“. . . A procession coming from far away . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

❶ Israeli forces use live fire during clashes in hometown of Palestinian killed by settler
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces open fire at Gaza farmers
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Israeli forces suppress protest in Hebron-area village
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) Israeli forces suppress weekly march in Ramallah-district village

  • Background: “An Orchestra of Civil Resistance: Privilege, Diversity, and Identification among Cross-Border Activists in a Palestinian Village.” Peace & Change.

❷ November 2017 Monthly Incitement Report: Netanyahu is responsible for generating a culture of hate and racism in Israel
❸ The insecure residence of East Jerusalem Palestinians
❹ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  USE  LIVE  FIRE  DURING  CLASHES  IN  HOMETOWN  OF  PALESTINIAN  KILLED  BY  SETTLER     
Ma’an News Agency
Dec. 1, 2017 ― A day after a Palestinian farmer from the village of Qusra was shot dead by Israeli settlers, Israeli forces fired live ammunition, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at locals in the village after Friday prayers.
___Clashes erupted between Palestinians in the village, located southeast of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, following Friday prayers that were held at the site where Mahmoud Odeh, 48, was shot dead by an Israeli settler on Thursday.
___A local official told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers fired dozens of tear gas, live ammunition and rubber-coated steel bullets at locals, causing many to suffer from severe tear-gas inhalation.   MORE . . .   ..      Background at ③
.  .  .  .  .  ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  AT  GAZA  FARMERS   
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian farmers in the central Gaza Strip, according to locals.
___Sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces, stationed along the border between Gaza and Israel, fired at Palestinian farmers working their lands east of the al-Mughazi refugee camp in central Gaza.
___Meanwhile, in the Beit Lahiya area of the northern coastal enclave, Israeli forces opened fire on agricultural lands.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❶ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  PROTEST  IN  HEBRON-AREA VILLAGE 
Ma’an News Agency 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― Clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinians in a village in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron after Israeli forces suppressed a protest in the area.
___Palestinians in the village of Khirbet Qalqas, located in the southern Hebron district, took to the streets of the village to stage a demonstration after Friday prayers.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❶ ― (ᴄ) ISRAELI  FORCES  SUPPRESS  WEEKLY  MARCH  IN  RAMALLAH-DISTRICT  VILLAGE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― Israeli forces Friday suppressed a weekly march in Nilin village, west of Ramallah, causing a number of Palestinians to suffocate, said an activist.
___Mohammad Amireh, a local anti-settlement activist, said that Palestinians performed Friday prayers in their olive groves, south of the village, expressing their condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian farmer by Israeli Jewish settlers in Nablus-district village of Qusra.
___Protestors raised Palestinian flags and chanted slogans condemning the killing and stressing the importance of resisting Israeli occupation.   MORE . . .    ..

Hackl, Andreas.
“AN ORCHESTRA OF CIVIL RESISTANCE: PRIVILEGE, DIVERSITY, AND IDENTIFICATION AMONG CROSS-BORDER ACTIVISTS IN A PALESTINIAN VILLAGE.”
PEACE & CHANGE, vol. 41, no. 2, Apr. 2016, pp. 167-193.
[. . . .]  The regular weekly emonstrations [in the village of Bil’in] began in January 2005 and protested against the construction of Jewish settlements and the Israeli Separation Barrier on villagers’ land. The barrier threatened the livelihood of Bilʿin, cut villagers off from about 50 to 60 percent of their lands, and prevented their access to olive trees, the mainstay of the Palestinian rural economy. In response, Bilʿin’s residents organized a popular committee with members of diverse political streams. . . . Most of the previously separated land was eventually handed back to the villagers, but despite these changes, demonstrations in Bilʿin have not ceased.
[. . . .] On an organizational level, the sustained struggle benefited from four factors: the close relationship between the local popular committee and the village community; successful trust building and shared decision making between Israelis, Palestinians, and internationals; the creativity of the demonstrations; and the fact that Bilʿin is easily accessible for cross-border activists coming from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
[. . . .]  Civil resistance in Palestine has a long history that stems from the colonial interventions of the early twentieth century, including the British Lord Balfour’s promise to restore the Land of Israel.  Palestinian strategies of protest came into full force in 1923 after the British Mandate was formally established and included political entreaties, demonstrations, strikes, and ultimately armed rebellion. . .   Specifically noteworthy is the general strike held during the Great Revolt of 1936, which marked the last period of coherent and well-planned nonviolent civil resistance until the 1987 Intifada.
[. . . .]  It becomes clear that land is not just a political question in the West Bank. Retaining ties to farmland is also central to rural Palestinian culture, presenting yet another struggle that flows from the endangered status of the Palestinian nation and its confrontation with settler colonialism. Among Palestinians in Bilʿin, I noticed a strong connection between the local impact of the Israeli occupation and their land-related reflections upon the past, present, and future. Sustaining civil resistance was, in part, an expression of the desire to regain ownership of time and land for future generations.   SOURCE . . .  …

❷ NOVEMBER  2017  MONTHLY  INCITEMENT  REPORT:  NETANYAHU  IS  RESPONSIBLE  FOR  GENERATING  A  CULTURE  OF  HATE  AND  RACISM  IN  ISRAEL 
Palestine News Network – PNN 
Dec. 1, 2017 ― In November 2017 Monthly Incitement Report issued by PLO Department of Culture and Information PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that the real incitement stems from Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and its enslavement of an entire nation.
___She added that the Israeli hard line extremist government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for generating a culture of hate and racism in Israel, inciting violence and feeding extremism.
___Updated monthly, this report includes samples of recent derogatory and inflammatory comments and incitement by Israeli government officials and leaders specifically meant to distort reality and mislead public opinion.”
___Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “Hebron is the city of Patriarchs. City of royalty. And the Jewish settlement in it is anchored with an ancient historical right as well as government decisions and international agreements of today. The Jewish nation continuously votes in favor of the continuation of the Jewish settlement in Hebron… We will carry on building [settlements].” (November 15, 2017).     MORE . . .
❸ THE  INSECURE  RESIDENCE  OF  EAST  JERUSALEM  PALESTINIANS 
+972 Magazine Blog    
Nov. 30, 2017
Yaël Ronen
The goal of Israel’s policies in East Jerusalem is to shrink the size of the city’s Palestinian population. Here’s how.
___ More than 300,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem today. The vast majority are not citizens of Israel but permanent residents, who may naturalize in accordance with the Citizenship Law. For many Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, their residency status is more important than citizenship. This is because the government is obligated to respect and protect the civil rights of everyone present within its borders, not just its citizens; and its obligation to ensure social and economic rights, like education and social security, hinge on residency, not citizenship. However, because the residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem is not secure, they lack security in the rights to which they are entitled.
[. . . .] The treatment of East Jerusalem Palestinians as ordinary permanent residents is problematic both in principle and in practice. In principle, the status of permanent residents presupposes citizenship in another state, to which they may return and which would be obligated to accept them. This poses a problem for stateless individuals, who are not citizens of any country; if they lose their residency status, they remain with no legal status whatsoever. This is precisely the situation of East Jerusalem Palestinians: they are not citizens of any country that could take them in were they to lose their residency.   MORE . . . 

“THE  CELEBRATION,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH
Flowers, songs, chants . . .
A memory from antiquity . . .
Saturday’s dawning sun . . .
An orphan is late . . .
A widow comes by embracing another widow . . .
A singer . . .
Verses from the Qur’an . . .
A flute on the outskirts of a neglected village . . .
Ancient soldiers . . .
Battles, defeated ages . . .
Thirty wars announced by daylight . . .
Another thirty still hidden in their sheaths . . .
Little ones dressed up for a feast . . .
Horses filled with the joy of their riders . . .
A procession coming from far away . . .
Ululations reaching the sky, a commotion . . .
Men emerging from darkness . . .
from yesterday’s newspapers, from the inkwell.
All of them came,
took pictures,
cursed the end of life and memory,
drank from the cup of a slain dream,
before their leader stepped forward
to cut the silk ribbon
and open the graveyard.

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

“. . . My voice echoes a rocket rage . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

❶ Palestinian ‘extrajudicially executed’ by Israelis laid to rest

  • Background: “Lack of Security for Palestinians.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Bodies of 5 Palestinian fighters found in Gaza tunnel, bringing death toll to 12
❷ Army Attacks the Weekly Protest in Nil’in
❸ Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (26 October – 01November 2017)
❹ Mahmoud Darwish to have a statue in Bucharest
❺ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ PALESTINIAN ‘EXTRAJUDICIALLY EXECUTED’ BY ISRAELIS LAID TO REST   
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 4, 2017 ― Palestinians on Friday evening laid to rest 26-year-old Muhammad Moussa in his home town of Deir Ballout, near Salfit in the central occupied West Bank, shortly after receiving his body from Israeli authorities on Friday afternoon.
___Moussa was shot and killed on Tuesday morning near the illegal Halamish settlement north of Ramallah, after Israeli forces opened fire on his vehicle as he was passing a flying checkpoint set up in the area.
[. . . .] Israeli forces routinely shoot Palestinians, oftentimes killing them, during these alleged attacks on Israelis, even if the Palestinian could be detained through nonlethal means. This Israeli practice has prompted rights groups to accuse Israel of carrying out extrajudicial executions on Palestinians.   MORE . . .

Elrahim, Amira Abd. “Lack of Security for Palestinians.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 21, no. 2, Nov. 2015, pp. 28-35.
[. . . .] Israel is trying to exterminate Palestinians from their homeland. They are attempting to Judaize Palestine by erasing its Palestinian and Muslim identity entirely under claims of historical belonging and their search for evidence that was never found. They are only trying to find justifications for all their cruel acts. Even Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is trying to rewrite history by saying that the Holocaust wasn’t Hitler’s idea and pointing his finger at a Palestinian leader. Maybe this is why it didn’t surprise us when we watched videos of Israelis and Israeli soldiers placing weapons next to dead Palestinians to justify their murder.
___Palestinians who were accused of attacking Israelis were shot directly, either by Israeli military forces or by settlers who may have just felt insecure or threatened with or without reason. Most of the martyrs would not be liable for a death sentence in a state of law. The homes of these Palestinian martyrs are being demolished in violation of international law, and their families are threatened with loss of residency. While raids on Palestinian homes and schools continue, the theft of Palestinian land and spree of barbaric extrajudicial killings are all being buoyed by the cheers of the masses, media incitement and the encouragement of the Israeli government and the Zionist far-right extremists.
___Israelis have a government and weapons. They are protected by an army that stands behind them. Recently the Israeli government set up metal detectors at the entrances of the Old City of Jerusalem so that Palestinians aren’t allowed to go through with any metal objects, while Israeli settlers pass through with their guns!! The Israelis are asked to keep their weapons with them at all times!!! Could you think for yourself what do Palestinians have, who is there to protect them or care about their lost livelihoods. They are paralyzed and fed up with injustice, racism, the denial of rights practiced by the Israeli government and the ignorance of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinians are the only people on this earth who are asked to guarantee the security of their occupier, while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims.   FULL ARTICLE . . .

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) BODIES OF 5 PALESTINIAN FIGHTERS FOUND IN GAZA TUNNEL, BRINGING DEATH TOLL TO 12
Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 3, 2017 ― The al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, released a statement on Friday declaring that five missing fighters belonging to the group in Gaza were dead.
___The five fighters had gone missing inside tunnels between southern Gaza and Israeli territory, after Israeli forces conducted explosions on the tunnels.   MORE . . .
❷ ARMY ATTACKS THE WEEKLY PROTEST IN NIL’IN 
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC    
Nov. 4, 2017 ― Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, many Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists, holding the weekly nonviolent procession against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, in Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah, in central West Bank.
___The procession started in the afternoon hours, when many locals, and the peace activists, marched towards the Annexation Wall and the isolated Palestinian lands, especially olive orchards, before the soldiers attacked them.
___ Mohammad Amira, a member of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies, said the soldiers resorted to excessive force against the nonviolent protesters, and fired many gas bombs and concussion grenades.   MORE . . .
❸ WEEKLY REPORT ON ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY (26 OCTOBER – 01 NOVEMBER 2017)  
Palestine Center for Human Rights
Nov. 2, 2017 ― A Palestinian civilian shot dead and his sister was wounded by Israeli settlers, northwest of Ramallah.     12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.       Israeli forces conducted 52 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one into the southern Gaza Strip.      70 civilians, including 9 children and 3 women; one of whom a journalist, were arrested in the West Bank.     12 of them, including 2 women, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs.      An old and abandoned house was demolished in ‘Erq al-Ras area, southeast of Nablus.       350-gram jewellery was stolen from a house belonging to the family of Malek Hajeh in Kenar neighbourhood in Dura.   MORE . . .
❹ MAHMOUD DARWISH TO HAVE A STATUE IN BUCHAREST  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Nov. 4, 2017 ― The Romanian capital Bucharest will soon have a statute of the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian embassy announced on Saturday.
___Palestine’s ambassador to Romania Fouad Kokaly held a meeting with the Daniel Tudorache, the mayor of District One in Bucharest, where the Palestinian ambassador asked the mayor to approve the building of a statue for Darwish in his town.
___Tudorache welcomed the ambassador’s request and added that he will be proud to have the statute of the late Palestinian poet.
___Mahmoud Darwish was a Palestinian poet and author regarded as the Palestinian national poet. He won numerous awards for his works.     SOURCE . . .

“A  DIALOGUE  WITH  A  MAN  WHO  HATES  ME,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Rome was burnt, O crazy man
Rome is more durable than Nero
Rome will not grasp your poems
She can recite them by heart
Rome will slice your strings
My tunes arise from my heart
Your voice echoes a miserable past
My voice echoes a rocket rage
Your path is long
I shall not tire
Yehuda** sold you
I shall not be crucified
My ancestors were cremated in Auschwitz
My heart is with them
Pull out the wires from my skin
And the wounds of yesterday?
A shameful scar―in the face of the executioner over there
What do you carry in your head
A little wheat
What’s in your chest?
A picture of a wound
Your face reflects a rancor color
My face reflects the color of the earth
Then convert your sword into plowshare
You did not leave me land to plow
You criminal!
I did not steal―did not kill―didn’t oppress
You Arab! You are a dog!
O man, may God cure your soul
Why don’t you try the taste of love
Why don’t you make way for the sun!!

** The Israeli town of Or Yehuda was established in 1950 on the lands of the depopulated Palestinian villages of Saqiya and Kfar ‘Ana. Jews from Iraq and North Africa settled there.

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.
Mahmoud Darwish Obituary