“. . . O God of Glory Listen to the outcry of a dispossessed people . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Palestinian terrorist arrested by Israeli Police, November 26, 2015 (Photo: Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan)

❶ Jewish extremists arrested for Dawabsha arson murder
❷ Israel denies outlawed Muslim group entry to Al-Aqsa, assaults members
❸ Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians, Including Two Children, In Jerusalem
❹ Analysis: Israel’s ‘security’ wall has provided little security
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL  IS  WORLD’S  PREMIER  PRODUCER  AND  GENERATOR  OF  TERROR
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JEWISH  EXTREMISTS  ARRESTED  FOR  DAWABSHA  ARSON  MURDER
Dec. 3, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― Several Israeli youths connected to Jewish extremist organizations have been arrested by Israeli forces for suspected involvement in a fatal arson attack on a Palestinian family in July, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Thursday.
___An Israeli police spokeswoman for Arab media, Luba al-Samri, confirmed that police “recently arrested young men suspected of membership in a Jewish terrorist organization, and of carrying out different terrorist attacks.”
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  DENIES  OUTLAWED  MUSLIM  GROUP  ENTRY  TO  AL-AQSA,  ASSAULTS  MEMBERS
Dec. 3, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a group of Palestinian women after they were denied entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday, witnesses said.
___One of the women, Khadijah Khuweis, told Ma’an that the group, locally known as the Murabitat, were sitting outside the Hutta Gate after being denied entry to the holy site when Israeli officers suddenly began to push them back and hit them. . . .
___One of the women, Ayda Sidawi, fell to the ground after Israeli officers pushed her and was evacuated to hospital for treatment, she added.
___Meanwhile, over 70 right-wing Israeli Jews toured the Al-Aqsa compound under armed Israeli police guard, locals said.
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Members of Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center at Al-Aqsa Mosque with Palestinian guide, Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo: Harold Knight)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  TWO  CHILDREN,  IN JERUSALEM
Dec. 03, 2015
At least eight Palestinians, including two 11 years of age children, have been kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn and on Wednesday at night, during Israeli military invasions into Palestinian homes, in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem.
___The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), said the soldiers have kidnapped Mohammad Nadi Hashlamoun and Ziad Ayyoub Abu Hadwan, from their homes in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, and took them to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center, west of Jerusalem.
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Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ISRAEL’S  ‘SECURITY’  WALL  HAS  PROVIDED  LITTLE  SECURITY
Allison Deger and Philip Weiss
Dec. 2, 2015
The current violence in Israel and Palestine has demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the separation barrier, the concrete wall/barbed wire fence that Israel began erecting inside Palestine 13 years ago during the second intifada to provide security. The wall is as high as 25 feet in some places, and travels for hundreds of miles inside Palestine, mostly east of the Green Line, grabbing territory that was supposed to go to a Palestinian state under the Oslo accords.
___Most of the Palestinian attacks have taken place on the Israeli side of the separation barrier.
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Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  IS  WORLD’S  PREMIER  PRODUCER  AND  GENERATOR  OF  TERROR
Khalid Amayreh
Nov. 19, 2015
“Germany needs to respond to terror like Israel does,” the head of Germany’s internal intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, reportedly said this week.
___With all due respect, the German official is wrong for the following reasons.
___Israel, itself a gigantic crime against humanity by any moral standard imaginable, can never be considered part of the solution for the terror epidemic now hitting many countries.
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Related . . . CONFESSIONS: TALES OF SAVAGERY BY THE ISRAELI MILITARY

“PSALMS  OF  THE  PALESTINIANS,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

From here
From this purgatory
Of sorrow
In the Holy Land
The orphaned birds beseech
Mankind
From here
From Jenin
From Old Jerusalem
Alleluia.

Once
A Gaza tune of yearning
Played
Once
The sad refrain
Kindled tragedy
In refugee tents
Once
In Jerusalem
The little ones changed
We shall return
We shall return
Alleluia.

The birds nest on our roof
The sparrow flies
In the horizon
And in exile
Under the hot sun
In the wind
Hearts―eyes
Implored:
God of glory
Return us
Our trial
Has gone on too long!
Alleluia―Alleluia

And then it happened
The metallic eagles swept down
They did not bring the sons of Zion
To Zion
Not the remaining crowds
They did not bring
Pious psalms
To the Wailing Wall
God of Glory!
What did they bring?
Do not ask me
For in my voice a pagan flame
Burns
And listen O God of Glory
Listen to the outcry of a dispossessed people
We have been tested long enough
We have carried the weight of centuries
Long enough
―Why aren’t you convinced? ―
Our days of trial have been too long
So
Return us―Return us
Alleluia―Alleluia―Alleluia.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE.  Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970. Available from Amazon.
Additional poetry by Samih al-Qasim 

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The “Security” Wall dwarfs the hood of a car. Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

 

“. . . fields yield no more to their tillers than memories of weariness. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

From "Maps," by RAFAT ASAD
From “Maps,” by RAFAT ASAD

From This Week in Palestine
ARTIST OF THE MONTH: RAFAT ASAD
Julie Couzinet
May 2015 (Issue 205)
Fully connected to his environment and the people who surround him, Palestinian artist Rafat Asad opens with each of his productions a new and intimate window onto Palestine’s landscape.
___Born in Nablus in 1974, Rafat obtained a BA in fine arts from An-Najah University in 1998. Although he mainly focuses on paintings, he explores other forms of expression through light and sound installations, videos, and performances. His work has been shown in group exhibitions in Palestine, Cuba, Europe, Japan, the United States, and the Arab world, as well as in three solo exhibitions in Nablus, Ramallah, and London.
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From +972 Magazine
S. AFRICAN JEWS IN LUBYA: WE’RE HERE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NAKBA
Natasha Roth
May 2, 2015
In a forest glade set atop the remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya in the Lower Galilee, a delegation of South African Jews made a public apology to the descendants of refugees from Lubya and their families Friday evening.
___The event, a joint initiative of the South African delegation and representatives of Lubya’s displaced persons, concerned the use of donations made by the South African Jewish community to the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which went toward planting the “South Africa Forest.” This forest is part of the larger Lavie Forest that covers what was once Lubya, which was depopulated on July 16-17, 1948. Kibbutz Lavie, founded in 1949, was also established on the lands of the former village. . .
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Youngest of the Zaatari brother of East Jerusalem
Youngest of the Zaatari brother of East Jerusalem

From Ma’an News Agency
ISRAEL DETAINS 4 CHILDREN IN 2 DAYS FROM SAME JERUSALEM FAMILY
April 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM — Undercover Israeli operatives detained and interrogated a 7-year-old Palestinian boy and his twelve-year-old brother in occupied East Jerusalem Tuesday, only a day after two 15-year-olds from the same family were taken.
___The boy and his older brother, from the Zaatari family in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz, were detained by Israeli operatives dressed as Palestinian locals while walking in the street Tuesday evening, the boys’ grandfather told Ma’an.
___The Zaatari family has had four children detained this week. . .
Israel detained 1,266 Palestinian children below the age of 15 in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 2014, according to a PLO report, and over 10,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli forces since 2000.
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(More about Israeli treatment of Palestinian children)

from Ma’an News Agency
HUNDREDS PRAY OUTSIDE CLOSED MOSQUE IN BEERSHEBA
May 2, 2015
BEERSHEBA (Ma’an) — Some 250 Palestinians performed Friday prayers outside a mosque in Beersheba in southern Israel that Israeli authorities have kept closed since 1948.
___The prayers came amid heavy Israeli police presence, with police sealing the roads leading toward the mosque.
___The initiative was called for by Sheikh Hassan Abu Ubeid from al-Ramla. . .
___Abu Ubeid told Ma’an: “We are here to continue what those who fought before us started in liberating our mosque. It is unreasonable that our mosque has been closed for 67 years and we stand still”. . .
___The Ottoman-era mosque was first closed to Palestinian worshipers in 1948, when it was used as an Israeli prison during the war that led to the creation of the Israeli state . . .
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(More about the Mosque. . .)

Praying outside the Beersheba Mosque
Praying outside the Beersheba Mosque

From Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
HAMAS SWEEPS STUDENT COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN WEST BANK
Author Adnan Abu Amer
Translator Pascale Menassa
April 28, 2015
The results of the student council elections at Palestinian universities in the West Bank came as a big surprise for Hamas and the Palestinian Authority — a happy one for the former and a bad one for the latter. Hamas was able to achieve electoral success despite the security pressure it has been facing from the PA and Israel at once.
___The April 21 election at Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron, in the south of the West Bank, resulted in a tie between the Islamic Bloc, Hamas’ student arm, and the Fatah Youth Movement, with each party winning 15 seats. Meanwhile, on April 22, Birzeit University announced the victory of the Islamic Bloc, which beat Fatah with 905 votes.
___Abdul Rahman Hamdan, the head of the Islamic Bloc, told Al-Monitor, “This victory is proof that Palestinians support the resistance, as it is the only way to obtain our rights and refuse the PA’s project, which is based on negotiations.
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“A HOMELAND,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
So what,
When in my homeland
The sparrow dies of starvation,
In exile, without a shroud,
While the earthworm is satiated, devouring God’s food!

So what,
When the yellow fields
Yield no more to their tillers
Than memories of weariness,
While their rich harvest pours
Into the granaries of the usurper!

So what,
If the cement has diverted
The ancient springs
Causing them to forget their natural course,
When their owner calls,
They cry in his face: “Who are you?”

So what,
When the almond and the olive have turned to timber
Adorning tavern doorways,
And monuments
Whose nude loveliness beautifies halls and bars,
And is carried by tourists
To the farthest corners of the earth,
While noting remains before my eyes
But dry leaves and tinder!

So what,
When my people’s tragedy
Has turned to farce in others’ eyes,
And my face is a poor bargain
That even the slave-trader gleefully disdains!

So what,
When in barren space the satellites spin,
And in the streets walks a beggar, holding a hat,
And the song of autumn is heard!

Blow, East winds!
Our roots are still alive.

Samīħ al-Qāsim سميح القاسم‎; (born 1939) is a Palestinian Druze whose Arabic poetry is well known throughout the Arab World. His poetry is influenced by two primary periods of his life: Before and after the Six-Day War. Al-Qasim has published several volumes and collections of poetry.

The Beersheba Mosque
The Beersheba Mosque