“. . . A spacious house, Without guards . . .” (Yusuf Hamdan)

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Contestants disabled by Israeli fire participate in the 5th annual Rachel Corrie Gaza Sport Initiative (Photo: Palestine Chronicle, Dec. 12, 2018)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .       
|  PALESTINE  TO  SUBMIT  PROTEST  NOTE  [TO  UN  SECURITY  COUNCIL]  OVER  SETTLERS’  INCITEMENT  AGAINST  PRESIDENT  ABBAS
Palestine is about to finalize a protest note to be submitted to the United Nations Security Council over Israeli settlers’ incitement against President Mahmoud Abbas, announced Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations Riyad Masnour. . . .   a protest note to be submitted to the UNSC over Israeli settlers’ threats to assassinate Abbas in addition to recent intrusion into the Dome of the Rock and raids into official institutions, particularly the Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA), was nearing completion.    ___The note, he explained, would be delivered to the President of the UNSC and through him to both the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) María Fernanda Espinosa in order to call on the international community to shoulder its responsibility in this regard.     More . . .
  ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY 
Israeli forces raided the al-Quds University, on Wednesday, in Abu Dis village, southeast of the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.    ___Local sources confirmed that a large number of heavily armed Israeli forces raided the campus, ransacking several faculties and offices, causing material damages.    ___Israeli forces searched student bloc offices, damaged the students’ personal belongings, and seized surveillance camera recordings.    ___Sources added that prior to the raid, violent clashes erupted among Palestinian youths and Israeli forces.    ___Al-Quds University, along with other Palestinian universities, has been subjected to numerous Israeli military raids in the past.    More . . .
. . . . Related  Israeli forces detain Palestinian student in Nablus-area village
. . . . Related  20 Palestinians injured, four arrested in IOF campaign in Ramallah
DISABLED  ATHLETES  COMPETE  IN  GAZA  SPORTS  CONTEST
The Rachel Corrie Gaza Sport Initiative was held for the fifth time this year for Palestinians with special needs in the besieged Gaza Strip.    ___The table tennis tournament held today was attended by nearly 50 players – both male and female – from a range of clubs.   The majority of the players had been injured by Israeli forces.    ___The Rachel Corrie Gaza Sports Initiative is an annual project, consisting of the Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournaments and the Rachel Corrie Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities.     More . . .

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .
| PALESTINICIDE(S)
By Denijal Jegić
While apartheid, military occupation, and even ethnic cleansing, have at times surfaced in mainstream discussions, these phenomena are not Israel’s ultimate crimes. They are means to control Palestinian lives and, as such, symptoms of the ongoing Nakba. But they are effectively part of a structure that is rarely verbalized: Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian population.    ___Genocidal intent has been present in Zionist thought and practice. Like Jabotinsky’s fantasy of the iron wall, the early Zionists’ dreams of removing Palestinians physically and discursively have realized to a certain extent and continue to threaten Palestinian survival.    ___As the fulfillment of Zionism and the survival of Israeli ethnocracy necessitate the removal of the indigenous population, Palestinians are experiencing a confluence of settler-colonial inscription and indigenous erasure.  More . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“TO  JERUSALEM,”  BY  YUSUF  HAMDAN

You came to me, chained,
Carried forcibly.
You came
Flowing, like the tears of a wounded heart.
And yet, I will not meet you.
Forgive me,
For today, you are occupied!

Have you indeed come to me?
In my passion, I prayed often
Without a “Rock,”
And when I found no water,
I simulated the ritual ablution;
And when you finally came to me, I vowed:
I will not accept you occupied!

I want you to be a Kaaba for the people of the earth,
A spacious house,
Without guards;
I love you . . . a voice from a minaret,
The sound of horns
Mingled with church bells.
I love you, a jasmine in the open air,
But I have sworn, yes I have,
I will not accept you occupied!

—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. 
___Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.

“. . . And gagging on disaster, My sad city choked. . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

SPECIAL    POSTING:    ISRAEL’S  DESTRUCTION  OF  SOCIETAL  INFRASTRUCTURE  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM

(Articles generally in chronological order. The first of several such single-subject postings.)

ISRAEL  BANS  ACTIVITIES  IN  JERUSALEM  CONNECTED  TO  PALESTINIAN  AUTHORITY  GOVERNMENT.
National Public Radio (NPR)
Heard on All Things Considered, January 19, 2018.

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:   President Trump has recognized Jerusalem as the capital Israel, but that doesn’t change Palestinian aspirations for a capital in part of the city. One thing that could strengthen these Palestinian claims would be national political institutions. NPR’s Daniel Estrin looks at how Israel has worked for decades to limit those institutions, whether they’re offices for leadership or even performances in theaters.   DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: This used to be the Palestinian headquarters in Jerusalem – an old, stone mansion called the Orient House. Foreign diplomats were received here. The Palestinian flag used to fly. But Israel closed it in 2001 during a wave of Palestinian bombings. Israeli authorities deliver a new closure order every six months. It’s on the door for everyone to see.   More . . .

ISRAEL SHUTS DOWN PALESTINIAN INSTITUTIONS IN EAST JERUSALEM.
Asharq Al-Awsat.
February 3,2018
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The Israeli authorities decided on Friday to shut down a number of Palestinian institutions operating in the occupied city of East Jerusalem.   ___Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan extended the order against a number of Palestinian institutions, including the Orient House, in East Jerusalem due to their affiliation to the Palestinian Authority.   ___The Israeli decision anticipated an expected decision from the PA to announce the city of Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian State.   ___Israeli sources said on Friday that Erdan’s order does not only involve political institutions, but also include a number of vital civil institutions, the East Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, the Supreme Council for the Arab Tourism Industry, the Center for Palestinian Studies, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, and the Office for Social and Statistical Studies.
More . . .    Related . . .

PLO  CHIEF  DENOUNCES  CLOSURE  OF  PALESTINIAN  INSTITUTION  IN  JERUSALEM.

Ma’an News Agency.
March 14, 2017.
Israeli authorities sealed off and shut down the Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Department of the Arab Studies Society in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, with police detaining the center’s director, Khalil Tufakji, during the raid.
___PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced the closure and “the illegal detention” of Tufakji, describing the man as “a distinguished scholar from Jerusalem.”
___Erekat said in a written statement that Israeli forces also seized the documents, computers, and equipment from the office.
More . . .

ANGER  AFTER  ISRAEL  SHUTS  DOWN  PALESTINIAN  UNIVERSITIES  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM.
The New Arab.
July 15, 2018.

Anger has spurred over Israel shutting down two Palestinian education facilities in occupied East Jerusalem, as Israeli plans to annex the territory continue.
___Israel closed down Hind al-Husseini College and Al-Quds University’s College of Art – both of which are located in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood – until further notice after banning an academic conference taking place and detaining 15 participants.
___The conference was due to take place on Saturday at al-Quds University’s College of Arts.
___The two-day conference was organised by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf and Heritage Reservation Society and was supposed to discuss the status of Muslim endowment and property, as well as the protection of Islamic and Christian heritage in the occupied city.
___The move was also condemned by the president of the Arab American University, Ali Abu Zuhri, who said Israel was taking exceptional measures to disrupt the Palestinian education system, according to Palestinian Authority news agency WAFA.
More . . .   Related . . .

OPINION:    DESTROYING    PALESTINIAN    UNIVERSITIES.
Haaretz.
Daphna Golan.
July 26, 2018.

As Israeli students are finishing their final exams, Palestinian students in the occupied territories don’t know whether their institutions will be opening for the coming academic year or if their lecturers will continue to teach, as dozens of lecturers with European and American citizenship are being expelled.
___Around half the foreign lecturers at Palestinian universities started receiving letters last November, saying their requests to have their residency visas extended had been refused because they’ve been “living in the area for more than five years.”
More . . .

EARLIER  REPORTS . . .

HOW  ISRAEL  IS  TARGETING  PALESTINIAN  INSTITUTIONS.
AL JAZEERA.

Ylenia Gostoli.
May 20, 2017.

[. . . .] According to the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, more than 30 Palestinian institutions and organisations have been shut down in the city since the 2001 closure of Orient House. Six-month closure orders have been continuously renewed ever since, in defiance of recommendations made in the 2003 Road Map drawn up by the Middle East Quartet as part of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
___”Targeting NGOs is targeting the presence of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. NGOs are the main body providing services, because according to Oslo [the interim accords signed by Israel and the Palestinians in 1993 and 1995], the Palestinian Authority is not allowed to be in Jerusalem,” Zakaria Odeh, executive director of the Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera. “All policies, including house demolitions and residency revocations, have the goal to alter the demographic structure of Jerusalem as a whole.”
More . . .

ISRAEL  HAS  CLOSED  120  PALESTINIAN  INSTITUTIONS  IN  JERUSALEM  SINCE  1967.
Middle East Monitor
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February 17, 2014.
A Palestinian human rights organisation has revealed that the Israeli occupation authorities have closed more than 120 Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem since it completed its occupation of the city in 1967. Around 88 were closed down completely, while the others had to transfer their operations from occupied Jerusalem to the occupied West Bank.
___In a press statement, the Almakdasi Foundation said that the Israeli authorities have now closed-down the Islamic Club and Salwan Charity Foundation for a period of 30 days under the pretext of them receiving funding from Hamas and conducting activities on its behalf. This is despite the fact that both foundations have appropriate licences and Salwan presented evidence to prove its independence.
___The Almakdasi statement said, “These closures, along with all the others last year and every year since 1967, are part of Israel’s policy since the occupation began. The Israeli occupation authorities are trying to obliterate Palestinian identity and institutions.” The first to go was the Arab Jerusalem Municipality which was closed by the Israelis in 1967.
More . . .

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

“. . . I recognized my treacherous guests . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

❶ Israel to evacuate 200 Palestinians in Jordan Valley for settlement expansion

  • Background: “A Palestinian State Now or Equal Rights Until There Is a Solution: We Can Accept Either but We Accept Neither.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

❷ Israel declares Gaza border closed military zone: Is there new offensive on Gaza?
❸ Israel steals artifacts from Roman palace in Hebron
❹ Al-Quds University, Heinrich Heine celebrate Eighth Commencement of Joint Masters of European Studies
❺ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ ISRAEL  TO  EVACUATE  200  PALESTINIANS  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY  FOR  SETTLEMENT  EXPANSION
Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 10, 2017 ― Israeli authorities are reportedly planning to evacuate some 200 Palestinians from their homes and agricultural lands in the Jordan Valley are of the northern occupied West Bank, according to local sources.
___Member of the Jordan Valley municipal council Mahdi Daraghmeh told Ma’an on Friday that Israeli forces delivered demolition and evacuation notices to 30 Palestinian families in the Ein al-Hilweh and Umm al-Jamal villages in the northern Jordan Valley on Thursday, Nov. 9th.
___The notices, which Daraghmeh said were dated Nov. 1st, gave the residents eight days — until Nov. 9th — to evacuate some 60 homes and structures voluntarily.   MORE . . .

Klug, Tony. “A  PALESTINIAN  STATE  NOW  OR  EQUAL  RIGHTS  UNTIL  THERE  IS  A  SOLUTION:  WE  CAN  ACCEPT  EITHER  BUT  WE  ACCEPT  NEITHER.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 53-58.
Israel’s Never-Ending Occupation Seriously Endangers Israel     [. . . .] Israel’s never-ending occupation of the land and lives of another people is not just seriously endangering Israel — not to mention deepening the despair of the Palestinians — but it is also making the situation of Jews around the world increasingly precarious. That makes it personal.
___But there is an even more profound personal dimension, one that goes to the very heart of what it means to be Jewish. I was asked recently what originally attracted me to the fields of human rights and peace. Almost without thinking, and to the visible surprise of the questioner, I answered, “the rabbis of the Orthodox Jewish school I attended.”
The Essence of Judaism: “Seek Peace and Pursue It”     . . . I was very taken by some of the passages that we were taught from the Hebrew Bible, the Torah; passages like: “Justice, justice, shalt thou pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Why, the sages asked, repeat “justice”? Was it a typo? Did the scribe have a stutter? Came the answer: “Justice must be pursued with justice”. It is not enough for justice to be the goal; it must be the means, too. Astonishing for now, let alone for then!
[. . . .] These time-honored Jewish ideals — justice, freedom, equality, peace, mutual respect — have made an extraordinary contribution to human civilization. They lie at the very core of Jewish identity and are the glue that binds together Jews of many different persuasions in many different countries. Jews have proudly espoused these values historically for themselves and for others which, at least in part, explains why Jews have disproportionally been active in civil rights causes.
[. . . .] We now face the naked reality of a state that declares itself, loudly and often, to be Jewish, and demands of others that it be recognized as Jewish, gearing itself up to withholding fundamental human rights from millions of people indefinitely — a standpoint that is in total defiance of quintessential Jewish principles. Indeed, one may ask, would such a blatantly inequitable policy be condoned by the self-appointed custodians of Jewish values if enacted by any other country?       FULL ARTICLE.
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❷ ISRAEL  DECLARES  GAZA  BORDER  CLOSED  MILITARY  ZONE:  IS  THERE  NEW  OFFENSIVE  ON  GAZA?
Days of Palestine
Nov. 09, 2017 ― The Israeli occupation authorities announced on Wednesday that the area near the border of the Gaza Strip is now a “closed military zone.”
___Israeli settlers living in the periphery of the Gaza Strip are now forbidden from approaching or entering this area at all. Even military patrols were stopped.
___The decision was taken because Israel is afraid of surprise attacks by Palestinians following its bombing of a tunnel which killed 12 Palestinians on 30 October.   MORE . . .   …
❸ ISRAEL  STEALS  ARTIFACTS  FROM  ROMAN  PALACE  IN  HEBRON 
Palestine News Network – PNN
Nov. 10, 2017 ― Israeli occupation forces along with employees from the Israeli Ministry of Antiquities and Civil Administration staff raided Mowaraq Palace in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron stealing collectables, Quds Press reported yesterday.
___Palestinian sources said occupation forces stole some of the bricks and collectables in the Roman palace, which is one of the oldest heritage sites in Palestine.
___A large number of Israeli troops were deployed around the palace while the employees of the Israeli Ministry of Antiquities carried out digging and search for a period of about five hours.    MORE . . .   ..
❹ AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY,  HEINRICH  HEINE  CELEBRATE  EIGHTH  COMMENCEMENT  OF  JOINT  MASTERS  OF  EUROPEAN  STUDIES  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA     
Nov. 10, 2017 – Al-Quds University and Heinrich Heine Thursday celebrated the eighth commencement of the Joint Masters of European Studies, said al-Quds University in a press release.
___The partnership between Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and Heinrich Heine in Dusseldorf has achieved an additional major milestone as another class of the joint Masters of European Studies successfully completed the program this month.
___The graduate program, which was established in 2009 as a result of a bilateral partnership between the two institutions, celebrated in Dusseldorf the Eighth Commencement for the graduates of this selective masters program. Senior members of Al-Quds University’s leadership were also present.
___Students of this graduate program between Al-Quds University and Heinrich Heine University are selected jointly. The program is highly selective, and admitted students receive full scholarships that cover both tuitions and living expenses.   MORE . . .    ..

“IN  THE  TWENTIETH  CENTURY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM  (1970)
For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But now
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not turn visitors
Away from my door
Then one morning I opened my eyes
To find my food stolen
My wife strangled
And my child’s back a field of wounds.
I recognized my treacherous guests.
I planted mines and daggers at my door
And I swore by the traces of the knife
That none of these guests shall enter my house
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I was only a poet
In the bands of the Sufis
But now
I am an erupting volcano
In the twentieth century.

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

“. . . Access is a fundamental element of the right to health . . .” (Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub)

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Oct. 28, 2015. Israeli soldiers Invade Maternity Ward of al-Makassed Hospital (Photo: Silwanic)

❶ . World Health Organization: Substantial Israeli restrictions on access to health

  • Background: “Attitudes Of Palestinian Medical Students On The Geopolitical Barriers To Accessing Hospitals For Clinical Training: A Qualitative Study.” Conflict & Health 

❷ . In Jerusalem, insurance becomes extortion
❸ . Teacher with Down syndrome breaks stereotypes for Gaza’s mentally disabled students
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❶ .  WORLD  HEALTH  ORGANIZATION:  SUBSTANTIAL  ISRAELI  RESTRICTIONS  ON  ACCESS  TO  HEALTH  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 1, 2016
Marking the United Nations declaration of November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a 2-year report on health access for Gaza patients to highlight how the Israeli permit system and physical barriers obstruct health access for Palestinian patients, ambulances and health workers.
___The study “Right to health: crossing barriers to access health in the occupied Palestinian territory, 2014 – 2015,” was based on data provided by Palestinian Authority ministries and non-profit health providers, as well as patient interviews and field studies, said a WHO press release.     “Access is a fundamental element of the right to health. . . .   ” said Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, the WHO head of the office in the West Bank and Gaza. “Yet the data indicates substantial restrictions for thousands of patients and their companions who are trying to travel to their places of referral.”    More . . . 

  • Shahawy, Sarrah, and Megan Diamond. “Attitudes Of Palestinian Medical Students On The Geopolitical Barriers To Accessing Hospitals For Clinical Training: A Qualitative Study.” Conflict & Health 10.(2016): 1-9.   ARTICLE.

[. . . .]  We designed a qualitative study using focus group discussions to explore the attitudes of Palestinian medical students at Al-Quds University on the barriers they face reaching hospitals for clinical training.
[. . . .] The findings from this study identify some of the hardships that Palestinian medical students face when undergoing their clinical training in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Living and studying in an occupied territory characterized by permit and checkpoint regulations significantly hindered the students’ ability to access high quality medical training.
___Medical students who had their permits to enter Jerusalem rejected were unable to train at Al-Makassed Hospital and were often forced to rely on clinical training in the West Bank, which they felt was less adequate.
[. . . .] Consistent with other literature on the challenges of receiving an education under occupation, focus groups highlighted how the emotional and psychological burden of the occupation specifically affected them as students, as it was hard to concentrate on their studies due to a stressful commute and surrounding political instability and violence. Their quality of life was impacted with little time for sleep or social activity. In the face of these challenges, Palestinian medical students exhibited extraordinary resilience, resourcefulness, and dedication to their education.
___Obstacles to accessing education in the occupied Palestinian territories are not limited to medical students. Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation, confrontation and tension surrounding Palestinian education has been pervasive at all educational levels.
[. . . .]  Conclusion:  Our findings suggest that medical students living and studying in the occupied Palestinian territories receive sub-optimal training due to ambiguous permit rules, barriers at checkpoints, and the psychological burden of the process. These results highlight the impact that military occupation has on the education and quality of life of Palestinian medical students in a setting in which there is regular violence and many health indicators are already poor. New transparent policies and a larger context of peace and sovereignty will be required to build an effective health care system in which Palestinian medical students can pursue adequate clinical training that will prepare them to care for their people in a resource-poor and war-torn setting.

❷ . IN  JERUSALEM,  INSURANCE  BECOMES  EXTORTION 
The Electronic Intifada
Joharah Baker
Nov. 28,  2016
Earlier this year, new regulations made it mandatory for all residents in Jerusalem with temporary family unification permits to obtain Israeli medical insurance.
___The law, which came into effect on 1 August, will cost those affected a monthly fee in addition to a large backdated one-time charge.
___It has caused an angry uproar among Jerusalem’s Palestinians, who see it as yet another attempt by Israeli authorities to target their community and make their precarious existence in the city even more challenging.       More . . .

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Hiba Anis Mustafa Shurafa guides students in her Gaza classroom, Nov. 30, 2016 (Photo: Mondoweiss)

❸ . TEACHER  WITH  DOWN  SYNDROME  BREAKS  STEREOTYPES  FOR  GAZA’S  MENTALLY  DISABLED  STUDENTS 
Mondoweiss  
Mohammed Asad
Nov. 30, 2016
Hiba Anis Mustafa Shurafa guides students in her Gaza classroom, instructing them on the art of how to hold a pen and keep a steady hand when writing out letters. She understands the task is challenging because, like her students, Shurafa has Down syndrome.
___The 27-year old teacher at the Right to Life Society school in Gaza City was once a student at the institution where she now instructs pupils with mental disabilities. Researchers at Bir Zeit University found that among Palestinians with disabilities in the occupied territories and Lebanese refugee camps, more than one-third never attend school. A further 87 percent will never be employed, making Shurafa and the Right to Life Society all the more unique.       More . . .

“. . . Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms . . .” (Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

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Israeli vandals, soldiers attack Palestinian schoolchildren at Qurtuba School, Al-Khalil, May 4, 2016 (Photo: Aljazeera)

❶ Israeli forces raid Al-Quds University, damage contents of book fair for the needy
❷ Yet another demolition hits Umm Al Khair; community continues to stand strong
❸ Statistics Bureau: About half the population are children
❹ The latest statistics show that 96.3% of the population of Palestine is literate.

  • Background from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY,  DAMAGE  CONTENTS  OF  BOOK  FAIR  FOR  THE  NEEDY   
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 19, 2016
Israeli forces on Saturday morning stormed the campus of Al-Quds University in the Jerusalem district village of Abu Dis, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Education.     ___The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that “large numbers of heavily armed” Israeli troops stormed the university campus at dawn and damaged the “contents of a book fair,” which students had been organizing to help their fellow students in need.     ___”All books, magazines, and stationery which are being sold to needy students at low prices have been either stolen or damaged [by Israeli forces],” the statement said.     More . . .

YET  ANOTHER  DEMOLITION  HITS  UMM AL KHAIR;  COMMUNITY  CONTINUES  TO  STAND  STRONG   
International Solidarity Movement   
November 19, 2016
On November 15th, the Bedouin community of Umm Al Khair experienced the fifth wave of demolitions by Israeli forces on their structures to take place in the past year. The most prominent of the two structures demolished on Tuesday was their community center, which was also the space used for their Kindergarten classes.       More . . .

STATISTICS  BUREAU:  ABOUT  HALF  THE  POPULATION  ARE  CHILDREN      Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Nov. 20, 2016
The estimated number of children less than 18 years old mid 2016 is about 2,207,535 children in Palestine, representing about 45.8% of the population, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said on Sunday.
[. . . .]  The number of students for 2015/2016 academic year in Palestine reached to about 1.193 million students, (1.053 million in the elementary level and 140 thousands in the secondary level).  While the number of children enrolled in kindergarten in the same academic year arrived at about 141 thousands boy and girl.
___The drop-out rate from elementary school for the 2014/2015 academic year was 1.5% among male children compared to 1.1% among females.  In the secondary level, the rate was 2.1% of males compared to 1.8% of females.
____Failure rate at elementary schools during 2014/2015 was 1.2% of males and 0.9% of females. The secondary level rate was 0.4% of males and 0.3% of females.   More . . .

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Palestinian students at Mahfouz El Nahnah high school on the first day of the new school year in Gaza City, Gaza on Aug. 28, 2016. (Photo: Getty Images

THE  LATEST  STATISTICS  SHOW  THAT  96.3%  OF  THE  POPULATION  OF  PALESTINE  IS  LITERATE.
The 2014 Palestine Human Development Report (UN)―United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The latest statistics show that 96.3% of the population of Palestine is literate.  This rate is even higher than that of the UNDP 2014 HDI “high human development” category average.     More . . .   
Note:  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.     Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training, and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.        More . . .

THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS  
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.
PREAMBLE  
Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
[. . . .]    Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
[. . . .]   Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms.
Article 26: Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace. Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

The CONVENTION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION is a multilateral treaty adopted by UNESCO on 14 December 1960
Note: the signatories include nearly every member of the UN, including such nations as China, Russia, Israel, and Iran.  
There a a very few nations not signatories, including the United States and Syria.

“. . . trauma and stress which can erupt in the anxious randomness of Israeli military excursions . . .” (Rima Najjar)

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Al Quds University students protest Oct. 14, 2015, to draw attention of visiting Indian President to Israeli killing of students. (Photo: Stanly Johny/The Hindu)

❶ Palestinian gunman shot dead after 2 killed, several injured in Jerusalem attack
❷ 52 Palestinians injured during clashes with Israeli forces near al-Quds University

  • Background: “Life In Abu Dis Continues Quietly.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly

❸ Israel knocks down civilian structures in Jordan Valley
❹ Letters to UN officials on critical situation of Palestinian territories
. . . ❹ ― (a) Hamas calls ICC visit ‘pointless’ for skipping Gaza
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PALESTINIAN  GUNMAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  2  KILLED,  SEVERAL  INJURED  IN  JERUSALEM  ATTACK
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 9, 2016
At least six people were shot and injured in a drive-by shooting near the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah Sunday morning. The gunman was shot and killed by Israeli police at the scene, while two of the injured later succumbed to their wounds.
___The shooting attack comes a day after the gunman told Ma’an that he intended to turn himself in to serve a prison sentence, after he was charged with assaulting an Israeli police officer in 2013.
___Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said in an initial statement that shots were fired near the Israeli police headquarters in Jerusalem, and that Israeli police responded to the scene and shot the “terrorist” after a brief pursuit.     More . . .    
❷  52  PALESTINIANS  INJURED  DURING  CLASHES  WITH  ISRAELI  FORCES  NEAR  AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 8, 2016
Israeli forces injured more than 50 Palestinians during clashes Sunday evening outside al-Quds University in the village of Abu Dis in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem.
___The ambulance service of the Palestinian Red Crescent told Ma’an that their medics treated 52 people who were either hit by rubber-coated steel bullets or suffered from severe tear gas inhalation.
___One victim was evacuated to the hospital after sustaining a fracture in the hand from a rubber-coated bullet.
___Al-Quds University Spokesperson Muhammad Abu al-Zeit told Ma’an that although the clashes took place outside the campus, some tear gas canisters and rubber-coated bullets fired by Israeli forces landed inside the university grounds.   More . . .  

  • Najjar, Rima. “Life In Abu Dis Continues Quietly.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 37.2 (2014): 606-663.   Full article . . . 

On several occasions this past year, Israeli armored vehicles were deployed to supervise operations close to the apartheid/annexation wall across the street from the main gate of Al-Quds  University—operations  such  as  demolishing  a  home,  or  constructing an even higher barrier between Abu Dis and the township land bordering  on  East  Jerusalem  that  the  wall  annexes,  or  checking  AQU  student IDs to find and detain students on their lists. Whenever this happens, word spreads quickly among the youth of the town and whoever happens to be within a stone’s throw from the Israeli armored vehicles throws stones at them;  others  collect  and  break  up  larger  chunks  for  throwing,  piling  them  up in strategic places. A few AQU students join in, to the chagrin of campus security, and that unleashes a barrage of tear gas, sound bombs, and bullets from the Israeli side, whose soldiers are in full protective regalia. They shoot into the campus, on one occasion deliberately aiming at and shattering the glass  doors  of  a  campus  building,  on  another,  walking  right  into  campus,  guns  pointed  ahead  of  them,  turning  this  way  and  that,  in  a  show  of  blustering  intimidation.
___Whenever  I  post  images  from  these  events,  I  am  invariably  asked  by  some  readers  to  explain  the  reason  for  the  activities of the Israeli forces on the scene. This gives me an opportunity to point out, as I have done when I posted a picture album of such an incident taking place, photographed from the window of a class I was in the middle of teaching, that it is the soldiers or Israeli police that provoke the children’s reactions. I called the album, “Class, Interrupted.”
___Vacy Vlazna (Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters in Sydney, Australia) expresses this latter viewpoint in a comment she sent me that is worth quoting at length here, as it captures my intention in posting these images [https://www.facebook.com/rima.najjar.merriman]:
___”Abu Dis, strangled by the illegal and obscene Apartheid/Annexation
Wall, is a microcosm of all Palestinian villages where beneath the seeming
normality of work, school, shopping, play, is trauma and stress which can
erupt in the anxious randomness of Israeli military excursions recorded by
Rima’s little camera and the posters of detainees seized at night from their
family bed or the martyrs extrajudicially murdered, displayed in the streets
and at the university. Every single person in Abu Dis is soul-wounded by
Israel’s brutal occupation. Even the land. The beautiful vista of the Jordan
Valley beyond the village is scarred by illegal Israeli colonies and the
Wall that mock centuries of Palestinian symbiosis with their land.”

ISRAEL  KNOCKS  DOWN  CIVILIAN  STRUCTURES  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY    
The Palestinian Information Center 
Oct. 9, 2016
The Israeli occupation army on early Sunday morning knocked down Palestinian civilian structures in the occupied northern Jordan Valley.
___Activist Mootaz Besharat, in charge of the settlement file in the Jordan Valley, said a flock of ten Israeli military patrols and four army jeeps rolled into al-Ras al-Ahmar area and imposed a tight security cordon before they carried out large-scale demolitions.      ___A chain of residential barracks and others for raising livestock, along with a water line used by over eight Palestinian families, were destroyed in the process.       More . . .  

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The Israeli Occupaton Army delivered a number of eviction notices to residents of Al Ras Al Ahmar on June 6, 2010 (Photo: The Land Research Center)

LETTERS  TO  UN  OFFICIALS  ON  CRITICAL  SITUATION  OF  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORIES
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency    
Oct. 9, 2016
The Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour has sent three identical letters to both the UN Secretary-General and the President of the Security Council (Russian Federation) and also to President of the UN General Assembly on the critical situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, as the ongoing practices of Israel against the Palestinian people.
___The letters included Israel’s violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, especially the confiscation of Palestinian land and the settlement campaign in all parts of the occupied State of Palestine, including Jerusalem, which increases the fragility of the critical situation and undermine the possibility of achieving the two-state solution.       More . . .  
. . .― (a)  HAMAS  CALLS  ICC  VISIT  ‘POINTLESS’  FOR  SKIPPING  GAZA    
The New Arab     
Oct. 9, 2016
Hamas have called a visit by the International Criminal Court “pointless” after the delegation skipped besieged Gaza.
___The ICC group toured Israel and the West Bank on Saturday and Sunday – the first visit to the occupied Palestinian territory since the 2014 Gaza War.
___At the request of the Palestinians, the Office of the Prosecutor opened an initial probe into alleged war crimes by both sides during the 51-day conflict.
___”It is regrettable that the ICC delegation yielded to the demands of the Israeli occupation to exclude the Gaza Strip from the delegation’s schedule, despite the fact that the Gaza Strip was the main site of Israeli crimes in 2014,” a statement released on the movement’s website said.       More . . .

“. . . . Return is more than a reclamation of the land stolen by an enemy . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

Palestine Square in the heart of Gaza City: ruins of abandoned Ottoman era churches. (Photo: MEMO/Mohammed Asad)
Palestine Square in the heart of Gaza City: ruins of abandoned Ottoman era churches. (Photo: MEMO/Mohammed Asad)

❶ Unearthing Gaza’s history
❷ Qalandiya International 2016 Edition to Explore Subject of Return
❸ Israeli forces raid, destroy property at al-Quds University
. . . . . ❸―(ᴀ) Video: Israel demolishes every home in West Bank Bedouin village
❹ IOF demolish municipal slaughterhouse, east of Bethlehem
❺ Opinion/Analysis: BEFORE  ZIONISM:  THE  SHARED  LIFE  OF  JEWS  AND  PALESTINIANS
❻ From an essay by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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UNEARTHING  GAZA’S  HISTORY
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
April 2016
Palestine Square in the heart of Gaza City has been the focus of excavation works by the Ministry of Endowments to unearth ruins dating back to the Byzantine era. The 1,500 year old remains include crowns, columns and a cross, which indicates there may have been a church on the site, Director of Museums and Antiquities at the Ministry of Tourism Hiam Al-Bitar told MEMO.
___It is expected that the city centre may have contained many churches from the Byzantine era.      MORE . . .

QALANDIYA  INTERNATIONAL  2016  EDITION  TO  EXPLORE  SUBJECT  OF  RETURN
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Qalandiya International’s executive council announced that the third edition of its collaborative artistic program will be launched between the 5th and the 30th of October 2016 and will be built around the theme of return. . . .
___ . . . the over-riding aim of the festival this year is to open up an in-depth discussion around the important subject of Palestinian return – particularly in the context of the terrible events currently unfolding in the region.
___This is a period in which the Nakba’s repercussions are revealed as harsher as and more devastating than ever before.     MORE . . .  

ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID,  DESTROY  PROPERTY  AT  AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY
Ma’an News Agency
April 5, 2016
Israeli forces stormed the campus of al-Quds University in the occupied West Bank village of Abu Dis east of Jerusalem’s Old City early on Tuesday morning, damaging property, local sources told Ma’an.
___Israeli troops raided the university campus at 3 a.m. and left at 5 a.m. For two hours, the soldiers locked campus security guards in one room after breaking their walkie-talkies.
___The soldiers then ransacked a building hosting the Dean of Students . . . .   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❸―(ᴀ)  VIDEO:  ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  EVERY  HOME  IN  WEST  BANK  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE
Mondoweiss
Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi
April 4, 2016
Israeli forces have demolished every home in the Bedouin village of Khirbet Taha in the northern West Bank district of Nablus during three separate demolitions since the start of the year.
___Unlike most Bedouin villages, the residents in Khirbet Taha own their own land. However that land falls in Area C, territory in the occupied West Bank under full Israeli control.     MORE . . .  

IOF  DEMOLISH  MUNICIPAL  SLAUGHTERHOUSE,  EAST  OF  BETHLEHEM
Palestine News Network – PNN
April 5, 2016
Israeli Occupation bulldozers on Tuesday morning tore down the municipal slaughterhouse in Beit Sahour town east of Bethlehem, claiming it has no building permit.
___Eyewitnesses told PNN that an intense number of troops broke into the town and demolished the slaughterhouse that’s property of the town municipality, preventing locals from approaching the area.
___The demolition comes as part of a wave of demolitions which IOF embarked months ago.      MORE . . .

The old church in Kafr Bir’im. The Palestinian villagers were expelled from their homes two years after the founding of the State of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)
The old church in Kafr Bir’im. The Palestinian villagers were expelled from their homes two years after the founding of the State of Israel. (Photo: Activestills.org)

Opinion/Analysis:   BEFORE  ZIONISM:  THE  SHARED  LIFE  OF  JEWS  AND  PALESTINIANS
+972 Magazine Blog
April 4, 2016
Noam Rote
Menachem Klein’s book, Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Hebron, is a depressing one. Originally released in English, the book — which is being published in Hebrew  — paints a picture of a shared life between Palestinians and Jews at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, bringing us face-to-face with daily life, commerce, education, celebrations, and sadness. It shows that us this kind existence, despite everything we were taught by the Israeli education system, is possible. And then Klein goes on and destroys this delicate balance, burning everything that is left of it today.      MORE . . .

From “JERUSALEM, TIME EMBODIED,” BY JABRA IBRAHIM JABRA (1919–1994)

The city of Jerusalem is not just a place; it is also a time. One cannot understand it only in its limited physical boundaries. It must be seen in its historical perspective, as if it were history itself. As if an observer might grasp the history of four thousand years in a single glance.

In this city, history lives. Every stone pronounces it. This history is full of contradictions, full of disasters, but it is also the story of a city for which all of humanity has yearned. Because it has never been, not for one day, merely a city composed of stone and dirt, business and politics. It has always been a city of dreams and longing, and of the human spirit’s gaze toward God.  [. . . . ]

When an enemy comes and crushes sidewalks with armored cars, when he blows up houses with everyone in them, when he tears family and friends up from their roots, when he casts a boy—now a young man—across valleys and deserts, from one road to another, from one home to another, is this not a brazen attempt to sever Self from Self?

From this experience comes every Palestinian’s feeling that he must return. Return is more than a reclamation of the land stolen by an enemy. It is winning back that part of the Self that had been taken, and returning it to itself so it can be whole again.

From: Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. THE  EIGHTH  JOURNEY.  Beirut: Modern Library (al-Maktaba al-‘Asriya) Press, 1967 (collection of literary and social criticism). Republished by ARAB  STUDIES  JOURNAL (January 26, 2015). Web.
About JABRA IBRAHIM JABRA (1919–1994)
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“. . . drank from the cup of a slain dream . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

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Israel’s Dimona nuclear power plant, in the Negev desert, started the country’s nuclear program when it was built in the 1950s with French help. (Thomas Coex/Getty Images). SEE #5 BELOW.

❶ Israeli soldiers kill 15-year-old Palestinian near Beita checkpoint
❷ Army Kidnaps 17 Palestinians in the West Bank
❸ Israeli forces attack protest in Hebron
❹ Why is Israel raiding Palestinian universities?
❺ Opinion/Analysis: EUROPE  IS  FOLLOWING  OBAMA – WASHING  ITS  HANDS  OF  PALESTINE  AND  WHY
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KILL  15-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN NEAR  BEITA  CHECKPOINT
Feb. 21, 2016
Israeli forces on Sunday killed a 15-year-old Palestinian after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier near Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
___An Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an that a Palestinian attempted to stab a soldier near the Beita checkpoint in the northern West Bank, and that Israeli forces then fired at the man. . . .
___Over 170 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and settlers since a wave of unrest spread across the occupied Palestinian territory in October.    More . . .
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  17  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Feb. 21, 2016
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported, Sunday, that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, overnight and on Sunday, at least 17 Palestinians in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and that among that kidnapped are two teenage girls.    More . . .
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
ISRAELI  FORCES  ATTACK  PROTEST  IN  HEBRON
Ahmad Jaradat
Feb. 21, 2016
The Hebron Defense Committee, Tarabout and the Alternative Information Center (AIC) held a demonstration on Saturday in Hebron under the slogan “Dismantle the Ghetto, Take the Settlers Out of Hebron.”
___When the protest reached the Beit Romano settlement checkpoint, Israeli soldiers shot tear gas and stun grenades at demonstrators.     More . . .

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Israeli forces responded to a joint Palestinian-Israeli protest against the occupation with tear gas, stun grenades, and violent arrests. (Photo: Hebron Defense Committee)

AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WHY  IS  ISRAEL  RAIDING  PALESTINIAN  UNIVERSITIES?
Ahmad Melhem
Feb. 19, 2016
During the current uprising in the West Bank, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stormed two Palestinian universities: Birzeit University near Ramallah on Jan. 11 and Al-Quds University at Abu Dis in East Jerusalem on Jan. 29.
___The IDF attacked the Birzeit student council building . . . . At Al-Quds University, the IDF raided the student blocs’ offices . . . the Dawa and Fundamentals of Religion Faculty building . . . .
___“The Israeli army is attacking universities within the scope of an Israeli systematic scheme designed to eradicate the Palestinian identity and tame the Palestinian young generation’s libertarianism by disrupting the educational process,” Palestinian Minister of Education and Higher Education Sabri Saidam said.   More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
EUROPE  IS  FOLLOWING  OBAMA  –  WASHING  ITS  HANDS  OF  PALESTINE  AND  WHY
Alan Hart
Feb. 20, 2016
My headline is a response to recent comments made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference in Berlin with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . . . .
___The possession of nuclear weapons is Zionism’s ultimate blackmail card. . . .
___At a point I said to Dayan, “What you seem to be saying is . . . ‘Don’t push us too far or we’ll use these things.’”
___Dayan gave me a big smile and replied, “You’re understanding me.”    More . . .
BACKGROUND . . . BULLETIN OF THE ATOMIC SCIENTISTS
Related . . . . Washington Post
Related . . . New York Times
Related . . . Middle East Monitor 

“THE  CELEBRATION,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH
Flowers, songs, chants. . .
A memory from antiquity. . .
Saturday’s dawning sun. . .
An orphan is late. . .
A widow comes by embracing another widow. . .
A singer. . .
Verses from the Qur’an. . .
A flute on the outskirts of a neglected village. . .
Ancient soldiers. . .
Battles, defeated ages. . .
Thirty wars announced by daylight. . .
Another still hidden in their sheaths. . .
Little ones dressed up for a feast. . .
Horses filled with the joy of their riders. . .
A procession coming from far away. . .
Ululations reaching across the sky, a commotion. . .
Men emerging from darkness. . .
from yesterday’s newspapers, from the inkwell.
All of them came,
took pictures,
cursed the end of life and memory,
drank from the cup of a slain dream,
before their leader stepped forward
to cut the silk ribbon
and open the graveyard.

About Ibrahim Nasrallah
From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN  INSIDE:  SELECTED  POEMS.  Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.

“. . . I emerge from a wound opened by a shell in the heart of a wall . . .” (Samih al-Qasim)

❶ Israeli forces storm al-Quds University, seize documents
❷ Palestinian shot dead, 3 Israeli soldiers injured in shooting attack
WHOSE  SECURITY?
❹ Israeli Occupation Force raids homes, arrests citizens in W. Bank
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  COST  OF  FREEDOM
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  STORM  AL-QUDS  UNIVERSITY,  SEIZE  DOCUMENTS
Jan. 29, 2016
Hundreds of Israeli soldiers stormed Abu Dis’ al-Quds Open University early Friday and confiscated equipment and documents belonging to its student union, staff members told Ma’an.
___Hassan Dweik, the university’s deputy head, said that up to 300 soldiers stormed the campus, holding six security guards in a room and preventing them from leaving for two and a half hours.
___He said the soldiers raided the university’s Islamic studies department, as well as its student union offices after smashing their way through their doors.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD,  3  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  INJURED  IN  SHOOTING  ATTACK
Jan. 31, 2016
A Palestinian was shot dead after shooting and injuring three Israeli soldiers at an Israeli military checkpoint around the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, witnesses told Ma’an.
___Witnesses said a Palestinian vehicle approached the Israeli checkpoint and stopped for inspection. When an Israeli soldier approached the driver’s window, the driver opened fire, immediately shooting the soldier.    More . . .
Analysis
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
WHOSE  SECURITY?
Gerard Horton
Representatives of the international community frequently describe a two-state solution as “a secure state of Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state.” This terminology has become so commonplace that it is easy to overlook the inherent imbalance these words contain – words that appear to assume that either Palestinians already have security, or that security for Palestinians is simply irrelevant – “viability” being sufficient . . . .
___A good place to start when considering the security dynamic is a report published by UNICEF in 2013 on children held in Israeli military detention.    More . . .
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  FORCE  RAIDS  HOMES,  ARRESTS  CITIZENS  IN  W. BANK
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) carried out last night and at dawn Sunday arrests and raids on homes in some West Bank areas, mainly in al-Khalil province. Local sources in al-Khalil said that Israeli soldiers stormed and ransacked the house of Mahmoud al-Qawasmi, who works as a sports announcer at al-Khalil radio, before kidnapping him . . .
___The IOF also raided the house of ex-detainee Yusri al-Awiwi in al-Khalil . . . . Another house belonging to Fawwaz Qufaisheh was ransacked . . . .   More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
THE  COST  OF  FREEDOM
Majed Bamya
Feb. 1, 2016
“Come on Majed, we do criticize Israeli behavior and ask for proportionate response and inquiries into allegations of misbehavior by Israeli soldiers and into settlers’ violence, but you know that when it comes to Israel’s right to security, our position will always be firm.”
___This is what a diplomat said to me as I was telling him about extra-judicial killings of Palestinians, these repeated filmed murders in the streets, and the collective punishment, including home demolitions and the massive arbitrary arrests. I had asked him why his country does not condemn such actions. . . .    More . . .

“DESCENT,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
I emerge in the rain
I emerge in the blue lightning
In the breeze, in the hurricane
I emerge from a wound opened by a shell
in the heart of a wall
I emerge from the unquenched thirst of the wells
I emerge from an arch solid
in the face of the wind
From an almond plant erect
in the face of the fire
I emerge from the governor’s signature
at the tail of a permit visa
From the shadow of the policeman’s billy club, I emerge
From a handkerchief that has only known tears
From the grass of the stolen land
From the hatred of burnt lips
From a spontaneous demonstration
From the throwing of bottles and stones
in the face of the blasting wind
I emerge from the anger of a friend
I have known in his hour of sorrow
From your skin . . . I emerge
From your fear . . . I emerge
In what god after today will you seek refuge?
(1969)

From WHEN  THE  WORDS  BURN:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY:  1945-1987. Trans. and ed. by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Cormorant Books, 1988. Available from Barnes and Noble.
About Samih Al-Qasim