“. . . Kings and rebels drank to her health . . .” (Mu’in Bseiso)

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The Dawaween ensemble performs at the Mishal Cultural Centre in Gaza City. (Photo: Shadi Alqarra)

❶ Israeli airstrike kills 10-year-old Palestinian, injures 1
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Hours After Her Brother Was Killed In Israeli Bombardment; Child Dies Of Her Wounds In Gaza
❷ Keeping traditional music alive in Gaza
❸ Israeli police detain 250 Palestinians working illegally in Israel
❹ Israel’s education minister wants to reduce Jewish history to pogroms
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE CASE FOR CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL
❻ Poetry by Mu’in Bseiso
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ISRAELI  AIRSTRIKE  KILLS  10-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN,  INJURES  1
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
12 Mar. 2016
A ten-year-old Palestinian was killed and his sister seriously injured in an Israeli airstrike launched early Saturday in the northern Gaza Strip after rockets were fired from the besieged enclave.
___Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra confirmed the death of Yasin Suleiman Abu Khusah,10, and told Ma’an his six-year-old sister Israa had sustained serious head injuries during the strike.
___A Ma’an reporter based in Gaza said the children were in their house at the time of the strike .    MORE . . .   
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) HOURS  AFTER  HER  BROTHER  WAS  KILLED  IN  ISRAELI  BOMBARDMENT;  CHILD  DIES  OF  HER  WOUNDS  IN  GAZA
IMEMC NEWS
12 Mar. 2016
The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has reported, Saturday, that a child, six years of age, who was seriously injured after the Israeli Air Force fired a missile into their home in northern Gaza, killing her brother, died of her serious wounds.      MORE . . .
KEEPING  TRADITIONAL  MUSIC  ALIVE  IN  GAZA
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
Rami Almeghari
8 Mar. 2016
They come from different backgrounds and have vastly different musical experience. But the 13 members of Dawaween, a newly formed band set for only its fourth concert in Gaza on 10 March, are united around one aim: the preservation and popularization of traditional Palestinian music.
___“Our music is pretty lively,” said Abdelraouf al-Bilbeisi, the band’s 30-year-old oud player, who spent the previous nine years performing with a wedding band around the Gaza Strip. “It deserves to be played on stage.”      MORE . . .
ISRAELI  POLICE  DETAIN  250  PALESTINIANS  WORKING  ILLEGALLY  IN  ISRAEL
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
11 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 250 Palestinian workers without work permits inside Israel by the end of the day Thursday, Israeli police said. . . .
___Israeli forces pledged to continue the search campaign for Palestinians working illegally in Israel “in order to maintain public safety in the country,” al-Samri said.  MORE . . .

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Palestinians reportedly working illegally in Israel detained by Israeli police on March 10, 2016. (Photo Credit: Israeli police spokesperson)

ISRAEL’S  EDUCATION  MINISTER  WANTS  TO  REDUCE  JEWISH  HISTORY  TO  POGROMS
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Gil Gertel
12 Mar. 2016
A new committee is tasked with exposing Israeli students to Mizrahi and Sephardic Jewish history. The problem? There is more than one narrative.      MORE . . . 
❺ OPINION/ANALYSIS:  THE  CASE  FOR  CULTURAL  BOYCOTT  OF  ISRAEL 
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER 
Ben White
17 Feb. 2016
The case for a boycott of Israel is straightforward, based on: the reality of Israel’s policies of colonialism and apartheid; the Palestinians’ appeal for solidarity, including the 2005 call for a global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign; and the effectiveness of BDS as a tactic.
___But what about a cultural boycott? This is a problem for some people who agree with the above argument – yet it is also based on a similar, logical argument.      MORE . . .

(Note: as is often the case in Palestinian poetry, the flower is the metaphor for Palestine over the centuries.)

“ALEXANDER  AND  THE  SUN  FLOWER,”  BY  MUEEN  BESSISSOU  (Mu’in  Bseiso)  
The auction began,
And she was carried on a litter to Alexander’s tent.
They brought her the milk of a deer and a lioness.
And so she washed.
She was perfumed with incense;
And when they blew the horn,
A bed was fetched.
And Alexander entered.
Joys of Alexander!
He slept with her
Until the cock crowed,
Then discarded her,
To be bestowed on a king
Who abandoned her after two nights.
She was carried on a camel
And bestowed on a prince.
The incense garden burned down.
Then she was bestowed on a minister,
And down to the fifty-first man in his entourage.
And when the sea gazelle was stabbed,
And the moon became an eye of glass,
Her navel became a wine pot.
Kings and rebels drank to her health,
She learned how to lie with them.
Rainbow! Stay this winter from our skies.
Your red and blue and green
Stain our face, like mud and glue.

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 Mu’in Bseiso (1926 – January 23, 1984)
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“. . . 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.
More. . .
(*** 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.
More. . .   

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. . . .
More. . .

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.
More. . .

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.
More. . .

“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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“. . . Give birth to me again, so you can hold me in your hands . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah and Khalid Abu Arafeh, Members of Palestine's parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council.
Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah and Khalid Abu Arafeh, Members of Palestine’s parliament, the Palestinian Legislative Council.

From THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

Our son died confronting occupation, teen’s family insist

Budour Youssef Hassan
July 6, 2015
A large picture of Yasser and Samer al-Kasbeh covers the wall of the living room at their family’s home in Qalandiya refugee camp . . .
____Yasser was just 11 years old when he was killed by Israeli occupation forces on 16 December 2001, and Samer was just 15 when he was killed — fewer than 40 days later — on 25 January 2002.
____That was at the peak of the second intifada and Muhammad al-Kasbeh, their youngest brother, was just 3 years old at the time.
[. . . .]
____Not even the watchful eyes of a protective family, though, could have saved Muhammad when the bullet of Yisrael Shomer, commander of Israel’s Binyamin Brigade, ended his life last Friday.
(More. . .)

Picture caption: Family mourn during the funeral of Muhammad al-Kasbeh, shot dead by an Israeli commander in Qalandiya refugee camp, 3 July. Oren Ziv ActiveStills
Family mourn during the funeral of Muhammad al-Kasbeh, shot dead by an Israeli commander in Qalandiya refugee camp, 3 July. Oren Ziv ActiveStills

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI MINISTER TO DECIDE ON DEPORTATION OF PALESTINIAN MPS
July 7, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli Minister of the Interior was given 30 days by the Supreme Court on Monday to reach a final decision on the possible deportation from East Jerusalem of three Palestinian lawmakers and a former Palestinian Authority Jerusalem affairs minister.
____Monday’s hearing was a follow-up to another hearing in the same court on May 5, 2015 that discussed the possibility of revoking the Jerusalem residency rights of Muhammad Abu Teir, Ahmad Attun, Muhammad Tutah and Khalid Abu Arafeh [who] formerly served as the PA’s minister of Jerusalem affairs . . . .
____All four live in occupied East Jerusalem.
(More. . .)

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN 10 PALESTINIANS ACROSS THE WEST BANK
July 7, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces carried out multiple detention raids across the occupied West Bank early Tuesday, arresting 10 Palestinian men, local sources and the Israeli army told Ma’an.
____In Al-Shuyukh village northeast of Hebron Israeli forces ransacked several homes and arrested Abdul-Kareem Muhammed Halaika.
____Israeli soldiers also ransacked a number of homes in Bethlehem city belonging to the Awwad and Saada families, and arrested Issa Nader Sarhan.
(More. . .)

From THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
ISRAEL VIOLATES RELIGIOUS SITES 184 TIMES IN TWO MONTHS
July 6, 2015
Israel’s occupation forces have violated religious sites in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem on 184 occasions in the past two months, the Palestinian Ministry of Religious Affairs has revealed.
____In a report issued on Sunday, the ministry said that in May and June alone Al-Aqsa Mosque was subject to more than 80 attacks and the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron almost 100 violations. The latter includes the banning of the call to prayer, while one of the main gates leading to Al-Aqsa, Bab Al-Yusufiyah, has been closed.
[. . . .]
____”Facts on the ground indicate that the occupation and settlers are trying to empty Al-Aqsa Mosque of its people. . .
(More. . .)

❺ Opinion
From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
PALESTINIANS SHOULD SEEK AN ALTERNATIVE SALVATION STRATEGY
Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
June 28, 2015
Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation group, is rightly rejecting Palestinian Authority (PA) dictates regarding efforts to form a Palestinian government.
____We all know that the main raison d’être of the PA is to serve the so-called security interests of the Israeli occupation regime. Otherwise, the PA is completely redundant as far as the Palestinian people are concerned.
____Having utterly failed to make any tangible achievements for the Palestinian people, the PA is trying now to woo Hamas to join a “government of national unity”
(More . . .)
Khalid Amayreh
(b. 1957 Hebron) is a Palestinian journalist based in Dura, near Hebron. . . Amayreh is barred from leaving the West Bank . . . by the Israeli military occupation authorities. The Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group [reports] harassment of Amayreh by both Israel and Palestinian authorities.

“GIVE BIRTH TO ME AGAIN THAT I MAY KNOW,” BY MAHMUD DARWISH

Give birth to me again. Give birth to me again that I may know
. . in which land I will die, in which land I will come to life again.
Peace be unto you as you light the morning fire, peace be unto you,
. . peace be unto you.
Isn’t it time for me to give you some presents, to return to you?
Is your hair still longer than our years, longer than the trees of clouds
. . stretching the sky to you so they can live?
Give birth to me again so I can drink the homeland’s milk from you and
. . remain a little boy in your arms, remain a little boy
For ever. I have seen many things, mother, I have seen. Give birth to
. . me again, so you can hold me in your hands.
When you feel love for me, do you still sing and cry about nothing?
. . Mother, I have lost my hands
On the waist of a woman of mirage. I embrace sand, I embrace a
. . shadow. Can I come back to you/to myself?
Your mother has a mother, the fig tree in the garden has clouds.
. . Don’t leave me alone, a fugitive. I want your hands
To carry my heart. I long for the bread of your voice, mother!
. . I long for everything. I long for myself…I long for you.

From: Adonis; Mahmud Darwish; Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS OF A MAP: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF ARABIC POETRY. Trans. Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
Biographical sketch of Mahmoud Darwish.

The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron was subject to almost 100 violations.
The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron was subject to almost 100 violations.