“. . . Then I found myself suspended in nothingness . . .” (Yousef El Qedra)

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The Palestine Youth Orchestra (Photo: Edward Said Conservatory of Music Homepage)

❶ Israeli forces demolish 12 homes in Qalandiya village, assault homeowners
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces demolish 4 structures in East Jerusalem’s Issawiya

  • background from Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal

❷ Uncovering the Lost Palestinian Villages Underneath Glitzy Tel Aviv
❸ Palestinian Orchestra spreads positive message with music
❹ POETRY by Yousef El Qedra
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  12  HOMES  IN  QALANDIYA  VILLAGE,  ASSAULT  HOMEOWNERS
Ma’an News Agency
July 26, 2016
Under the escort of Israeli forces, bulldozers entered the village of Qalandiya on the outskirts of the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem late Monday evening, where they demolished 12 homes, according to locals.
___Israeli authorities destroyed the homes, which had previously been issued demolition notices, claiming they were too close to Israel’s separation wall and that they lacked the proper Israeli-issued licenses. . . .
___Israeli soldiers reportedly fired rubber-coated steel bullets, sponge bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades at locals, and assaulted residents of the homes before the demolitions.      MORE . . .   
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  4  STRUCTURES  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM’S  ISSAWIYA
Ma’an News Agency
July 26, 2016
MORE . . .      RELATED . . .  

From Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal
There is a very strong argument that Zionist Israel has committed, and continues to commit, genocide against Palestine and the Palestinians in terms of Lemkin’s famous passage . . .
Genocide has two phases: one, destruction of the national pattern of the oppressed group; the other, the imposition of the national pattern of the oppressor. This imposition, in turn, may be made upon the oppressed population which is allowed to remain, or upon the territory alone, after removal of the population and the colonization of the area by the oppressor’s own nationals.   (Lemkin, R. Axis Rule in Occupied Europe: laws of occupation, analysis of government, proposals for redress. Washington: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1944.)
[. . . .]
Whilst the daily living reality for a Palestinian citizen of Israel inevitably differs from a Palestinian living in the West Bank, Gaza or the diaspora, the underlying techniques employed by the Israeli government are the same.. . . .  The intention of these policies was clearly stated by ARIEL SHARON IN AN INTERVIEW IN 1988:
_‘YOU DON’T SIMPLY BUNDLE PEOPLE ON TO TRUCKS AND DRIVE THEM AWAY. . . I PREFER TO ADVOCATE A POSITIVE POLICY. . . TO CREATE, IN EFFECT, A CONDITION THAT IN A POSITIVE WAY WILL INDUCE PEOPLE TO LEAVE.’
. . .  it is apparent to Palestinians in different contexts experiencing discriminatory policies intended to drive them away from their land that the ‘Nakba’ of 1948 did not end in that era and is an ongoing process.

  • Rashed, Haifa, Damien Short, and John Docker. “Nakba Memoricide: Genocide Studies And The Zionist/Israeli Genocide Of Palestine.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal 13.1 (2014): 1-23.    FULL ARTICLE.

❷ UNCOVERING  THE  LOST  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGES  UNDERNEATH  GLITZY  TEL  AVIV
The Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU)
Mira Sucharov
July 19, 2016
Tel Aviv residents are often described as living in a “bubble,” because of their relative distance from the epicenter of conflict and occupation, and because, at least compared to Jerusalem, the zeitgeist of the city tends toward liberalism and open-mindedness.
___But despite all the talk about Tel Aviv’s insulated status, this “first Hebrew city” is very politically saturated — if you look underneath it. I’m thinking of the eight Palestinian villages whose traces, post-1948, are just barely visible beneath the bustling urban center that this place has become. What remains of these villages, whose remnants were absorbed by Tel Aviv’s municipality as the city expanded after the war, and what remains to be done?     MORE . . .  

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A home lies in ruins after a raid by Israeli troops in the Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah. (Photo: Alaa Badarneh / European Pressphoto Agency, November 15, 2016)

❸ PALESTINIAN  ORCHESTRA  SPREADS  POSITIVE  MESSAGE  WITH  MUSIC
Days of Palestine
July 25, 2016
Glasgow -A group of Palestinian young orchestrates are trying to travel around the world to spread a positive message about Palestinian with their orchestra.
___It is lunchtime on a sunny day in the Scottish city of Glasgow, and the general director of The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is making a thoughtful observation about the aims of its Palestine Youth Orchestra (PYO).
___Suddenly, a ping-pong ball bounces across the table. Suhail Khoury barely bats an eyelid.
___“Having an orchestra can tell people that young Palestinians are like anyone else, despite their situation,” he says. “They like to play music, they like to have fun.”    MORE . . .    –   VIDEO . . . (Music begins 9:45)

“I  HAVE  NO  HOME,”  BY  YOUSEF  EL  QEDRA

I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms—
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.

I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
Stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.
―Translated by Yasmin Snounu and Edward Morin

Yousef El Qedra is a young poet and playwright living in Gaza. He has his BA degree in Arabic Literature from Azhar University, Gaza. Since 2006 he has worked as a project coordinator of theater and youth groups for the Cultural Free Thought Association in Gaza City. He has written several books and plays and published four volumes of poetry, translated into French and Spanish.
From BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE.  Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from Amazon.

Special to Americans on INDEPENDENCE DAY “. . . common values of democracy, equality, tolerance. . .” (DNC Platform)

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Israeli colonialist settlers on Sunday leveled Palestinian lands to expand Brokhin settlement. (Photo: group194.net, July 4, 2016)

❶ Muslim optometrist shot on way to pray at TEXAS MOSQUE, reports say
. . . ❶ ― () Israeli forces demolish 2 Palestinian homes in Qalandiya, injure 4 with live fire
❷ Israeli government approves 800 new colonial settlement housing units
. . . ❷ ― () Settlers of Brokhin settlement level Palestinians’ lands in Salfit

  • Background from Sociology

❸ Opinion/Analysis:  (VIDEO) CORNEL WEST VS. ROBERT WEXLER ON ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
. . . ❸ ― (ᴀ) As occupation enters its 50th year, draft Democratic platform won’t say the word
❺ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ MUSLIM  OPTOMETRIST  SHOT  ON  WAY  TO  PRAY  AT  TEXAS  MOSQUE,  REPORTS  SAY
Middle East Eye
July 3, 2016
A Muslim optometrist on his way to pray at a Houston, Texas, mosque was ambushed by three people and shot twice outside a nearby apartment complex, reports said.
___Mohammed Imaduddin, a spokesman for the nearby Madrasah Islamiah mosque, said Dr Arslan Tajammul was on his way to 5:30am morning prayers when he was approached by three people on foot, according to KTRK, an ABC television affiliate. . . .
___One of the suspects pulled a gun and shot Tajammul, who made it to the front entrance of the mosque, where he collapsed. . .    MORE . . .
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  2  PALESTINIAN  HOMES  IN  QALANDIYA,  INJURE  4  WITH  LIVE  FIRE
Ma’an News Agency
July 4, 2016
Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian homes overnight Sunday in the Qalandiya refugee camp, displacing at least six Palestinian refugees and sparking clashes in the densely populated West Bank camp which left four Palestinians injured by Israeli fire.
___The punitive demolition was carried out against the Assaf and Abu Habsa families as punishment for stab attacks carried out by two young members of the families last year.    MORE . . .  

❷ ISRAELI  GOVERNMENT  APPROVES  800  NEW  COLONIAL  SETTLEMENT  HOUSING  UNITS
July 4, 2016
On Sunday the Israeli Cabinet approved the expansion of several Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, adding an additional 800 new units to the existing thousands of units constructed in Jewish-only settlements in direct contravention of international law.
___Israeli officials say that the approval of 800 new housing units is meant to somehow ‘balance’ the implementation of a court ruling that 600 construction permits be approved for Palestinian families in Beit Safafa.     MORE . . .  

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November 16, 2015. The demolished home of Mohammed Abu Shaheen, in the Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah. (Photo: Alaa Badarneh / European Pressphoto Agency)

. . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) SETTLERS  OF  BROKHIN  SETTLEMENT  LEVEL  PALESTINIANS’  LANDS  IN  SALFIT
The Palestinian Information Center
Settlers on Sunday leveled Palestinian lands to expand Brokhin settlement which is established by force over lands of the Palestinian towns of Broqin, Bediya and Sarta west of Salfit. Researcher Khaled Maali told the PIC reporter that the expansion works have been going on in 24 settlements established over 18 locations in Salfit governorate.  MORE . . 

From Sociology
The proliferation of such [settler] violence over the past decade – especially given the decline in Israeli military violence in the West Bank – raises intriguing questions: What are the social and political forces that determine these violent assaults, which contradict official Israeli policy? Given their illegality and their challenge to Israel’s formal authority in the OPT, what can explain the lack of response of Israeli officials, who neither forbid nor prevent most of the attacks?
___These questions have theoretical implications beyond this case study. Situations of vigilantism and state collusion, in which state forces collaborate with paramilitaries and violent civilian forces, are not restricted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite public and official concern about the increase of incidents of civilian violence and vigilantism worldwide, few attempts have been made to conceptualize and theorize this phenome- non from a social-political perspective. Studies on vigilantism approach the subject almost exclusively from a criminological perspective, ignoring the actual social and structural forces that shape this phenomenon, and neglect its political significance.

  • Gazit, Nir. “State-Sponsored Vigilantism: Jewish Settlers’ Violence In The Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Sociology 49.3 (2015): 438-454.  SOURCE.

❸ Opinion/Analysis:  (VIDEO)  CORNEL  WEST  VS.  ROBERT  WEXLER  ON  ISRAEL  AND  PALESTINE
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 30, 2016
[Note: Debate before the Platform Committee of the U.S. Democratic National Party]   MORE . . . 
. . . ❸ ― (ᴀ) As  occupation  enters  its  50th   year,  draft  Democratic  platform  won’t  say  the  word
Mondoweiss
Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz
July 2, 2016
[. . . .]
How much do Democratic progressives care about Palestine? is the question. The party leaders want to say that Palestinian solidarity is a marginal fringe, and hint-hint, it’s anti-Semitic. And meantime, Israel and the U.S. share “common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.” That is simply a lie.      MORE . . .

“IDENTITY CARD,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH (1964)
Write down!
I am an Arab
And my identity card number is fifty thousand
I have eight children
And the ninth will come after a summer
Will you be angry?

Write down!
I am an Arab
Employed with fellow workers at a quarry
I have eight children
I get them bread
Garments and books
from the rocks.
I do not supplicate charity at your doors
Nor do I belittle myself at the footsteps of your chamber
So will you be angry?

Write down!
I am an Arab
I have a name without a title
Patient in a country
Where people are enraged
My roots
Were entrenched before the birth of time
And before the opening of the eras
Before the pines, and the olive trees
And before the grass grew

My father descends from the family of the plow
Not from a privileged class
And my grandfather was a farmer
Neither well-bred, nor well-born!
Teaches me the pride of the sun
Before teaching me how to read
And my house is like a watchman’s hut
Made of branches and cane
Are you satisfied with my status?
I have a name without a title!

Write down!
I am an Arab
You have stolen the orchards of my ancestors
And the land which I cultivated
Along with my children
And you left nothing for us
Except for these rocks…
So will the State take them
As it has been said?!

Therefore!
Write down on the top of the first page:
I do not hate people
Nor do I encroach
But if I become hungry
The usurper’s flesh will be my food
Beware…
Beware…
Of my hunger
And my anger!

From: “Remembering Mahmoud Darwish”   

“. . . they come to burn the love in our hearts . . .” (Yousef Al-Mahmoud)

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A view of the settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the southern West Bank, adjoining the city of Hebron, February 19, 2014. (Photo: Michal Fattal/Flash90)

❶ Israeli confiscation of land shows 440% increase in 2016

  • Background from  Polar: Political & Legal Anthropology Review

. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israel to construct new housing in Hebron settlement after killing of teenage resident
. . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Amid denial, plans for a new Israeli settlement neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem looms

  • Background from  Middle East

❷ Meretz Head: “Netanyahu’s Theory Of Running The Conflict Has Collapsed”
❸ Opinion/Analysis:   NETANYAHU’S BLOODY INCITEMENT
❹ POETRY by Yousef Al-Mahmoud
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❶  ISRAELI  CONFISCATION  OF  LAND  SHOWS  440%  INCREASE  IN  2016
Palestine News Network – PNN
June 30, 2016
Israeli confiscation policy has notably escalated in occupied Jerusalem and West Bank by 439% since the beginning of 2016 in comparison to last year, a Palestinian report revealed Tuesday.
___Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ) revealed in a report issued Tuesday that Israeli authorities confiscated since the beginning of the year 7,773 acres of Palestinian-owned lands, recording an increase by 439% in comparison with last year where 1,442 acres were seized.    MORE . . .  

From Polar: Political & Legal Anthropology Review
The settlement of Palestine/Israel has always been bound up with immigration, with the Zionist ideal of the ingathering of exiles . . .  inhabiting newly acquired lands of the emerging polity. . . .  Immigrants accordingly feature in public discourse as either the zealous agents or the mobilized victims of political projects.
___ . . . immigration . . .  raises [questions] about the Israel-Palestine conflict. At the most basic level, it forces one to rethink the role of Middle-East politics in the neoliberal era. Discourse on the West Bank has long been expressed exclusively in terms of the conflicting agendas of its main actors and the political powers they wield. But insofar as settlements are key to the future status of the West Bank, politics is clearly assuming a different role . . . No attempt to understand the current situation in the Middle East, let alone to think through possible solutions, can afford to ignore this insight.
___If normalization grounds settlement practices, it is necessary to question its affects on other coordinates of occupation. . . . [to describe] Israel’s occupation as a process of normalization that shifted sometime in 1990s from direct intervention in the lives and practices of Palestinians to indirect governing through control over infrastructure and resources . . .
___ Indeed, just as normalization obviates consent by Palestinians, the state makes scant efforts to seek legitimacy for settlement policies from its own citizens, who begrudgingly accept them as authoritative. . . . the transparent subjugation of Palestinians becomes instrumental in obfuscating settlers’ own lot, making it seem as though their civic rights and duties grant them far more control over their fate in The West Bank than their less fortunate neighbors. This account of immigrant-settlers suggests otherwise.

  • Weiss, Hadas. “Immigration And West Bank Settlement Normalization.” Polar: Political & Legal Anthropology Review 34.1 (2011): 112-130.   SOURCE

. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)  ISRAEL  TO  CONSTRUCT  NEW  HOUSING  IN  HEBRON  SETTLEMENT  AFTER  KILLING  OF  TEENAGE  RESIDENT
Ma’an News Agency
July 2, 2016
The Israeli government reportedly approved on Friday the construction of new housing units in the illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, after a Palestinian boy stabbed an Israeli girl to death in her bedroom in the settlement Thursday.      MORE . . . 
. . ❶ ― (ᴃ) AMID DENIAL, PLANS FOR A NEW ISRAELI SETTLEMENT NEIGHBORHOOD IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM LOOMS
POICA – Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activities in the Palestinian Territories
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem
June 11, 2016
At the time the Israeli Municipality of Jerusalem denies any news related to the advancement of a settlement plan near Qalandyia airport, in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli Hebrew news website, WALLA, reports that the Jerusalem Municipality is promoting the construction of a new and huge settlement neighborhood on the old airport area north of the Atarot industrial settlement in Jerusalem, near Qalandyia village.  MORE . . .

From  Middle East
The window of opportunity for a two state solution, to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, is closing rapidly as Israeli settlement expansion and expropriation of Palestinian land and resources in the occupied West Bank accelerates at an unprecedented rate, with Israel setting aside more than 60% of the Territory for the several hundred illegal Israeli settlements and outposts that will be home to more than 500,000 Israeli settlers. [Note: The article continues with descriptions of several examples of settlement expansion.]

  • Frykberg, Mel. “Israeli Plan To Snatch 60% Of The West Bank.” Middle East 444 (2013): 28-31.   ARTICLE. 

❷ MERETZ  HEAD:  “NETANYAHU’S  THEORY  OF  RUNNING  THE  CONFLICT  HAS  COLLAPSED”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
July 3, 2016
Meretz Party head, Israeli Member of Knesset (MK) Zehava Gal-On, stated Saturday that the theory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of running the conflict has failed, and added that the only solution is ending this conflict through a political solution.
___. . . “Israel must understand that the only solution to stopping the attacks and the escalation is reaching a political soliton to the conflict, and ending this occupation.”
___“The conflict is running us; the recent attacks and threats have proven that the calm we’ve seen was temporary,” the Israeli official said, “Netanyahu’s theory of running the conflict has completely collapsed, and now this conflict is running us.”      MORE . . .  

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Workers and bulldozers work at a construction site on April 14, 2016 in the Israeli settlement of Givat Zeev near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)

❸  Opinion/Analysis:  NETANYAHU’S  BLOODY  INCITEMENT
Mondoweiss
Yakov Hirsch
July 1, 2016
Let’s agree on the facts.  One Palestinian male got into a West Bank settlement and killed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her room with a knife. Nothing more, nothing less. Before her body was cold, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rushed the same day to make a video for the English speaking world.
___What is the purpose of this Netanyahu video? What more does the world need to know about this terrible event? Why is he showing us her gruesome bloodstained room? Why are we hearing about her teddy bear?
[. . . .]
___Netanyahu is “interpreting” one isolated event for the world, talking about one Palestinian killing one girl, and deriving a political lesson.    MORE . . .

“ENEMY,”  BY  YOUSEF  AL-MAHMOUD

They come from all the ends of the earth to sit among us
they come from the ends of the winds
they bring sickness and a hissing like snakes
they come from the ends of the snows
they come smelling of death
they come with blood-dipping knives
they bring panic and terror
they are utterly not-to-be-trusted
they are utterly murderous
they are proud of their murders, they are drinkers of blood
proud of tooth and nail
even more proud of guns and treachery
they come to burn the love in our hearts
and turn it to torture and bitterness
they bring sorrow, terror, sickness. . .
How have they come to sit among us?
—Translated by DM Black

Yousef Al-Mahmoud is a prominent broadcaster and poet, and former head of the Ministry of Culture in his native Jenin.
From  A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

“. . . the pretense of maintaining Israel’s Jewish and democratic character . . .” (Orly Noy)

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Israeli forces demolished a home in the Qalandiya refugee camp in the West Bank, November 16, 2015 (Photo: Majdi Mohammed, STR)

❶ UN ‘gravely concerned’ over imminent home demolitions in Palestinian refugee camp

  • From: Law & Social Inquiry

❷ Israeli forces assault worshipers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, around 10 Muslims worshipers were wounded

  • From: Israel Studies Review

❸ Opinion/Analysis: THE  ROOTS  OF  ISRAEL’S  MOST  RACIST  LAW
❹ POETRY by ‘Abd al-Raheem Mahmoud

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❶ UN  ‘GRAVELY  CONCERNED’  OVER  IMMINENT  HOME  DEMOLITIONS  IN  PALESTINIAN  REFUGEE  CAMP
Ma’an News Agency
June 26, 2016
The United Nations warned against imminent punitive home demolitions targeting Palestinian families in Qalandiya refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank, putting at least six Palestinian refugees at risk of being left homeless.
___UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for Palestinian refugees, said in a statement on Saturday that it was “gravely concerned” about the Israeli High Court of Justice’s recent rejection of the families’ appeal to save their homes [. . . .]
___The families were notified on June 14 that they had five days to evacuate, after Israeli authorities ruled their homes would be destroyed as punishment for stab attacks carried out by two young members of the families on December 23 at the Jaffa Gate of East Jerusalem’s Old City.
___The two 21-year-old Palestinians, Issa Assaf and Anan Abu Habsa, were shot dead by Israeli police on the scene.      MORE . . .

From: Law & Social Inquiry
Although initially triggered by an individualized act of human agency, the punishment for certain illegal behaviors is usually inflicted upon the product of the illegal labor rather than on the human initiator of this labor. . . .  Why is the house, rather than any other subject or object, the focal center for such legal attention? The infliction of illegality on the house, rather than on any other product of illegal action, is not incidental, and, accordingly, the law is preoccupied with the documentation and regulation of the house.    ___The extensive literature that exists on this subject mostly focuses on the anthropomorphic nature of the house, presenting it as an extension of the self and as an essential ground for personhood (Fenster 2004; Sibley 1996; Radin 1982). However, the struggle over the house/home in the Israeli/Palestinian context is not only over the individual house but also over its collective meaning. . . .
[. . . .]
___Israel demolishes Palestinian houses not only “because they must be made to be afraid,” but also because “they must, to a certain extent, take part in it” (58). Living in constant fear that the next demolition may be inflicted on their home, the distinction between observers and observed is blurred in this instance to the point where “the spectator does not feel at home anywhere, because the spectacle is everywhere.”

  • Braverman, Irus. “Powers Of Illegality: House Demolitions And Resistance In East Jerusalem.” Law & Social Inquiry 32.2 (2007): 333-372.  SOURCE.

❷ ISRAELI  FORCES  ASSAULT  WORSHIPERS  AT  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE,  AROUND  10  MUSLIMS  WORSHIPERS  WERE  WOUNDED 
Days of Palestine
June 26, 2016
A large number of Israeli occupation forces stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and assaulted Muslim worshippers, injuring around ten of them
___“In the very early morning, we were surprised with the ISRAELI FORCES STORMING THE YARDS OF THE MOSQUE WITH A BIG NUMBER OF SETTLERS and foreign tourists,” Omar Kaswani, chief guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque said.
___“We wanted to neutralise the settlers, but the Israeli soldiers, who were protecting them, interfered violently and attacked the worshipers indiscriminately,” he added.    MORE . .

From: Israel Studies Review
. . a law prescribes that any court that convicts an individual for committing various terrorism-related and other security-based offenses will be authorized to revoke citizenship, in addition to the “ordinary” penalties, including life imprisonment. Despite the obvious fact that there are many heinous crimes that can be committed against society, this law applies only to security-oriented crimes. The singling out of these offenses negatively impacts the notion of equality before the law. . . . This choice of offenses is not neutral, but is motivated by the desire to exclude those few Arab citizens of Israel convicted of security-based offenses and to strip them of their citizenship rights, possibly even leading to their deportation.
[. . . . ]
. . . the Israeli legislature has demonstrated a strikingly different approach with regard to other, “patriotic” offenses. The . . . law, which was enacted by the Knesset in February 2010, adopted an ultra-compassionate approach with regard to offenses committed by Israeli right-wing extremists . . . who committed criminal offenses as part of the resistance to the disengagement [from Gaza] plan . . . This legislation violates the principles of rule of law and equality before the law. It prefers some social groups over others, allowing them to commit crimes—including assault in severe circumstances and assault on a police officer—without facing any consequences. The message conveyed by this law is a dangerous one: violence can be forgiven, overlooked, or even considered normative—if it supports the “right” cause.

  • Kremnitzer, Mordechai, and Shiri Krebs. “From Illiberal Legislation To Intolerant Democracy.” Israel Studies Review 26.1 (2011): 4-11.  SOURCE.
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Israeli police accompany Jews past the Dome of the Rock mosque during a visit to the Al-Aqsa mosque on April 25, 2016. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP)

❸ Opinion/Analysis:  THE  ROOTS  OF  ISRAEL’S  MOST  RACIST  LAW
+972 Magazine
Orly Noy
June 24, 2016
[. . . .]
Herein lies the failure with which the Zionist Left refuses to contend: the pretense of maintaining Israel’s Jewish and democratic character is at its core a demographic struggle. In order for the Jewish state to be able to allow itself to be democratic — at least when it comes to individual rights (as opposed to national rights) — vis-à-vis its Arab citizens, it needs a significant demographic advantage. Only then will it be able to tell itself stories about democracy when it comes to a national minority without endangering the Jewish character it is so intent on maintaining. This is precisely why since its founding the state has refrained from establishing a new Arab city, despite population growth and a housing crisis in Arab society. This is why the state needs the Jewish National Fund to continue and “Judaize” land. This is why the state needs legislation that unabashedly restricts the growth of the minority.      MORE . . .

“THE  AQSA  MOSQUE,”  BY  ‘ABD  AL-RAHEEM  MAHMOUD  (1913-1948)
(A salute to Prince Saud Ibn ‘Abd al’Aziz when he visited the poet’s town,
‘Anabta, on August 14, 1935.)

Honorable Prince! Before you stands a poet
whose heart harbors bitter complaint.
Have you come to visit the Aqsa mosque
or to bid it farewell before its loss?
This land, this holy land, is being sold to all intruders
and stabbed by its own people!
And tomorrow looms over us, nearer and nearer!
Nothing shall remain for us but our streaming tears,
our deep regrets.

Oh, Prince, shout, shout! Your voice
might shake people awake!
Ask the guards of the Aqsa: are they all agreed to struggle
as one body and mind?
Ask the guards of the Aqsa: can a covenant with God
be offered to someone, then lost?
Forgive the complaint, but a grieving heart needs to complain
to the Prince, even if it makes him weep.
―Translated by Sharif Elmusa and Naomi Shihab Nye
(This poem gained great fame later on because of its prophetic words about the imminent loss of Palestine.)

About ‘Abd al-Raheem Mahmoud
ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

 

Let the oppressor review his account. . . (Tawfiq Zayyad)

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An Israeli policeman stands looking over Issawiya in East Jerusalem, during a protest against cement blockades at the neighborhood entrances on Nov. 12, 2014. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse /Ahmad Gharabli, File)

❶ Israel Detains 24 Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank
❷ Group: 43 journalists jailed by Israel since October
❸ Committee: Journalists’ life at risk in Gaza due to Israeli bans
❹ Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Qalandia, Injures 8 Palestinians And Kidnap One
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Opinion/Analysis: AMBIVALENCE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF OPPRESSION
❻ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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❶ ISRAEL  DETAINS  24  PALESTINIANS  IN  JERUSALEM,  WEST  BANK
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 20, 2016
Israeli forces on Wednesday overnight detained at least 24 Palestinians, including children, most of them during a military raid in the district of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).
___Israeli policemen broke into al-Issawiya, on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem, at predawn, where they raided dozens of homes, searched them and sabotaged their furniture. The police detained more than 20 Palestinians, including children, and summoned others for interrogation.      MORE . . .    

GROUP:  43  JOURNALISTS  JAILED  BY  ISRAEL  SINCE  OCTOBER
Ma’an News Agency
April 16, 2016
The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said on Saturday that Israel had detained 43 journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory since October 2015, including two foreign reporters.
___The New York-based committee said in a report that during detention and imprisonment, journalists have reported torture, medical negligence, and unreasonable and illegal rulings by the Israeli authorities.
___The committee condemned the increasing number of detentions of journalists, and called for their immediate release.      MORE . . .  

❸ COMMITTEE:  JOURNALISTS’  LIFE  AT  RISK  IN  GAZA  DUE  TO  ISRAELI  BANS
The Palestinian Information Center
April 20 2016
The Committee to Support Journalists warned Tuesday of the dangers with which journalists’ lives have been fraught in Gaza due to the Israeli restrictions on the entry of press vests and shields. The committee said the Israeli occupation authorities have frequently banned journalists’ access to a set of helmets and bulletproof vests donated by international and Arab parties.     MORE . . .

❹ ARMY  DEMOLISHES  A  PALESTINIAN  HOME  IN  QALANDIA,  INJURES  8  PALESTINIANS  AND  KIDNAP  ONE   
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 20, 2016
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, demolished one home and injured at least eight Palestinians, including three with live fire; one of the wounded was among the abducted residents.
___The soldiers surrounded the home of Hussein Abu Ghosh, 17, forced the family out and demolished the property’s inner walls, rendering it uninhabitable.
___Abu Ghosh was killed by the army, along with another Palestinian on January 26, 2016, after stabbing an Israeli settler woman to death [. . . . ]
___The invasion into the refugee camp was carried out by more than 40 armored vehicles and a military bulldozer.      MORE . . .   

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  AMBIVALENCE  AS  AN  ENDORSEMENT  OF  OPPRESSION
Alternative Information Center – AIC
April 17, 2016
Demands to separate politics from culture is a nonsensical idea that only BDS activists and supporters are told to accept.
___Tomorrow, Monday April 18, New York noise band A Place to Bury Strangers will make their Israeli debut at the Tel Aviv Club Barby. Rapper Freddie Gibbs will do the same on May 23, followed by the alternative rock band Real Estate on May 25.
___Efforts are underway to stop these and the nearly twenty other performances by high-profile international musicians this summer. These include direct appeals to artists, though Tali Shapiro, an Israeli BDS activist says artists’ agents and managers sometimes shut these channels down. Shapiro maintains a Facebook page where she posts articles on Israel’s human rights record and tags artists in the posts.      MORE . . . 

“WE  SHALL  REMAIN,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  – 1970

It is a thousand times easier
For you to pass an elephant through the needle’s eye
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way
To plow the sea
To teach the alligator speech, a thousand times easier
Than smothering with you oppression
The spark of an idea
Of forcing us to deviate
A single step
From our chosen march.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain in Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here upon your chests
We shall remain
Like the glass and the cactus
In your throats
A fiery whirlwind
In your eyes.

Here we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We wash dishes in the hotels
And serve drinks to the masters.
We mop the floors in the dark kitchens
To extract a piece of bread
From your blue teeth
For the little ones.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We starve,
Go naked,
Sing songs
And fill the streets
With demonstrations
And the jails with pride.
We breed rebellions
One after another.
Like twenty impossibles we remain
In Lydda, Ramlah, Galilee.

Here, we shall remain.
You may drink the sea;
We shall guard the shade
Of the olive tree and the fig,
Planting ideas
Like the yeast in the dough.
The coldness of ice is in our nerves
And a burning hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock
To quench our thirst
And if we starve
We eat the dirt
And never depart
Or grudge our blood.

Here―we have a past
―a present
―and a future.
Our roots are entrenched
Deep in the earth.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
Let the oppressor review his account
Before the turn of the wheel.
For every action there is a reaction:
Read what is written in the Book.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain―in Lydda, in Ramlah
And Galilee.

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.
About Tawfiq Zayyad 

“. . . a theater of sounds on the west bank of our ancient river . . .” (Fawaz Turki)

Israel Demolishes Three Homes in Bethlehem Village April 12, 2016 (Photo: WAFA)
Israel Demolishes Three Homes in Bethlehem Village April 12, 2016 (Photo: WAFA)

❶ Israeli Forces Detain Six Palestinians from West Bank
Israeli Forces Detain Nine Palestinians, Karate Team Coach from West Bank, Gaza
❷ Israeli Army Destroys Playground near Nablus
Israel Demolishes Three Homes in Bethlehem Village
❸ Palestinian PM says he is ‘bitterly disappointed’ in US
❹ Analysis: Would pre-state Zionist militias be terrorists by today’s standards
❺ Opinion/Analysis: AS  THREATS  AGAINST  BDS  GROW,  IT  IS  TIME  FOR  ‘SUMOUD’ [RESOLVE]  IN  ACTIVIST  COMMUNITIES
❻ POETRY by Fawaz Turki
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ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  SIX  PALESTINIANS  FROM  WEST  BANK
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 12, 2016
Israeli forces detained early Tuesday six Palestinians from the West Bank, bringing the total number of detainees to 17, said WAFA correspondent.
___Israeli forces detained three Palestinians during a raid into Qalandia Youth Center in Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem.
MORE . . .
RELATED . . .  ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  NINE  PALESTINIANS,  KARATE  TEAM  COACH  FROM  WEST  BANK,  GAZA

ISRAELI  ARMY  DESTROYS  PLAYGROUND  NEAR  NABLUS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 12, 2016
Israeli army on Tuesday destroyed a playground in Za’tara, a small village to the south of Nablus, according to local sources.
___Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in northern West Bank, told WAFA that Israeli military bulldozers broke into the village and demolished playground, which was used a children’s park.      MORE . . . 
RELATED . . .    ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  THREE  HOMES  IN  BETHLEHEM  VILLAGE 

PALESTINIAN  PM  SAYS  HE  IS  ‘BITTERLY  DISAPPOINTED’  IN  US
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Daoud Kuttab
April 11, 2016
Since being appointed Palestinian prime minister in June 2013, Rami Hamdallah has run a tight economic ship, earning him praise from Christoph Duenwald, the local representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) . . . .
___Praise from the IMF aside, Hamdallah said, “As prime minister I am bitterly disappointed when it comes to the US. . .  Hamdallah explained that although US support in 2010 reached $1.45 billion, in 2015 Washington pledged to provide $290 million but only delivered $130 million. The remaining $160 million was frozen by Congress.      MORE . . .

Analysis:  WOULD  PRE-STATE  ZIONIST  MILITIAS  BE  TERRORISTS  BY  TODAY’S  STANDARDS?
+972 Blog
Tomer Persico
April 10, 2016
Labor MK Zohair Bahloul in recent days raised the ire of Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum, including members of his own party, for his unwillingness to label Palestinians who attack Israeli soldiers “terrorists.”      MORE . . . 

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American comedian and actress Roseann Barr seen at the opening of “Yedioth Aharonots” conference “Fighting the Boycott” discussing issues and ways to fight the BDS movement, at the Jerusalem Convention Center, on March 28, 2016. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Opinion/Analysis:  AS  THREATS  AGAINST  BDS  GROW,  IT  IS  TIME  FOR  ‘SUMOUD’  [RESOLVE]   IN  ACTIVIST  COMMUNITIES
Mondoweisss
Nada Elia
April 11, 2016
The attacks on BDS, and BDS organizers, are intensifying globally.  “The BDS organizations will have no rest,” warned Gilad Erdan at the recent “Stop BDS” conference in Occupied Jerusalem.
___One of the better-known BDS organizers, Omar Barghouti, has been directly named as a target of “civil assassination.”  [. . . . ]
___And historically, Palestinians have given the world many terms.  “Nakba,” our catastrophe, which started before the day of its commemoration, May 15, 1948, and is ongoing today . . . .  “Intifada,” the “shaking off” of an oppressive system intent on our total annihilation . . . .  And “SUMOUD.”  Sumoud is the persistence of the Palestinian people . . . .        MORE . . .

“DUSK IN GALILEE,” BY Fawaz Turki
(on request)

A feast of colors
is the sunset in Galilee,
a silent orgy
in the horizon of our
West Bank,
silver grey stars
quivering in the sky
speeding to hug one another
body and soul
like erotic grapes of sorrow
the wind
and the desolate music
of the oud
are a theater of sounds
on the west bank
of our ancient river
and the evening will unfurl
exquisite delights
in Galilee.
The military governor
tells his guests
all this has come to pass
because he issued an edict
and his soldiers used their guns
to make it so.

Fawaz Turki (b. 1940) was born in Haifa, Palestine. He is a poet and the author of prose accounts of his life as a Palestinian in exile. He has published several books in English. He was writer-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a professor at the State University of New York in Buffalo, and a frequent speaker at conferences on the Middle East.   About Fawaz Turki.
From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
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“. . . the tourist thinks he is writing a postcard . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

❶ Qalandiya camp buries Palestinian shot dead in overnight raid
. . . . . ❶ ―(ᴀ) Israeli troops’ GPS error ends in deadly West Bank clashes
❷ Record number of Palestinians held under administrative detention
❸ Navy Kidnaps 9 Fishermen off Gaza Coast
❹ Japan donates $38m to UNRWA
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S APARTHEID CHARACTER

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Israeli forces shot and killed 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, a journalism student at al-Quds University in Abu Dis. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❻ Poetry by Mourid Barghouti
QALANDIYA  CAMP  BURIES  PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  OVERNIGHT  RAID
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
Mar. 1, 2016
Residents of Qalandiya refugee camp on Monday morning buried 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, just hours after he was shot dead by Israeli forces during an overnight raid into the camp.
___Sajadiyya’s body was moved from the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to his family home near Qalandiya. . . . and then to the camp’s cemetery, where he was laid to rest.
___Mourners chanted slogans calling for revenge against Israel and for retaliation against “the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.”    More . . .
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ)  ISRAELI  TROOPS’  GPS  ERROR  ENDS  IN  DEADLY  WEST  BANK  CLASHES
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Mar. 1, 2016
Heavy clashes broke out overnight after two Israeli soldiers using a traffic app mistakenly entered a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, leaving one Palestinian dead and 15 people wounded, officials said on Tuesday.
___The two soldiers travelling in a military vehicle mistakenly entered the Qalandiya refugee camp while using the Israeli navigation app ‘Waze’ and were targeted with rocks and petrol bombs, an Israeli military spokesman said.    More . . . 
RECORD  NUMBER  OF  PALESTINIANS  HELD  UNDER  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION:  NGO
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Feb. 29, 2016
Over the past 10 days, Israel has given “administrative detention” orders to 84 Palestinians, bringing the total number of Palestinians held under the controversial procedure to its highest level since 2009 . . . .
___The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said 39 Palestinians had been arrested and placed under administrative detention for periods of between two and six months, while the other 45 had their detention prolonged.      More . . .

administrative detention
Palestinian Administrative Detention prisoners. (Photo: Gaza.Scoops.ps, May 30, 2015)

NAVY  KIDNAPS  9  FISHERMEN  OFF  GAZA  COAST
IMEMC NEWS
Feb. 29, 2016
The Israeli navy, on Monday, attacked and abducted nine Palestinian fishermen while they were on board two fishing boats offshore Gaza, according to local sources.
___Zakaria Bakr, a fisherman, told WAFA that Israeli naval boats attacked two fishing boats carrying nine Palestinian fishermen off Gaza. The navy then demanded, at gunpoint, the nine fishermen to swim towards the Israeli boats and detained them. . . .    More . . .
JAPAN  DONATES  $38M  TO  UNRWA
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
Mar. 1, 2016
The Japanese government yesterday donated $38.21 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the Anadolu Agency reported.
___In a statement, UNRWA said that the donation was made through a mutual agreement signed yesterday with the representative of the Japanese government in Ramallah.
___According to UNRWA, this is Japan’s largest donation, noting that $15 million was allocated to the education and health sectors, as well as to the emergency humanitarian needs of the Gaza Strip.     More . . .
Related . . . UAE  Red  Crescent  donates  $2  million  to  renovate  academic  infrastructure  at  BZU
Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAEL’S  APARTHEID  CHARACTER
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
Jamal Kanj
Feb. 28, 2016
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom created a maelstrom in Israel by merely demanding a “credible investigation into deaths of Palestinians in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability”. . . .
___With great help from internationally-dominating Zionist media, Israel has been able to portray the oppressed as the aggressor, and present the occupier as a benevolent victim.    More . . .  

“INTERPRETATIONS,”  BY  MOURID  AL-BARGHOUTI
A poet sits in a coffee shop, writing:
The old lady
thinks he is writing a letter to his mother,
the young woman
thinks he is writing a letter to his girlfriend,
the child
thinks he is drawing,
the businessman
thinks he is considering a deal,
the tourist
thinks he is writing a postcard,
the employee
thinks he is calculating his debts.
The secret policeman
walks slowly, towards him.
―Translated by Radwa Ashour

From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Amazon.
About Radwa Ashour, late wife of Mourid Barghouti
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“. . . You may take the last strip of my land, Feed my youth to prison cells . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus (Photo by Mahmoud Illean August 1, 2013)
Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus.  (Photo by Mahmoud Illean August 1, 2013)  See number 2 below.

❶ Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandiya refugee camp
❷ Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians across West Bank
❸ Jordanian King: Jerusalem will remain under Jordan’s guardianship
❹ Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Other Officials
Opinion/Analysis: End Slavish Support for Israel: It is about Fairness, Rule of Law
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  2  PALESTINIANS  IN  QALANDIYA  REFUGEE  CAMP
Nov. 16, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the Qalandiya refugee camp at dawn on Monday during a raid to demolish the home of an alleged Palestinian attacker, witnesses said.
___Israeli soldiers shot and killed Laith Assad Manasra, 21, and Ahmad Abu al-Aish, 28, as clashes broke out following a raid involving hundreds of Israeli forces in the densely populated refugee camp.
___Dozens of other Palestinians were injured in the clashes, with Yusuf Abu Latifa, 17, critically wounded. Witnesses said Israeli forces stopped an ambulance he was being carried in and detained him while he was en route to hospital.
More . . .
Related . . .
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Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo.) NOTE: There is no mention of what the Israeli troops did to bring this about.
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo.)
NOTE: There is no mention of what the Israeli troops did to bring this about.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  17  PALESTINIANS  ACROSS  WEST  BANK
Nov. 16, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
___Palestinian security sources said that Israeli forces raided several homes in Askar refugee camp in eastern Nablus and detained Saber Ali al-Lahham, 32, and Muhammad Ahmad Nabhan Saqr, 30.
___Israeli forces also detained Ahmad Hussein Hanini, 25, from the Beit Furik military checkpoint in eastern Nablus.
___Security sources added that Israeli police officers assaulted 19-year-old Mahdi Nitham Mahmod Muhareb from Huwwara village after he got into an argument with an Israeli driver. Muhareb was reportedly taken to Rafidia governmental hospital.
More . . .
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
JORDANIAN  KING:  JERUSALEM  WILL  REMAIN  UNDER  JORDAN’S  GUARDIANSHIP
Nov. 16, 2015
Jordan’s King Abdullah II has stressed that Jerusalem will remain under Hashemite guardianship in terms of Jordan’s religious and historical responsibility towards the Holy City.
___In his speech during the opening of the third session of the Jordanian parliament on Sunday, the King said that “The Palestinian cause has been on top of the Jordanian diplomatic agenda because it is a supreme national interest.”
___“Jerusalem will remain a holy cause that was our looked after by our ancestors, and will continue to be taken care of by our sons and our daughters who continue to play this supervisor role and who will defend it against any assault and any attempt to change the reality,” he added.
More . . .
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
SPANISH  COURT  ISSUES  ARREST  WARRANTS  FOR  NETANYAHU  AND  OTHER  OFFICIALS
Nov 15 2015
A Spanish court has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials for their role in the 2010 attack on the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza, local media reported on Friday.
___Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said that the Supreme Court in Madrid ordered the arrest of ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defence minister Ehud Barak, the then-deputy prime ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, and former state minister Benny Begin, as well as Netanyahu. It also ordered the arrest of Israeli Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, who is among the co-defendants found guilty by the Spanish judge.
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
END  SLAVISH  SUPPORT  FOR  ISRAEL:  IT  IS  ABOUT  FAIRNESS,  RULE  OF  LAW
Richard Forer
Oct. 31, 2015
In 2008 the United States and the government of Israel agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in which the U.S. would “help Israel meet its security requirements.” The terms of the agreement provided Israel with, on average, three billion dollars in military assistance annually . . . The three billion represents approximately twenty-five percent of Israel’s military budget, effectively making the United States a partner in Israel’s military enterprise.
___In 1976 the U.S. Congress passed the Arms Export Control Act. Section 2754 of the Act requires that international governments use America’s military assistance “solely for internal security, for legitimate self-defense.”
[ . . . . . ]
The United States government publicly advocates the rule of law, but its actions belie its rhetoric when it comes to Israel. Israel continuously disregards United Nations Resolutions, defies the Fourth Geneva Convention’s prohibition against an occupying power transferring parts of its own population into the territories it occupies, and obstructs investigations by U.N. agencies into its disproportionate use of force, collective punishment and other human rights violations, as it did after Operations Cast Lead (2008-2009) and Protective Edge (2014).
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“ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

I may―if you wish―lose my livelihood
I may sell my shirt and bed.
I may work as a stone cutter,
A street sweeper, a porter.
I may clean your stores
Or rummage your garbage for food.
I may lie down hungry,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may take the last strip of my land,
Feed my youth to prison cells.
You may plunder my heritage.
You may burn my books, my poems,
Or feed my flesh to the dogs.
You may spread a web of terror
On the roofs of my village.
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may put out the light in my eyes
You may deprive me of my mother’s kisses.
You may curse my father, my people.
You may distort my history.
You may deprive my children of a smile
And of life’s necessities.
You may fool my friends with a borrowed face.
You may build walls of hatred around me.
You may glue my eyes to humiliations,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
O enemy of the sun
The decorations are raised at the port,
The ejaculations fill the air,
A glow in the hearts,
And in the horizon
A sail is seen
Challenging the wind
And the depths.
It is Ulysses
Returning home
From the sea of loss

It is the return of the sun,
Of my exiled ones
And for her sake, and his
I swear
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
Resist―and resist.

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.
About Samih Al-Qasim 

In May 2010, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” was sent to give humanitarian aid and construction materials to Gaza, but they were unable to. Their Zionist oppressors (Israel) has policed the Gaza borders since Hamas has been in command in 2007. In a valiant act of defiance, the activist ships went full speed ahead, resulting in Israeli intervention that ended in the death of nine activists.
In May 2010, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” was sent to give humanitarian aid and construction materials to Gaza, but they were unable to. Their Zionist oppressors (Israel) has policed the Gaza borders since Hamas has been in command in 2007. In a valiant act of defiance, the activist ships went full speed ahead, resulting in Israeli intervention that ended in the death of nine activists.