“. . . When my people’s tragedy Has turned to farce in others’ eyes . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Afternoon sky over Sousia Bedouin Village, South Hebron Hills (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015).

❶ Palestinian Girl Shot Dead after Alleged Attack near Jerusalem Market
❷ New Jewish settlements planned ‘on top of’ Bedouin villages
❸ Providing settler terrorism with a tailwind
❹ 3 Palestinians & 1 Israeli Killed Sunday; 94 Palestinians Killed since 10/1 (List)
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Why Netanyahu used the Paris attacks to erroneously depict the latest ‘Intifada’ as a religious and ideological war
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  GIRL  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK  NEAR  JERUSALEM  MARKET
Nov. 23, 2015
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SETTLER  RUNS  OVER,  SHOOTS  AND KILLS  16-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  GIRL  IN  NABLUS
Nov. 22, 2015
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156  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  IN  WEST  BANK,  GAZA CLASHES [On Friday, Nov. 20]
Nov. 20, 2015
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SETTLER  SHOOTS  DEAD  2ND  PALESTINIAN  FOLLOWING  ALLEGED  ATTACK  ATTEMPT
Nov. 22, 2015
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SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  HOMES  IN  HEBRON
Nov. 22, 2015
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NEW  JEWISH  SETTLEMENTS  PLANNED  ‘ON  TOP  OF’  BEDOUIN  VILLAGES
Natasha Roth
Nov. 23, 2015
The Israeli government on Sunday approved a plan for five new Jewish settlements to be built in the Negev (Naqab) in the south of Israel. The plan, which was submitted by Housing Minister Yoav Galant of Kulanu, threatens to displace thousands of Bedouin from their homes.
___Two of the settlements are due to be built where Bedouin villages already exist, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). The new town of Daya is to be established on top of the unrecognized village of Katamat, which would displace its 1,500 Bedouin residents. Neve Gurion, meanwhile, is meant to be built on part of the land of the recognized village of Be’er Hadaj, home to 6,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel.
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A man from the Zanoun family sits on the ruins of his house in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Wadi Al Na’am a few hours after it was demolished by Israeli authorities, Negev, May 18, 2014. Wadi Al-Na’am is the largest unrecognized village in Israel, with about 13,000 inhabitants, most of whom are internally displaced from elsewhere in Israel. The village is not connected to electricity. (Keren Manor/Activestills)

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PROVIDING  SETTLER  TERRORISM  WITH  A  TAILWIND
Yossi Gurvitz
Nov. 21, 2015
The case of the Givat Ze’ev synagogue combines almost all of the ills of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. Last week we witnessed a new low, when the High Court of Justice dealt with a request that has sadly become all-too-common: to rescind, through postponement, its own verdict. This was a cowardly and audacious request by the police, to which the court acceded. How did we get here?
___Let’s begin with the legal picture. On July 31st, 2014 the High Court ruled that an illegally-built synagogue in Givat Ze’ev is to be demolished, as it was built on private Palestinian land belonging to Rabah Abdallatif. In plain words: Israeli civilians stole and built a synagogue on it.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
3  PALESTINIANS  &  1  ISRAELI  KILLED  SUNDAY;  94  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  SINCE  10/1  (LIST)
Nov. 23, 2015
Three Palestinians, including a 16-year old girl, were shot and killed by Israelis on Sunday. All three were accused of ‘having a knife’, but in two of the three killings, eyewitnesses contradicted the Israeli military’s account that the person killed ‘had a knife’
___In the latest numbers on injuries, from this past Friday, November 20th, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that more than 10,000 Palestinians were injured since October 1st, including at least 1458 who were shot with live army fire, and 1070 shot with rubber-coated steel bullets.
___The Ministry also said that 300 Palestinians suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted by Israeli soldiers and paramilitary settlers in the West Bank, in addition to 26 Palestinians who suffered burns due to Israeli gas bombs and concussion grenades, while 6400 Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
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Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
WHY  NETANYAHU  USED  THE  PARIS  ATTACKS  TO  ERRONEOUSLY  DEPICT  THE  LATEST  ‘INTIFADA’  AS  A  RELIGIOUS  AND  IDEOLOGICAL  WAR
Megan Hanna
Nov. 23, 2015
The sirens had barely stopped wailing before commentators started exploiting the terror attacks in Paris on Friday 13th November, twisting the horrific event to serve a range of varying political agendas. A coordinated group of gunmen associated with ISIS carried out separate attacks in the French capital, leading to the deaths of at least 129 people. While most of the world mourned in respectful grief, an opportunistic few used the event to begin speaking about issues as varied as climate change, anti-immigration and unrest in the Middle East.
___Given his tendency for making tenuous connections between Israel’s plight and disparate foreign events, it’s no surprise that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the first to climb up on France’s bloodied bandwagon to make hasty links between Paris and present-day Israel.
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“A  HOMELAND,”  BY  SAMIH AL-QASIM

So what,
When in my homeland
The sparrow dies of starvation,
In exile, without a shroud,
While the earthworm is satiated,
Devouring God’s food!

So what,
When the yellow fields
Yield no more to their tillers
Than memories of weariness,
While their rich harvest pours
Into the granaries of the usurper!

So what,
If the cement has diverted
The ancient springs,
Causing them to forget their natural course,
When their owner calls,
They cry in his face: “Who are you?”

So what,
When the almond and the olive tree have turned to timber
Adorning tavern doorways,
And monuments
Whose nude loveliness beautifies halls and bars,
And is carried by tourists
To the farthest corners of the earth,
While nothing remains before my eyes
But dry leaves and tinder!

So what,
When my people’s tragedy
Has turned to farce in others’ eyes,
And my face is a poor bargain
That even the slave-trader gleefully disdains!

So what,
When in barren space the satellites spin,
And in the street walks a beggar, holding a hat,
And the song of autumn is heard!
Blow, East winds!
Our roots are still alive!

From THE  PALESTINIAN  WEDDING:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE  POETRY.  Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.

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From Sousia Village looking across valley to encroaching Jewish settlement (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

 

“. . . Blame me not if I’m a little late . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

Arabic Mosaic on Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem. (Photo from Palestine Image Bank)
Arabic Mosaic on Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem. (Photo from Palestine Image Bank)

❶ Palestinian injured as settlers open fire south of Bethlehem
❷ Israeli vandals torch olive trees, damage 200 vehicles in Nablus
❸ Ashrawi: “Netanyahu’s Speech, a Smokescreen, Cloud Concealing Lies and Manipulation”
❹ Jerusalem’s Palestinian Identity and Intangible Heritage
❺ Opinion/Analysis: In Jerusalem, “Religious War” Claims Cloak Old-Fashioned Colonialism
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  INJURED  AS  SETTLERS  OPEN  FIRE  SOUTH  OF  BETHLEHEM
Oct. 2, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was injured on Friday as Jewish settlers opened fire at a major crossroads in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc south of Bethlehem, Palestinian medics said.
____Walid Khalid Qawwar, 35, from Aida refugee camp was moderately injured after being hit by shrapnel when settlers opened fire in the area.
____Dozens of settlers had gathered at the intersection near a cluster of illegal Israeli settlements south of Bethlehem, witnesses said.
____An Israeli army spokesperson said she was looking into the incident.
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Background . . . HUNDREDS  OF  ISRAELI  FORCES  SEARCH  NABLUS  AREA  AFTER  SETTLER  SHOOTING.
Oct. 2, 2015

THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAELI  VANDALS  TORCH  OLIVE  TREES,  DAMAGE  200  VEHICLES  IN  NABLUS
Oct. 2, 2015
NABLUS, (PIC)– Israeli settlers intensified Friday their attacks and violations against Palestinian citizens and properties in the northern West Bank city of Nablus in the wake of yesterday’s shooting attack in which an Israeli officer and his wife were shot dead.
___A group of settlers torched on Friday morning Palestinian-owned olive trees near Burin town south of the city, eyewitnesses affirmed.
___In a similar attack, Israeli vandals stoned the Palestinian vehicles passing near al-Laban village located between Nablus and Ramallah.
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❸ INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ASHRAWI:  “NETANYAHU’S  SPEECH,  A  SMOKESCREEN,  CLOUD  CONCEALING  LIES  AND  MANIPULATION”
Oct. 2, 2015
Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, stated Friday that the UN speech of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is deceptive, manipulative, and based on lies.
____In a press release, Dr. Ashrawi said Netanyahu’s attempts to present Israel as the victim, and casting the blame solely on the Palestinians, only shows his bankrupt social, moral, and legal policies.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
JERUSALEM’S  PALESTINIAN  IDENTITY  AND  INTANGIBLE  HERITAGE
Ali Qleibo
Oct. 2015
(Dr. Ali Qleibo is an anthropologist, author, and artist. A specialist in the social history of Jerusalem and Palestinian peasant culture, he lectures at Al-Quds University.)
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Throughout time Al-Quds al-Sharif [Arabic for Jerusalem] has stood out as the Holy City. The stones of Jerusalem’s edifices are weighed down with religious symbolism. From any rooftop, when I turn my head around, I feel submerged by Christian and Muslim references that shape our identity.
____To Palestinians, the Jerusalemite is enigmatic, projecting an image that is inconsistent with his/her feelings. Cosmopolitan and at ease in the world at large, we nevertheless remain staunch conservatives at heart.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis:
JADALIYYA, THE ARAB STUDIES INSTITUTE
IN  JERUSALEM,  “RELIGIOUS  WAR”  CLAIMS  CLOAK  OLD-FASHIONED  COLONIALISM
by Nur Arafeh
Sep 23 2015
The escalating clashes between Israeli settlers and Jerusalemite Palestinians are the harbingers of a major eruption with incalculable consequences. Immediately billed as a “religious war” by the media and Israeli right wingers, they are in fact the outcome of longstanding Israeli plans to Judaize the city and empty it of its Palestinian inhabitants. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Nur Arafeh analyzes the major changes that Israel has illegally imposed on Jerusalem and addresses the Palestine Liberation Organization/Palestinian Authority’s effective abandonment of the population to fend for itself. She concludes with policy recommendations to the PLO/PA, Palestinian academics and analysts, and the international solidarity movement.
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“VICTIM  NO.  18,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Once the olive grove was green.
It was, and the sky
A grove of blue. It was my love.
What changed that evening?

At the bend in the track they stopped the lorry of workers.
So calm they were.
They turned us round towards the east. So calm they were.

Once my heart was a blue bird, O nest of my beloved.
The handkerchiefs I had of yours were all white. They were, my love.
What stained them that evening?
I do not understand at all, my love.

At the bend in the track they stopped the lorry of workers.
So calm they were.
They turned us round towards the east. So calm they were.

From me you’ll have evening,
Yours the shade and yours the light,
A wedding-ring and all you want,
And an orchard of trees, of olive and fig.
And as on every night I’ll come to you.
In the dream I’ll enter by the window and throw you jasmine.
Blame me not if I’m a little late:
They stopped me.
The olive grove was always green.
It was, my love.
Fifty victims
Turned it at sunset into
A crimson pond, Fifty victims.
Beloved, do not blame me.
They killed me. They killed me.
They killed me.

(Fifty Arab villagers, including many children and women, were stopped and machine gunned by Israeli soldiers at Kafr Qassem on October 29, 1956. More . . . )

Darwish, Mahmoud. THE  MUSIC  OF  HUMAN  FLESH. Trans. Denys Johnson-Davies. London: Heinemann Educational Books, 1980. Web. http://poetsfrompalestine.blogspot.com/2010/01/victim-number-18.html 

Israeli riot police keep position at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators following Friday prayers on March 8, 2013. Palestinians enraged by reports that an Israeli policeman mishandled a Koran battled riot officers at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound with stones and petrol bombs, police and witnesses said. (Photo by Mahfouz Abu Turk)
Israeli riot police keep position at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators following Friday prayers on March 8, 2013. Palestinians enraged by reports that an Israeli policeman mishandled a Koran battled riot officers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound with stones and petrol bombs, police and witnesses said. (Photo by Mahfouz Abu Turk)