“. . . Even her dreams are besieged . . .” (Samih Faraj)

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Members of delegation from Sabeel Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem,
in Hebron’s al-Shuhada Street with gates closing the street and
Israeli soldier in guard tower above. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .

UN  APPOINTS  NEW  CHAIR  OF  COMMISSION  ON  VIOLATIONS  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS
The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) . . .  announced the appointment of Santiago Canton of Argentina to serve as a member and chairperson of the Council-mandated Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.   Canton . . .  will replace David Michael Crane of the United States who recently stepped down as a member of the three-person Commission.   ___The Commissioners have been mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the blockaded Gaza Strip. . .    More . . .

SPAIN  READY  TO  RECOGNIZE  PALESTINIAN  STATE
Spain has become the latest country to voice its readiness to recognize the State of Palestine and that it will promote a European Union (EU) move to recognize Palestine as an independent state.   ___Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, spoke at a conference of EU leaders in Austria, saying that the Spanish government will promote an EU move to recognize Palestine.   ___Borrell said that “if the EU is not able to reach a unanimous decision, then each to their own.”   More . . .
Related . . . MEMBERS  OF  EU  PARLIAMENT  CALL  ON  EU  TO  RECOGNIZE  PALESTINE

ISRAELI  FORCES  SEVERELY  ASSAULT,  DETAIN  HEBRON  RESIDENTS    Israeli forces raided a Palestinian home, on Wednesday night, the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, and assaulted its residents.   ___Locals said that Israeli forces raided the home of Palestinian, Ghaleb Abu Sbeih, in the Old City of HEBRON and thoroughly searched it, damaging most of his furniture and personal belongings.  ___Israeli forces assaulted two Palestinians, Shaher and Ibrahim Abu Sbeih, during the raid. . .   More . . .
Related . . . ISRAELI  FORCES  INJURE  DOZENS  OF  PALESTINIAN  STUDENTS  IN  HEBRON

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .

HEBRON:  6  ILLEGAL  SETTLEMENTS,  95  PHYSICAL  OBSTACLES,  2200  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  TO  PRIVILEGE  850  ILLEGAL  SETTLERS.
For centuries, Al-Khalil (Hebron) has been considered a holy city, primarily because of the Ibrahimi Mosque/The Tomb of the Patriarchs, which followers of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity consider a sacred site of pilgrimage. Today, Al-Khalil is an openly segregated city. The daily lives of its 215,000 Palestinian residents are severely disrupted to privilege just 850 hard-line Israeli settlers, enabled by hundreds of heavily armed Israeli soldiers. More . . .   Join  Visualizing Palestine . . .
Related . . .  OCCUPATION  CAPTURED  09/18:  PHOTOS  OF  PALESTINIAN  LIFE  AND  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  IN  THE  WEST  BANK  CITY  OF  HEBRON
Related . . .  PALESTINIAN  POLICE  PAY  FIRST-EVER  SYMBOLIC  VISIT  TO  HEBRON’S  OLD  CITY

NOTICES  FROM  ORGANIZATIONS. . . .

ECUMENICAL  ACCOMPANIERS  PROGRAM  IN  PALESTINE  AND  ISRAEL  (EAPPI)    The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was created in 2002 by the WCC. . .    1,800 ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) have worked to create conditions for a just peace.   EAPPI advocates for justice and peace based on non-violence and a non-partisan approach. . . To insure adherence to these vital principles at a local level in Israel and Palestine, a Local Reference Group (LRG) with representatives from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, is appointed . . .     More . . .   Donate . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“A WOMAN,” BY SAMIH FARAJ

Take one step towards the old house
And another down the stairs to the home
Where a woman sits in the early evening light:
Light, the radiance of a dove, shining;
Or light like the light from a shrine.
No one knows where she has come from –
Through which quarter or distant land she passed.
What shadow the light cast when she’d gone.
No one knows the flood she passed through –
The risks she took, the daily deluge.
No one can measure the vast sea she crossed,
The hazards she held in her small hands.
An ordinary woman: one step at a time, one step
On the land lacking, on the barren soil; one step
On the time passing; one step on the clock ticking.
Except for something in her now rising, hot, scolding,
Even her dreams are besieged, it seems; yet
In the middle of a siege it’s still possible to dream.
A dream of the old house, and her first step.
—Translated by Jackie Kay

Samih Faraj is a teacher in Deheishe Refugee Camp and a lecturer at HEBRON and Bethlehem Universities. He has been editor-in-chief of several journals, including VOICE OF THE NATION.
Poem from A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014).

“. . . Those cities we love. Hanged with the noose by the blue guards. . . .” (Izz al-Din al-Manasra)

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Sanctuary of Abraham or Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron; staircase representing how teachers spread the word of the Prophet Muhammad. Rare original from the 11th century made of inlaid wood and no nails. (Photo: Rick Steves Blog)

❶ Israeli forces deliver stop-construction notices to residents of Hebron-area village

  • Background: “The Occupation: A Powerful And Self- Regulating Mechanism Of Organized Cruelty.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture

❷ Muslim Call to Prayer Stopped 86 Times at Ibrahimi Mosque [Hebron] in October
. . . ❷ ― (a) Israeli Soldiers Hurl Stones at Palestinian Primary School Children (VIDEO)
❸ Israel sentences Palestinian [Hebron] minor to life in prison, $500 thousand fine for killing Israeli
❹ Poetry by Izz al-Din al-Manasra
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ISRAELI  FORCES  DELIVER  STOP-CONSTRUCTION  NOTICES  TO  RESIDENTS  OF  HEBRON-AREA  VILLAGE     
Ma’an News Agency    
Nov. 2, 2016  Israeli forces delivered notices earlier this week to several families in the southern occupied West Bank village of Idhna ordering the halt of construction on several homes.
___The public relations department of the Idhna municipality said that resident Abdullah Suleiman al-Masri received a stop construction notice . . .   The municipality added that Muhammad Yunis Tmeizeh also received a stop construction notice . . .
___Israeli forces regularly issue notices and leave them near houses without their owners’ knowledge, the Idhna municipality said, adding that it would provide its services to targeted residents and follow up on these notices with the appropriate parties.    More . . .     Related:   GOLDMAN   SACHS   IS   FUNDING   HEBRON   SETTLERS

  • Shulman, David. “The Occupation: A Powerful And Self- Regulating Mechanism Of Organized Cruelty.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 19.3 (2014): 88-93.   Source.  

The phrase “Obstacles to Successful Negotiations” has a somewhat distant ring to it. . . .  It’s an abstraction, and far too hopeful at that. Obstacles could, in theory, be removed. Maybe someday they will be. But, for now, anyone who knows the reality of what is happening on the ground in the south Hebron hills isn’t likely to think in terms of “obstacles.” There exists a system that is self-sustaining, multi-leveled, with overlapping feedback mechanisms and upheld by overwhelming brute force, and this system has one and only one rationale. We can defy it, and  sometimes we do achieve minor, though meaningful, victories in the micro-struggle for every inch of land; but we have no chance of undermining the system itself or satisfying its endless hunger.
___Let’s begin at Umm al-Ara’is, wholly typical of that reality. The village lands once extended over a large area in the southern Hebron hills, not far from Palestinian Susya. Most have been lost to the settlers, including a particularly fertile wadi that is today just under the settlement — technically, the illegal outpost — of Mitzpeh Yair. The settlers simply took over these fields and have been cultivating them, as if they were theirs, for over two years. It’s a case, in no way unusual here, of out-and-out theft. As in other such cases, the Civil Administration, that is, the Occupation authority, has declared these fields “in dispute” — a legal category that means, in effect, that they are out of bounds to the Palestinian owners, though the settlers have free access to them at any time. A ruling on the question of ownership will probably be made, eventually, by one or more of the relevant authorities, possibly the Ministry of Defense.
___Members of the large ‘ Awad family have the title deeds to these lands.
[. . . .]  The Occupation works on automatic pilot, like other self-regulating systems. It is by now far bigger and infinitely more malevolent than any individual, or group of individuals, operating within it. Still, within the system, there is ample room for individual acts of wickedness. We see them in south Hebron every week.
[. . . .]  “Crazy,” in this case, points both to the fundamental absurdity of what passes for reality in the south Hebron hills and to the utterly arbitrary nature of the rules the soldiers are sent to enforce, as the officer’s words clearly reveal.
___ Yet both “absurd” and “arbitrary” are here synonyms for “wicked,” framed by the wider goal of taking the land. Quite often that wider goal spills over into acts that are truly sadistic . . . .

MUSLIM  CALL  TO  PRAYER  STOPPED  86  TIMES  AT  IBRAHIMI  MOSQUE [Hebron] IN OCTOBER 
Palestine Chronicle     
Nov. 2, 2016  The Israeli occupation authorities prevented the call to prayer from being made at Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque 86 times last month with the excuse given was that the call to prayer “annoyed” illegal Jewish settlers during holiday periods, a Palestinian Authority report has revealed.
___The Israeli occupation authorities “ignore the feelings of the Muslims and well as international laws and conventions which guarantee the protection of holy sites and free access to them,” the PA explained.
___The Ibrahimi Mosque was divided into two parts after a US-born Jewish settler entered the prayer hall at dawn on Friday, February 25, 1994 and shot dead 29 Palestinians and wounded 150 others while they were praying.       More . . .   
. . .― (A) ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  HURL  STONES  AT  PALESTINIAN  PRIMARY  SCHOOL  CHILDREN  (VIDEO) 
Palestine Chronicle
Nov. 2, 2016  Israeli soldiers used slingshots to hurl stones at Palestinian school children they are deployed to protect, footage posted on YouTube shows.
___The video taken on 25 October at 13:05 and uploaded by AtTuwaniProject, shows Israeli soldiers using slingshots to throw stones at Palestinian primary school children who are on their way home from school between the villages of Tuba and Twaneh in the South Hebron Hills.       More . . .    

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Al Shuhada Street, once the main market street of Hebron, is today a ghost town with businesses boarded up and soldiers and a few tourists walking around. (Photo: Katie Duffus Blog)

ISRAELI  SENTENCES  PALESTINIAN  [Hebron]  MINOR  TO  LIFE  IN  PRISON,  $500  MILLION  FINE  FOR  KILLING  ISRAELI 
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 3, 2016  An Israeli court sentenced 16 year-old Palestinian Murad Badr Ideis to life in prison and a nearly $500,000 fine on Wednesday for carrying out a deadly stabbing attack in January.
___Ideis, a resident of the village of Beit Amra in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, received the life sentence and a 1.75 million-shekel ($458,875) fine after being convicted of carrying a stabbing attack on Jan. 17, killing Dafna Meir, a 38-year-old Israeli woman living in the illegal settlement of Otniel.
[. . . .] The head of the Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs in Hebron, Ibrahim Najajra, called the sentencing unjust and said the sentence, as well as the huge fine, was part of an Israeli policy of revenge on the Palestinian people.
___Israeli forces demolished Ideis’ family home in Beit Amra in June.       More . . .

AT  NIGHT,”  BY  IZZIDDIN  AL-DIN  AL-MANASRA

At night I come to you,
at night I tempt you,
and your memory wounds me.
I weep for you
traveling toward your vineyards in my dream,
towards your mountain paths.
I slide onto your sandy roads like a snake,
leaving my traces before I die.

At night I speak, bringing the sea
to the mountain, reconciling thorns with lilies
and night guards
with people awaiting seaborne barbarians
or desert strangers, coming from oil wells, coming.
I yearn for you at night but green cities do not merge
with cities of flame; you never leave your exile
and I never enter it.
How can I reconcile our exiles with the
cities of green? Those cities we love.
Hanged with the noose by the blue guards.
Guarded by rubies, oil, and gold.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye

IZZ  AL-DIN  AL-MANASRA was born in Hebron in 1946. He has been the Director of cultural programs in Jordanian radio, editor of Palestinian Affairs magazine, and worked as a professor of comparative literature in Constantine University in Algeria. He has published more than ten collections of poetry sine his first one, Ya Inab al-Khalil (O grapes of Hebron, 1968) ―all in an earthy and very direct language rich in alluisions to symbolic features of the homeland. . .  He has received several literary awards. In 2003 he was invited to represent Palestine at the Poetry International held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, were he read some of his poems in Arabic, with simultaneous Dutch and English translation.
From:  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

“. . . At every closed door the passerby lays down his pain . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

Two photos of the same portion of Shuhada street – a thriving market before 1994, now an empty street where no Palestinians are allowed to enter (Photo: by B’Tselem)
Two photos of the same portion of Shuhada street – a thriving market before 1994, now an empty street where no Palestinians are allowed to enter (Photo: by B’Tselem)

❶ 16-year-old shot dead after attempting stabbing outside BLOCKADED  VILLAGE
❷ Ethnic cleansing of Shuhada Street in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron)
❸ Half of Israeli Jews back Palestinians’ ‘expulsion or transfer’ from Israel
❹ Israeli Forces Hand Demolition Notices in Qalqiliya Village
❺ Opinion/Analysis: GENOCIDE,  APARTHEID,  OCCUPATION  AND  THE  TRUTH!  Part I
❻ Poetry by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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16-YEAR-OLD  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ATTEMPTING  STABBING  OUTSIDE  BLOCKADED  VILLAGE
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 9, 2016
Israeli forces shot dead a 16-year-old Palestinian boy after he attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at a military checkpoint outside the BLOCKADED VILLAGE OF AL-ZAWIYA in Salfit district on Wednesday morning.
___Al-Zawiya in the northern West Bank was placed under military blockade late on Tuesday after it is believed one of its residents carried out a stabbing attack near Tel Aviv.      MORE . . .

ETHNIC  CLEANSING  OF  SHUHADA  STREET  IN  OCCUPIED  AL-KHALIL  (HEBRON)
INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT, AL-KHALIL TEAM
6 Mar. 2016
Since the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, the majority of Shuhada Street – once the thriving Palestinian market and main thoroughfare connecting north and south al-Khalil (Hebron) – has been closed to Palestinians. They are completely barred from accessing it, except for a small stretch in the Tel Rumeida neighbourhood.      MORE . . . 

HALF  OF  ISRAELI  JEWS  BACK  PALESTINIANS’  ‘EXPULSION  OR  TRANSFER’  FROM  ISRAEL 
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 8, 2016
Nearly half of Israeli Jews believe that Palestinians with Israeli citizenship should be “expelled or transferred” from Israel, according to an authoritative survey published Tuesday.
___The Pew Research Center said its survey found evidence of “deep divisions” [. . . .]
___ The survey found that 48 percent of Israeli Jews agree — including 21 percent strongly — that Palestinian citizens of Israel ought to be expelled or transferred from Israel.       MORE . . .

A group of demonstrators near the city of Qalqilya in the West Bank protest the closure of the Azzun village road by Israeli security forces on February 26, 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)
A group of demonstrators near the city of Qalqilya in the West Bank protest the closure of the Azzun village road by Israeli security forces on February 26, 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)

ISRAELI  FORCES  HAND  DEMOLITION  NOTICES  IN  QALQILIYA  VILLAGE 
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY  
10 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces Thursday handed demolition notices for 13 Palestinian houses in Azzun village, east of Qalqiliya, in the northern West Bank, reported WAFA correspondent. Israeli troops handed notices to the homeowners of 13 houses in the village, ordering them to immediately halt construction. The homeowners were threatened that their houses would be demolished if they fail to immediately comply with the notices.      MORE . . . 

OPINION  ANALYSIS:  GENOCIDE,  APARTHEID,  OCCUPATION  AND  THE  TRUTH!  Part I
DAYS OF PALESTINE
9 Mar. 2016
The Occupation of Palestine did not begin in 1967, and neither did Occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people. The Zionist Occupation Regime established their illegal state on the mass graves of the Palestinian people long before; Jew, Muslim and Christian alike.
___Genocide: the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
___Let us go back further to the Nakba of 1948 . . . .      MORE . . .

“THE CITY,” BY JABRA IBRAHIM JABRA (1926-1994)

(The first and last sections of a much longer poem about the depopulation of a Palestinian city)

I
Look at the deserted city in the dark,
and the closed doors of the shops;
look at the street stretched in the morning.
Did you rest between the closing and opening of doors
in untroubled sleep?
Mine was burdened with dreams.
I live with shadows and lanterns.
I feel a twinge of pain for each and every light and still,
I see only shadows in the night and in the morning.

At every closed door the passerby lays down his pain,
a shadow that swells and stretches
for every unrealized desire.
At the doorways the shadows spring
from the desires of passersby;
between self and self,
between sterility and disease.
And into the crevices of sleep the night flings
ulcerated bodies, trees
whose fruits are spat up on the ground to rot.
Have you seen your fingers dry
hard as shiny nails?
Each nail is the worm from a carcass
sliding on the circle of lights in your brain,
so that you only see the swaying shadows
distend and crowd the doors and sidewalk.

IV
Look at the deserted street in the dark.
The shops are dressed in darkness
and the light never finds them―the doors are fitted
with forbidding latches.
The passerby bows under the paid
that grips him afresh at every door.

But when the storms blow
they sweep the dead from the sidewalk, obliterate
the lanterns and shadows,
and purge the eye and foot.
Blow, storms,
and pry
the fingers of death from us;
dismiss
the pain patrolling every door
and release
the scream of life in throats,
the hymns of cancers
in the road.

Descend
from the heights
pregnant with the tides of the sea, and efface
all rotting things from sight.
Open the doors of the city to the great sea;
turn angry waves into the shadow-houses
to scour the corners and the floors.
Sweep out
the iron chains; send the chains
of bones and worms
down to the black
rocks at the bottom of the sea.
Let fertility surge from its blue caves
into our land
and blood. . . .
and restore calm sleep to out nights.
Then will the sun burst forth
with blossoms and greenery for the city
and laughter will be heard from every
window, room, and house.
―(Spring 1958)

About Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.
More . . .
Section II of this poem.
Section III of this poem
From:  WHEN  THE  WORDS  BURN:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY:  1945-1987. Translated and edited by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Cormorant Books, 1988. Available from Amazon.
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“. . . they say the wild birds ferried his blood to his family. . .” (Zuhair Abu Shaib)

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Disbelief: Pictured is the grieving mother of one of the four Palestinian children from the same family killed in a naval strike on the port of Gaza 17 July 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

❶ Child killed, brother injured by leftover Israeli ordnance
❷ Al-Qiq ends 94-day hunger strike after deal struck with Israel
❸ Amnesty International: Palestinians protest in Hebron against decades of severe restrictions
. . . . . ❸― (ᴀ) 22 years after the Ibrahimi mosque massacre, Palestinians still suffer consequences
❹ Distributing administrative demolition orders in the village of Esawyeh
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Frozen in Their Grief: On the Bereavement of Palestinian Families
❻ Poetry by Zuhair Abu Shaib
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THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
CHILD  KILLED,  BROTHER  INJURED  BY  LEFTOVER  ISRAELI  ORDNANCE
Feb. 26, 2016
Five-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and his six-year-old brother was badly injured in an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night. The blast in Jabaliya refugee camp was caused by unexploded Israeli ordnance from the 2014 Gaza war.     More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
AL-QIQ  ENDS  94-DAY  HUNGER  STRIKE  AFTER  DEAL  STRUCK  WITH  ISRAEL
Feb. 26, 2016
Killian Redden
Imprisoned Palestinian hunger-striker Muhammad al-Qiq on Friday ended a grueling 94-day hunger strike that has brought him close to death after his lawyers struck an eleventh hour deal with the Israeli authorities.
___Israel’s six-month administrative detention sentence against al-Qiq will not be renewed, while his lawyers managed to push the date of his release back to May 21, he said.     More . . .

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Israeli soldiers arrest Professor Gadi Algazi at a demonstration in Hebron calling on the army to ”open the Hebron Ghetto,’ Hebron, West Bank, February 20, 2016. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
AMNESTY  INTERNATIONAL:  PALESTINIANS  PROTEST  IN  HEBRON  AGAINST  DECADES  OF  SEVERE  RESTRICTIONS
Today, February 26, Palestinian residents and activists in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron are holding demonstrations marking 22 years since the Israeli authorities first closed al-Shuhada Street, formerly the city’s commercial centre.
___They are protesting against illegal Israeli settlements and demanding the removal of the restrictions on their movement, which are applied only to Palestinians and not to Israeli settlers. . . . October 2015, the Israeli [occupation] forces (ÎOF) intensified the long-standing restrictions, declaring parts of Hebron’s Old City a “closed military zone”    More . . .
. . . . . ❸― (ᴀ) INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
22  YEARS  AFTER  THE  IBRAHIMI  MOSQUE  MASSACRE,  PALESTINIANS  STILL  SUFFER  CONSEQUENCES
Feb. 25, 2016
On the 25th of February 1994, a US citizen residing in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement entered the Ibrahimi mosque . . . opened fire on the Palestinians that were crammed inside for the prayer. He killed 29 men and boys and injured dozens . . . .
___In 1997, a protocol was signed between Israel and the PLO, dividing Hebron into two areas: “H1”, controlled by Israeli forces, and “H2”, under Palestinian control
___22 years later, all measures that were declared in Hebron on the 25th of February, 1994 are still enforced, except for the curfew. And settlers are more than ever taking over the city, with the compliance of the Israeli government.      More . . .
WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
DISTRIBUTING  ADMINISTRATIVE  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  IN  THE  VILLAGE  OF  ESAWYEH
Feb. 25, 2016
Joint crews of occupation municipality and Special Forces hung administrative demolition orders on several residential establishments in the village of Esawyeh on Wednesday.
___Mohammad Abu Hummos, member of follow-up committee in the village of Esawyeh, explained that occupation municipality’s crews raided Abu Rayaleh neighborhood in the village and took pictures of the entire neighborhood before hanging administrative demolition orders on 9 houses.    More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
FROZEN  IN  THEIR  GRIEF:  ON  THE  BEREAVEMENT  OF  PALESTINIAN  FAMILIES
Dr. Samah Jabr
Feb. 25, 2016
While the world was celebrating New Year’s Eve in 2015, with all of its promise for the coming year, dozens of Palestinian families were receiving the frozen bodies of their Shaheeds (martyrs): children killed by Israelis in the recent political upheaval.
___. . . this article is an attempt to explore the experience of grief among victims of our political reality- not an essay on the meaning of martyrdom . . . . [Palestinians glorify] the individuals who have been killed resisting the occupation and use the term “Shaheed” to draw attention to the circumstances of their death. . . .
___Much silence surrounds the grief of the families of Palestinian fighters. The Palestinians perceive the Israeli authorities as taking sadistic satisfaction in our suffering.   More . . .

“MARTYR,”  BY  ZUHAIR  ABU  SHAIB
When they found him
he had become an emerald flame;
as when they lifted his arms they found
sheaves of wheat where a heart should be;
and they say those sheaves were whispering
beneath his shirt; and they say the wild birds
ferried his blood to his family, drop by drop;
and they say he will come back, suspended
in the hidden tree at the burning heart of volcanoes
and that his mother will fold him in her arms.
But when they found him he was an emerald flame,
so they stitched together rose petals for a shroud
and smoothed out the sky to keep him warm
and for a pillows, they lifted down the sun
and laid it beneath his head.
—Trans. By John Glenday

Zuhair Abu Shaib was born in Deir al-Ghusun and studied at Yarmouk University. She was a teacher and journalist in Yemen, and a book designer. She was also editor of the journal Awarq.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

“. . . Light the fire so I can see your sister’s corpse. . .” (Samih al-Qasim)

A photo of the killing shows an Israeli soldier aiming his gun at 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon. (Youth Against Settlements)
A photo of the killing shows an Israeli soldier aiming his gun at 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon. (Youth Against Settlements)

❶ HEBRON TEEN LAID TO REST AS WITNESS REFUTES ISRAELI ACCOUNT OF KILLING
❷ Israel imposes lockdown on East Jerusalem neighborhoods
❸ Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L)
❹ Al-Aqsa Stormed by Settlers Wearing Priestly Garments
❺ The dark narrative of Israel’s Rhodesia fantasy
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you.)

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HEBRON  TEEN  LAID  TO  REST  AS  WITNESS  REFUTES  ISRAELI  ACCOUNT  OF  KILLING
Sept. 23, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon on Wednesday, a day after the teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in Hebron, as a key eyewitness refuted claims she had attempted to stab Israeli soldiers. [. . . .]
____The 18-year-old was shot at a checkpoint at the entrance of Hebron’s central al-Shuhada street, after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, according to the Israeli army’s official account.
____No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, and Israeli authorities presented no evidence of the alleged stabbing attempt.
More . . .
Related (New York Times) . . .
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  IMPOSES  LOCKDOWN  ON  EAST  JERUSALEM  NEIGHBORHOODS
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the main entrances to East Jerusalem neighborhoods with cement blocks on Wednesday, preventing Palestinians from preparing for the Eid al-Adha holiday, locals said.
____Locals told Ma’an that Israeli authorities closed the three main entrances of the Sur Bahir neighborhood, as well as three main entrances leading into the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir . . . . with many residents reporting they are unable to . . . prepare for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Wednesday evening. [. . . .]
____The closures come as Israeli authorities continued to impose restrictions on Palestinians attempting to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound [. . . .]
____Sources said that 37 right-wing Israelis raided and toured the holy site Wednesday morning under the protection of armed Israeli police, adding that dozens of Palestinians were able to enter and pray in Aqsa by noon.
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Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is one of the first organizations to apply the sports-for-development concept in Palestine (PS4L photo)
Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is one of the first organizations to apply the sports-for-development concept in Palestine (PS4L photo)

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
PALESTINE:  SPORTS  FOR  LIFE  (PS4L)
Tamara Awartani
Sept. 2015
When we speak about sports, we realize that it means different things to different people. . . . another perspective on sports: Sports for Development.
____Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is one of the first organizations to apply the sports-for-development concept in Palestine. PS4L has developed the capacity of its youth staff and empowered them to be able to lead classes and activities using sports as a tool to reach out to youth, children, and women in order to teach them life skills.
PS4L staff developed a curriculum and applied sports-for-development principles in the implementation of two week-long youth vocational guidance summer camps that took place in August in Al-Aroub and Fara’a refugee camps. . .
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
AL-AQSA  STORMED  BY  SETTLERS  WEARING  PRIESTLY  GARMENTS
Sept. 24, 2015
Protected by heavily-guarded police officers, dozens of extremist settlers wearing priestly garments forced their way into the mosque compound via al-Maghariba (Moroccan) Gate to mark the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
____According to WAFA correspondence, settlers reportedly attempted to perform Talmudic (Jewish) prayers, however their attempts were foiled by the Mosque guards.
____This came as Israeli police deployed large reinforcements across Jerusalem ahead of Jewish feast and shut if off from the West Bank, making the city a military barrack.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
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THE  DARK  NARRATIVE  OF  ISRAEL’S  RHODESIA  FANTASY
Seth J. Frantzman
Sept. 24, 2015
The Rhodesia fantasy sees an Israel that can be controlled by a very small elite, what they refer to as a ‘villa in the jungle.’ At the heart of the delusion is an imagined community of ‘founders’ and an imagined majority status for what was always a minority.
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“THE  WILL  OF  A  MAN  DYING  IN  EXILE,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Light the fire so I can see in the mirror of the flames
The courtyard, the bridge
And the golden meadows.
Light the fires so I can see my tears
On the night of the massacre,
So I can see your sister’s corpse
Whose heart is a bird ripped by foreign tongues,
By foreign winds.
Light the fire so I can see your sister’s corpse,
So I can see jasmine
As a shroud,
The moon
As an incense burner
On the night of the massacre.
Light the fire so I can see myself dying.
My suffering is your only inheritance,
My suffering before the jasmine turns
Into a witness,
The moon
Into a witness.
Light the fires so I can see
Light the fi. . .

From Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
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Israeli authorities closed the main entrances to East Jerusalem neighborhoods with cement blocks on Wednesday (Ma’an News Agency photo)
Israeli authorities closed the main entrances to East Jerusalem neighborhoods with cement blocks on Wednesday (Ma’an News Agency photo)