“. . . The world will be cleansed of its sorrows . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

❶ Maliki: Palestinians can no longer accept the US as a peace mediator
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Arab foreign ministers demand US to annul Jerusalem decision
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) The world’s anger toward Trump gives Palestinians a clear path for action
❷ In Photos: Israeli police use force to break up protest in East Jerusalem
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Prisoner’s Society says Israel detained 150 Palestinians since US move
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) Trump’s announcement threatens the heart of Palestinian healthcare
POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ MALIKI:  PALESTINIANS  CAN  NO  LONGER  ACCEPT  THE  US  AS  A  PEACE  MEDIATOR 
The Palestinian Information Center 
Dec. 10, 2017 ― Palestinian minister of foreign affairs Riyadh al-Maliki has affirmed that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is looking for another international sponsor for the peace process in the aftermath of the serious decision that was taken by the US president regarding Jerusalem.
___Maliki made his remarks in a news conference held on Saturday at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo to clarify the PA’s position after the US proved itself to be unfit as a neutral sponsor for the peace process. MORE . . .    ..
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴀ)  ARAB  FOREIGN  MINISTERS  DEMAND  US  TO  ANNUL  JERUSALEM  DECISION  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 10, 2017 – Arab Foreign Ministers demanded the United States to withdraw its decision on Jerusalem and to work with the international community to oblige Israel to implement international laws.
___The ministers concluded in an emergency meeting in Cairo, which was called for to discuss the US move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem that the decision has no legal effect, but constitutes a serious violation of the international law.
___The ministers warned that attempts to change the legal and historical status of Jerusalem and its Arab identity and attack its Islamic and Christian holy sites provokes the feelings of Muslims and Christians throughout the Arab and Muslim world.  MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴃ)  THE  WORLD’S  ANGER  TOWARD  TRUMP  GIVES  PALESTINIANS  A  CLEAR  PATH  FOR  ACTION   
Mondoweiss
Haidar Eid      (Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza’s al-Aqsa University.)
Dec. 9, 2017 ― US president Donald Trump has taken a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Forget about international law, UN and Security Council Resolutions, Arab and Muslim reaction! The President of the United of Sates of America does not give a damn. If the world doesn’t like it, it can bang its head against the “wailing wall!”
___What is Jerusalem?
___Jerusalem is Zarnouqa, the village from which my family together with thousands of villagers, were ethnically cleansed in 1948 in order to make room for Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe, a pure Jewish state, similar to Apartheid South Africa and other settler-colonies, one that does not grant you citizenship unless you are born to a Jewish mother.
___Alas, my mother was not Jewish and, therefore, I am expected to live in a refugee camp, accept my low status, and never think of praying in one of the holiest sites of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
___President Trump, with all sincerity, believes that we are biologically born different and, therefore, some of us have no right to exist and survive on this piece of land unless we choose to be slaves and be grateful for that!   MORE . . .
❷ IN  PHOTOS:  ISRAELI  POLICE  USE  FORCE  TO  BREAK  UP  PROTEST  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 9, 2017 ― Israeli police on Saturday entered occupied East Jerusalem on foot and on horseback, and suppressed a peaceful Palestinian demonstration against US President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
___Witnesses said police stormed into the crowd of local activists, students and ordinary citizens who were marching peacefully on the main city street, dispersing them and arresting two people.
___Police tossed stun grenades into the crowd as police on horseback reportedly ran over people, including journalists covering the event.
__The witnesses said the police attacked people, mainly women, who were carrying Palestinian flags and snatched them from their hands.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❷  ―  (ᴀ)  PRISONER’S  SOCIETY  SAYS  ISRAEL  DETAINED  150  PALESTINIANS  SINCE  US  MOVE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 10, 2017 ― The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Sunday said Israeli army forces and police detained a total of 150 Palestinians since US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
___A press released published by PPS said the highest percentage of detentions occurred in Jerusalem with 40 people detained, including four women who were later released.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❷  ―  (ᴃ)  TRUMP’S  ANNOUNCEMENT  THREATENS  THE  HEART  OF  PALESTINIAN  HEALTHCARE
Palestine News Network – PNN     Dec. 8, 2017 ― On Wednesday, President Donald Trump declared that the United States now recognises Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, and announced his intention to move the US embassy to the city.
___At Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), we are deeply concerned by this development and reports that at least 50 Palestinians protesting against the US decision have been injured by Israeli security forces, nine by live ammunition.
___Israel’s annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, the surrounding separation wall, and its complex regime of permits and IDs create manifold barriers to the rights to health and dignity of Palestinians.
___MAP has repeatedly raised concerns about armed raids on Palestinian hospitals and healthcare centres in occupied East Jerusalem, as well as dangerous delays to ambulances and patients entering the city via checkpoints.
___East Jerusalem is the site of many medical specialties unavailable elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory, including cardiac surgery and essential specialist cancer treatments such as radiotherapy. It is therefore vital that Palestinian patients from the West Bank and Gaza are able to enter freely to access this care.   MORE . . .

“THE  SEAGULL  AND  THE  NEGATION  OF  NEGATION,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

It crossed the horizon and cleft the darkness,
Mastering the blue, darting on wings of light―
Twisting, turning and still turning.
It knocked at my dark window, and the gasping silence quivered:
“Bird, is it good news you bring?”
It divulged its secret, yet breathed not a word,
And the seagull disappeared.

Bird, my sea-bird, I know now
That during hard times, standing in the tunnel of silence,
All things change.
The seed sprouts even within the heart of the dead,
Morning bursts forth from darkness.
I know now,
As I hear horses galloping the call of death along the shores,
That when the flood comes,
The world will be cleansed of its sorrows.

Bird, my sea-bird, rising from the depths of darkness,
God’s blessing upon you for the good news you bring.
For I know now
Something happened . . . the horizon parted and the house greeted the light of day.

About Fadwa Tuqan.
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.

“. . . They’ve looted the oil jars and the flour sacks, too?. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

Refugees, UNRWA workers and teachers held a sit-in at UNRWA's offices in Amman on Wednesday - Nisreen El-Shamayleh/Al Jazeera
Refugees, UNRWA workers and teachers held a sit-in at UNRWA’s offices in Amman on Wednesday – Nisreen El-Shamayleh/Al Jazeera

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❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
4  KILLED,  DOZENS  INJURED  AS  ISRAELI  ORDNANCE  EXPLODES  IN  GAZA
August 6, 2015
GAZA CITY ― At least four Palestinians were killed on Thursday and over 30 injured when an unexploded ordnance from last summer’s Israeli military offensive went off while clearing rubble from a destroyed house in the southern Gaza Strip, medics said.
____Palestinian medical sources at the Abu Yousif al-Najjar hospital in Rafah said four bodies and multiple wounded Palestinians arrived at the emergency room.
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____Over 7,000 unexploded ordnance were left throughout the Gaza Strip following last summer’s war
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❷ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ARAB  LEAGUE  TO  DISCUSS  DRAFT  UN  RESOLUTION  ON  SETTLER  VIOLENCE
August 5, 2015
CAIRO ― An Arab League follow-up committee on Wednesday recommended further talks to discuss putting forward a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council to protect Palestinians from settler violence, officials said.
¬¬¬¬____The Arab Peace Initiative meeting in Cairo ―chaired by Egyptian Foreign Minister Samih Shukri ―called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to create an international mechanism for protecting Palestinian civilians in the occupied territories.
[. . . .]
Palestine remains the “primary issue for Arabs,” Shukri said.
(More. . .)
Related – ABBAS: ISRAELI GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTLER VIOLENCE

❸ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA.
UNRWA  FINANCIAL  DEFICIT  DEPRIVES  HALF  MILLION  REFUGEE  STUDENTS  OF  EDUCATION
NEW YORK – Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour warned Wednesday that, should UNRWA’s financial deficit remain unfulfilled, some half a million Palestinian refugee students will be deprived of their right to education, development, and dignity.
____Mansour’s statement came as he sent identical letters to the United Nations Secretary General, the President of the UN General Assembly and President of the UN Security Council, addressing them on the current financial hardship that the UNRWA has been recently seeming.
____Mansour stressed that the current financial shortfall to UNRWA’s core budget, which exceeds $100 million, and the chronic structural underfunding endured for decades by the Agency, are seriously threatening the viability, continuity and quality of UNRWA’s vital education, health, relief and social services in all of its fields of operation.
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❹ From: THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ABU-MARZOUK:  HAMAS  VISIT  TO  SAUDI  WAS  ‘SUCCESSFUL’
August 5, 2015
Hamas’s visit to Saudi Arabia during Ramadan was “successful”, a senior Hamas official said yesterday.
____The group’s official website carried an interview with senior member Mousa Abu-Marzouk, who said: “The visit achieved its planned goals; therefore, it was successful.” He also said that any future plans would be carried out “based on joint agreement and cooperation.”
____He noted that Hamas hopes to forge good relationship with the East and the West and “is working to evade obstacles” in this regard. . . .
____Regarding the relationship with Egypt, he said that Egypt stopped its efforts regarding indirect talks with the Israeli occupation about a year ago.
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❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINE CHRONICLE
‘ISRAEL  HAS  NOT  CHANGED  FOR  THE  WORSE,  IT’S  ALWAYS  BEEN  BAD’
August 4, 2015
By Alan Hart
The quote above is from a Mondoweiss article by Avigail Abarbanel with the headline “It’s time for American Jews to recognize that they have been duped (by Zionism).”
____This very courageous Jewish lady who now lives in Scotland is a psychotherapist . . . . She was born in Tel Aviv in 1964. During her two years of compulsory service with the Israeli army in which she became a Staff Sergeant, it invaded Lebanon. In 1991 she left Israel to make a new life in Australia. . . . In 2001 she renounced her Israeli citizenship.
____That done she became an activist for Palestinian rights. She supports a one-state solution and a full right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants. She says: “To state it clearly, I no longer believe that Israel has a right to exist as an exclusively Jewish state at the expense of the Palestinian people.”
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“WAITING  FOR  THE  RETURN,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
The huts of my beloved on the sand―
I am staying awake with the rain.
I am the son of Ulysses who waited for the mail from the North;
A sailor called him, yet he didn’t go.
He anchored the boats
And took to the highest mountain.

Rock! On which my father prayed,
Shelter revolutionaries.
I will not sell you for precious pearls,
Nor will I ever leave.

The voices of my beloved stride over the wind,
And overrun castles.
Wait for us, Mother, at the door,
We are coming back.
The time is ours;
The wind blows as the sailor will,
And the ship overpowers the tide.
What will you cook for us, Mother?
We are coming back.
They’ve looted the oil jars
And the flour sacks, too?
Then bring us the corn of our fields.
We are hungry.

Translated by Dr. Yehia El-Ezaby, American University in Cairo
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 Mahmoud Darwish

An explosion rocks the Gaza Strip on August 6, 2015, killing at least four. The cause was not immediately known. screen capture Ebrahim Jihad Yousif/Facebook
An explosion rocks the Gaza Strip on August 6, 2015, killing at least four. The cause was not immediately known. screen capture Ebrahim Jihad Yousif/Facebook