“. . . form the seamless web of colonial sovereignty . . .” (Annie Pfingst)

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Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem – 27th of January, 2014, bulldozers demolish the house of the Adjluni family, allegedly for having been built illegally (Photo: by János Chialá)

❶ Israeli forces demolishes homes of Tel Aviv attack suspects

  • Background from Politics & The Life Sciences

❷ Israel demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem for 6th time in 10 years
❸ Israel approves prison sentences for ‘terrorists’ as young as 12

  • Background from Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISHES  HOMES  OF  TEL AVIV  ATTACK  SUSPECTS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 4, 2016
Israeli forces raided the town of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank late on Wednesday night and demolished the family homes of two Palestinian cousins who carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv in June which killed four Israelis.
___Yatta residents said that hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided central Yatta and the al-Hileh area, the locations of the homes of Khalid and Muhammad Makhamreh, who have been held in Israeli custody since the attack.
___Israeli bulldozers then demolished Khalid’s family’s house, while Muhammad’s family home was remotely detonated. A video released by the Israeli army shows bulldozers demolishing one house, while Israeli troops set up explosives in another, which was then detonated remotely, possibly by a drone.     MORE . . .

From Politics & The Life Sciences
Since the onset of occupation in 1967, the model utilized by the Israeli government in administering policies in the occupied territories has been a colonial model. That is, the occupied territories have been governed directly by Israel to the economic advantage of Israel, and with a paramount concern for shoring up Israel’s geographic security. For 20 years this model did deliver peace, though not without tensions, which exploded in the 1987 Palestinian uprising. Goodwin and Skocpol discuss the colonial model . . .  Conflict – indeed, revolution – is predicted to occur under direct colonial rule and the right circumstances (J. Goodwin and T. Skopcol, ‘‘Explaining revolutions in the contemporary third world’’).
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Their hypothesis would read something like the following: Revolution will be most likely to occur when the regime adopts policies that are highly exclusionary and repressive, when the administrative bureaucracy fails to integrate a broad coalition from the middle and upper strata of society, and when the regime is unable to fully penetrate (i.e., control) the national territory which it governs. The collapse of the colonial model as an organizing principle for the coexistence of both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs was evidenced by the 1987 Palestinian uprising, which eventually led to the signing of the Oslo Accords.
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Most of the peace plans presently circulating . . .  are incremental in nature with ‘‘nationhood’’ held as the final reward for Palestinians. In a linear process, this is perhaps a logical approach. However . . . the eventual promise of peace is held hostage to Palestinian violence perpetrated against Israeli citizens and Israeli state-sponsored violence (and further land confiscations) perpetrated against Palestinians.
___Such tensions are indirectly promoted at the international level, given that the reality of globalism, which promotes the desirable dimension of multinational cooperation, has also given rise to backlash animosities, extremist aggression, and the international ‘‘war on terror.’’ Pressures from the former push Israel to withdraw from its colonial occupation of Palestinian lands, while pressures from the latter regularly condemn Palestinian actions against the occupation as terrorism.

  • Urban, J. Kristen. “Competitive Exclusion.” Politics & The Life Sciences 28.2 (2009): 69-83.  SOURCE 

❷ ISRAEL  DEMOLISHES  PALESTINIAN  HOME  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM  FOR  6TH  TIME  IN  10  YEARS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 3, 2016
Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian family’s home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina — the sixth time since the family began seeking an Israeli-issued building license more than a decade ago — amid a massive escalation of demolitions in the city over recent weeks.
___The owner of the house, Izz al-Din Abu Nijma, said that the demolition “caught him by surprise,” though it remained unclear if a demolition notice had previously been delivered by Israeli authorities.
___In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an they were not involved in the demolition, despite Beit Hanina being located within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries.        MORE . . .  

❸ ISRAEL  APPROVES  PRISON  SENTENCES  FOR  ‘TERRORISTS’  AS  YOUNG  AS  12
Middle East Eye
August 3, 2016
Israeli politicians have approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of “terrorist offences” in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians, parliament said on Wednesday.
___”The ‘Youth Bill’, which will allow the authorities to imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she is under the age of 14, passed its second and third readings… Tuesday night,” an English-language statement said.
___It added that the seriousness of attacks in recent months “demands a more aggressive approach, including toward minors”.
___The statement quoted Anat Berko, an MP from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and the bill’s sponsor, as saying “to those who are murdered with a knife in the heart it does not matter if the child is 12 or 15”.     MORE . . .

From Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The declaration of an Emergency and the practices enabled through Emergency regulations are intensified forms of instrumentalised colonial governmentality and violence, part of the structure of settler colonialism – of settlement, dispossession, repression, expulsion and containment – in which the technologies and architectures of oppression are codified and the legitimacy of colonialism unquestioned by either the colonial administration or the settlement project. The state of emergency as an oppressive regime is characterised by surveillance, arrest and detention, screening, secret evidence and torture, and the workings of secret services and militarised violence – characteristics evident in Israeli daily practices over Palestine to structure what Pappe describes as an oppressive state . . . a secret services state. Three forms of violence . . . founding violence, the violence of legitimation that in turn produced ‘an imaginary capacity converting the founding violence into authorizing authority’ and a third form of violence that would ensure the ‘maintenance, spread and permanence’ of the authorizing authority – form the seamless web of colonial sovereignty. . . ‘(t)he lack of justice of the means, and the lack of the legitimacy of the ends, conspired to allow an arbitrariness and intrinsic unconditionality that may be said to have been the distinctive features of colonial sovereignty.’ (Quoting Mbembe, A. On the Postcolony, 2001)

  • Pfingst, Annie. “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2014): 6-37.     FULL ARTICLE
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Israeli soldiers “conduct traumatic arrests of Palestinian children, often involving violence and humiliation,” says Defense for Children International-Palestine Section (Photo: Sliman Khader, APA images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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