“. . . because love and peace are holy and are coming to town. . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

“. . .  Elad . . .  seeks to increase Jewish settlement in the Silwan area by purchasing existing homes on behalf of Jewish families. . .  [with funds] from fundraising efforts . . .  possibly also from the donations of wealthy Russian Jewish oligarchs who support the settlement movement in East Jerusalem . . .  archaeologist Israel Finkelstein sees a serious problem here. ‘The official state institutions abandoned the management of the City of David site to a [private] foundation with clear political inclinations,’ he says.”

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The Golden Gate, Eastern Wall, constructed during the Umayyad period atop the ancient footings, with Muslim cemetery at its base. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

❶ UNESCO Adopts Resolution Reaffirming Israel’s Lack of Sovereignty over Jerusalem
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)   UNESCO Resolution ‘Sad, Unnecessary, and Pathetic,’ According to Israeli Foreign Ministry
❷ Israel puts its occupation on display in East Jerusalem

Background: “No Saints in Jerusalem.” Archaeology.

❸ Israeli forces reportedly beat, pepper-spray Palestinians in Silwan raids
. . . . . ❸ ― (ᴀ) Arrests in Al-Sowaneh and Esawyehn
❹ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ UNESCO  ADOPTS  RESOLUTION  REAFFIRMING  ISRAEL’S  LACK  OF  SOVEREIGNTY  OVER  JERUSALEM        
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC 
July 6, 2017.   The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted, on Tuesday, a resolution which confirms Israel’s lack of sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem.
___The organization condemned, in a meeting in Krakov, southern Poland, the excavations carried out by the Israeli Antiquities Department, in Jerusalem.
___According to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency, the Arab Group of Arab States submitted the wording of the resolution . . .   MORE . . .  
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)   UNESCO  RESOLUTION  ‘SAD,  UNNECESSARY,  AND  PATHETIC,’  ACCORDING  TO  ISRAELI  FOREIGN  MINISTRY      
Palestine Chronicle
Jul 5 2017.   The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee adopted a resolution on Tuesday reaffirming the international body’s non-recognition of Israeli sovereignty in occupied East Jerusalem. . . [. . . .] The Israeli Foreign Ministry slammed the resolution as “sad, unnecessary, and pathetic.”
___“This is another absurd and irrelevant UNESCO decision, which serves only the enemies of history and truth,” the ministry said in a statement. It went on to reiterate the Israeli claim that Jerusalem was “the eternal capital of the Jewish people” and of Israel – a claim not recognized by the international community. . .   MORE . . .  RELATED:  “Israel fears endangered World Heritage status could thwart Hebron takeover.”
❷ ISRAEL  PUTS  ITS  OCCUPATION  ON  DISPLAY  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM 
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
July 6, 2017.   Israeli occupation forces projected images from its Judaisation project in East Jerusalem on the walls of Damascus Gate yesterday.
___Part of its annual “Festival of Lights”, the display showed pictures which depicted specific historical periods or which were linked to religious beliefs.
___This year’s event was used as part of the municipality’s efforts to Judaise the city and eradicate its Islamic history replacing it with the Zionist narrative.
___According to Adnan Al- Husayni, minister of Jerusalem affairs, the Umayyad palaces that are targeted by the festival include mostly Islamic Umayyad monuments . . .    MORE . . .

Milstein, Mati. “NO  SAINTS  IN  JERUSALEM.” Archaeology, vol. 63, no. 5, Sep/Oct2010, pp. 18-66.
How religion, politics, and archaeology clash on–and under–the streets of Jerusalem 
In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, some of the 50,000 Palestinian residents can hear digging under their homes. Silwan is partially situated atop the popular tourist attraction known to Israelis as the City of David, the oldest part of historic Jerusalem, directly south of the Temple Mount. During the biblical and Roman periods, the Temple Mount was home to the First and Second Jewish temples (which are believed to have stood between 832 and 422 B.C. and 516 B.C. and A.D. 70, respectively), and was the center of Jewish ritual and spiritual life for millennia. Following the Muslim conquest of the city in A.D. 638, the Umayyad rulers erected the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosque, two structures that are focal points for Palestinian and Muslim religious identity. There are few, if any, more valued and contested places on earth.
[. . . .]  Excavations and explorations across Israel and the West Bank, many of them located a stone’s throw from key Jewish and Islamic holy sites, lie at the heart of the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians. And artifacts recovered from Jerusalem’s soil are being used as ammunition in the escalating–and often violent–conflict.  Each nation forges its identity from common mythology, religion, and a sense of shared history. Especially in the Holy Land, where people’s historical identity affects every aspect of their lives, there is an eagerness to back up these histories with physical evidence.
[. . . .]  According to Hamdan Taha, archaeological and cultural heritage expert at the Palestinian Authority’s Tourism Ministry, “The sort of archaeology being carried out in Jerusalem, specifically in East Jerusalem and the Silwan area, is motivated by hidden agendas and has nothing to do with scientific objectives. It is done secretly, without taking into consideration international standards, and casts great doubts on the objectives of these excavations.”    [. .  . .]  ___Mahdi Abdul Hadi, chairman of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs, agrees. “People are totally ignorant about where they are from, what they are doing, about their identity.” But he warns that empty slogans, rhetoric, and religion, rather than real education, are filling this gap. “Nobody will look at archaeology in good faith today. Everything is exploited now, because the hatred is deepening,” he says . . . .     SOURCE . . .

❸ ISRAELI  FORCES  REPORTEDLY  BEAT,  PEPPER-SPRAY  PALESTINIANS  IN  SILWAN  RAIDS 
Ma’an News Agency 
July 6, 2017.   Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian residents during a raid in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Wednesday evening, as two Palestinians were detained.
___The Wadi Hilweh Information Center reported that six Palestinians sustained bruises and suffered from excessive tear gas inhalation during a raid targeting the home of one Muhammad al-Abbasi in the area of Ein al-Luza, during which residents said they were assaulted by Israeli police officers.
___The center added that no reason was given for the raid in the al-Abbasi home, during which Israeli pushed and pepper-sprayed women, children, and elderly Palestinians, pointing their weapons at youth.
[. . . .] Clashes erupted in the neighborhood following the home raid, during which Israeli forces reportedly fired rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades in an haphazard fashion, before detaining Muhammad Ibrahim Ruweidi, 20, and Muhammad Imad Taha, 19.   MORE . . . 

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Jerusalem: North side of the Tower of David, inside the old city, near Jaffa Gate, built by the Crusaders. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

. . . . . ❸ ― (ᴀ) ARRESTS  IN  AL-SOWANEH  AND  ESAWYEHN    
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan 
July 4, 2017.   The occupation forces arrested seven young Jerusalemite men on Tuesday early morning after raiding their homes in the neighborhood of Al-Sowaneh in Jerusalem.
___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces along with intelligence personnel raided the neighborhood of Al-Sowaneh and stormed into several houses and arrested 7 young men . . . .
___Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that the arrests were made under the pretext of “participating in the funeral of Ali Abu Gharbieh who was drowned in Tiberius Lake last Friday; the body was found last Sunday.   MORE . . .   BACKGROUND . . .

“IN  JERUSALEM,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH  (1941 – 2008)
In Jerusalem, and I mean within the ancient walls,
I walk from one epoch to another without a memory
to guide me. The prophets over there are sharing
the history of the holy . . . ascending to heaven
and returning less discouraged and melancholy, because love
and peace are holy and are coming to town.
I was walking down a slope and thinking to myself: How
do the narrators disagree over what light said about a stone?
Is it from a dimly lit stone that wars flare up?
I walk in my sleep. I stare in my sleep. I see
no one behind me. I see no one ahead of me.
All this light is for me. I walk. I become lighter. I fly
then I become another. Transfigured. Words
sprout like grass from Isaiah’s messenger
mouth: “If you don’t believe you won’t believe.”
I walk as if I were another. And my wound a white
biblical rose. And my hands like two doves
on the cross hovering and carrying the earth.
I don’t walk, I fly, I become another,
transfigured. No place and no time. So who am I?
I am no I in ascension’s presence. But I
think to myself: Alone, the prophet Mohammad
spoke classical Arabic. “And then what?”
Then what? A woman soldier shouted:
Is that you again? Didn’t I kill you?
I said: You killed me . . . and I forgot, like you, to die.
About Mahmoud Darwish
Published by the Academy of American Poets.

 

 

“. . . these measures were in breach of the Fourth Convention . . .” (Tony Klug)

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Administrative detention dates back to the pre-1948 British Mandate, when suspects were held without charge for up to six months. (File photo: Al Arabiya News, Jun. 06, 2012)

❶ Israeli forces detain younger brother of slain Palestinian policeman

  • Background. “A Never-Ending Occupation: The End Of Hope?” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture.

❷ Israeli forces detain 6 fishermen off Gaza coast, confiscate 2 boats
❸ Releasing a child after detaining and assaulting him…extending the arrest of another
. . . ❸― (a) Teenager detained in Hebron for alleged knife possession
❹ Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians in West Bank raids
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ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN YOUNGER BROTHER OF SLAIN PALESTINIAN POLICEMAN 
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli forces raided the Jenin-area town of Qabatiya in the northern occupied West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, where they detained the brother of the slain Palestinian police officer who committed a shooting attack that injured three Israelis on Monday.
___Ali Zakarna, spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Jenin, told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops stormed Qabatiya and ransacked the home of the Turkman family.
___After inspecting the house and questioning all family members, Israeli troops detained Muhannad Turkman, 22, whose brother Muhammad, 25, injured three Israeli soldiers after he opened fire on them at the Beit El checkpoint near the entrance of Ramallah on Monday afternoon.
___Zakarna added that dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli forces during the raid, and that forces “showered the town with tear gas and stun grenades.”  More . . . 

  • Klug, Tony. “A Never-Ending Occupation: The End Of Hope?.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 21.3 (2016): 88-95.   Full article.

Occupations are meant to be temporary affairs, whereby the occupying power is effectively a custodian of the occupied territory until its final disposition is determined. When the occupation of the West Bank commenced in June 1967, almost no one seriously imagined it would still be extant half a century later. . . .
___With the recent breakdown of even the semblance of a peace process, the question today is whether the occupation will ever end, or if the future will be one of “permanent occupation” . . . .
[. . . .]  One of the principal provisions of the Fourth Convention, which regulates occupations, is that the penal laws of the occupied territory should remain in force. . . . However, a permitted exception to this provision on security grounds — provided the measures introduced did not abrogate the Convention’s other provisions gave rise to a parallel legal system in the West Bank.
[. . . .]    In August 1968, the Israeli military court in Nablus ruled that two legal systems operated in the territory, and that Israeli military law — concerned with defense and security — was not to be guided by Jordanian law, the jurisdiction of which was confined to civilian matters. In practice, military law was often to take precedence by designating the alleged offense a security matter.
[. . . .]    While Israel thus did not accept the applicability of the Fourth  Convention, its . . .   it has disregarded the provisions . . . that prohibit altering the legal status of an occupied territory’s inhabitants — to justify treating them differently from Israeli citizens.
[. . . .]  Israel’s immediate challenge on inheriting the West Bank was to quell any insurgency and restore order. . . .      Israeli military law took its authority from the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945, which did not pretend to follow the system of common law or apply the rules of natural justice. These regulations . . . .  permitted administrative detention, under which a suspect deemed to be a threat to public safety or order could, in effect, through successive extensions, be detained indefinitely following a perfunctory hearing before a military court.
___Other than preventive detention, these measures were in breach of the Fourth Convention. But Israel’s principal justification was, simply, that they were effective in quelling the mounting unrest that followed the inception of occupation.
[. . . .]  Sooner or later, Israel will have to face its moment of truth: Is it or is it not an occupation? If it maintains that its rule in the West Bank is not an occupation, Israel denies itself the only solid defense it has against the intensifying charge of apartheid. If it accepts it is an occupation, then it is way beyond time to bring it to an end. [. . . .] 

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  6  FISHERMEN  OFF  GAZA  COAST,  CONFISCATE  2  BOATS 
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli naval forces detained six Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, according to locals.
___Nizar Ayyash, head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli naval forces stopped two fishing boats off the coast near the northern town of Beit Lahiya, confiscated the boats, and detained the crews that were onboard.
[. . . . ]  It remained unclear for exactly what reason the boats were confiscated, and why the fishermen were detained.
___Most recently, Israeli authorities postponed on Monday a decision to expand the fishing zone off the northern Gaza coast from the current six nautical mile limit, to nine nautical miles for the duration of the month of November.        More . . . 

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Israeli undercover police arrest a 10-year old Palestinian child on October 24, 2014. (Photo: Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency)

RELEASING A CHILD AFTER DETAINING AND ASSAULTING HIM…EXTENDING THE ARREST OF ANOTHER      
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan

Oct. 30, 2016
The occupation police released on Sunday night 10-year old Adnan Jamal Amro and extended the arrest of 13-year old Mustafa Firas Abbasi until Monday on charges of throwing stones. Clashes also broke out in the village of Esawyeh after occupation forces raided the village and were deployed in its streets.    ___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the forces arrested Adnan Amro and Mustafa Abbasi from Silwan on suspicious of throwing stones.       More . . .
. . . ❸― (A)  TEENAGER  DETAINED  IN  HEBRON  FOR  ALLEGED  KNIFE  POSSESSION    Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli forces Tuesday detained a Palestinian teenager at a checkpoint near Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque for alleged knife possession, according to witnesses.
___They said soldiers manning a checkpoint outside the mosque stopped the teenager, identified as Badwan Abu Mayyala, 17, and arrested after they allegedly found a knife in her possession.
___The army claimed Abu Mayyala was planning to attack soldiers.      More . . .    

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  14  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK  RAIDS 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA  
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli forces Tuesday detained 14 Palestinians, including a minor and an elderly, during overnight raids across the West Bank, said Palestine Prisoner’s society.      ___Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after storming and ransacking their homes across the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
___Among the detainees were a 14-year-old minor, handcuffed after being summoned to Etzion detention and interrogation center, and a 70-year-old elderly, who reportedly suffers from diabetes and heart problems.        More . . .   

 

“. . . the community’s sense of identity and attachment to their lifestyle have not dissolved . . .” (Bogumila Hall)

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Israeli military forces demolished the Bedouin village of Araqeeb, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo from David Icke blog)

❶ Clashes break out in Bedouin village after Israeli police deliver demolition orders

  • Background:  “Bedouins’ Politics Of Place And Memory: A Case Of Unrecognised Villages In The Negev.” Nomadic Peoples

❷ Israeli army levels lands in Gaza ‘buffer zone’
❸ After morning demolition, two more homes razed in Jerusalem
. . . ❸ ― (a) Thirty Pals turn homeless as Israel destroys their home
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CLASHES  BREAK  OUT  IN  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE  AFTER  ISRAELI  POLICE  DELIVER  DEMOLITION  ORDERS
Ma’an News Agency    
Oct. 27, 2016
Clashes broke out on Wednesday between Israeli police and local youth in the Bedouin village of Bir Hadaj in Israel’s Negev desert, after Israeli police affixed demolition orders on some villagers’ homes.
___Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained a number of people during the clashes, and that some Bir Hadaj residents were injured in the process.
[. . . .]  While Bedouins of the Negev are Israeli citizens, the villages unrecognized by the government have faced relentless efforts by the Israeli authorities to expel them from their lands and transferring them to government-zoned townships in order to make room for Jewish Israeli homes.       More . . . 

  • Hall, Bogumila. “Bedouins’ Politics Of Place And Memory: A Case Of Unrecognised Villages In The Negev.” Nomadic Peoples 18.2 (2014): 147-164.   Source. 

[. . . .] Under Ottoman rule in Palestine (1516–1917) many Bedouins started to cultivate land and used a customary system of property acquisitions to deal with land related issues. Residents of the Negev created their own legal mechanisms . . . .
[. . . .] . . . under the British Mandate in Palestine (1917–1948), the Bedouins enjoyed a relatively high degree of self-determination and control over the land. In 1921 the Land Ordinance was passed, giving Bedouins two months to register if they wanted to claim ownership of land. . .
[. . . .]   However, the community’s continuous presence in the Negev, the changing character of its lifestyle and the sense of attachment to the land seem to be ignored both in the Israeli legal framework and the dominant representations of the Bedouins and the region. Since the establishment of the state, Israel has denied the Arab Bedouins their indigenous land rights, depicted them as rootless nomads and characterised the Negev as historically uncultivated and uninhabited land. Today, there are approximately 200,000 Bedouins in the Negev. While half of them live in seven government-planned towns, and eleven villages recognised by Israel, the other half reside in villages not recognized by the state. This means that the Bedouin villages have the status of illegal settlements and thus are not marked on Israeli maps and are denied basic services, such as electricity, running water, public transportation and basic sanitation. The perceptions of the Bedouin minority are shaped by the language of criminalisation and orientalist discourse.
[. . . . ] Rendering historical Bedouin villages illegal and turning their land into state property was accompanied by a policy of transferring the rural community to government townships, where ‘they would modernise, develop new habits, and become accustomed to life in permanent. The first town designed for the Bedouin community, Tel Sheva, was built in 1969.
[. . . .]    Despite the state’s ongoing policies aimed at transforming the rural Bedouins into an ‘urban proletariat’, the community’s sense of identity and attachment to their lifestyle have not dissolved. Rather, as one of the Bedouin activists quoted in this article pointed out, the community is as determined as ever to protect their ‘essence’ and claim their rights as Israeli citizens.

ISRAELI  ARMY  LEVELS  LANDS  IN  GAZA  ‘BUFFER  ZONE’
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 27, 2016
Israeli military vehicles entered into the besieged Gaza Strip “buffer zone” on Thursday and leveled lands south of the Bureij refugee camp, Palestinian sources said.
___Palestinian security sources and eyewitnesses reported that Israeli vehicles entered the central Gaza Strip early on Thursday morning and leveled lands dozens of meters within the blockaded Palestinian territory.
___They added that Israeli surveillance aircrafts were flying over the area.       More . . .

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Jerusalem children whose homes Israelis destroyed, Oct. 25, 2016. (Photo: Days of Palestine)

❸  AFTER  MORNING  DEMOLITION,  TWO  MORE  HOMES  RAZED  IN  JERUSALEM      Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Oct. 26, 2016        After demolishing a building with four apartments in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood early Wednesday under the pretext of building without a permit, the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem demolished later in the day two more homes in Beit Hanina neighborhood under the same pretext, according to local sources.
___A large Israeli police force provided protection to bulldozers as they proceeded to demolish homes that belong to Rajabi and Siam families.       More . . .
. . . ❸ ― (a) THIRTY PALS TURN HOMELESS AS ISRAEL DESTROYS THEIR HOME     
Days of Palestine
Oct 26, 2016
Thirty Palestinian citizen became homeless on Wednesday after Israeli occupation police had destroyed their home in Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan.
___Early in the morning, the Israeli occupation police raided the Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan and destroyed a multi-story Palestinian house.     More . . .  

“. . . How is the message to reach you Deaf Washington . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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An aunt of Muhammad Abu Latifa at his funeral in Qalandia Refugee Camp, July 27, 2015. Abu Latifa was killed while fleeing Israeli special police during an arrest raid. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org) SEE NUMBER 5 BELOW.

❶ Group: 41 Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces since October
❷ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians, Injure a Child, In Jerusalem
❸ Israel to build 1000 housing units in O. J’lem
❹ Netanyahu: the magician
Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT  DO  ISRAELIS  REALLY  KNOW  ABOUT  PALESTINIAN  SUFFERING?
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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GROUP:  41  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  SINCE  OCTOBER
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
5 Mar. 2016
Forty-one Palestinian children have been killed in the occupied Palestinian territory since October, Defense for Children International’s Palestine branch (DCIP) reported Friday.
___All were killed as a “direct result of intensified violence,” DCIP said in a statement, and all but one were killed by Israeli military forces.
___The number includes 31 Palestinians under the age of 18 . . . .      MORE . . .
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  THREE  PALESTINIANS,  INJURE  A  CHILD,  IN  JERUSALEM
IMEMC NEWS
5 Mar. 2016
Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, on Friday evening, two Palestinian men in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, after a number of Israeli extremists assaulted them. Army also kidnaped a Palestinian man in Silwan; clashes took place in Silwan, and Abu Dis; one child injured.      MORE . . .
ISRAEL  TO  BUILD  1000  HOUSING  UNITS  IN  O. J’LEM
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
4 Mar. 2016
An Israeli weekly newspaper revealed that Israeli government is advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in four illegal settlements in occupied Jerusalem despite the stiff international criticism. Kol Ha’ir Hebrew newspaper said that Israeli settlement construction is continuing within the existing settlements in occupied Jerusalem under the supervision of the Israeli government.      MORE . . .

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defies the odds and maintains his fragile rule. (Photo: Alternative Information Center.)

NETANYAHU:  THE  MAGICIAN
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER
Hani Habib
I have often described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a magician in my articles, perhaps too often. Yet today I am compelled to use this moniker yet again, in light of my apparently incorrect sense of his government’s (in)stability.
___I expected Netanyahu’s government to be destabilized as a result of its failure to halt the third intifada . . .
Yet I see now that contrary to all indications, Netanyahu’s government remains surprisingly stable.  MORE . . .
Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT  DO  ISRAELIS  REALLY  KNOW  ABOUT  PALESTINIAN  SUFFERING?
+972 BLOG
Ksenia Svetlova

The writer is a Knesset Member with the Zionist Union, and an expert on Middle East and Arab affairs. This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call.

5 Mar. 2016
Yoaz Hendel, a former director of communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote . . . addressing a topic that has became popular: why Palestinians don’t experience bereavement. Or in other words, why are we better than the Palestinians and why are they worse than us. . . . “The difference between bereavements is obvious. There is a gaping chasm between Palestinian and Israeli societies.”
___The first question that beckons is: How much do you really know Palestinian society, Yoaz?      MORE . . .

“THE  UNKNOWN  CONTINENT,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
How do we reach you
Slums of Chicago?
How is the spark to reach you?
How is the fire to be born?
Skyscrapers!
Stacked huts!
Stretch your arms out of the darkness―
For the big banner
Spreads its warmth, its light
Forever
Into the depths of night
And the big banner is
Forever
A sail for the drowning.

How are the storms to reach you

Jazzband Club in New York?
The black man is hungry and fearful
The wolves of the KKK roam the forest
―the current overpowering
And the conscience of the statue shaken
And the heart of night.
The wind is frozen,
And the waves of the sea unmoving?
How is the message to reach you
Deaf Washington,
With the humming of the machine?
In Vietnam you slaughter
And you export
Cokes and medicine to the sad moon!
And you sweep over the blood of victims.
How is the message to reach you?

Descendants of Ole Abe!
My voice has become hoarse
And the wind
Has become tired of my shouts!

Descendants of Old Abe!
Shake the marble of history,
Rise to the sky,
Rise above the band of stupid maggis
And halt ―for
The earth grumbles
Rivers of blood.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE.  Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
About Samih Al-Qasim

“. . . Why are you roaming through the streets, Arab . . .” (Salem Jubran)

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Safad is a city in the eastern Galilee, it is one of the oldest cities of historic Palestine.  (Photo: History of Palestine: About the history of Palestine throughout ages.)           SEE NOTE AT END OF THIS POSTING.

❶ Israeli military threatens village after residents protest settler bypass road
❷ Over 40 Palestinian homes, structures demolished in Jordan Valley
❸ Occupation, Colonialism and Apartheid in Israel – A Photo Essay
❹ [Israeli] Antiquities department and Nature and Parks authority carry out excavation works in a land in Silwan
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THIS  LAND  HAS  BEEN  HERE  LONGER  THAN  YOU  AND  ME
❻ Poetry by Salem Jubran
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  MILITARY  THREATENS  VILLAGE  AFTER  RESIDENTS  PROTEST  SETTLER  BYPASS  ROAD
Israeli forces raided the occupied West Bank village of Izbat al-Tabib overnight Friday after residents demonstrated against the construction of a settler bypass road on their private land.
___Head of the village’s local council, Bayan Tabib, told Ma’an that residents had protested during the day Friday after Israeli forces announced plans to confiscate their land to build a new road serving illegal Israeli settlements in the area.
___Tabib said Israeli military forces then stormed the Qalqiliya-area village in the night, searching several homes including his own.    More . . .
❷ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
OVER 40 PALESTINIAN HOMES, STRUCTURES DEMOLISHED IN JORDAN VALLEY
Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed over 40 Palestinian homes and structures in the Tubas district of the occupied West Bank as ongoing Israeli policies in the Jordan Valley continue to drive Palestinians out of their homes.
___A Palestinian official from the governor’s office in Tubas, Mutaz Bsharat, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and bulldozers stormed the Palestinian communities of al-Farisiya and Khallet al-Khader and demolished seven homes, displacing seven families.
___Forces also demolished 35 structures . . . .    More . . .
Related . . . VIDEO:  ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  RAZE  JORDAN  VALLEY  HOMES

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A Palestinian youth hurls a stone at Israeli forces following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, on Dec. 20, 2013 in the occupied West Bank village of Kfar Qaddum in the Qalqilya district. (Photo: Agence France Presse /Jaafar Ashtiyeh, File

Analysis:
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
OCCUPATION,  COLONIALISM  AND  APARTHEID  IN  ISRAEL – A  PHOTO  ESSAY
Mats Svensson
Feb. 10, 2016
Year after year, we are still reading the same unfortunate news reports showing the evil form of Apartheid that exists in Israel today. I lived in Shuafat in East Jerusalem. I saw that evil with my own eyes. I tried to understand what was going on.
___I walked along the Wall, from the south to the north. 520 km long, it snakes through Palestinian villages, destroyed olive groves and pasture lands. It moves across the rolling landscape, cutting off roads and paths and precluding the continuation of the social and economic life . . . .     More . . .
WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
[ISRAELI]  ANTIQUITIES  DEPARTMENT  AND  NATURE  AND  PARKS  AUTHORITY  CARRY  OUT  EXCAVATION  WORKS  IN  A  LAND  IN  SILWAN
Feb. 11, 2016
Joint crews of Nature and parks authority and Antiquities department raided on Wednesday the land of Khaled Al-Zeer in the neighborhood of Abbasyeh in Silwan.
___Khaled Al-Zeer explained that the occupation forces placed red tape around a certain part of the land and prevented him from approaching by force. The antiquities crews then proceeded with excavations works without presenting any official document regarding their actions.
___Al-Zeer pointed out that the antiquities department also carried out excavation works at the end of last months for no reason.    More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
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THIS  LAND  HAS  BEEN  HERE  LONGER  THAN  YOU  AND  ME
Alex Stein
Feb. 13, 2016
Even if we can’t agree on or accept each other’s historical narratives, it is still possible to acknowledge that there are both Israelis and Palestinians living here today.
___MK Anat Berko (Likud) kicked off a storm in the Knesset last week when she pointed out that Arabic doesn’t have a ‘P’ sound, meaning that Palestinians themselves can’t pronounce Palestine (Arabic softens Ps into Fs, which is why the Arabic word for Palestine is Falastin) . . . . given that she was speaking on the same day as Prime Minister Netanyahu once again said that the time wasn’t right for a two-state solution, it’s no surprise that there was disquiet following her remarks.    More . . .

“SAFAD,”  BY  SALEM  JUBRAN
I am a stranger Safad
And you too,
The Houses greet me
But their dwellers
Order me to go away
Why are you roaming through the streets, Arab,
Why?
If you say hello
Nobody would answer you
Your relatives had been here
Then went away
And nobody stayed
A funeral of a morning
Sits on my lips
And in my eyes
There sits a lion’s humiliation
Farwell
Farwell Safad!

About Salem Jubran.
From POETRY OF RESISTANCE IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE, Trans. Sulafa Hijjawi. Published by the Ministry of Culture Baghdad- Iraq. 1968. Revised 2009.

Ṣafad is a city in the Northern District of Palestine. At an elevation of 900 metres (2,953 ft), Safad is the highest city in the Galilee. Due to its high elevation, Safed experiences warm summers and cold, often snowy, winters. Because of its mild climate and scenic views, Safed is a popular holiday resort frequented by Israelis and foreign visitors. (Information from Wikipedia. In the original there is no mention that it was for centuries a Palestinian Arab city, depopulated in 1948.) HISTORY OF PALESTINE BLOG.

“. . . Sorrow crawled naked in my city . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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A Palestinian woman passing through gates erected by Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City on Oct. 4, 2015. (MaanImages/Emily Mulder)

❶ Old problems in Jerusalem’s Old City
❷ WATCH: How the far-right glorifies killing of Palestinians
❸ Arrests…extensions of arrests…prison sentence…and releases [in Jerusalem]
❹ Palestinian Rights Organisations Deliver Submission to ICC
❺ Opinion/Analysis:  Jerusalem:  A  city  governed  by  fear
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
OLD  PROBLEMS  IN  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY
Nov. 24, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Faten Ghosheh, a 33-year-old Palestinian mother of five, stands on the roof of her partially demolished home in Jerusalem’s Old City, the Al-Aqsa Mosque visible behind her.
___She recalls the moment five years ago when Israeli forces arrived at 5 a.m. to tear down the two rooms and bathroom that her husband had built with their life savings of 700,000 shekels ($180,000).
___To avoid the fine that the Jerusalem municipality would charge for the demolition, the Ghoshehs called on the men in their family to come and tear down the walls.
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Related . . . US  FOREIGN  POLICY  FAILURE  IN  THE  MIDDLE  EAST
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WATCH:  HOW  THE  FAR-RIGHT  GLORIFIES  KILLING  OF  PALESTINIANS
Mairav Zonszein
Nov. 24, 2015
Benzi Gopstein, the head of Lehava, posted a video on his Facebook page Monday glorifying the killing of Palestinians. Lehava is a popular Jewish supremacist group dedicated to preventing Arab-Jewish relations . . . .
___The video itself is CCTV footage of an incident in Jerusalem on Monday in which two Palestinian girls, 14 and 16, stabbed an elderly Palestinian man with scissors (presumably mistaking him for a Jewish Israeli) before they were shot several times, and even after they lay still on the ground. One was killed, the other is in critical condition.
___Crappy electronic music was added to the CCTV footage with synthesized lyrics: “She just wants to stab, put a bullet in her head.” Gopstein shared it on Facebook . . . .
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Israeli soldiers stop, search, question lone Palestinian young man at Damascus Gate for no apparent reason as one of our group looks on. (Photo Nov. 4, 2015, Harold knight)

WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
ARRESTS… EXTENSIONS  OF  ARRESTS… PRISON SENTENCE… AND  RELEASES
The occupation forces arrested on Monday 6 Jerusalemites and extended the arrest of several others.
___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces arrested on Monday the 16-year old Abdullah Maswadeh, 15-year old Mohammad Khaled Al-Qaq and the child Amir Al-Bibi from the neighborhood of Al-Shayah, and Obada Dandis and Louai Dandis from the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan, and Mohammad Zakaria Abu Khdeir from Shu’fat north of Jerusalem.
___The Israeli police called the Jerusalemite activist and member of follow-up committee in the village of Esawyeh, Mohammad Abu Hummos, for interrogation for two hours on charges of incitement.
Nov. 24, 2015
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PALESTINIAN  RIGHTS  ORGANISATIONS  DELIVER  SUBMISSION  TO  ICC
Nov. 23, 2015
Today, in a historic moment in Palestinian pursuit of accountability, four Palestinian human rights organisations delivered a confidential communication to Madam Prosecutor Bensouda of the International Criminal Court on behalf of themselves and Palestinian victims of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge”. The communication, which was submitted by Al-Haq, Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Aldameer and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights pursuant to Article 15 of the Rome Statute, contains information on crimes jointly documented during Israel’s 2014 offensive against the Gaza Strip.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JERUSALEM:  A  CITY  GOVERNED  BY  FEAR
Oct. 27, 2015
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Related . . . FEAR  AND  LOATHING  IN  JERUSALEM

“MY SAD CITY,” BY FADWA TUQAN
(The day of Zionist Occupation, June 27, 1967)

The day we saw death and betrayal,
The tide ebbed,
The windows of the sky closed,
And the city held its breath.
The day the waves were vanquished, the day
The ugliness of the abyss revealed its true face,
Hope turned to ashes,
And gagging on disaster,
My sad city choked.

Gone were the children and the songs,
There was no shadow, no echo.
Sorrow crawled naked in my city,
With bloodied footsteps,
Silence reigned in the city,
Silence like crouching mountains,
Mysterious like the night, tragic silence,
Burdened,
Weighed down with death and defeat.
Alas! My sad and silent city.
Can it be true that in the season of harvest,
Grain and fruit have turned to ashes?
Alas! That this should be the fruit of all the journeying!
―Translated by A.M. Elmesseri

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.
Obituary of Fadwa Tuqan

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Ubiquitous Israeli military presence, lurking in shops at the Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem. (Photo Nov. 4, 2015, Harold Knight)

“. . .accept these rinses, they are tedious / they will come again. . .” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

Rizka Abu Rujeila, 70 years old, holds her grandson outside the hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 24 July.
Rizka Abu Rujeila, 70 years old, holds her grandson outside the hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, on 24 July.

❶ From THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
GAZA’S GRANDPARENTS ENDURE ONE TRAUMA AFTER ANOTHER
Anne Paq
June 4, 2015
Most of Gaza’s population is very young: the median age is 18, and nearly 45 percent of the Strip’s 1.8 million residents are 14 years old or younger.
____Attention was rightly paid to the plight of Gaza’s children during Israel’s 51 days of bombing last summer. But elderly Palestinians are also among the population’s most vulnerable, and have been subjected to repeated trauma during their lifetime.
____The eldest among them survived the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine, when they were forced from their homes and into refugee camps. The Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe) was followed by Israeli invasions and massacres in the 1950s, military conquest and occupation in 1967, the imposition of settlement colonies, two popular uprisings and their subsequent crackdowns. And, most recently, nearly a decade of siege and closure and three major military offensives in the span of six years.
____Gaza’s elderly have been subjected to destruction of homes and businesses — the destruction of a life’s work. In some cases they have had to become caretakers again, taking in grandchildren orphaned by Israeli violence and playing a crucial role in keeping families together following profound loss.
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❷ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL CLOSES GAZA BORDER CROSSINGS FOR ‘SECURITY REASONS’
June 7, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) –The Israeli authorities closed the Erez and Kerem Shalom border crossings into Gaza on Sunday morning citing “security reasons.”
____Only a limited supply of humanitarian aid and medical cases will be allowed to cross through, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.
____The closure came shortly after Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas military targets in the coastal enclave, following a rocket attack on Saturday night that a Salafist group claimed responsibility for. No injuries were reported on either side.
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❸ From HA’ARETZ
LET THE PEOPLE OF GAZA GO
Haaretz Editorial
May 28, 2015
Some 15,000 people who have asked to leave the Gaza Strip are still trapped there since last summer’s war. These people are imprisoned in the Strip without being able to return to their work or family abroad. Thousands of them need medical treatment and more than 1,000 others are students who couldn’t leave for their studies overseas and stand to lose their visas and scholarships and miss a year’s studies (as reported by Jack Khoury on Wednesday). . .
____“We feel like cattle in a pen. But even cattle are allowed sometimes to go out into an open space. In Gaza we’re forbidden to do so and we don’t even know why,” Mayasem Abu-Mer, a 25-year-old Gazan resident, said Tuesday. Abu-Mer was denied passage through the Erez checkpoint to the West Bank and from there to the Allenby checkpoint.
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❹ From IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SOLDIERS KIDNAP A PALESTINIAN FROM BEIT UMMAR
IMEMC & Agencies
June 06, 2015
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Saturday morning, a young Palestinian man from Beit Ummar town, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after stopping him on the Tunnel Roadblock; soldiers also handed a resident of Hebron a military order for interrogation, and installed roadblocks.
____ In addition, soldiers invaded Hebron city, searched and ransacked several homes, and handed Samer Yosri a military order for interrogation in the Gush Etzion base.
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A demolished Palestinian home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, march 14, 2009
A demolished Palestinian home in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, march 14, 2009

❺ From MONDOWEISS
TWO PALESTINIAN FAMILIES ARE BRUTALLY ATTACKED IN JERUSALEM AS THEIR HOMES ARE TAKEN FROM THEM
Kate
June 6, 2015
Video: Israeli forces attack Palestinian elder while demolishing Jerusalem homes
Electronic Intifada 3 June by Charlotte Silver — This video shows Israeli occupation police and border guards brutally attacking members of the family of Nidal Abu Khalid early Tuesday morning, as they arrived to demolish two homes in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.
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“THE CLEAN RINSE,” BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Each time you go through this
you lose a little less color

the water is less
pink, blue, or gray

this is what i try to say:
don’t let them wring it out of you

because they like starch,
don’t let that apply to your neck

you are real, 100% cotton
you can wrinkle, accept that as gift

and accept these rinses,
they are tedious

they will come
again and again

after awhile, you will have
nothing more they can take

From Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle. New York: GREENWILLOW/Harper (2005).
Naomi Shihab Nye was born on March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Palestine, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her BA in English and world religions from Trinity University.
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The Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov)
The Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov)