“. . . a splinter of shrapnel the size of a penknife lodged in their necks . . .” (Taha Muhammad ‘Ali)

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“Only once is the Palestine rose mallow mentioned in the Bible, and then as food for the most abject and despised poor (Job xxx. 4)” (Photo and quote from ChestofBooks.com. “Swamp Rose-Mallow.”)

❶ Thousands of Palestinians attend funeral of slain youth in Sair
❷ Two protesters killed by Israeli forces during Gaza protests
❸ List of 158 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Troops Since October 1st
❹ EU Provides €12.5M to Support West Bank, Gaza Families Living in Extreme Poverty
. . . . ❹―(ᴀ) Rethinking Palestine: settler-colonialism, neo-liberalism and individualism in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
❺ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINE-ISRAEL: EUROPE DROWNING IN AMERICA’S FAILURES
❻ Poetry by Taha Muhammad ‘Ali
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
THOUSANDS  OF  PALESTINIANS  ATTEND  FUNERAL  OF  SLAIN  YOUTH  IN  SAIR
Jan. 15, 2016
Thousands of Palestinians in the village of Sair attended the funeral of 20-year-old Muayyad al-Jabbarin on Friday, a day after he was shot dead at the nearby Beit Einun junction after attempting to stab Israeli soldiers.
___The funeral procession set off from al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron and made its way to Sair’s center, where Jabbarin was laid to rest in the “martyrs'” cemetery.
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MONDOWEISS
TWO  PROTESTERS  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  DURING  GAZA  PROTESTS
Isra Saleh El-Namy
Jan. 15, 2016
Israeli forces opened fire at different fronts on the Gaza boundary fence today, killing two young Palestinians during today’s clashes.
___Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesman of Gaza’s Ministry of Health said that Mohammed Qeita, a 26-year old protester, was shot in his abdomen by an Israeli live bullet. Qeita came with his cousin from Khan Younis to participate at the Friday’s protest at al-Bureij’s border fence, located near the overcrowded al-Bureij Palestinian refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Dozens of protesters carried his bleeding body before he died of his critical injury which he sustained during the protest.
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Thousands of Palestinians in the village of Sair attend the funeral of 20-year-old Muayyad al-Jabbarin. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
LIST  OF  158  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  TROOPS  SINCE  OCTOBER  1ST
Saturday January 16, 2016
The following is a list of names of all Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, including one in the Negev, in the period between Thursday October 1st and Friday January 15th, as confirmed by the Palestinian Health Ministry.
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PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
EU  PROVIDES  €12.5M  TO  SUPPORT  WEST  BANK,  GAZA  FAMILIES  LIVING  IN  EXTREME  POVERTY
Jan. 16, 2016
The European Union is making a contribution of €12.3 million to the Palestinian Authority’s quarterly payment of social allowances to poor Palestinian families living in the West Bank and Gaza, Friday said ‏a press release issued by EU representative office in Jerusalem.
___Beneficiaries of the contribution are households living in extreme poverty and registered in the cash transfer programme of the Ministry of Social Affairs, noted the release . . . .
___The EU maintained that, “The steady deterioration of the socio-economic conditions in Palestine is a matter of concern. “One out of four Palestinians live in poverty.”
More . . .
. . . . ❹―(ᴀ)  RETHINKING  PALESTINE:  SETTLER-COLONIALISM,  NEO-LIBERALISM  AND  INDIVIDUALISM  IN  THE  WEST  BANK  AND  GAZA  STRIP
Contemporary Arab Affairs 8.3 (2015)
Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN POLICY NETWORK
PALESTINE-ISRAEL:  EUROPE  DROWNING  IN  AMERICA’S  FAILURES
Jan. 14, 2016
Sam Bahour, Mousa Jiryis
On Monday, January 18, 2016, the monthly meeting of the European Union Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels is expected to discuss and decide on next steps to be adopted by the EU on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Policy-makers in Israel are worried . . . .
___As it discusses next steps, Europe must recognize that “the US leads” approach to resolving the conflict is doomed to never-ending failure:
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“THROMBOSIS,”  BY  TAHA  MUHAMMAD  ‘ALI

A child I was
when I fell into the abyss
But I did not die
I was very young
when I drowned in the pond
But I did not die
Nowadays one of my habits―God preserve us―
is to knock against scores of land mines
on the frontiers
and for my songs to be dispersed
as the days of my youth are:
here a flower, there a scream
But I do not die.

They slew me upon the threshold
Like the lamb of the feast
―petroleum coagulated in my veins
―In God’s name―
Thousands of times they slit my throat
from ear to ear
yet each time my blood would swing
like the feet of a hanged man
and settle like a rose mallow
large and crimson, a mark
to warn ships
and point out the sites of palaces and embassies.

And tomorrow!
―God preserve us!―
A telephone will not ring
in palaces or in brothels or in one of the Gulf Emirates
except to offer a new prescription
for my extermination
But . . . .
Just as the rose mallow tells
and as the frontiers expect
I shall not die!
Shall not die!
I shall remain a splinter of shrapnel
the size of a penknife
lodged in their necks
I shall remain
a blood stain
the size of a cloud
on this world’s tunic!
――Translated by Lena Jayyusi and John Heath-Stubbs

About Taha Muhammad ‘Ali
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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Gaza Poverty: UNICEF says four children have died in 2015, as of Feb. 23, due to hypothermia caused by poor living conditions among displaced families [Photo: Belal Hasna/Al Jazeera]

“. . . an eternal embrace across the nights . . .” (Sulafa Hijjawi)

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Funeral of four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Sair. (Ma’an News Agency Photo)

❶ US: Israeli Defense Minister ‘undermining’ two-state solution
❷ Hebron-area village buries 4 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
. . . ❷―(ᴀ) The sons of Sa’ir
❸ This is how settlers take over Palestinian land
❹ Israeli authorities demolish mosque in unrecognized Bedouin village
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The two-state solution has failed, so what now?
❻ Poetry by Sulafa Hijjawi
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
US:  ISRAELI  DEFENSE  MINISTER  ‘UNDERMINING’  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION
Jan. 9, 2016
The United States came down Friday on a decision by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to incorporate a southern West Bank church compound into the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
Spokesman for the US State Department John Kirby said . . .
___ “Along with the regular retroactive legalization of unauthorized outposts and construction of infrastructure in remote settlements, actions such as this decision clearly undermine the possibility of a two-state solution,” Kirby said.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HEBRON-AREA  VILLAGE  BURIES  4  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES
Jan. 9, 2016
Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Sair killed by Israeli forces during alleged attacks days prior.
___Mourners marched to the village mosque for funeral prayers before carrying the bodies of the four to the village cemetery for burial, locals told Ma’an.
___Funeral attendees called national slogans demanding an end to factional divisions and a response to ongoing Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.  More . . .
. . . ❷―(ᴀ) Mondoweiss. THE  SONS  OF  SA’IRMore . . .

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Mobile homes and fruit trees represent the expanding edges of the Israeli settlement of Ma’on, taking land from the village of Al Tuwani, West Bank. (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

+972 MAGAZINE
THIS  IS  HOW  SETTLERS  TAKE  OVER  PALESTINIAN  LAND
Dror Etkes
Jan. 8, 2016
From audacious fraud and forgery to military seizures for ‘security needs’ and the ‘public good’ to dusting off antiquated Ottoman laws, the Israeli settlement enterprise has no shortage of tools for taking over Palestinian land in the West Bank.   More . . .
+972 MAGAZINE BLOG
ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  DEMOLISH  MOSQUE  IN  UNRECOGNIZED  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE
Michal Rotem
Jan. 6, 2016
Israeli Police officers accompanied by bulldozers destroyed a mosque Wednesday morning in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Rakhamah in the Negev Desert.
___Salima Azazma, one of the residents of the village, told +972′s Hebrew sister site, Local Call, that “It is infuriating to see a mosque be destroyed. Those who destroy a mosque won’t have a problem destroying my children’s home.”  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  HAS  FAILED,  SO  WHAT  NOW?
Adel Shadeed
Jan. 8, 2016
Palestinians and Israelis alike have become increasingly convinced that the two-state solution is no longer an option due to Israel’s policies which continue to see settlements built across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The latter is supposed to be the capital of the Palestinian state to be established on the 1967 borders.
___It is important to consider that the two-state solution was never really a serious option in any case in the minds of Israel’s leadership and public. All that was proposed was a Palestinian Authority with limited security and economic responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip . . 
___ . . . third option, which will be very attractive to most Israelis. This would see Israel isolating the Palestinian communities in the West Bank and removing them altogether from Jerusalem. More . . .

“DEATH  SENTENCE,”  BY  SULAFA  HIJJAWI (b. 1934)

At night, orders came to the soldiers
to destroy our lovely village, Zeita.***
Zeita! Bride of trees,
of blooming tulips,
spark of the winds!

The soldiers came in the dark
while the sons of the village
the trees and field and flowerbuds
clung to Zeita
hugging her for shelter . . .

“Orders demand that all of you depart
Zeita will be destroyed before the night ends.”

But we held tight, chanting:
Zeita is the land, the heart of the land,
and we her people are its branches.

That’s how people fall―
a few moments of resistance,
so Zeita remains an eternal embrace across the nights
In moments she was rubble,
not a single bread oven remained.
Men and stones
were pasted and powdered by enemy tractors,
scattered forever in the light of the impossible.

Now in the evenings
in the song of our wind,
Zeita arises, igniting its scarlet spark
upon the plains
And by morning
Zeita returns to the fields
as tulips do.

Night is morning in Zeita,
Night is morning.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye

*** Zeita was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War between July 17–18, 1948. Its inhabitants became refugees, ending up the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All that remains of the village structures is the well that served as its main water source.

Sulafa Hijjawi, Palestinian poet and researcher, was born in Nablus, 1934. She lived in Iraq and married Iraqi poet Kazim Jawad. She has published several studies and translations, most importantly, Poetry of Resistance in Occupied Palestine (1982).
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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Israeli Minister of Army, Moshe Ya’alon has “permitted” adding the seized church of Beit Al-Baraka to the expanding illegal settlement, Gush Etzion. (Ma’an News Photo)