“. . . What did I do to make you destroy me . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

A photo of Mustafa Adel al-Khatib. (Ma’an Images). Number 1 below.
A photo of Mustafa Adel al-Khatib. (Ma’an Images). Number 1 below.

❶ Palestinian shot, killed in East Jerusalem after alleged stabbing
❷ Israel Carries out Large-Scale Detention Operation in West Bank, Jerusalem
❸ Personal essay: There Is More to Us
❹ US refuses to label Israeli attacks on Palestinians ‘terror’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Who needs justice when suspects can be executed in the street?
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you for “following.”)
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT,  KILLED  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING
Oct. 12, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem after an alleged stabbing attempt on border police officers, Israeli police said. [. . . . .]
____Israeli news site the Times of Israel reported that border police asked a Palestinian man to take his hands out of his pockets after becoming suspicious, at which point the suspect attempted to attack the officer, hitting his protective vest.
____The attacker was then shot multiple times.
____Palestinian witnesses told Ma’an that there was no attempted stabbing at the time of the shooting, and the man was killed as he was walking in the area.
____The suspect was identified as Mustafa Adel al-Khatib, 18.
____The latest death brings the total number of Palestinians killed to 25 since the beginning of October.
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  CARRIES  OUT  LARGE-SCALE  DETENTION  OPERATION  IN  WEST  BANK,  JERUSALEM
Oct. 12, 2015
WEST BANK, (WAFA) – At least 32 Palestinians were last night detained by the Israeli army and security forces across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
____The intense operation comes amid a seemingly unceasing popular unrest by Palestinian youth against the Israeli measures in the occupied territories, including attempts to temporally divide al-Aqsa Mosque compound as well as Israel’s continuing settlement construction and expansion.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
THERE  IS  MORE  TO  US
Hasheemah H. Afaneh
Oct. 2015
I was sitting in the back seat of my family’s green van and staring out the window when I heard my parents discuss our moving to Palestine. Needless to say, my eyes widened at the thought of moving and leaving all my friends behind.
____“But why?” I had asked furiously, my eyes welling up.
____With his eyes still on the road, my father responded, “So you and your brothers can see our home and learn Arabic. You’ll meet lots of family members, and you’ll make friends in no time.” [. . . . .]
____Both my mother and father were raised in Palestine in the pre-Oslo period. The image that I had of Palestine and of who we are as Palestinians was a result of that reality and of the fact that I lived halfway across the world. [. . . . .]
However, there was more to know and learn about us, as my father told me.
More . . .
Hasheemah H. Afaneh, born in one place and raised in two, is studying nutrition and dietetics at Birzeit University. She writes poetry, short stories, and descriptive essays.
Hasheemah H. Afaneh’s Blog
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
US  REFUSES  TO  LABEL  ISRAELI  ATTACKS  ON  PALESTINIANS  ‘TERROR’
Oct. 10, 2015
The State Department said Friday that recent attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are “acts of terror” but failed to apply the same standard when violence is committed against Palestinians by Israelis.
____”We would consider these violent acts [by Palestinians] that we’re talking about specifically here as acts of terror,” spokesman John Kirby said in response to a question about violence in the occupied territories.
____But when asked whether he also considered to be terrorist acts the stabbing of a Palestinian by a 17-year-old Israeli in the city of Dimona, Kirby brushed it aside and said he was not aware of the incident.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
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WHO  NEEDS  JUSTICE  WHEN  SUSPECTS  CAN  BE  EXECUTED  IN  THE  STREET?
Orly Noy
Oct. 11, 2015
Yesterday I published John Brown’s latest article on my Facebook wall. The article includes a video that clearly shows Fadi Alloun, the young Palestinian man from Issawiya, being shot and killed by police officers despite not posing a threat when shot. There is no question here of not knowing “what happened before” — even if Alloun did stab someone, the police could have subdued him and protected the passersby without killing him. Alloun, put simply, was executed to the cheers of the onlookers who encouraged the officers to shoot. [. . . . .]
____Israel’s legal system is supposed to reflect its collective principles, as formulated by its elected officials. It holds a substantial statement. And when that statement reflects those who say it in a bad light, it is always easier to implement the policy itself without taking responsibility for its moral significance. That way, Sharon Gal (who proposed the “death to terrorists” law) gets what he wants — death sentence for “terrorists,” defined in the widest possible way — while the Israeli legal system remains clean of any law that may tarnish it in the eyes of many Israelis, not to mention the international community.
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Article with video of police killing

“HE  EMBRACES  HIS  MURDERER,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
He embraces his murderer.
May he win his heart: Do you feel angrier if I survive?
Brother…My brother!
What did I do to make you destroy me?
Two birds fly overhead.
Why don’t you shoot upwards?
What do you say?
You grew tired of my embrace and my smell.
Aren’t you just as tired of the fear within me?
Then throw your gun in the river! What do you say?
The enemy on the riverbank aims his machine gun at an embrace?
Shoot the enemy!
Thus we avoid the enemy’s bullets and keep from falling into sin.
What do you say?
You’ll kill me so the enemy can go to our home
And descend again into the law of the jungle?
What did you do with my mother’s coffee; with your mother’s coffee?
What crime did I commit to make you destroy me?
I will never
Cease embracing you.
And I will never
Release you.

“Poems by Mahmoud Darwish.” PoemHunter.com
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/he-embraces-his-murderer/
About Mahmoud Darwish

The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)
The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

“. . . The reckless playfulness of childhood . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

Fassuta is an Arab town on the northwestern slopes of Mount Meron in the Northern District of Israel, south of the Lebanese border. In 2005, the population of Fassuta was 2,900. Photo Shiham Abu Ayoub (Shayoub). Photo by Shiham Abu Ayoub.) See no. 4 below.
Fassuta is an Arab town on the northwestern slopes of Mount Meron in the Northern District of Israel, south of the Lebanese border. In 2005, the population of Fassuta was 2,900. Photo Shiham Abu Ayoub (Shayoub). Photo by Shiham Abu Ayoub.) See no. 4 below.

❶ Israeli forces shoot, kill teen in Jerusalem after 2nd alleged attack
❷ Israeli authorities issue 48-hour ban on Palestinian entry to Old City
❸ WATCH: Settlers hurl burning tires, boulders at Palestinians
❹ One Border, Two Worlds
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Searching for hope on days of unconscionable tragedy
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  KILL  TEEN  IN  JERUSALEM  AFTER  2ND  ALLEGED  ATTACK
Oct. 4, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian teen near the Damascus gate of Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning after he allegedly attempted to stab a 16-year-old Israeli boy, an Israeli police spokesperson said.
____An Israeli police spokesperson said Israeli forces “identified the suspect who still had knife in his hand, and Israeli forces then neutralized and shot” the man.
[. . . . .]
____Alloun is the second Palestinian to be shot dead after allegedly stabbing Israelis in the Jerusalem’s Old City in the past 24 hours. [. . . . .]
____However, Alloun’s father has denied claims that his son tried to stab anyone before he was shot dead in the street, citing a video of the incident that has been circulating the internet.
More . . . (including video of event)
Corresponding Israeli reporting . . .
Continuing . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  ISSUE 48-HOUR BAN ON PALESTINIAN ENTRY TO OLD CITY
Oct. 4, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have issued a 48 hour ban on Palestinians from entering the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, following two stabbing attacks in which two Israelis were killed, and three injured at the site, an Israeli police spokesperson said.
____The two Palestinians who allegedly committed the stabbing attacks were shot dead on the scene during separate incidents, hours apart.
____Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the ban on Palestinians entering the Old City was put in place in order to “prevent any further incidents or attacks.”
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WATCH:  SETTLERS  HURL  BURNING  TIRES,  BOULDERS  AT  PALESTINIANS
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Oct. 4, 2015
Hundreds of settlers launch dozens of attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank, in the wake of two Palestinian attacks that left four Israelis dead. Rights groups demand the army intervene to protect Palestinians from settler violence.
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More news . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
ONE  BORDER,  TWO  WORLDS
Fida Jiryis
Oct. 2015
I stand in the long line of cars waiting to leave Qalandia Checkpoint, my anger and frustration still boiling over, even after six years. I’ve never been able to get used to it, and I don’t think anyone does, really. We just grit our teeth and go through the motions.
[. . . . .]
____It’s one of the most depressing spaces I’ve ever had the misfortune to frequent. . . The road is battered, the passengers weary, the Israeli soldiers smug and insolent. We hope and pray that the line will move forward uneventfully and that the teenagers imprisoning us will see nothing wrong in our ID cards and let us through.
____I cross, and within a few minutes, the entire reality changes. About two kilometers is all it takes to be transported to a different world. Suddenly, dust and dirt are replaced by green and cleanliness.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
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SEARCHING  FOR  HOPE  ON  DAYS  OF  UNCONSCIONABLE  TRAGEDY
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Oct. 4, 2015
The only thing that can stop the killing, that can turn desperate people from violence, that can stop the creation of new orphans, is hope. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere to be found.
____The most tragic part about the violence that strikes civilians in Israel and Palestine is that it is largely preventable. That is not to say that the victims are in any way to blame for their own murders — of course not. But political violence is a direct result of the political conflict, of the occupation, incitement on both sides, and an utter lack of vision being offered to both Israelis and Palestinians.
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“FUNERAL,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
He bequeathed his soul…to horses’ foreheads
His feet…to a dance that makes the earth want to
Be green
His voice…to the cockerels of morning
His little ensnaring toys… to the old men
His hands, with the cold dignity of wisdom, …to
The reckless playfulness of childhood
His heart…to a woman who stopped him in his
Tracks when she loved him
She said: don’t be domestic, like pots and; pans
And departed
And so
When we walked in his funeral procession
The coffin was empty

From PoemHunter.com. Web. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/funeral-31/
About Ibrahim Nasrallah 

Israeli soldiers accompany Israeli settlers as settlers carry out vigilante attacks against local Palestinians and their land in the West Bank village of Bur’in, October 3, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Israeli soldiers accompany Israeli settlers as settlers carry out vigilante attacks against local Palestinians and their land in the West Bank village of Bur’in, October 3, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

“. . . how can we assign to oblivion years of hatred. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

A Palestinian takes a burnt carpet out of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City during clashes at the compound on September 13, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
A Palestinian takes a burnt carpet out of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City during clashes at the compound on September 13, 2015. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)


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

❶ Israel has ‘taken over’ Aqsa compound, says official
❷ Attacks against Al-Aqsa Continue; Many Palestinians Kidnapped and Injured
❸ Army Kidnaps a Palestinian in Hebron, Searches Homes
❹ Business as usual for children arrested by the IDF
❺ Opinion/Analysis― If Gaza Becomes Uninhabitable, it Is Israel’s Responsibility
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  HAS  ‘TAKEN  OVER’  AQSA  COMPOUND,  SAYS  OFFICIAL
Sept. 13, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The director of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, said Sunday that Israel had effectively taken over the holy site, after a day of violent clashes between Palestinian worshipers and Israeli police took place there.
____Kiswani told Ma’an that having brought the compound under occupation in 1967, “today, the (Israeli) occupation authorities have imposed their sovereignty over it by power of force.”
____He pointed to Israeli control over who enters and leaves, and their use of force against Palestinians that challenge them, including the assault of Islamic Endowment employees.
____The director made his comments after a day of violent clashes at the holy site, during which witnesses said Israeli police entered the AL-AQSA  MOSQUE  ITSELF,  ISLAM’S  THIRD-HOLIEST  SITE,  and caused damage.
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ATTACKS  AGAINST  AL-AQSA  CONTINUE;  MANY  PALESTINIANS  KIDNAPPED  AND  INJURED
Sept. 14, 2015
Groups of Israeli extremists, accompanied by dozens of soldiers and police officers, continued their invasions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, through the al-Magharba Gate, after the army forcibly removed most of the Palestinian worshipers, and assaulted dozens.
____The soldiers attacked dozens of Palestinians, including women, near the Chain Gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, while a young man, identified as Tamer Khalaf, 29, suffered various cuts and bruises after the soldiers repeatedly beat and struck him, and sprayed his face with pepper-spray before kidnapping him.
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ARMY  KIDNAPS  A  PALESTINIAN  IN  HEBRON,  SEARCHES  HOMES
Monday September 14, 2015
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday morning, the town of Doura, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, searched several homes and kidnapped one Palestinians. Palestine TV reporter injured in Jerusalem.
____Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers broke into many homes in the town, and violently searched them, before kidnapping a university student, identified as Mohammad Walid ‘Amro, 19.
____In addition, soldiers installed roadblocks on the main entrances of Sa’ir, Halhoul and Yatta town, and several neighborhoods in Hebron city, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and examined the ID cards of scores of residents.
More . . .
Related. . .

Israeli Soldiers Invade Doura, Wednesday Evening, April 30, 2014. (Photo: Al-Qassam)
Israeli Soldiers Invade Doura, Wednesday Evening, April 30, 2014. (Photo: Al-Qassam)

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BUSINESS  AS  USUAL  FOR  CHILDREN  ARRESTED  BY  THE  IDF
Gerard Horton
Sept. 13, 2015
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in March 2013 that it would study the conclusions of a UNICEF report on children held in military detention which found that ill-treatment appeared to be “widespread, systematic and institutionalized” and work to implement them through “ongoing cooperation” with the UN agency. Two-and-a-half years on and around 2,250 arrests later, there is new evidence as to how this “cooperation” is progressing.
To begin with, the number of children arrested at night appears to have jumped from 51 percent in 2013 to 65 percent today. . . the army breaking down doors in the middle of the night rather than parents bringing their children for questioning during the day.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IF  GAZA  BECOMES  UNINHABITABLE,  IT  IS  ISRAEL’S  RESPONSIBILITY
Khalid Amayreh
The Gaza Strip, ravaged by devastating wars of aggression by Israel, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, a United Nations development agency warned this week. [. . . .]
____Israel, whether we like it or not, is the number-1 villain because it is still the occupying power in the Gaza Strip according to international law. The key to the rehabilitation of Gaza is decidedly in Israel’s hands. Hence, it is imperative that the international community exert a meaningful pressure, not just words, on Israel now in order to make the Israeli government responsive to the urgent needs of some 2 million Gazans who have chosen life over death and are opting to cling to their ancestral homeland rather than embark on a precarious journey to the shores of Europe.
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“THE  PROUD  HORSE,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
I mounted your stubborn horse,
Heading to the bare deserts, searching for the ever-distant horizon;
Alone in this bustling world
Only you words were with me.
I crossed the deserts,
Without audacity,
Without fear.
How then, in God’s name, can I return, my heartless beloved?
For you are a spur and a whip for my horse,
A cloak that wraps me;
You are all my provisions
And the promise of the final meeting.
****
― “There is Paris.”
― “There is Beirut.”
― “There is Moscow.”
****
And I spur the neck of your proud horse,
And despite my hunger and thirst,
I urge it to run to you, my heartless beloved.
****
My Lord and Master,
You who make our thorns Jasmine,
I vow that I will never sell my wounds,
No matter how the daggers bargain;
And that our sister
Will not stay forever in bondage.
****
― “There is Amman.”
― “There is Rome.”
― “There is Baghdad.”
****
How then, in God’s name, can I ever escape from my roots and origins?
And how can we assign to oblivion years of hatred?
Our rage will never subside
So long as the heaven is within sight.
Our wounded head will never heal
Without your merciful bandages, melody of our words,
Visions of things to be,
Our plundered history,
Our beloved murderer,
Our heartless loving country,
The valiant knight of sorrow
Will serve your proud horse unto death.

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.
About Samih Al-Qasim

Gaza has received only a quarter of the funds pledged by the international community for its reconstruction following last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas. (Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)
Gaza has received only a quarter of the funds pledged by the international community for its reconstruction following last year’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas. (Photograph: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

“. . . Have you forgotten your love in the lexicon of silence? . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

(Please take a moment to read the page “Purpose” above. Thank you.)

Students of the Susya Elementary School (PNN photo-24 August 2015)
Students of the Susya Elementary School (PNN photo-24 August 2015)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
US  JUDGE  ORDERS  PALESTINIAN  DEPOSITS  OVER  ATTACKS
August 25, 2015
NEW YORK ―A US judge Monday ordered Palestinian authorities to post $10 million in cash or bond while they appeal a ruling to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to American victims of attacks.
____Judge George Daniels said the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization must also deposit $1 million every 30 days, pending appeal of the February verdict.
____A New York jury found the PA and PLO liable for six attacks in Jerusalem between 2002-2004, awarding American victims and their families damages that amounted to $655.5 million.
____Daniels said the judgment in favor of the plaintiffs would be entered in the next 60 days, but would be stayed pending appeal as long as the deposits were made with the clerk of the court.
____Two weeks ago, the Obama administration urged Daniels to “carefully consider” the PA’s precarious finances in deciding whether to impose a bond requirement.
____Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken raised “significant concerns” about what could happen if a bond “severely compromised the Palestinian Authority’s ability to operate as a governmental authority.”
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ARMY  DEMOLISHES  TWO  HOMES  IN  JERUSALEM
August 25, 2015
Several Israeli police and army vehicles invaded, on Tuesday morning, Jabal al-Mokabber village, in occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished two homes belonging to Mohammad Sa’id al-‘Abbassi and his brother Khaled.
____Mohammad told the Wadi Hilweh Information Center that he, and his brother, started the construction of their homes nearly 45 days ago, and were getting ready to inhabit them in the coming few days. The homes were supposed to house two families of nine members.
____Al-Abbassi said his home was 140 square/meters, and his brother’s property was 120 square/meters, and added that the family never received any demolition orders from the City Council.
More. . .
Related. . .

Image By Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwanic. August 25, 2015.
Image By Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwanic. August 25, 2015.

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
SUSYA  STUDENTS:  SETTLERS  FOLLOW  US,  STEAL  OUR  BAGS  AND  RIP  OUR  BOOKS
August 25, 2015
With the beginning of the new school year in Palestine on Monday, the students of Susya village south Hebron hills revealed the struggles of going to school in light of continuous threats and settler attacks.
____On May 5 2015, The Israeli High Court of Justice ruled to allow the army to demolish the entire village of Susya located in area C (which makes up 60% of the West Bank and falls under Israeli military and civil control). The decision ruled to expel the residents, numbering around 340 men, women and children, to area A (which makes up 18% of the West Bank and falls under Palestinian authority).
[. . . .]
____Since then, the villagers have suffered continuous harassment by the settlers and Israeli military forces, and the little students are no exception to the rule.
More. . . 

THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
GAZA’S  HEALTH  MINISTRY  HOLDS  NATIONAL  UNITY  GOVERNMENT  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  CLOSURE  OF  HOSPITALS
August 25, 2015
The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has announced that many hospitals and health institutions in the Gaza Strip have shut down as a result of lack of fuel, and that the Ministry holds the national unity government accountable for any harm that may befall their patients due to “the government’s lack of responsibility.”
____In a statement issued on 24 August, the ministry also revealed that it has halted heart surgery services in Gaza’s European Hospital and has limited its services in Al-Shefaa Hospital to emergency cases only; noting that each of the hospitals of Kamal Adwan, Gaza European, Al-Shefaa and Al-Rantisi are all threatened to stop offering services as a result of current fuel shortages meaning they are unable to continue their operations.
____The Ministry explained that such actions are a result of the worsening Gaza crisis and the government’s “lack of responsibility” towards the situation despite repeated appeals.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAELI  REPRESSION  TRIGGERS  “LONE  WOLF”  OPERATIONS
Khalid Amayreh
August 12, 2015
Lone-wolf operations refer to retaliatory attacks by individuals having deep grievances resulting from overwhelming oppression.
____Such attacks are almost impossible to categorize or systematize, let alone forecast. It is very hard to predict when and where they will happen.
____This type of attacks occurs from time to time in occupied Palestine, especially when the level of Israeli repression of Palestinians reaches exceptionally high levels.
____The attacks usually assume several forms, including, inter alia, stabbing with a knife or a similar sharp tool, hitting with a metal object, running over soldiers or settlers using vehicles (vehicular attacks).
____Most Palestinians feel such attacks are inevitable if not legitimate due to overwhelming Israeli repression, which includes cold-blooded murder outside the law as well as hefty jail sentences disproportionate to violations committed.
More. . .
Khalid Amayreh is a Palestinian journalist and current affairs commentator living in Dura in the southern West Bank.

“BUCHENWALD,”  BY  SAMIH AL-QASIM
Have you forgotten your shame at Buchenwald?
Do you remember your flames at Buchenwald?
Have you forgotten your love in the lexicon
of silence? Do you remember your panic―
at the reign of death, in the nightmare of time―
that the whole world
would become a Buchenwald?
Whether you’ve forgotten or not,
the dead’s images linger
among the wreaths of flowers,
and from the dismembered corpses
a hand emerges,
a nail in the palm and tattoo on the wrist―
a sign for the planet.
Do you remember? Or not?
Buchenwald― whether or not you’ve forgotten,
the images of the murdered
remain among the wreaths of flowers . . .

From Al-Qasim, Samih.  SADDER  THAN  WATER.  New and Selected Poems. Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.
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About Samih Al-Qasim. Obituary, August 20, 2014.

Image By Wadi Hilweh Information Center - silwanic.net.
Image By Wadi Hilweh Information Center – silwanic.net.