeli Soldiers Isolate Kufur Qaddoum
❷ Israel to construct 14,000 settlement units in Jerusalem

  • Background: “Divided We Rise: Politics, Architecture and Vertical Cityscapes at Opposite Ends of Jerusalem.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

❸ REACTIONS TO TRUMP’S DECISION
❹ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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PALESTINIANS  ACROSS  THE  WEST  BANK,  JERUSALEM  PROTEST  TRUMP’S  DECISION  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Dec. 8, 2017 ― Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and East Jerusalem marched in protest of US President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move the US embassy.
___The protestors headed to Israeli checkpoints in several districts to express condemnation and rejection of the illegal move. In Ramallah district, hundreds gathered after the Friday prayer and marched to al-Bireh’s northern entrance, where clashes erupted with Israeli soldiers.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)  OVER  50  INJURED,  9  WITH  LIVE  AMMUNITION,  IN  CLASHES  ACROSS  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY   
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 7, 2017 ― The number of injured Palestinians continues to climb on Thursday as clashes with Israeli forces continue to escalate across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
___Palestinian and world leaders warned Trump against making the announcement, for fear of instability and violence across the region that is now expected to continue in the days to come.
___9 injured with live ammunition [. . . .]   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶―  (ᴃ)  ISRAELI  ARREST  CAMPAIGN  WAGED  IN  ANTICIPATION  OF  ‘DAY  OF  RAGE’   
The Palestinian Information Center
Dec. 8, 2017 ― The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) launched at dawn Friday a large-scale raid and arrest campaign in West Bank and Jerusalem as Palestinians declare a day of rage over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
___Local sources affirmed that at least 16 Palestinian were detained in occupied Jerusalem, while ten others were arrested in Issawiya town after being brutally attacked.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶― (ᴄ) ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ISOLATE  KUFUR  QADDOUM 
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC  
Dec. 8, 2017 ― Earlier Friday, dozens of Israeli soldiers surrounded and isolated Kufur Qaddoum town, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, ahead of the weekly protest against the Annexation Wall and colonies.
___The army stopped and searched dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians, while inspecting their ID cards.
___Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, said the army is trying to prevent the Palestinians, along with Israeli and international peace activists, from marching.   MORE . . .
ISRAEL  TO  CONSTRUCT  14,000  SETTLEMENT  UNITS  IN  JERUSALEM
The Palestinian Information Center 
Dec. 8, 2017 ― Emboldened by US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Israeli government is considering pushing ahead with plans to build around new 14,000 settler units in the city.
___Under the plan, pursued by Israeli housing minister Yoav Galant, 5,000 units would be built in the northern parts of the city and just outside Ramallah, Israeli media reported Thursday night.
___There would be 1,000 units built in East Jerusalem, while the remaining 8,000 units were to be built in the city’s western neighborhoods.   MORE . . .

Rosen, Gillad and Igal Charney.
“DIVIDED  WE  RISE:  POLITICS,  ARCHITECTURE  AND  VERTICAL  CITYSCAPES  AT  OPPOSITE  ENDS  OF  JERUSALEM.”
TRANSACTIONS OF THE INSTITUTE OF BRITISH GEOGRAPHERS, vol. 41, no. 2, Apr. 2016, pp. 163-174.
[. . . .] Since 1967 Palestinian East Jerusalem is to a large extent a construct of Israeli power and political domination. To strengthen control over annexed lands in East Jerusalem, Israel has been manipulating planning policies and procedures. . .  decisions are highly political and reflect the state’s power to . . .  determine what is acceptable and what is not, and direct which forms of informality will thrive and which will disappear.
___For almost 50 years, Israel has enforced a discriminatory planning regime that has systematically delegitimised Palestinian development rights, restricting the growth of Palestinian communities. Planning policies and practices in these areas have been largely subordinated to the ethno-national aspirations and geopolitical territorial claims of Israel, which have intentionally ignored the development needs of Palestinians. A Palestinian planning rights advocate explained this reality: ‘Palestinians do not exist for the Israeli planning system in Jerusalem . . . they are neither partners nor participants in planning agendas and procedures’, thus making them practically invisible to the Israeli planning authorities.
___Permissive approaches to tall-building development in West Jerusalem and in Jewish neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem make discrimination against Palestinians even blunter. It is nothing but preposterous to apply the anachronistic limit of four to six storeys to most Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem. . . .  As a planner from a human right advocacy group explained, this situation is actually ‘another tool of Israeli occupation which exploits and marginalises the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem’.   [. . . .]  SOURCE . . .    ..

REACTIONS  TO  TRUMP’S  DECISION
Arab League says Trump’s decision on Jerusalem inflames tension   MORE . . .    ..
Ambassador: EU will not transfer embassy to Jerusalem   MORE . . .    ..
Pakistan condemns US move, calls it violation of Security Council’s resolutions MORE . . .
South Africa: US Unilateral Decision Undermines Middle East Peace Process    MORE . . .
Norway warns of increased instability following Trump’s decision     MORE . . .
Abbas meets King Abdullah II to discuss Jerusalem developments     MORE . . .
‘If these decisions go into effect my life here will become like a prison’: Palestinians in Jerusalem respond to Trump    MORE . . .

“IN THE NEIGHBORING ROOM,” BY MOURID BARGHOUTI
Next to
our nation’s bedroom,
Next to
the 5 a.m. orchestra, when
upright and in a hurry
the farm-worker goes out
and the 5 p.m. flute, when

bent and dumb
he comes back

Next to
the room of hope and despair,
the family prayers,
the silence of nurses
and the dry branch,
motionless on clean sheets

Next to
the poet’s room
where words are dogs
or birds:
with his stick
he drives the assaulting dogs away,
his hand opens
to throw barley to the birds
and he waits

Next to
the interrogation room
packed with the stupidity of screams
and the cunning
of the iron chains

Next to
the grandmother
squatting near the clay oven
watching the interaction between
a loaf of bread
and the flames

Next to
the maternity ward

He sits
with strong muscles
and tools and weapons
ready to help:
he thinks of us a lot
he looks after us
like an indispensable
head of the family

Next to
the great room we call our country

Death
stays up, active
for our sake.

From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Barnes and Noble.  A biographical essay about Mourid Barghouti.

“. . . Any hope of peace in the future will just vanish . . .” (Saeb Erekat, Palestinian negotiator)

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat shake hands, Jan. 4, 2014, in Ramallah. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

❶ . PLO will revoke Israel recognition if US moves embassy, top official warns

  • Background: “Jerusalem In The Courts And On The Ground.” Florida Journal Of International Law

❷ . ‘Israel replaces one land theft with another,’ NGO says
❸ .  Father of slain Palestinian teen objects to plea deal with Israeli officer
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❶ . PLO  WILL  REVOKE  ISRAEL  RECOGNITION  IF  US  MOVES  EMBASSY,  TOP  OFFICIAL  WARNS   
The Times of Israel
Dec. 20, 2016 – If the incoming Trump administration moves the US embassy to Jerusalem, the PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel, the prospect of a two-state solution will be over, and any hope of Israeli-Palestinian peace in the future will vanish, the top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warned on Monday.
___Speaking on a conference call organized by the Wilson Center . . .   Erekat reeled off a list of what he said would be the consequences of President-elect Donald Trump honoring his campaign pledge and relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
[. . . .]  Erekat noted that he held meetings last week in Washington with State Department officials, but failed to secure meetings he had sought with incoming Trump administration officials. “I don’t know any of them,” he said of Trump’s personnel.     More . . .

(Note: The following article is a detailed and documented history of the U.S. policy on the status of Jerusalem over the years. The sections quoted here present only a small part of the writing about the continually evolving realities “on the ground” of the status of Jerusalem.) 

  • Halabi, Sam F. “Jerusalem In The Courts And On The Ground.” Florida Journal Of International Law 26.2 (2014): 223-270.  (Sam F. Halabi is Associate Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law. J.D. Harvard, M.Phil. Oxford, B.A. Kansas State University.) FULL ARTICLE.

[. . . .] In 1967, Israel conquered all of Jerusalem and the West Bank, politically reunifying the city and obtaining control over the Temple Mount which it left under the stewardship of the Islamic waqf. It offered Israeli citizenship to Arabs living in Jerusalem in 1967, most of whom rejected the offer. They became so-called Jerusalem residents, neither citizens of Israel nor civilians subject to the same rules of occupation which applied to other Palestinian residents living in the West Bank.
___In 1980, Israel officially annexed East Jerusalem and the areas within the redrawn municipal boundary which included settlements built over the 1967 “Green Line.” The U.N. Security Council declared the “Jerusalem Law” null and void and a violation of international law. In 1993, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to settle the final status of Jerusalem and other matters by negotiation. U.S. Executive Branch policy from 1948 forward never recognized Israeli or Jordanian sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem. In 1949, when Israel announced its intention to convene its parliament’s first meeting in the part of Jerusalem it controlled, the United States refused to send a representative to attend, noting that the U.S. Government “cannot support any arrangement which would purport to authorize the establishment of Israeli . . . sovereignty over parts of the Jerusalem area.” The United States similarly opposed the Jordanian effort to declare East Jerusalem its “second” capital (after Amman) in 1950. The State Department established a formal diplomatic presence in Tel Aviv for relations with Israel and separate consular offices in Jerusalem. Arab and Jewish U.S. citizens born within Jerusalem’s 1948 municipal borders are designated as having been born in “Jerusalem” consistent with this non-recognition.
___Congress, however, became more active on the issue after the 1980 Jerusalem Law, both directly and indirectly seeking to have the city’s status as Israel’s capital formalized. Several U.S. Presidents, including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and William Clinton, have stated that Jerusalem should remain united and its final status should be determined by negotiation, implying that Israelis and Palestinians might both establish recognized capitals there and further implying that U.S. policy disfavors separation of the type experienced between 1948 and 1967 [. . . .]

❷ . ‘ISRAEL  REPLACES  ONE  LAND  THEFT  WITH  ANOTHER,’  NGO  SAYS
Days of Palestine
Dec. 19, 2016 – Israeli settlers of the illegal settlement of Amona in occupied West Bank agreed to move to another private Palestinian land, an Israeli NGO said.
___The Israeli Jewish settlers of Amona, which the Israeli High Court decided it be evacuated by December 25, agreed to a deal offered by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Education Minister Naftali Bennett.
___According to the new deal, adopted by the Israeli occupation government, the illegal Jewish settlers are going to move to another private Palestinian land on a hilltop nearby Amona.    
[. . . .]
Israeli rights group Peace Now said that the latest Israeli government compromise would see the relocation of 40 settler families to nearby land privately owned by Palestinians.
___“The Israeli government is replacing one land theft by another,” Peace Now said in a statement.      More . . .  

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Israeli flags flying over confiscated Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 2015)


❸ .  FATHER  OF  SLAIN  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  OBJECTS  TO  PLEA  DEAL  WITH  ISRAELI  OFFICER  

Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 20, 2016 – The father of a 17-year-old Palestinian who was shot dead . . .  in 2014 said he strongly objected to the plea deal being prepared for the Israeli border police officer who killed his son.
___Siyam Nuwarah told Ma’an Monday evening that he sent a letter to the Israeli Attorney General saying that his family was “extremely saddened” about the recently published reports regarding the Attorney General’s intent to sign a plea deal, in which the officer would receive a reduced sentence.
[. . . .]  Nadim Siyam Nuwarah was shot and killed with live ammunition in the chest during a protest rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba on May 15, 2014. The incident was captured on video.     More . . .

 

“. . . Write down: Arab, a name with no friendly diminutive . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

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Israeli border guards detaining a Palestinian during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, near the village of Asira al-Qibliya, West Bank. (Photo: Abed Omar Qusini/Reuters)

❶ IOF rolls into O. Jerusalem, attacks Palestinians
. . . ❶―(ᴀ) Israel removes all Arab workers from Gush Etzion settlement
❷ Palestinian shot dead near Nablus after alleged attempted attack
❸ Israeli settlement security guards detain Palestinian shepherd
❹ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap 32 Palestinians in the West Bank
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHY IT’S SCARIER THIS TIME AROUND
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IOF  ROLLS  INTO  O. JERUSALEM,  ATTACKS  PALESTINIANS
Jan. 18, 2016
A number of Palestinians choked on teargas on Sunday evening in a round of clashes that flared up shortly after the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rolled into Occupied Jerusalem and cracked down on the Palestinian civilians.
___A PIC news correspondent said the IOF stormed Jerusalem’s eastern village of al-Issawiya and raked through its residential neighborhoods amid a heavy discharge of teargas canisters on the Palestinian protesters and civilian homes.   More . . .
. . . ❶―(ᴀ) PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
ISRAEL  REMOVES  ALL  ARAB  WORKERS  FROM  GUSH  ETZION  SETTLEMENT
Jan. 18, 2016
Etzion Brigade Commander Colonel Roman Gofman on Monday issued an order to remove immediately all Arab workers from the Gush Etzion settlement, including from stores and businesses, The Jewish Press said.   More. . . .
Related. . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  NEAR  NABLUS  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTEMPTED  ATTACK
Jan. 17, 2016
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man on Sunday following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, an Israeli army spokesperson said.
___The spokesperson said the “assailant” was shot and killed after attempting to attack and stab Israeli soldiers “securing the area,” adding that no Israelis were injured during the incident. . . .  Related . . .
___On Friday, Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians during clashes along the border near al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, medical sources said at the time.  More . . .
Related . . . 
ISRAELI FORCES KILL 10 PALESTINIANS, WOUND 21, IN THE PAST WEEK

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Palestinian killed near Nablus after Israeli troops invade the city on Nov. 26, 2015. (Photo: Alternative Information Center)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SETTLEMENT  SECURITY  GUARDS  DETAIN  PALESTINIAN  SHEPHERD
Jan. 17, 2016
Israeli civilian security guards from the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, detained a Palestinian shepherd on Sunday morning, locals said. . . .
___He was leading a herd of sheep near the settlement’s fence on a hilly area on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Artas with his cousin when he was detained, relatives told Ma’an. . . . Efrat security guards arrived in a vehicle, handcuffed Ziyada and took him to an unknown location.
___There are more than 500,000 Israelis living in settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The settlements are illegal under international law.  More . . .
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  32  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Jan. 18, 2016
Israeli soldiers have kidnapped overnight, and on Monday morning, 32 Palestinians in various invasions and extensive military searches of homes in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
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WHY  IT’S  SCARIER  THIS  TIME  AROUND
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Jan. 17, 2016
There is nothing particularly new about the wave of attacks against human rights and the anti-occupation Left in Israel taking place recently. There is nothing new about the increasingly hostile political atmosphere. Not at all. And yet something feels far worse, and scarier, this time around. . . .
___Firstly, there is nobody to stand in the way of this wave of political, legal and legislative attacks against those fighting to end the occupation or ensure equal rights for Jews and Palestinians. . . .
___Secondly, as Israel’s right-wing government becomes more unapologetic and cockier about the occupation, the prospects of real international pressure appear more and more real.  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

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Mahmoud Darwish in Beirut, Lebanon: photographer unknown, early 1970s, via The Guardian, 11 August 2008.

“. . . You swear I don’t exist that I have no sun . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

Palestinians inspect a house that was demolished by the Israeli army in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The Israeli military says it has demolished the homes of four Palestinians who allegedly carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. (Photo: Majdi Mohammed, AP)
Palestinians inspect a house that was demolished by the Israeli army in the village of Silwad, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. The Israeli military says it has demolished the homes of four Palestinians who allegedly carried out deadly attacks against Israelis. (Number 4 below)
(Photo: Majdi Mohammed, AP)

❶ Undercover Israeli Forces Shoot Dead Palestinian in Hebron Hospital
❷ 111 Palestinians Shot, Injured During West Bank, Gaza Demonstrations
❸ Analysis: Netanyahu’s transfer plan is met with silent complicity
❹ Israeli Army Blows Up Three Homes in Nablus, One in Ramallah
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘We Will Stay Like Our Olives:’ A Battle Over Trees This Harvest
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El-Asmar
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
UNDERCOVER ISRAELI FORCES SHOOT DEAD PALESTINIAN IN HEBRON HOSPITAL
Nov. 12, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Undercover Israeli forces on Thursday shot dead a Palestinian during a hospital raid in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and hospital staff said.
___Abdullah Azzam Shalaldah, 28, was shot several times by forces who raided the surgery unit of al-Ahli hospital in order to detain his cousin, Azzam Ezzat Shalaldah, 20, who was shot by an Israeli settler last month, hospital staff told Ma’an. http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=768464
___Abdullah and another relative were in the hospital visiting Azzam when around 20 undercover Israeli soldiers entered the hospital at around 4:00 a.m., witnesses said.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
111 PALESTINIANS SHOT, INJURED DURING WEST BANK, GAZA DEMONSTRATIONS
Nov. 13, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — At least 94 Palestinians were shot and injured on Friday during clashes across the occupied West Bank, medics told Ma’an.
___In al-Balou area of northern al-Bireh in the Ramallah district, 26 Palestinians were injured with live bullets and 35 with rubber-coated steel bullets, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
___Witnesses said that Israeli forces stormed the area during clashes, opening fire in order to prevent demonstrators from accessing the Beit El checkpoint and assaulting journalists.
[. . . . .]
___In the West Bank, UN Office for Humanitarian affairs reported that the total number of Palestinian injuries from Oct. 1 to Nov. 9 alone had far surpassed the total number injured during the whole of 2014.
___Over 7,000 Palestinians have been injured since the start of October, and 83 have been killed.
More . . .
Related . . . 3RD PALESTINIAN DIES FROM CLASHES WITH ISRAELI FORCES
❸ Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
NETANYAHU’S TRANSFER PLAN IS MET WITH SILENT COMPLICITY
Yehudit Oppenheimer
Nov. 14, 2015
Israel’s self-ordained “democratic” camp silently accepted Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to revoke the permanent residency status of 100,000 Palestinians who live in those East Jerusalem neighborhoods that lie beyond the separation barrier last month.
___ Even if Netanyahu’s proposal is never actualized, it is impossible to ignore its significance even as a proposal: the prime minister of Israel is advocating the mass transfer of Palestinians from Jerusalem and the center-left political parties in the opposition did not offer up even the faintest whisper of protest.
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Israeli Border Police officers stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, October 15, 2015. Israel set up checkpoints in the Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and mobilized hundreds of soldiers in response to attacks by Palestinians. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Israeli Border Police officers stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, October 15, 2015. Israel set up checkpoints in the Palestinian neighborhoods of east Jerusalem and mobilized hundreds of soldiers in response to attacks by Palestinians. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ISRAELI ARMY BLOWS UP THREE HOMES IN NABLUS, ONE IN RAMALLAH
Nov. 14, 2015
Israeli soldiers invaded on, Saturday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and detonated bombs in two homes of detainees who were accused of killing an Israeli settler and his wife, near Beit Forik in the northern West Bank district of Nablus, several months ago. The soldiers also demolished a home in Ramallah.
___The soldiers invaded the house of detainee Karam al-Masri, forced the family out, and wired the property before detonating a bomb, destroying its interior.
___The soldiers also forced the residents of nearby homes out of their properties, and held them in one room belonging to one of the neighboring families, before exploding al-Masri’s home.
___The army also fired several gas bombs at residents who gathered in the area, causing an 80 year old woman to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation while in her own home.
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Related . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
‘WE WILL STAY LIKE OUR OLIVES:’ A BATTLE OVER TREES THIS HARVEST
Megan Hanna
Nov. 14, 2015
BEIT SAFAFA (Ma’an) — Part of Hiyam Mousa’s olive grove, which has been passed down through her family for as far back as she can remember, has been destroyed due to the construction of a bypass road connecting settlements in the West Bank to West Jerusalem, and the rest is also under threat of being confiscated.
“We’ve been harvesting olives for a long time, it’s a special demonstration of the culture and history of Palestinians, and the whole family participates,” Mousa says, reaching up through the gnarled branches to pick this year’s harvest from the trees that remain.
[ . . . . . ]
Since 2000, it is estimated that more than two million trees have been destroyed across the occupied Palestinian territory through Israeli military operations, the building of settler roads, expansion of settlements, or construction of the separation wall.
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(Megan Hanna is an independent journalist and photographer based in Palestine.)

“A BOUQUET OF ROSES,” BY FOUZI EL-ASMAR

The story unfolds
you’ve heard the beginning
We did not reject you
as a human being
or as a friend
But as an intruder
a foe
chasing a mirage
A beast stealing dreams
from my children’s eyes.

Stubborn gambler
in human rights
You’ve tailored God’s commands
and now you wear them as you see fit
You forget, then steal
you forget, then kill
You swear I don’t exist
that I have no sun
spring
or field in me

For twenty-five years
we have fasted
And have broken that fast.

(Note: since the poem was published in 1979, the twenty-five years is now at least sixty.)

About Fouzi El-Asmar
El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE WIND-DRIVEN REED AND OTHER POEMS. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1979.
Available from Amazon.

The separation wall surrounds a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, May 15, 2015. (Activestills.org)
The separation wall surrounds a Palestinian neighborhood of East Jerusalem, May 15, 2015. (Activestills.org)

“. . . we pass from our blood to our blood and never arrive . . . “ (Zuhair Abu Shayib)

In the foreground is the Palestinian neighborhood of Sur Baher. Behind it on the hilltop is the Israeli settlement of Har Homa. (Photo: Yoav Galai). See Number ❸ below.
In the foreground is the Palestinian neighborhood of Sur Baher. Behind it on the hilltop is the Israeli settlement of Har Homa. (Photo: Yoav Galai). See Number ❸ below.

❶ 8-month-old baby dies from tear gas inhalation near Bethlehem
❷ Locals: Settlers prevent Palestinian farmers from olive harvest
❸ You may not see it, but Jerusalem is being torn apart
❹ Palestinian Teen Killed By Israeli Army Fire Near Jenin
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Our Youth, Our Gold
❻ Poetry by Zuhair Abu Shayib
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
8-MONTH-OLD  BABY  DIES  FROM  TEAR  GAS  INHALATION  NEAR  BETHLEHEM
Oct. 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An eight-month-old Palestinian baby died Friday from tear gas inhalation in Beit Fajjar village south of Bethlehem during clashes in the area, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
____The ministry said in a statement that Ramadan Mohammad Faisal Thawabta died after inhaling tear gas when clashes erupted nearby between Palestinians and Israeli military forces.
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Related . . . ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  TELL  PALESTINIANS:  ‘WE  WILL  GAS  YOU  UNTIL  YOU  DIE’
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
LOCALS:  SETTLERS  PREVENT  PALESTINIAN  FARMERS  FROM  OLIVE  HARVEST
Oct. 31, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Saturday prevented Palestinian farmers from accessing their olive fields on the outskirts of Burin village near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, locals said.
____Local sources told Ma’an that dozens of settlers blocked entrance of farmers to their land while Israeli soldiers stopped two busses carrying volunteers en route to assist Palestinians in the olive harvest.
____The busses were stopped on the main road between Nablus and the illegal settlement Yitzhar [. . . . .].
____Locals added that Israeli settlers also stole olives and farming equipment from Palestinians in the Bab Sanna area of Burin, which is completely surrounded by illegal Israeli settlements to the north and west.
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YOU  MAY  NOT  SEE  IT,  BUT  JERUSALEM  IS  BEING  TORN  APART
Yoav Galai
Redrawing the map of Jerusalem will not lock out potential attackers. Instead, it will only spark the sort of reaction one could expect following the wholesale nullification of rights from a significant number of Palestinians.
Oct. 31 2015
With so much being written about the volatility of the status quo on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, a bigger picture of a deeply divided city breaking apart is becoming lost. On Sunday, Israel’s Channel 2 reported that the government is considering revoking the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem who live beyond the separation barrier. Though this would potentially remove tens of thousands of Palestinians from the city, such a move is only possible today due to a series of actions taken by municipal and state authorities over years.
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Related . . . FEAR  AND  LOATHING  IN  JERUSALEM
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PALESTINIAN  TEEN  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  ARMY  FIRE  NEAR  JENIN
Oct. 31, 2015
Israeli soldiers shot and killed, earlier Saturday, a Palestinian teenager in the al-Jalama Israeli military roadblock, north of Jenin, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
____Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired several rounds of live ammunition on the child, inflicting several serious gunshot injuries, causing him to die of his wounds later.
____The Red Crescent Society in Jenin said the soldiers prevented its medics from reaching the seriously wounded teen, and left him to bleed, before dragging his body behind the main gate of the military terminal.
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From Today In Palestine. Photo by Dareen Tatour.
From Today In Palestine. Photo by Dareen Tatour.

❺ Opinion/Analysis
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
OUR  YOUTH,  OUR  GOLD
Riyam Kafri AbuLaban
November 2015
Young and strong, with a stone in one hand and a bullet in the neck is the image du jour right? Young, with a school-book bag on his back, running home after the end of the school day, shot, left to bleed; his hands reach out in front of him hoping someone will help him up, a strangled call for mama comes out and the video ends. A mother buries her seventeen-year old, another her thirteen-year old, and another her twenty-something son, the bookworm with the contagious smile. All these murdered young souls, and more, have been our daily dose of the reality we live in. Our children, the hope for a better future, are moving targets with trigger-happy Israeli occupation forces aiming and shooting to kill.
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“PROBABILITIES,”  BY  ZUHAIR  ABU  SHAYIB
From
what source of light
does the day occur?
Does the earth propitiate itself
and the seas catch fire?
By what light
Do we shell roads until daybreak?
and the sound is bearable
and the morning, like bullets, is bearable.
Stop, you tall handsome one
we pass from
our blood to our blood
and never arrive
and take flight to our blood
and the siege pursues us.
The wound in our suitcases
Bears our features
While it is carried by the sea.
And death is bearable
and silence is bearable
and the morning, like bullets, is bearable.

From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi.Trans. May Jayyusi and Jeremy Reed. New York: Columbia University Press (August 15, 1994).
About Zuhair Abu Shayib

Israel's separation wall pictured from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, extended from the place of the photo above. (Charlie Hoyle/File)
Israel’s separation wall pictured from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, extended from the place of the photo above. (Charlie Hoyle/File)

“. . . I would ask if she’s angry . . .” (Rochelle Mass)

Palestinians stand near a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 4, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Palestinians stand near a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 4, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

❶ 200 Israeli settlers attack Palestinian village with firebombs
❷ Israeli court refuses appeal, will go ahead with Hebron demolition
❸ Jerusalem’s intifada takes its toll
❹ Israeli soldiers Attack Jenin Secondary School with Tear Gas
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Palestinians Want 1967 Lands Under UN Protection
❻ Poetry by Rochelle Mass
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❶ MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
200  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGE  WITH  FIREBOMBS
Oct. 18, 2015
HEBRON ― More than 200 Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian villages of Wad al-Haseen and Wad al-Nasara near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba overnight in the eastern Hebron district of the occupied southern West Bank, locals and medics said.
____During the attack, Israeli settlers threw stones and firebombs at Palestinian homes and injured at least three people, two of which were minors, while Israeli forces later shot and injured one Palestinian with live fire.
____An Israeli army spokesperson said she did not have reports of any injuries with live fire.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  REFUSES  APPEAL,  WILL  GO  AHEAD  WITH  HEBRON  DEMOLITION
Oct. 18, 2015
HEBRON ― An Israeli court this week refused a family’s appeal to stop the demolition order on their home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, the family told Ma’an.
____After failing to establish an appeal, Israeli forces will go forward with the demolition order on the family home of Palestinian prisoner Maher Hamdi al-Hashlmoun, 31, the family said.
____In a phone call with the Mujhat al-Quds institution, a Palestinian prisoners advocacy group, al-Hashlmoun’s wife said that “refusing the appeal means that the Israeli excavators can demolish the house at any moment and without a prior warning.”
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
JERUSALEM’S  INTIFADA  TAKES  ITS  TOLL
Daoud Kuttab
Oct. 16, 2015
Despite the sense of pride Palestinians have been expressing as they break the fear barrier and stump one of the world’s most powerful armies, Jerusalem’s intifada is taking its toll on the Palestinians of the holy city.
____The trigger-happy Israeli soldiers, settlers and citizens encouraged by their government to carry weapons have created fear and terror among the 350,000 Palestinians who make East Jerusalem their home.
____A resident of the Old City expressed this fear. In a post on his Facebook page Oct. 12, Ahmad Buderi said that Palestinians in the Old City want international protection, especially from armed settlers. “Any mistake can easily lead to the end of your life using the cover of self-defense. All it takes is for the settler to say ‘mikhablim’ [Hebrew for terrorists], and you can easily be the target of bullets coming at you from all directions.”
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ATTACK  JENIN  SECONDARY  SCHOOL  WITH  TEAR  GAS
Oct. 18, 2015
JENIN– Israeli forces Sunday fired tired gas canisters and stun grenades inside a boys’ secondary school in Jenin while students were still inside, while groups of settlers attempted to storm Yabod town to the west of Jenin.
____Witnesses informed WAFA that Israeli soldiers stationed adjacent to the separation wall, built illegally on land belonging to Palestinians, fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades inside al-Tayba Secondary School to the west of Jenin.
____Earlier Sunday, Dozens of university students suffocated as Israeli forces Sunday raided the campus of Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie to the west of Tulkarem city, while firing a hail of tear gas canisters toward students.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PALESTINIANS  WANT  1967  LANDS  UNDER  UN  PROTECTION
Samer B. Jaber
Oct. 11, 2015
We, a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, and political activists, appeal to the Palestinian leadership within the Palestine Liberation Organization and outside of it, to call on the United Nation and the permanent members of the Security Council to put the Palestine territory occupied by Israel in 1967 under the international protection of the United Nations.
____This call is coming after two decades of negotiations between the leadership of the PLO and successive Israeli occupation governments. These negotiations have not been able to achieve the rights of the Palestinian people to return to the homes from which they were displaced and to self-determination. The goal of this initiative is to provide an exit strategy from the arrangement in which the balance of power is tipped entirely in favor of the occupying state, thereby giving it the opportunity to impose its policy of fait accompli.
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“FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW,” BY ROCHELLE MASS
I often think there’s a woman on the hill
over there, who looks out her kitchen window
in my direction
as she prepares dinner for her family.

Perhaps that woman has watched our village grow
Perhaps
she’s seen it spread over the Gilboa
new homes built for young families
children playing in the yard.

I watch Jenin stretch so wide
I have to turn my head
each way
to see the full size of it.

Perhaps that woman is picking olives, as I am
soaking them in large bins then
slicing lemons, adding coarse salt
tossing in bay leaves, peppercorns and

sharp red peppers to get the right flavor. Perhaps
she helps her husband as I help mine
take their crop to the local press, return
with gallons of oil.

I watch evening stagger over Jenin as
I soap my dishes
see lights splash
over the city.

I wonder if that woman
is looking my way ―
I would ask if she’s angry
if she’s afraid.

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 Barnes&Noble.
ROCHELLE MASS, Canadian born, with her husband and two young daughters, moved to Israel in l973, lived on a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley for almost 25 years, and now lives in a settlement crawling up the Gilboa Mountain, overlooking that valley. She is a translator and editor (Kibbutz Trends, bi-annual of cultural/political issues). She has published two poetry collections.
Blogger’s note: My reading of Mass’s poetry is that she is a dedicated Israeli. However, she does not advocate violence and has some real sense of the horror of the life she represents.

Jenin. (Photo: Palden Jenkins. paldywan.blogspot.co.uk.)
Jenin. (Photo: Palden Jenkins. paldywan.blogspot.co.uk.)

 

“. . . I must be proud of you, wound of the city. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish, 1970)

Three young Palestinian protesters sit on a pavement during clashes in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages/Killian Redden/File) Number ❶ below.
Three young Palestinian protesters sit on a pavement during clashes in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages/Killian Redden/File) Number ❶ below.

❶ The anger of Palestine’s ‘lost’ generation
❷ 16-year-old Palestinian shot dead after alleged attack in Jerusalem
❸ People in Israel and around the world support #selfiesforpalestine
A ― In pictures: Closure, siege and checkpoints in the villages and neighborhoods of Jerusalem
❹ Zionism’s ‘Double Ghettoisation’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Let’s not forget that East Jerusalem Palestinians are stateless
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
THE  ANGER  OF  PALESTINE’S  ‘LOST’  GENERATION
Killian Redden
Oct. 16, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A few weeks before an Israeli soldier shot him through the stomach, Mutaz Zawahreh discovered a love of the sea.
____On the coast of Brittany, Mutaz and two friends from Duheisha refugee camp, Murad Ouda and Issa al-Saifi . . . spent two months in France as part of an educational program organized by a center in Duheisha.
____But as their visit progressed, the first signs of unrest began to show in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the three grew anxious to return home [. . . . .].
____The three returned, and several days later Ghassan ended his hunger strike when Israel agreed to release him in November. But the brothers never saw each other.
____On Oct. 13, at a demonstration before Israel’s separation wall in northern Bethlehem, Mutaz was shot dead, the 30th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in under two weeks [. . . . .].
____Issa [friend of Mutaz] acknowledged that Palestinians risking their lives to throw stones at Israel’s separation wall were unlikely to cause Israel any material damage [. . . . .].
____The protests are the cry of a Palestinian generation that has felt for too long that no one is listening to them.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
16-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 17, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead Saturday morning after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli policeman in the illegal settlement of East Talpiot in occupied East Jerusalem, police said.
____The teen reportedly attempted to stab the officer in the settlement, also known as Armon Hanatziv, according to Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. . .
____He was identified as Muataz Ahmad Hajis Uweisat.
____The teen was killed less than two hours after FADIL QAWASMI, 18, WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY AN ISRAELI SETTLER IN HEBRON after the teen reportedly attempted to stab him.
____No Israeli injuries were reported in either incident.
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Related . . . .
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PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
PEOPLE  IN  ISRAEL  AND  AROUND  THE  WORLD  SUPPORT  #SELFIESFORPALESTINE
PEOPLE in Israel and across the globe are showing solidarity for Palestine by posting online photos of themselves with the hashtag #selfiesforpalestine
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AWADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN (EAST JERUSALEM)
IN  PICTURES:  CLOSURE,  SIEGE  AND  CHECKPOINTS  IN  THE  VILLAGES  AND  NEIGHBORHOODS  OF  JERUSALEM
October 16, 2015
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THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ZIONISM’S  ‘DOUBLE  GHETTOISATION’
Jeremy Salt
Oct. 17, 2015
In the late medieval period ‘pale’ was the word used by the English to describe their colony in Ireland. They lived within the ‘pale’ (from the Latin ‘palus’), a line of settlement bounded by castles and fortresses. Beyond the pale lived the invaded and therefore dangerous Irish.
____Centuries later Jews had to live within what was called the ‘pale of settlement’ in European Russia. . . .
____With some exceptions Jews were not allowed to live outside the Russian pale of settlement. They could escape if they had the money and left in waves after each pogrom, heading for Europe, for the United States, the dream of many, and for the Zionists among them, for Palestine.
____While superiority has been ascribed historically both to those living within and beyond a pale of settlement, it is only the phrase ‘beyond the pale’ that has come to mean people whose behavior is outrageous, deplorable and intolerable. All of these words are fitting to describe the attitudes and behavior of many Israelis in recent weeks. Torrents of pure hatred have been directed by soldiers, police and civilians against Palestinians [. . . . .].
____Zionism remains a state-building ideology. Compassion is a weakness and there can be no possibility of pity for the Palestinians until they have been comprehensively and absolutely defeated. Like the indigenous people of the United States, only when the Palestinians have been reduced to an atomized ethnic minority will it be safe to admit the ‘mistakes’ of the past and acknowledge the crimes of the forefathers.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
LET’S  NOT  FORGET  THAT  EAST  JERUSALEM  PALESTINIANS  ARE  STATELESS
Edo Konrad
Oct. 16, 2015
The stabbing of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the killing of two Palestinian demonstrators in demonstrations held in Gaza and the West Bank were just the latest events in the downward spiral of violence across Israel/Palestine.
____Earlier this week, Haaretz published two different op-eds claiming that that very violence is both the result and the harbinger of the “bi-national state” Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly warned against, yet has done very little to avoid [. . . . .].
____The problem with Shavit and Barak’s arguments isn’t that they prefer a two-state solution over a bi-national state, but that they pretend as if the two-state solution were ever actually implemented in the first place.
____There is no better time to hammer home the fact: Palestinians in East Jerusalem are a stateless people. This has been the case since June 7, 1967, when East Jerusalem was captured by the Israeli army.
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“PROMISES  FROM AL-ASSIFA ― THE STORM,” **  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Be that as it may,
I must reject death,
And dry the tears of sentimental songs,
And rid the olive trees
Of all the false branches.
For if I sing the song of joy
Behind the lids of frightened eyes,
It is because the Storm
Has swept the standing trees
Clean
Of all the dull sparrows
And false branches.
Be that as it may,
I must be proud of you, wound of the city,
You are a light in our sad nights.
As the streets frown in my face,
You shield me from the shade and looks of hatred.
I will sing the song of joy,
Behind lids of apprehensive eyes,
For in my country, the Storm has blown,
Promising wine and rainbows.

“**Al-Assifa, the Storm, is the military arm of Fatah. Punning is a favorite figure of Arab poets, ancient and modern.”
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.
Interview with Mahmoud Darwish

The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as AUGUSTA VICTORIA AND AL-MAQASED HOSPITALS. It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur. (Photo Silwanic.net)
The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as AUGUSTA VICTORIA and AL-MAQASED HOSPITALS. It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur. (Photo Silwanic.net)

“. . . To dissolve some dream of mine . . .” (Fouzi el-Asmar, 1973)

Israeli settlers march through the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City, Tuesday night. (Photo: Allison Deger) -
Israeli settlers march through the Muslim quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City, Tuesday night. (Photo: Allison Deger)

❶ Read their lips: Israeli leaders’ plans for the Palestinians
❷ East Jerusalem is closed for Palestinians, but settlers march unimpeded
❸ Alarm grows over summary executions of Palestinians
❹ Settler Violence Continues in Bethlehem
❺ The Palestinian Youth Had to Challenge the Occupation
❻ Poetry by Fouzi el-Asmar
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
READ  THEIR  LIPS:  ISRAELI  LEADERS’  PLANS  FOR  THE  PALESTINIANS
Samah Sabawi
Oct. 15, 2015 5:04 P.M.
History in the Holy Land seems stuck in a loop. In 2000, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, at the time leader of the opposition, visited the Al-Aqsa compound in a deliberate provocation that triggered the Second Intifada. Israel launched operation “Defensive Shield” to crush the protests and eliminate the Palestinian resistance. As a result, more than 3,000 Palestinians and almost 1,000 Israelis lost their lives between 2000 and 2004, and the peace process was forever derailed.
____Fast forward to 2015: The peace process is now dead and what hope Palestinians had during the early Oslo years has turned into bitter disappointment and despair. Jewish colonies, illegal under international law, have expanded on Palestinian land throughout the years of negotiations and now fully surround Palestinian communities. Palestinians, still living under occupation, are denied basic human rights and harassed by the Israeli military and the armed extremist settlers on a daily basis.
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NOTE: An authoritative, accurate, and regularly updated account of the day’s incidents of struggle can always be found at Ma’an News Agency.
MONDOWEISS
EAST  JERUSALEM  IS  CLOSED  FOR  PALESTINIANS,  BUT  SETTLERS  MARCH  UNIMPEDED
Allison Deger
Oct. 15, 2015
Israeli police shut hundreds of Palestinian businesses in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City Tuesday night hours before a general order from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for “a closure on, or to surround, centers of friction and incitement” went into effect.
____Yet after the Palestinian stores were shuttered, police escorted more than 200 Israeli settlers through the Muslim quarter as they marched along the Via Dolorosa, the ancient road that Christians believe Jesus walked on the way to the crucifixion.
____The settlers sang prayers to music played on a PA system strapped to a dolly.
____An Israeli tour group also sauntered freely throughout the Muslim Quarter, stopping to take photographs and regale in the city’s history.
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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ALARM  GROWS  OVER  SUMMARY  EXECUTIONS  OF  PALESTINIANS
Charlotte Silver
Oct. 15 2015
Two more Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday following alleged knife attacks, while the Israeli army and government began implementing a rash of new measures approved by the so-called security cabinet late Tuesday night.
____Among the decisions made, Israeli police and Border Police will enforce closures on Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem.
____Human rights groups, meanwhile, have raised the alarm about an Israeli policy of extrajudicial killing aimed at Palestinians.
____The security cabinet also decided the army will deploy its military police to assist civilian police in major cities throughout present-day Israel, and 1,400 Border Police reservists have been called to reinforce Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SETTLER  VIOLENCE  CONTINUES  IN  BETHLEHEM
Oct. 15, 2015
Israeli settlers, Thursday, resumed their attacks against Palestinians, stoning Palestinian cars to the south of Bethlehem with stones, according to security sources.
Sources informed WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency that a group of settlers – protected by Israeli army soldiers – gathered near the Israeli settlement of Ifrat, built illegally on Palestinian-owned land – and proceeded to hurl stones at passing Palestinian registered cars. However, no injuries were reported.
____Israeli settlers reportedly blocked the Jerusalem-Hebron main road, hindering Palestinian traffic movement, which forced locals to take alternative ways to reach their destinations.
____Settlers have stepped up their violent attacks against Palestinians and their properties, following the killing of four Israelis at the hands of alleged Palestinian suspects.
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THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  PALESTINIAN  YOUTH  HAD  TO  CHALLENGE  THE  OCCUPATION
Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Oct. 14 2015
Four years after the advent of the “Arab Spring” and the failure to replace the ousted regimes with something better, the people of the Middle East today are engaged simultaneously in civil wars, holy wars, sectarian wars, and old and new foreign invasions. This is happening while Israel continues to commit human rights violations against the Palestinians, colonize their lands and denies them their right to be free, even the right to worship.
____The aftermath of the spontaneous outbreak of the pro-democracy “Arab Spring” in January 2011 brought the authoritarian Arab regimes and Israel closer in their opposition to democracy and Islamist successes, although each has their own reasons. [. . . . .]
____Israel had always prided itself on being an “island of democracy” in a sea of authoritarianism, but contrary to this claim, Israel is a racist state because Zionism is not compatible with a citizenship-based liberal democracy. Its leaders carried out the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians to create a Jewish majority state in 1947-48. [. . . . .]
____Like all of Israel’s prime ministers and leaders, Netanyahu’s premiership is marked by a stubborn refusal to reevaluate Israel’s relations with the Palestinians. . . . Netanyahu’s government is the most aggressively right wing, chauvinistic, and racist government in Israel’s history. Netanyahu’s ambition is to go down in history as the leader who secured greater Israel.
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TWO  POEMS  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR
“DETERMINATION  I,”
Man, whenever you reach out
to snatch my bread
and the remaining rays of light
in my eyes,
To dissolve some dream of mine . . . a remaining pride
To delay a rising sun:

Deep in my loins
You will only reach
a dignity and
a solid determination.

“IN  PRISON”
An hour passes
Another hour may follow:
Without feeling
Without words
Without work,
Comrade,
What for?

From: El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
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About Fouzi El Asmar.

Israeli police stand near the body of a Palestinian who was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to stab a person in Jerusalem’s Old City on 14 October. (Photo Oren Ziv /ActiveStills)
Israeli police stand near the body of a Palestinian who was shot and killed after he allegedly tried to stab a person in Jerusalem’s Old City on 14 October. (Photo Oren Ziv /ActiveStills)

Yousef el Qedra, “. .Time has grown up on its own without me. . ” [A special post of news analysis]

Israeli troops shower protesters with tear gas in Bethlehem on Wednesday - Photo by WAFA Israeli troops shower protesters with tear gas in Bethlehem on Wednesday - Photo by WAFA
Israeli troops shower protesters with tear gas in Bethlehem on Wednesday – Photo by WAFA

MONDOWEISS
ON  BRET  STEPHENS’  HATE  SPEECH
Dorgham Abusalim
Oct. 14, 201
For Israel and her allies it seems that panic mode is on, and Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, who somehow manages to pass himself for a psychologist in his latest column, is freaking out.
____His article “Palestine: The Psychotic Stage” bears the subtitle, “The truth about why Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust.” In typical desperate fashion of the pro-occupation ilk, Stephens manipulates the tragic deaths of Israelis reported over the past two weeks. Meanwhile, he conveniently pretends that Palestinians are immortal. They don’t die. Hence, not one mention of a Palestinian death is worth his words — never mind that one of the world’s strongest armed forces is flexing its muscles against them. The issue is not so much with reporting on who died. Stephens’ dangerous propagation in this regard is that a Jewish death is a tragic one and worth reporting, while a Palestinian death is just not worth it because a Palestinian is a psychotic blood thirsty terrorist. Stephens writes:

Treatises have been written about the media’s mind-set when it comes to telling the story of Israel. We’ll leave that aside for now. The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized by their present blood lust—by a communal psychosis in which plunging knives into the necks of Jewish women, children, soldiers and civilians is seen as a religious and patriotic duty, a moral fulfillment. Despair at the state of the peace process, or the economy? Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves.

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THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
PALESTINE:  THE  PSYCHOTIC  STAGE
THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  WHY  PALESTINIANS  HAVE  BEEN  SEIZED  BY  THEIR  PRESENT  BLOOD  LUST.
Bret Stephens
Oct. 12, 2015
If you’ve been following the news from Israel, you might have the impression that “violence” is killing a lot of people. As in this headline: “Palestinian Killed as Violence Continues.” Or this first paragraph: “Violence and bloodshed radiating outward from flash points in Jerusalem and the West Bank appear to be shifting gears and expanding, with Gaza increasingly drawn in.”
____Read further, and you might also get a sense of who, according to Western media, is perpetrating “violence.” As in: “Two Palestinian Teenagers Shot by Israeli Police,” according to one headline. [. . . . .]
____The significant question is why so many Palestinians have been seized . . . Please. It’s time to stop furnishing Palestinians with the excuses they barely bother making for themselves. [. . . . .]
____Above all, it’s time to give hatred its due.
____Today in Israel, Palestinians are in the midst of a campaign to knife Jews to death, one at a time. This is psychotic. It is evil. To call it anything less is to serve as an apologist, and an accomplice.
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OPENDEMOCRACY. FREE THINKING FOR THE WORLD
PALESTINIANS  MUST  NOT  FALL  INTO  THIS  TRAP,  AGAIN!
Sam Bahour
Oct. 14, 2015
To cover up its crimes, Israel needs to feed all the western stereotypes of Palestinians as violent and subhuman rather than hungry for freedom and equal rights.
____The lid on the powder keg of the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, has been rattling for years now. Palestinians from all walks of life have lost their voices making the case that Israel’s right-wing government . . . is pursuing policies bound to lead to exactly what we are witnessing today, violence. [. . . . .]
____Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has built his entire political career on a platform of violence against Palestinians.. . . . Netanyahu prides himself on being the leader who stopped the peace process in its tracks. To make sure peace would never have a chance, he accelerated settlement building in the West Bank, attacked Gaza multiple times, demolished more Palestinian homes, arrested Palestinians, including minors, often without charges, and failed to bring to justice the Jewish settlers who recently burned alive a Palestinian family while they slept in their home.
____But why does Israel seemingly seek violence? The answer is elementary to anyone following this conflict: Israel has a single gamebook against the legitimate Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence, that of using their well-oiled military machine to squash any Palestinian who attempts to resist occupation. Israel since 1948 and 1967 has routinely used war and violence to seize more land, all the while pushing Palestinians to either turn violent or emigrate.
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CBS/AP
U.S.  CONDEMNS  PALESTINIAN  ATTACKS  AGAINST  ISRAELI  CIVILIANS
Oct. 13, 2015
Video of the CBS coverage. No mention of settler terrorism. No mention of the International treaty that gives the Palestinians sole right to administer Al-Aqsa mosque. Palestinians are “terrorists.” The Israelis are afraid to go out, to ride buses. No mention of the complete control of Palestinian society by Israel.
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ISRAEL’S  SCAPEGOAT  PROBLEM
Talal Jabari
Israeli governments always found someone to blame for whatever violence came their way, and then they bombed them. This time around there’s nobody to blame. Except for that one thing.
Oct. 14, 2015
This current wave of “lone-wolf” attacks by Palestinians against Israelis poses a threat to the Israeli government unlike any other. Obviously I am not referring to the security risk they pose — after all, Israel has far more deaths and injuries from car accidents. Nor am I referring to the fear this onslaught of attacks may be causing Israelis. No, the real threat is that for the first time since the First Intifada, almost 30 years ago, the Israeli government has nobody to blame. [. . . . .]
____Clearly the Israelis haven’t found anyone to blame, but that’s only because they’re not looking in the right place. Here’s a short list of where they should be looking.
____Let’s start with the obvious. No Palestinian under 50 living in the West Bank, and to an extent the Gaza Strip, has known a day of freedom in his or her entire life. No freedom of movement, no freedom of worship, no sense of personal safety or stability.
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“I  HAVE  NO  HOME,”  BY  YOUSEF  EL  QEDRA (June 22, 2009)
I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms―
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.
I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.

From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISREL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
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Yousef el Qedra is a young poet and playwright living in Gaza, Palestine. He has a B.A. degree in Arabic literature from al Azhar University, Gaza. His poems have been published in local, national and international magazines, newspapers, and internet websites. More. . .