“. . . Amid the ruins of a collapsing world . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY

EU says demolition of Palestinian property in occupied West Bank threat to two-state solution

WAFA
September 3, 2019
The European Union (EU) Representative and Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah denounced yesterday Israel’s demolition of Palestinian property in Area C of the occupied West Bank as a threat to the two-state solution.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ A statement by the local EU missions referred to the August 26 demolition of a Palestinian family’s home and restaurant near Bethlehem. . . .
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ “These demolitions, together with settlement construction for Israelis in the area, exacerbate threats to the viability of the two-state solution and further undermine prospects for a lasting peace,” said the EU statement.  More . . . .

  • Jerusalem’s Israeli municipality demolishes Palestinian house in the occupied  city  WAFA September 03, 2019
    The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished today a Palestinian-owned house in al-Tur neighborhood of the occupied city under the pretext it was built without a permit, according to the house owner Mohammad Abu al-Hawa.  More . . . .
  • Israel forces Palestinian family to demolish their home
    The Palestinian Information Center
    September 3, 2019
    The Israeli authorities on Sunday forced a Palestinian family in ‘Ara village in the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories to demolish their own home.  More. . . .
  • Pictures- A Jerusalemite self-demolishes his commercial facility in Silwan
    Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
    September 1, 2019   More . . . .
  • Israeli settlers set up caravan on confiscated Palestinian land
    The Palestinian Information Center
    September 3, 2019
    Israeli settlers on Tuesday morning erected a caravan on a newly seized Palestinian land in Beit Jala town, west of Bethlehem.
    ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Local sources said that the four-dunum land, owned by the Palestinian citizen Saba Skandar, was seized by the Israeli authorities on Monday without prior notice.  More . . . .

PODCAST: Has international law failed Palestinians?

+972 Magazine
Noura Erakat, Palestinian legal scholar
August 30, 2019
Israel has been able to leverage international law to its advantage much better than the Palestinians, says Noura Erakat, Palestinian legal scholar, human rights activist and author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine, on the latest episode of The +972 Podcast.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Erakat proposes understanding it as another tool used to promote a political agenda.  More . . . .

POEM OF THE DAY

“THE  LAST  KNOCK,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

Will you not open this door for me?
My hand is exhausted from knocking at Your door.
I have come to Your vastness to beg
Some tranquility and peace of mind
But Your door is closed in my face,
Drowned in silence.
Lord of the house,
The door was open here,
A refuge for all burdened with grief.
The door was open here,
And the green olive tree rose high
Embracing the house.
The oil lamp kindling without fire,
Guiding the steps of one walking at night,
Relieving those crushed by the burden of Earth,
Flooding them with satisfaction and ease.
Do you hear me, O Lord of the house,
After my loss in the deserts;
Away from You I have returned to You
But Your door is closed
In my face, drowned in silence.
Your house is shrouded
With the dust of death.
You are here. Open, then, the door.
Do not veil Your face.
See my orphanhood, my loss,
Amid the ruins of a collapsing world,
The grief of the world on my shoulders
And terrors of a tyrant destiny
To be undone.

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.

‘. . . Call it home for all the living. . .” (Lahab Assef Al-Jundi)

SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY

Mosque, house demolished in south of West Bank

WAFA
September 2, 2019
The Israeli military authorities demolished today a mosque and a house in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, according to local sources.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Israeli army units used a bulldozer to destroy al-Ummah mosque in Jabal Jouhar south of Hebron city. The demolition included a water well used by the mosque, reported the head of the Hebron Waqf department Jamal Abu Arram, who said that the demolition came as a surprise to them and without a prior warning.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Waqf officials described the demolition of the mosque as an aggression against Muslim holy places ˙ and a provocation, as well as a crime against the right of Muslims to worship.   More . . . .

MoE: School demolition threats will never break the will of resistance & education

Palestine News Network
September 2, 2019
The Ministry of Education (MoE) in a statement on Monday said that the ongoing Occupation violations against Palestinian educational institutions will not break the will of resistance education, pointing out that the policy of notifying schools of demolition and stopping schools’ construction and confiscating their properties will not discourage our determination from educating generations and raising children with national and humanitarian values.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ This comes as IOF handed a demolition threat to Ibzeeq School “Tahaddi 10,” in Tubas, ordering the School to remove the fence surrounding it. This step comes in the context of systematic and continuous attacks against the school, which was previously demolished under false military pretexts. More . . . .

IOF arrest university lecturer from Ramallah

Palestine News Network
September 1, 2019
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Sunday morning launched a raid and arrest campaign in the West Bank, where they arrested four Palestinians including a university lecturer.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ The detainees included a media lecturer at Birzeit University, Widad Barghouti (mother of the two prisoners Qassam and Carmel Barghouti) from Kobar village north of Ramallah.  More . . . .  

Palestinians slam Netanyahu pledge to annex West Bank settlements

Aljazeera
September 2, 2019
Palestinian officials denounce Israel PM’s reiterated pledge to annex occupied West Bank settlements as ‘unacceptable’.
Palestinian officials have denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reiteration of a pledge to annex all illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, warning such a move would not lead to “any peace”.
˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said Netanyahu’s announcement on Sunday was a “continuation of attempts to create an unacceptable fait accompli”.   More . . .

  • Knesset speaker: Netanyahu’s West Bank vow not merely election rhetoric
    The Middle East Monitor
    September 2, 2019
    Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said yesterday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex West Bank settlements is not merely an election campaign promise, but a real plan.
    ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Speaking to right-wing news outlet Arutz Sheva, Edelstein – a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party – claimed that the movement to annex West Bank territory has made significant gains in recent years.
    ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ “For about a decade we have longed for sovereignty,” Edelstein said, using the language preferred by the Israeli right for annexation, “and have made significant progress”.
    ˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ “From a situation in which a minister who referred to the idea of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria [the occupied West Bank] was considered delusional, we have reached a position where Netanyahu’s statement is taken for granted and legitimate,” the long-time Likud lawmaker added.  More . . . .

POEM OF THE DAY

“HOLY LANDERS,” by Lahab Assef Al-Jundi

Listen!
You are fighting over a land that can fit,
with wilderness to spare,
in the Panhandle of Texas [USA]

You are building walls to segregate,
splitting wholes till little is left,
killing and dying for pieces of sky
in the same window.

The olive trees are dying
of embarrassment.

They have enough fruits
and pits for all of you.
All they want is for you to stop
uprooting them.
Sending your children to die
in their names.

Listen!

Your land is no holier than my backyard.
None of you is any more chosen
than the homeless veteran panhandling
with a God Bless cardboard sign
at the light of Mecca
and San Pedro.

Draw a borderline around the place.
Call it home for all the living,
all the dead,
all the tired exiles with its dust
gummed on their tongues.

There are no heroes left.

From Before There Is Nowhere to Stand. Ed. Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Lost Horse Press, 2012.

“. . . I’m old enough, almost four, I’ve seen enough . . .” (Hanan Ashrawi)

❶ IOF arrests seven Jerusalemite minors
CONTEXT: Military Court Watch (monitoring the treatment of children in detention)
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli settler attacks Palestinian child in Hebron
CONTEXT: Space to play: West Bank refugee camps are facing a crisis of safety and square feet
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) A life worth living?

  • Background: “The Right to Home: Domicide as a Violation of Child and Family Rights in the Context of Political Violence.” Children & Society

❷ Palestinian demolishes own home in Jerusalem to avoid Israeli fines
❸ POETRY by Hanan Ashrawi
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❶ IOF  ARRESTS  SEVEN  JERUSALEMITE  MINORS
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Nov. 12, 2017 ― Israeli occupation forces (IOF) arrested on Sunday morning, five Jerusalemite minors after storming their houses in the town of Silwan, south of Al Aqsa Mosque.
___The IOF arrested from Silwan. Abdulrahman Shweky, 14, Qosay Zaiton 13, Imran Mansour ,15, Mehdi Mansour, 12, and Khaled Mayala, 20, and were transferred to investigate at Maskobeya police station in the occupied Jerusalem, confirmed the lawyer Mohammed Mahmoud.
___Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that the intelligence and occupation forces stormed Silwan neighborhoods and arrested five children after storming their houses.   MORE . . .
CONTEXT:    MILITARY  COURT  WATCH  (MONITORING  THE  TREATMENT  OF  CHILDREN  IN  DETENTION).   Briefing Note, October 2017 ― This Briefing Note reviews developments in the Israeli military detention system for children and covers the period up to October 2017.
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  SETTLER  ATTACKS  PALESTINIAN  CHILD  IN  HEBRON 
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency 
Nov. 12, 2017 ― Ahmed Hadeeb, 15, was injured by bruises on Saturday after an Israeli settler beat and injured him in the center of Hebron.
__According to local sources, the settler hit Habeed with the butt of his rifle; he was injured and then transferred to the hospital.   MORE . . .
CONTEXT:  SPACE  TO  PLAY:  WEST  BANK  REFUGEE  CAMPS  ARE  FACING  A  CRISIS  OF  SAFETY  AND  SQUARE  FEET 
Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)       
Oct. 5, 2017   ― [. . . .] Overcrowding and fifty years of Israeli military occupation, as well as the now-frequent Palestinian security forces’ raids, have negatively impacted the available spaces for play. When schools let out for the summer, children spend their time between camp spaces that are either too cramped or too dangerous for play [. . . .]
. . . . . ― (ᴃ) A  LIFE  WORTH  LIVING?
The Electronic Intifada      
Hamza Abu Eltarabesh
Nov. 9, 2017 ― Young people in Gaza are finding few prospects for a better life.
___On Tuesday, 29 August, Mohannad Younis swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills and ended his life.
___He was only 22 and seemed to have much going for him. A budding author, he had recently completed a series of short stories and just put the finishing touches on a stage play – Escape.   MORE . . .

Akesson, Bree, et al.
“THE  RIGHT  TO  HOME:  DOMICIDE  AS  A  VIOLATION  OF  CHILD  AND  FAMILY  RIGHTS  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  POLITICAL  VIOLENCE.”
Children & Society, vol. 30, no. 5, Sept. 2016, pp. 369-383.
[. . . .] The term domicide was coined by Porteous and Smith to describe the ‘deliberate destruction of home against the will of the home dweller’.
[. . . .] Home is a symbolic place that often embodies togetherness, individual and family growth, accomplishments, memories, and deeply personal and familial connections with land and territory. Scholars have pointed out how places of origin, such as the home, are closely connected to cultural practices, symbolic meanings, memories and rituals that shape individual identity.
[. . . .] One study examining the effects of home demolitions on Palestinian children . . .   compared to children of similar demographics living in the same location, found that children who had their homes intentionally destroyed fared significantly worse on a range of mental health indicators including withdrawal, somatic complaints, depression, anxiety, social difficulties, higher rates of delusional, obsessive compulsive and psychotic thoughts, attention difficulties, delinquency, and violent behaviour. Not surprisingly, the study found that children’s mental health was closely tied to their caregivers’ mental and physical health. Similarly, [a] case study of home demolitions for children in Palestine found that children who were forced from their homes reported feeling anxious, sad and angry after experiencing repeated displacement. Losing their homes and becoming refugees within their own neighbourhoods was reported as the most painful incident that had happened to them and ultimately an experience of ‘living in the hyphen’.   FULL ARTICLE . . .

❷ PALESTINIAN  DEMOLISHES  OWN  HOME  IN  JERUSALEM  TO  AVOID  ISRAELI  FINES    
Ma’an News Agency  
Nov. 12, 2017 ― A Palestinian from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan was forced to destroy his own home on Saturday in order to avoid incurring a demolition fee from Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality, which was set to carry out the demolition.
___According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Abd al-Ghani Dweik, a resident of the al-Bustan area of Silwan, said that the Israeli municipality issued a demolition order against his house, along with a demolition fee of 80,000 shekels ($22,741).
___Four people were residing in the home, which was built two years ago.
___A spokesman of a Silwan-based committee formed to fight demolitions, Fakhri Abu Diab, previously told Ma’an that all 100 residential structures in the al-Bustan area are slated for demolition, and that the 1,570 residents of the area have exhausted all legal options.   MORE . . .

“FROM  THE  DIARY  OF  AN  ALMOST-FOUR-YEAR-OLD,”  BY  HANAN  ASHRAWI
Tomorrow, the bandages
will come off. I wonder
will I see half an orange,
half an apple, half my
mother’s face
with my one remaining eye?
I did not see the bullet
but felt its pain
exploding in my head.
His image did not
vanish, the soldier
with a big gun, unsteady
hands, and a look in
his eyes
I could not understand.

If I can see him so clearly
with my eyes closed,
it could be that inside our heads
we each have one spare set
of eyes
to make up for the ones we lose.

Next month, on my birthday,
I’ll have a brand new glass eye,
maybe things will look round
and fat in the middle —
I’ve gazed through all my marbles,
they made the world look strange.

I hear a nine-month-old
has also lost an eye,
I wonder if my soldier
shot her too—a soldier
looking for little girls who
look him in the eye—
I’m old enough, almost four,
I’ve seen enough of life,
but she’s just a baby
who didn’t know any better.

Interview with Hanan Ashrawi
From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

 

“. . . the cataclysm comes that will seed them from the borders of Palestine. . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

Correction by Waqf of item from August 8, 2017.

❶ Israel demolishes 3 homes belonging to alleged Palestinian assailants in Ramallah

  • Background from Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture: “Occupied East Jerusalem: A Continuous Colonial Scheme,”
     and “Jewish Settlements in the Israeli Occupied State of Palestine: Undermining Authentic Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

❷ The new normal in Palestine
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Locals stop Israeli demolitions in Bethlehem town
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) Israeli forces abduct 37 Palestinians in West Bank
❸ POETRY by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
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Correction by Waqf of item from August 8, 2017.

ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  3  HOMES  BELONGING  TO  ALLEGED  PALESTINIAN  ASSAILANTS  IN  RAMALLAH     
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 10, 2017.   Israeli forces demolished at three homes belonging to the families of alleged Palestinian attackers, while another home was sealed, in the villages of Deir Abu Mashaal and Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah during pre-dawn hours on Thursday, leaving dozens of Palestinians homeless.
___Israeli forces demolished the family homes of two alleged attackers in Deir Abu Mashaal: Baraa Ibrahim Saleh, 18, and Osama Ahmad Atta, 19.
___Meanwhile, the family home of the third alleged assailant Hassan Ankosh, 18, was sealed, not demolished, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.
___The families received demolition orders last month after the youths allegedly carried out a deadly attack near Damascus Gate in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, which left an Israeli police officer dead. The three Palestinians were shot dead at the scene by Israeli forces.   MORE . . .

Abdelrazek, Adnan.
“OCCUPIED  EAST  JERUSALEM:  A  CONTINUOUS  COLONIAL  SCHEME.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 126-132.
[. . . .] According to an Ir Amim report (reference), 66% of building violations in Jerusalem occur in the Jewish neighborhoods, yet 65-70% of house demolitions take place in the Palestinian neighborhoods . . .  as part of an overall policy designed to force Palestinians to leave the city. HOUSE  DEMOLITION  POLICY is viewed as an instrument of COLLECTIVE  PUNISHMENT that the Israeli government uses against Palestinians in East Jerusalem . . .   during the years 2003-05 house demolitions reached one of the highest rates following the second intifada, and again in 2015-16 in response to the so called “individual intifada.”   SOURCE . . .

Isaac, Jad.
“JEWISH  SETTLEMENTS  IN  THE  ISRAELI  OCCUPIED  STATE  OF  PALESTINE:  UNDERMINING  AUTHENTIC  RESOLUTION  OF  THE  ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN  CONFLICT.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 85-91. A viable, contiguous Palestinian state remains a challenging concept, as Israel has spared no effort to undermine the “two-state solution” and the peace process altogether with its persistence in continuing with its land seizure policy, HOUSE  DEMOLITION  STRATEGY,  matrix of control on movement  and sustaining the dependency of the Palestinian economy, which ultimately eradicated the essence of the entire peace process and only restructured and repositioned the presence of the Israeli occupation army in the OPT.   SOURCE . . .

THE  NEW  NORMAL  IN  PALESTINE
Palestine News Network – PNN 
By Iris Mark
Aug. 10, 2017.   On the 14 of May 1948, the state of Israel was declared. By the time Israel and the Arab States signed the Armistice agreement in 1948, Israel had gained control over 75% of mandate Palestine. . . .  800 000 were expelled or forced to flee and 15,000 were killed in a series of mass atrocities, including more than 70 massacres. This is known as the Nakba, and is a violation of international law.
[. . . .] THE NEW NORMAL OF TODAY
___Israelis uphold their discriminatory policies in several ways and are severely affecting life in the West Bank.
___The enforced permit system, were the Palestinians have to apply for living in their own homes, travel a few kilometers to see their family, harvest on their own land and traveling to occupied east Jerusalem to pray. There are more than 100 different types of permits, which includes movement, residency, travel, work, farming, trade and money transfer, education, worshipers, visiting holy sites, construction, renovation and health. With only 19% of the West Bank being controlled by the Palestinian Authorities, the Israeli are using checkpoints to control where and when the Palestinians can travel.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) LOCALS  STOP  ISRAELI  DEMOLITIONS  IN  BETHLEHEM TOWN
The Palestinian Information Center   
Aug. 10, 2017.   Local residents in Walaja town, south of Bethlehem, managed Thursday morning to stop Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from demolishing the exterior wall of a house and from bulldozing a nearby agricultural land.
___Head of the village council told Quds Press that Israeli forces stormed the town early today to demolish a home wall only to find a large number of Palestinian standing outside the property to stop its demolition.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  ABDUCT  37  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK
Days of Palestine
Aug. 10, 2017.   Israeli occupation forces abducted on Wednesday night 37 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian rights group said.
___Reporting local sources, the Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC) said that the Israeli occupation forces raided several Palestinian villages, towns and cities.
___In a statement, the PPC said that the Israeli occupation forces abducted at least 37 Palestinian civilians during the raids.
___The PPC also said that the Israeli occupation inspected houses of the Abductees and confiscated mobiles, laptops and money.   MORE . . .

“SINGLE  ADDRESS  FOR  THE  POST,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.
The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes
that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.
From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.
From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.
From this spot.
We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.
This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver
He takes them from the hands
of those who follow
And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.
It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
—translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh is from Jerusalem. He teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Center in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Barnes & Noble.

“. . . until every door is opened . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

al aqsa
The struggle over Al-Aqsa Mosque is a colonial and not a religious one, Palestinian experts say. (Photo: Al Jazeera Staff, 21 Sep 2015)

❶ Jordan: Israel’s Provocations in Jerusalem Lead to Grave Consequences
❷ Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threat
❸ Israeli Forces Detain Three Palestinians, Steal Money, Jewelry from Hebron, Jerusalem
❹Gleam of hope in gold trade fades in Gaza
❺ Opinion/Analysis: INDIGNITY, GRIEF AND MOURNING ON THE GAZA BORDER
❻ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ JORDAN:  ISRAEL’S  PROVOCATIONS  IN  JERUSALEM  LEAD  TO  GRAVE  CONSEQUENCES
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 25, 2016
The government of Jordan warned on Monday that Israel’s repeated violations in Jerusalem, mainly provocative visits by Israeli settlers to al-Aqsa Mosque, could lead to disastrous consequences.
___Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs, Mohammad al-Mumini, told Jordan News Agency (Petra) that provocative visits by Israeli settlers and soldiers to al-Aqsa Mosque represent a violation of international law and conventions.      MORE . . .

❷ MASSIVE  COLLECTIVE  PUNISHMENT:  HOMES  OF  149  PALESTINIANS   SUSPECTED  OF  NO  WRONGDOING  DEMOLISHED  SINCE  OCT.  2015;  HUNDREDS  MORE  UNDER  THREAT
B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
April 21, 2016
Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments. Fourteen of these apartments were not under demolition orders and were damaged simply because of their proximity to apartments slated for demolition. As a result of this large-scale punitive action, 149 people, 65 of them minors, have lost their homes.      MORE . . .

❸ ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  THREE  PALESTINIANS,  STEAL  MONEY,  JEWELRY  FROM  HEBRON,  JERUSALEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 25, 2016
Israeli forces detained early Monday three Palestinians and stole money and jewelry during raids into Hebron and Jerusalem districts, said security sources and a local activist.
___Forces detained Baraka Taha, 33, after storming and ransacking his family house in Hebron city in the southern West Bank [. . . .]
___He added that troops had stolen 1.5 kilo of Jewelry, worth of about $60,000, belonging to Ahmad’s wife and three of her married daughters, INS 3,000 ($800) and 150 Jordanian Dinars (about $211) before withdrawing to the nearby settlement of Karmei Zur.
___Ahmad’s son, Ibrahim, 27, had been shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the town on October 10.      MORE . . .  

gaza gold
People shop for gold in Gaza City’s gold market on March 29, 2016 in Gaza City. Israeli authorities on Tuesday banned imports and exports of gold from and into the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Getty Images/ NurPhoto/Contributor)

❹ GLEAM  OF  HOPE  IN  GOLD  TRADE  FADES  IN  GAZA
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
April 24, 2016
The Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip has variously affected the territory’s economic, business and financial sectors. Now, it is the gold market’s turn. Nazmi Muhanna, general director of the Palestinian Crossing and Borders Authority, announced March 29 that Israeli officials had informed him that they were halting the movement of gold, in all forms, into and out of Gaza.      MORE . . .  

Opinion/Analysis:  INDIGNITY,  GRIEF  AND  MOURNING  ON  THE  GAZA  BORDER
+972 Blog
First published in Hebrew on Local Call
Nomi Heger
April 22, 2016
A woman from Gaza is told during a visit to Israel that she must terminate her advanced pregnancy. The Israeli army and courts effectively refuse to allow her to mourn with her husband by her side.      MORE . . .

(A portion  of this poem was posted in this blog on September 17, 2015)

“MY  LIBERTY,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

My liberty―my liberty―my liberty,
a sound I repeat
with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
and flames
I run after it
despite my chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for my liberty
My liberty
My liberty

And the Holy River
and Bridge repeat:
my liberty
and the two banks reiterate:
my liberty
and the raging wind and thunder,
tornadoes and rain
echo the sound:
my liberty

I shall carve its name
while I resist
on the land
by the walls and the doors
in the Temple of the Virgin
in the altar
and in the field,
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
and road
in prison
in the torture rooms
and on the gallows
Despite the chains
and the house demolition
I shall carve its name
until I see it again
extending to my Homeland
and flourish
and flourish
until every inch of the land is covered
until every door is opened
by red liberty.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
Fadwa Tuqan

 

“Under the yoke of our mornings . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

ISRAELI DESTRUCTION of Palestinian business in Nilin Town. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, April 7, 2016)
ISRAELI DESTRUCTION of Palestinian business in Nilin Town. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, April 7, 2016)

❶ Israeli forces continue demolition campaign across West Bank
❷ Premier Office: Israel’s Movement Restrictions Violate 4th Geneva Convention
❸ Japan Donates $7M to Support UNICEF Interventions in Palestine
❹ Palestinian hunger-striker’s health worsens as Israel moves another [prisoner] to solitary
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  FICTION  OF  AUTONOMY  IN  RAMALLAH  IS  MAKING  THE  OCCUPATION  STRONGER
❻ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  CONTINUE  DEMOLITION  CAMPAIGN  ACROSS  WEST  BANK
Ma’an News Agency
April 7, 2016
Israeli forces demolished structures across the occupied West Bank in Nilin, Khirbet Tana, and Khan al-Ahmar on Thursday according to local sources and the United Nations.
___An industrial structure and a slaughterhouse were demolished in the village of Nilin in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.
___Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces demolished a structure for painting vehicles in Nilin belonging to Khalid and Yassir Isteih, employing some 15 Palestinians.   MORE . . .

❷ PREMIER  OFFICE:  ISRAEL’S  MOVEMENT  RESTRICTIONS  VIOLATE  4TH  GENEVA  CONVENTION
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 7, 2016
Increasing Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian Territories punish the entire Palestinian population, which is a form of collective punishment, and therefore violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement Thursday.
___The statement said: “In addition to the 85 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank, hundreds of “flying” checkpoints were erected each month, making travel between Palestinian towns and villages almost impossible.”       MORE . . .  

During rush hour, Dec. 3, 2015, Israeli forces set up “FLYING” CHECKPOINTS at all entrances to occupied al-Khalil, resulting in endless queues of Palestinians on their way to visit family over the weekend, Dec. 4 & 5. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement, Dec. 7, 2015)
Dec. 3, 2015, Israeli forces set up “FLYING” CHECKPOINTS at all entrances to occupied al-Khalil, resulting in endless queues of Palestinians on their way to visit family over the weekend. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement, Dec. 7, 2015)

JAPAN  DONATES  $7M  TO  SUPPORT  UNICEF  INTERVENTIONS  IN  PALESTINE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 7, 2016
The Government of Japan has donated $7 million in support of UNICEF’s humanitarian and development response to children in Palestine.
___This new grant will enable UNICEF and partners to implement interventions which are critical for children’s well-being and protection from violence, and to ensure their access to basic services such as education, water and sanitation, protection or health and nutrition.      MORE . . .  

❹  PALESTINIAN  HUNGER-STRIKER’S  HEALTH  WORSENS  AS  ISRAEL  MOVES  ANOTHER  [PRISONER]  TO  SOLITARY
Ma’an News Agency
April 7, 2016
The health of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Sami al-Janazreh has begun to seriously deteriorate after 36 days without food, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Thursday.
___Meanwhile, The Palestine Prisoners’ Center for Studies reported on Thursday that Israeli prisons services moved prisoner Adib Muhammad Jamal Mafarjeh into solitary confinement to pressure him to end his open-ended hunger strike.      MORE . . .  

Opinion/Analysis:  THE  FICTION  OF  AUTONOMY  IN  RAMALLAH  IS  MAKING  THE  OCCUPATION  STRONGER
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By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
April 6, 201
A nearly averted shootout outside Abbas’s house in Ramallah has led to renewed talks about restoring Palestinian autonomy in parts of the West Bank. But outside the framework of a peace process, such steps only help the occupation endure.      MORE . . .   

“HOMELAND,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

Under the yoke of our mornings

the sun crumbles

and in the darkness of our steps

our panting breath is on fire

these incomplete homelands

in which we appear to be

nothing more than prisoners of war

Reproduced from WORLD POETRY MOVEMENT 
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“. . . my child’s back a field of wounds . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Around 1,200 members of the Israeli security forces line up in a street in Shuafat refugee camp during a home demolition, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

❶ The rise of psychological trauma in occupied Palestine
❷ Military court watch Newsletter – November 2015
. . ❷―A -Israel Generates the illusion that violence is routine
❸ 13 Palestinians shot in clashes after house demolition in Shufat camp
❹ Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian teen shot dead in Tulkarem
❺ Opinion/Analysis: TO  RESIST  HAS  BECOME  A  CRIME:  MY  FRIEND,   HASHEM  AL-AZZEH
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim (1970)
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MONDOWESS
THE  RISE  OF  PSYCHOLOGICAL  TRAUMA  IN  OCCUPIED  PALESTINE
Megan Hanna
Nov. 30, 2015
On the morning of Monday 23rd November, Israeli forces raided Aida refugee camp and a children’s community centre and established a military outpost on the roof of an adjacent building. Once the military post was established, the soldiers also erected an Israeli flag . . . .
[. . . . ]
The move to erect an Israeli flag in such an area hardly conforms to Israel’s usual claims of self-defense, and appears to be a direct and taunting provocation to the residents of the camp. . . there is a lack of a clear motive other than to collectively punish, terrorize and exert psychological pressure on the Palestinian populace.
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MILITARY COURT WATCH
NEWSLETTER –  NOVEMBER  2015
Detention figures – According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 October 2015, there were 5,683 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as “security prisoners” IN ISRAELI DETENTION FACILITIES INCLUDING 307 CHILDREN. In the case of children there was a 80 per cent increase in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 4 per cent compared with 2014. According to the IPS, 59 per cent of Palestinian children and 86 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention
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Related . . . UN  SUBMISSION:  UNLAWFUL  TRANSFER  OF  PROTECTED  PERSONS
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
ISRAEL  GENERATES  THE  ILLUSION  THAT  VIOLENCE  IS  ROUTINE
Dec. 1, 2015
[. . . . ]
Ya’alon’s adherence to this alternative strategy is not a result of his aversion to targeted assassinations. Rather, it is a systematic refining of tactics that, despite initial furore, tend to generate the illusion that violence is routine and, as such, is nothing to be concerned about. The maiming and murder of Palestinian civilians year after year results in hardly any outrage; it is the context of the latest intifada that has propelled Israeli violence to the fore. Netanyahu’s government has embarked upon an approach that refines the existing macabre legislation, in a manner that allows for international law violations under the pretext of security concerns while gradually increasing the number of Palestinian victims.
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Sign warning Jewish Israelis that it is both illegal and dangerous to enter Palestinian towns. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

❸ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
13  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  IN  CLASHES  AFTER  HOUSE  DEMOLITION   IN  SHUFAT  CAMP
Dec. 2, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli forces shot and injured 13 Palestinians in the Shufat refugee camp on Wednesday during clashes which broke out after the demolition of the home of camp resident Ibrahim al-Akkari, who carried out a deadly attack in Jerusalem last year.
___The Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem told Ma’an that a total of 43 Palestinians were given medical treatment following the clashes that erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem camp.
___Thirteen were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, while 30 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, the Red Crescent said.
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Related . . . THIS  IS  HOW  MANY  ISRAELI  COPS  IT  TAKES  TO  DEMOLISH  A  PALESTINIAN  HOME
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  TULKAREM
Dec. 2, 2015
NABLUS ― Israeli forces on Wednesday raided the Nablus home of a 19-year-old Palestinian woman shot dead a day earlier at a military checkpoint in Tulkarem, officials said.
___Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers broke into the home of Maram Hassouna in Rafidia and interrogated her family.
___The Israeli forces reportedly tore up pictures of the slain teenager during the raid.
___Clashes broke out in the town between Palestinian youth and Israeli military forces following the incursion.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
TO  RESIST  HAS  BECOME  A  CRIME:  MY  FRIEND,  HASHEM  AL-AZZEH
Mats Svensson
Dec. 1, 2015
Hashem al-Azzeh gently took my hand. . . I knew immediately that he had experienced something that had affected him deeply. . . .
___I had had to climb over the wall from his neighbor. It was partially dismantled. There was no longer a path to the house. Everything was blocked. . . . I saw a man sitting with an automatic weapon. We looked at each other. He did not seem to like my presence. He was an Israeli settler. He was my host’s neighbor.
___Within a few meters: One who tries to steal the land and homes, another who just wants to remain, to stay in the house that had been his family home for so many years. . . .
___Hashem had no enemies. But Hashem was hated, hated by the settlers. Right here, they were planning to continue the expansion.
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“IN  THE  TWENTIETH  CENTURY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM  (1970)

For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But now
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not turn visitors
Away from my door
Then one morning I opened my eyes
To find my food stolen
My wife strangled
And my child’s back a field of wounds.
I recognized my treacherous guests.
I planted mines and daggers at my door
And I swore by the traces of the knife
That none of these guests shall enter my house
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I was only a poet
In the bands of the Sufis
But now
I am an erupting volcano
In the twentieth century.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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“. . . and the two banks reiterate: MY LIBERTY . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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Palestinian demonstrators hold a mock wedding during a nonviolent demonstration in the West Bank village Al-Ma’asara. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

❶ Update: Israeli Forces Detain 44 Palestinians; Summon 15 Others from West Bank
❷ Israel Preventing Gaza Woman from Attending Her Own Wedding
❸ Israel orders demolition in Jordan Valley village
❹ Analysis: America’s Papers Brush Aside Israeli Brutality
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Outlawing the Islamic Movement is a gift to Palestinian citizens
Related: Kairos Palestine: “the religious status quo should be respected”
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
UPDATE:  ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  44  PALESTINIANS;  SUMMON  15  OTHERS  FROM  WEST  BANK
Nov. 19, 2015
NABLUS (WAFA) ― Israeli forces detained overnight and Wednesday evening 44 Palestinians and summoned 15 others from West Bank districts, said the Palestine Prisoners’ Club (PPC) and security sources.
___Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians from Nablus district, 10 others from Jerusalem district, eight others from Ramallah district, seven others from Bethlehem district, five others from Hebron district, three from Tulkarem district and another from Qalqilya district.
___Israeli intelligence officers summoned nine Palestinians from Nablus district and six others from Bethlehem district. . . .
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ISRAEL  PREVENTING  GAZA  WOMAN  FROM  ATTENDING  HER  OWN  WEDDING
Edo Konrad
Nov. 19, 2015
The Israeli army is denying a 23-year-old Palestinian woman from traveling through Israel to reach her own wedding ceremony in Jordan.
According to Israeli human rights group Gisha, the petitioner has been engaged to her fiancé — a Palestinian from Gaza with Spanish citizenship — for the past year and a half. Their wedding date has been delayed twice already due to fact that Israel will not let her leave the Gaza Strip, the second time after the couple had already sent out the invitations.
___The woman, as well as her future in-laws, have attempted to coordinate leaving from Gaza through Rafah Crossing to Egypt, but the crossing has been mostly closed for the past year and a half
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Related . . . FOR  THE  IDF,  MARRIAGE  ISN’T  A  ‘HUMANITARIAN  NEED’
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  ORDERS  DEMOLITION  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY  VILLAGE
Nov. 19, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Tuesday issued evacuation orders for makeshift housing structures and tents at the site of a previous housing demolition in the Jordan Valley, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a statement.
___In August, Israeli forces demolished 17 structures in Fasayil village, leaving 48 people homeless, including 31 minors, B’Tselem documented.
___Following the initial demolition, nearly all the families stayed in the area, setting up tents and other makeshift housing structures, with the assistance of humanitarian organizations.
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Israeli military forces have demolished 27 houses in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank over the last two weeks. Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property in the occupied Jordan Valley has particularly impacted women residents. (Photo: Anne Paq ActiveStills) https://electronicintifada.net/content/now-its-all-gone-women-cope-siege-jordan-valley/10105

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
AMERICA’S  PAPERS  BRUSH  ASIDE  ISRAELI  BRUTALITY
Greg Shupak
Nov. 16, 2015
[. . . . . ]
Severely flawed editorials on the current uprising throughout Palestine have appeared in The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
___One shortcoming is that they foreground Israeli concerns and sideline those of Palestinians.
___For example, the Globe is worried that “the growing sense of hopelessness among Palestinian youth will continue to threaten Israel’s future.” The paper evidently does not regard the “hopelessness among Palestinian youth,” or the causes of that, as urgent problems in their own right.
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Opinion/Analysis
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OUTLAWING  THE ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT  IS  A  GIFT  TO  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS
Outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is yet another McCarthyist step by the Israeli state. But if anyone thinks this will bring an end to the movement, they are dead wrong.
Rami Younis
Nov. 17, 2015
Say what you will about the Jewish state, just don’t say that the only democracy on the planet never stops challenging us. On Monday night, Defense Minister Ya’alon signed an order outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. Following the decision, the police raided the offices of 17 non-profit organizations connected to the group, confiscated documents and equipment, froze bank accounts, and announced that it would interrogate its leaders, among them Sheikh Raed Salah.
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Related . . . KAIROS  PALESTINE:  “THE  RELIGIOUS  STATUS  QUO  SHOULD  BE  RESPECTED”
Oct. 4, 2015
Yusuf  Daher  of  Kairos  Palestine speaks about Israel’s recent attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque and the need to respect the status quo both there and in Jerusalem.

“MY  LIBERTY,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty,
a sound I repeat
with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
and flames
I run after it
despite my chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for my liberty
My liberty
My liberty

And the Holy River
and Bridge repeat:
my liberty
and the two banks reiterate:
my liberty
and the raging wind and thunder,
tornadoes and rain
echo the sound:
my liberty

I shall carve its name
while I resist
on the land
by the walls
and the doors
in the Temple of the Virgin
in the altar
and the fields,
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
and road
in prison
in the torture rooms
and on the gallows
Despite the chains
and the house demolition.
I shall carve its name
until I see it again
extending to my Homeland
and flourish
and flourish
until every inch of the land is covered
until every door is opened
by red liberty.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
Available from Abe Books.
Fadwa Tuqan 

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Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, during a large protest and a general strike, in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, in the northern town of Sakhnin, on October 13, 2015. Palestinians call for a Day of Rage following restrictions on Al Aqsa and recent violent attacks of both Israelis and Palestinians. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

“. . . you get angry send an armed messenger polite to tell me: Come . . . “(Yusif [Yusuf] Hamdan)

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A monk stands next to “PRICE TAG” graffiti sprayed by vandals on a wall at the entrance to the Latrun Monastery near Jerusalem September 4, 2012. REUTERS Baz Ratner

❶ From: ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE *** (Note below)
PRICE  TAG”  AND  EXTREMIST  ATTACKS  IN  ISRAEL
August 5, 2015
Since 2008, there have been repeated attacks carried out by extremist Israeli Jews against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians, often in reprisal for Israeli government action against illegal settlement activity. These attacks, which are frequently labeled “price tag” incidents, target mosques, churches, Arab and Jewish homes and property, Israeli military bases and vehicles, as well as other Israeli Jews. They involve the desecration of property with anti-Arab and anti-government slogans. MOST OF THESE ATTACKS INCLUDE THE PHRASE “PRICE TAG” AND ARE ACCOMPANIED BY HATEFUL AND RACIST SLOGANS, the name of an illegal settlement, or a reference to an Israeli casualty of Palestinian terrorism, the implication being that THE VIOLENT INCIDENT IS THE “COST” OF ISRAELI GOVERNMENT ACTION on settlements or for anti-Israeli violence.
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(*** is an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States. Describing itself as “the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency,” the ADL states that it “fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all,” doing so through “information, education, legislation, and advocacy.”)

❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  TORCH  BEDOUIN  TENT  NEAR  RAMALLAH
August, 13, 2015
RAMALLAH ― Israeli settlers torched a Bedouin tent in the area of Ein Samiya near Kafr Malik village in northern Ramallah Thursday morning, local sources told Ma’an.
____A group of Israeli settlers raided the village of Ein Samiya and threw flammable material on a Bedouin tent before the residents noticed and attacked the settlers, forcing them to flee the area.
____An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed the attack but could give no further details.
____The fire caused substantial damages to the tent but locals were able to put the fire out without any injuries, locals said.
____Israeli settlers also SPRAYED “PRICE TAG” NEAR THE SCENE AND SIGNED SLOGANS CALLING FOR THE KILLING OF PALESTINIANS and expelling them out of their lands.
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❸ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  TROOPS  DETAIN  12  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Aug. 13, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight on Wednesday, locals told Ma’an.
____Two of the Palestinians were detained in the Jordan Valley, two close to Ramallah, two near Bethlehem, and one in southwest Jenin, an Israeli military spokesperson said.
____Israeli forces also detained two men from villages near Hebron. The two men have been identified asIsmail Youssef Tmeizi, 35, from Ithna and Mushir Abd al-Qader al-Shahatit, 29, from the Kharsa village in Dura.
____The men were detained after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes. . . .
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Israeli soldiers on patrol in the occupied West Bank (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)
Israeli soldiers on patrol in the occupied West Bank (AFP/Abbas Momani, File)

❹ From: From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ISRAEL  DENIES  WATER  ACCESS  TO  MORE  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGES
August 12, 2015
During the hottest month of the year, the Israeli occupation has cut off water from three more Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank.
____The villages of Qarawat Bani Hassan, Biddya and Sarta, in the West Bank cityu of Nablus, have received only a partial supply of water, leaving almost half of their residents without running water on certain days.
____Mayor of Qarawat Bani Hassan, Aziz Aasi, said that the Israeli water company “Mekorot” had begun lowering the water quota for the villages, causing water pressure to drop.
____“Following the decrease in water pressure, all the houses that are in the higher parts of the towns were left without a drop,” he said, according to Days of Palestine.
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❺ Opinion
From: +972 MAGAZINE
OCCUPATION  IS  THE REAL  ‘JEWISH  TERRORISM’
Samah Salaime
August 9, 2015
I’ve recently tried to figure out the over-use of the phrase “Jewish terror” . . . According to Wikipedia, “Jewish terror” refers to terrorism carried out by Jews against Arabs since the establishment of the state, with some incidents here and there of Jews targeting other Jews.
[. . . .]
____Under “Palestinian terror” were descriptions of Palestinian actions defined as . . . . “Terror activities were principally invasions into Jewish neighborhoods and settlements, murders of their residents, ambushes of vehicles, and the burning of Jewish-owned orchards and fields.”
____Surely there must be a mistake here. This is exactly what settlers have been doing to Palestinians for quite some time, under the supervision of the army . . . instances of ransacking and harassment, burglary of land and property, vandalism, hostility, destruction of land, uprooting of trees . . . destruction of houses, paving of roads and interruption of the West Bank in every direction. How do we call this form of terror? Ah, yes, “occupation.” Suddenly it made sense: Jewish occupation / Jewish terror.
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“THE  TRUTH  IS  SAID,”  BY  YUSUF  HAMDAN
I say that I hate occupation
you get angry
wake the mountain from its sleep
and chide the fox for forgetting
and you draw the arrest order

I say that I hate war and fighting
you get angry
send an armed messenger
polite
to tell me: Come!
and when I smile
you drown in insults and coughs

I say that I hate oppression
and that all I have
of progressive papers is Al-Itthad
you get angry
and from the sky
you pour Jerusalem and the News
al-Subh and al-Masa
and New Outlook
and other names

I say that I hate rape
you get angry
and honor me in a prison cell
and inflict punishment upon me
and guard me from my friends

I say that I love Justice
you hate it!

I say that I hate injustice
you love it
and if you get angry
there is the ocean drink it!

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

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.
Also in: Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture. Vol.14 No.1 2007.
Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.
Al-Ittihad (The Union) is an Israeli Arabic-language daily newspaper based in Haifa. Once considered the most important Arab media outlet in Israel, it is owned by Maki, the Israeli Communist Party. It is currently edited by Aida Touma-Suleiman.
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“. . . Sorrow of a field that carries the remains of the dead and olive trees. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

 Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel take part in the March of Return, in the lands of the destroyed village of Hadatha, near Tiberias, April 23, 2015. (photo: Omar Sameer/Activestills.org)

Thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel take part in the March of Return, in the lands of the destroyed village of Hadatha, near Tiberias, April 23, 2015. (photo: Omar Sameer/Activestills.org)

From +972 MAGAZINE
THE DAY THEY STRIP ME OF MY CITIZENSHIP
Samah Salaime
June 28, 2015
When the deputy interior minister demands Palestinian citizens renounce our citizenship, he only exposes the true nature of the Israeli state. After all, without us there is no ‘only democracy in the Middle East.’
____We, the rowdy Arabs who live in the democratic state of the Jewish people, formally apologize for disrupting a Knesset plenum on the Citizenship Law, which denies status in Israel to Palestinian spouses of Israeli citizens. So what if the discussion was about our future, our place in society, our fate—we have no right to state our opinions.
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From AL-MONITOR, PALESTINE PULSE
SENSE OF BELONGING DRAWS PALESTINIANS TO WEST BANK
Aziza Nofal (Translator―Sahar Ghoussoub)
June 25, 2015
NABLUS, West Bank — On a Saturday in Nablus, people are lining in front of the al-Aqsa sweet shop. The place is packed . . . because of Palestinians visiting Nablus from Israel. . . .
____In the last four years, some 90,000 Palestinians from Israel have been crossing into the West Bank annually. . . .
____Areej Makroush, from the town of Kafr Kana in the Nazareth district, told Al-Monitor, “. . . In the West Bank, we have a sense of belonging and security. We don’t feel estranged, unlike shopping in Israeli cities. Here, signs and banners are in Arabic, and we are not obliged to speak Hebrew.”
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From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES CLOSE FARMERS MARKET NEAR NABLUS
June 14, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Sunday closed a farmers market in the northern West Bank town of Beita claiming that Palestinian gunmen had fired shots at Israeli vehicles overnight Saturday on the main road near the town.
____A Ma’an reporter in Nablus said that a large number of Israeli soldiers arrived at the farmers market and sealed the main entrance. . . .
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From ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
HOME DEMOLITION ORDERS IN HEBRON HILLS
June 23, 2015
Operation Dove
While the inhabitants of the Palestinian village of Susiya are still living under the threat of eviction, the Israeli authorities continue to enlarge the danger of demolitions in various villages of the South Hebron Hills area.
____ Israeli officials delivered demolition orders. . .
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Operation Dove
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From WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS (WRMEA)
LAND DAY COMMEMORATION HONORS PEOPLE WHO WON’T BE SILENCED
Delinda C. Hanley
June-July, 2015
The General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S. and the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine teamed up to host a special dinner to commemorate Prisoners’ Day as well as the 39th Palestinian Land Day on April 17 at the Westin Hotel in Arlington, VA. Following the playing of the Palestinian National Anthem, Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat told the audience that Land Day honors the six Israeli Palestinians who were killed and hundreds who were injured and arrested as they peacefully protested Israeli plans to steal tens of thousands of acres of land in the Galilee.
____Turning to the dinner’s theme, “Your Silence Is Their Power,” Areikat decried efforts by U.S. colleges, mainstream media and community leaders.
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“TO MY GRANDFATHER,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH
Face of my grandfather! Cheerless prophet!
What grave sent you forth,
Wearing a vest the colour of a blood-stained rock,
And a cloak the colour of a ditch?
Face of my grandfather! Cheerless prophet!
Sorrow of a field that carries the remains of the dead and olive
. . .trees and old winds,
What grave sent you forth
To turn me into a lifeless statue?
Glory be to Allah. I haven’t sold an inch and never have I
. . .succumbed to oppression.
They danced and sang on your grave, yet sleep
For I am awake, awake I am till 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.

MAHMOUD DARWISH
Born: 13 March 1942, al-Birwa, British Mandate of Palestine
Died: 9 August 2008, Houston, Texas, United States
Darwish left Israel in 1970 to study in the USSR. He attended the University of Moscow for one year, before moving to Egypt and Lebanon. When he joined the PLO in 1973, he was banned from reentering Israel. In 1995, he received a permit to settle in Ramallah although he said he felt he was living in exile there, and did not consider the West Bank his “private homeland.”
l-Birwa was a Palestinian Arab village, mentioned by Arab geographers in the 11th century. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, al-Birwa was occupied by the Israel Defense Forces. The inhabitants fled to nearby villages or refugee camps in Lebanon. Kibbutzim were established on the lands of al-Birwa in 1949 and 1950.

MAHMOUD DARWISH (1942-2008)
MAHMOUD DARWISH (1942-2008)