“. . . my right to bear fruit . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

“The top 10 most amazing trees in Israel.” (Photo:  Yaakov Shkolnik, March 13, 2013)
“The top 10 most amazing trees in Israel.” Black mulberry tree on Mount Meron, Upper Galilee. See notes below. (Photo: Yaakov Shkolnik, March 13, 2013)

❶ Lifting Restrictions and Promoting Better Regulation to Unleash Potential of Digital Economy in Palestine
❷ The Slow Progress of Rebuilding Gaza
❸ Israel’s killing of Hadeel Hashlamoun, 18, is cited as possible ‘gross human rights violation’ by group of Congresspeople
❹ Israeli court rejects Palestinian role in Hebron ‘execution’ autopsy
. . . . . ❹ ― (ᴀ) Israeli Forces Destroy House of Palestinian Killed after Alleged Stabbing Attack in Hebron
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  TRAGIC  RESILIENCE  OF  ISRAEL’S  UNRECOGNIZED  ARAB  VILLAGES
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad
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LIFTING  RESTRICTIONS  AND  PROMOTING  BETTER  REGULATION  TO  UNLEASH  POTENTIAL  OF  DIGITAL ECONOMY  IN  PALESTINE
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
March 31, 2016
A new World Bank report estimates the Palestinian mobile sector revenue losses at more than US$1 billion in the last three years. The Palestinian Authority’s fiscal losses for the same period are as high as US$184 million, counting non-collected VAT alone, up to 3.0% of the GDP.
___The report, MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, highlights how the Palestinian telecom sector is suffering from several constraints, claiming heavy toll on the economy, the consumer, and the Palestinian Authority.      MORE . . . 

THE  SLOW  PROGRESS  OF  REBUILDING  GAZA
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
Courtesy of The Danish Representative Office in Ramallah
April, 2016
The 51-day armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in 2014 left Gaza with damaged or destroyed roads, water supply, hospitals, and many buildings and other infrastructure. This made it difficult for the local population to build a normal life after the ceasefire in August 2014. With many public and private structures affected, the reconstruction of Gaza required a considerable amount of prioritising.   MORE . . . 

ISRAEL’S  KILLING  OF  HADEEL  HASHLAMOUN,  18,  IS  CITED  AS  POSSIBLE  ‘GROSS  HUMAN  RIGHTS  VIOLATION’  BY  GROUP  OF  CONGRESSPEOPLE
MONDOWEISS
Philip Weiss
March 30, 2016
Update: The Netanyahu government has responded angrily to the congressional letter, and Sen. Patrick Leahy has defended it. See below.
The horrifying killing of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamoun at an Israeli checkpoint in occupied Hebron last September has at last become a public issue in the U.S. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has called on the State Department to determine whether the killing, and several other Israeli “extrajudicial killings,” violated the Leahy law against military assistance to gross human rights violators. The letter to John Kerry cites Egypt along with Israel, and is signed by ten members of Congress along with Leahy. They include Raul Grijalva, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chellie Pingree, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Sam Farr, Jim McGovern, Jim McDermott, and Andre Carson.     MORE . . .

ISRAELI  COURT  REJECTS  PALESTINIAN  ROLE  IN  HEBRON  ‘EXECUTION’  AUTOPSY
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 31, 2016
Israel’s top court on Thursday refused an appeal to allow a Palestinian doctor to participate in the autopsy of Abdul-Fattah al-Sharif, a Palestinian who was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier while he lay wounded on the ground in Hebron last week.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❹ ―(ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DESTROY  HOUSE  OF  PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING  ATTACK  IN  HEBRON
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
Israeli forces early Thursday destroyed the interior walls of the family house of a Palestinian killed about five months ago following an alleged stabbing attack in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, said security sources.
___Israeli forces stormed the Hebron neighborhood of Jabal al-Sharif and cordoned off the family house of Ehab Miswada.
___The army gave the Miswada family 10 minutes only to leave their house. . .   MORE . . .

Saleh Abu Saleh, stands between homes in the unrecognized village of Ramiya. New luxury apartments in the Israeli city of Karmiel, just a few hundred meters away, are visible in the background. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Saleh Abu Saleh, stands between homes in the unrecognized village of Ramiya. New luxury apartments in the Israeli city of Karmiel, just a few hundred meters away, are visible in the background. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Opinion/Analysis:  THE  TRAGIC  RESILIENCE  OF  ISRAEL’S  UNRECOGNIZED  ARAB  VILLAGES
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Amjad Iraqi
March 30, 2016
Abu Saleh, a 73-year-old farmer, speaks with a raspy but strong voice as he points to his crops. “Everything you see around you is food grown from my own land. These carrots, this zucchini, these olives…they are all part of my survival.” . . .  “Now they want to tear down my home and remove me from my livelihood. They want to rip my heart from my land – just to put the heart of someone else.”
___Abu Saleh is a resident of Ramiya, an Arab community of 50 families nestled within the Jewish city of Karmiel in northern Israel. MORE . . .

“PASSING  REMARK,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD

When they ran over her,
the mulberry tree said:
“Do what you wish, but remember
my right to bear fruit
will never die.”

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 Barnes and Noble.
About Tawfiq Zayyad. 

ABOUT  THE  PALESTINIAN  MULBERRY  TREE
[From the Bible] Sycamine tree is mentioned only in Luke 17:6.  It is rendered by Luther “mulberry tree” which is most probably the correct rendering. It is found of two species, the black mulberry (Morus nigra) and the white mulberry (Mourea), which are common in Palestine. The silk-worm feeds on their leaves. The rearing of them is one of the chief industries of the peasantry of Lebanon and of other parts of the land. It is of the order of the fig-tree.

The photo above. (Note the absence of any mention of Palestine.)
Shkolnik swears this tree bears the most tasty fruit in the world. “It was planted by Rabbi Yisrael Beck in the early 19th century. Among other things, Rabbi Beck had a printing house in Safed and managed to get some land in Mount Meron, and was maybe the first modern Jewish farmer in Israel. You can enjoy this tree’s fantastic fruit in the summertime — it’s in a nature reserve, but it’s okay to pick the fruit.”
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“. . . A shameful scar―in the face of the executioner over there. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

If it were not so outrageous and tyrannical, it would be comical. Palestinian young person being arrested by Israeli forces for alleged stone throwing. Three to one, and the one is a child. (APF file photo)
If it were not so outrageous and tyrannical, it would be comical. Palestinian young person being arrested by Israeli forces for alleged stone throwing. Three to one, and the one is a child. (APF file photo)

❶ PLO: Israel’s new live fire law ‘dehumanizes a whole nation’
❷ Nablus police chief, 3-year-old daughter injured by Israeli fire
❸ Three Injured by Army Fire near Bethlehem, Soldiers Attack Journalists In Nablus
❹ On the first day of Al-Adha Eid…arresting 13 Jerusalemites
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The questions nobody is asking about Hebron shooting
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish

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

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PLO:  ISRAEL’S  NEW  LIVE  FIRE  LAW  ‘DEHUMANIZES  A  WHOLE  NATION’
Sept. 26, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The PLO Secretary General on Saturday said that new Israeli regulations authorizing forces to use live ammunition in occupied East Jerusalem expand the level under which the lives of Palestinians can be directly targeted.
____Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday broadened the rules whereby stone-throwers can be targeted with live fire, allowing Israeli forces to open fire when they determine that the life of a third party is under threat.
____Arguing that the new law gifts Israeli soldiers with wide discretion for determining circumstances of threat, Saeb Erekat described the measures as “a mere pretext to justify the escalating Israeli crimes against the people of Palestine.”
____”The Israeli government continues to incite against Palestinian lives, with a culture of hate that dehumanizes a whole nation,” Erekat said.
More . . .
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Three-year-old Maram Abed al-Latif al-Qaddumi was shot in the head by Israeli forces with a rubber bullet in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum. (MaanImages/Murad Ishteiwi)
Three-year-old Maram Abed al-Latif al-Qaddumi was shot in the head by Israeli forces with a rubber bullet in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum. (MaanImages/Murad Ishteiwi)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
NABLUS  POLICE  CHIEF,  3-YEAR-OLD  DAUGHTER  INJURED  BY  ISRAELI  FIRE
Sept. 25, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — The chief of police in the Nablus district and his three-year-old daughter were injured after being shot by Israeli forces with rubber-coated bullets on Friday during a raid in the village of Kafr Qaddum in Qalqiliya.
____A Fatah leader in Kafr Qaddum, Murad Ishteiwi, told Ma’an that Israeli forces directly shot at three-year-old Maram Abed al-Latif al-Qaddumi, injuring her with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the head while she was standing on a balcony in her home.
____Isheiwi added that when her father, Colonel Abd al-Latif al-Qaddumi, attempted to aid her and take her to the hospital in his car, Israeli forces opened fire, injuring him in the head.
More . . . 

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
THREE  INJURED  BY  ARMY  FIRE  NEAR  BETHLEHEM,  SOLDIERS  ATTACK  JOURNALISTS  IN  NABLUS
Sept. 26, 2015
Palestinian medical sources have reported, on Friday evening, that three Palestinians were injured by live Israeli army fire in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem. . . . The army also attacked, and wounded, two journalists near the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
____Head of the Teqoua’ Local Council, Taiseer Abu Mfarreh, told the WAFA News agency that three young men were shot in their thighs, during clashes that took place with the soldiers after the several Israeli military vehicles invaded Khalil al-Wazeer area, in the center of the town. [. . . . .]
Cameraman Abbas al-Momani said that, as he and his team reached the main entrance of Beit Forik, the soldiers assaulted them, and smashed their equipment. He added that the soldiers also attacked, and injured, a foreign journalist . . .
More . . .

WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
ON  THE  FIRST  DAY  OF  AL-ADHA  EID…ARRESTING  13  JERUSALEMITES
Friday, September 25, 2015
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — The occupation forces arrested on Thursday early morning (first day of Al-Adha Eid) 8 Jerusalemites from the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud in Silwan and handed another a call for interrogation.
____Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the occupation forces raided the neighborhood of Ras Al-Amoud and arrested . . .
____The locals explained to the center that the occupation forces fired a sound grenades and rubber bullets while raiding the courtyard of a house to hand the interrogation calls.
____Amjad Abu Asab, head of Jerusalemites detainees and prisoners families committee, explained that the forces also arrested 4 Jerusalemites from the village of Sur Baher.
More . . .

Israeli policemen patrol a street in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber following clashes in Jerusalem, Sept. 18, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Israeli policemen patrol a street in the Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber following clashes in Jerusalem, Sept. 18, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

❺ Opinion/Analysis
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THE  QUESTIONS  NOBODY  IS  ASKING  ABOUT  HEBRON  SHOOTING
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Sept. 24, 2015
Could Israeli soldiers have arrested, instead of killed a young knife-yielding woman in Hebron? And what will happen to those soldiers if it turns out they shot when they didn’t need to?
____A young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied city of Hebron Tuesday morning, hours before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
____As usual, there are — at least — two conflicting narratives. There are also a number of details everyone agrees on.
More . . .
Another American Jewish opinion piece, from MONDOWEISS:
AMNESTY:  KILLING  OF  HADEEL  AL-HASHLAMOUN  WAS  ‘EXTRAJUDICIAL  EXECUTION’
By Ben Norton

“A  DIALOGUE  WITH  A  MAN  WHO  HATES  ME,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Rome was burnt, O crazy man
Rome is more durable than Nero
Rome will not grasp your poems
She can recite them by heart
Rome will slice your strings
My tunes arise from my heart
Your voice echoes a miserable past
My voice echoes a rocket rage
Your path is long
I shall not tire
Yehuda** sold you
I shall not be crucified
My ancestors were cremated in Auschwitz
My heart is with them
Pull out the wires from my skin
And the wounds of yesterday?
A shameful scar―in the face of the executioner over there
What do you carry in your head
A little wheat
What’s in your chest?
A picture of a wound
Your face reflects a rancor color
My face reflects the color of the earth
Then convert your sword into plowshare
You did not leave me land to plow
You criminal!
I did not steal―did not kill―didn’t oppress
You Arab! You are a dog!
O man, may God cure your soul
Why don’t you try the taste of love
Why don’t you make way for the sun!!

** The Israeli town of Or Yehuda was established in 1950 on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian villages of Saqiya and Kfar ‘Ana. Jews from Iraq and North Africa settled there.

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.
Mahmoud Darwish Obituary

Assault rifles versus rocks. (AFP/File)
Assault rifles versus rocks. (AFP/File)