“. . . It’s fine to have an undustful death . . .” (Mourid al-Barghouti)

WASHINGTON  POST, Jan. 17, 2016: The parents of Mohanad Halabi, who killed two Israelis and wounded two more in October, walk through the debris of their home in the West Bank village of Surda after it was demolished by the Israeli army. The 19-year-old was shot dead by police at the scene. (Abbas Momani/ Agence France‑Presse /Getty Images).
WASHINGTON POST, Jan. 17, 2016: The parents of Mohanad Halabi, who killed two Israelis and wounded two more in October, walk through the debris of their home in the West Bank village of Surda after it was demolished by the Israeli army. The 19-year-old was shot dead by police at the scene. (Abbas Momani/ Agence France‑Presse /Getty Images).

THIS  UPRISING  IS  ABOUT  MORE  THAN  KNIVES
❷ Jerusalem municipality carries out demolition of 2 Palestinian homes
. . . . . ❷―(ᴀ) Israeli forces demolish 4 Bedouin homes, leaving 22 homeless
❸ Undercover forces shoot Palestinian, detain 19 in West Bank raids
❹ Academic boycott of Israel takes off in Italy
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘AN  ARAB  IS  AN  ARAB’
❻ Poetry by Mourid al-Barghouti
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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
THIS  UPRISING  IS  ABOUT  MORE  THAN  KNIVES
Budour Youssef Hassan
Jan. 29, 2016
When the “intifada of the knives” set off in October last year, Western reporters flooded in to Jerusalem to cover the new “escalation” . . . .
___Inevitably, the journalists left once a massive crackdown significantly reduced the number of deadly attacks against Israelis in the city. It is an all too familiar pattern for Palestinians, who know by now that it’s only “escalation” when there are dead or wounded Israelis. Deaths, injuries, arrests and home demolitions inflicted on Palestinians by Israel are deemed . . . too routine to be considered newsworthy.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JERUSALEM  MUNICIPALITY  CARRIES  OUT  DEMOLITION  OF  2  PALESTINIAN  HOMES
Feb. 2, 2016
Israeli forces on Tuesday morning demolished two Palestinian homes in occupied East Jerusalem reportedly built without proper permits from the Jerusalem municipality, locals said.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli soldiers and police officers raided the village of Sur Bahir, surrounding a home in the Wadi Abu al-Hummus area of the village and closing off nearby roads before carrying out its demolition.    More . . .
. . . . .―(ᴀ)  MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  4  BEDOUIN  HOMES,  LEAVING  22  HOMELESS
Feb. 1, 2016
Israeli forces demolished four corrugated iron Bedouin homes in the occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Monday, leaving 22 people homeless, locals said.
___The four homes were located in the Ein Ayub area between the villages of Ras Karkar and Deir Ammar, northwest of Ramallah city.
___Locals said Israeli military vehicles stormed the area from a bypass road near the homes leading to illegal Israeli settlements. . . .
___Locals added that Israeli forces did not give the families enough time to evacuate their belongings before they destroyed the dwellings.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
UNDERCOVER  FORCES  SHOOT  PALESTINIAN,  DETAIN  19  IN  WEST  BANK  RAIDS
Feb. 2, 2016
Undercover Israeli forces shot and injured a young Palestinian man and detained 19 throughout the occupied West Bank during predawn military raids on Tuesday.
___ . . . a squad of six undercover Israeli officers stormed a mobile phone shop in the village of Qabalan near Nablus and confiscated a desktop computer and a tablet.
___During the raid, the forces shot a Palestinian identified as Yousif Shahrour in the foot before detaining him and two others . . . .    More . . .

The prototype of the Oblijet supersonic drone lifts off on its maiden flight under the gaze of ITS TECHNION UNIVERSITY DEVELOPERS. (Photo: REUTERS)
The prototype of the Oblijet supersonic drone lifts off on its maiden flight under the gaze of ITS TECHNION UNIVERSITY DEVELOPERS. (Photo: REUTERS)

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ACADEMIC  BOYCOTT  OF  ISRAEL  TAKES  OFF  IN  ITALY
Stephanie Westbrook, Rome
Jan. 31 2016
There have been major breakthroughs in Italy for the campaign to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
___More than 200 academics from 50 Italian universities have signed a call for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions until Israel complies with international law.
___This is the first time a significant number of Italian academics have taken a public stand in support of the Palestinian-led campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).    More . . .
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Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
‘AN  ARAB  IS  AN  ARAB’
Jonathan Ofir
Jan. 31, 2016
“An Arab is an Arab,” said my close acquaintance. . . .
___The sentence might seem neutral at first. And yet it holds a myriad of insinuations, prejudice and ideological supremacy which deserves to be analysed in historical perspective. . . .
___For Israel to be the state of all Jews worldwide, it must reserve their supposedly “ethnic” privilege under a “nationality” which is separate to the citizenship definition. Not doing so would imply that Israel is the state of its citizens. But it is not. It is self declared as the state of the Jews – the Jewish State.     More . . .

“IT’S  ALSO  FINE,”  BY  MOURID  AL-BARGHOUTI
It’s also fine to die in our beds
on a clean pillow
and among our friends.

It’s fine to die, once,
our hands crossed on our chests
empty and pale
with no scratches, no chains, no banners,
and no petitions.

It’s fine to have an undustful death,
no holes in our shirts,
and no evidence in our ribs.

It’s fine to die
with a white pillow, not the pavement, under our cheeks,
our hands resting in those of our loved ones
surrounded by desperate doctors and nurses,
with nothing left but a graceful farewell,
paying no attention to history,
leaving this world as it is,
hoping that, someday, someone else
will change it.
–From PEOPLE  IN  THEIR  NIGHTS, 1999

Online: Contemporary Palestinian Poetry
Mourid al-Barghouti was born in 1944 in the village of Deir Ghassaneh near Ramallah, and lived most of his life in exile. He has a BA in English literature from Cairo University. He worked as a teacher in Kuwait and Cairo, in Budapest as PLO representative and in Cairo as a radio journalist with “Palestine Radio”. He has published 13 collections of poetry, and his collected works. He won the AUC 1997 Naguib Mahfouz Literature Prize for his autobiographical novel Ra’aytu Ramallah (I Saw Ramallah), and in 2000 the Palestine Award for Poetry. He lives in Cairo.   On Facebook
On Wikipedia

“. . . my tongue has not been silenced yet . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

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‘My political party is my poem.’ Mourid Barghouti feels that the Arabic language is under attack [Credit: Ahmed Alaidy, 2010. AlJazeera]
❶ Report: Israel killed 23 Palestinian children since the start of 2015
❷ Israeli forces raid Bethlehem-area refugee camp, injure 2
❸ Gaza man shocked after being wrongly identified as Paris attacker
❹ What’s the difference between habbeh and intifada?
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel tries to reap propaganda benefits from Paris bombings
❻ Poetry by Mourid Barghouti
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❶ THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
REPORT:  ISRAEL  KILLED  23  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN  SINCE  THE  START  OF  2015
Nov. 19, 2015
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have killed 23 Palestinian children since the beginning of the current year, according to Palestinian official statistics released on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day.
___20 November marks the Universal Children’s Day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
___A report issued by the Palestinian central bureau of statistics on Wednesday stated that 18 Palestinian children had been killed by the IOF since the start of al-Quds intifada in early October.
___The IOF also kidnapped and detained more than 3,700 children between 2010 and 2014, the report said.
More . . .
Related . . . IN  PICTURES:  THE  OCCUPATION  ARRESTS  10  JERUSALEMITE  CHILDREN
MAAN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  BETHLEHEM-AREA  REFUGEE  CAMP,  INJURE  2
Nov. 19, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Thursday shot and injured two young Palestinian men in Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem during a dawn arrest raid, locals said.
___Locals told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli soldiers stormed the southern West Bank camp ransacking more than 20 homes before detaining 22-year-old Muhammad Nidal Abu Akar.
___In response to the incursion, young men and teenagers living in the camp hurled stones and improvised explosive devices at the soldiers who deployed heavily in the streets and on rooftops of buildings.
___Israeli soldiers showered the camp and the main street leading to Bethlehem with tear gas and fired live ammunition at the protesters, hitting two in the feet, according to locals.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers also fired gunshots at security guards of an UNRWA-affiliated school near the main road.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
GAZA  MAN  SHOCKED  AFTER  BEING  WRONGLY  IDENTIFIED  AS  PARIS  ATTACKER
Nov. 18, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young man from the Gaza Strip has spoken of his shock after being falsely accused of being one of theIS militants involved in the Paris attacks on Friday, which killed over 130 people.
___Sami Abu Rus, a journalism student at Al-Aqsa University, told Ma’an that he was shocked after seeing his image posted online by Islamic State media groups praising him as one of the “lions” who attacked Paris.
___Abu Rus, who resides in al-Nuseirat refugee camp, said he has never left the Gaza Strip and only found out that his photo had been used after being told by friends.
___He initially dismissed it as a joke, before his photo was also published by a site affiliated with IS.
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WHAT’S  THE  DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN  HABBEH  AND  INTIFADA?
Daoud Kuttab
Nov. 18, 2015
Palestinians and Arabs are still unsure about what to call the protest activities that began on the eve of the Jewish New Year on Sept. 13, 2015. Since then, 89 Palestinians and 12 Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers have been killed and many more injured.
___After the 1987 first intifada and the 2000 second intifada, it has taken pundits and politicians some time to decide whether what we are witnessing today is a full-blown uprising, or intifada in Palestinian terminology, or simply short, popular outbursts of protests, what Palestinians call “habbeh jamaherieh” in Arabic.
___The differences have followed the split within the Palestinian movement with pro-Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas media and politicians calling it habbeh, while pro-Hamas leaders and media are calling it an Al-Quds intifada or Al-Aqsa intifada.
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Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  TRIES  TO  REAP  PROPAGANDA  BENEFITS  FROM  PARIS  BOMBINGS
Khalid Amayreh
As usual in these circumstances, Israel is trying to exploit the Paris bombings for its propaganda purposes.
___Israeli and Zionist officials have been insinuating that the widely condemned terrorist bombings in Paris, for which the ISIS took responsibility, justified Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian resistance against Jewish colonialism, especially Israel’s lebensraum policies in the West Bank.
___Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been quoted as saying that the Paris bombings should make France and other countries understand Israel’s war on Palestinian terror.
___Netanyahu’s opportunistic remarks seem to have been motivated by two main considerations.
More . . .
Related . . . THIS  WEEK  IN  PALESTINE:  JOURNALIST/AUTHOR  KHALID  AMAYREH

(A poem about Barghouti’s life as an exile almost continuously since the 1967 war.)

“I  HAVE  NO  PROBLEM,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI
I look at myself:
I have no problem.
I look all right
and, to some girls,
my grey hair might even be attractive;
my eyeglasses are well made,
my body temperature is precisely thirty seven,
my shirt is ironed and my shoes do not hurt.
I have no problem.
My hands are not cuffed,
my tongue has not been silenced yet,
I have not, so far, been sentenced
and I have not been fired from my work;
I am allowed to visit my relatives in jail,
I’m allowed to visit some of their graves in some countries.
I have no problem.
I am not shocked that my friend
has grown a horn on his head.
I like his cleverness in hiding the obvious tail
under his clothes, I like his calm paws.
He might kill me, but I shall forgive him
for he is my friend;
he can hurt me every now and then.
I have no problem.
The smile of the TV anchor
does not make me ill any more
and I’ve got used to the Khaki stopping my colours
night and day.
That is why
I keep my identification papers on me, even at
the swimming pool.
I have no problem.
Yesterday, my dreams took the night train
and I did not know how to say goodbye to them.
I heard the train had crashed
in a barren valley
(only the driver survived).
I thanked God, and took it easy
for I have small nightmares
that I hope will develop into great dreams.
I have no problem.
I look at myself, from the day I was born till now.
In my despair I remember
that there is life after death;
there is life after death
and I have no problem.
But I ask:
Oh my God,
is there life before death?
――Translated by Radwa Ashour

From poem hunter.com
Interview with Mourid Barghouti 

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Israeli forces enter a Palestinian home in Duheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem. (MaanImages)

 

“. . . There’s enough room for both of us in the field . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Ziziphus spina-christi, the Christ's Thorn Jujube, an evergreen tree. It grows in Palestine in valleys up to an elevation of 500m. By some traditions, it was the tree from which Jesus' Crown of Thorns was made.  See poem below. (Photo: From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.)
Ziziphus spina-christi, the Christ’s Thorn Jujube, an evergreen tree. It grows in Palestine in valleys up to an elevation of 500m. By some traditions, it was the tree from which Jesus’ Crown of Thorns was made. See poem below. (Photo: From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository.)

❶ 1 Palestinian killed, 1 injured after alleged attack in Beit Shemesh
❷ East Jerusalem is becoming a giant prison
❸ Israeli mistaken for Palestinian ‘attacker’ shot dead in Jerusalem
❹ Despite global disgust, Netanyahu doubles down on claim that Hitler got idea of Final Solution from a Palestinian
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Chaos in Jerusalem is a Warning of Things to Come
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
1  PALESTINIAN  KILLED,  1  INJURED  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK  IN  BEIT  SHEMESH
Oct. 22, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — One Palestinian was killed and one critically injured by Israeli police in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, on Thursday after an alleged stabbing attack, Israeli media and police said.
____An Israeli police spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinians attempted to board a children’s bus in the city but were blocked from entering, before stabbing an Israeli man in his twenties. Israeli police arrived on scene and shot the suspected attackers.
____The two men, along with the Israeli, were transferred to Hadassah hospital in Ein Karem.
____Israeli media reported that one of the suspected attackers was dead upon arrival to the hospital, the other left in critical condition. The Israeli man sustained moderate injuries in his upper body.
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Israeli police and stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, October 15, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)
Israeli police and stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, October 15, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel. (Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

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EAST  JERUSALEM  IS  BECOMING  A  GIANT  PRISON
Yudith Oppenheimer
Oct. 21, 201
Let’s talk about life for a moment, about how we can live in this city. Let us set aside for now the differences of opinion on sovereignty and eternity and talk about this moment, in which we can still steer matters to their semi-sane course, and can still safeguard with the fragile, imperfect, problematic reality that we had here until a few days ago. It is difficult to believe, but we may yet miss this reality as a yearned-for island of near-normalcy that we have lost for some time.
____Let us make no mistake. Even if in a week, two weeks, a month, a year, the concrete barriers are removed that are now blocking the entrances and exits of the Palestinian neighborhoods . . . we will no longer be able to erase the stinging memory of the concrete barriers that we set up between us and them. The ones that have turned their home in the heart of the city into a series of shunned and isolated ghettos.
____These walls have already built unseen fences of hatred and will continue to exist in our midst as a malignant poison.
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Related . . . JERUSALEM  BECOMING  MINI-POLICE  STATE  AND  GHOST  CAPITAL
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  MISTAKEN  FOR  PALESTINIAN  ‘ATTACKER’  SHOT  DEAD  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 22, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a Jewish man in central Jerusalem overnight Wednesday after mistaking him for a “Palestinian attacker,” Israeli police and media said.
____Israeli media said the man was shot after he attempted to grab a weapon from Israeli security forces after an argument. The man was identified as a Jewish-Israeli from his identity card.
____Other reports said a private security guard shot the man after an altercation as he was getting off a bus in the center of Jerusalem.
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MONDOWEISS
DESPITE  GLOBAL  DISGUST,  NETANYAHU  DOUBLES  DOWN  ON  CLAIM  THAT  HITLER  GOT  IDEA  OF  FINAL  SOLUTION  FROM  A  PALESTINIAN
News sites around the world today are talking about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion in a speech yesterday that Hitler didn’t want to kill the Jews, just expel them, till he was convinced to exterminate them by the Palestinian leader, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. The criticism is so universal, and angry, that the remarks look to be a landmark in Netanyahu’s cynicism. . .
____Yet, in the face of the criticism Netanyahu is doubling down on his contention that Palestinians incited the holocaust. Here is what he said today before leaving to Berlin [. . . . .].
____Meanwhile, Germany says it has no idea what Netanyahu is talking about.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
CHAOS  IN  JERUSALEM  IS  A  WARNING  OF  THINGS  TO  COME
Oct. 21, 2015
Among Palestinians and Israelis, the recent upsurge in violence has been variously described as the children’s, lone-wolf, Jerusalem and smartphone intifadas. Each describes a distinguishing feature of this round of clashes.
____The steady erosion of Fatah and Hamas’ authority during the post-Oslo years, as the Palestinian factions proved incapable of protecting their people from the structural violence of the occupation, has driven Palestine’s politically orphaned children to the streets, armed with stones.
____The growing hopelessness and sense of abandonment have led a few so-called “lone wolves” to vent their fury on Israelis with improvised weapons such as knives, screwdrivers and cars. These attacks have attracted the most publicity, becoming the equivalent of the second intifada’s suicide bomber. But they serve chiefly as a barometer of Palestinian despair.
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“CONVERSATION  BETWEEN  AN  EAR  OF  CORN  AND  A  JERUSALEM  ROSE  THORN,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
(Scene: a Field on the Eastern Shore of the Mediterranean)

EAR OF CORN: Don’t kill me before my time is up.
JERUSALEM ROSE THORN: To kill for nothing is my only profession

EC: But your lovely flower
Is honey . . .
JRT: My unchecked desire
Is a road . . . its end is your death

EC: Live and die as you wish
With your sad flowers
And the gloom of your cursed desire
Live and die . . . but spare me
JRT: It’s our fate . . . I die so you may live
Or you die so I may live

EC: There’s enough room for both of us in the field
JRT: It’s our fate neighbor
It’s our fate
(Enter Fire and Fear jumps up)

EC & JRT: Don’t kill us fire
We are young and pretty and we grew up together
Don’t kill us
Don’t ki . . .
(Ashes, EC & JRT on the horizon)

From by 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 police and stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on October 15, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)
Israeli police and stop and check Palestinians going out of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on October 15, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel. (Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

“. . . a fierce struggle of liberation in the name of free men everywhere . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish, 1970)

Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley. (Agence France‑Presse/Photo)
Palestinian land in the Jordan Valley. (Agence France‑Presse/Photo)

❶ Palestinian shot dead in Hebron after alleged stabbing attempt
❷ Israeli forces deliver demolition orders in Jordan Valley
❸ Palestinian Shot Dead By Israeli Army Fire In Hebron
❹ Opinion/Analysis: Jerusalem in Context
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Recasting the rules: An intellectual intifada in the offing
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  HEBRON  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING  ATTEMPT
Oct. 20, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in Beit Awwa west of Hebron, Palestinian sources said.
The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health identified the Palestinian as 24-year-old Udaay Hashim al-Masalma, and said that doctors in Hebron’s public hospital confirmed a bullet to the head was the cause of death.
____An Israeli army spokesperson alleged that Masalma was shot after he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier during a “violent riot” in Beit Awwa.
____She said the soldier “responded with live fire,” and that the Palestinian was evacuated for medical treatment by the Palestinian Red Crescent.
____She added that the Israeli soldier was lightly injured, and as far as she was aware, had not been evacuated for medical treatment.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DELIVER  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY
Oct. 20, 2015
TUBAS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday delivered demolition orders to two Palestinian families in the northern Jordan Valley, notifying them that their tin shacks and tents would be destroyed in less than a month.
____Local sources said the structures belonged to the families of Lutfi Muhammad Bani Audah and Muhammad Ali Bisharat and would be destroyed on Nov. 8.
____The families said that the structures slated for demolition were built several years ago and that they have official deeds to prove their ownership of the land.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
HEALTH  MINISTRY:  “46  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  10  CHILDREN,  KILLED  SINCE  OCTOBER 1”
The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, Monday, that the number of Palestinians, killed by Israeli fire since the beginning of this month, has arrived to 45, including 10 children, in addition to a political prisoner who died of medical neglect.
____The Ministry said the youngest slain Palestinian was 16 months of age, and that eight of the children were killed in the West Bank, and two in the Gaza Strip.
____It stated that 31 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, and 14 in the Gaza Strip, including a mother and her infant, in addition to a young man in the Houra area, in the Negev.
____As for wounded Palestinians, the Ministry said 1850 were shot with live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets; some suffered burns and others were beaten and assaulted by soldiers and settlers, while more than 3500 suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
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JERUSALEM,  IN  CONTEXT
Noam Sheizaf
Oct. 19, 2015
Jeffrey Goldberg wrote a powerful piece in The Atlantic last week claiming to scrutinize Palestinian violence . . . . Goldberg starts by discussing Palestinian “paranoia” over Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and ends with a broader, more common claim: that the Palestinian refusal to recognize Jewish ties to the land of Israel is the primary source of the conflict’s intractability, replete with its frequent rounds of violence.
____There are many holes in this theory, and I’d like to point some of them out.  [. . . . .].
____. . . The belief that Palestinians are invaders or mere guests in this land and that their own ties to the Temple Mount are a political hoax is widely held in Israel’s right wing.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
RECASTING  THE  RULES:  AN  INTELLECTUAL  INTIFADA  IN  THE  OFFING
Ramzy Baroud
Oct. 19, 2015
My first stop, after living for 22 years in a refugee camp in Gaza, was the city of Seattle. . . . There, for the first time, I stood before an audience outside Palestine, to speak about Palestine [. . . . .].
____Here, I learned, too, of the limits imposed on the Palestinian right to speak, of what I could or should not say. Platforms for an impartial Palestinian discourse were extremely narrow to begin with, and when any was available, Palestinians hardly took center stage [. . . . .].
____However, after spending almost two decades living in the US, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and travelling across the globe to speak about human rights – starting with Palestinian rights, history and struggle – I began to grasp the seriousness of an unmistakable trend: where the Palestinian narrative is marginalized and fundamentally misunderstood [. . . . .].
____So it was not uncommon to see an entire two-day conference on Palestine divided into several sessions and many workshops without a single Palestinian on the podium . . . . the frame of mind that neglected or avoided the Palestinian narrative has not been defeated completely.
Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, author and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.
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“I  DECLARE,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH  (1970)
As long as a hand-span of my land remains
As long as I have an olive tree―
A lemon tree―
A well―and a cactus plant
As long as I have but a single memory
A tiny library
A grandfather’s picture―and a wall
As long as Arabic words are uttered
And folk songs are sung
In my land
Scribes of poetry
Tales of Antar Al-Abse
Epics of the war against Persia and Rome
As long as I possess my eyes
Lips and hands
My own-self!
I shall declare in the face of my foe!―
A fierce struggle of liberation
In the name of free men everywhere
Workers―students―and poets―
I shall declare―
And let the cowards―ENEMIES OF THE SUN
Be satiated of the bread of shame
As long as I have myself
As long as myself remain
My words will remain―
Bread and arms―
In the hands of freedom fighters!

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 Mahmoud Darwish

Right-wing ‘Temple activist’ Yehuda Glick holding a book depicting the Jewish Temple while standing in front of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, May 21, 2009. Glick survived an assassination attempt by a Palestinian man in 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
Right-wing ‘Temple activist’ Yehuda Glick holding a book depicting the Jewish Temple while standing in front of the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, May 21, 2009. Glick survived an assassination attempt by a Palestinian man in 2014. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

“. . . I would ask if she’s angry . . .” (Rochelle Mass)

Palestinians stand near a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 4, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
Palestinians stand near a burning barricade during clashes with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, Oct. 4, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

❶ 200 Israeli settlers attack Palestinian village with firebombs
❷ Israeli court refuses appeal, will go ahead with Hebron demolition
❸ Jerusalem’s intifada takes its toll
❹ Israeli soldiers Attack Jenin Secondary School with Tear Gas
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Palestinians Want 1967 Lands Under UN Protection
❻ Poetry by Rochelle Mass
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(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you for “following.”)
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❶ MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
200  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGE  WITH  FIREBOMBS
Oct. 18, 2015
HEBRON ― More than 200 Israeli settlers attacked the Palestinian villages of Wad al-Haseen and Wad al-Nasara near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba overnight in the eastern Hebron district of the occupied southern West Bank, locals and medics said.
____During the attack, Israeli settlers threw stones and firebombs at Palestinian homes and injured at least three people, two of which were minors, while Israeli forces later shot and injured one Palestinian with live fire.
____An Israeli army spokesperson said she did not have reports of any injuries with live fire.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  REFUSES  APPEAL,  WILL  GO  AHEAD  WITH  HEBRON  DEMOLITION
Oct. 18, 2015
HEBRON ― An Israeli court this week refused a family’s appeal to stop the demolition order on their home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, the family told Ma’an.
____After failing to establish an appeal, Israeli forces will go forward with the demolition order on the family home of Palestinian prisoner Maher Hamdi al-Hashlmoun, 31, the family said.
____In a phone call with the Mujhat al-Quds institution, a Palestinian prisoners advocacy group, al-Hashlmoun’s wife said that “refusing the appeal means that the Israeli excavators can demolish the house at any moment and without a prior warning.”
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AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
JERUSALEM’S  INTIFADA  TAKES  ITS  TOLL
Daoud Kuttab
Oct. 16, 2015
Despite the sense of pride Palestinians have been expressing as they break the fear barrier and stump one of the world’s most powerful armies, Jerusalem’s intifada is taking its toll on the Palestinians of the holy city.
____The trigger-happy Israeli soldiers, settlers and citizens encouraged by their government to carry weapons have created fear and terror among the 350,000 Palestinians who make East Jerusalem their home.
____A resident of the Old City expressed this fear. In a post on his Facebook page Oct. 12, Ahmad Buderi said that Palestinians in the Old City want international protection, especially from armed settlers. “Any mistake can easily lead to the end of your life using the cover of self-defense. All it takes is for the settler to say ‘mikhablim’ [Hebrew for terrorists], and you can easily be the target of bullets coming at you from all directions.”
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ATTACK  JENIN  SECONDARY  SCHOOL  WITH  TEAR  GAS
Oct. 18, 2015
JENIN– Israeli forces Sunday fired tired gas canisters and stun grenades inside a boys’ secondary school in Jenin while students were still inside, while groups of settlers attempted to storm Yabod town to the west of Jenin.
____Witnesses informed WAFA that Israeli soldiers stationed adjacent to the separation wall, built illegally on land belonging to Palestinians, fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades inside al-Tayba Secondary School to the west of Jenin.
____Earlier Sunday, Dozens of university students suffocated as Israeli forces Sunday raided the campus of Palestine Technical University- Kadoorie to the west of Tulkarem city, while firing a hail of tear gas canisters toward students.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PALESTINIANS  WANT  1967  LANDS  UNDER  UN  PROTECTION
Samer B. Jaber
Oct. 11, 2015
We, a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, and political activists, appeal to the Palestinian leadership within the Palestine Liberation Organization and outside of it, to call on the United Nation and the permanent members of the Security Council to put the Palestine territory occupied by Israel in 1967 under the international protection of the United Nations.
____This call is coming after two decades of negotiations between the leadership of the PLO and successive Israeli occupation governments. These negotiations have not been able to achieve the rights of the Palestinian people to return to the homes from which they were displaced and to self-determination. The goal of this initiative is to provide an exit strategy from the arrangement in which the balance of power is tipped entirely in favor of the occupying state, thereby giving it the opportunity to impose its policy of fait accompli.
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“FROM MY KITCHEN WINDOW,” BY ROCHELLE MASS
I often think there’s a woman on the hill
over there, who looks out her kitchen window
in my direction
as she prepares dinner for her family.

Perhaps that woman has watched our village grow
Perhaps
she’s seen it spread over the Gilboa
new homes built for young families
children playing in the yard.

I watch Jenin stretch so wide
I have to turn my head
each way
to see the full size of it.

Perhaps that woman is picking olives, as I am
soaking them in large bins then
slicing lemons, adding coarse salt
tossing in bay leaves, peppercorns and

sharp red peppers to get the right flavor. Perhaps
she helps her husband as I help mine
take their crop to the local press, return
with gallons of oil.

I watch evening stagger over Jenin as
I soap my dishes
see lights splash
over the city.

I wonder if that woman
is looking my way ―
I would ask if she’s angry
if she’s afraid.

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&Noble.
ROCHELLE MASS, Canadian born, with her husband and two young daughters, moved to Israel in l973, lived on a kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley for almost 25 years, and now lives in a settlement crawling up the Gilboa Mountain, overlooking that valley. She is a translator and editor (Kibbutz Trends, bi-annual of cultural/political issues). She has published two poetry collections.
Blogger’s note: My reading of Mass’s poetry is that she is a dedicated Israeli. However, she does not advocate violence and has some real sense of the horror of the life she represents.

Jenin. (Photo: Palden Jenkins. paldywan.blogspot.co.uk.)
Jenin. (Photo: Palden Jenkins. paldywan.blogspot.co.uk.)

 

“. . . What do I know about settlers or rock-throwers . . .” (Rabbi Rachel Barenblat)

THE 'SMARTPHONE INTIFADA.' Palestinian women take pictures on smartphones during the funeral of a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Feb. 24, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)
THE ‘SMARTPHONE INTIFADA.’ Palestinian women take pictures on smartphones during the funeral of a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Feb. 24, 2015. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

HAARETZ (Israel’s oldest daily newspaper)
NETANYAHU  MUST  STOP  THE  INCITEMENT  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S  ARAB  CITIZENS
Haaretz Editorial
Prime minister and his ministers would do well to act to calm things down and adopt a different policy, which regards Arabs as equal citizens, not a fifth column undermining the state.
Oct. 15, 2015
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Arab Knesset members of incitement against the State of Israel this week. He spoke of “the instigating leadership of the communist Balad party, behind whom are a train of ISIS flags.” Such statements, uttered by the prime minister of Israel in a speech from the Knesset rostrum, could have destructive implications for the relationship between the Arab citizens and the Jewish majority at a time when people on both sides feel threatened and are afraid to walk the streets.
____In addition to their dangerous timing, Netanyahu’s statements revealed his ignorance about Arab politics and society. Balad is a national-Arab party which has no connection to the communist party, even if some of its members were associated with that party in the past. There has been bitter political rivalry between the two parties for many years, and the fact that they are cooperating in the Joint Arab List faction in the Knesset does not mean that the differences between them have melted away.
____Moreover, at no march or rally of the Arab public have the black flags of the Islamic state been raised.
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+972 MAGAZINE
THIS DANCE OF DEATH WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME
Natasha Roth
Oct. 13, 2015
[Synopsis of Bergman film “The Seventh Seal,” 1957]
As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, three Israelis have been killed over the course of a few hours following a double attack in Jerusalem that involved shooting, stabbing and running over Israeli civilians with a vehicle. One of the alleged Palestinian attackers was shot dead at the scene.
____The incidents took place alongside two stabbing attacks in the central Israeli town of Ra’anana that left several Israelis wounded in an exceptionally violent morning, even by the standards of a gruesome fortnight that has seen dozens of Israelis injured and four more killed in stabbing and shooting attacks. Meanwhile nearly 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces either while demonstrating, following a stabbing attack or — in the IDF’s own words — “by accident.” The number of Palestinians injured since the beginning of October has passed the 1,000 mark.
____The terminology one applies to this latest spike in violence is academic. It also distracts from the underlying and fundamental issue: that successive Israeli leaders have, like the knight in The Seventh Seal, tried to cheat the inevitable, which in this case is the end of the occupation.
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PALESTINE CHRONICLE
HASBARA OR NOT: APARTHEID IN ISRAEL IS DOOMED
Iqbal Jassat
Oct. 13, 2015
As the noose of resistance begins to take a firm grip around the neck of Israel’s apartheid regime, Netanyahu’s bewilderment must not be construed as an expression of ignorance.
___Equally, displaying shock and anger as his entire cabinet has been doing, is merely putting on a mask of hypocrisy for fellow Israelis and his western allies.
____The truth is eloquently captured by prominent Palestinian author and journalist Ramzy Baroud: “Palestinian youth are protesting because they experience daily humiliation and endure the unrelenting violence of the Occupation.”
____Israel’s suffocating policies of apartheid, administered ruthlessly by Netanyahu’s racist rightwing coalition, is responsible for the current wave of protests.
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HAARETZ (Israel’s oldest daily newspaper)
THIS ISN’T AN INTIFADA, THIS IS WHAT BINATIONAL ISRAEL LOOKS LIKE
Asher Schechter (Haaretz staff writer)
Intifadas by definition have an ending. Recent events are merely a terrifying preview to a hellish reality: You can’t send a tank to fight a mother with a master’s degree wielding a knife.
Oct 15, 2015
[. . . . .]
____With violence in Israel and the West Bank steadily increasing, many are asking: Is this an intifada? Is this truly the beginning of yet another, years-long, bloody chapter in the saga of Israel-Palestine, or is this just another footnote [. . . . .]
____Based on the volume of violent incidents and, more importantly, the identity of the people behind them, it’s easy to say: this isn’t an intifada. It’s something far worse. [. . . . .]
____In a way, it’s easy to understand why Israeli politicians are confused. Intifadas usually end with a massive military campaign: Operation Defensive Shield ended the Second Intifada; or a massive peace effort – the Madrid Conference and the Oslo Accords ended the First Intifada.
____But this time it isn’t a conflict for armies or diplomats. You can’t send a tank to fight a mother with a master’s degree wielding a knife.
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AL-SHABAKA: THE PALESTINIAN POLICY NETWORK
READ THEIR LIPS: ISRAELI LEADERS’ PLANS FOR THE PALESTINIANS
Samah Sabawi
Oct. 15, 2015
History in the Holy Land seems stuck in a loop. In 2000, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, at the time leader of the opposition, visited the al-Aqsa compound in a deliberate provocation that triggered the second Intifada. [. . . . .]
____Fast forward to 2015: The peace process is now dead and what hope Palestinians had during the early Oslo years has turned into bitter disappointment and despair. Jewish colonies, illegal under international law, have expanded on Palestinian land throughout the years of negotiations and now fully surround Palestinian communities. [. . . . .]
____At a recent press conference Netanyahu spoke in Hebrew about how there was a huge settlement drive during his years of leadership. At the same conference, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon assured reporters that there had not been a settlement freeze for one minute. [. . . . .]
____Palestinians in the grip of Israel’s military occupation have given up on any hope of a sovereign state. Palestinian youth are sending a clear message both to their occupiers and to their leaders. They are taking matters into their own hands and demanding their full human rights at any cost.
____Desperate Palestinian youth who have lived under occupation and siege their entire lives, with no hope of a future, risk their lives in their fight for freedom. But what are the Israelis fighting for? Having destroyed all chances of Palestinian statehood, Israel is fighting to maintain its occupation and subjugation of the Palestinian people, creating an apartheid state throughout the lands where its rule holds sway.
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“FIRST VISIT TO THE CAMP D’HAISHA, BETHLEHEM,” BY RABBI RACHEL BARENBLAT
There are no canvas tents.
The buildings don’t look
so bad, standard issue
developing-world
cement block structures

until I try to imagine
eleven thousand people
in one square kilometer,
one in every minyan
an angry alumnus

of the Israeli jails.
What do I know
about settlers or rock-throwers,
one state, two state
impossibilities?

But our grandparents
didn’t escape the ghettos
of Europe’s worst era
only to create new ones
for somebody else.

When we depart
I’m saddened, troubled
but perfectly able
to order a cold beer
and make conversation.

The sorrow and the fury
dormant overnight
explode the next day.
Even Shabbat can’t soothe
my lacerated heart.

From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.
Rachel Barenblat was ordained a rabbi in January 2011 through the Alliance for Jewish Renewal.
She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the author of 4 chapbooks of poetry. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including The Texas Observer. She lives in western Massachusetts.

An injured Palestinian protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes Oct. 13, 2015 (MaanImages/Sheren Khalel)
An injured Palestinian protester carries a Palestinian flag during clashes Oct. 13, 2015 (MaanImages/Sheren Khalel)

“. . . they come to burn the love in our hearts . . .” (Yousef al-Mahmoud)

The separation Wall in Jerusalem. (Photo by George Azar)
The separation Wall in Jerusalem. (Photo by George Azar)

❶ 2 Palestinians shot dead as attacks kill 3 Israelis, injure 28
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 23 Palestinians with live bullets
❸ Demoralization and Resistance: Israel’s Unseen Policy and Jerusalem’s Refusal to Abandon Its Collective Identity
❹ UNRWA slams Israel’s use of force against Palestinians
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Of course, It is an Intifada: This is What You Must Know
❻ Poetry by Yousef al-Mahmoud
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(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you for “following.”)
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  DEAD  AS  ATTACKS  KILL  3  ISRAELIS,  INJURE  28
Oct. 13, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Israelis were killed and up to 28 injured, several of them seriously, in at least four separate attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, with at least two suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead, Israeli medics and police said.
____The Israeli government immediately began discussing punitive measures against Palestinians, including the closure of Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and arming more Israeli citizens with guns.
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Related . . .
Summary of violence today
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  23  PALESTINIANS  WITH  LIVE  BULLETS
Oct. 12, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured at least 23 Palestinians with live bullets during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Monday, with two more shot and injured by Israeli settlers, Palestinian sources reported. [. . . . . ]
____Clashes have injured more than 1,300 Palestinians since the beginning of the month, with 152 shot with live and rubber-coated steel bullets on Sunday alone, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health and the Palestinian Red Crescent.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
DEMORALIZATION  AND  RESISTANCE;  ISRAEL’S  UNSEEN  POLICY  AND  JERUSALEM’S  REFUSAL  TO  ABANDON  ITS  COLLECTIVE  IDENTITY
Megan Driscoll
Oct. 2015
Though never far out of sight, Jerusalem was notably at the center of much of the world’s focus this year, as tensions mounted throughout the occupied city. Following the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir this past July and a fierce reaction from Palestinian Jerusalemites, many pondered whether or not a third Intifada was brewing in the streets of Shu’fat, Silwan, Wadi al-Joz and elsewhere. Israel’s reaction to the growing popular resistance was in turn swift and forceful . . . . little has been dedicated to the underlying psychosocial impact of the occupation force’s growing repression in East Jerusalem.
____Historically, Israel has worked to undermine the collective identity of Palestinian Jerusalemites since it first occupied the city in 1967. Over the past four decades, the state has implemented a complex network of measures that comprehensively work to minimize Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
UNRWA  SLAMS  ISRAEL’S  USE  OF  FORCE  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS
Oct. 13, 2015
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Monday condemned the recent murder and injury of a number of Palestinians by Israeli security forces. [. . . . .]
____The clashes erupted after groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several consecutive days last month.
____UNRWA expressed its concern over the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces to disperse demonstrators — a policy the agency described as “excessive use of force”, which, it said, “may be contrary to international law enforcement standards”.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
OF  COURSE,  IT  IS  AN  INTIFADA:  THIS  IS  WHAT  YOU  MUST  KNOW
Ramzy Baroud
Oct. 12 2015
When my book ‘Searching Jenin’ was published soon after the Israeli massacre in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002, I was quizzed repeatedly by the media and many readers for conferring the word ‘massacre’ on what Israel has depicted as a legitimate battle against camp-based ‘terrorists’.
____The interrogative questions were aimed at relocating the narrative from a discussion regarding possible war crimes into a technical dispute over the application of language. For them, the evidence of Israel’s violations of human rights mattered little. [. . . . .]
____Even when video evidence emerges countering the official Israeli narrative and revealing, as in most other cases, that the murdered youth posed no threat, the official Israeli narrative will always be accepted as facts, by some. Isra’, Fadi, and all the rest are ‘terrorists’ who endangered the safety of Israeli citizens and, alas, had to be eliminated as a result.
– Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com.
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Dr. Ramzy Baroud

“ENEMY,”  BY  YOUSEF  AL-MAHMOUD
They come from all the ends of the earth to sit among us
they come from the ends of the winds
they bring sickness and a hissing like sakes
they come from the ends of the snows
they come smelling of death
they come with blood-dipping knives
they bring panic and terror
they are utterly not-to-be-trusted
they are utterly murderous
they are proud of their murders, they are drinkers of blood
proud of tooth and nail
even more proud of guns and treachery
they come to burn the love in our hearts
and turn it to torture and bitterness
they bring sorrow, terror, sickness. . .
How have they come to sit among us?
—-—-Translated by DM Black

From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.
—-Yousef Al-Mahmoud is a prominent broadcaster and poet, and former head of the Ministry of Culture in his native Jenin.

Palestinians attempt to break through a section of the separation wall Israel built in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, 11 October. (Photo by Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills)
Palestinians attempt to break through a section of the separation wall Israel built in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, 11 October. (Photo by Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills)

“. . . Your house is shrouded with the dust of death. . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Le Trio Joubran plays traditional Palestinian OUD music―3 brothers from Nazareth. Adnan Joubran: "We are Palestinians . . .  but no one even notices that we are Christian Palestinians, because for us, Palestinians, it does not matter . . .  we are campaigning for the freedom of our country through our heritage and music." (Photo, Arab Women Media Watch Centre UK)
Le Trio Joubran plays traditional Palestinian OUD music―3 brothers from Nazareth. Adnan Joubran: “We are Palestinians . . . but no one even notices that we are Christian Palestinians, because for us, Palestinians, it does not matter . . . we are campaigning for the freedom of our country through our heritage and music.” (Photo, Arab Women Media Watch Centre UK)

❶ Ministry: 14 Palestinians killed, 1,000 injured since Oct. 1
❷ Jordan Slams Israel’s Continued Aggression against Palestinians as State Terrorism
❸ ‘There is no co-existence with cancer’: Right-wing Israelis demand gov’t give military ‘free hand’ to fight Palestinians
❹ Our Culture … Our Rooted Identity throughout History
❺ Opinion/Analysis: STOP TALKING ABOUT AN INTIFADA: ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION MUST END
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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(Please read “Purpose” above, and thank you for “following.”)
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
MINISTRY:  14  PALESTINIANS  KILLED,  1,000  INJURED  SINCE  OCT.  1
Oct. 9, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Fourteen Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and around 1,000 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since Oct. 1, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said Friday.
____By the end of the day on Friday alone, seven Palestinians were killed and around 200 injured with live and rubber-coated steel bullets, while seven suffered from bruises after being physically assaulted by Israeli forces in clashes across the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
____According to the ministry, the numbers include those who were admitted to hospitals, while hundreds of others were treated on the scene.
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Background . . . WHAT  WEAPONS  ARE  BEING  USED  IN  THE  ISRAEL-GAZA  CONFLICT. Jonathan Marcus BBC diplomatic correspondent. 10 July 2014.
Background. . .

Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. ((Agence France‑Presse/Photo.)Musa Al-Shaer, File)
Palestinian soldiers mourn over the body of 13-year-old Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, one of several killed in the latest round of violence. ((Agence France‑Presse/Photo. Musa Al-Shaer, File)

PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JORDAN  SLAMS  ISRAEL’S  CONTINUED  AGGRESSION  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS  AS  STATE  TERRORISM
Oct. 10, 2015
The Jordanian House of Representatives Saturday slammed the Israeli continued aggression against the Palestinian people, land, and holy sites as a ‘state terrorism’ conducted before the eyes of the entire world.
____The Jordanian house of Representatives expressed their utmost anger and condemnation of the Israeli crimes and repeated racist violations committed against the unarmed Palestinian people, which led to the killing and injury of many Palestinians, as well as violated the sanctity of Muslim and Christian holy sites.
____ . . . it said that the world did nothing to curb [Israel’s] racist and foolish policies, which it stressed, would only drag the region and the world into more violence, terrorism, and lack of instability, as well as undermine efforts exerted toward the attainment of peace.
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MONDOWEISS
‘THERE  IS  NO  CO-EXISTENCE  WITH  CANCER’:  RIGHT-WING  ISRAELIS  DEMAND  GOV’T  GIVE  MILITARY  ‘FREE  HAND’  TO FIGHT  PALESTINIANS
Scott Ratner
Oct. 9, 2015
Brandishing their typical black and yellow flags and Hebrew signs boasting “Kahane was Right” and “There is no co-existence with cancer,” hundreds of right-wing activists took to the streets of Jerusalem Thursday night in a growing phenomenon of public demonstrations led by the country’s leading fascist groups such as Lahava and La Familia. Despite negligible attempts by Israeli police to force the demonstrators from proceeding (the demonstration was not granted prior police approval), the Jewish crowds began marching at around 9 pm when police officers made it readily apparent that they had no intention of halting the mostly youth from making their away across the city
____Guided and instigated by far-right ideologues such as Benzion Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, the crowds chanted their usual “Death to Arabs,” “A Jew has a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore,” and other similar malicious slogans.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
OUR  CULTURE …  OUR  ROOTED  IDENTITY  THROUGHOUT  HISTORY
Courtesy of Bank of Palestine
October, 2015
In Palestine, culture is a mix of rich and varied components that combine history, literature, thought, politics, religion, economy, and identity. Culture is one of the most important factors that affect the development of societies and nations, and it is the main reason for the advancement of a nation’s political, economic, and scientific core. We typically judge a nation based on the factors listed above, which constitute its culture, a vital component of the civilization of any people or place.
____The name Palestine is enough to inspire the intellectual wealth of the world because it alone is home to all identities, nations, countries, religions, and historical eras. Palestine is the first civilization where prophets from all religions lived, and it is the last refuge for people before the end of life on this earth. Hence, all people have a duty to preserve the culture of this land.
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Background . . . BARENBOIM-SAID  MUSIC  CENTER  RAMALLAH
Background . . . “WE  ARE  DEFENDING  OUR  CULTURE”:  AN  INTERVIEW  WITH  SAMIR  JOUBRAN
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA. Adri Nieuwhof. Mar. 29, 2010.
❺ Opinion/Analysis
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
STOP  TALKING  ABOUT  AN  INTIFADA:  ISRAEL’S  OCCUPATION  MUST  END
Oct. 10, 2015
Saeb Erekat
(Saeb Erekat is the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization.)
Over the past few days, many have wondered whether this is the beginning of a third Intifada. For the Palestinian people, this question is no longer relevant. There has not been a single day, in almost half a century, that we haven’t suffered from the Israeli occupation; the main source of violence in our region. Occupation means control, which is precisely what Israel has been doing with our lives, with a daily oppression and humiliation in our own homeland by a belligerent occupying power [. . . . .]
____Yet, Netanyahu’s right-wing extremist government continues to deny Palestinian rights and to incite violence, clearly indicating that ending this Apartheid regime is not an option. His top diplomat, [Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi] Hotovely, just yesterday declared that this government was formed with the goal of preventing a two-state solution.
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“THE  LAST  KNOCK,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
Will you not open this door for me?
My hand is exhausted from knocking at Your door.
I have come to Your vastness to beg
Some tranquility and peace of mind.
But Your door is closed in my face,
Drowned in silence.
Lord of the house,
The door was open here,
A refuge for all burdened with grief.
The door was open here,
And the green olive tree rose high,
Embracing the house.
The oil lamp kindling without faire,
Guiding the steps of one walking at night,
Relieving those crushed by the burden of earth,
Flooding them with satisfaction and ease.
Do you hear me, O Lord of the house,
After my loss in the deserts;
Away from You I have returned to You
But your door is closed
In my face, drowned in silence.
Your house is shrouded
With the dust of death.
You are here. Open, then, the door.
Do not veil Your face.
See my orphanhood, my loss,
Amid the ruins of a collapsing world,
The grief of the world on my shoulders
And terrors of a tyrant destiny
To be undone.

From:   A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
About Fadwa Tuqan

“. . . For centuries I did not turn visitors away from my door. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP: A member of the Palestinian 3run Gaza team practices his parkour skills on a building in preparation for the 'Gulf Monster', the first Arab parkour competition in Qatar in November. (MEM file photo)
GAZA CITY, GAZA STRIP: A member of the Palestinian 3run Gaza team practices his parkour skills on a building in preparation for the ‘Gulf Monster’, the first Arab parkour competition in Qatar in November. (MEM file photo)

❶ 12 year old Palestinian killed in Bethlehem as violence explodes across the West Bank
❷ Clashes break out after 13-year-old’s funeral in Bethlehem, 10 injured
❸ Demolishing the houses of the Martyrs’ families…Ja’abees, Hijazi and Abu Jamal using explosives
❹ Israeli settlers attack iconic mosque in Jaffa
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘The problem isn’t Arab protesters, it’s the society that sees them as an enemy’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The Basic Lies behind Zionism’s ‘Basic Truths’
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
12  YEAR  OLD  PALESTINIAN  KILLED  IN  BETHLEHEM  AS  VIOLENCE  EXPLODES  ACROSS  THE  WEST  BANK
Oct. 5, 2015
Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah, 12 was still in his school uniform when he was rushed in a civilian car to Beit Jala hospital from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem today. The boy, from from a Al Kahder village, was shot in the heart during confrontations at Aida camp as violence explodes across the West Bank prompting the Red Crescent to declare a level 3 state of emergency across the occupied Palestinian territories. Another boy was shot in leg with live ammunition during the attack.
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The way American media reports the murder . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
CLASHES  BREAK  OUT  AFTER  13-YEAR-OLD’S  FUNERAL  IN  BETHLEHEM,  10  INJURED
Oct. 6, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians with live rounds on Tuesday as fierce clashes broke out in Bethlehem following the funeral of a 13-year-old boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before.
____Two Palestinians were shot with live bullets in their head, while another was shot in the leg, medics told Ma’an, adding that they had been rushed to operation rooms for treatments.
____Another seven Palestinians were shot and injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, medics said, and dozens suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.
____Hundreds took part in the funeral procession of Abed al-Rahman Obeidallah, 13, who was shot in his chest while returning home from school during clashes in Aida refugee camp on Monday afternoon.
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WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
DEMOLISHING  THE  HOUSES  OF  THE  MARTYRS’  FAMILIES… JA’ABEES,  HIJAZI  AND  ABU  JAMAL  USING EXPLOSIVES
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Silwan, Jerusalem (SILWANIC) — The occupation authorities execute an operation of demolishing using explosives and closing a room using cement to the houses of the Martyrs Mohammad Ja’abees and Ghassan Abu Jamal in the village of Jabal Al-Mukabber and Mutaz Hijazi in Silwan.
____Wadi Hilweh Information Center (WHIC) was informed that explosives experts used explosives to demolish the houses of Mohammad Ja’abees and Ghassan Abu Jamal while the occupation authorities closed the room of Mutaz Hijazi with cement.
____During the operation, damage was caused to the neighboring houses.
____The forces raided the houses of the Martyrs Mohammad Ja’abees and Ghassan Abu Jamal in Jabal Al-Mukabber and Mutaz Hijazi in Silwan after midnight Monday.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ATTACK  ICONIC  MOSQUE  IN  JAFFA
Oct. 6, 2015
A number of extremist Israeli settlers in Jaffa attacked the Hassan Bek Mosque yesterday and attempted to burn it, eyewitnesses told Arab48.
____Mohamed Ashqar, head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, said: “The settlers broke into the mosque from its main gate, threw big stones inside and smashed its windows.”
____“The settlers planned to destroy and burn the mosque like what happened in the past when they burnt it, threw a pig’s head inside.”
____Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said that they saw the settlers, who wanted to damage the mosque, but they undermined the settlers’ plan as they burst into it. “Therefore, the settlers fled,” the eyewitnesses told Arab48.
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+ 972 MAGAZINE
‘THE  PROBLEM  ISN’T  ARAB  PROTESTERS,  IT’S  THE  SOCIETY  THAT  SEES  THEM  AS  AN  ENEMY’
Noam Sheizaf
Oct. 6, 2015
Fifteen years since the events of October 2000, in which Israeli police killed 13 Arab protesters, Hassan Jabareen, head of Israel’s leading Arab civil rights organization, talks to +972 about the lessons Israel’s Palestinian population learned from the killings, the escalation of systematic discrimination since, and the vision of a democratic state of all its citizens. ‘If Arabs in Israel determined their political leanings in accordance with what Jews said, they would always be inferior.’
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PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  BASIC  LIES  BEHIND  ZIONISM’S  ‘BASIC  TRUTHS’
Oct. 5 2015
Jeremy Salt
‘We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country. This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that.’ Thus spoke the ‘deputy foreign affairs minister’ for the Zionist settler state, a woman called Tzipi Hotovely. So let’s go along with her and return to the basics, especially as the killing of two settlers near Hebron and two in Jerusalem in the past week again reminds us of them.
____Since 1967 the people of Hebron have lived under the most, racist, brutal and illegal form of occupation in the world. Arguably, it is the worst place for a Palestinian living in eastern Palestine, also known as the West Bank, as opposed to the East Bank of the Jordan River.
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“IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH
For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But no
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not turn visitors
Away from my door
Than one morning I opened my eyes
To find my food stolen
My wife strangled
And my child’s back a field of wounds.
I recognized my treacherous guests.
I planted mines and daggers at my door
And I swore by the traces of the knife
That none of these guests shall enter my house
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I was only a poet
In the bands of the Sufis
But now
I am an erupting volcano
In the twentieth century.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah, 12, just before being shot to death by Israeli forces in Bethlehem (International Solidarity Movement photo)
Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah, 12, just before being shot to death by Israeli forces in Bethlehem (International Solidarity Movement photo)