“. . . transplant like surly Palestinian weeds pulled every few years . . .” (Zeina Azzam)

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Mohammad Jasser Barbakh, 14, shot 26 October by an Israeli sniper while taking part in the Great March of Return [MEMO file photo]
SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .
|  ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  3  PALESTINIAN  HOMES  IN  YATTA
Israeli forces delivered demolition notices, on Monday evening, to three Palestinian homes and a shed in al-Khalidiya area, southeast of Yatta City, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.    ___Ratib al-Jabour, coordinator of a local committee that resists settlement activity, said that Israeli forces delivered demolition notices to three homes and a shed, which is used as an animal shelter.    [. . . .] Al-Jabour stressed, “The measures carried out by Israeli authorities aim at taking over the land for the benefit of Israeli settlement expansion in the southern areas of the HEBRON district.”   More . . .
. . . . Related  Family of West Bank prisoner told its house will be demolished [YATTA]
. . . . Related  Israeli forces, settlers seize Palestinian land in NABLUS
|   ISRAELI  SUPREME  COURT  REJECTS  APPEAL  AGAINST  EXTENSION  OF  JERUSALEM  GOVERNOR’S  DETENTION 
The Israeli Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal filed against the extension of the detention of the governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, who was detained by the Israeli authorities on Sunday.    ___Lawyer Rami Othman early Monday filed an appeal against the Israeli authorities’ decision to extend Ghaith’s detention until Thursday, under the pretext of continuing investigation.    More . . .
. . . . Related  Israeli court sentences Palestinian lawmaker to 4 months under administrative detention
. . . . Related  Israel Attorney General: ‘No Palestinian state’ so ICJ illegitimat
. . . . Related  Israel arrests 32 Palestinians accused of being ‘PA security officers’
. . . . Related  Child among several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers
 PALESTINIAN  TEEN  WINS  INTERNATIONAL  EQUESTRIAN  AWARD  (VIDEOS)
A 15-year-old Palestinian girl won an international award for horse riding in Bahrain.     ___Leila Malki from occupied Ramallah was awarded, on November 20, the “Against All Odds” prize by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI).    ___The teen began riding when she was just five-years-old in the occupied West Bank where she lived all her life, she said her win is a way to break taboos for women and has become the first Arab female to win the accolade.    More . . .
. . . . Related  It’s a sour job for Gaza’s fruit farmers
. . . . Related  Prisoner’s wife gives birth after smuggling her husband’s sperm out of Israeli jail
. . . . Related  ‘I did nothing to harm Israel,’ says child shot by sniper. ‘I only raised the flag’.

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .
  I  WANT  THIS  POEM  TO  END:  A  NAKBA  COMMEMORATION  The Jerusalem Fund ..  VIDEO
A poetry reading marking the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, by Zein El-Amine, Zeina Azzam, Sharif Elmusa, Kim Jensen (May 14, 2018)    More . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“LEAVING  MY  CHILDHOOD  HOME,  “  BY  ZEINA  AZZAM

On our last day in Beirut
with my ten years packed in a suitcase
my best friend asked for a keepsake.
I found a little tin box
to give her, emptied of lemon drops,
that would hold memories of our childhood:
us swinging in the dusty school yard,
rooftop hide and seek,
wispy-sweet jasmine, kilos
of summertime figs, King
of Falafel’s tahini-bathed sandwiches,
our pastel autograph books.
All those remembrances
crammed in that box,
tiny storytellers waiting to speak.
Later her family would uproot too,
transplant like surly Palestinian weeds
pulled every few years.
We all knew about this,
even the kids.
I never saw her again
but know that she also
learned to travel lightly,
hauling empty boxes
pulsing with kilos
of memories.
From . . .

“. . . What sacred verses can explain Sniper fire . . .” (Samah Sabawi)

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Israeli snipers seen on the border with Gaza during the Great March of Return, March 30, 2018. (IDF Spokesperson)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .

|  UNRWA  DEPLORES  PALESTINE  REFUGEE  FATALITIES  AND  THE  DETERIORATING  HUMANITARIAN  CRISIS  IN  GAZA
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) deplored in a statement on Sunday the rise in fatalities among refugee students killed in the Israeli army crackdown on March of Return . . .  and the deteriorating humanitarian crisis.        [. . . .] This latest death brings to 13 the total number of UNRWA students who have been killed since 30 March . . .   Between 31 March and 30 September, UNRWA’s 22 health centers across the Gaza Strip have provided 4,104 consultations for injuries . . .  more than 770 of which related to children. The majority of these (86 per cent) have been gunshot injuries. . . for casualties of such violence and all involved in their care, the effects are lasting; rehabilitation is often long, costly and uncertain, said the UNRWA statement.   More . . .
. . . .Related:   PCHR:  “Two  Fishermen  Arrested  and  One  of  Them  Wounded”
. . . .Related:  Egypt  opens  Rafah  crossing  after  3  days  of  closure 
. . . .RelatedPalestinians  protest  high  unemployment  in  Gaza
|  WB:  IOF  ARREST  19  PALESTINIANS,  CONTINUE  COLLECTIVE  PUNISHMENT  POLICY
Israeli occupation forces have launched a large-scale campaign of arrests, taking at least 19 Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, including raids on dozens of Palestinian homes.     ___The arrests were concentrated in Tulkarm, Nablus and Qalqiliya, where the Israeli occupation forces launched raids and searches and closed roads as a form of collective punishment, in response to the operation in Barkan settlement on Sunday, in which two Israeli settlers were killed.    More . . .
. . . . Related  Settlers  destroy  40  olive  trees  in  village  near  Ramallah
. . . .Related:  Settlers  say  they  plan  to  take  over  Palestinian  land  to  open  a  road  for  themselves
. . . .Related: Israeli  army  prevents  farmers  from  harvesting  their  olive  crops  in  Tulkarm  area

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .

|  ISRAELI  PM  SHOULD  KNOW,  ‘IT  TAKES  TWO,  NOT  THREE,  TO  TANGO!’
By Mahmoud el-Yousseph, Retired US Air Force Veteran
They say it takes two to tango, but if one of them is Benjamin Netanyahu, then you need three. . .  the Israeli Prime Minister saw fit few days ago to plead with the UN Secretary General to urge the international community to put pressure on Hamas in order to release the remains of two IOF soldiers killed in Gaza during the 2014 assault . . .  [. . . . ] Israel is currently holding the remains of 261 Palestinians. Those were people who were killed during the fighting, killed during midnight raids or at checkpoints.   More . . .

NOTICES  FROM  ORGANIZATIONS. . . .

The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development  presents “THE  HISTORICAL  ROOTS  OF  CHRISTIAN  ZIONISM,  ITS  THEOLOGICAL  BASIS  AND  POLITICAL  AGENDA.”
October 24, 2018 12:00 PM.  Reverend Dr. Stephen Sizer is the founder and director of Peacemaker Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to peacemaking . . .   The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20037 USA   Information . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . .

“GOD  FORSAKEN,”  By  SAMAH  SABAWI

  • In the aftermath of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, codenamed Cast Lead in 2009, in which 1400 Palestinians were killed, some IDF soldiers wore t-shirts depicting a pregnant Palestinian woman with her belly in the crosshairs of a rife with the caption, “1 SHOT TWO KILLS.

What is a life worth?
A grain of earth
A drop of oil
A flag on a hill of holy soil
A cross…a star…a crescent moon…
Is it worth ending a life too soon?

What sacred verses can explain
Sniper fire. . .
And white phosphorus rain?
What Holy Scripture gave the command
“Thou shall wipe out they villages
And scorch their land”

And after the massacre
Did they lament?
Did they seek forgiveness?
Did they repent?
Did they try to sanctify their burdened souls
While besieging a people behind their walls
Or did they wear with pride their murderous skills:
A pregnant woman with a caption “1 SHOT 2 KILLS”

No rest for the less sacred, no safety, no light
No benediction no prayer no end in sight
No bread, no medicine no shelter no salvation
No angels can survive this holy Occupation

TELL ME THIS:
What is the life of a Palestinian worth,
In your God forsaken earth?

—From Palestine Chronicle.

“. . . He renovates a memory demolished like a wall . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

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Haganah fighters expel Palestinians from Haifa. May 12, 1948. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse/Getty Images)

❶ The Nakba at 68: A catastrophe born of discrimination and impunity
. . . . . ❶― (A) [May 14] Marking Al-Nakba 68: Events around the World for Palestinian Return
. . . . . ❶― (B) Nakba Commemoration Day – [Beginning] May 13, 2016
❷ How Israel helps settler groups grab Palestinian land
❸ Israeli police arrest 10 Israelis for assaulting Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City
❹ Q&A: Bibi gave ‘death kiss’ to two-state solution, says ex-Knesset speaker
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  MIDDLE  EAST  TRAGEDY:  THE  BIG  POWERS  LEGACY
❻ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
❶ THE  NAKBA  AT  68:  A  CATASTROPHE  BORN  OF  DISCRIMINATION  AND  IMPUNITY
Palestine News Network
May 12, 2016
As Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons (approximately 66% of Palestinian population worldwide) enter the 69th year of forced displacement from, and within, their ancestral homeland, Israel continues to create intolerable living conditions which further swell the number of displaced Palestinians. This ongoing Nakba (‘CATASTROPHE’) is perpetuated through Israel’s denial of the Palestinian refugees’ Right of Return, the right to self-determination . . . .       MORE . . .  
. . . . . ❶― (A) [May 14] MARKING  AL-NAKBA  68:  EVENTS  AROUND  THE  WORLD  FOR  PALESTINIAN  RETURN
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
May 8, 2016
Events and actions are being organized around the world to mark the 68th anniversary of the Nakba, the expulsion of the Palestinian people from their homes and lands in order to create a Zionist settler-colonial state on the land of Palestine. These events both remember over 68 years of Palestinian struggle, steadfastness, and resistance, but also support the ongoing struggle for Palestinian refugees’ return and the liberation of Palestine.      MORE . . .  
. . . . . ❶― (B)  NAKBA  COMMEMORATION  DAY –  [Beginning] MAY 13, 2016
The Jerusalem Fund
May 13, 2016
Please join us for a day-long series of events on Friday, May 13, at the Palestine Center where we will be hosting a range of interactive events, readings of poetry and original stories, film screenings, and olive oil tastings as we commemorate the Nakba together. In addition, we’ll be hosting a commemorative webpage that will be online May 13 – May 15.  MORE . . . 

❷ HOW  ISRAEL  HELPS  SETTLER  GROUPS  GRAB  PALESTINIAN  LAND
The Electronic Intifada
Charlotte Silver
May 12, 2016
Last November, Muhammad Abu Ta’ah arrived at his property in Sheikh Jarrah in occupied East Jerusalem only to find it had been fenced off by contractors.
___On the three-dunum plot of land, construction had begun on a four-story, 70-office building that would make up the new headquarters for the private settler group Amana.
___The property had once been part of an expansive 4,000 dunums (nearly 1,000 acres) of land which Israel expropriated in 1968 . . . .
___Much of this land had been owned by the Abu Ta’ah family [. . . .]
___But now it belongs to Amana, the development arm of the Gush Emunim settlement movement . . . .        MORE . . . 

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Mobile homes and fruit trees represent the expanding edges of the Israeli settlement of Ma’on, which is taking land from the South Hebron Hills village of Al Tuwani, West Bank, April 2, 2014. (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

❸ ISRAELI  POLICE  ARREST  10  ISRAELIS  FOR  ASSAULTING  PALESTINIANS  IN  JERUSALEM’S  OLD  CITY
Ma’an News Agency
May 13, 2016
Israeli border police arrested 10 right-wing Israelis Thursday evening after they assaulted Palestinian residents of Jerusalem at the Damascus Gate entrance to occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that a group of Israeli extremists physically assaulted Palestinian youths and hurled verbal abuse at them, while repeating slogans calling for the destruction of Al-Aqsa Mosque.     MORE . . .  

Q&A:  BIBI  GAVE  ‘DEATH  KISS’  TO  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION,  SAYS  EX-KNESSET  SPEAKER
Palestine News Network
Rori Donaghy
May 11, 2016
On Wednesday evening, 12 torches were lit on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, marking the beginning of Israeli celebrations for the 68th anniversary of their country’s establishment in 1948. . . .  Middle East Eye sat down with Avraham Burg [Speaker of the Knesset, 1999–2003] in the pristine white building of the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem [. . . .]
___The two-state solution died the day Bibi Netanyahu adopted it. Up until then, it had a chance. The minute he gave the Bar Ilan speech, it was a death kiss to the two-state solution. It’s not a product on the supermarket shelf that has no expiration date – it expired.       MORE . . . 

Opinion/Analysis:  THE  MIDDLE  EAST  TRAGEDY:  THE  BIG  POWERS  LEGACY
The Palestine Chronicle
May 12 2016
Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Arab people today are not only oppressed and marginalized, they are considered dangerous and disposable by their own tyrant rulers and the world’s community.
___From Palestine to Iraq, from Syria to Yemen, and from Egypt to Libya, the Middle East Arab civilians, individuals, families, and communities, who are not involved in hostilities, are being massacred, starved, humiliated and forced to seek safety in neighboring countries and beyond. . . .  These are mostly victims of systematic, planned and deliberate attacks carried out by governments, theirs and foreign, and armed groups with different identities and ideologies.
___The international community and its organizations have abandoned their responsibilities to act, stop the carnage and protect people caught up in armed conflicts today because the ‘big powers’ created the conflicts and they control the global order. . . MORE . . .  

“RENOVATION,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH

He renovates a tin window
to open it for the morning birds.
And renovates some stars that have burned out
in the streets, and a woman massacred in the neighborhood.
He renovates a memory demolished like a wall,
a bird’s scattered ashes,
light reflected off a blade in the dark,
a woman lost in a spacious bed
and a bellow.
He renovates a friend’s face as the sea breaks over it
and the singer who no longer resembles his songs,
the wind when it sleeps forgetting the immensity of an orbit,
the taste of words in conversation,
the taste of air and fruit
and two legs that have never carried a planet
while destruction prevails.
He renovates a womb, subdues horses
and poems that beg for livelihood in the shade
before slipping into a chicken coop or blowing by
like a steaming train.
He renovates pillars, neighs,
guns covered with moss from waiting.
He renovates a promise, roots, clouds,
and in the end he is slain alone like a lighthouse.

From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN  INSIDE:  SELECTED  POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.
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