“. . . Time has grown up on its own without me . . .” (Yousef El Qedra)

❶ Palestine hosts an international meeting for first time

  • Background: “The International Community’s Role in Israeli History.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

❷ Why Israel shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’
❸ President Abbas meets Saudi crown prince
❹ POETRY by Yousef El Qedra
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❶ PALESTINE HOSTS AN INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR FIRST TIME
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA   
Nov. 8, 2017 ― For the first time, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics hosted on Tuesday the meeting of the members of the United Nations High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for statistics for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
___Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said during the meeting, “Palestine is suffering from the exceptional conditions resulting from the continuation of the Israeli occupation. Facing this challenge, we are determined to achieve sustainable development by investing in the talents and capabilities of our people, especially our youth, who constitute almost half of the Palestinian society.”
___“This meeting reflects our determination to fully realize the goals of the 2030 agenda and to implement it fully. I truly commend your great efforts for achieving the sustainable development. Palestine hosted this meeting to reaffirm our commitment toward achieving the sustainable development goals,” Hamdallah added.   MORE . . .   ..

Schenker, Hillel.
“The International Community’s Role in Israeli History.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture,
vol. 20, no. 2/3, Jan. 2015, pp. 101-106.
The fact that after over 20 years of fruitless negotiations the Palestinians have chosen an internationalization strategy to try to achieve national independence is considered by the current Israeli government and its supporters to be illegitimate “unilateral action” that bypasses the need for bilateral negotiations with Israel to resolve the conflict. What those opponents of internationalization are conveniently forgetting is the major role that internationalization has played in Israeli history.
___ To put it simply, just as the Palestinian national liberation movement, represented by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), is now seeking help from the international community and its institutions to achieve its goals, the Jewish national liberation movement, represented by the World Zionist Organization (WZO), also sought help from the international community and its institutions to help achieve statehood.        [. . . .] So here we are today. The Palestinians have retroactively accepted UNGA Resolution 181 and included that acceptance in their Declaration of Independence of 1988. And the neighboring Arab states, via the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, have also accepted the principles of the Partition Plan, citing UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338 — “land for peace.”
___Since serious bilateral negotiations between the government of Israel under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the PLO under Abbas do not seem to be in the cards, the only nonviolent way forward is via internationalization, a strategy which in the final analysis is not only based on the lessons of Israeli history, but also in the best interests of both Israel and the Palestinians.   FULL ARTICLE . . .    …

❷ WHY  ISRAEL  SHELVED  THE  ‘GREATER  JERUSALEM  LAW’ 
The Palestinian Information Center
Nov. 8, 2017 ― The postponing of an Israeli Knesset bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called “Greater Jerusalem law” does not end there.
___Israel wants to maintain an absolute demographic Jewish majority in Jerusalem, including in occupied and illegally annexed Palestinian East Jerusalem. There is enough support in the Knesset and among the public to ensure that coveted Jewish dominance. But the political balances, and possible drawbacks, are just too delicate and great for Israel to get exactly what it wants, even if there is a clear consensus among Israeli Jewish politicians and the public to permanently change the status of the city.   MORE . . .
❸ PRESIDENT  ABBAS  MEETS  SAUDI  CROWN  PRINCE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Nov. 8, 2017 ― President Mahmoud Abbas met in Riyadh on Wednesday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
___The President briefed the Crown Prince on the latest developments in the Palestinian issue and US efforts to move the peace process forward as well as the developments in the Palestinian reconciliation.
___The two sides discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop them. They agreed to continue consultations on issues of concern to both countries.   MORE . . .   ..

 “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
From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISRAEL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE.  Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.  Available from Barnes and Noble.

“. . . For the tragedy I live Is but my share in your larger tragedy . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

❶ Israeli bill aimed at preventing Jerusalem’s division passes reading in Knesset

  • Background: “A National or Religious Conflict? The Dispute over the Temple Mount/Al-Haram Al-Sharif in Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PM Hamdallah to European diplomats: Stop Israel now
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) President Abbas discusses Israeli measures with Turkish counterpart
❷ Israeli soldiers shoot, kill Palestinian after alleged stabbing attempt, sparking clashes
❸ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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❶ ISRAELI  BILL  AIMED  AT  PREVENTING  JERUSALEM’S  DIVISION  PASSES  READING  IN  KNESSET
Ma’an News Agency 
July 19, 2017.   A bill aimed at preventing any future divisions of Jerusalem, by requiring a two-third majority in Israel’s parliament in order to do so, passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.
___The bill, titled “Basic Law: Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel,” passed with 58 Members of Knesset (MKs) voting in favor, 48 voting against it, and one MK abstaining from the vote, according to a statement released by the Knesset.
___The bill aims to mend Israel’s Basic Law on Jerusalem to necessitate the approval of 80 of the 120 Knesset members to make any changes to the law, instead of the regular majority vote.
___According to the statement, the proposal explains that the bill has a “security purpose.”
___“Since the IDF’s withdrawal from Lebanon [in 2000] and the disengagement from the Gaza Strip [in 2005] proved that wherever Israel withdraws from, terrorist factors enter, threatening the security of citizens of Israel,” the bill reportedly states, insinuating that if Israel withdrew from occupied East Jerusalem, it would be taken over by “terrorist” factions.   MORE . . .   

Ma’oz, Moshe. “A  NATIONAL  OR  RELIGIOUS  CONFLICT?  THE  DISPUTE  OVER  THE  TEMPLE  MOUNT/AL-HARAM  AL-SHARIF  IN  JERUSALEM.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 20/21, no. 4/1, Dec. 2015, pp. 25-32.
Arabs and Jews, the children of Abraham, are becoming increasingly engaged in a religious war. The major focus of this conflict is the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif and East Jerusalem/al-Quds Al-Sharif. Amalgamated with nationalist and political components of the Arab-Israeli dispute, this religious war also derives from two opposed processes: growing Islamic Judeophobia in the Arab and Muslim world, on one hand; and accelerated Jewish Islamophobia in Israel and the Diaspora, on the other.
[. . . .] Moderate Israeli and Palestinian personalities — religious and secular — have been warning for years that the Jewish-Muslim conflict over the Temple Mount could trigger a worldwide religious war.
[. . . .] Despite these warnings, top Israeli and Palestinian leaders continue to perpetuate this phenomenon to score political gains. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, must politically ride his people’s anger and frustration regarding alleged Jewish intentions to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other right-wing Israeli leaders continue to use the Jewish sanctity of the Temple Mount to gamer public support.
___Netanyahu has also done very little to change the desire of Jewish citizens to rebuild the third Temple (approx. 40%), control and pray on the Temple Mount (approx. 65%), and keep a united Jerusalem under eternal Israeli sovereignty (80%). In fact, on Jerusalem Day, May 2014, Netanyahu proclaimed that “Jerusalem was unified 47 years ago. It will never be redivided: We will never divide our heart — the heart of the Nation. Jerusalem is also Mount Zion and Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount), the Western Wall — Israel’s eternal.” [. . . .]  SOURCE . . .

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PM  HAMDALLAH  TO  EUROPEAN  DIPLOMATS:  STOP  ISRAEL  NOW
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA      
July 20, 2017.   Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday urged the European Union to take immediate action to pressure Israel to stop its violations against Palestinian rights and holy places.
___Hamdallah discussed during a meeting at  his Ramallah office with EU diplomats the recent developments in Jerusalem, particularly Israel’s measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the heightened settlement activities in and around Jerusalem.
___He warned of deterioration in the security situation if Israel persists in efforts to change the status quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) PRESIDENT  ABBAS  DISCUSSES  ISRAELI  MEASURES  WITH  TURKISH  COUNTERPART    
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA      
July 20, 2017.   President Mahmoud Abbas Thursday discussed over phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the recent Israeli measures around flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
___Abbas and Erdoğan reportedly discussed the Israeli installation of metal detectors at the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque, assaults against Muslim worshippers and the attempt to change the long-standing status quo at the mosque.
___Abbas called upon Erdoğan to help de-escalate tensions through asking the US administration to oblige Israel to retract its serious measures and also through his contacts with Israel.   MORE . . . 
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  SHOOT,  KILL  PALESTINIAN  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING  ATTEMPT,  SPARKING  CLASHES
Ma’an News Agency
July 20, 2017.  Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian in the southern occupied West Bank village of Tuqu on Thursday afternoon, sparking clashes in which at least one Palestinian was injured.
___An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a Palestinian attempted to stab Israeli soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint near Tuqu, adding that “responding to the immediate threat,” soldiers shot and killed the man. They added that no Israelis were injured in the case.
___A Ma’an reporter present at the scene said that Israeli soldiers fired four shots towards the Palestinian near Tuqu’s school, while eyewitnesses said that an Israeli military vehicle then run over the man.   MORE . . .

“I  CLASP  YOUR  HANDS,” BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
I call upon you
And clasp your hands.
I kiss the dust under your shoe
And say: I’ll lay down my life for you,
Grant you the gift of eyesight in my eyes.
The warm love in my heart I give to you,
For the tragedy I live
Is but my share in your larger tragedy.

I call upon you
And clasp your hands.
I never stooped in my country
Nor will I ever be humbled.
Orphaned, naked and barefoot
I confronted my oppressors,
Carrying my blood in my palms.
I have never lowered my flags,
And have always tended the grass over my ancestors’ graves.
I call upon you, and clasp your hands!

From THE PALSESTINIAN 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.
Tawfik Zayyad (Tawfiq Ziad) was a Palestinian poet, writer, scholar and politician. He was born in Nazareth in 1929 and died on July 5, 1994, in a dreadful car crash while on his way to meet Yasser Arafat in Jericho after the Oslo agreements. He participated in Palestinian political life in occupied Palestine, was elected mayor of Nazareth, and served as a member of the Israeli Knesset.     (More. . .)

“. . . to demolish a man’s house is to tear his heart into little pieces . . . an extremely inhuman act . . .” (Irus Braverman)

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Demolitions in Umm al-Kheir on Aug. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ Israel poised to raze Bedouin village so Jews can take land

Background from Law & Social Inquiry

. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces demolishes Palestinian structures across West Bank, assault locals
. . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Israeli occupation demolishes restaurant, pottery workshop in Nablus, residencies in Hebron
. . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) Israeli forces demolish water pipelines under construction in northern West Bank
❷ Council: Palestinians in need of 30,000 housing units in Jerusalem
❸ POETRY by Yousef El Qedra
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❶ ISRAEL  POISED  TO  RAZE  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE  SO  JEWS  CAN  TAKE  LAND
The Electronic Intifada
Charlotte Silver
Aug. 8 2016
Israeli bulldozers are poised to raze the Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran in the Naqab (Negev) region in the south of the country.
___On 31 July, bulldozers began ploughing a trench around the village, encircling those homes Israel intends to demolish to make way for a Jewish community.
___The village lost its 13-year legal battle in May 2015, when a three-judge panel on Israel’s high court ruled that the government was authorized to demolish the village and displace its residents  [. . . .]
___Like about 40 other Bedouin villages home to 70,000 people in the Naqab, Umm al-Hiran is not recognized by Israeli authorities, leaving its 1,000 residents, who are Israeli citizens, without basic services or rights.     MORE . . .         RELATED. . .

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

. . . . while Foucault’s analysis [of the spectacle of a public execution in DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH, 1979] depicts brutality as inflicted upon the human body, in the demolition instance this brutality is imposed upon the nonhuman body of the house. Significant as it may seem, this distinction between human and nonhuman bodies is rendered irrelevant by most of the Palestinian informants. The Palestinian community planner, for example, claimed that “a person whose house has been demolished, I don’t see any difference between him and a person whose only child is killed,” and a Palestinian defense lawyer told me: “to demolish a man’s house is to tear his heart into little pieces . . . the demolition is an . . . extremely inhuman act.”
___Clearly, most Palestinian informants not only themselves relate to their house as interchangeable with their body but also believe that Israel relates to it in a similar way. Accordingly, this is how a Palestinian Jerusalemite that has worked as a planner in the Jerusalem municipality for over thirty years described the situation: “they twist our hand behind our back until they hear a cry of pain: [then] the municipal officials smile with pleasure, and twist our hand even tighter in order to produce a louder cry. They take pleasure in the Palestinian pain more than in anything else.”
___But while the identification of the Palestinian body with the body of her house may establish one cause for its demolition, another explanation is also possible. Such an alternative explanation is provided by a Jewish Israeli defense lawyer who has been representing Palestinians from East Jerusalem for over twenty years. The lawyer suggests that the official Israeli discourse regards the Palestinians as “airplanes that are not even detected by the Israeli radar,” namely as invisible to Israeli administrators. Rather than choosing between these two seemingly conflicting interpretations, it is important to see their simultaneous existence: while the first interpretation embodies the Palestinian in this space by rendering her body opaque, the second interpretation disembodies her, making for a transparent Palestinian body.
___Instead of undermining each other, the bifurcated dialectic between these two bodily interpretations provides for their reciprocal reinforcement.

. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISHES  PALESTINIAN  STRUCTURES  ACROSS  WEST  BANK,  ASSAULT  LOCALS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 9, 2016
Israeli authorities carried out multiple demolitions across the occupied West Bank on Tuesday morning, including residential structures funded by the European Union, in the midst of an unprecedented campaign targeting Palestinian homes, business, and agricultural structures under the pretext of lacking building permits which are nearly impossible to obtain.
___The demolitions — which included two business in Sabastiya, five homes in Umm al-Kheir, and two homes in al-Jiftlik — were immediately denounced by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in a statement released on Tuesday.
___“Israel is relentlessly destroying Palestinians’ homes and livelihoods in order to make way for more illegal settlements,” Hamdallah said.     MORE . . .

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Demolitions in Umm al-Kheir on Aug. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

. . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  DEMOLISHES  RESTAURANT,  POTTERY  WORKSHOP  IN  NABLUS,  RESIDENCES  IN  HEBRON
Alray Palestine Media Agency
Aug. 9, 2016
The Israeli occupation forces demolished on Tuesday a restaurant and a pottery workshop in the village of Sebastia, north of Nablus, as well as residential structures in the village of Um al-Kheir near Hebron, local sources reported.
___Mayor of Sebastia municipality said that Israeli forces broke into the village and demolished a restaurant and a pottery workshop, both owned by two local Palestinian villagers, under the pretext of construction without permission.     MORE . . .
. . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  WATER  PIPELINES  UNDER  CONSTRUCTION  IN  NORTHERN  WEST  BANK
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 8, 2016
Israeli forces reportedly destroyed large portions of a water pipeline under construction in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tubas on Monday.
___Arif Daraghmah, the head of the village council in the Jordan Valley and neighboring Bedouin communities, told Ma’an that Israeli forces accompanied by military vehicles and two bulldozers began the demolition process early on Monday morning on the pipeline, which he said targeted a pipeline funded by NGO Action Against Hunger that had been under construction for the past four months in order to provide water to residents of the area.
___Daraghmah added that the Israeli forces completely destroyed the four-kilometer water pipeline between the town of Tubas and the village of Yarza, and also destroyed and seized large parts of the nine-kilometer pipeline connecting Yarza to the village of al-Malih.
___He said Israeli forces were carrying out these demolitions in order to pressure Palestinian residents into leaving the area.     MORE . . .

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Demolitions in Umm al-Kheir on Aug. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❷ COUNCIL:  PALESTINIANS  IN  NEED  OF  30,000  HOUSING  UNITS  IN  JERUSALEM
Al-Hourriah
Aug. 8, 2016
Jerusalem will be in need of 30,000 housing units, the Palestinian Housing Council said Monday.
___The council’s technical director in the occupied West Bank, Zuheir Ali, said, at a workshop held in al-Bireh under the title “Housing in Occupied Jerusalem: Facts and Challenges,” that the Palestinians have been facing difficulties in constructing new homes on at least 13% of east Jerusalem lands.
___Ali added that Israeli restrictive measures resulted in a sharp housing crisis and that Occupied Jerusalem is in need of 30,000 housing units, to the tune of around three billion dollars, until 2020.     MORE . . .  

“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. demolitions 4

Demolitions in Umm al-Kheir on Aug. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)



“. . . There’s enough room for both of us in the field . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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A boy drinks from emergency water supplies being distributed by the UN in Gaza. (Photo by crazy_inventor Oct. 02, 2014)

❶ PM: Israel’s suspension of West Bank water supplies ‘inhumane and outrageous’
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) EU: 95% of water in Gaza ‘unfit for human use’
❷ WATCH: What life looks like in an unrecognized Bedouin village
❸ Turkish Electric Company to be established in Gaza
❹ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ PM:  ISRAEL’S  SUSPENSION  OF  WEST  BANK  WATER  SUPPLIES  ‘INHUMANE  AND  OUTRAGEOUS’
Ma’an News Agency
June 16, 2016
The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Thursday slammed Israel’s decision to cut off water supplies for tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this week as “inhumane and outrageous.”
___Rami Hamdallah issued a statement in response to the move by Israel’s national water company Mekorot, which saw water supplies suspended in the municipality of Jenin, several villages in Nablus, as well as the city of Salfit and its surrounding villages.
___“Israel wants to prevent Palestinians from leading a dignified life and uses its control over our water resources to this end; while illegal Israeli settlements enjoy uninterrupted water service,” Hamdallah said. “Palestinians are forced to spend great sums of money to buy water that is theirs in the first place.”       MORE . . .  
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) EU:  95%  OF  WATER  IN  GAZA  ‘UNFIT  FOR  HUMAN  USE’      MORE . . .  

(Dr Yousef Abu Safieh is a former Palestinian minister for the Environment and chairman of the Environment Quality Authority of Palestine)

Have you  heard  of a  report  that said  by  2020  there  will  be  no  clean water left in Gaza?  If you made a report like this for the West Bank, what would its conclusions be? That report was done by the United Nations.  It shows that by the year 2020 the Gazan people will not have enough water to sustain the life of about 2.5 million inhabitants. But the water situation in the West Bank is different. There, renewable water is enough to sustain the life of all the Palestinian people for the next one hundred years [. . . .]
___I recall the letter sent to Lloyd George, the British prime minister in 1919, after the First World War, by Chaim Weizmann, requesting the extension of the British mandate over Palestine by an extra 40km   north of the Galilee Panhandle into Lebanon, so as to include the Litani and Wazzani rivers. His reasoning was that to create a homeland for the Israelis and implement the Balfour Declaration, they needed three things: land, water and energy. This would therefore increase the available water resources, and electricity, too, is generated by the power of the waterfalls [. . . .]

  • Abu Zayyad, Ziad. “How The Occupation Affects Palestinian Natural Resources. An Interview with Dr. Yousef Abu Safieh ” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 19/20.4/1 (2014): 140-150. SOURCE.  

❷ WATCH:  WHAT  LIFE  LOOKS  LIKE  IN  AN  UNRECOGNIZED  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE
+972 Magazine
Social TV
June 14, 2016
Approximately 90,000 Bedouin live in “unrecognized villages” spread across Israel’s Negev Desert. Because the Israeli government refuses to recognize them, they receive no municipal services, such as connection to the electrical grid, water mains or trash pickup, and are constantly at risk of demolition. Maryam Tarabin, the head of Umm al-Hiran‘s Women’s Committee, speaks about the discrimination facing Israel’s Bedouin population on a daily basis.
___”I lived in the village for 60 years. Why don’t I have electricity? Why don’t I have roads?”       MORE . . .

[. . . .] Throughout the last century, water legislation in Palestine has reflected the political agenda of the governing regime. During the Ottoman Era water resources were considered private property, in the form of ground water wells, springs and the utility of surface water, and these regulations are still valid. Legislation during the British Mandate period can be divided into two levels, the regulation level (licensing, taxation), which was under the control of the high commissar, and the level of the local management, which included the allocation of water resources, distribution and pricing under municipal control. During the Jordanian period, water legislation was issued to improve domestic and agricultural sectors in the West Bank; in addition, governmental water institutions were established in order to control and sustain water resources.
___Finally, Israeli military orders since 1967 have aimed to control the allocation, development and use of water resources in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). These Israeli orders have been especially aimed at limiting the use of water for agricultural purposes in the OP. These orders have indirectly given Mekorot, the Israeli semi-governmental company, the right to explore, distribute and develop water resources in the OP solely for the advantage of Israel and the Jewish settlers. (Acknowledgment: This study was funded by the UNESCO/Water History project.)

  • Marei, Amer, Imad Abu-Kishk, and Huda Radaydeh. “Review Of Water Legislation from The Pre-British Mandate Period Through The Israeli Occupation.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 19/20.4/1 (2014): 42-48.  ARTICLE.
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A Palestinian man from the West Bank pulls his donkey loaded with empty bottles and a jerrycan, as he makes his way to fill them with drinking water. (Photo: Reuters, June 15, 2016)

❸ TURKISH  ELECTRIC  COMPANY  TO  BE  ESTABLISHED  IN  GAZA
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 15, 2016
According to Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth (Ynet), new agreements between Turkey and Israel included the allowance of Ankara, by Israel, to establish a new electricity company in the Gaza Strip.
___Ynet, on Tuesday morning, said that both parties have reached a new settlement in which Israel finally refrained from its request to expel Hamas from Turkey. The aim is to prevent Hamas from attacking Israel.
___Turkey also refrained from its demand to lift the siege completely after Israel agreed to allow the establishment of a new electricity company, and to supply the Gaza Strip with goods.      MORE . . .  

CONVERSATION  BETWEEN  AN  EAR  OF  CORN  AND  A  JERUSALEM  ROSE  THORN,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
(Scene: a Field on the Eastern Shore of the Mediterranean)

EAR OF CORN: Don’t kill me before my time is up.
JERUSALEM ROSE THORN: To kill for nothing is my only profession

EC: But your lovely flower
Is honey . . .
JRT: My unchecked desire
Is a road . . . its end is your death

EC: Live and die as you wish
With your sad flowers
And the gloom of your cursed desire
Live and die . . . but spare me
JRT: It’s our fate . . . I die so you may live
Or you die so I may live

EC: There’s enough room for both of us in the field
JRT: It’s our fate neighbor
It’s our fate
(Enter Fire and Fear jumps up)

EC & JRT: Don’t kill us fire
We are young and pretty and we grew up together
Don’t kill us
Don’t ki . . .
(Ashes, EC & JRT on the horizon)

From by Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  London: Saqi Books, 2008.
Available from Amazon.
About Samih Al-Qasim

 

PALESTINE PRISONERS’ DAY. “. . . what of the chains chafing my wrists. . .” (Fouzi El-Azmar)

Palestinian prisoner in chains (Photo: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)
Palestinian prisoner in chains (Photo: Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network)

❶ Report: 7,896 PALESTINIANS inside Israeli jails
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Report: “Israeli Army Kidnapped and Imprisoned 1.000.000 Palestinians Since 1967”
❷ Premier Urges Int’l Community to Protect Rights of Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Jails
❸ Take Action for Palestinian Prisoner’s Day
❹ Report: “509 JERUSALEMITE Palestinians, including 15 Women and 10 Children, Imprisoned by Israel”
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ON  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS’  DAY,  ANTI-PRISON,  LABOR,  ACADEMIC  DELEGATION  TAKES  STAND  AGAINST  ISRAELI  STATE  VIOLENCE,  AFFIRMS  SOLIDARITY  WITH  PALESTINIAN  PEOPLE
❻ POETRY by Fouzi El-Azmar
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REPORT:  7,896  PALESTINIANS  INSIDE  ISRAELI  JAILS
Days of Palestine
MILITARY COURT WATCH
April 16, 2016
MCW reported Israeli Prison Service (IPS)’s statistics showing that there were 6,204 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip held as “security prisoners” in Israeli detention facilities by the end of last month.
___It said that this number included 438 children.
___Regarding children, the MCW said that there was an 8 per cent increase in the number compared with the previous month and an annual increase of 94 per cent compared with 2015.
___These figures include seven children held under administrative detention. A further 1,692 Palestinians were held as “criminal prisoners” including 15 children.       MORE . . .

. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) REPORT:  “ISRAELI  ARMY  KIDNAPPED  AND  IMPRISONED  1.000.000  PALESTINIANS  SINCE  1967”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 17, 2016
The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) have reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped around 1.000.000 Palestinians, including tens of thousands of women and children, since occupying the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem in 1967. Two detainees died in 2015 due to being denied access to specialized medical treatment.
___In their joint report marking April 17, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Detainees’ Committee and the PPS said the Israeli army has kidnapped, since the beginning of “Al-Aqsa Intifada,” in late September 2000, until this day, more than 90.000 Palestinians, including 11.000 children, 1.300 women and girls, and 65 elected legislators and government ministers.       MORE . . .

❷ PREMIER  URGES  INT’L  COMMUNITY  TO  PROTECT  RIGHTS  OF  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  IN  ISRAELI  JAILS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 17, 2016
On the occasion of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah urged the international community to protect the human rights of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, especially the children who are subject to psychological and physical harm, said a statement issued on Sunday by the Premier’s office.
___”Israel’s policies of detention and imprisonment violate all international legal standards, and  are intended to obstruct the daily lives of Palestinians, in order to oppress an entire population,” the Prime Minister added.      MORE . . .

Twelve Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, jail conditions. (Photo: Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Jan.18, 2016)
Twelve Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in protest of administrative detention, jail conditions.
(Photo: Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Jan.18, 2016)

❸ TAKE  ACTION  FOR  PALESTINIAN  PRISONER’S  DAY
Alternative Information Center – AIC
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
April 14, 2016
As Palestinians prepare to mark Prisoners’ Day on April 17, a day to be in solidarity with thousands of Palestinian political prisoners by demanding their freedom from Israeli jails, the US Campaign to End the Occupation launched a new website G4S Facts highlighting the various injustices perpetrated by G4S, the world’s largest private security company, in the United States, Palestine, and beyond.     MORE . . .  

❹ REPORT:  “509  JERUSALEMITE  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  15  WOMEN  AND  10  CHILDREN,  IMPRISONED  BY  ISRAEL” 
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC 
April 17, 2016
The Jerusalem Detainees’ Parents Committee has reported, Sunday, that as the Palestinians mark the Prisoners Day on April 17, at least 509 Jerusalemite Palestinians are imprisoned by Israel, among them are 10 women, and 18 children.
___The committee provided the following information regarding Jerusalemite political prisoners, held by Israel.

    10 children under the age of 14.

118 children, above the age of 14, and below the age of 18.

MORE . . .

❺ Opinion/Analysis: ON  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS’  DAY,  ANTI-PRISON,  LABOR,  ACADEMIC  DELEGATION  TAKES  STAND  AGAINST  ISRAELI  STATE  VIOLENCE,  AFFIRMS  SOLIDARITY  WITH  PALESTINIAN  PEOPLE
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
April 16, 2016
Recently returned from a ten-day trip to the Israeli-colonized Palestine, a US delegation of anti-prison, labor, and scholar-activists has issued the following statement to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day 2016.  The delegation included three former US-held political prisoners, and a formerly incarcerated activist, two former Black Panther Party members, university professors, prison abolition organizers, and trade unionists. . . .
___In recognition of International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners, the US Anti-Prison, Labor, and Academic Delegation is demanding freedom for the 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners currently held in Israeli jails and all those fighting for justice everywhere, including political prisoners in U.S. prisons.      MORE . . .

(Blogger’s note: This poem was written 45 years ago. Its timeliness today cannot be disputed.)

“TWENTY  COMRADES,”  BY  FOUZI  EL ASMAR

Beloved, you ask me
Of life in this prison, this cell
what of the chains
chafing my wrists
what of my food and drink
and the comrades of my cell?

Beloved, let me tell you:
Our clouds are indeed heavy
But our being here
is a smile of spring,
The shock of thunder
in autumn, after drought.
We are not defeated
Like our jailers.

Life in this prison, this cell
is a palm tree impregnated
at the dawn.
My chains are the round
echo of a muezzin,
Their clank is the ringing
of my people’s bells.

Beloved, you ask me
of the meaning of my food
Here beloved
we grow like the wild flowers.

And what of
my comrades
in this cell? You ask
They are the twenty candles
lighting the darkness of this cell
The twenty songs
shaking the walls of this cell
The twenty revolutions
that will eternalize this cell
And we, beloved
we shall not be stopped.  (June, 1970)

About Fouzi El Asmar.
El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
Available from Amazon.
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“. . . 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?
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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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“. . . earth is the hell prepared for refugees. . .” (Ashraf Fayadh)

THE PALESTINIAN POET ASHRAF FAYADH, whose death sentence in Saudi Arabia was commuted to 8 years in prison after international pressure, has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. (Photo: BBC, 14 January 2016)
THE PALESTINIAN POET ASHRAF FAYADH, whose death sentence in Saudi Arabia was commuted to 8 years in prison after international pressure, has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. (Photo: BBC, 14 January 2016)

❶ Israeli Army Raids, Wreaks Havoc into Arab American University in Jenin
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Premier Condemns Israeli Raid on Arab American University in Jenin
❷ Jerusalem family rejects son’s [frozen] body after Israeli handover, another buried
❸ Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian shepherds, level land in Gaza
❹ ON  WORLD  POETRY  DAY,  GAZA  ACTIVISTS  HONOR  DETAINED  POET  ASHRAF  FAYADH
Opinion/Analysis:  AMERICAN  JEWS  SHOULD  PROTEST  AIPAC,  NOT  TRUMP
❻ Poetry by Ashraf Fayadh
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ISRAELI  ARMY  RAIDS,  WREAKS  HAVOC  INTO  ARAB  AMERICAN  UNIVERSITY  IN  JENIN
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
22 Mar. 2016
Large Israeli military forces Tuesday raided and wreaked havoc into the headquarters of the Arab American University in Jenin, said security and official sources.
___The university’s vice president of financial and administrative affairs, Faleh Abu Erra, informed WAFA large Israeli armed forces broke into the headquarters and buildings of the university during the predawn hours, after breaking down its doors.
___ Forces wreaked havoc into the headquarters and buildings, and seized computers, in addition to  files, banners and flags of student blocs.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PREMIER  CONDEMNS  ISRAELI  RAID  ON  ARAB  AMERICAN  UNIVERSITY  IN  JENIN
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
22 Mar. 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Tuesday condemned Israel’s raid on the Arab American University, located in the West Bank Governorate of Jenin, said a statement issued by the premier’s office.
___”I reiterate our call for international protection; Israel should not be allowed to continue to act above the law.  The international community witnesses yet another violation of the sanctity of Palestinian educational institutions, and it should not remain silent.”  MORE . . .

ISRAEL AND FREEDOM OF EDUCATION: Israeli military forces on the campus of Palestine Technical Institute in Tulkarem, Dec. 10, 2015. (MaanImages/File)
ISRAEL AND FREEDOM OF EDUCATION: Israeli military forces on the campus of Palestine Technical Institute in Tulkarem, Dec. 10, 2015. (MaanImages/File)

JERUSALEM  FAMILY  REJECTS  SON’S  [frozen] BODY  AFTER  ISRAELI  HANDOVER,  ANOTHER  BURIED
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 22, 2016
The Israeli authorities late Monday returned the bodies of two Jerusalemite Palestinians who were shot dead after allegedly carrying out attacks, one of which was rejected by family members.
___Witnesses said the Lions’ Gate area . . .  “looked like a military barracks” as Israeli forces heightened their presence for the return of the bodies of 15-year-old Hassan Khalid Manasra and Omar Skafi, 21.
___Outrage erupted when the family of 15-year-old Mansara found their son’s body frozen, in violation of a mutual agreement set up between the Israeli authorities and family members.      MORE . . .

ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  ON  PALESTINIAN  SHEPHERDS,  LEVEL  LAND  IN  GAZA
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 22, 2016
Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian shepherds and several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers entered the Palestinian side of the borderline between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Tuesday, locals said.
___Locals told Ma’an that soldiers fired live ammunition at a group of shepherds . . . .
___Northwest of Beit Lahiya in the north of the strip, witnesses said five large armored bulldozers leveled Palestinian lands near the border fence.
___Witnesses also said four bulldozers entered through the border fence from Kissufim military post onto Palestinian land east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.      MORE . . . 

ON  WORLD  POETRY  DAY,  GAZA  ACTIVISTS  HONOR  DETAINED  POET  ASHRAF  FAYADH
MONDOWEISS
Haidar Eid
21 Mar. 2016
On the Occasion of World Poetry Day, Gaza-based human rights activists released an amateur video-clip in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who has been detained in a Saudi prison since January 1, 2014, without access to a lawyer since then. He was initially sentenced to death for “apostasy” by a regional court in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2015. Due to international pressure and campaigns the sentence has recently been reduced to 8 years imprisonment and 800 lashes!       MORE . . .

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  AMERICAN  JEWS  SHOULD  PROTEST  AIPAC,  NOT  TRUMP
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Mairav Zonszein
18 Mar. 2016
AIPAC has never cared about Israel’s disregard for civil and human rights. So why should it care about Trump’s?      MORE . . .

ASHRAF  FAYADH’S  “DISPUTED”  POEMS,  IN  ENGLISH  TRANSLATION

8
prophets have retired
so do not wait for yours to come to you

and for you,
for you the monitors bring their daily reports
and get their high salaries..

how important money is
for a life of dignity

9
my grandfather stands naked everyday,
without banishment, without divine creation..
I have already been resuscitated without a godly blow in my image.
I am the experience of hell on earth..

earth
is the hell prepared for refugees.

10
your mute blood will not speak up
as long as you pride yourself in death
as long as you keep announcing -secretly- that you have put your soul
at the hands of those who do not know much..

losing your soul will cost time,
much longer than what it takes to calm
your eyes that have cried tears of oil

Ashraf Fayadh’s “Disputed” Poems, in English Translation: From MONA KAREEM’S BLOG
Nov 23, 2015
Mona Kareem is a poet, translator, and journalist based in New York. She published two collections of [Arabic] poetry in 2002 and 2004.  Mona is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program at Binghamton University.
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“. . . We have buried our loved ones in the darkness of the clouds . . .” (Adonis; Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

Young Palestinian women protesters march, during clashes with Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, October 14, 2015. (Activestills.org)
Young Palestinian women protesters march, during clashes with Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, October 14, 2015. (Activestills.org)

❶ Israeli Army Shoots Dead Two Youths for Alleged Attempted Stabbing
❷ Premier Hamdallah Condemns Israel’s Systematic Land Grab Policy
❸ Israeli forces detain at least 15 Palestinians during overnight raids
❹ Poll: Palestinians say political affiliation of US president ‘makes no difference’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT’S  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGE  REBELLION  ALIVE?
❻ Poetry by Adonis
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ISRAELI  ARMY  SHOOTS  DEAD  TWO  YOUTHS  FOR  ALLEGED  ATTEMPTED  STABBING
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA 
17 Mar. 2016
Israeli army forces Thursday killed two Palestinian youths near the illegal settlement of Ariel built on Palestinians’ land near Salfit, north of the West Bank.      MORE . . .

PREMIER  HAMDALLAH  CONDEMNS  ISRAEL’S  SYSTEMATIC  LAND  GRAB  POLICY
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
17 Mar. 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday condemned Israel’s systematic land grab policy of Palestinians’ land and farms in the West Bank.
___In a press release Hamdallah described the policy as a “flagrant violation of international law”. He said the Israeli government has no interest in peace and would rather implement a policy designed to prevent the formation of a contiguous Palestinian state.      MORE . . .   

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  AT  LEAST  15  PALESTINIANS  DURING  OVERNIGHT  RAIDS
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
17 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight Wednesday, a spokesperson from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. . . .  six Palestinians, including two minors, were detained in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. . . .  In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian . . . . In the village of Beit Duqqu, just north of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians . . . . In the occupied East Jerusalem towns of Beit Hanina and al-Issawiya, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians . . . . To the south, in the Hebron district, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians . . . .    MORE . . . 

POLL:  PALESTINIANS  SAY  POLITICAL  AFFILIATION  OF  US  PRESIDENT  ‘MAKES  NO  DIFFERENCE’
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
17 Mar. 2016
The majority of Palestinians believe the political affiliation of the future US president “makes no difference” when it comes to advancing the peace process, according to a recent public opinion poll.
___The poll . . . revealed that while 27 percent of Palestinians said a Democratic US president would be better for the peace process, 16 percent preferred a Republican.
___Fifty-two percent meanwhile believed the political affiliation of the future president would be irrelevant . . . .      MORE . . .

File photo of Palestinian youths throwing stones toward Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in response to Israeli-imposed restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
File photo of Palestinian youths throwing stones toward Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in response to Israeli-imposed restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  WHAT’S  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGE  REBELLION  ALIVE?
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Umar al-Ghubari
15 Mar. 2016
Instead of referring to Palestinians who carry out stabbings ‘child terrorists,’ Israeli society would do well to wake up and realize that this rebellion won’t end until these teenagers have their freedom.     MORE . . .

“WE TRAVEL LIKE OTHER PEOPLE,” BY ADONIS (Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

We travel like other people, but we return to nowhere. As if travelling
Is the way of the clouds. We have buried our loved ones in the
darkness of the clouds, between the roots of the trees.
And we said to our wives: go on giving birth to people like us
for hundreds of year so we can complete this journey
To the hour of a country, to a metre of the impossible.
We travel in the carriages of the psalms, sleep in the tent of the
prophets and come out of the speech of the gypsies.
We measure space with a hoopoe’s beak or sing to while away the
distance and cleanse the  light of the moon.
Your path is long so dream of seven women to bear this long path
On your shoulders. Shake for them palm trees so as to know their
names and who’ll be the mother of the boy of Galilee.
We have a country of words. Speak speak so I can put my road on the
stone of a stone.
We have a country of words. Speak speak so we may know the end of
this travel.

―Translated by Abdullah al-Udhari

About Adonis (Adunis, Ali Ahmad Said Esber)
From by Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
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“. . . Time has grown up on its own without me . . .” (Yousef El Qedra)

Palestinian youths in Aida refugee camp list the names of the children killed in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014. (Photo: Agence France Presse/Musa al-Shaer, File)
Palestinian youths in Aida refugee camp list the names of the children killed in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014. (Photo: Agence France Presse/Musa al-Shaer, File)

❶ PMO: Israel acted ‘above the law’ in killing of Gazan children
❷ Israeli forces level lands in southeastern Gaza Strip
❸ Israel’s new political and military offensive
❹ Billionaire donor using British Council to combat Israel boycott
❺ Analysis: TOO  DANGEROUS  TO  PLAY:  THE  WEST  BANK  CHILDREN  SHOT  DEAD  BY  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS
❻ Poetry by Yousef El Qedra

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PMO:  ISRAEL  ACTED  ‘ABOVE  THE  LAW’  IN  KILLING  OF  GAZAN  CHILDREN
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 15, 2016
The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday slammed Israel for “acting above the law” and called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for the deaths of two children killed in an airstrike on Gaza last week. . . .
___Addressing the incident, Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications and Media for Prime Minister Hamdallah said: “Israel continues to act above the law and murder children.”
___”Israeli leaders have blood on their hands, how do they justify the killing of innocent children?” Dajani said.     MORE . . .

ISRAELI  FORCES  LEVEL  LANDS  IN  SOUTHEASTERN  GAZA  STRIP
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
15 Mar. 2016
Israeli bulldozers on Tuesday entered the Palestinian side of the Gaza borderline under military protection near Khuzza village in the southeastern Gaza Strip.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that five bulldozers stormed an agricultural area east of Khuzza and leveled lands. No gunfire or injuries were reported.
___Israeli military forces routinely enter the Gaza Strip near the “buffer zone” which lies on the borderline between the besieged enclave and Israel.     MORE . . . 

ISRAEL’S  NEW  POLITICAL  AND  MILITARY  OFFENSIVE
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
14 Mar. 2016
A 6-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother were killed near the town of Beit Lahiya . . .  in their house at the time of the airstrike.
___The strike is part of a new Israeli political and military offensive against Palestinians that includes incursions into areas controlled by the Palestinian government, closing media outlets and negotiating with foreign governments to increase the international isolation of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
___On Friday, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, successfully urged the French President, Francois Hollande, to shut down Al Aqsa TV broadcasts on French satellite provider Eutelsat . . . .      MORE . . . 

BILLIONAIRE  DONOR  USING  BRITISH  COUNCIL  TO  COMBAT  ISRAEL  BOYCOTT
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
Hilary Aked
14 Mar. 2016
New documents seen by The Electronic Intifada . . . show that the British Council has been quietly working to thwart the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights.
___The revelations about the government-funded program come as the UK attempts to ban local government from boycotting companies complicit in Israeli human rights abuses.
___. . . Nathan Kirsh, a billionaire businessman profiting directly from Israel’s wall in the occupied West Bank, is a donor to the British Council’s little-known anti-boycott project.
___The British Council is a quasi-governmental body which describes itself as making an important “contribution to UK soft power.” It gets approximately 20 percent of its funding from the UK Foreign Office.     MORE . . .

Luaiy al-Baw said his nephew Haitham who was shot in the back and killed by an Israeli soldier was more interested in animals and football than politics (Photo: Abed al-Qaisi)
Luaiy al-Baw said his nephew Haitham who was shot in the back and killed by an Israeli soldier was more interested in animals and football than politics (Photo: Abed al-Qaisi)

ANALYSIS:  TOO  DANGEROUS  TO  PLAY:  THE  WEST  BANK  CHILDREN  SHOT  DEAD  BY  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Sheren Khalel
13 Mar. 2016
Parents in the occupied West Bank say they can no longer allow their children to play outside because of fears that they could be shot dead by Israeli forces.
___A report published this month by a children’s rights group said that 41 children had been shot dead during six months of upheaval in which Israeli forces have often responded with lethal force to scores of stabbing and shooting attacks by Palestinians.
___Nasreen al-Baw, the mother of 14-year-old Haitham al-Baw who was killed by Israeli soldiers on 5 February, told Middle East Eye that her son had died instantly after being shot in the back while playing on a hillside with his cousin and another teenager and his two new dogs.     MORE . . .

    “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.
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“. . . cover with sawdust the blood of our massacred people . . .” (Fawaz Turki)

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Mourners carry the body of Haitham Saada, shot and killed by Israeli soldiers, during the boy’s funeral in Hebron on 6 February. (Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/APA images)

❶ Israeli forces shoot, kill 2 armed Palestinians near Damascus Gate
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 28 Palestinians during Ramallah-area clashes
❸ Palestinian teen shot dead after alleged stabbing attempt near Bethlehem
❹ Israeli forces shoot five Palestinian children [yesterday 6 dead, total]
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE WILD BEAST OF ISRAELI RACISM
. . . . . ❺―(ᴀ) PM: INTERNATIONAL FORCES NEEDED TO PROTECT PALESTINIAN LIVES
❻ Poetry by Fawaz Turki
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  KILL  2  ARMED  PALESTINIANS  NEAR  DAMASCUS  GATE
Feb. 15, 2016
Two Palestinians armed with guns were shot dead Sunday by Israeli forces near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police said . . . .
___Police forces opened fire on and killed the young man when he pulled an automatic weapon from the bag and directed it at forces, the spokesperson said. A second Palestinian was then shot dead by police after he opened fire in their direction . . . .
___No Israelis were injured during the incident.
___The incident was the third deadly shooting by Israeli forces during alleged Palestinian attacks on Sunday, leaving five Palestinians killed.    More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES SHOOT,  INJURE  28  PALESTINIANS  DURING  RAMALLAH-AREA  CLASHES
Feb. 15, 2016
At least 28 Palestinians were shot and injured with live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds during clashes in Ramallah’s al-Amari refugee camp on Monday, local sources told Ma’an.
___Locals said clashes erupted when Israeli forces entered the camp, surrounding a home.
___It was unclear if the home was slated for demolition or a raid, but locals said Palestinian youth in the area “tried to defend” the home, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces, who responded with live and rubber-coated steel bullets, as well as tear gas.    More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING  ATTEMPT  NEAR  BETHLEHEM
Feb. 14, 2016
___Israeli forces shot and killed a 17-year-old Palestinian on Sunday after the teen allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint north of Bethlehem, official Palestinian sources said.
___The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the teen as as Naim Ahmad Yousif Safi from the town of al-Ubediya, just east of Bethlehem.
___Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld initially told Ma’an that a young Palestinian man approached the Mazmoria checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Homa and took out a knife.    More . . .

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Israeli forces have killed over 170 Palestinians since October 2015. Suspected attacks by Palestinians have killed 25 Israelis since October 2015. A total of six teens killed yesterday, and one in critical condition in the hospital. (Photo: still from video on Alternative Information Center)

ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT  FIVE  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN
Yesterday, Israeli forces shot five Palestinian children and killed four; the sole surviving child is hospitalized and in critical condition . . . .
___Late Sunday night, two more Palestinians were killed. Israeli forces shot two Palestinian men near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, bringing the total number of Palestinian lives lost yesterday to six. . . . .
___Israeli forces have killed over 170 Palestinians since October 2015. Suspected attacks by Palestinians have killed 25 Israelis since October 2015.     More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
THE  WILD  BEAST  OF  ISRAELI  RACISM
Asa Winstanley
Feb. 13, 2016
This week the prime minister of Israel slandered Arabs in disgustingly racist terms. This was nothing new for the man who, during the last election, warned the Israeli people that “the Arabs” were turning out to vote “in droves”. But the terminology he used was a notable new low, even for him.
___Touring a new border fence between part of present-day Israel and Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu said: “In our neighbourhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts.     More . . .
. . . . . ❺―(ᴀ) PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
PM:  INTERNATIONAL  FORCES  NEEDED  TO  PROTECT  PALESTINIAN  LIVES
The Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah on Monday reiterated the urgent need for international forces to protect Palestinian lives in the West Bank and Gaza to a visiting British Parliamentary delegation.    More . . .

“THE  SEED  KEEPERS,”  BY  FAWAZ  TURKI
A recital

Burn our land
burn our dream
pour acid onto our songs
cover with sawdust
the blood of our massacred people
muffle with your technology
the screams of our imprisoned patriots,
destroy,
destroy
our grass and soil
raze to the ground
every farm and every village
our ancestors had built,
destroy every city and every town
every tree and every home
every book and every law,
flatten with your bombs
every valley,
erase with your edicts
our past
our literature
our metaphor,
denude the forests
and the earth
till no insect
no word
can find a place to hide.
Do that and more,
I do not fear your tyranny.
I guard one seed
of a tree
my forefathers have saved
that I shall plant again
in my homeland.

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