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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

“. . . I shall carve the sun’s beckonings and the moon’s whisperings. . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Bethlehem olive wood carver
Bethlehem olive wood carver

❶ From AL MONITOR
BEDOUIN FACE EXPULSION AS ISRAEL BUILDS GREATER JERUSALEM
Aziza Nofal
June 4, 2015
RAMALLAH, West Bank — For years, Umm Mohamad, from the Abu Nawar Bedouin compound north of occupied Jerusalem, has been trying to find a house for her son Walid so he can get married and settle in the area where she lives. Her efforts have not paid off, though, as the Israeli occupation forces refuse to allow them to build a new house, not even a tent.
____The house Umm Mohamad and her sons are hoping to get is only a tent, but the plan is far-fetched as Israel is trying to expel them from their land to another location that was built to accommodate Bedouin and other communities. . . . [The family is] part of the 700 Bedouin living in the area facing the Ma’ale Adumim settlement — the largest in the West Bank. . .
____Israel issued a May 14 decision to expel the population to a region in the north of Al-Eizariya numbering 46 settlements of Bedouin groups from the highlands of Jerusalem.
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❷ From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
SOLDIERS ATTACK PROTESTERS MARKING THE 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NAKSA, IN HEBRON
Bassam Shweiki
June 06, 2015
Israeli soldiers attacked, Saturday, Palestinian protesters as they were commemorating the 1967 occupation of the full area of historic Palestine by the Israeli military. The demonstrators tried to reach the Bayt Al-Barakah (i.e. House of Blessing) in front of Arroub Refugees Camp, a building which was built on land belonging to the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.
____The land in question was recently threatened to be confiscated by the Israeli occupation authorities to establish a new settlement. Following the threat, the Israeli military declared the area as a military closed area.
____Dozens of activists participated in this demonstration, which was called for by the Hebron Defense Committee. . .
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❸ From MONDOWEISS +972
12 PALESTINIAN MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT ARE IN ISRAELI PRISON
Noam Rotem
June 6, 2015
An Israeli military court decided last week to continue detaining Khalida Jarrar, a member of the Palestinian parliament, who has been imprisoned by Israel for the past two months. Jarrar was first arrested and put in administrative detention, which in effect meant that she could be held indefinitely without being charged or seeing trial. However, in the wake of a global campaign for her release, the state decided to release her from administrative detention and put her on trial.
____Jarrar is not the only member of the Palestinian parliament, known as the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), to be held by Israel. Israel is currently imprisoning 12 other Palestinians parliamentarians, who were elected in the last democratic elections to take place in the Palestinian Authority in 2006. Some are in administrative detention, which in the eyes of the international community makes them political prisoners. . .
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Palestinian Bedouins shift through their family's belongings after their shacks and tents were destroyed by Israeli army bulldozers
Palestinian Bedouins shift through their family’s belongings after their shacks and tents were destroyed by Israeli army bulldozers

❹ From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
REPORT: 850 THOUSAND PALESTINIANS ARRESTED SINCE 1967
June 5, 2015
Data from the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-detainees show that Israel has arrested more than 850 thousand Palestinians since 1967, consisting 20 percent of the Palestinian people.
____The commission expressed deep concerns over “the escalated Israeli daily arrests and violations that mainly target the Palestinian society.”
____Daily arrest policy is a main feature of Israeli occupation, the statement said, pointing out that more than ten arrests are daily reported in occupied Palestine.
____Since 1967, 206 Palestinians have died in Israeli jails, including 71 prisoners were tortured to death. . .
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❺ From PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
UN CONFIDENTIAL REPORT: ISRAEL VIOLATED CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
June 6, 2015
A confidential UN document obtained by Reuters on Friday reported an alarming number of child victims in the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza. The document was prepared by UN agencies for submission to the UN special envoy for children in armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, as she prepares a draft of the annual list of violators of children’s rights.
____The 22-page confidential document reportedly uses strong language in its condemnation of violations of children’s rights during the attacks on Gaza. It specifies what it said were unlawful deaths and injuries caused by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in its attacks on schools and hospitals.
____2100 Palestinians, mostly civilians and around 540 children, were killed during the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza. 371 of the children killed were 12 years old or younger.
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“THE OLIVE TREE,” BY TAWFIQ ZAYYAD
Because I do not knit wool,
Because I am always hunted
And my home is always raided,
Because I cannot buy a piece of paper,
I shall carve all what I see
And all my secrets
On the homeyard olive tree.

I shall carve my story and the scenes of my tragedy;
I shall carve my sorrows
In the orange grove and on the tombs of the dead;
I shall carve all the bitterness I taste
(Until my tongue is sweetened by days to come).
I shall carve the serial number
Of every piece of land,
The spot of my village on the map.
The destroyed houses,
My uprooted trees,
All the crushed wild blooms

I shall care the names
Of all the connoisseurs of torture,
The names of their prisons,
The trade-mark of their chains,
The archives of the jailors
And their maledictions.
I shall carve:
“Fafr Qassem, I will never forget you,
And your memory, Deir Yassin will never face.”
I shall also carve;
“After all our trials and pains
We have finally reached
The heights of intense tragedy.”

I shall carve the sun’s beckonings
And the moon’s whisperings
And what a skylark recalls
At a deserted well.

For the sake of remembrance,
I shall continue to carve,
On the homeyard olive tree,
All the scenes of my tragedy,
And all the stages of the disaster,
From the beginning
Till the end.
—translation by Sulafa Hijjawi and Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri

About Fafr Qassem
About Deir Yassin

From: A Lover from Palestine and Other Poems: An Anthology of Palestinian Poetry. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.

Tawfiq Zyyad (7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his “poetry of protest”. Born in the Galilee, Zyyad studied literature in USSR. He was elected mayor of Nazareth, a victory that “surprised and alarmed” Israelis. Elected to the Knesset 1973, Zyyad was active in pressuring the Israeli government to change its policies towards Palestinians both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. A report he co-authored. . .
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Illegal settlement, Ma'ale Adumim (Jerusalem)
Illegal settlement, Ma’ale Adumim (Jerusalem)