“. . . measures are intended to perpetuate the control and the superiority of Jewish over Arab Jerusalem. . .” (Menachem Klein)

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Outpost situated near the Israeli settlement of Shiloh, outside of Jerusalem. March 2014. (Photo: Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90)

❶ The ‘NYT‘ finally realizes: Netanyahu doesn’t care what Obama thinks

  • Background: “Jerusalem Walls: Transforming and Segregating Urban Fabric.” African & Asian Studies

❷ PLO says criticism of Israel’s settlements not enough

  • Background: “Conflict’s Tools. Borders, Boundaries and Mobility in Jerusalem’s Spatial Structures.” Mobilities 

❸ EU joins the US in condemning Israel’s new settlement plans in Palestinian territory
❹ Israel confiscates tent used as classroom by Bedouin community after school demolition
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The  ‘NYT‘  FINALLY  REALIZES:  NETANYAHU  DOESN’T  CARE  WHAT  OBAMA  THINKS
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Lisa Goldman
Oct. 7, 2016
The New York Times editorial board has realized, about a decade too late, that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not care what the Obama administration — or any U.S. administration, for that matter — thinks about his policies regarding the Palestinians.    ___ According to the editorial published Friday, October 7, headlined “At the Boiling Point With Israel,” the catalyst for this realization was Netanyahu’s decision to approve the building of a new settlement deep in the West Bank, only three weeks after the U.S. finalized a package of military aid for Israel to the tune of an unprecedented $38 billion. . .       More . . .     

  • Thawaba, Salem A. “Jerusalem Walls: Transforming and Segregating Urban Fabric.” African & Asian Studies 10.2/3 (2011): 121-142.   Source . . .

The rightist Israeli government was not satisfied with this and strives for exclusive Israeli control over all the area annexed in 1967. This demands the destruction of the demographic, urban and metropolitan reality which developed since 1967 in Arab Jerusalem:

“The East Jerusalem metropolis must be destroyed both by damaging its periphery
and by weakening of the center itself, as well as cutting it off from its natural
hinterland. All these measures are intended to perpetuate the control and the
superiority of Jewish over Arab Jerusalem”
(Klein, Menachem. Jerusalem: The Contested City. London and New York:
C. Hurst and New York University Press, 2001).

PLO  SAYS  CRITICISM  OF  ISRAEL’S  SETTLEMENTS  NOT  ENOUGH
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Oct. 8, 2016
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) demanded that action be taken against Israel’s settlement policy instead of only criticizing it.
___The United States, the United Nations and other world powers have issued strongly worded statements criticizing Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank.    
___PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat said . . .  “Although we welcome the [US] State Department’s criticism of Israel’s plans to construct a new settlement in the occupied State of Palestine, we expect the United States to translate its statements into real action,” he said.       More . . .     

  • Pullan, Wendy. “Conflict’S Tools. Borders, Boundaries and Mobility in Jerusalem’s Spatial Structures.” Mobilities 8.1 (2013): 125-147.   Source . . .  

The primary route east from Jerusalem has been replaced by a motorway that addresses Israeli needs and uses, connecting West Jerusalem to Maale Adumim and other settlements.  [. . . .]  
___Other smaller centres have been detached from their long-standing places in the Jerusalem orbit. For example, to the north of Jerusalem the wall has been built to encircle a group of Palestinian villages in what is referred to as the Bir Nabala enclave.
___As another example of bounding the border, beyond the wall is an outer circle of Israeli settlements. Historically, the Palestinian centres were known as ‘Jerusalem villages’ in a system where familial connections, market outlets, religious sites and reciprocal courtesies and protection gave structure to the continuity of rural and urban space. In modern times, these villages continued to be linked symbiotically to Jerusalem [by] institutional support such as hospitals and the main al-Aqsa mosque. . . . A recent study notes the importance of these reciprocities and the widespread social and economic deterioration of the villages since they were severed from Jerusalem by the wall. The villages have been wrapped together by the separation barrier and transformed into an enclave, with one exit by tunnel under a bypass road to Ramallah. They have been unilaterally reoriented northwards to a different city (Ramallah) where the concurrence of socio-economic factors with spatial realities is no longer present: the socially primed economic connections have gone dead, houses lie empty, the Ramallah hospitals cannot cope and villagers cannot get to al-Aqsa mosque.
___The spatial realities of the closure policy are embedded in a complex system of ethnic identification measures that feed the very roots of the occupation.

EU  JOINS  THE  US  IN  CONDEMNING  ISRAEL’S  NEW  SETTLEMENT  PLANS  IN  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY
Ma’an News Agency        
Oct. 7, 2016
The spokesperson for the European Union Friday strongly condemned Israel’s plans to construct 98 new housing units in occupied Palestinian territory in the northern West Bank for the establishment of a new Israeli settlement. The condemnation came two days following notably harsh criticisms by the United States over Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise.
___Last month, the Higher Planning Committee (HPC) of Israel’s Civil Administration approved for “depositing” — the planning phase prior to final approval — a plan for 98 housing units for a new settlement to be located east of the already established settlement of Shiloh, on lands of the Palestinian village of Jalud in the northern West Bank district of Nablus. It is part of a larger plan for 300 units yet to be promoted.       More . . .

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West Bank Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim near Jerusalem (Photo: Reuters/Ammar Awad)

ISRAEL CONFISCATES TENT USED AS CLASSROOM BY BEDOUIN COMMUNITY AFTER SCHOOL DEMOLITION
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 6, 2016
Israeli forces reportedly confiscated a tent used as a classroom in the Bedouin community of Abu Nuwwar on Tuesday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told Ma’an on Thursday.
___OCHA Communications and Information Analyst Ofir Feuerstein told Ma’an that “Israeli authorities confiscated a tent in Abu Nuwwar” . . .  one of several Bedouin villages facing forced relocation due to plans by Israeli authorities to build thousands of homes for Jewish-only settlements in the E1 corridor.
___The “E1 corridor,” a contentious zone set up by the Israeli government to link annexed East Jerusalem with the mega settlement of Maale Adumim, would virtually cut the occupied West Bank in half, making the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state impossible.        More . . .

“. . . Teach us to exist in the age of lost things . . .” (Ali al-Khalili)

Bedouins build a makeshift house in al-Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert that has been razed dozens of times, north of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, July 21, 2011. (photo by ENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Bedouins build a makeshift house in al-Araqib, a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert that has been razed dozens of times, north of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, July 21, 2011. (photo by ENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

❶ Why Israel wants these Bedouins to pay for their village’s demolition
❷ Why Palestinians mark Prisoners’ Day
❸ Presidential Spokesperson: Israeli Government Plunges Whole Region into Violence, Chaos
❹ Netanyahu: Occupied Golan Heights to ‘forever remain in Israel’s hands’
. . . . . ❹― (ᴀ) Israeli cabinet meeting in Golan ‘irresponsible provocation’: Syria envoy
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘NY  TIMES’  PUBLISHES  OP-ED  WRITER’S  BLATANT  FALSEHOOD  ABOUT  PALESTINIANS  WITHOUT  BLINKING  AN  EYE
❻ POETRY by Ali al-Khalili
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❶ WHY  ISRAEL  WANTS  THESE  BEDOUINS  TO  PAY  FOR  THEIR  VILLAGE’S  DEMOLITION
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Ahmad Melhem
April 17, 2016
The Bedouin al-Araqib village (status unrecognized by Israel) in the Negev (Naqab) region is facing an ongoing demolition campaign that started on the morning of June 27, 2010, when the whole village was flattened to the ground. Since then, demolition work has been recurring each time the inhabitants set up new tents, with Israel claiming lack of permits. The latest incident took place April 5 and was the 96th to date. [. . . .]
___The Araqib case is merely another example of the unrecognized villages in the Negev region (75 villages). Israel is planning to relocate the people in order to establish Jewish communities. This is part of the Prawer Plan presented by Ehud Prawer, the former Israeli head of policy planning in the prime minister’s office, in 2011.      MORE . . .   
HISTORY . . .  

WHY  PALESTINIANS  MARK  PRISONERS’  DAY
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Noam Rotem
April 17, 2016
More than 7,000 Palestinians, including hundreds of minors, are currently in Israeli prisons. Honoring prisoners and ‘freedom fighters’ isn’t just a Palestinian tradition, however. Israelis do it, too.     MORE . . .

A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows an Israeli soldier monitoring the Syrian village of Hader, on June 16, 2015 (Photo: Agence France Presse/Jalaa Marey, File)
A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows an Israeli soldier monitoring the Syrian village of Hader, on June 16, 2015 (Photo: Agence France Presse/Jalaa Marey, File)

[Please note the correlation among the following three news stories.]

PRESIDENTIAL  SPOKESPERSON:  ISRAELI  GOVERNMENT  PLUNGES  WHOLE  REGION  INTO  VIOLENCE,  CHAOS  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 18, 2016
Presidential Spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh Sunday stated that the Israeli government is plunging the whole region into endless violence and chaos.
___Speaking to Palestine TV from Moscow, Abu Rudenieh stated that uncommon and clear political positions would be taken within the next few days or weeks with regards to the Question of Palestine, which stands at a serious crossroads.      MORE . . .

❹ NETANYAHU:  OCCUPIED  GOLAN  HEIGHTS  TO  ‘FOREVER  REMAIN  IN  ISRAEL’S  HANDS’
Ma’an News Agency
April 17, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that the Golan Heights would “forever remain in Israel’s hands,” during a CONTROVERSIAL CABINET MEETING HELD IN THE ANNEXED TERRITORY [emphasis added] on Sunday.
___Israel seized 1,200 square kilometers (460 square miles) of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed it, in a move never recognized by the international community.
___Israel’s Channel 2 reported on Friday that Israeli officials had decided to hold a meeting in the area as a gesture of defiance, as world leaders work on drafting an agreement to end the five-year civil war in Syria which calls on Israel to hand back the annexed Golan to Syria.      MORE . . . 

. . . . . ❹― (ᴀ) ISRAELI CABINET MEETING IN GOLAN ‘IRRESPONSIBLE PROVOCATION’: SYRIA ENVOY
Middle East Eye
April 18, 2016
Syria’s envoy to the UN on Monday denounced an unprecedented Israeli cabinet meeting held in the Golan Heights on Sunday as “provocative”.      MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  ‘NY  TIMES’  PUBLISHES  OP-ED  WRITER’S  BLATANT  FALSEHOOD  ABOUT  PALESTINIANS  WITHOUT  BLINKING  AN  EYE
Mondoweiss
David Samel
April 16, 2016
The recent wide-ranging debate on Zionism appearing in the New York Times was a welcome sign, no doubt.  While it’s long overdue, the movement to a more open . . .  discussion on whether the Jewish State is a good or bad thing is no longer taboo in mainstream media . . . .
___Oddly, though, a blatant falsehood appearing in one of the five op-eds shows how colossal ignorance has unfortunate staying power.      MORE . . . 

From  DIALECTICS  OF  THE  HOMELAND  (1976),  by  Ali  al-Khalili

Beyond the rainy cloud, the rose, the pagan dream
are remnants of the old pledge.
The lovers are no more the lovers
And the murderers are similarly transposed.
O homeland, drowning in mystic symbols and in blood,
Lost homeland!
Teach us to exist in the age of lost things
Teach us to unlock barred doors
To fertilize a barren land
Discover in you the cloud and the rose
Illuminate the tired masses.
Homeland of lost things,
Teach us to conceive trees and children,
When the promised sun and the promised wind
Are concealed or revealed
Teach us that the murderers are visible in you
And the murdered invisible.

Ali Al-Khalibi was born in Nablus in 1943. He graduated from Arab University of Beirut. He is novelist, short story writer, critic, poet, and literary historian. He died in 2011.
ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
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“. . . I am the first of the homeless . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

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A child sits next to a shack demolished by Israeli bulldozers in the village of Fasayil in the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley on 10 February. (Photo: Oren Ziv / ActiveStills)

❶ Israeli forces demolish homes of 2 Palestinians in Hebron area
❷ When Israel’s bulldozers escape our attention
❸ SodaStream admits bowing to boycott pressure
❹ ‘NYT’ article on roots of recent violence in Israel/Palestine fails to use the word ‘occupation’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHY IT’S DANGEROUS TO CONFLATE HAMAS AND DAESH
❻ Poetry by Mourid Barghouti
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  HOMES  OF  2  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON  AREA
Feb. 23, 2016
Israeli forces raided two Palestinian towns in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight Monday, where they demolished the homes of two young men who carried out attacks against Israelis.
___A video shared online by an Israeli army spokesperson showed excavators demolishing two houses in the middle of the night.      More . . .
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
WHEN  ISRAEL’S  BULLDOZERS  ESCAPE  OUR  ATTENTION
Barbara Erickson
Feb. 22, 2016
Last autumn, when word came that the unpaved road to al-Hadidiya would be repaired, villagers in this Jordan Valley herding community looked forward to a winter of less hardship.
___Now, even when the rains arrived and turned the track into muck, supplies could get through, children could walk to school and the sick could reach clinics. . . .
___ . . . an attorney had won an injunction, and the work, supported by aid from donors, went forward.
___Nevertheless, Israeli bulldozers arrived before dawn on 25 November and began to destroy what had been accomplished, piling gravel in heaps.     More . . .

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February 21, 2016: Israeli forces demolished a Bedouin school in the Abu al-Nuwaar community near the town of al-Eizariya in the occupied West Bank, a spokesperson for the al-Jahalin Bedouin community said. (Photo: Ma’an News)

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
SODASTREAM  ADMITS  BOWING  TO  BOYCOTT  PRESSURE
Ryan Rodrick Beiler
Feb. 22, 2016
SodaStream, the maker of fizzy drink machines, has confirmed that pressure from an international boycott campaign prompted it to withdraw from the occupied West Bank. . . .
___ SodaStream’s CEO Daniel Birnbaum said that his firm had planned to eventually close its factory in Mishor Adumim, an industrial park adjoining an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
___The shutdown was accelerated by pressure from the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, he confirmed.      More . . .
MONDOWEISS
‘NYT’  ARTICLE  ON  ROOTS  OF  RECENT  VIOLENCE  IN  ISRAEL/PALESTINE  FAILS  TO  USE  THE  WORD  ‘OCCUPATION’
Dan Cohen
Feb. 22, 2016
The New York Times published an aesthetically engaging interactive titled “Roots of the Recent Violence Between Israelis and Palestinians” that attempts to explain the situation since October 1st. Rife with clichés and pro-Israel talking points, the piece fails to use the word “occupation” and tacitly lends support to Israel’s policy of land grabs and ghettoizing Palestinians behind walls.     More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
AL-SHABAKA, THE PALESTINIAN POLICY NETWORK
WHY  IT’S  DANGEROUS  TO  CONFLATE  HAMAS  AND  DAESH
Belal Shobaki
Feb. 22, 2016
While Israel’s efforts to link Palestinian resistance to its military occupation to global terrorism are not new, it has expanded its propaganda to address Arab as well as Western audiences. By so doing, it is clearly seeking to exploit the global aversion to movements that have drifted towards extremism and terrorism while claiming to represent Islam. “Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared at the United Nations in 2014. Yet better than anyone else, Netanyahu and the Israeli political establishment know that Hamas and Daesh are not related, as do those Arab regimes that also tar all Islamic movements with the same brush to serve their own ends.
___ Belal Shobaki is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Hebron University, Palestine.     More . . .

“THE  STAB,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI
The moonlight said:
I am the first of the homeless,
the eternal wanderer;
you find me on the breakwaters,
on the soldier’s helmet,
on the false teeth of the party’s general secretary,
in the begging of the willow and in the river’ obstinacy,
on the woman’s brow when pleasure lifts it,
on the executioner’s fingernails and the robber’s key-ring,
on parliament’s oppressive dome,
on a deserter’s medals,
on the tilted surface of a bomber,
on the marble steps,
on a knife blade
which a friend takes from the front of his cloak
and points at your backbone.
And in my moment of agony,
I beg the clouds:
“Hide me!”

About Mourid Barghouti
From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Amazon.

“. . . he doesn’t resemble a stranger in any way . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

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Palestinian workers wait in line at Checkpoint 300 near Bethlehem (Photo: Times of Israel, December 22, 2014, 10:29 am Screenshot: Channel 1).

❶ Palestinian workers banned from West Bank settlements
❷ Israeli forces demolish structures in Ramallah-area villages
. . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli bulldozers raze farmlands in Gaza
❸ EU to demand Israel pay for damages following demolition of Palestinian homes
❹ Analysis: Why Palestinians aren’t standing up for Israeli leftists
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Are Palestinian citizens of Israel banned from New York Times headlines?
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  WORKERS  BANNED  FROM  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS
Jan. 19, 2016
Palestinians have been banned from working in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank following recent attacks, Israel’s army said.
___“In light of the daily situation assessment following recent terror attacks, security measures have been taken,” an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an.
___”As of today, Palestinian workers cannot enter Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria,” the spokesperson said, referring to the occupied West Bank.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  STRUCTURES  IN  RAMALLAH-AREA  VILLAGES
Jan. 18, 2016
Israeli forces on Sunday demolished several structures in two occupied West Bank villages in Ramallah district saying they had been built without the necessary permits, locals told Ma’an . . . .
___Under Israeli law, Palestinians are required to obtain building permits before they can build in land classified as Area C, which under the Oslo Accords falls under full Israeli control.
___However, the Israeli authorities refuse the vast majority of permit requests.  More . . .
. . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ)  DAYS OF PALESTINE
ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  RAZE  FARMLANDS  IN  GAZA
Jan 19, 2016
Four Israeli bulldozers protected by a number of tanks and armoured vehicles invaded on Tuesday morning eastern farmlands in the south of the Gaza Strip.
___The Israeli invasion was launched from the Israeli military base of Kisufim in the east of southern Gaza city of Khan Younis.
___Eyewitnesses said that the invading Israeli occupation forces fired smoke bombs and razed wide swathes of the Palestinian farms.   More . . .

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Eyewitness confirmed Israelis razed Palestinian farms and greenhouses in Gaza and that they destroyed a water well used to irrigate farms in the area. (Photo: Days of Palestine, Jan. 19, 2016)

THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
EU  TO  DEMAND  ISRAEL  PAY  FOR  DAMAGES  FOLLOWING  DEMOLITION  OF  PALESTINIAN  HOMES
Jan. 15 2016
The head of the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s European Organisation department, Avivit Bar Ilan, said: “We are aware that the EU is considering requesting compensation from Israel for the destruction of EU-funded projects and all other issues related to accusing Israel of violating humanitarian law with regard to the same matter.”   More . . .
Analysis
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WHY  PALESTINIANS  AREN’T  STANDING  UP  FOR  ISRAELI  LEFTISTS
Sawsan Khalife
Jan. 18, 2016
The Israeli Left with which most Palestinians are familiar speaks the same language as the Right — of segregation and safeguarding a racist regime. The ‘other Left’ needs to develop a new discourse, and we should all hope it succeeds.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ARE  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS  OF  ISRAEL  BANNED  FROM  NEW  YORK  TIMES  HEADLINES?
Patrick Connors
Jan. 15, 2016
In his 1984 essay Permission to Narrate, the renowned Palestinian writer Edward Said explained that Palestinians were denied permission to narrate their existence . . . .
Sadly, more than 30 years later, US media outlets, including the powerful New York Times, remain a part of the “apparatus” that refuses to report basic elements of Palestinians’ experiences, including the perspectives of Palestinians living in Israel . . . .  More . . .

“THE  RETURNEE,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

Every day the emigrant comes home from death
to the shadows of his walls,
to his reading lessons,
he crawls to the shadows to rest under the quiet cinchona.

The emigrant comes home from death
to draw out breath from the chain of stone around his house,
from his milk-white feet,
from the rattling air.
He knows the trees,
the angles of the old houses,
the sound of his mother’s footsteps in the backyard,
the stories his great grandmother tells to put the mischievous young ones to sleep.
She plucks night stars as she wishes, after they have entered sleep.

He passes by like a stranger
though he doesn’t resemble a stranger in any way.
The people he sees standing now at his door
are the strangers. . .

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

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Sam Bahour is a Palestinian American businessman and entrepreneur who was born to a Palestinian father and Lebanese-American mother. He moved with his family to the Israeli-occupied West Bank in the 1990s following the signing of Oslo Accords to become involved in developing the economy of the future Palestinian state. See “The Returnee,” by Ibrahim Nasrallah.