“. . . Polished by our children’s blood And by the shame of ruins . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Samia Khoury, at lunch in East Jerusalem, November 5, 2015 (Photo: Harold Knight)

❶ 50 years of occupation will not kill hope for a free Palestine
❷ 50 years of occupation: still refugees. Stand with Palestine refugees
❸ Israeli settlers take over Palestinian lands in Salfit, erect illegal outpost

  • BACKGROUND from Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers

❹ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ 50  YEARS  OF  OCCUPATION  WILL  NOT  KILL  HOPE  FOR  A  FREE  PALESTINE    
openDemocracy
Samia Khoury
June 5, 2017
On its 40th day, the mass hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners was suspended after an agreement was reached to allow two visits per month.
___The strike was hailed as a small victory and highlights the dire conditions of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons. The demands throughout the strike have been within the minimum rights of political prisoners in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
[. . . .] I am just wondering what was it that moved Israel to respond to their demands, especially that the international community did not take any action.
[. . . .] In the meantime the Palestinians are commemorating fifty years of a brutal military occupation. With the Oslo agreement in 1993 we were all made to believe that the occupation will soon be over and that peace was around the corner. But after more than twenty years of futile negotiations we realised that this is not a normal occupation that was going to end by a UN resolution. It is in reality a settler colonial regime with an ongoing process of dispossession.
[. . . .] After 50 years, it is not easy to maintain hope and not to despair especially when we watch new realities on the ground . . .   But when I visit Rawdat El-Zuhur, the school which I served for many years and look at the bright shining eyes of the children, or when I hear my young grandson practicing his trumpet in the late afternoon I am determined that we cannot lose hope for the sake of those children.   MORE . . .
❷ 50  YEARS  OF  OCCUPATION:  STILL  REFUGEES.  STAND  WITH  PALESTINE  REFUGEES  
UNRWA USA
Received as email on June 5, 2017
This week marks a devastating anniversary for Palestinians: 50 years of the occupation of the West Bank including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.
___In 1967, UNRWA had already been providing services to Palestine refugees displaced by the Nakba for 17 years. The Naksa — the new wave of displacement caused by the June 1967 war and subsequent Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza — warranted the establishment of 10 new refugee camps, and UNRWA expanding its services to newly displaced Palestinians in need. Refugees still live in these camps today.
___Thank you for being one of the tens of thousands of concerned and compassionate supporters in the United States who stand with Palestine refugees. Please support our mission through your generous giving.       RESPOND . . .

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Israeli forces preventing Palestinians from performing Friday prayers on May 5, 2017, in Deir Istiya near an agricultural road that was closed by Israeli forces last year, preventing Palestinians from accessing their lands (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❸ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  TAKE  OVER  PALESTINIAN  LANDS  IN  SALFIT,  ERECT  ILLEGAL  OUTPOST        
Ma’an News Agency      
June 7, 2017
A group of settlers from Israel’s illegal Nufim settlement erected an outpost on Tuesday on Palestinian lands in the Khirbet Shihada area in the eastern outskirts of the village of Deir Istiya in the occupied West Bank district of Salfit.
___Local activist Nathmi Salman told Ma’an that the settlers erected 13 tents and a number of wooden caravans on Palestinian land owned by residents of Deir Istiya.
___Salman added that a road equipped with electricity and lights was previously built to connect Nufim to the Palestinian lands where the outpost was then constructed.
___Palestinian farmers in Deir Istiya said that they were also threatened from going near the area by an armed Israeli settler.    MORE . . .  

Handel, Ariel. “Gated/Gating Community: The Settlement Complex in the West Bank.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 39, no. 4, Oct. 2014, pp. 504-517.
The claim that the settlements in the West Bank are gated communities might seem trivial. . .  From 1996 onward, Palestinians have been prohibited from entering settlement premises for any purpose other than work, and workers have been subjected to tight surveillance. Since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, security procedures have been further tightened and the fences significantly reinforced.
[. . . .] the settlement layout in the West Bank is not just an aggregate of 124 ‘legal’ gated communities and a similar number of ‘illegal outposts’, but rather a single, contiguous gated community gating, in turn, Palestinian ‘islands’ within it.
[. . . .] In this way, gated communities completely alter the physical space. They split the city into two layers, one connected and the other fragmented; one in movement and the other frozen. The highways that traverse the city to connect the gated communities to each other are extremely hazardous and exact a heavy toll of victims. Thus, even though an official prohibition against crossing them does not necessarily exist, these roads have created highly efficient demarcation lines.
[. . . .]  The settlements have been dispersed over the area by calculated design. . .   based on the settlers’ plans and backed by the state’s apparatuses and its military power . . . .
[. . . .]  The complex of gated communities, based as it is on the network of roads that connect small settlements, has the effect of blocking Palestinian movement and creating a ‘gating from within’ in which the minority gates the majority by help of state regulations and power . . . .  in a situation of perceived danger, movement itself becomes a problem, [and the politics] of mobility turns into a zero-sum game. Thus . . . under a real or perceived threat of crime, terror or other elements of ‘social danger’, [have enhanced] the connectivity of the people of means, while at the same time bolstering their corridors’ exclusionarity . . .  thereby reducing the rest of the population’s public space and freedom of movement.

“ON  THE  FIFTH  OF  JUNE,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
On the fifth,
Of June last
We returned to death its diplomatic bags
On the fifth
Of June last
We stripped the western winds
Of its ornamentation
Polished by our children’s blood
And by the shame of ruins
On the fifth
Of June last
The dead ascended to the United Nations
To partake in the emergency meeting
On the fifth
Of June last
We viewed the whole face of the globe
On the fifth
Of June last
The Arab oil wells continued flowing
In the midst of Arab lands
Towards the soil of western winds
On the fifth
Of June last

I do not weep!
I do not smile!

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 Samih Al Qasim
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“. . . the internationally driven ‘statebuilding’ project . . . solely geared towards Israeli needs . . .” (Pogodda and Richmond)

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The streets in Al Fara’a Refugee Camp  (Photo: ahote’s_photolog, Flikr, Aug. 29, 2008)

❶ .  Israeli forces kill Palestinian man during predawn raid in al-Faraa
. . . ― (a) Israeli forces fire tear gas in elderly Palestinian woman’s home during night raid

  • Background: “Palestinian Unity and Everyday State Formation: Subaltern ‘Ungovernmentality’ Versus Elite Interests.” Third World Quarterly 

❷ . Ministry of Information: Occupation is the root of all evils
❸ . Israeli forces destroy water pipeline serving Bedouin villages in northern West Bank
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❶ . ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  PALESTINIAN  MAN  DURING  PREDAWN  RAID  IN  AL-FARAA 
Ma’an News Agency 
Jan. 10, 2017 ― A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces during an overnight raid in the al-Faraa refugee camp  . . . Israeli and Palestinian sources reported, although they widely diverged over the circumstances of the man’s death.
___A member of the politburo of the Palestinian People’s Party (PPP), Khalid Mansour, told Ma’an that an Israeli intelligence officer “executed” Muhammad al-Salihi, 32, during a raid in his home.
___Al-Salihi and his mother were surprised when Israeli forces entered and ransacked their homes, Mansour said.
___”Muhammad started to shout at them because he thought they were thieves, and the soldiers immediately showered him with bullets at point-blank range, before the very eyes of his elderly mother,” Mansour recounted.
___According to the PPP official, medical sources at the Turkish hospital in Tubas said al-Salihi had been shot at least six times, including in the upper body.     More . . .

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― (a) ISRAELI  FORCES  FIRE  TEAR  GAS  IN  ELDERLY  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN’S  HOME  DURING  NIGHT  RAID
Ma’an News Agency 
Jan. 10, 2017 ― Israeli forces injured an elderly Palestinian woman with during an overnight raid in the village of Kafr Qaddum in the occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya, witnesses told Ma’an on Tuesday.
___Israeli soldiers broke into the home of Shafiqa Ahmad Abd al-Qadir Jumaa late on Monday night and fired tear gas inside her house, causing her to suffer from tear gas inhalation.
___The eyewitness sources added that Jumaa also sustained minor bruises during the raid.     More . . .

  • Pogodda, Sandra, and Oliver P. Richmond. “Palestinian Unity and Everyday State Formation: Subaltern ‘Ungovernmentality’ Versus Elite Interests.” Third World Quarterly 36.5 (2015): 890-907.    SOURCE.

Recent political developments give rise to cautious optimism about prospects for Palestinian statehood: In November 2012 an overwhelming majority of countries (138 out of 193) recognised Palestine’s demand for sovereignty by granting it non-member state status in the UN. While this move falls short of bestowing Palestine with the characteristics of genuine statehood, it demonstrates growing international support for Palestinian sovereignty. The unprecedented level of pro-Palestinian protests worldwide in 2014 (condemning Israel’s latest attack on the imprisoned population of Gaza that summer) suggests that international awareness of Israel’s human rights violations in Palestine is growing.
[. . . . ]  In the case of Palestine external intervention through direct, structural and governmental power has systematically prevented the formation of a state. Starting with the British Mandate for Palestine (and its abuse by implementing the Balfour Declaration14) and continuing to Israel’s military occupation and the internationally driven ‘statebuilding’ project, external forms of power have historically undermined local politics in the pursuit of security and geopolitical interests. Israel’s direct, structural and bio-power have fragmented the territorial, social and political unity needed for the formation of a Palestinian state. Internationally financed statebuilding efforts meanwhile remain within the liberal peace and subsequent neoliberal state framework: limited and focused on security and institution building, rather than on an emancipatory social contract and social justice. Even the liberal character of this enterprise is debatable, given that neither democratisation nor trade liberalisation has been pursued, while security measures are solely geared towards Israeli needs. In addition, the internationally sponsored Israeli–Palestinian peace process has tried to establish a governmentality that aimed to make the current ‘matrix of control’ acceptable as a step towards Palestinian sovereignty [. . . .]  

❷ . MINISTRY  OF  INFORMATION:  OCCUPATION  IS  THE  ROOT  OF  ALL  EVILS  
Palestine News Network – PNN
Jan. 10, 2017 ― The Ministry of Information on Tuesday said that it has followed “with much shock and little surprise” the Israeli orchestrated incitement against the Palestinians following yesterday’s truck incident in occupied Jerusalem.
___“Israel wasted no time in drumming up venomous incitement campaign attempting to connect our people with terror and ISIS for obvious reasons related to political gains,” statement said. “The haste of making committing incitement only indicated to the relentless Israeli racist mentality built on demonizing our people and just cause to whitewash the Israeli occupation that is facing a growing international isolation and condemnation.”
___The Ministry of Information further considered the statements mouthed by the Israeli PM Netanyahu and many of his government echelons as a continuation to turning a blind eye to the criminality of occupation as the root of all evils instead to attempt to distract the world with windmill battles.     More . . .

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Al-Ras al-Ahmar village near Tamun town, north of the Jordan Valley. (Photo: KhamakarPress, Nov. 11, 2016)

❸ . ISRAELI  FORCES  DESTROY  WATER  PIPELINE  SERVING  BEDOUIN  VILLAGES  IN  NORTHERN  WEST  BANK   
Ma’an News Agency
Jan. 10, 2017 ― Israeli forces destroyed a pipeline supplying water to four Bedouin communities in the northern Jordan Valley, a Palestinian official said on Tuesday morning.
___Muataz Bisharat, who monitors settlement-related activities in the Jordan Valley, told Ma’an that bulldozers under Israeli military protection destroyed part of an 11-kilometer water pipeline supplying the villages of al-Ras al-Ahmar, al-Hadidiya, Khirbet Makhul, and Khirbet Humsa.
___Bisharat added that the pipeline was funded by international NGO Action Against Hunger  four years ago.   More . . .

“. . . I wonder if my soldier shot her too . . .” (Hanan Ashrawi)

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11- year old Hadeel was summoned to the Qishla police station in the western part of the Old City of Jerusalem. (Photo: Palestine Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2016) SEE #5 BELOW.

❶ Ministry: Killing of 4 teens a ‘dangerous escalation’ by Israel
. . ❶―(ᴀ) IOF declares Seir a closed military zone
❷ UK MPs speak out about Israeli detention of Palestinian children
❸ “How to Lie with Maps” in the Context of the Israeli Occupation
❹ Israeli forces demolish 5 Bedouin dwellings in E1 corridor
❺ Opinion/Analysis: [An eleven-year-old child] Resisting Oblivion in the New Year
❻ Poetry by Hanan Ashrawi
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
MINISTRY:  KILLING  OF  4  TEENS  A  ‘DANGEROUS  ESCALATION’  BY  ISRAEL
Jan. 8, 2016
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday said the deaths of four Palestinian teens the day before marked a “dangerous escalation” in the current political situation.
___The ministry in a statement condemned the “continuous series of crimes and field executions by Netanyahu’s government against Palestinians,” referring to the killing of four Palestinians on Thursday as a “massacre.”
___“It is enough for an Israeli to shout ‘terrorist’ at a nearby Palestinian for them to be shot without first having to either confirm the claim or attempt to arrest them,” the ministry’s statement said. More . . . .
. . ❶―(ᴀ) PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
IOF  DECLARES  SEIR  A  CLOSED  MILITARY  ZONE
On Friday morning the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed all entrances leading to Seir town, north of Hebron, before declaring it a closed military zone.
___The four Palestinian youths killed on Thursday evening by the IOF after claims that they attempt to stab Israeli soldiers at the Gush Etzion junction were all from Seir city.  More. . . .
Related . . . .
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
UK  MPS  SPEAK  OUT  ABOUT  ISRAELI  DETENTION  OF  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN
Jehan Alfarra
Jan. 7, 2016
British parliament held a debate on the issue of child prisoners and detainees in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the second time yesterday, following a debate on the issue in 2010.
___The debate was procured by Sarah Champion MP, who began by addressing the ill-treatment meted out to Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military as documented by two damning reports showing that Israel was in breach of its legal obligations . . . .
___In 2012, a delegation of nine UK lawyers led by the former British Attorney-General, Baroness Scotland, published an independent report funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Children in Military Custody, on the plight of Palestinian children arrested and detained by Israel.  More . . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
“HOW  TO  LIE  WITH  MAPS”  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  THE  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION
Ahmad El-Atrash
Jan. 2016
Since the early days of occupation, the Israeli authorities have used maps as a tool to dispossess Palestinians, establish de facto sovereignty over the occupied territory, and engineer a fabricated statehood. The socio-spatial consequences of map-making, as a form of authority-making, in present-day Palestine become “stubborn realities” that tend to perpetuate in a state of permanent temporariness due to Israel’s prolonged military occupation of territory. In this article, maps are best understood as discourses that create knowledge, particularly so in sensitive geo-political contexts such as the one in which we live.  More . . . .

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Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished five dwellings housing Palestinian Bedouin families in the Abu Nuwwar community east of Jerusalem — part of the wider E1 corridor — leaving 25 people homeless. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, Jan. 6, 2016) SEE# 4 BELOW.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  5  BEDOUIN  DWELLINGS  IN  E1  CORRIDOR
Jan. 6, 2016
Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished five dwellings housing Palestinian Bedouin families in the Abu Nuwwar community east of Jerusalem — part of the wider E1 corridor — leaving 25 people homeless.
___Dawood al-Jahalin, a spokesperson for the Abu Nuwwar Bedouin community, told Ma’an that Israeli military and police vehicles surrounded the area at around 8:30 a.m., before bulldozers demolished five dwellings and an agricultural structure.
___The families were not given any time to remove their belongings before the dwellings — made of steel, wood, and canvas — were torn down, he said.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
RESISTING  OBLIVION  IN  THE  NEW  YEAR
Mahmoud Zidan
Jan 6 2016
At the beginning of the New Year, I cannot help but remember Hadeel Rajabi, an eleven-year-old child. Do I need to say that she’s like all children at this age, full of a combination of innocence, ambition, stubbornness, and perhaps mischievousness? Yes, I do, as she’s a Palestinian . . . .
___On Wednesday the 18th of January last year, Hadeel was not given a gift nor was she expecting one. She wasn’t rewarded for being a high-achieving student, either. She was reminded that she’s a Palestinian, as she was summoned to the Qishla police station in the western part of the Old City of Jerusalem. . . .
___ . . . despite the injuries that an Israeli soldier has inflicted on her and that she still remembers. Etched in the mind of this child is immunity against oblivion. More . . . .

“FROM THE DIARY OF AN ALMOST-FOUR-YEAR-OLD,” BY HANAN ASHRAWI

Tomorrow, the bandages
will come off. I wonder
will I see half an orange,
half an apple, half my
mother’s face
with my one remaining eye?
I did not see the bullet
but felt its pain
exploding in my head.
His image did not
vanish, the soldier
with a big gun, unsteady
hands, and a look in
his eyes
I could not understand.

If I can see him so clearly
with my eyes closed,
it could be that inside our heads
we each have one spare set
of eyes
to make up for the ones we lose.

Next month, on my birthday,
I’ll have a brand new glass eye,
maybe things will look round
and fat in the middle —
I’ve gazed through all my marbles,
they made the world look strange.

I hear a nine-month-old
has also lost an eye,
I wonder if my soldier
shot her too—a soldier
looking for little girls who
look him in the eye—
I’m old enough, almost four,
I’ve seen enough of life,
but she’s just a baby
who didn’t know any better.

Interview with Hanan Ashrawi
From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

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An Israeli Official Map Showing the West Bank as part of Israel.

“. . . 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.
More . . .

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)

+972 MAGAZINE
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.
More . . .
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.
More . . .
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.
More . . .
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.
More . . . 

“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)

“. . . We have reached the peak of our tragedy. . . “ (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor press conference in Geneva. October 16,2015 (Euro-Med photo) See ❹ below.
Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor press conference in Geneva. October 16,2015 (Euro-Med photo) See ❹ below.

❶ Settlers forcibly evict Palestinian families from Silwan homes
❷ Elderly Palestinian woman dies after delay at Jerusalem checkpoint
❸ Army Kidnaps Twelve Palestinians, Including 4 Children, In Jerusalem
❹ ‘Caught on Camera:’ eight extrajudicial killings of Palestinians
Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINIANS NEED HOPE, NOT CALM
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
SETTLERS  FORCIBLY  EVICT  PALESTINIAN  FAMILIES  FROM  SILWAN  HOMES
Oct. 19, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — At least nine Palestinians were left homeless on Monday after settlers escorted by Israeli security personnel forcibly evicted them from their homes in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
____The Silwan-based Wadi Hilweh Information Center said a large group of Israeli border police and officers escorted staff from the far-right Israeli Ateret Cohanim organization to the Batn al-Hawa area of the neighborhood.
____Israeli forces then surrounded two Palestinian houses belonging to the Abu Nab family before ransacking the property and evicting the families.
More . . . 
Related . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ELDERLY  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN  DIES  AFTER  DELAY  AT  JERUSALEM  CHECKPOINT
Oct. 19, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — An elderly Palestinian woman died late Sunday after being delayed from reaching a hospital by an Israeli checkpoint recently set-up in the al-Issawiya neighborhood of East Jerusalem.
____Huda Muhammad Darwish, 65, and her family were delayed from reaching the hospital after she suffered breathing difficulties following clashes in which tear gas was fired in the neighborhood, a local committee said.
____Her family tried to rush her to hospital, but Israeli troops ignored that there was a sick person in the car and delayed them at the checkpoint.
____Huda was pronounced dead at the hospital, although the cause of death is unclear.
More . . .
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  TWELVE  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  4  CHILDREN,  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 19, 2015
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), in occupied Jerusalem, has reported that dozens of soldiers invaded, on Sunday evening and Monday at dawn, various towns and neighborhoods in the city, and kidnapped twelve Palestinians, including four children between the ages of 11 and 14.
More . . .
MONDOWEISS
‘CAUGHT  ON  CAMERA:’  EIGHT  EXTRAJUDICIAL  KILLINGS  OF  PALESTINIANS
Annie Robbins
Oct. 18, 2015
A new report summarizing Israel’s Arbitrary Killings and its System of Structural Violence was released by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor at a press conference in Geneva on Friday. The release included the following video, “Caught on Camera: Israel’s extrajudicial killings,” illustrating the killings of Palestinian civilians involved in political protests during the last two weeks.
____The report follows Euro-Med Monitor‘s October 10th Call on International Community to halt Israel’s extrajudicial executions.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
PALESTINIANS  NEED  HOPE,  NOT  CALM
John V. Whitbeck
Oct. 18, 2015
Since the current upsurge of violence in Israel and occupied Palestine began, numerous foreign leaders, as well as the UN Security Council, have cited the urgent need to restore “calm”. It is not calm, a euphemism for Palestinian submission that is urgently needed but, rather, genuine and credible hope for freedom and some measure of justice.
____The Israeli government will not provide hope, and the Palestinian Authority cannot provide it.
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“ON  THE  TRUNK  OF  AN  OLIVE  TREE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
Because I do not weave wool,
And daily am in danger of detention,
And my house is the object of police visits
To search and “to cleanse,”
Because I cannot buy paper,
I shall carve the record of my sufferings,
And all my secrets
On an olive tree
In the courtyard
Of my house.

I shall carve my story and the chapters of my tragedy,
I shall carve my sighs
On my grove and on the tombs of my dead;
I shall carve
All the bitterness I have tasted,
To be blotted out by some of the happiness to come

I shall carve the number of each deed
Of our usurped land
The location of my village and its boundaries.
The demolished houses of its peoples,
My uprooted trees,
And each crushed wild blossom.
And the names of those master torturers
Who rattled my nerves and caused my misery.
The names of all the prisons,
And every type of handcuff
That closed around my wrists,
The files of my jailers,
Every curse
Poured upon my head.
I shall carve:
Kafr Qasim, I shall not forget!
And I shall carve:
Deir Yassin, it’s rooted in my memory.
I shall carve:
We have reached the peak of our tragedy.
It has absorbed us and we have absorbed it,
But we have finally reached it.

I shall carve all that the sun tells me,
And what the moon whispers,
And what the skylark relates,
Near the well
Forsaken by lovers.

And to remember it all,
I shall continue to carve
All the chapters of my tragedy,
And all the stages of the disaster,
From beginning
To end,
On the olive tree
In the courtyard
Of the house.

From  THE  PALESTINIAN  WEDDING:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE  POETRY.  Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
About Tafiq Zayyad. 

The settlement organization, Ateerat Cohanim, seized two houses in the area of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday morning. (Photo: Silwan, Jerusalem SILWANIC)
The settlement organization, Ateerat Cohanim, seized two houses in the area of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday morning. (Photo: Silwan, Jerusalem SILWANIC)

“. . . I confronted my oppressors, carrying my blood in my palms . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Mohammed Alawna, 21, Jenin, announced dead after he was shot by Israeli occupation forces
Mohammed Alawna, 21, Jenin, announced dead after he was shot by Israeli occupation forces

❶ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES WOUND 8 AT FUNERAL OF 53-YEAR-OLD KILLED THURSDAY
July 23, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces injured eight Palestinians in the occupied West Bank town of Beit Ummar Thursday as clashes erupted after the funeral of Falah Abu Maria, who was shot dead in his home at dawn during an Israeli arrest raid, witnesses said.
____Spokesman for a popular committee in the Hebron-area town, Mohammad Ayyad Awad, said that Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas at funeral attendees.
____The mourners received light to medium injuries, and three were transferred to hospitals in Hebron for treatment, he said.
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(Background) ISRAELI FORCES KILL 53-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN NEAR HEBRON, INJURE SONS. July 23, 2015.
(More. . .) PALESTINIAN FACTIONS DECRY STRING OF KILLINGS BY ISRAELI FORCES
(More. . .) MARTYR ABU MARIA, SUMMED UP THE SUFFERING OF HIS PEOPLE

❷ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL ARRESTS 20 PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK, JERUSALEM
July 24, 2015
HEBRON, July 23, 2015 (WAFA) – At least 20 Palestinians were arrested on Thursday by the Israeli army during predawn and night raids across the West Bank districts and in Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
____In Hebron district, Israeli forces stormed the town of Dahiriya at night and arrested three Palestinians, identified as Khalil Jabarin, 30, Mujahed Jabarin, 45, and Ayesh Awaysah, 42.
____Israeli soldiers also raided the village of al-Majd, west of Hebron, and arrested Majed Amr, a local Palestinian, and his two sons, Amjad and Ashraf.
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❸ From PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK (PNN)
YOUTH DIES OF WOUNDS AFTER SHOT BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS
July 22, 2015
Mohammed Alawna, 21, this morning was announced dead after he was shot by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) during clashes in Burqin village near Jenin.
____According to security sources, Mohammed was shot in the chest. He was rushed to the Khalil Suleiman Governmental Hospital for treatment, underwent surgery, and was later announced dead of his wounds.
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Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Falah Abu Maria, 53, who was shot dead by Israeli forces
Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Falah Abu Maria, 53, who was shot dead by Israeli forces

❹ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL ADVANCES 1,065 SETTLEMENT HOUSING UNITS
July 24, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s Civil Administration advanced plans for the development of 1,065 housing units in eight different settlements throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a settlement watchdog announced Thursday.
____The civil administration — Israel’s governing body for the occupied West Bank — approved 15 plans for various planning stages in the settlements at hand, Peace Now said.
____Approved plans included legalizing 228 already existing housing units that have been completed in settlements, as well as 541 new housing units yet to be constructed.
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❺ From +972 MAGAZINE
COURT DENIES EQUAL RIGHTS TO PALESTINIAN WORKERS IN ISRAELI INDUSTRIAL ZONE
Haggai Matar
July 23, 2015
Israel’s National Labor Court rejected an appeal by Palestinian workers from the Nitzanei Shalom Industrial Zone this past Sunday, ruling that they will continue to be subject to the Jordanian labor laws of 1967, rather than Israeli laws.
____The three appellants — Abdel Hamid Yahiye, Ahmed Shayib and Mujhad Harsha — sued their former employers in Tel Aviv’s Regional Labor Court in 2010 after they were fired for demanding retroactive payment from their employer.
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❻ Opinion
From JADALIYYA (ARAB STUDIES INSTITUTE)
PLANNING UNDER OCCUPATION: ELASTIC GEOGRAPHIES AND ‘AREA C’
Lamya Hussain
July 16, 2015
In recent years there has been growing concern about Israel’s planning regime and its operations across the West Bank. In particular, organizations have expressed their apprehension towards the growing number of demolitions, eviction orders, and restrictions in Area C. According to the 1995 Oslo Accords, Area C of the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) amounts to an estimated sixty-two percent of the West Bank. It is rich in land and water, and critical to the sustainable long-term development of a future viable Palestinian state. Israeli restrictions on planning and development in Area C have created systemic poverty and instability across local Palestinian communities, undermining developmental possibilities. Additionally, Israel has tightened its military control of Area C of late, and increased restrictions on the delivery of international aid and humanitarian assistance. This process has produced new threats for an already vulnerable population, and brings into question both the legitimacy and responsibility of Israel as an occupying power.
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“I CLASP YOUR HANDS,” BY TAWFIQ ZAYYAD
I call upon you
And clasp your hands.
I kiss the dust under your shoe
And say: I’ll lay down my life for you,
Grant you the gift of eyesight in my eyes.
The warm love in my heart I give to you,
For the tragedy I live
Is but mu share in your larger tragedy.

I call upon you
And clasp your hands.
I never stooped in my country
Nor will I ever be humbled.
Orphaned, naked and barefoot
I confronted my oppressors,
Carrying my blood in my palms.
I have never lowered my flags,
And have always tended the grass over my ancestors’ graves.
I call upon you, and clasp your hands!

From THE PALSESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
Tawfik Zayyad (Tawfiq Ziad) was a Palestinian poet, writer, scholar and politician. He was born in Nazareth in 1929 and died on July 5, 1994 in a dreadful car crash while on his way to meet Yasser Arafat in Jericho after the Oslo agreements. He participated in Palestinian political life in occupied Palestine, was elected mayor of Nazareth, and served as a member of the Israeli Knesset.
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A view of the Beit El settlement with Ramallah in the background. Photo by Michael Omer-Man.
A view of the Beit El settlement with Ramallah in the background. Photo by Michael Omer-Man.