“Have you forgotten your shame. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Esther Bejarano, Auschwitz survivor, 2015. (Photo: Uwe Zucchi DPA- German News Agency)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .
|  TENTS,  SCHOOL  FURNITURE  SEIZED  IN  SOUTH  OF  WEST  BANK
Israeli soldiers raided a village in the south Hebron hills on Monday and seized tents and furniture brought for a local school the Israeli army had demolished last week, according to the local education department.    ___The Israeli army demolished the school built near the town of Samou, south of the West Bank, on Wednesday and seized its furniture after destroying the grounds.    ___Residents, along with the Ministry of Education and solidarity groups, brought tents and furniture to rebuild it, but an army force broke into the area during the night and seized everything.    [. . . .] The school, referred to as Challenge School 13, serves 35 students up to grade six from two Palestinian communities living in that area. Its construction had cost 40,000 euros.    More . . .
. . . . Related  IOF raids homes, kidnaps citizens in different W. Bank areas
. . . . Related  Thousands of settlers storm different West Bank sites for rituals
. . . . Related  Israeli settlers break into Palestinian archaeological site [Beita Town, Nablus]
. . . . Related  Israeli forces raid outskirts of Ramallah, seize surveillance cameras
. . . . Related  Farmer Mansour Marayta mourns his stolen land
. . . . Related  IOF storm Ramallah villages after shooting of Ofra settlers
|  SCORES  OF  AMPUTATIONS  IN  GAZA  AS  ISRAELI  TROOPS  AIM  AT  LEGS
Israeli forces deployed along the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations demanding the right to return began in March.    ___And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other – the legs.    ___The Israeli army says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. It says it opens fire only as a last resort and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint.    More . . .
. . . . Related  Report: Palestinian Prisoners In Israel Jails Suffer Medical Negligence
. . . . Related  Palestinians injured after Israeli settlers break into Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus
|  SENIOR  ISRAELI  LAWMAKER  CALLS  FOR  KILLING  ALL  PALESTINIANS
Chair of the Defence Committee at the Israeli Parliament Avi Dichter has called for killing all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.    ___As he was commenting on the peaceful protests of the Great March of Return taking place along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, he said: “The Israeli army has enough bullets for every Palestinian.”    ___Dichter is a senior member of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, which is a right wing one. [. . . .] He later added: “The number [of peaceful Palestinian protesters] killed does not mean anything because they are just Nazis anyhow.”    More . . .

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .
WHY  AUSCHWITZ  SURVIVOR  ESTHER  BEJARANO  SUPPORTS  BDS
Esther Bejarano learned to love music from her father Rudolf Loewy, a cantor in the Jewish community of the southwest German town of Saarlouis, where she was born in 1924.  That was lucky for her, because music literally saved her life.     ___Bejarano recently spoke to The Electronic Intifada at her home in Hamburg.  [. . . .] After the war, Bejarano emigrated to Palestine, but her aversion to Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians eventually led her to return to Germany.  [. . . .] But Bejarano knows no fear and continues to raise her voice, calling Israel’s government “fascist” and saying she supports BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – if it helps challenge Israel’s persecution of Palestinians.   More . . .

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POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“BUCHENWALD,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

Have you forgotten your shame at Buchenwald?
Do you remember your flames at Buchenwald?
Have you forgotten your love in the lexicon
of silence? Do you remember your panic―
at the reign of death, in the nightmare of time―
that the whole world
would become a Buchenwald?
Whether you’ve forgotten or not,
the dead’s images linger
among the wreaths of flowers,
and from the dismembered corpses
a hand emerges,
a nail in the palm and tattoo on the wrist―
a sign for the planet.
Do you remember? Or not?
Buchenwald― whether or not you’ve forgotten,
the images of the murdered
remain among the wreaths of flowers . . .

From:  Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER  THAN  WATER.  New  and  Selected  Poems.  Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.  Available from Barnes and Noble.

 

“. . . We know you have abandoned us . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

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Israeli settlers storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency.)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .

ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  PALESTINIAN  HOME  AS  PUNISHMENT
Israeli forces raided the family home of 17-year-old Khalil Youssef Ali Jabarin, on predawn Monday, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Yatta. . . .  thoroughly searched the house, destroyed the family’s belongings and damaged most of the furniture.    ___Jabarin had carried out a stabbing attack on Sunday near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, due to which one Israeli settler died and another sustained serious injuries.   ___Jabarain was shot and injured by Israeli forces and immediately detained.   More . . .
Related . . .    ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  19  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  MINORS

INJURIES  AMONG  PALESTINIANS  AS  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  RAID  JOSEPH’S  TOMB  IN  NABLUS
At least 10 Palestinians were injured on Monday during clashes with Israeli forces who were providing cover for extremist settlers during the latter’s raid of Joseph’s Tomb, to the east of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank  . . .    More . . .
Related . . .   114  EXTREMIST  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  BREAK  INTO  AQSA  MOSQUE
Related . . .   DOZENS  OF  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  BLOCK  MAIN  ROAD,  DAMAGE  VEHICLES

ASHRAWI  CONDEMNS  US  ADMINISTRATION’S  DECISION  TO  REVOKE  VISAS  OF  PLO  ENVOY  AND  HIS  FAMILY
PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi condemned the Trump administration’s decision to revoke the visas of the family of Head of the PLO General Delegation to the U.S. as ‘being vindictive and cruel’.   ___On Tuesday, the U.S. administration informed staff at the PLO General Delegation Office in Washington D.C. of the guidelines for closing down the office.  [. . . .] On this most recent outrageous development, PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said: “As if the announcement that the U.S. would close our office in Washington D.C. was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful. The U.S. has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level.”   More . . .
Related . . .   US  CUTS  AID  TO  ‘PALESTINE-ISRAEL’  CONFLICT  RESOLUTION  PROGRAMS

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .

WHEN  SUPPORT  FOR  ISRAEL  MEANS  ABANDONING  UNIVERSAL  VALUES
Udi Aloni
On a recent trip to Germany, Jewish Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni finds himself defending the Palestinians’ right to resist Israeli apartheid and occupation. Before pledging unconditional loyalty to Israel, he says, people should ask themselves what values they are helping promote.  [. . . .] ___In a time of weakness and confusion, in which the right wing appropriates our human rights discourse, political correctness and identity politics are crucial to refresh the stagnant left. How is it that crucial strategies become perversely transformed, only to be thrown back in our face as racist ideologies while the white-supremacist crowd applauds? And how can I stand up to these brutal attacks and not fall into them?  More . . .

ON  THIS  DAY:  THE  JERUSALEM  INTIFADA  (SEPT.  15,  2015)
Rebecca Stead
On 13 September 2015, the eve of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), a number of Jewish Israelis visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, entered Al-Haram Al-Sharif escorted by heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Palestinians gathered in the compound to protest the visits, since Israelis are prohibited from praying on the site under the status quo agreement. Israeli forces dispersed the protesters with violence, using tear gas and rubber bullets.  [. . . .] According to the UN’s OCHAoPt, “2015 recorded the highest number of casualties among West Bank Palestinians since 2005, when OCHA began documenting incidents”. Hundreds of Palestinians died from tear gas inhalation, rubber bullets and from live ammunition shot by Israeli forces. Thirty children were killed by Israeli forces and settlers, the highest number recorded since 2006.   ___Some commentators believe that this “third intifada” never really ended.   More . . .

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POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“WE  FEAR  FOR  A  DREAM,”  by  MAHMOUD  DARWISH

We fear for a dream: don’t believe our butterflies.
Believe our sacrifices if you like, believe the compass of a horse, our
. . . need for the north.
We have raised the beaks of our souls to you. Give us a grain of
. . . wheat, our dream. Give it, give it to us.
We have offered you the shores since our coming to the earth born of
. . . an idea or of the adultery of two waves on a rock in the sand.
Nothing. Nothing. We float on a foot of air. The air breaks up within
. . . ourselves.
We know you have abandoned us, built for us prisons and called them
. . . the paradise of oranges.
We go on dreaming. Oh, desired dream. We steal our days from those
. . . extolled by our myths.
We fear for you, we’re afraid of you. We are exposed together, you
. . . shouldn’t believe our wives’ patience.
They will weave two dresses, then sell the bones of the loved ones to
. . . buy a glass of milk for our children.
We fear for a dream, from him, from ourselves. We go on dreaming
. . . oh, dream of ours. Don’t believe our butterflies!

– – – From VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  Bilingual  Anthology  of  Arabic  Poetry.
Trans. by Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 1984 & 2005.

 

“. . . the experience of shame . . . contributed . . . to the development of a sense of pride in Palestinian identity . . .”

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Palestinians climb on the separation wall in the town of Al-Ram to cross into Jerusalem to attend the last Friday Prayers of the Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque on July 1, 2016.

❶ Israeli forces detain slain Palestinian gunman’s 14-year-old daughter

  • Background: “Shame: A Case Study of Collective Emotion.” Social Theory & Practice

❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinian workers east of Bethlehem
. . . ❷ ― (a) Israeli forces shoot, injure AP photographer during al-Ram clashes
❸ Israeli forces detain 40 Palestinians in Jerusalem
❹ Clashes erupt as Israeli settlers raid Josef tomb
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ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  SLAIN  PALESTINIAN  GUNMAN’S  17-YEAR-OLD  DAUGHTER
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 10, 2016      Israeli forces detained on Monday the teenage daughter of a Palestinian gunman who was killed by Israeli forces in occupied East Jerusalem while carrying out a deadly shooting a day earlier.
___Misbah Abu Sbeih, 39, killed an Israeli police officer and an Israeli woman, and injured at least five other people during a drive-by shooting attack in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. He was then shot and killed by Israeli police on the scene.
[. . . .] The shooting attack came a day after Abu Sbeih told Ma’an that he intended to turn himself in to serve a prison sentence over charges that he assaulted an Israeli police officer in 2013.      Israeli forces raided the village of al-Ram in the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem on Monday morning and detained Abu Sbeih’s 17-year-old daughter Eiman.
[. . . .]  A video of Eiman hailing her father’s actions went viral on social media on Sunday.    More . . .  

  • Pettigrove, Glen, and Nigel Parsons. “Shame: A Case Study Of Collective Emotion.” Social Theory & Practice 38.3 (2012): 504-530.     Source . . . 

Shame, especially within a culture in which honor is so highly prized, is both a subjective psychological experience and an inter-subjectively recognized social fact . . .  This makes it especially powerful. It has the potential to cripple or destroy the lives of both the shamed individual and those with whom he or she is identified. In light of this fact, it is remarkable that the experience of shame and the attempts to overcome it contributed in a number of positive ways to the development of a sense of pride in Palestinian identity. Part of what made this transformation of shame into pride possible was the fact that the shame did not remain the shame of individuals but became the shame—and subsequently the pride—of a collective.
[. . . .]  The conceptual link that invites one to move from innocence/righteousness to resisting an unjust opponent is reinforced by a more primitive psychological link as well. It is the link between shame and anger. Shame commonly triggers the desire to hide, to withdraw oneself from the shaming gaze of others. Just as commonly, however, it may evoke a desire to resist, to prove that one is stronger, better, more worthy of respect than one appeared at the moment that triggered shame. Quite often the latter desire takes the form of anger and vengefulness. These emotions “offer intrapsychic defensive advantages—moral justification, firmness of purpose, and unquestioned certainty—when they effect reversals of disorganized, humiliated, and uncertain states of mind.” Both conceptually and psychologically, Palestinian shame points toward a means by which it might be overcome.
[. . . .]  We have contended that numerous aspects of the conflict have elicited shame among Palestinians that has been reinforced by its presence in others and has taken up a semi-permanent place in Palestinian life and culture. To combat this experience of shame, pride-restoring narratives have emerged and have themselves become nodes in the network of collective Palestinian emotion. These narratives and the resistance they inspired have played an important role in restoring Palestinian self-respect and can be seen to have delivered tangible political results.

ISRAELI FORCES SHOOT, INJURE 2 PALESTINIAN WORKERS EAST OF BETHLEHEM
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 10, 201
Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians on Monday in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, medical sources said.
___ [. . . .] While the circumstances around the incident remained unknown, the Wadi Abu al-Hummus area is located near occupied East Jerusalem, which Palestinian residents of the West Bank are not allowed to access without an Israel-issued permit.
___Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers are forced to seek a living by working in Israel due to crippling unemployment in the West Bank, as the growth of an independent Palestinian economy has been stifled under the ongoing Israeli military occupation, according to rights groups.
___Israeli authorities have imposed a massive crackdown on undocumented workers in Israel in recent months. . . .     More . . .     
. . . ❷ ― (a) ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  AP  PHOTOGRAPHER  DURING  AL-RAM  CLASHES
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 10, 2016
Israeli forces shot and lightly wounded an Associated Press photographer with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was covering clashes in the occupied West Bank village of al-Ram on Sunday, the global news agency reported.
___AP said that its photographer Majdi Muhammad was covering clashes in al-Ram, which erupted during a raid on the home of Misbah Abu Sbeih, a Palestinian who was shot and killed by Israeli police earlier in the day while carrying out a deadly drive-by shooting in occupied East Jerusalem.     More . . .
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  40  PALESTINIANS  IN  JERUSALEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Oct. 10, 2016
Israeli forces raided early Monday several homes in Jerusalem and neighboring areas and arrested at least 40 Palestinians, most of them teenagers, according to local sources.     __Among the detainees were the daughter, brother and other relatives of Musbah Abu Sbeih, who was shot dead by Israeli police after he carried out a shooting attack and killed two Israelis in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem on Sunday.      More . . .   
CLASHES  ERUPT  AS  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  RAID  JOSEF  TOMB
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Oct. 10, 2016
Violent clashes erupted Monday at dawn between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces as hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed Josef tomb to perform their Talmudic rituals.     ___Eyewitness reported that the clashes erupted in al-Hesbah Street and at the northern entrance of Balata refugee camp. Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gases towards Palestinian youths.       More . . .

“. . . It shall stop by the tent of our father, Jacob . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Jewish women and settlers pray at the Tomb of Joseph in the northern Palestinian city of Nablus. AFP File/Menahem Kahana.
Jewish women and settlers pray at the Tomb of Joseph in the northern Palestinian city of Nablus. AFP File/Menahem Kahana.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
400  RIGHT-WING  ISRAELIS,  SETTLERS  PRAY  AT  JOSEPH’S  TOMB  IN  NABLUS
Sept. 3, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Hundreds of right-wing Israelis and Israeli settlers performed Jewish prayers at the site of Joseph’s Tomb east of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank under armed protection at dawn on Thursday, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an.
____The security sources said about 400 Israelis arrived in eight buses at the site, heavily escorted by Israeli military vehicles.
____The visit led to clashes in the Area A neighborhood, under full Palestinian control according to the Oslo Accords [. . . .]
____Joseph’s Tomb is revered by Jews, Muslims, Christians and Samaritans, and the Israeli military allows Jews to visit as part of organized pilgrimages, DESPITE THE SHRINE BEING LOCATED IN AN AREA UNDER PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY CONTROL. . .
More. . .
Related . . . JERUSALEM  [Rabbinical]  COURT  GRANTS  RABBIS  CUSTODY  OVER  NABLUS  TOMB,  VIOLATING  STATUS  QUO.  May 17, 2012.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  BLACKLISTS  40  PALESTINIAN  WOMEN  FROM  ENTERING  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE
Sept. 3, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Thursday distributed a blacklist banning 40 Palestinian women from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque, local sources told Ma’an.
____Israeli police and courts compiled the list of women last month, with the women banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque for periods between 10 and 60 days.
____Israeli Jerusalem police commander, Avi Bitton, said on Wednesday that the blacklist is made up of women who “cause trouble and damage” at the site, but that other women not on the list would be allowed entry after presenting identification.
____Israeli authorities have prevented women from entering the mosque between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. during the past two weeks.
More . . .

MEM File photo of muslims praying at Al-Aqsa mosque compound
MEM File photo of muslims praying at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

❸ THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL’S  ILL-FAMED  PM:  ZERO  TOLERANCE  FOR  ANTI-OCCUPATION  ACTIVITIES.  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  TIGHTENS  MILITARY  GRIP  AROUND  JERUSALEM’S  NECK
Sept. 4, 2015
NAZARETH ― Israel’s notorious Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed for propping up military reinforcement across Jerusalem’s streets and alleys as part of intents to quell anti-occupation activities and set the stage for more Judaization schemes.
____Netanyahu’s decision came during a meeting he convened Wednesday in his office to discuss the security situation in Occupied Jerusalem.
____The meeting was attended by the war minister, public security minister, intelligence and transportation minister, justice minister, the head of Shin Bet and other officials.
More . . .

THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
PALESTINIAN  FOREIGN  MINISTER  WARNS  ISRAEL  THAT  ITS  PLANS  IN  JERUSALEM  WILL  LEAD  TO  RELIGIOUS  WAR  IN  THE  REGION
Sept. 4, 2015
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki warned on Thursday that Israeli plans to impose a temporal and spatial division of Al-Aqsa Mosque will lead to religious war in the region.
____Maliki made his remarks during a meeting with members of the diplomatic corps in Ramallah attended by Palestinian Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Adnan Husseini and Jerusalem Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Husseini.
____Maliki said that the Israeli authorities have closed the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque from 7.30am to 11.30am, during which time they prevent Muslim worshippers from entering the mosque and allowed entrance to Jewish settlers who call to destroy Al-Aqsa Mosque and build their Temple on its site.
More . . .
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
STRATEGIES  OF SOLIDARITY:  ISRAEL/PALESTINE  AND  THE  EMPIRE
Joel Beinin
Sept. 1, 2015
Palestine today is perhaps the leading international issue evoking solidarity on a global scale. Nonetheless, the “community of nations” apparently remains helpless to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict . . . The widening gap between global public opinion and the ineffectuality of the international state system in the face of the ever-worsening conditions of Palestinian lives obliges global solidarity activists to deepen our understanding of the conflict. . .
____Formerly, most of the international (but not Arab) left saw the conflict as on between two national movements. Today, the left, and even some liberals, increasingly understand the conflict as one between settlers (Zionists) and an indigenous people (Palestinian Arabs) and characterize Israel (or at least its settlement project in the West Bank) as an “apartheid state.”
More . . .

“JOSEPH,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
For you my Beloved
I cut tents with my own skin,
And at the encampment of sorrow
Water the rose nurseries
With tears of blood.

If the wind blows,
I question it.
And should it return,
I ask it to carry my greetings
And eagerly address it,
Even if it does not answer.

Peace be with you, my Beloved,
My Brethren, my Neighbours and my Friends,
Peace.
How fare you in the seasons of heat and cold?
How fare the children
And our dead comrades?
Have they, on the other side of the fence,
Got used to the long night and its silence?
How is our father Jacob?
Does he still, my heart, lean upon his sorrows,
One hand always on his cheek
Because of the long silence of grief,
And the other sunk deep in the shirt of blood?
O my Beloved, my Beloved,
Should the wind, out of tenderness, visit me,
And choose to be my messenger,
It shall stop by the tent of our father, Jacob,
And say that I, after kissing
His hands from the distance,
Bring him the glad tidings
Of the return of our beloved Joseph.
For it is written:
God and man
Are to meet on earth.

From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.
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Israeli soldiers at the military cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Palestinian East Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon AFP file.
Israeli soldiers at the military cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Palestinian East Jerusalem. Gali Tibbon AFP file.