“A sky fell into the braid of the little girl . . .” (Dalia Taha)

❶ Israel’s Jerusalem municipality plans to demolish Palestinian buildings
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Gabbay: No Settlement Will Be Evacuated

  • Background: “Gated/Gating Community: The Settlement Complex in the West Bank.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers.

❷ International conference in Kuwait on Palestinian children’s suffering
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israel attacks Palestinian school children with gas and sound bombs
❸ Israel blocks Palestinian from visiting father’s grave in Christian cemetery
❹ POETRY by Dalia Taha
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Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Nov. 13, 2017 ―  The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem is planning to demolish a number of Palestinian buildings in occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods that would displace hundreds of people, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Monday.
___The municipality notified a number of Palestinian citizens in Issawiya of its intention to demolish their homes under the pretext of construction without a permit, according to residents.
___They said staff from the Israeli municipality handed Issawiya residents notifications informing that their homes will be demolished for lack of an Israeli construction permit and others were told to report to the municipality to discuss the legal status of their homes.   MORE . . .
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC      
Nov. 13, 2017 ― Israel will not evacuate any settlement in the occupied West Bank or Jerusalem, under any peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the leader of Israeli Labor Party Avi Gabbay stated, on Sunday.
___Ma’ariv paper quoted Gabbay as saying that it is impossible to evacuate 100 thousand settlers under any future peace settlement, saying that it is irrational to create such a cruel event.   MORE . . .

Handel, Ariel.
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers,
vol. 39, no. 4, Oct. 2014, pp. 504-517.
[This] paper suggests that the settlement layout in the West Bank is not just an aggregate of 124 ‘legal’ gated  communities and a similar number of ‘illegal outposts’, but rather a single, contiguous gated community gating, in turn, Palestinian ‘islands’ within it. Gated communities differ on several factors of enclosure, security features, amenities, type of residents, tenure, location, size and policy context. They tend to turn their backs on the city and aspire to create an autarkic community that has no need for the outside world.
[. . . .] In their account of the evolution and development of enclosed residential neighbourhoods in Israel, Gillad Rosen and Eran Razin distinguish between three types of enclaves: landscapes of heritage (ultra-orthodox Jewish cities, inner division of a Bedouin city), fortress landscapes (frontier settlements in Israel and in the Occupied Territories) and fortified and privatized neighbourhoods (new urban gated communities.
[. . . .] the settlements in the West Bank were part of a network since their very inception, both in their positive features of shared ethnicity and values and in their exclusionary character with respect to the Palestinian population. Also, Israel’s purpose was to seize as much land as possible, therefore planning the settlements’ form and dispersion as part of a wide network. As for the closure’s characteristics, the settlements’ closure was achieved for many years without walls and gates. . . .   In fact, the Jewish settlements started gating themselves only after they had turned into a single, fortified net cast wide enough as to constitute not a gated but a gating community. Finally, the settlements’ relations with the surrounding area had always been exclusionary, but they gradually came to encompass more and more domains: from separate settlements to separate road network. The ethnic feature effected a clear-cut separation between the populations, their villages and later their cars . . .   SOURCE . . .

Al Hourriah Magazine (Freedom) 
Nov. 13, 2017 ― Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah and the Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday opened an international conference in Kuwait on the Israeli violations against Palestinian children.
___The two-day conference is organized by the Arab League’s General Secretariat in cooperation with Kuwait’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.
___Abbas affirmed, in his address to the conference, that children are the most affected segment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli practices, pointing out that Israel has violated international agreements by opening prisons for children in 2009.
___The United Nations a few days ago announced that there are 500 Palestinian children incarcerated in Israeli jails and expressed concern over their situation.
___For his part, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmad Abu al-Gheit, called in his speech at the conference for developing mechanisms to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its crimes against the Palestinian children.   MORE . . .
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO    
Nov. 13, 2017 ― Israeli occupation forces stormed the village of Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah, this morning and closed its main entrances.
___Ahmed Al-Tamimi, head of Deir Nidham’s village council, told the news agency that the occupation forces stormed the area in the morning and closed its main entrances, imposing a siege on it.
___He pointed out also that “there have been large numbers of occupation forces in the village since the morning, who claimed that school students are throwing stones at settlers along the main road.”
___Al-Tamimi explained that in the meantime the occupation forces besieged the school in order to threaten students and intimidate them with detention if they throw stones.   MORE . . .   …
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA  
Nov. 13, 2017 ― For years, Israel has been preventing Salwa Salem-Copty from visiting the grave of her father killed by Israeli troops in his Galilee village, Ma’alul, in 1948, just a few months before she was born.
___Israeli forces occupied Ma’alul in July 1948, expelled its Palestinian residents, and destroyed the entire village with the exception of two churches and a mosque. Israel has since prevented the village’s displaced residents from returning.
___An Israeli military base was built around the village’s Christian cemetery and the displaced residents, whose loved ones are buried in the cemetery, have been barred by Israeli authorities from visiting family graves since 1948.
___Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel ― said in a press release on Tuesday that it has sent a letter to senior Israeli political and military officials demanding that Salem-Copty and other internally-displaced Christian Palestinian residents and their descendants be allowed to visit the graves of family members in Ma’alul.   MORE . . .

A sky fell into
the braid
of the little girl who was killed.
Her face
is a wind in the shadows
of the garden,
blowing without colour
or blushing
when the air rushes through.

As if she knew,
when the jackals emerged
from her shadow and the river widened
in the disappointment
of whiteness.

As if she knew, when the sparrows
ate her eyes
and the sidewalk walked
in her blood.

The woman treads on dead
jasmine, searching
the minutes
for her hand.
She hides half her face,
and the air is filled with
the fingers of nothingness.

She pokes a hole in the poem
so the sidewalks can
wander into it.

The little girl’s hand withers and her blood
slumbers in
the lake.
When God passed over
her name,
she buried her hands in the heights of the jasmine
and covered her nakedness
with the corpses of the invaders.
―Translated by Allison Blecker

From Banipal 45: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature. Winter 2012.
Dalia Taha is a Palestinian poet and playwright. She was born in Berlin 1986 but grew up in Ramallah-Palestine. Her first play “Keffiyeh/Made in China” was produced by the Flemish Royal Theater [and] was premiered in Brussels in 2012, then brought to Palestine where it toured 7 Palestinian cities across the west bank.  (More. . .)
An Interview with Dalia Taha

“. . . [UN Human Rights Council] condemns summary and extrajudicial executions. . . death penalty without regard for the ICCPR’s safeguards.. . .” (Ilia Maria Siatitsa)

Slain Palestinian youth Jihad Hussein Harb, 19, from Qalqiliya, Dec. 8, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ . Palestinian youth killed by Israeli forces after alleged attempted stabbing near Nablus
❷ . Israel blocks Gaza women from breast cancer treatment

  • Background: “Human Rights In Armed Conflict: Ten Years Of Affirmative State Practice Within United Nations Resolutions.” Journal Of International Humanitarian Legal Studies

❸ . West Bank village turned into a ‘prison’ in the wake of arson accusations
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Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 8, 2016
A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli border police forces on Thursday morning in the northern occupied West Bank after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack.
___Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement that an 18-year-old Palestinian attempted to stab an Israeli border police officer at the Zaatara junction south of the city of Nablus, prompting Israeli forces to shoot at him, killing him instantly.     ___Al-Samri made no mention of any Israelis being injured.        More . . .  

Gaza women with breast cancer, conference, ” Call For Help” for treatment, Oct. 10, 2016. (Photo: Press House Palestine) http://www.palbas.org/en/news/2016/10/11/782.html

The Electronic Intifada   
Sarah Algherbawi
Dec. 5, 2016
Khuloud Abu Qamar spoke quietly but her words still shocked. “Israel is killing me slowly,” she said. “And it is killing my children, too.”
___After undergoing surgery for breast cancer last year, Abu Qamar requires further treatment which she has not been able to receive in Gaza. She has asked Israel for permission to travel. Her applications have so far been rejected. Aged 40, she has six children, the youngest of whom is still a baby.
___Her plight is shared by many others in Gaza. Estimates from the local health ministry indicate that several hundred women with breast cancer have been obstructed from traveling by Israel so far this year.      More . . .

  • Siatitsa, Ilia Maria, and Maia Titberidze. “Human Rights In Armed Conflict: Ten Years Of Affirmative State Practice Within United Nations Resolutions.” Journal Of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 3.2 (2013): 233-262.   SOURCE. 

[. . . .] p. 238   There are a number of country-specific and thematic resolutions adopted Human Rights Council (HRC), and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which, as presented below, point to a general understanding that HRL (Human Rights Law) does apply in armed conflict . . . the title of resolution 12/5 of the HRC (Human Rights Council) speaks for itself: ‘Protection of the human rights of civilians in armed conflict’. (HRC Res. 12/5, 1 October 2009.)
[. . . .] p. 253 The prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is found in both IHL (International Humanitarian Law) and HRL. The prohibition is absolute in all circumstances . . . Thematic resolutions on the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment are adopted annually within the framework of the General Assembly, HRC, and CHR. Despite being thematic, these resolutions contain specific references affirming that the rights referred to are equally applicable in times of armed conflict . . . Most of these directives are taken from human rights instruments.
[. . . .] p. 254    The importance of the right to life is constantly repeated and reaffirmed in a number of resolutions. The right to life is mentioned in the context of indiscriminate attacks affecting civilians by emphasizing the fundamental value of the right to life and calling on relevant parties to abide by their obligations in this respect. The HRC has stressed that the right to life is the most fundamental of all rights. It repeatedly condemns attacks against the civilian population . . . The HRC also condemns summary and extrajudicial executions. The HRC has, moreover, condemned the use of the death penalty without regard for the ICCPR’s safeguards.
___In this context, targeted attacks against civilians have repeatedly been condemned by the SC as violating both branches of law. The relevant bodies tend to employ HRL terms regarding the question of targeted killings and extrajudicial executions that have been condemned by all UN bodies on several occasions. Furthermore, the CHR has invoked the obligation to take measures to prevent loss of life in all circumstances. In sum, the right to life represents an important component of the majority of the conflict-related resolutions.
___The right to a fair trial contains the right of every person to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent, and impartial tribunal established by law. Various bodies, among others the GA, have affirmed this right.  [. . . .]

Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 7, 2016
Dozens of Palestinians have been detained — including a number of children — and clashes have erupted daily in the occupied West Bank village of Deir Nidham since it was blockaded by the Israeli army three weeks ago, “turning the lives of 1,600 into a prison,” locals told Ma’an on Wednesday.
___Deir Nidham, northwest of Ramallah city, was placed under a military closure after a fire erupted just a few kilometers away in the illegal Israeli settlement of Halamish, which is built on the lands of the village and on the lands of neighboring Nabi Saleh.
___Israeli authorities have said that investigations revealed the fire to be a case of arson, and launched a crippling blockade on Deir Nidham ever since.      More . . .