“. . . the cataclysm comes that will seed them from the borders of Palestine. . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

Correction by Waqf of item from August 8, 2017.

❶ Israel demolishes 3 homes belonging to alleged Palestinian assailants in Ramallah

  • Background from Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture: “Occupied East Jerusalem: A Continuous Colonial Scheme,”
     and “Jewish Settlements in the Israeli Occupied State of Palestine: Undermining Authentic Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

❷ The new normal in Palestine
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Locals stop Israeli demolitions in Bethlehem town
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) Israeli forces abduct 37 Palestinians in West Bank
❸ POETRY by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
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Correction by Waqf of item from August 8, 2017.

ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  3  HOMES  BELONGING  TO  ALLEGED  PALESTINIAN  ASSAILANTS  IN  RAMALLAH     
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 10, 2017.   Israeli forces demolished at three homes belonging to the families of alleged Palestinian attackers, while another home was sealed, in the villages of Deir Abu Mashaal and Silwad in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah during pre-dawn hours on Thursday, leaving dozens of Palestinians homeless.
___Israeli forces demolished the family homes of two alleged attackers in Deir Abu Mashaal: Baraa Ibrahim Saleh, 18, and Osama Ahmad Atta, 19.
___Meanwhile, the family home of the third alleged assailant Hassan Ankosh, 18, was sealed, not demolished, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.
___The families received demolition orders last month after the youths allegedly carried out a deadly attack near Damascus Gate in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, which left an Israeli police officer dead. The three Palestinians were shot dead at the scene by Israeli forces.   MORE . . .

Abdelrazek, Adnan.
“OCCUPIED  EAST  JERUSALEM:  A  CONTINUOUS  COLONIAL  SCHEME.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 126-132.
[. . . .] According to an Ir Amim report (reference), 66% of building violations in Jerusalem occur in the Jewish neighborhoods, yet 65-70% of house demolitions take place in the Palestinian neighborhoods . . .  as part of an overall policy designed to force Palestinians to leave the city. HOUSE  DEMOLITION  POLICY is viewed as an instrument of COLLECTIVE  PUNISHMENT that the Israeli government uses against Palestinians in East Jerusalem . . .   during the years 2003-05 house demolitions reached one of the highest rates following the second intifada, and again in 2015-16 in response to the so called “individual intifada.”   SOURCE . . .

Isaac, Jad.
“JEWISH  SETTLEMENTS  IN  THE  ISRAELI  OCCUPIED  STATE  OF  PALESTINE:  UNDERMINING  AUTHENTIC  RESOLUTION  OF  THE  ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN  CONFLICT.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 85-91. A viable, contiguous Palestinian state remains a challenging concept, as Israel has spared no effort to undermine the “two-state solution” and the peace process altogether with its persistence in continuing with its land seizure policy, HOUSE  DEMOLITION  STRATEGY,  matrix of control on movement  and sustaining the dependency of the Palestinian economy, which ultimately eradicated the essence of the entire peace process and only restructured and repositioned the presence of the Israeli occupation army in the OPT.   SOURCE . . .

THE  NEW  NORMAL  IN  PALESTINE
Palestine News Network – PNN 
By Iris Mark
Aug. 10, 2017.   On the 14 of May 1948, the state of Israel was declared. By the time Israel and the Arab States signed the Armistice agreement in 1948, Israel had gained control over 75% of mandate Palestine. . . .  800 000 were expelled or forced to flee and 15,000 were killed in a series of mass atrocities, including more than 70 massacres. This is known as the Nakba, and is a violation of international law.
[. . . .] THE NEW NORMAL OF TODAY
___Israelis uphold their discriminatory policies in several ways and are severely affecting life in the West Bank.
___The enforced permit system, were the Palestinians have to apply for living in their own homes, travel a few kilometers to see their family, harvest on their own land and traveling to occupied east Jerusalem to pray. There are more than 100 different types of permits, which includes movement, residency, travel, work, farming, trade and money transfer, education, worshipers, visiting holy sites, construction, renovation and health. With only 19% of the West Bank being controlled by the Palestinian Authorities, the Israeli are using checkpoints to control where and when the Palestinians can travel.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) LOCALS  STOP  ISRAELI  DEMOLITIONS  IN  BETHLEHEM TOWN
The Palestinian Information Center   
Aug. 10, 2017.   Local residents in Walaja town, south of Bethlehem, managed Thursday morning to stop Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) from demolishing the exterior wall of a house and from bulldozing a nearby agricultural land.
___Head of the village council told Quds Press that Israeli forces stormed the town early today to demolish a home wall only to find a large number of Palestinian standing outside the property to stop its demolition.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  ABDUCT  37  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK
Days of Palestine
Aug. 10, 2017.   Israeli occupation forces abducted on Wednesday night 37 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian rights group said.
___Reporting local sources, the Palestinian Prisoner Club (PPC) said that the Israeli occupation forces raided several Palestinian villages, towns and cities.
___In a statement, the PPC said that the Israeli occupation forces abducted at least 37 Palestinian civilians during the raids.
___The PPC also said that the Israeli occupation inspected houses of the Abductees and confiscated mobiles, laptops and money.   MORE . . .

“SINGLE  ADDRESS  FOR  THE  POST,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.
The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes
that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.
From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.
From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.
From this spot.
We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.
This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver
He takes them from the hands
of those who follow
And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.
It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
—translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh is from Jerusalem. He teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Center in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Barnes & Noble.

“. . . We raise in the sky a glorying arc . . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

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Khirbet Tell an Himma, Mass home demolitions five days later. Sep. 27, 2016. (Photo: EAPPI/E. Mutschler)

❶ UN condemns demolition and seizure of donor-funded structures in Palestinian [Bedouin] communities

  • Background:  “Demolitions And Amendments: Coping With Cultural Recognition And Its Denial In Southern Israel.” Nomadic Peoples

❷ Israeli forces demolish 2 Palestinian-owned agricultural structures in Qalqilya
❸ Israel preparing to build thousands of housing units in settlements after Trump was elected
❹ POETRY by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
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UN  CONDEMNS  DEMOLITION  AND  SEIZURE  OF  DONOR-FUNDED  STRUCTURES  IN  PALESTINIAN  COMMUNITIES  
Ma’an News Agency    
Nov. 11, 2016
The UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities, Robert Piper Thursday condemned Israeli activities in the occupied Palestinian territory that has obstructed the international agency from assisting Palestinian communities, calling the policies “illegal” with the intention of “creating an entirely new reality on the ground.”
___According to a statement, the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli army on Nov. 7 “seized nine donor-funded tents (two of which were not yet erected)” in the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khirbet Tell al-Himma . . . . The materials were provided to the community as humanitarian aid in response to earlier demolitions carried out by Israeli forces on Sept. 27, which left several Palestinian families without shelter.
___“Targeting the most vulnerable of the vulnerable and preventing them from receiving relief – especially as winter sets in – is unacceptable and runs counter to Israel’s obligations as an occupying power,” Piper said in the statement, adding that “sadly, we are seeing more and more of this.”     More . . .      

  • McKee, Emily. “Demolitions And Amendments: Coping With Cultural Recognition And Its Denial In Southern Israel.” Nomadic Peoples 19.1 (2015): 95-119.   Source.

[. . . .]   Bedouin Arabs are permitted within Israel and granted formal citizenship, but only in ways that perpetuate their outsider status. However, Bedouin Arabs, though legal citizens, generally cannot gain substantive citizenship through a multicultural recognition of difference. Because of Israel’s definition as a Jewish state and national anxieties over Jews’ cultural solidarity and their separation from Arabs, Bedouins cannot gain inclusion through assimilation, which would recognise threatening similarities. Instead, Bedouin Arabs must accommodate Zionist nation-building projects by relinquishing their lifestyles and ties to place in order to realise certain benefits of citizenship. Because this pressure to accommodate demands the relinquishing of agropastoral practices that so many Bedouin Arabs have asserted as central to their cultural identity, but also does not invite them to assimilate by adopting Jewish culture, I refer to it as de-cultural. It pushes Bedouin Arabs to act as if they were acultural, individual actors making the ‘rational’ choice to move to planned townships for better amenities. De-cultural accommodation points to a particular mechanism of exclusionary incorporation that centres on simultaneous anxieties about cultural differentiation and ‘rooted’ ties to land. It attempts to remove Bedouins as an obstacle to Jewish nation building.
[. . . .] Through direct and indirect pressure, Bedouin Arabs are pushed to abandon rural residences and denied access to large areas of land for farming or shepherding.
___The granting and regulation of sedentary land rights are key modes of governance, and governments throughout the Middle East have pressured formerly nomadic groups to settle and adopt new livelihoods. A key difference between the sedentarisation pressures facing Bedouins in Israel and those elsewhere in the Middle East is that in Israel this pressure to settle is tied directly to efforts to root Jewish Israeli identity in Eretz Yisrael, the land of Israel. Agricultural communities have been historically important for Zionism, particularly until the 1970s. In symbolic terms, Zionist proponents have drawn on pastoral images of farming to assert reforged connections between ancient Hebrew patriarchs and contemporary Israeli Jews. In material terms, international organisations, and later the Israeli state, founded and subsidised farming communities (e.g., kibbutzim and moshavim) to establish control over newly acquired lands, create a self-sufficient food supply and establish segregation between Jewish and Arab residents.    [. . . .] 

ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  2  PALESTINIAN-OWNED  AGRICULTURAL  STRUCTURES  IN  QALQILYA  
Ma’an News Agency    
Nov. 10, 2016
Israeli bulldozers early Thursday morning, escorted by Israeli forces, demolished two agricultural structures in the occupied West Bank district of Qalqilya under claims they were built without Israeli-issued building permits.
___According to local sources, the Israeli army raided the western district of Qalqilya and demolished a room belonging to Abdulbaset Khayzaran used for agricultural purposes. Israeli forces then headed to the al-Zara district in the south of the city and demolished a room and water tank owned by Hilme Aba also used for agricultural purposes.
___The mayor of Qalqilya, meanwhile, condemned the demolitions, calling the move a “savage act” that aims to expel Palestinians from the lands, and demanded that international authorities protect Palestinian farmers from Israeli aggressions. More . . . 

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The Givat Hamatos settlement, Dec. 20, 2012 (Photo: AFP)

ISRAEL  PREPARING  TO  BUILD  THOUSANDS  OF  HOUSING  UNITS  IN  SETTLEMENTS  AFTER  TRUMP  WAS  ELECTED  
Palestine News Network – PNN
Nov. 11, 2016
Israeli Public radio reported Friday morning that the Israeli occupations municipality of Jerusalem is to announce plans to build thousands of settlement units in different parts of the city, which had been frozen because of the international criticism of settlement activity in the last three years.
___According to Israeli radio Meir Turgeman, head of the local committee for construction in Israeli municipality of Jerusalem announced that he intends to approve thousands of settlement housing units that have been freeze because of the international political pressures, especially those which the United States exercised by the current us secretary of state John Kerry.       More . . .     

“SINGLE  ADDRESS  FOR  THE  POST,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.
The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes
that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.
From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.
From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.
From this spot.
We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.
This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver
He takes them from the hands
of those who follow
And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.
It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
—translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh is from Jerusalem. He teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Center in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.

“. . . and then the cataclysm comes . . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

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Members of the Abu Ta’ah family at the Amana construction site on the land that was expropriated from them in East Jerusalem (Photo: Jerusalem.Olivier Fitoussi)

❶ Israel Transfers East Jerusalem Arab Land to Settler NGO
❷ Israeli settlers occupy building in East Jerusalem’s Old City
❸ Saeb Erekat: Palestinians Have Never Agreed to Establish a State with Provisional Borders
❹ DC meeting between Israel and Saudi Arabia marks end of Arab Peace Initiative and two-state solution
❺ Opinion/Analysis: DEAR  PALESTINIANS:  WE  DON’T  NEED  A  STATE  UNDER  EXISTING  CIRCUMSTANCES
❻ POETRY by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
❼ Historical note
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❶ ISRAEL  TRANSFERS  EAST  JERUSALEM  ARAB  LAND  TO  SETTLER  NGO
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 9, 2016
Israeli authorities have expropriated a Palestinian-owned land in East Jerusalem from its original owners and handed it over to Amana, an organization that works to establish settlements and outposts, Israeli daily Haaretz revealed on Monday.
___Some months ago, Haaretz said, Amana began building a large office building on the land for its headquarters. Documents submitted for an administrative petition against the land transfer reveals that the state used strenuous “bureaucratic acrobatics” to deliver land that didn’t belong to it [. . . .]
___The Palestinians want their state to include all land captured by Israel in 1967, but some 500,000 Jews now live in more than 200 settlements and outposts in the West Bank – including East Jerusalem.      MORE . . .

❷ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  OCCUPY  BUILDING  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY
Ma’an News Agency
May 9, 2016
Israeli settlers on Monday morning occupied a “huge” building in the al-Saadiyya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, a local activist told Ma’an.
___Alaa al-Haddad said some 40 right-wing settlers arrived and entered the building, then performed Jewish prayers in the courtyard.
___The three-floor building, he said, has a vast courtyard and a view over Al-Aqsa Mosque. The property belongs to the al-Yozbeshi family. . . .  It is not clear why the settlers occupied the building.      MORE . . .

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The forceful eviction of Palestinian families is part of a larger strategy to “Judaize” Jerusalem. Settlers atop building occupied yesterday. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

EREKAT:  PALESTINIANS  HAVE  NEVER  AGREED  TO  ESTABLISH  A  STATE  WITH  PROVISIONAL  BORDERS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Saeb Erekat (Negotiator of the Oslo Accords)
May 9, 2016
In his opinion piece “Dear Abbas, answer Kerry, and establish a Palestinian state now”, Mr. Yossi Beilin provides several assertions that are not factual, including the allegation that Palestinians had agreed to establish a state with provisional borders in the past.
___While the idea of “provisional borders” was an option according to the Road Map, President Yasser Arafat never accepted this formula. Under President Abbas’ leadership, the PLO never accepted such a formula either.      MORE . . .

❹ DC  MEETING  BETWEEN  ISRAEL  AND  SAUDI  ARABIA  MARKS  END  OF  ARAB  PEACE  INITIATIVE  AND  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION
Mondoweiss
Raed Jarrar and Alli McCracken
May 4, 2016
For decades, Saudi Arabia has been an advocate of Palestinian statehood rights and a critic of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Saudi Arabia’s commitment to Palestine has defined the geopolitical contours of the Middle East for decades. But now that the Iran nuclear deal has been struck and as the war in Syria ravages on, those political lines are being redrawn, bringing together unexpected bedfellows: Saudi Arabia and Israel.
___Marketed as a “pathbreaking public dialogue between senior national security leaders from two old adversaries,” May 5, 2016 will feature a high-profile public meeting in Washington DC between officials from Saudi Arabia and Israel.      MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  DEAR PALESTINIANS:  WE  DON’T  NEED  A  STATE  UNDER  EXISTING  CIRCUMSTANCES
The Palestinian Information Center
Khalid Amayreh
Mach 18, 2016
I have no doubt in my mind that the establishment of a diminutive Palestinian state under existing circumstances would be a major historical disaster befalling the Palestinian people and their enduring just cause. Such a disaster would be greater in its magnitude than the Nakba of 1948, when Israel was created and the bulk of Palestinians were forced into exile.      MORE . . .

TOP  TEN  MYTHS  ABOUT  THE  ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN  CONFLICT
Foreign Policy Journal
Jeremy R. Hammond
June 17, 2010       ESSAY . . .

“SINGLE ADDRESS FOR THE POST,” BY ABDEL RAHIM AL-SHEIKH
On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.
The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes
that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.
From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.
From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.
From this spot.
We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.
This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver
He takes them from the hands
of those who follow
And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.
It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
—translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh is from Jerusalem. He teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Center in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.

 

“. . . as, on his way, God passes me by . . .” (Abdel Rahim Al-Sheikh)

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Main pulpit of Al-Aqsa restored after 1969 fire. American group touring upon invitation. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

❶ Right-wing Israelis tour Al-Aqsa, Palestinians denied entry
❷ Will Israel’s ban on the Islamic Movement lead to further restrictions?
❸ Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Duheisha camp
❹ Gazans’ dark secret? They’ve become chocoholics
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel  and  Judaism:  Will  a  Freed  Pollard  Become  a  Hero  and  Role  Model  for  Israel  and  its  American  Friends?
❻ Poetry by Abdel Rahim Al-Sheikh
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
RIGHT-WING  ISRAELIS  TOUR  AL-AQSA,  PALESTINIANS  DENIED  ENTRY
Dec. 8, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — More than 40 right-wing Israelis toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday morning, while Israeli police denied entry to a large number of blacklisted Palestinians, Palestinian officials said.
___The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment said that the group of Jewish worshipers toured the compound from 7:30 to 10 a.m. under heavy police escort.
___Meanwhile, around 60 Palestinian men and women were denied entry to the holy site. They were reportedly blacklisted by Israeli police as “trouble makers.”
More . . .
AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WILL  ISRAEL’S  BAN  ON  THE  ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT  LEAD  TO  FURTHER  RESTRICTIONS?
Aziza Nofal
Dec. 1, 2015
EAST JERUSALEM — Supporters of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch in Israel are trying to counter the country’s recent ban on the group — a ban one former Arab Knesset member called “a preamble for racist resolutions to come.”
More . . .

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Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian, Malik Akram Shahin, during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2015. (Ma’an Photo)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  IN  DUHEISHA  CAMP
Dec. 8, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday.
___Medics identified the Palestinian as Malik Akram Shahin and said he had been shot in the forehead, where the bullet remained lodged.
___Witnesses said he was “left bleeding for long before he was evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala, where medics pronounced him dead.”
___He was killed when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed Duheisha camp in the early hours of Tuesday, detaining a number of local residents and delivering summons to others
More . . .
AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
GAZANS’  DARK  SECRET?  THEY’VE  BECOME  CHOCOHOLICS
Hana Salah
Dec. 6, 2015
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In 2008, when Samia was a college student, she could not find chocolate in the Gaza Strip’s shops because chocolate was placed on the Israeli list of banned items after the imposition of the blockade in 2007.
___But when the tunnel smuggling via the border with Egypt started in late 2007, chocolate, food and many products such as fuel and construction material found their way to the stores, albeit at high prices. When the number of tunnels increased, reaching into the hundreds, the price of chocolate dropped. But not all types of chocolate were available.
___In 2010, chocolate was removed from the Israeli list of banned items, and the Gaza market almost drowned in chocolate.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL  AND  JUDAISM:  WILL  A  FREED  POLLARD  BECOME  A  HERO  AND  ROLE  MODEL  FOR  ISRAEL  AND  ITS  AMERICAN  FRIENDS?
Allan C. Brownfeld
November/December 2015
Jonathan Pollard, the convicted American spy for Israel who has served 30 years of his life sentence, is scheduled to be released from prison on Nov. 21. It seems likely that, upon his release, he will be hailed as a hero in Israel as well as by many of Israel’s friends in the U.S., particularly those who have worked actively for his release and argued that, despite his own guilty plea. . . he was the victim of religious discrimination.
___What Pollard did is not open to question.
[. . . . ]
___Shortly after Pollard’s sentencing, a strange campaign was launched calling for his immediate release, suggesting that he was a “political prisoner,” and a victim of anti-Semitism.
More . . .

“SINGLE  ADDRESS  FOR  THE  POST,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH

On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.

The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes

that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.

From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.

From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.

From this spot.

We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.

This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver

He takes them from the hands
of those who follow

And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.

It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
――Translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh from Jerusalem, teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Centre in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
He has won an advanced Fulbright Fellowship for this academic year.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY  (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.

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Not Gaza, but a sweet shop in Bethlehem. A Palestinian and an American wait impatiently to be served. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

“. . . and his dreams are aches which march onward. . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

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Nighttime in Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❶ Stores Demolished near Bethlehem, Settlers Close Major Junction
❷ Palestinian shot dead after alleged vehicle attack east of Jerusalem
❸ Soldiers Kill a Palestinian Teen in Hebron
❹ Israel to Coordinate With Google, YouTube, To Censor Palestinian Videos of Conflict
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Maariv: Google Will Censor Videos Inciting Palestinian Violence
❻ Poetry by Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
STORES  DEMOLISHED  NEAR  BETHLEHEM,  SETTLERS  CLOSE  MAJOR  JUNCTION
Nov. 26, 2015
The Israeli army, Thursday, demolished two commercial structures and seized some of their contents in the village of Hosan, west of Bethlehem, according to local sources.
___Hassan Hamamreh, mayor of Hosan, told WAFA that an Israeli army force, accompanied by bulldozers, broke into the village and demolished two commercial structures belonging to Ishaq Shousha and Bajes Oudeh, two local Palestinians, citing unpermitted construction as a pretext for the demolition.
___The two structures are used as stores to sell construction related material and scrap.
___The Israeli military also seized heavy machinery and other equipment available in both stores, including a bagger, forklift trucks and motor homes.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  VEHICLE  ATTACK  EAST  OF  JERUSALEM
Nov. 27, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― A Palestinian man was shot dead on Friday after allegedly running over two Israeli soldiers in a vehicle attack east of Jerusalem, locals and Israel’s army said.
___The Israeli military said there was a “car ramming attack” at a bus station east of Jerusalem, near the Kfar Adumim settlement, which left two soldiers injured.
___Israeli police said that an Israeli settler who was in the area shot dead the Palestinian suspect following the incident.
More . . .
Related . . . PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AFTER  INJURING  6  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  IN  CAR  ATTACK  (Nov. 27, 2015)

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The al Arroub refugee camp (Photo: Anne Paq, ActiveStills.org)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SOLDIERS  KILL  A  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  IN  HEBRON
Nov. 27, 2015
Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Thursday evening, a young Palestinian man, after the army invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.
___Medical sources said the slain Palestinian has been identified as Khaled Mohammad Jawabra, 19 years of age. He was shot with several rounds of live ammunition, targeting the upper parts of his body.
[ . . . . ]
Jawabra’s death brings the number of Palestinians, shot dead by Israeli fire, since October first to 102, including 22 children and four women . . . .
More . . .
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ISRAEL  TO  COORDINATE  WITH  GOOGLE,  YOUTUBE,  TO  CENSOR  PALESTINIAN  VIDEOS  OF  CONFLICT
Nov. 27, 2015
The Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Member of Knesset Tzipi Hotovely, held meetings this week with representatives of YouTube and Google, to find ways of cooperating to censor Palestinian videos from occupied Palestine, videos she dubbed as “inciting violence and terrorism.”
___Israeli daily Maariv said Hotovely will be working with Google and YouTube officials in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.”
___Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices.
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Related . . . ISRAELI  JOURNALISTS  SLAM  NETANYAHU  OVER  CLOSURE  OF  ARABIC  MEDIA  OUTLETS  (Nov. 26, 2015)
❺ Opinion/Analysis
(Note: I include this not knowing anything about the author except what he has said online; you, the reader here, will have to evaluate it)
TIKUN OLAM-תיקון עולם
MAARIV:  GOOGLE  WILL  CENSOR  VIDEOS  INCITING  PALESTINIAN  VIOLENCE


Bibi Netanyahu has been blaming U.S. internet companies like Facebook for the current Palestinian uprising. I’ve taken to calling it the “Facebook Intifada.” Now there’s a new Silicon Valley target.
___Today, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, who’s devoutly wished to see Israel rebuild the Holy Temple (thereby destroying the Haram al Sharif), announced (in Hebrew, English here) that she’d met with YouTube’s CEO and Google’s director of public policy at its Silicon Valley campus. During this meeting, according to a Maariv article, Hotovely schooled the executives about the ways in which pro-Palestine propaganda infects the internet and incites impressionable young Palestinian children to knife innocent victims.
___What struck me about the article was the conclusion, in which Hotovely says that Google agreed to create a formal mechanism enabling formal coöperation between the foreign ministry and the company regarding the issue of incitement as played out in YouTube’s video content. In other words, she implied that Google would collaborate with Israel on identifying and removing videos that “incited” violence against Israel.
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“DUSK,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
there is a bird, alone. . .alone and measuring the may sun with
the beating of his wings,
more eager than the east, he grooms, speeds past, clips the mountain
crest, a feather harp,
known to lovers by his eyelashes, his fierce dance, his acrobat desire, on
raffia rope, his two black feet,
and all is fleeting but him, the camera shutter, the full rainbow. . .
a world without end or sorrow,
and he is not the night warden, does not tell each morning of the night
returning at sunset,
as the night will always return, and the feather harp. . . a lover out of
a luck and a luck out of love,
a meeting point, a river, a fire, a brink of all things, again and again
and again,
his feints and flits are far from tender. . . he settles on her breast,
as round as the world,
holding in his butterflies, a blanket for the grieving, his partner in sleep,
and his dreams are aches which march onward, and there are no
maps for the crossing, and she warns him:
that child, your sea, is taking off his shoes, is leaning on the
mountains of the moon,
a strait where paths break, a quenching blue, a clouded pearl. . .
oh his fire! oh his flute!
oh the changing world. . .
and who executes the final turn!

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh from Jerusalem, teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Centre in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinian citizens in Bethlehem, Sunday, after the village of Hosan was taken over by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and turned into a military zone. Nov 9, 2015.

“. . . his dreams are aches which march onward. . .” (Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh)

Eighteen-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsh died while four family members were wounded in a fire at their homes in the West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
Eighteen-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsh died while four family members were wounded in a fire at their homes in the West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

❶ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PLO:  ISRAEL  GOVERNMENT  ‘FULLY  RESPONSIBLE’  FOR  TODDLER’S  DEATH
July 31, 2015
BETHLEHEM — The PLO holds the Israeli government “fully responsible” for the death of a toddler in an arson attack carried out Friday by suspected Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, an official said.
____”We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha,” PLO official Saeb Erekat said in a statement.
[. . . .]
Israeli settlers smashed the windows of two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma near Nablus before throwing flammable liquids and Molotov cocktails inside, a local resident told Ma’an.
____Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old, was trapped inside the house and died shortly after sustaining serious burns. . . .
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❷ From ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
Based on report from Amnesty International
BLACK  FRIDAY  IN  GAZA
Robyn Connelly-Webster
July 29, 2015
Israeli troops committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during and after ‘Black Friday’ on 1 August in last year’s Gaza war, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture.
____In Rafah between the 1st and 4th of August 2014, Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, in their search for captured Israeli soldier, Lieutenant Hadar Goldin. A ceasefire had been called shortly before his capture on 1 August, leading many Palestinian civilians to believe it was safe to return to their homes. The intense attacks subsequently faced by local residents were unexpected and likened by one eyewitness to ‘a machine making mincemeat out of people without mercy’.
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❸ From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAELI  POLICE  LOCK  GATES  OF  MUSLIMS’  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE
July 31, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM ― The Israeli police on early Friday morning closed all the gates of Muslims’ holy al-Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to tighten noose around Muslims’ neck.
____The Israeli occupation police claimed they have opted for the decision after they were updated on the intents of Arab youths to instigate “disorder” during prayer times.
____Observers said the move comes as part of Israeli endeavors to mobilize military reinforcement in anticipation of escalating tension.
____Violent confrontations are very likely to flare up following Friday prayers after Israeli fanatics burned a Palestinian child to death.
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The devastation in Rafah during the conflict. (Photo - Reuters)
The devastation in Rafah during the conflict. (Photo – Reuters)

❹ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA.
ISRAELI  FORCES  HALT  CONSTRUCTION  OF  WATER  WELL  IN  NORTHERN  JORDAN  VALLEY  VILLAGE
July 30, 2015
NORTHERN JORDAN VALLEY, (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday morning ordered halting the construction of a water well in Kardala, a village in the northern Jordan Valley near the city of Tubas, said a municipal source.
____Mayor of al-Maleh ‘Aref Daraghmeh . . . . added this was the second time he received a stop construction order for this well in particular, purportedly for being constructed without proper license.
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❺ Opinion
From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL’S  DESIGNS  TO  NEUTRALIZE  PALESTINIAN  DEMOGRAPHIC  ADVANTAGE
Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Palestine
July 15, 2015
Israeli leaders and strategists readily admit that the Palestinian demographic growth in mandatory Palestine (between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean) constitutes an existential long-term peril for Israel and Zionism.
____It is widely believed that within this proscribed geographical area (mandatory Palestine), Palestinian population is either equal or will soon be equal to the Jewish population.
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Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and current affairs political commentator living in occupied Palestine.

“DUSK,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH
there is a bird, alone. . .alone and measuring the may sun with
the beating of his wings,
more eager than the east, he grooms, speeds past, clips the mountain
crest, a feather harp,
known to lovers by his eyelashes, his fierce dance, his acrobat desire, on
raffia rope, his two black feet,
and all is fleeting but him, the camera shutter, the full rainbow. . .
a world without end or sorrow,
and he is not the night warden, does not tell each morning of the night
returning at sunset,
as the night will always return, and the feather harp. . . a lover out of
a luck and a luck out of love,
a meeting point, a river, a fire, a brink of all things, again and again
and again,
his feints and flits are far from tender. . . he settles on her breast,
as round as the world,
holding in his butterflies, a blanket for the grieving, his partner in sleep,
and his dreams are aches which march onward, and there are no
maps for the crossing, and she warns him:
that child, your sea, is taking off his shoes, is leaning on the
mountains of the moon,
a strait where paths break, a quenching blue, a clouded pearl. . .
oh his fire! oh his flute!
oh the changing world. . .
and who executes the final turn!

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh from Jerusalem, teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Centre in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

Kardala village in the northern Jordan Valley near the city of Tubas
Kardala village in the northern Jordan Valley near the city of Tubas