“. . . The stranger awakens in his exile . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

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Israeli prosecutors have charged seven young Jews in connection with a wave of so-called “price tag” attacks targeting Palestinians and Arab Israelis and their property, the justice ministry said. (Photo: News of Bahrain, Posted on 25-Apr-2016)

❶ Israeli Authorities Issue Administrative Detention Orders Against 39 Palestinian Detainees
❷ Settler violence aims to dispossess, and it work
❸ Army Kills A Palestinian Woman Near Tulkarem
❹ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  FUTURE  IS  TERRIFYING:  MOSHE  YAALON  AND  ISRAEL’S  DISCONCERTING  ‘MORALITY’
❺ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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❶ ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  ISSUE  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  AGAINST  39  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEES
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 2, 2016
Israeli occupation authorities Thursday issued administrative detention orders against 39 Palestinian Detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
___PPS lawyer, Mahmoud al-Halabi, said 30 orders were issued against detainees who have spent months and years in Israeli jails, without charge or trial.
___Administrative detention is implemented solely on the basis of an administrative order, without either indictment or trial. . . . international law stipulates that it may be exercised only in very exceptional cases. . . said B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights information center [. . . .]
___“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law.”   MORE . . .  

Two of the most interesting and surprising findings previously discussed are the increasing number of petitions to the Court, despite the high withdrawal rate and the fact that the Court has not released one individual in the past ten years. The interviews shed some light on these findings and suggest possible explanations that link both these issues together.
___The combination of secret evidence, administrative detentions, and security crisis creates a unique challenge to judicial proceedings and to due process. The inquisitorial judicial management model has emerged to confront this challenge and to provide strong judicial guarantees against arbitrary and unjustified detentions. The Israeli model of judicial management-widely discussed as a model to be emulated-has been praised for achieving the desired balance between individual liberty and national security. It was commended for its robust scrutiny of secret evidence and for safeguarding individual liberty at times of national emergencies.
___Nonetheless, as this research reveals, the actual practice is much more complex and much less optimistic. The Court systematically avoids issuing release orders, and demonstrates minimal intervention with regard to the assessment of the secret evidence.

  • Krebs, Shiri. “Lifting The Veil Of Secrecy: Judicial Review Of Administrative Detentions In The Israel Supreme Court.” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 45.3 (2012): 639-703.    ARTICLE . . .         More about Administrative detention

❷ SETTLER  VIOLENCE  AIMS  TO  DISPOSSESS,  AND  IT  WORKS
+972 Blog
Yossi Gurvitz from Yesh Din
May 31, 2016
(A, a farmer) is a resident of the village Faratha in the West Bank. He declined to have his name published, as he has become a regular target for attacks by Israeli civilians. He owns two plots of land; the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad is built next to one of them. The establishment of the outpost led to the familiar pattern of dispossession in the West Bank [. . . .]
___And so, seven dunams of land were taken from A.’s possession and practically turned over to Israeli squatters as a reward. Once settlers seize land, it is almost impossible to liberate it.       MORE . . .  

Those who try to challenge the state’s limits on construction of new settlements are mostly young activists living in outposts, who oppose not only state restrictions, but also the compromises made by the mainstream settlement movement. Their frustrations are often expressed through vandalism and violence — infamously known as “price tag” attacks, symbolizing that this is the “cost” the Israeli government and Palestinians must pay for actions against settlements and outposts. In such attacks they target the holy sites and private property of their Palestinian neighbors . . . .
___The ideological core of the national-religious have reacted to setbacks in recent years by accumulating power within the Likud party in order to affect national decision making from within. They have also launched assertive campaigns to win the hearts and minds of the public in favor of maintaining Israeli control over the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Some of their prominent leaders . . .  have begun calling more explicitly and systematically than ever to annex the West Bank/Judea and Samaria (in parts or in its entirety), and to naturalize its Arab-Palestinian residents.

  • Zalzberg, Ofer. “Israel’s National-Religious Jews and the Quest for Peace.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 20/21.4/1 (2015): 60-66.      Article. . .

ARMY  KILLS  A  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN  NEAR  TULKAREM
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 2, 2016
___Israeli soldiers killed, on Thursday afternoon, a Palestinian woman, at the Ennab military roadblock, east of Tulkarem city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
___The Israeli military claimed that the slain woman “attempted to stab a soldier,” before she was shot and seriously wounded.
___An eyewitness told the al-Fajr Palestinian TV that an army officer opened fire on the woman while she was more than three meters (approximately 10 feet) away from the soldiers. The Israeli army said there were no injuries among its soldiers.
___ The Palestinian Health Ministry said the slain woman has been identified as Ansar Husam Harsha, 25, from Qaffin town, northeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. She is a married mother of two children.      MORE . . .

❹ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  FUTURE  IS  TERRIFYING:  MOSHE  YAALON  AND  ISRAEL’S  DISCONCERTING  ‘MORALITY’
Ma’an News Agency
Ramzy Baroud
June 1, 2016
Israeli society is constantly swerving to the right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. That Israel is now ruled by “the most extreme right-wing government in its history” has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years.
___. . . . The same sentiment, with almost the exact wording, is being infused again, as Netanyahu has expanded his coalition by bringing to the fold the ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman [. . . .]
___ . . . former defense minister, Yaalon, was regarded by some as an example of professionalism and morality. He is “well-regarded,” wrote William Booth in the Washington Post, compared to the “polarizing maverick” Lieberman. But ‘well-regarded’ by whom? By Israeli society, the majority of whom support the cold-blooded murder of Palestinians?          MORE . . .

“HOW  ARE  YOU?”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI
Waiting for the school bus,
watching his breath turn into mist near his nose
in the icy morning,
the schoolboy’s fingers are frozen,
too stiff to make a fist.

On the pillow of regret,
the defeated soldier
lazily tries to get up,
raising his broken toothbrush
to his teeth.

Early or late,
The stranger awakens in his exile, his homeland.
Their clothes, their car number pates, their trees,
their quarrels, their love, their land, their sea
belong to them.
His memories are like rats gathering on his doormat,
new and warm
in front of his closed door.

On a lonely pillow,
the mother throws a quick glance
at the bed of her elder son,
made for the final time
and empty, forever.

A voice from the neighbouring window is heard:
“Hello, good morning, how are you?”
“Hello, good morning, we’re fine,
we’re fine!”

From: Barghouti, Mourid. Midnight  and  other  Poems. Trans. By Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, Lancashire, UK: Arc Books, 2008. Available from B&N.
Murīd al-Barghūti (born July 8, 1944, in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank) is a Palestinian poet and writer. While Barghouti was studying at the University of Cairo in 1967, the 6-Day War broke out, and he was unable to return to the West Bank until 1996. He was expelled from Egypt in 1977 and was exiled in Budapest separated from his wife, the Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour. They have been together in the West Bank since they were allowed to return together in 1996. Their son, Tamim Al Barghouti, born in Egypt in 1977, is himself an important Palestinian poet.
Other poems by Mourid Barghouti here, and here.

“. . . For a human being: Only thirst! . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

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Birzeit University graduates (Photo: Birzeit University)

❶ Birzeit University Celebrates 41st Commencement
❷ Settlers are daily razing Palestinian lands in northern West Bank
❸ Israeli Navy kidnaps 10 Palestinian Fishers, Confiscates Five Boats
❹ Black Panthers and Diaspora Palestinians illuminate shared struggle on Nakba day [Oakland, CA, USA]
. . ❹ ― (ᴀ) Palestinian Art Court Al Hoash holds “WHAT’S NEXT” exhibition
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  COUP  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S  ARMY
. . ❺― (ᴀ) BARGHOUTHI:  NETANYAHU’S  GOV’T  GOES  FROM  EXTREMISM  TO  INSANE  EXTREMISM
❻ POETRY by Rashid Hussein
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❶ BIRZEIT  UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES  41ST  COMMENCEMENT
Birzeit University
May 21, 2016
Birzeit University continues the commencement ceremonies of the 41st cohort of students. University President Abdel Latif Abu Hijleh, members from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and the students families celebrated the graduation of the students from the faculties of Arts, Education and Science.
MORE . . .  
RELATED . . .

❷ SETTLERS  ARE  DAILY  RAZING  PALESTINIAN  LANDS  IN  NORTHERN  WEST  BANK
Palestine News Network – PNN
May 22, 2016
Israeli settler bulldozers on Sunday morning have razed Palestinian lands in areas south of Nablus and east of Salfit, northern West Bank.
___Eyewitnesses from Jalood nearby village said that the settlers have razed the lands where settlement units are being built outside of the Shvot Rahel settlement, without any media coverage.
___Eyewitnesses added that the bulldozers have been razing another land near the Ge’olat Zion illegal settlement which had already been approved by the Israeli government.      MORE . . .  
RELATED . . .   PALESTINIANS  CAPTURE  ISRAELI  EXTREMISTS  WHO  ATTACKED  FARMERS

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Israelis from illegal settlement stealing Palestinian farm land (Photo: Palestine News Network)

❸ ISRAELI  NAVY  KIDNAPS  10  PALESTINIAN  FISHERS,  CONFISCATES  FIVE  BOATS
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
May 22, 2016
Israeli navy ships opened fire, on Sunday morning, at several Palestinian fishing boats near the shore in Gaza waters, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, kidnapped ten fishers, and confiscated five boats in two separate attacks.
___Zakariyya Abu Bakr, the head of the Fishers Committees of the Union of Agricultural Work Committees said the kidnapped fishers have been identified as . . . .
___They were all taken to an unknown destination, after the navy towed their boats.
___The attack is part of repeated Israeli violations against the fishers in the besieged coastal region, in addition to its attacks against Gaza farmers and workers, in Palestinian
lands close to the border fence.      MORE . . . 

❹   BLACK  PANTHERS [Oakland, CA, USA]  AND  DIASPORA  PALESTINIANS  ILLUMINATE  SHARED  STRUGGLE  ON  NAKBA  DAY
Palestine News Network
May 19, 2016
Arab Resources Organizing Coalition (AROC) and Art Forces on the 68th Nakba day presented George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine; a multimedia cultural event that expresses the interconnections between current and historic struggles against colonization from Palestine to the streets of Oakland.      MORE . . .
. . ❹ ― (ᴀ) PALESTINIAN  ART  COURT  AL  HOASH  HOLDS  “WHAT’S  NEXT”  EXHIBITION
Palestine News Network
May 17, 2016
On May 16th, community members, artists and art lovers gathered at Al Hoash gallery to attend the exhibition opening entitled WHAT’s NEXT. The exhibition supported by Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – SDC, featured a collection of art works by 12 Palestinian artists from across Palestine and the diaspora, under Al Hoash’s Creative Industry project.      MORE . . .  

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  THE  COUP  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S  ARMY
Middle East Eye
Meron Rapoport
May 21, 2016
Replacing Ya’alon with Lieberman is another step in efforts by Israel’s new right-wing political elite to take over the state.
A military coup is a known political phenomenon in both ancient and recent history. The army storms the government’s palace and takes control. Yet what happened on 20 May in Israel, with the dismissal of defense minister Moshe “Bogy” Ya’alon and his replacement with Avigdor Lieberman, may be best described as a civilian coup by a right-wing political class against an army that stood in its way.       MORE . . .  
. . ❺― (ᴀ) BARGHOUTHI:  NETANYAHU’S  GOV’T  GOES  FROM  EXTREMISM  TO  INSANE  EXTREMISM
Palestine News Network
May 19, 2016
Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti today described the appointment of Avigdor Lieberman defense minister in the Netanyahu government as an Israeli transition from extremism to “insane extremism.”    MORE . . .

“LETTER TO A WOMAN,” RASHID HUSSEIN

I waited for you―but, you were not born yet!
And the train is tooting, ready to pull out.
The train has learned from Man:
Not to be patient and not to have time!
And you are not yet born,
And the train wants to start
I’m sorry,
I have to board!

But I’m leaving this letter
In the café near the station.
When you get here, take a seat and ask for coffee,
Black coffee with white milk,
They’ll make a strange combination, the two colors,
Like the color of a modern man’s heart.

Then ask the waitress:
“Didn’t he leave a letter for me?”
And she won’t understand―But perhaps she’ll answer crossly:
“Everyone leaves letters here for everybody!
And all the letters say the same thing:
‘I love you, because I love me’!”

Then go to the kitchen and see the cook;
My letter may have gone to her for cooking;
And she may well say to you:
“In the soup I once found
A slip of paper that said:
‘Darling,
They’ve sent me to die for my country;
You – you try and live for us’!”

Then go to the café owner:
It is possible that the letter was lost
Among his bills and receipts;
It is also possible that he will hand you
A menu saying:
For half a pound: You get a cup of coffee
For a pound: You get a bottle of beer
For a human being: Only thirst!

Then leave the café!
Look no further for my letter,
For selections of it have already reached you―
Each section from someone else!

I’m very glad that these sections
Will reach you after you’ve been born,
For I think that if my letter had reached you
Before you were born
You would have preferred not
To be born in this century
And that would be a loss.

From: 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 Rashid Hussein

“. . . Is it from your hills that the angels sang to the shepherds Of peace on earth . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

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“Marwan Barghouti’s popularity can give new momentum to the Palestinian struggle.” Shannon Ebrahim, Information Clearing House, October 13, 2013. (Photo: Al-Jazeera)

❶ Leaders of Belgium’s parliament nominate Marwan Barghouti for Nobel Peace Prize
. . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ― April 17, 2014. Deputy President of South Africa signs Robben Island Declaration calling for the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi & All Palestinian political prisoners
❷ 28 Palestinian young women arrested over Facebook
❸ Israeli forces detain Palestinian teens, fire tear gas at Ramallah-area schools
❹ Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian lawmaker in overnight raid
❺ Opinion/Analysis: LIBERMAN’S  NEW  JOB:  CONTROL  OVER  FOUR  MILLION  PALESTINIANS
. . ❺― (ᴀ)  Liberman’s 10-point security program
❻ POETRY by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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❶ LEADERS  OF  BELGIUM’S  PARLIAMENT  NOMINATE  MARWAN  BARGHOUTI  FOR  NOBEL  PEACE  PRIZE
Ma’an News Agency
May 18, 2016
Leading members of Belgium’s parliament from across the national political spectrum nominated Marwan Barghouti for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday, referring to the imprisoned parliament member as the “Palestinian Mandela” and a symbol of peace in Palestine.
___“Peace requires the freedom of Marwan Barghouti and all of the political prisoners, and more generally the freedom of the Palestinian people living for decades under occupation,” the nomination letter sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee stated.
___“By granting the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who embodies the Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom, but also their aspiration to achieve peace. . . .”    MORE . . .   (Copy and paste)
. . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Deputy  President  of  South  Africa  signs  Robben Island Declaration  calling  for  the  freedom  of  Marwan  Barghouthi  &  All  Palestinian  political  prisoners
Media Review Network
April 17, 2014      MORE . . . 

❷ 28  PALESTINIAN  YOUNG  WOMEN  ARRESTED  OVER  FACEBOOK
The Palestinian Information Center
May 19, 2016
The Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) arrested 28 young women over Facebook posts since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada last October, the Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies revealed Thursday.
___The rights center stated that Israeli forces notably escalated arrests against Palestinian women over the past seven months under flimsy pretexts [. . . .]
___Israeli authorities invented since the outbreak of Jerusalem Intifada a new charge against Palestinian women. 28 Palestinian young women were arrested for “incitement” in social media. At least six of them are still held behind Israeli bars, while eight others were held in administrative detention.       MORE . . .   

❸ ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  PALESTINIAN  TEENS,  FIRE  TEAR  GAS  AT  RAMALLAH-AREA  SCHOOLS
Ma’an News Agency
May 18, 2016
Israeli soldiers stormed the central occupied West Bank town of Beituniya on Wednesday morning, detaining two teenagers and firing tear gas at nearby schools.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli troops questioned several young men in the streets of the town west of Ramallah before detaining two teenagers.
___Israeli forces also fired tear gas towards schools in Beituniya, causing dozens of schoolchildren to choke, witnesses added.      MORE . . .      (Copy and paste)

❹ ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  DETAIN  PALESTINIAN  LAWMAKER  IN  OVERNIGHT  RAID
+972 Blog
Noam Rotem
May 18, 2016
Israeli forces arrested Palestinian parliamentarian Abed al-Jaber Fuqaha in his home in the al-Masyoun neighborhood of Ramallah during an overnight raid Monday. According to members of Fuqaha’s family, soldiers burst into their home in the early hours of the morning, beat and took him into custody [. . . .]
___Fuqaha is the seventh Palestinian legislator in Israeli custody. . . .     MORE . . .  

Avigdor Lieberman the head of ultra-nati
“. . . . permanently uncouth Avigdor Lieberman. . . .” Adam Chandler, Tabletmag.com, March 8, 2013. (Photo: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  LIBERMAN’S  NEW  JOB:  CONTROL  OVER  FOUR  MILLION  PALESTINIANS
+972 Blog
Noam Sheizaf
May 19, 2016
Avigdor Liberman’s appointment as defense minister is, in my eyes, one of Netanyahu’s most surprising moves . . . . Netanyahu is a careful politician that does not like big egos surrounding him, and Liberman is Liberman — a person who deliberately chooses to be unexpected and undisciplined — even when it doesn’t serve his interests — and who spews hawkish remarks in spades.
___Liberman promised to take down Hamas and execute terrorists — and all this before we blow up Egypt’s Aswan Dam, as he once famously suggested. . . . Liberman has too many promises to fill, and an electorate that runs the gamut from traditional right-wingers to Kahanists. This is disturbing.      MORE . . .
. . ❺― (ᴀ) LIBERMAN’S  10-POINT  SECURITY  PROGRAM
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Mazal Mualem
February 29, 2016
“Instead of fighting against terrorism, this government is paying protection money to terrorists. It’s happening right now” [. . . .]
___At a speech [Liberman] introduced his own “10-point program” to stop the wave of terror. After calling for the reinstitution of Israel’s targeted assassination strategy of wanted terrorists, his second point was to stop the transfer of all funds to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.     MORE . . .

“IN  THE  DESERTS  OF  EXILE,”  BY  JABRA  IBRAHIM  JABRA

Spring after spring,
In the deserts of exile,
What are we doing with our love,
When our eyes are full of frost and dust?

Our Palestine, green land of ours;
Its flowers as if embroidered of women’s gowns;
March adorns its hills
With the jewel-like peony and narcissus;
April bursts open in its plains
With flowers and bride-like blossoms;
May is our rustic song
Which we sing at noon,
In the blue shadows,
Among the olive trees of our valley
And in the ripeness of the fields
We wait for the promise of July
And the joyous dance amidst the harvest.

O land of ours where our childhood passed
Like dreams in the shade of the orange-grove,
Among the almond-trees in the valleys—
Remember us now wandering
Among the thorns of the desert,
Wandering in rocky mountains;
Remember us now
In the tumult of cities beyond deserts and seas;
Remember us
With our eyes full of dust
That never clears in our ceaseless wandering
They crushed the flowers on the hills around us,
Destroyed the houses over our heads,
Scattered our torn remains,
Then unfolded the desert before us,
With valleys writhing in hunger
And blue shadows shattered into red thorns
Bent over corpses left as prey for falcon and crow.

Is it from your hills that the angels sang to the shepherds
Of peace on earth and goodwill among men?
Only death laughed when it saw
Among the entrails of beasts
The ribs of men,
And through the guffaw of bullets
It went dancing a joyous dance
On the heads of weeping women.

Our land is an emerald,
But in the deserts of exile,
Spring after spring,
Only the dust hisses in our face.
What then, what are we doing with our love?
When our eyes and our mouth are full of frost and dust?

About Jabra Ibrahim Jabra.  
From AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY, selected, edited and translated by Mounah Khouri and Hamid Algar.  Online here.

“. . . an eternal embrace across the nights . . .” (Sulafa Hijjawi)

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Funeral of four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Sair. (Ma’an News Agency Photo)

❶ US: Israeli Defense Minister ‘undermining’ two-state solution
❷ Hebron-area village buries 4 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
. . . ❷―(ᴀ) The sons of Sa’ir
❸ This is how settlers take over Palestinian land
❹ Israeli authorities demolish mosque in unrecognized Bedouin village
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The two-state solution has failed, so what now?
❻ Poetry by Sulafa Hijjawi
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
US:  ISRAELI  DEFENSE  MINISTER  ‘UNDERMINING’  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION
Jan. 9, 2016
The United States came down Friday on a decision by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to incorporate a southern West Bank church compound into the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
Spokesman for the US State Department John Kirby said . . .
___ “Along with the regular retroactive legalization of unauthorized outposts and construction of infrastructure in remote settlements, actions such as this decision clearly undermine the possibility of a two-state solution,” Kirby said.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HEBRON-AREA  VILLAGE  BURIES  4  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES
Jan. 9, 2016
Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Sair killed by Israeli forces during alleged attacks days prior.
___Mourners marched to the village mosque for funeral prayers before carrying the bodies of the four to the village cemetery for burial, locals told Ma’an.
___Funeral attendees called national slogans demanding an end to factional divisions and a response to ongoing Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.  More . . .
. . . ❷―(ᴀ) Mondoweiss. THE  SONS  OF  SA’IRMore . . .

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

+972 MAGAZINE
THIS  IS  HOW  SETTLERS  TAKE  OVER  PALESTINIAN  LAND
Dror Etkes
Jan. 8, 2016
From audacious fraud and forgery to military seizures for ‘security needs’ and the ‘public good’ to dusting off antiquated Ottoman laws, the Israeli settlement enterprise has no shortage of tools for taking over Palestinian land in the West Bank.   More . . .
+972 MAGAZINE BLOG
ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  DEMOLISH  MOSQUE  IN  UNRECOGNIZED  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE
Michal Rotem
Jan. 6, 2016
Israeli Police officers accompanied by bulldozers destroyed a mosque Wednesday morning in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Rakhamah in the Negev Desert.
___Salima Azazma, one of the residents of the village, told +972′s Hebrew sister site, Local Call, that “It is infuriating to see a mosque be destroyed. Those who destroy a mosque won’t have a problem destroying my children’s home.”  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  HAS  FAILED,  SO  WHAT  NOW?
Adel Shadeed
Jan. 8, 2016
Palestinians and Israelis alike have become increasingly convinced that the two-state solution is no longer an option due to Israel’s policies which continue to see settlements built across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The latter is supposed to be the capital of the Palestinian state to be established on the 1967 borders.
___It is important to consider that the two-state solution was never really a serious option in any case in the minds of Israel’s leadership and public. All that was proposed was a Palestinian Authority with limited security and economic responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip . . 
___ . . . third option, which will be very attractive to most Israelis. This would see Israel isolating the Palestinian communities in the West Bank and removing them altogether from Jerusalem. More . . .

“DEATH  SENTENCE,”  BY  SULAFA  HIJJAWI (b. 1934)

At night, orders came to the soldiers
to destroy our lovely village, Zeita.***
Zeita! Bride of trees,
of blooming tulips,
spark of the winds!

The soldiers came in the dark
while the sons of the village
the trees and field and flowerbuds
clung to Zeita
hugging her for shelter . . .

“Orders demand that all of you depart
Zeita will be destroyed before the night ends.”

But we held tight, chanting:
Zeita is the land, the heart of the land,
and we her people are its branches.

That’s how people fall―
a few moments of resistance,
so Zeita remains an eternal embrace across the nights
In moments she was rubble,
not a single bread oven remained.
Men and stones
were pasted and powdered by enemy tractors,
scattered forever in the light of the impossible.

Now in the evenings
in the song of our wind,
Zeita arises, igniting its scarlet spark
upon the plains
And by morning
Zeita returns to the fields
as tulips do.

Night is morning in Zeita,
Night is morning.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye

*** Zeita was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War between July 17–18, 1948. Its inhabitants became refugees, ending up the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All that remains of the village structures is the well that served as its main water source.

Sulafa Hijjawi, Palestinian poet and researcher, was born in Nablus, 1934. She lived in Iraq and married Iraqi poet Kazim Jawad. She has published several studies and translations, most importantly, Poetry of Resistance in Occupied Palestine (1982).
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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Israeli Minister of Army, Moshe Ya’alon has “permitted” adding the seized church of Beit Al-Baraka to the expanding illegal settlement, Gush Etzion. (Ma’an News Photo)

 

 

“. . . I shall tell the world. . . Of the fire that consumed . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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The Dawabsha Family, Murdered by Jewish Settler radicalized terrorists

YA’ALON: NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO TRY DOUMA TERRORISTS
❷ BBC forced to admit it misled over Palestine
❸ Soldiers Kidnap Four Palestinians in Hebron; Army Kidnaps Four Palestinians in Ramallah, One in Beit Jala
❹ Obama’s ISIS czar says we can’t defeat extremism without resolving Palestinian issue
Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL GETS A RAISE DESPITE INSULTS TO OBAMA, 50 YEARS OF VIOLENCE TO PALESTINIANS
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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YA’ALON:  NOT  ENOUGH  EVIDENCE  TO  TRY  DOUMA  TERRORISTS
December 15, 2015
The Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ya’alon, on Tuesday said that the terrorists who burned the home of the Dawabsha family, killing a baby and his parents, were identified, except that the court evidence against them is “not enough.”
___Ya’alon, speaking to army radio, admitted that the attack was “CLEARLY  A  JEWISH  TERROR  ATTACK”  which “he is ashamed of,” adding that “Israel does not have enough evidence against the defendants to keep them detained or prosecute them.”
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Moshe Ya’Alon Israeli Minister of Defense (Photo: Jerusalem Post)

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
BBC  FORCED  TO  ADMIT  IT  MISLED  OVER  PALESTINE
Dec. 11, 2015
For the second time in just over six months, the BBC has been forced to admit that its flagship news and current affairs program — Today — has misled its audiences over the situation in Israel and the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
___In a broadcast in October, veteran presenter John Humphrys and Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly implied in a two-way conversation that all of those killed in that month’s violence were Israeli.
___In fact, at the date of broadcast, on 19 October, more than 40 of those killed were Palestinian and fewer than 10 Israeli.
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IMEMC News
SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  FOUR  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON
Tuesday December 15, 2015
Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and several nearby towns, searched and ransacked many homes, and kidnapped four Palestinians, including a former political prisoner.
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Related. . . ARMY  KIDNAPS  FOUR  PALESTINIANS  IN  RAMALLAH,  ONE IN  BEIT  JALA
MONDOWEISS
OBAMA’S  ISIS  CZAR  SAYS  WE  CAN’T  DEFEAT  EXTREMISM  WITHOUT  RESOLVING  PALESTINIAN  ISSUE
Philip Weiss
Dec. 14, 2015
President Obama’s new ISIS czar said yesterday that resolving the Israel Palestine conflict is necessary to defeating Islamist extremists.
___Rob Malley, senior advisor to Obama “for the Counter-ISIL Campaign in Iraq and Syria” and White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, said at a New York conference that the conflict enables ISIS in two ways. Extremists “refer constantly” to the situation of Palestinians. So they would lose a recruiting tool if the matter were resolved. And the failure to resolve the conflict makes it “very difficult” to get “the kind of open cooperation that we really need to get changes on the ground”–
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Opinion/Analysis
WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL  GETS  A  RAISE  DESPITE  INSULTS  TO  OBAMA,  50  YEARS  OF  VIOLENCE  TO  PALESTINIANS
Rachelle Marshall
January 2015
National pride and respect for international law are no match for political expediency when it comes to America’s “special relationship” with Israel. This was demonstrated again in November, when President Barack Obama and Congress agreed to consider $50 billion in military aid to Israel over the next 10 years—a hefty increase of $2 billion a year. The additional aid is intended as consolation to Israel for a nuclear agreement with Iran that makes Israel safer.
___As if this were not irrational enough, President Obama welcomed Netanyahu to the White House on Nov. 9 and again reassured him of America’s unwavering support. Republicans who are calling for cuts in domestic spending are promising even more money to Israel, and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has pledged that if elected, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be her first guest at the White House.
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“JOB’S  DIARY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
I shall tell the world.
I shall tell the world―tell them
Of the lamp they shattered in my home,
Of the axe that destroyed a lily,
Of the fire that consumed a braid

I shall tell them of the unmilked ewe-lamb
Of the morning coffee―left undrunk
Of the mother’s dough left unbaked
Of the mud roof where the grass grows now
I shall tell the world

Neglected daughter of my neighbor
I still have your doll―put away
I have it so come back
Come back
On the train of the East wind

And Hanna
I have forgotten your features
Yet, I ache to remember
In my heart I hear your footsteps
How beautiful we were―together
My neighbor’s daughter, Hanna and I

How beautiful together we were
So why have our eyes
Become focused in foreign land?
And our hands roped
To this curse?
I shall tell the world―tell them
I shall tell the world!

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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Rob Malley, senior adviser at the White House on Middle East and counter-ISIL campaign (White House Photo)

 

 

“. . . What makes a man with a gun seem bigger than a man with almonds? . . .” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

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Five Israeli soldiers with assault rifles search one Palestinian at Damascus Gate. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

❶ Israeli forces shoot 5 Palestinians during Tulkarem university demo
❷ Palestinian shot dead after allegedly injuring 2 Israelis in Jerusalem
❸ Palestinian killed ‘in cold blood’ Friday was reportedly an American citizen
❹ Legislator Jarrar Sentenced To 15 Months
❺ Opinion/Analysis: IN THE AFTERMATH OF PARIS, THE ISRAELI WAY IS NOT THE ANSWER
❻ Poetry by Naomi Shihab Nye
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT  5  PALESTINIANS  DURING  TULKAREM  UNIVERSITY  DEMONSTRATION
Dec. 7, 2015
TULKAREM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday shot and injured five Palestinians during a student demonstration near the Palestine Technical University in Tulkarem, medics said.
___Clashes erupted near the university, also known as al-Khadouri University, after Israeli military forces fired tear gas canisters and live rounds at students.
___Five Palestinians were evacuated to the Thabet Ibn Thabet hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds, while at least 10 others suffered excessive tear gas inhalation.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGEDLY  INJURING  2  ISRAELIS  IN  JERUSALEM
Dec. 6, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was shot dead after he allegedly injured two Israelis in a stabbing attack in central Jerusalem on Saturday night, Israeli police said.
___Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinian, identified as a 21-year-old from Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem, was shot and killed after he allegedly hit one Israeli with his car, before stabbing another with a knife.
___However, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that one of these Israelis was injured when he was apparently “hit by a vehicle that passed by the scene as he was attempting to flee.”
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Palestinian protesters burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of Abdul Rahman Barghouthi
Palestinian protesters burn tires during clashes with Israeli security forces following the funeral of Abdul Rahman Barghouthi, who was shot dead in Aboud village, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, December 5, 2015. (Photo by Shadi Hatem – Mondoweiss)

MONDOWEISS
PALESTINIAN  KILLED  ‘IN  COLD  BLOOD’  FRIDAY  WAS  REPORTEDLY  AN  AMERICAN  CITIZEN
Annie Robbins
Dec. 6, 2015
Friday was another deadly bloody day in Palestine. Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, two in Hebron and two outside illegal Israeli settlements near Ramallah. The third to die was Abed Rahman Barghouthi, 26, killed at the entrance of the Palestinian village of Aboud, adjacent to the settlement of Halamish. Witnesses told Ma’an News Barghouthi was an American citizen who “recently arrived back from the US to get married, after getting engaged five months previously.”
– See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/12/palestinian-reportedly-american#sthash.T3tbMjic.dpuf
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
LEGISLATOR  JARRAR  SENTENCED  TO  15  MONTHS
Dec. 07, 2015
An Israeli court sentenced, Sunday, democratically-elected leftist Palestinian legislator, and a senior political leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), Khaleda Jarrar to 15 months imprisonment.
___The army kidnapped the legislator on April 2nd of this year, and on April 5th, she was sentenced for six months imprisonment, under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges.
___On April 15, the Israeli military prosecutor’s office filed an indictment of twelve charges against Jarrar, including what it called “membership in an illegal organization,” in addition to “holding and participating in protests” in solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners.
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Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
IN  THE  AFTERMATH  OF  PARIS,  THE  ISRAELI  WAY  IS  NOT  THE  ANSWER
Dr. Samah Jabr
Dec 2 2015
When I arrived in Paris on the evening of Friday, 13 November, my host asked our taxi driver to take us to her home at Fontaine au Roi; the taxi’s GPS system displayed that a shooting was taking place at that very moment. It wasn’t until the next morning that we understood the full details of the tragedy.
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___The truth is that the “Jewish State” was established through excessive violence and aggression against the Palestinians, the native people of the land. Like other native peoples whose land was colonized . . . the Palestinians have been capable of using violence to retaliate against their oppressors and to deter them from further oppression, as well as utilising nonviolent campaigns and diplomatic channels to achieve liberation. That is all entirely within their rights under international law.
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___It is thus more reasonable to compare the tactics of Daesh with those of the terrorist groups behind the founding of the state of Israel rather than with the Palestinian resistance. Both Daesh and the “Jewish state” were established through horrible massacres leaving a population of refugees in their wake. Both display expansionist ambitions.
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___In addition to reaping political benefit through reframing the occupation of Palestine and the imposition of Israeli policies as a “war on terror” and smearing the character of Palestinians as inhumane, uncivilised terrorists,
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“WHEN  YOU  LUNCH,”  BY  NAOMI  SHIHAB  NYE

When you lunch in a town
which has recently known war
under a calm slate sky mirroring none of it,
certain words feel impossible in the mouth.
Casualty: too casual, it must be changed.
A short man stacks mounds of pita bread
on each end of the table, muttering
something about more to come.
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What makes a man with a gun seem bigger
than a man with almonds? How can there be a
war and the next day eating, a man stacking plates
on the curl of his arm, a table of people
toasting one another in languages of grace:
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. . . and someone with sky and birds in his heart
said this would be a good place for a park.

From: Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19  VARIETIES  OF  GAZELLE:  POEMS  OF  THE  MIDDLE  EAST. New York: Green Willow Books, 1994. Available from Barnes and Noble.
About Naomi Shihab Nye.

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Member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Beit Jala practicing the legendary Palestinian hospitality after Sunday Service. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)

 

“. . build for scoundrels a life of justice and scented plentitude . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad, 1970)

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Blockade of an entrance to Hebron erected a few days before this photo was taken (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

❶ Officials: Israel to confiscate 244 dunams of land in northern Hebron
❷ 2 Palestinian teenagers killed in Hebron after stabbing attack
❸ PA, Israel in dispute over Dawabsha family medical bills
❹ The farce of catching Jewish terrorists
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel  Ratchets  up  Its  Violence  against  a  New  Generation  of  Palestinians.  A  New  Intifada?
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
OFFICIALS:  ISRAEL  TO  CONFISCATE  244  DUNAMS  OF  LAND  IN  NORTHERN  HEBRON
Dec. 3, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli authorities have ruled to confiscate 244 dunams of land from the villages of Surif and al-Jabaa in the northern Hebron district, local officials told Ma’an Thursday.
___The mayor of Surif, Muhammad Lati Ghneimat, said that the land is located in the al-Ghazal, Khillet Abu Ghneim, Deir Moussa, and Thahr al-Mansara areas in al-Jabaa village.
___“There are hundreds of olive trees planted in these lands that are very old belonging to the Ghneimat, al-Hur, Hmeidat and other families,” the mayor said.  More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGERS  KILLED  IN  HEBRON  AFTER  STABBING  ATTACK
Dec. 4, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinian teenagers in Hebron overnight Friday after an alleged stabbing attack on an Israeli soldier, Israel’s army and locals said.
___”Overnight two assailants stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron. In response to the threat, forces fired at the attackers, resulting in their death. A soldier was moderately wounded,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.
___Palestinian sources identified the victims to Ma’an as cousins Taher Faysal Fannoun, 19, a student at Hebron University, and Faysal Abd al-Minem Fannoun, 15.
___Witnesses in the Tel Rumeida area where the incident took place reported seeing two bodies on the ground after hearing gunshots after midnight.  More . . .

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Barricade in Hebron with guard tower overlooking street commandeered by Jewish Settlers (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PA,  ISRAEL  IN  DISPUTE  OVER  DAWABSHA  FAMILY  MEDICAL  BILLS
Dec. 4, 2015
RAMALLAH ― The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health on Thursday said it had been asked to pay the medical bills to treat members of the Dawabsha family after a deadly attack on their home by settlers in July, a claim denied by a senior Israeli official.
¬¬___The ministry issued a statement claiming that the Sheba Medical Center had demanded that the Palestinian ministry cover the medical bills of four-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha, the only surviving member of a deadly arson attack which killed his 18-month-old baby brother and parents Saad and Riham.
___On Oct. 25, the PA ministry received a bill from the medical center for 259,643 shekels ($67,000) to cover treatment of the Dawabsha family.  More . . .
Related . . . DAWABSHA  FAMILY:  ISRAELI  GOVERNMENT  GAVE  SETTLERS  A  ‘LICENCE  TO  KILL’
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THE  FARCE  OF  CATCHING  JEWISH  TERRORISTS
Edo Konrad
Dec. 3, 2015
After months of seemingly never-ending promises by Israel’s defense establishment, a number of Israeli youths have been arrested in connection with the arson attack in the West Bank village Duma last summer, which killed three members of the Dawabsha family. . . . Their identity still remains under gag order.
Gag orders are commonly used in cases of Jewish terrorism, a courtesy hardly extended to Palestinian subjects of military rule. In fact, at any given moment there are hundreds of Palestinians, including minors, who Israel holds without trial.
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The Duma arrests come just months after Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon first claimed he knew who was responsible for the attack, yet abstained from putting anyone on trial so as not to expose the defense establishment’s source’s in court.  More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL  RATCHETS  UP  ITS  VIOLENCE  AGAINST  A  NEW  GENERATION  OF  PALESTINIANS.  A  NEW  INTIFADA?
Jonathan Cook (first of four commentaries)
December, 2015
Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister, gave an interview to Israeli army radio on Oct. 15. . . The man who 13 years earlier, during the height of the second intifada, had called for his troops to “burn into [the Palestinians’] consciousness” their defeat, now spoke of the challenges Israel faced in “managing” the conflict.
___“We have to know how to deal with this and not get scared, and understand that there’s a long struggle there and mainly act in our own interests,” he said. Israelis had to concentrate on living a “normal life” while “around us there’s a culture of death.”
___The change of emphasis more than a decade later almost certainly reflected the views of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu too. . More . . .

“THE  PAGAN  FIRE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  (1929 – 1994)

Slowly,
I draw the thin thread of light
From the night’s entangled darkness,
Water the nursery of dreams
At the source of the torrent,
And dry the tears of my beloved
With kerchiefs of Arabian Jasmine.

Slowly,
I plant the scarce oases
In the burning sands,
And build for scoundrels
A life of justice and scented plentitude.
If, one day, I trip on the road,
My roots will guide me back.

Slowly,
For I am not like matches
That flicker once and die forever
But like a pagan fire,
I burn from the cradle to the grave,
And from my ancestors to my descendants.
My breath is as wide as the horizon;
I will master the craft of ants.

Slowly,
For we dictate
The course of history.
We have seen the end
Of many a tyrant;
Each gets what he deserves.
We lengthen their ropes,
Not to lengthen their lives, but to hang them.
―Translated by Dr. Mahmud Hassan of Alexandria University

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.
Tawfiq Zayyad (7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his “poetry of protest”. Born in the Galilee, Zayyad studied literature in USSR. After returning home, he was elected mayor of Nazareth on 9 December 1973. . . More . . . 

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Fortress of the Israeli military protecting illegal Jewish settlements in Hebron (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

 

“. . . my child’s back a field of wounds . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Around 1,200 members of the Israeli security forces line up in a street in Shuafat refugee camp during a home demolition, East Jerusalem, December 2, 2015. (Israel Police)

❶ The rise of psychological trauma in occupied Palestine
❷ Military court watch Newsletter – November 2015
. . ❷―A -Israel Generates the illusion that violence is routine
❸ 13 Palestinians shot in clashes after house demolition in Shufat camp
❹ Israeli forces raid home of Palestinian teen shot dead in Tulkarem
❺ Opinion/Analysis: TO  RESIST  HAS  BECOME  A  CRIME:  MY  FRIEND,   HASHEM  AL-AZZEH
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim (1970)
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MONDOWESS
THE  RISE  OF  PSYCHOLOGICAL  TRAUMA  IN  OCCUPIED  PALESTINE
Megan Hanna
Nov. 30, 2015
On the morning of Monday 23rd November, Israeli forces raided Aida refugee camp and a children’s community centre and established a military outpost on the roof of an adjacent building. Once the military post was established, the soldiers also erected an Israeli flag . . . .
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The move to erect an Israeli flag in such an area hardly conforms to Israel’s usual claims of self-defense, and appears to be a direct and taunting provocation to the residents of the camp. . . there is a lack of a clear motive other than to collectively punish, terrorize and exert psychological pressure on the Palestinian populace.
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MILITARY COURT WATCH
NEWSLETTER –  NOVEMBER  2015
Detention figures – According to the Israeli Prison Service (IPS), as of 31 October 2015, there were 5,683 Palestinians (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) held as “security prisoners” IN ISRAELI DETENTION FACILITIES INCLUDING 307 CHILDREN. In the case of children there was a 80 per cent increase in the number compared with the previous month and an annual decrease of 4 per cent compared with 2014. According to the IPS, 59 per cent of Palestinian children and 86 per cent of adults continue to be detained in facilities inside Israel, in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention
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Related . . . UN  SUBMISSION:  UNLAWFUL  TRANSFER  OF  PROTECTED  PERSONS
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
ISRAEL  GENERATES  THE  ILLUSION  THAT  VIOLENCE  IS  ROUTINE
Dec. 1, 2015
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Ya’alon’s adherence to this alternative strategy is not a result of his aversion to targeted assassinations. Rather, it is a systematic refining of tactics that, despite initial furore, tend to generate the illusion that violence is routine and, as such, is nothing to be concerned about. The maiming and murder of Palestinian civilians year after year results in hardly any outrage; it is the context of the latest intifada that has propelled Israeli violence to the fore. Netanyahu’s government has embarked upon an approach that refines the existing macabre legislation, in a manner that allows for international law violations under the pretext of security concerns while gradually increasing the number of Palestinian victims.
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Sign warning Jewish Israelis that it is both illegal and dangerous to enter Palestinian towns. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

❸ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
13  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  IN  CLASHES  AFTER  HOUSE  DEMOLITION   IN  SHUFAT  CAMP
Dec. 2, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli forces shot and injured 13 Palestinians in the Shufat refugee camp on Wednesday during clashes which broke out after the demolition of the home of camp resident Ibrahim al-Akkari, who carried out a deadly attack in Jerusalem last year.
___The Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem told Ma’an that a total of 43 Palestinians were given medical treatment following the clashes that erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem camp.
___Thirteen were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, while 30 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, the Red Crescent said.
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Related . . . THIS  IS  HOW  MANY  ISRAELI  COPS  IT  TAKES  TO  DEMOLISH  A  PALESTINIAN  HOME
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  TULKAREM
Dec. 2, 2015
NABLUS ― Israeli forces on Wednesday raided the Nablus home of a 19-year-old Palestinian woman shot dead a day earlier at a military checkpoint in Tulkarem, officials said.
___Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers broke into the home of Maram Hassouna in Rafidia and interrogated her family.
___The Israeli forces reportedly tore up pictures of the slain teenager during the raid.
___Clashes broke out in the town between Palestinian youth and Israeli military forces following the incursion.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
TO  RESIST  HAS  BECOME  A  CRIME:  MY  FRIEND,  HASHEM  AL-AZZEH
Mats Svensson
Dec. 1, 2015
Hashem al-Azzeh gently took my hand. . . I knew immediately that he had experienced something that had affected him deeply. . . .
___I had had to climb over the wall from his neighbor. It was partially dismantled. There was no longer a path to the house. Everything was blocked. . . . I saw a man sitting with an automatic weapon. We looked at each other. He did not seem to like my presence. He was an Israeli settler. He was my host’s neighbor.
___Within a few meters: One who tries to steal the land and homes, another who just wants to remain, to stay in the house that had been his family home for so many years. . . .
___Hashem had no enemies. But Hashem was hated, hated by the settlers. Right here, they were planning to continue the expansion.
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“IN  THE  TWENTIETH  CENTURY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM  (1970)

For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But now
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

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

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

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
Available from Amazon.
About Samih Al-Qasim

“. . . we fill the streets with demonstrations and the jails with pride . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

[Note: Today’s photos do not specifically relate to news stories except to show situations of the Palestinian people that lead to resistance actions.]

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Street scene in Shufat Refugee Camp, a squalid over-populated neighborhood closed in by the Apartheid Wall, where there are virtually no city services such as policing, traffic control, or street cleaning, but where the tax rates are the highest in the nation. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❶ 2 Israelis convicted for 2014 killing of Muhammad Abu Khdeir
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 3 Palestinians near Ramallah
❸ Settler who attacked leftist rabbi: ‘If I kill one it’ll be over’
❹ Israeli court orders Silwan family to demolish two apartments
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  MOST  REPRESSIVE  LAW  IS  ABOUT  TO  GET  WORSE
❻ Poetry by Tawfiq Zayyad (1970)
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  ISRAELIS  CONVICTED  FOR  2014  KILLING  OF  MUHAMMAD  ABU  KHDEIR
Nov. 30, 2015
[Note: This killing incited some of the violence that led to 2014 Gaza devastation.]
BETHLEHEM ―Israel’s Jerusalem District Court on Monday convicted two Israelis for the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir last summer, with a third suspect [Yousef ben David] who admitted to the killing escaping conviction on the grounds of his mental health.
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The two Israeli youths found guilty will be sentenced on Jan. 13, according to the AFP news agency, while another hearing for Ben David was set for Dec. 20.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  3  PALESTINIANS  NEAR  RAMALLAH
Nov. 30, 2015
RAMALLAH ― Israeli forces shot and injured three Palestinians during clashes east of Ramallah late Sunday, locals told Ma’an.
____Witnesses said that Israeli forces raided the village of Silwad after youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at settler vehicles driving in the area.
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Scaffolding in place to repair damage done inside Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, by Jewish Extremists. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

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SETTLER  WHO  ATTACKED  LEFTIST  RABBI:  ‘IF  I  KILL  ONE  IT’LL  BE  OVER’
Natasha Roth
Nov. 27, 2015
The Jewish extremist accused of attacking Rabbis for Human Rights president Arik Ascherman last month was charged in court two weeks ago with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife and ammunition. The youth, 17 years old, is suspected of assaulting Ascherman near the settlement of Itamar as the rabbi was assisting Palestinians with their olive harvest.
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“If I kill one of them it’ll be over. But that isn’t legal,” he said. “We need to deter them. They need to be made fearful. They need to receive a blow.”
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  ORDERS  SILWAN  FAMILY  TO  DEMOLISH  TWO  APARTMENTS
Nov. 29, 2015
JERUSALEM ―An Israeli court on Sunday issued a demolition order for two apartments in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, claiming they had been built without the necessary permits.
___The Siyam family, which owns the apartments, said they were built 21 years ago, and over the course of years they have spent 600,000 shekels ($154,000) in fines to Israeli authorities, in addition to fees paid trying to obtain a construction license.
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Related . . . PICTURES:  ADMINISTRATIVE  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  TO  RESIDENTIAL  HOUSES  IN  SILWAN
Related . . . MONITOR:  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  CLASHES  IN  SILWAN
❺ Opinion/Analysis
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ISRAEL’S  MOST  REPRESSIVE  LAW  IS  ABOUT  TO  GET  WORSE
Amjad Iraqi
Nov. 29, 2015
In June 1951, member of Knesset and future Prime Minister Menachem Begin participated in a meeting of the Knesset’s Constitutional, Law, and Justice Committee on whether Israel should adopt administrative detentions as a legitimate security practice.
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Despite Begin’s criticisms in the forum, the Knesset decided to keep the Emergency Regulations as a part of Israel’s legal system. . . .
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Two weeks ago, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon invoked the Emergency Regulations to outlaw the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Rather than conducting transparent investigations, hearings, and collection of evidence as required by various Israeli laws . . .
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(Below is the complete poem, parts of which are posted in various places online with the title “Here we shall stay.” The poem is elegant in itself, but it is particularly moving to realize how little has changed since it was written in 1970.)

“WE  SHALL  REMAIN,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  – 1970

It is a thousand times easier
For you to pass an elephant through the needle’s eye
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way
To plow the sea
To teach the alligator speech, a thousand times easier
Than smothering with you oppression
The spark of an idea
Of forcing us to deviate
A single step
From our chosen march.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain in Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here upon your chests
We shall remain
Like the glass and the cactus
In your throats
A fiery whirlwind
In your eyes.

Here we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We wash dishes in the hotels
And serve drinks to the masters.
We mop the floors in the dark kitchens
To extract a piece of bread
From your blue teeth
For the little ones.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We starve,
Go naked,
Sing songs
And fill the streets
With demonstrations
And the jails with pride.
We breed rebellions
One after another.
Like twenty impossibles we remain
In Lydda, Ramlah, Galilee.

Here, we shall remain.
You may drink the sea;
We shall guard the shade
Of the olive tree and the fig,
Planting ideas
Like the yeast in the dough.
The coldness of ice is in our nerves
And a burning hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock
To quench our thirst
And if we starve
We eat the dirt
And never depart
Or grudge our blood.

Here―we have a past
―a present
―and a future.
Our roots are entrenched
Deep in the earth.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
Let the oppressor review his account
Before the turn of the wheel.
For every action there is a reaction:
Read what is written in the Book.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain―in Lydda, in Ramlah
And Galilee.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE.  Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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About Tawfiq Zayyad 

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Hebron family prepares to climb into back window of their home, of which the Israeli Occupation Force has welded shut the front door because it is on a street where ILLEGAL JEWISH SETTLERS live. Taken from the roof of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee headquarters. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)

See information about the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee in The Guardian.

“. . . Can the oppressed despise sharp swords and keep their pride. . .” (Diab Rabie)

Thousands in theMarch of Return  overlooking the Sea of Galilee
Thousands in theMarch of Return overlooking the Sea of Galilee

❶ from MONDOWEISS
SHAKEN BY THE WAR ON GAZA, PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL GATHER FOR MARCH OF RETURN
Dan Cohen
April 24, 2015
Yesterday, an estimated 5,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jerusalemites participated in the March of Return in an open field overlooking the Sea of Galilee and above a valley where ruins of the village of Hadatha are scattered. Organized annually by the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Displaced People, the March of Return commemorates the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by pre-state Zionist forces in 1947-1948 —the Nakba
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❷ from MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL DENIES SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION MINISTER ENTRY TO PALESTINE
April 24, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The South African minister of higher education said late Thursday that he had been denied entry to Palestine by Israeli authorities in revenge for political stances against Israeli policies.
___”This is not only an act against him, but also an act against him as a member of the Cabinet, so by extension it’s an anti-government protest by Israel,” spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana told South African news website News24.
___Minister Blade Nzimande was due to travel to the West Bank for a six-day working visit to discuss collaborations between the University of Johannesburg and Palestinian universities, a follow up to an agreement signed when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited South Africa last year.
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❸ from MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
FROM HEBRON, PALESTINIAN SCARF RESISTS CHINESE COMPETITION
April 24, 2015
HEBRON (AFP) — In the face of strong competition from China, the traditional, locally produced Palestinian headscarf has put up a show of resistance, successfully pulling itself back from the brink of extinction.
___Thanks to the business sense of two brothers from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, the traditional black-and-white keffiyeh headscarf has discovered a new lease of life.
___In 1961, their father Yasser Hirbawi, who sold keffiyehs he brought from Syria and Jordan, decided to set up his own production line.
___When the factory began, two employees managed two looms to produce the famous black-and-white patterned headscarf.
___Today, his sons are at the head of a business which employs 15 people and exports keffiyehs worldwide, all of them bearing the logo: Made in Palestine.
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hebron scarves❹ from PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PALESTINIAN STATE IS VITAL FOR MIDDLE EAST STABILITY, SAYS FRANCE
April 23, 2015
NEW YORK, (WAFA) – France reaffirmed its commitment to the two-state solution and support to a new political perspective leading to the creation of a Palestinian State alongside Israel.
___In a statement by Francois Delattre, Permanent Representative of France at the United Nations, France noted that the two-state solution is about to disappear and ongoing illegal settlement activities compromise the viability of a Palestinian State on the field.
___Delattre said that the political vacancy increases the risk of an explosion, claiming that in Israel as well as in Palestine, public opinions are radicalizing and the number of those in favor of a two-state solution is decreasing.
___The urgency is to break the downward spiral we are witnessing, he said.
(More. . .)

Photo: Civilian Israeli security guards try to stop Palestinians from working their land in the West Bank village of Sinjil, near the Israeli outpost of Givat Haro’e , August 18, 2013. Three years after settlers invaded their land, landowners from the village of Sinjil arrive with a High Court injunction ordering them to have access to their land. (Photo: Activestills.org)
Photo: Civilian Israeli security guards try to stop Palestinians from working their land in the West Bank village of Sinjil, near the Israeli outpost of Givat Haro’e , August 18, 2013. Three years after settlers invaded their land, landowners from the village of Sinjil arrive with a High Court injunction ordering them to have access to their land. (Photo: Activestills.org)

❺ from +972
WEST BANK OUTPOSTS: AN ENTIRE SYSTEM OF DISPOSSESSION
At the core of Israel’s settlement outpost system lies the systemic violation of Palestinian human rights.
Yossi Gurvitz
April 22, 2015
If we had to look for a good example of the meaning of the outpost system – the unofficial settlements Israel builds in the West Bank – we could hardly expect a better one than that supplied by the minister of defense himself. Commenting on a legal appeal that — contrary to some reports, Yesh Din is not part of — tiredemands the removal of the Mitzpe Kramim outpost, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said (Hebrew): “This location was established legally, with the support of the prime minister and the defense minister. True, later someone appealed, an Israeli organization of course, a leftist organization that found some Arab who claims ownership.” As painful as it is that this is the level of understanding displayed by a senior government minister, the interesting part here is actually the where Ya’alon talks about “some Arab who claims ownership.”
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“SWEARING BY YOUR JERUSALEM,” BY DIAB RABIE

The nightingale stopped singing and mourned the lost land;
It wandered into spaces where winds held command.
Tired by many nights of flight, it took its rest,
But not at wondrous sites or near a female breast.
It once rejoiced in singing, now it merely cries
All night till morning, and it will not shut its eyes.
Memories with bleeding wounds cried out in disgust:
How could you leave the country and abandon your trust.
Your trees shade strangers who oppress and occupy.
Rise, throw off the veil of shame none can justify.
Can the oppressed despise sharp swords and keep their pride?
Face daily insults silently and step aside?
You will regain your land only by sword and spear;
With their help people will see justice reappear.
Youth came into this world to battle with their hands;
Brook no pollution in this holiest of lands.
I swear by “Your Jerusalem,” maimed Palestine,
That Arab flags will wave above you for all time.

Translated by George Khoury and Edward Morin.
This poem was published in the Arabic language newspaper, Sameer, in New York City one month after the UN resolution in 1947 to divide Palestine.
“Diab Rabie (1922-2010) was the last of a group of tive Diaspora poets which included Kahlil Gibran, Michael Naimeh, and Elie Abu-Madi.
A newspaperman assigned to New York, he was prevented by the Israelis from reentering his homeland and settled in North Carolina. His poems were published in major Arabic newspapers and magazines around the world throughout his life. His collected poems, Shetharat El-Rabie were edited by George Khoury and published before his death (The Birzeit Society, 2010).” Before there Is Nowhere to Stand. Palestine/Israel Poets Respond to the Struggle. Ed. Joan Dobbie & Grace Beeler. Sandport, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2012.)
Diad Rabie’s son Zaid Rabie is a  popular jazz musician in the Charlotte, NC, area.