“. . . A procession coming from far away . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

❶ Israeli forces use live fire during clashes in hometown of Palestinian killed by settler
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces open fire at Gaza farmers
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Israeli forces suppress protest in Hebron-area village
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) Israeli forces suppress weekly march in Ramallah-district village

  • Background: “An Orchestra of Civil Resistance: Privilege, Diversity, and Identification among Cross-Border Activists in a Palestinian Village.” Peace & Change.

❷ November 2017 Monthly Incitement Report: Netanyahu is responsible for generating a culture of hate and racism in Israel
❸ The insecure residence of East Jerusalem Palestinians
❹ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  USE  LIVE  FIRE  DURING  CLASHES  IN  HOMETOWN  OF  PALESTINIAN  KILLED  BY  SETTLER     
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 1, 2017 ― A day after a Palestinian farmer from the village of Qusra was shot dead by Israeli settlers, Israeli forces fired live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at locals in the village after Friday prayers.
___Clashes erupted between Palestinians in the village, located southeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, following Friday prayers that were held at the site where Mahmoud Odeh, 48, was shot dead by an Israeli settler on Thursday.
___A local official told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers fired dozens of tear gas, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at locals, causing many to suffer from severe tear-gas inhalation.   MORE . . .   ..      Background at ③
.  .  .  .  .  ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  GAZA  FARMERS   
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the central Gaza Strip, according to locals.
___Sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces, stationed along the border between Gaza and Israel, fired at Palestinian farmers working their lands east of the al-Mughazi refugee camp in central Gaza.
___Meanwhile, in the Beit Lahiya area of the northern coastal enclave, Israeli forces opened fire on agricultural lands.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❶ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  PROTEST  IN  HEBRON-AREA VILLAGE 
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― Clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in a village in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron after Israeli forces suppressed a protest in the area.
___Palestinians in the village of Khirbet Qalqas, located in the southern Hebron district, took to the streets of the village to stage a demonstration after Friday prayers.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❶ ― (ᴄ) ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  WEEKLY  MARCH  IN  RAMALLAH-DISTRICT  VILLAGE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― Israeli forces Friday suppressed a weekly march in Nilin village, west of Ramallah, causing a number of Palestinians to suffocate, said an activist.
___Mohammad Amireh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that Palestinians performed Friday prayers in their olive groves, south of the village, expressing their condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian farmer by Israeli Jewish settlers in Nablus-district village of Qusra.
___Protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the killing and stressing the importance of resisting Israeli occupation.   MORE . . .    ..

Hackl, Andreas.
“AN ORCHESTRA OF CIVIL RESISTANCE: PRIVILEGE, DIVERSITY, AND IDENTIFICATION AMONG CROSS-BORDER ACTIVISTS IN A PALESTINIAN VILLAGE.”
PEACE & CHANGE, vol. 41, no. 2, Apr. 2016, pp. 167-193.
[. . . .]  The regular weekly emonstrations [in the village of Bil’in] began in January 2005 and protested against the construction of Jewish settlements and the Israeli Separation Barrier on villagers’ land. The barrier threatened the livelihood of Bilʿin, cut villagers off from about 50 to 60 percent of their lands, and prevented their access to olive trees, the mainstay of the Palestinian rural economy. In response, Bilʿin’s residents organized a popular committee with members of diverse political streams. . . . Most of the previously separated land was eventually handed back to the villagers, but despite these changes, demonstrations in Bilʿin have not ceased.
[. . . .] On an organizational level, the sustained struggle benefited from four factors: the close relationship between the local popular committee and the village community; successful trust building and shared decision making between Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals; the creativity of the demonstrations; and the fact that Bilʿin is easily accessible for cross-border activists coming from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
[. . . .]  Civil resistance in Palestine has a long history that stems from the colonial interventions of the early twentieth century, including the British Lord Balfour’s promise to restore the Land of Israel.  Palestinian strategies of protest came into full force in 1923 after the British Mandate was formally established and included political entreaties, demonstrations, strikes, and ultimately armed rebellion. . .   Specifically noteworthy is the general strike held during the Great Revolt of 1936, which marked the last period of coherent and well-planned nonviolent civil resistance until the 1987 Intifada.
[. . . .]  It becomes clear that land is not just a political question in the West Bank. Retaining ties to farmland is also central to rural Palestinian culture, presenting yet another struggle that flows from the endangered status of the Palestinian nation and its confrontation with settler colonialism. Among Palestinians in Bilʿin, I noticed a strong connection between the local impact of the Israeli occupation and their land-related reflections upon the past, present, and future. Sustaining civil resistance was, in part, an expression of the desire to regain ownership of time and land for future generations.   SOURCE . . .  …

❷ NOVEMBER  2017  MONTHLY  INCITEMENT  REPORT:  NETANYAHU  IS  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  GENERATING  A  CULTURE  OF  HATE  AND  RACISM  IN  ISRAEL 
Palestine News Network – PNN 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― In November 2017 Monthly Incitement Report issued by PLO Department of Culture and Information PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that the real incitement stems from Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and its enslavement of an entire nation.
___She added that the Israeli hard line extremist government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for generating a culture of hate and racism in Israel, inciting violence and feeding extremism.
___Updated monthly, this report includes samples of recent derogatory and inflammatory comments and incitement by Israeli government officials and leaders specifically meant to distort reality and mislead public opinion.”
___Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Hebron is the city of Patriarchs. City of royalty. And the Jewish settlement in it is anchored with an ancient historical right as well as government decisions and international agreements of today. The Jewish nation continuously votes in favor of the continuation of the Jewish settlement in Hebron… We will carry on building [settlements].” (November 15, 2017).     MORE . . .
❸ THE  INSECURE  RESIDENCE  OF  EAST  JERUSALEM  PALESTINIANS 
+972 Magazine Blog    
Nov. 30, 2017
Yaël Ronen
The goal of Israel’s policies in East Jerusalem is to shrink the size of the city’s Palestinian population. Here’s how.
___ More than 300,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem today. The vast majority are not citizens of Israel but permanent residents, who may naturalize in accordance with the Citizenship Law. For many Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, their residency status is more important than citizenship. This is because the government is obligated to respect and protect the civil rights of everyone present within its borders, not just its citizens; and its obligation to ensure social and economic rights, like education and social security, hinge on residency, not citizenship. However, because the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem is not secure, they lack security in the rights to which they are entitled.
[. . . .] The treatment of East Jerusalem Palestinians as ordinary permanent residents is problematic both in principle and in practice. In principle, the status of permanent residents presupposes citizenship in another state, to which they may return and which would be obligated to accept them. This poses a problem for stateless individuals, who are not citizens of any country; if they lose their residency status, they remain with no legal status whatsoever. This is precisely the situation of East Jerusalem Palestinians: they are not citizens of any country that could take them in were they to lose their residency.   MORE . . . 

“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 thirty 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 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.

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

“. . . earth is the hell prepared for refugees. . .” (Ashraf Fayadh)

THE PALESTINIAN POET ASHRAF FAYADH, whose death sentence in Saudi Arabia was commuted to 8 years in prison after international pressure, has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. (Photo: BBC, 14 January 2016)
THE PALESTINIAN POET ASHRAF FAYADH, whose death sentence in Saudi Arabia was commuted to 8 years in prison after international pressure, has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. (Photo: BBC, 14 January 2016)

❶ Israeli Army Raids, Wreaks Havoc into Arab American University in Jenin
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Premier Condemns Israeli Raid on Arab American University in Jenin
❷ Jerusalem family rejects son’s [frozen] body after Israeli handover, another buried
❸ Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian shepherds, level land in Gaza
❹ ON  WORLD  POETRY  DAY,  GAZA  ACTIVISTS  HONOR  DETAINED  POET  ASHRAF  FAYADH
Opinion/Analysis:  AMERICAN  JEWS  SHOULD  PROTEST  AIPAC,  NOT  TRUMP
❻ Poetry by Ashraf Fayadh
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ISRAELI  ARMY  RAIDS,  WREAKS  HAVOC  INTO  ARAB  AMERICAN  UNIVERSITY  IN  JENIN
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
22 Mar. 2016
Large Israeli military forces Tuesday raided and wreaked havoc into the headquarters of the Arab American University in Jenin, said security and official sources.
___The university’s vice president of financial and administrative affairs, Faleh Abu Erra, informed WAFA large Israeli armed forces broke into the headquarters and buildings of the university during the predawn hours, after breaking down its doors.
___ Forces wreaked havoc into the headquarters and buildings, and seized computers, in addition to  files, banners and flags of student blocs.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PREMIER  CONDEMNS  ISRAELI  RAID  ON  ARAB  AMERICAN  UNIVERSITY  IN  JENIN
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
22 Mar. 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Tuesday condemned Israel’s raid on the Arab American University, located in the West Bank Governorate of Jenin, said a statement issued by the premier’s office.
___”I reiterate our call for international protection; Israel should not be allowed to continue to act above the law.  The international community witnesses yet another violation of the sanctity of Palestinian educational institutions, and it should not remain silent.”  MORE . . .

ISRAEL AND FREEDOM OF EDUCATION: Israeli military forces on the campus of Palestine Technical Institute in Tulkarem, Dec. 10, 2015. (MaanImages/File)
ISRAEL AND FREEDOM OF EDUCATION: Israeli military forces on the campus of Palestine Technical Institute in Tulkarem, Dec. 10, 2015. (MaanImages/File)

JERUSALEM  FAMILY  REJECTS  SON’S  [frozen] BODY  AFTER  ISRAELI  HANDOVER,  ANOTHER  BURIED
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 22, 2016
The Israeli authorities late Monday returned the bodies of two Jerusalemite Palestinians who were shot dead after allegedly carrying out attacks, one of which was rejected by family members.
___Witnesses said the Lions’ Gate area . . .  “looked like a military barracks” as Israeli forces heightened their presence for the return of the bodies of 15-year-old Hassan Khalid Manasra and Omar Skafi, 21.
___Outrage erupted when the family of 15-year-old Mansara found their son’s body frozen, in violation of a mutual agreement set up between the Israeli authorities and family members.      MORE . . .

ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  ON  PALESTINIAN  SHEPHERDS,  LEVEL  LAND  IN  GAZA
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 22, 2016
Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian shepherds and several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers entered the Palestinian side of the borderline between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Tuesday, locals said.
___Locals told Ma’an that soldiers fired live ammunition at a group of shepherds . . . .
___Northwest of Beit Lahiya in the north of the strip, witnesses said five large armored bulldozers leveled Palestinian lands near the border fence.
___Witnesses also said four bulldozers entered through the border fence from Kissufim military post onto Palestinian land east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.      MORE . . . 

ON  WORLD  POETRY  DAY,  GAZA  ACTIVISTS  HONOR  DETAINED  POET  ASHRAF  FAYADH
MONDOWEISS
Haidar Eid
21 Mar. 2016
On the Occasion of World Poetry Day, Gaza-based human rights activists released an amateur video-clip in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who has been detained in a Saudi prison since January 1, 2014, without access to a lawyer since then. He was initially sentenced to death for “apostasy” by a regional court in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2015. Due to international pressure and campaigns the sentence has recently been reduced to 8 years imprisonment and 800 lashes!       MORE . . .

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  AMERICAN  JEWS  SHOULD  PROTEST  AIPAC,  NOT  TRUMP
+972 MAGAZINE
Mairav Zonszein
18 Mar. 2016
AIPAC has never cared about Israel’s disregard for civil and human rights. So why should it care about Trump’s?      MORE . . .

ASHRAF  FAYADH’S  “DISPUTED”  POEMS,  IN  ENGLISH  TRANSLATION

8
prophets have retired
so do not wait for yours to come to you

and for you,
for you the monitors bring their daily reports
and get their high salaries..

how important money is
for a life of dignity

9
my grandfather stands naked everyday,
without banishment, without divine creation..
I have already been resuscitated without a godly blow in my image.
I am the experience of hell on earth..

earth
is the hell prepared for refugees.

10
your mute blood will not speak up
as long as you pride yourself in death
as long as you keep announcing -secretly- that you have put your soul
at the hands of those who do not know much..

losing your soul will cost time,
much longer than what it takes to calm
your eyes that have cried tears of oil

Ashraf Fayadh’s “Disputed” Poems, in English Translation: From MONA KAREEM’S BLOG
Nov 23, 2015
Mona Kareem is a poet, translator, and journalist based in New York. She published two collections of [Arabic] poetry in 2002 and 2004.  Mona is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program at Binghamton University.
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“. . . Time has grown up on its own without me . . .” (Yousef El Qedra)

Palestinian youths in Aida refugee camp list the names of the children killed in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014. (Photo: Agence France Presse/Musa al-Shaer, File)
Palestinian youths in Aida refugee camp list the names of the children killed in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip, on July 28, 2014. (Photo: Agence France Presse/Musa al-Shaer, File)

❶ PMO: Israel acted ‘above the law’ in killing of Gazan children
❷ Israeli forces level lands in southeastern Gaza Strip
❸ Israel’s new political and military offensive
❹ Billionaire donor using British Council to combat Israel boycott
❺ Analysis: TOO  DANGEROUS  TO  PLAY:  THE  WEST  BANK  CHILDREN  SHOT  DEAD  BY  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS
❻ Poetry by Yousef El Qedra

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PMO:  ISRAEL  ACTED  ‘ABOVE  THE  LAW’  IN  KILLING  OF  GAZAN  CHILDREN
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 15, 2016
The Palestinian Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday slammed Israel for “acting above the law” and called on the international community to hold Israel accountable for the deaths of two children killed in an airstrike on Gaza last week. . . .
___Addressing the incident, Jamal Dajani, Director of Strategic Communications and Media for Prime Minister Hamdallah said: “Israel continues to act above the law and murder children.”
___”Israeli leaders have blood on their hands, how do they justify the killing of innocent children?” Dajani said.     MORE . . .

ISRAELI  FORCES  LEVEL  LANDS  IN  SOUTHEASTERN  GAZA  STRIP
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
15 Mar. 2016
Israeli bulldozers on Tuesday entered the Palestinian side of the Gaza borderline under military protection near Khuzza village in the southeastern Gaza Strip.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that five bulldozers stormed an agricultural area east of Khuzza and leveled lands. No gunfire or injuries were reported.
___Israeli military forces routinely enter the Gaza Strip near the “buffer zone” which lies on the borderline between the besieged enclave and Israel.     MORE . . . 

ISRAEL’S  NEW  POLITICAL  AND  MILITARY  OFFENSIVE
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
14 Mar. 2016
A 6-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother were killed near the town of Beit Lahiya . . .  in their house at the time of the airstrike.
___The strike is part of a new Israeli political and military offensive against Palestinians that includes incursions into areas controlled by the Palestinian government, closing media outlets and negotiating with foreign governments to increase the international isolation of the West Bank city of Ramallah.
___On Friday, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, successfully urged the French President, Francois Hollande, to shut down Al Aqsa TV broadcasts on French satellite provider Eutelsat . . . .      MORE . . . 

BILLIONAIRE  DONOR  USING  BRITISH  COUNCIL  TO  COMBAT  ISRAEL  BOYCOTT
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
Hilary Aked
14 Mar. 2016
New documents seen by The Electronic Intifada . . . show that the British Council has been quietly working to thwart the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in support of Palestinian rights.
___The revelations about the government-funded program come as the UK attempts to ban local government from boycotting companies complicit in Israeli human rights abuses.
___. . . Nathan Kirsh, a billionaire businessman profiting directly from Israel’s wall in the occupied West Bank, is a donor to the British Council’s little-known anti-boycott project.
___The British Council is a quasi-governmental body which describes itself as making an important “contribution to UK soft power.” It gets approximately 20 percent of its funding from the UK Foreign Office.     MORE . . .

Luaiy al-Baw said his nephew Haitham who was shot in the back and killed by an Israeli soldier was more interested in animals and football than politics (Photo: Abed al-Qaisi)
Luaiy al-Baw said his nephew Haitham who was shot in the back and killed by an Israeli soldier was more interested in animals and football than politics (Photo: Abed al-Qaisi)

ANALYSIS:  TOO  DANGEROUS  TO  PLAY:  THE  WEST  BANK  CHILDREN  SHOT  DEAD  BY  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Sheren Khalel
13 Mar. 2016
Parents in the occupied West Bank say they can no longer allow their children to play outside because of fears that they could be shot dead by Israeli forces.
___A report published this month by a children’s rights group said that 41 children had been shot dead during six months of upheaval in which Israeli forces have often responded with lethal force to scores of stabbing and shooting attacks by Palestinians.
___Nasreen al-Baw, the mother of 14-year-old Haitham al-Baw who was killed by Israeli soldiers on 5 February, told Middle East Eye that her son had died instantly after being shot in the back while playing on a hillside with his cousin and another teenager and his two new dogs.     MORE . . .

    “I  HAVE  NO  HOME,”  BY  YOUSEF  EL  QEDRA

I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms—
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.

I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
Stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.
―Translated by Yasmin Snounu and Edward Morin

Yousef El Qedra is a young poet and playwright living in Gaza. He has his BA degree in Arabic Literature from Azhar University, Gaza. Since 2006 he has worked as a project coordinator of theater and youth groups for the Cultural Free Thought Association in Gaza City. He has written several books and plays and published four volumes of poetry, translated into French and Spanish.
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 Amazon.
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