“. . . You stabbed my dreams What did you hide? . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

PROTECTING ISRAELI 'SETTLERS.' A little girl makes her way through Qitoun checkpoint carrying a balloon. It is the beginning of the Eid holiday (Christian Peacemaker Teams photo, 22 September 2015).
PROTECTING ISRAELI ‘SETTLERS.’ A little Palestinian girl makes her way through Qitoun checkpoint on her way to school carrying a balloon. It is the beginning of the Eid holiday (Christian Peacemaker Teams photo, 22 September 2015).

❶ New clashes as Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque compound
❷ Historical Analysis: No Morality in Zionism – On the ‘Independence’ of Settler Minorities
❸ Arresting four children from the village of Al-Tur
❹ Many Injured By Israeli Army Fire in Bethlehem, Teen Kidnapped In Jerusalem
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The IDF must come clean about the Hebron shooting
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad

(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you.)

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
NEW  CLASHES  AS  ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE  COMPOUND
Sept. 28, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday and deployed heavily in the courtyard, leading to clashes with Palestinian worshipers ahead of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.
____Officials from the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment told Ma’an that dozens of Israeli forces raided the holy site and fired stun grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets “haphazardly” in the area.
____Sources with the Jordanian-run organisation that administers the site, the Waqf, told AFP that police stun grenades provoked four fires inside the building that were brought under control.
____Around 15 snipers deployed on the roof of the southern mosque, while Israeli forces in riot gear were stationed in the main courtyards.
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PROTECTING RHODESIAN 'SETTLERS.' A black Rhodesian prisoner detained for questioning in Lupane, Southern Rhodesia in Sept. 1977. Pulitzer Prize Winning photo by J. Ross Baughman
PROTECTING RHODESIAN ‘SETTLERS.’
A black Rhodesian prisoner detained for questioning in Lupane, Southern Rhodesia in Sept. 1977. Pulitzer Prize Winning photo by J. Ross Baughman

❷ Historical Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
NO  MORALITY  IN  ZIONISM  –  ON  THE  ‘INDEPENDENCE’  OF SETTLER  MINORITIES
Jeremy Salt
– Jeremy Salt is an associate professor of Middle Eastern history and politics at Bilkent University in Ankara.
In the Middle East and Africa there are two striking parallels to the Palestinian experience. The first is Algeria, where invasion and occupation began in 1830 and did not end until 1962. Until the implantation of the Zionist state in Palestine, Algeria was the worst example of colonialism in the late imperial world [. . . . .]
____ The second relevant case study is Rhodesia. Protectorates and chartered companies were integral to imperial best practice up to the 19th century and beyond. [. . . . .]
____From the very beginning of the Zionist venture up to the present day Israel has been faithful to its own ‘principles’. In no way do they confirm to the principles of international law and indeed, Israel can only remain what it is by living permanently in breach of international law.
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WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
ARRESTING  FOUR  CHILDREN  FROM  THE  VILLAGE  OF  AL-TUR
Sept. 28, 2015
The occupation forces arrested four children from the village of Al-Tur east of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday early morning.
____Sources from the village explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center that the occupation forces raided several houses and arrested four children aged between 11-13 years.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
MANY  INJURED  BY  ISRAELI  ARMY  FIRE  IN  BETHLEHEM,  TEEN  KIDNAPPED  IN  JERUSALEM
Sept. 28, 2015
Many Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, on Sunday evening, after several Israeli military vehicles invaded Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem. Soldiers also kidnapped a teen in Jerusalem.
____ The Israeli invasion into Teqoua’ town led to clashes between the soldiers, and dozens of local youths; the army fired gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets causing many residents to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 BLOG
THE  IDF  MUST  COME  CLEAN  ABOUT  THE  HEBRON  SHOOTING
Why is the Israeli army refusing to release its footage from the shooting of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon?
Noam Rotem
Sept. 27, 2015
Israeli soldiers shot to death Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18, in Hebron last week while she was apparently on her way to school. Found inside the black bag she was carrying were notebooks, a blue Pilot pen, a brown pencil case, a cellular phone, and other things girls of her age take to school.
____The IDF Spokesperson says that the metal detector at the urban checkpoint beeped when she passed through it, and that she ignored orders to stop from the soldiers, who the shot her. It was then discovered that she had a knife, and when she still didn’t stop they shot her some more.
____Witnesses told various reporters that Hashlamon simply didn’t understand the orders being shouted at her — she didn’t speak Hebrew
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“AFTER  THE  JUNE  AGGRESSION,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
What did you hide
for to-morrow
You shed my blood
and dimmed the light
of my eyes
You silenced my pen
and usurped the right
of peaceful men
who did not sin

What did you hide
for to-morrow
you rent my flag
and opened wounds
in my skin
You stabbed my dreams
What did you hide?

We’re deeper than the sea
and taller than the stars
Our breath is long
longer than space

Which mother, I wonder
inherited you half the Canal
Which mother inherited you the Jordan Bank
the sand, petroleum, and the Heights
He who forcibly takes a right
must guard his own
When the balance shifts

(Note: the “aggression” is the Six-Day War if 1967 in which Israel conquered The West Bank to the Jordan River, the Golan Heights in Syria, and the Sinai Peninsula to the Suez Canal in Egypt.)

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.
About Tawfiq Zayyad

Israeli security forces take position on the roof of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City during clashes with Palestinians on Sept. 28, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)
Israeli security forces take position on the roof of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City during clashes with Palestinians on Sept. 28, 2015. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

“. . . Light the fire so I can see your sister’s corpse. . .” (Samih al-Qasim)

A photo of the killing shows an Israeli soldier aiming his gun at 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon. (Youth Against Settlements)
A photo of the killing shows an Israeli soldier aiming his gun at 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon. (Youth Against Settlements)

❶ HEBRON TEEN LAID TO REST AS WITNESS REFUTES ISRAELI ACCOUNT OF KILLING
❷ Israel imposes lockdown on East Jerusalem neighborhoods
❸ Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L)
❹ Al-Aqsa Stormed by Settlers Wearing Priestly Garments
❺ The dark narrative of Israel’s Rhodesia fantasy
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you.)

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HEBRON  TEEN  LAID  TO  REST  AS  WITNESS  REFUTES  ISRAELI  ACCOUNT  OF  KILLING
Sept. 23, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon on Wednesday, a day after the teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces at a checkpoint in Hebron, as a key eyewitness refuted claims she had attempted to stab Israeli soldiers. [. . . .]
____The 18-year-old was shot at a checkpoint at the entrance of Hebron’s central al-Shuhada street, after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier, according to the Israeli army’s official account.
____No Israeli soldiers were injured during the incident, and Israeli authorities presented no evidence of the alleged stabbing attempt.
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Related (New York Times) . . .
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  IMPOSES  LOCKDOWN  ON  EAST  JERUSALEM  NEIGHBORHOODS
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities closed the main entrances to East Jerusalem neighborhoods with cement blocks on Wednesday, preventing Palestinians from preparing for the Eid al-Adha holiday, locals said.
____Locals told Ma’an that Israeli authorities closed the three main entrances of the Sur Bahir neighborhood, as well as three main entrances leading into the neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir . . . . with many residents reporting they are unable to . . . prepare for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Wednesday evening. [. . . .]
____The closures come as Israeli authorities continued to impose restrictions on Palestinians attempting to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound [. . . .]
____Sources said that 37 right-wing Israelis raided and toured the holy site Wednesday morning under the protection of armed Israeli police, adding that dozens of Palestinians were able to enter and pray in Aqsa by noon.
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Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is one of the first organizations to apply the sports-for-development concept in Palestine (PS4L photo)
Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is one of the first organizations to apply the sports-for-development concept in Palestine (PS4L photo)

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
PALESTINE:  SPORTS  FOR  LIFE  (PS4L)
Tamara Awartani
Sept. 2015
When we speak about sports, we realize that it means different things to different people. . . . another perspective on sports: Sports for Development.
____Palestine: Sports for Life (PS4L) is one of the first organizations to apply the sports-for-development concept in Palestine. PS4L has developed the capacity of its youth staff and empowered them to be able to lead classes and activities using sports as a tool to reach out to youth, children, and women in order to teach them life skills.
PS4L staff developed a curriculum and applied sports-for-development principles in the implementation of two week-long youth vocational guidance summer camps that took place in August in Al-Aroub and Fara’a refugee camps. . .
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
AL-AQSA  STORMED  BY  SETTLERS  WEARING  PRIESTLY  GARMENTS
Sept. 24, 2015
Protected by heavily-guarded police officers, dozens of extremist settlers wearing priestly garments forced their way into the mosque compound via al-Maghariba (Moroccan) Gate to mark the Jewish feast of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
____According to WAFA correspondence, settlers reportedly attempted to perform Talmudic (Jewish) prayers, however their attempts were foiled by the Mosque guards.
____This came as Israeli police deployed large reinforcements across Jerusalem ahead of Jewish feast and shut if off from the West Bank, making the city a military barrack.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE (BLOG)
THE  DARK  NARRATIVE  OF  ISRAEL’S  RHODESIA  FANTASY
Seth J. Frantzman
Sept. 24, 2015
The Rhodesia fantasy sees an Israel that can be controlled by a very small elite, what they refer to as a ‘villa in the jungle.’ At the heart of the delusion is an imagined community of ‘founders’ and an imagined majority status for what was always a minority.
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“THE  WILL  OF  A  MAN  DYING  IN  EXILE,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Light the fire so I can see in the mirror of the flames
The courtyard, the bridge
And the golden meadows.
Light the fires so I can see my tears
On the night of the massacre,
So I can see your sister’s corpse
Whose heart is a bird ripped by foreign tongues,
By foreign winds.
Light the fire so I can see your sister’s corpse,
So I can see jasmine
As a shroud,
The moon
As an incense burner
On the night of the massacre.
Light the fire so I can see myself dying.
My suffering is your only inheritance,
My suffering before the jasmine turns
Into a witness,
The moon
Into a witness.
Light the fires so I can see
Light the fi. . .

From Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
About Samih Al-qasim

Israeli authorities closed the main entrances to East Jerusalem neighborhoods with cement blocks on Wednesday (Ma’an News Agency photo)
Israeli authorities closed the main entrances to East Jerusalem neighborhoods with cement blocks on Wednesday (Ma’an News Agency photo)