“. . . they come from the ends of the winds . . .” (Yousef Al-Mahmoud)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 photo, Jewish settler youths while their father barbecues in Amona, Israeli outpost in the West Bank (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

❶ Israel advances plans for new settlement for Amona outpost evacuees
. . . ❶ ― (a) West Bank outpost’s impending evacuation a test for Israel

  • Background from Forced Migration Review

❷ Israeli plan to build new settlement neighborhood in Jerusalem
. . . ❷ ― (a) Related: Jerusalem demolishes Palestinian homes beyond the wall for first time [2010, Walaja]
❸ Genocide advocate Ayelet Shaked revives Peres plan for West Bank
❹ POETRY by Yousef Al-Mahmoud
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Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 2, 2016
The Israeli Civil Administration has advanced plans to construct a new illegal Israeli settlement in the northern occupied West Bank, likely to be used to relocate settlers residing in the Amona outpost, according to Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, following an Israeli Supreme Court decision to demolish the outpost by the end of this year.
___Peace Now said in a press release on Saturday that two plans were promoted by the Higher Planning Committee (HPC) of the Civil Administration on Wednesday, including the new settlement for the Amona evacuees, as well as for a new industrial zone west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.      MORE . . .
Daily Mail      
Associated Press
May 27, 2016
The fate of 50 white caravans perched atop a West Bank hill in the Amona settler outpost is emerging as a key test for Benjamin Netanyahu’s newly-expanded hard-line government.
___Under a Supreme Court order, the government must tear down the outpost by the end of the year — a move expected to face staunch opposition from within the coalition and pit security forces against the wishes of leading members of the Cabinet.
___Amona is the largest of about 100 unauthorized outposts — built without permission but generally tolerated by the government — that dot the West Bank.    More . . .

  • Khalil, Karim. “Attempts To Prevent Displacement In The Occupied Palestinian Territories.” Forced Migration Review 41 (2012): 36-37.  Full article.

While strategies for the prevention of forced displacement gain value in the humanitarian community in addressing displacement situations, Israeli actions and policies in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) continue to directly and indirectly lead to the forced displacement of Palestinians. . . .
___Although there are no comprehensive figures available on displaced in the oPt, figures compiled from local and international NGOs and the UN indicate that since 1967, more than 270,000 people have been displaced across the oPt, including those temporarily displaced, with more than half of all displacements occurring in the last five years [2007-20012].
[. . . .] Palestinian communities and individual households have sought to prevent or mitigate the effects of Israeli policies that lead to displacement. The tenacity of people who remain – reflected in the concept of sumud, or steadfastness – is explained by the desire to retain one’s home, one’s land, and equally not replicate the fate of Palestinian refugees whose current situation is a stark reminder of the consequences of displacement and dispossession.
[. . . .] Throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem protests are held by Palestinian communities, as well as by Palestinian, Israeli and international activists, against Israeli policies. Thousands of Palestinian households have contested demolition orders, appropriation of land, the revocation of residency or denial of family reunification through the Israeli courts, at great expense and over protracted periods of time. It is not uncommon for such litigation to last for years and in some cases close to a decade, often at great personal expense.
[. . . .] The impact – social, financial and psychological – on the well-being of individuals, families and their children is cumulative. They experience vulnerability, trauma and anxiety, balancing the risks they face against the need to retain their properties and their possessions.
[. . . . ] The response of the humanitarian community should not detract from the need for the international community to ensure international humanitarian and human rights law is upheld and further displacements prevented.

Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Sep. 28, 2016
The committees of planning and construction in the Israeli municipality in Jerusalem officially announced a plan to build a new settlement neighborhood southwest of the city called the slopes of the torch, overlooking and adjacent to the territories of the Palestinian village of Walaja, and close to the town of Beit Jala.
___According to documents and maps seen by the Media Centre for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa affairs “Ciobrs”, the municipality approved and published the details of building a new neighborhood in the hills of the southern West Jerusalem, an area of about 170 dunums.
___The construction scheme includes the establishment of 493 housing units, as well as a Jewish synagogue and its facilities, the center explained.        More . . .
The Electronic Intifada     
Aviv Tatarsky
April 14, 2016
Israeli authorities demolished three homes in the Palestinian village of al-Walaja on Tuesday. Bulldozers accompanied by Israeli soldiers raided the village at approximately 4 a.m. and began demolishing a home with two units that have yet to be occupied, a family home of five, and a home of Mahmoud, a young man who just got engaged.     More . . .  

The Wall under construction in al-Walaja, Dec. 7, 2010. It now completely surrounds the village. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The Electronic Intifada
Nora Barrows-Friedman
Oct. 1, 2016
Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s justice minister, faced protests as she spoke to law students and professors at Columbia University’s law school on 19 September.
___In a secret audio recording taken during the closed event, Shaked can be heard seeking to revive a discredited idea long championed by Shimon Peres, the leading Israeli politician who died this week.
___The idea is that a deal could be struck with Jordan to push Palestinians under its jurisdiction as Israel maintains effective control over the occupied West Bank.     ___A key objective behind Peres’ plan – the so-called Jordanian option – was to sideline the Palestine Liberation Organization and neuter Palestinian resistance to Israel. Palestinians saw it as an affront to their right of self-determination. Shaked denies Israel is an occupier, claiming that the West Bank is merely “territory under dispute.”  More . . . 


They come from all the ends of the earth to sit among us
they come from the ends of the winds
they bring sickness and a hissing like snakes
they come from the ends of the snows
they come smelling of death
they come with blood-dipping knives
they bring panic and terror
they are utterly not-to-be-trusted
they are utterly murderous
they are proud of their murders, they are drinkers of blood
proud of tooth and nail
even more proud of guns and treachery
they come to burn the love in our hearts
and turn it to torture and bitterness
they bring sorrow, terror, sickness. . .
How have they come to sit among us?
—Translated by DM Black

Yousef Al-Mahmoud is a prominent broadcaster and poet, and former head of the Ministry of Culture in his native Jenin.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.