“. . . your children will play again and fathers and sons will meet . . .” (Nizar Qabbani)

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PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS: Palestinian Bedouin Children near Jericho. (Photo, Harold Knight, Nov. 9, 2015)

❶ Knesset bill to jail minors on terror charges passes 1st vote
❷ Palestinian killed at Nablus checkpoint after alleged attack
❸ Israel to build “smart fence” around al-Khalil
❹ Analysis: More guns will not make Israelis any safer
❺ Opinion: ISRAEL’S  OPEN  SEASON  ON  ‘ARABS’
❻ Poetry by Nizar Qabbani
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
KNESSET  BILL  TO  JAIL  MINORS  ON  TERROR  CHARGES  PASSES  1ST  VOTE
Nov. 25, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― The Israeli parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would allow Palestinian minors under 14 who are facing terrorism charges to be sentenced to time in prison, a Knesset press release said.
___The bill was approved in a preliminary vote with 64 in favor of the bill and 22 against.
___If the bill becomes law, children under 14 would reportedly be placed in a children’s home until they turn 14, after which the child would be transferred to a mainstream security prison.
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Related . . . HEAD  OF  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS’  CLUB  CONDEMNS  CHILD  INCARCERATION  BILL (Nov. 26 2015)
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  KILLED  AT  NABLUS  CHECKPOINT  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK
Nov. 26, 2015
NABLUS ― Israeli forces on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian at the Zaatara (Tappuah) military checkpoint south of Nablus after he reportedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier, Israeli police said.
___Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said in a statement that a taxi stopped suddenly at the checkpoint and a passenger exited the vehicle, attempting to stab an Israeli soldier.
___Israeli forces on site shot the man several times before he was pronounced dead, and began chasing the taxi that brought the man to the checkpoint, al-Samri said.
___Earlier Thursday, a 21-year-old Palestinian, Yahya Yusri Taha, was killed by Israeli soldiers when clashes broke out during a search and arrest raid in the town of Qatanna.
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Related . . . PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  IN  CLASHES  2  WEEKS  AGO  DIES  FROM  WOUNDS (Nov. 25, 2015)
Related . . . PALESTINIAN  SHOT  AFTER  STABBING  ISRAELI  SOLDIER  DIES  FROM  INJURIES  (Nov. 25, 2015)
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  TO  BUILD  “SMART  FENCE”  AROUND  AL-KHALIL
Nov. 26, 2015
NAZARETH― Israeli war minister Moshe Ya’alon declared on Wednesday evening intention to construct a smart fence, separating the West Bank city of al-Khalil and the Lakhish Regional Council.
___Ya’alon’s remarks came in response to a motion filed by Likud MK Mickey Zohar to prevent Palestinian resistance operations.
___The fence constitutes of a well-equipped electric panel with smart cameras.
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Israeli shows a tear gas gun he just bought at a gun shop in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015. Arms shop’s owners report a rise in demand for weapons and other self-defense gear as violence continues around Jerusalem. (Photo: Active Stills/Yotam Ronen)

Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE BLOG
MORE  GUNS  WILL  NOT  MAKE  ISRAELIS  ANY  SAFER
Tanya Rubinstein
Nov. 25, 2015
These days, and actually most of the time, violence in the streets is making headlines on a near-daily basis. The dangers of citizens arming themselves, of the growing militarization of our society, and the way these two intersect to create more violence — especially toward women — can hardly be found in our newspapers.
___ Israeli society’s sense of security greatly stems from both developing our weapons industry and the massive arming of the IDF. This is our answer to every threat, whether real or imagined. . . . This is a society in which weapons — both the private and public sphere — are completely normal.
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Opinion
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ISRAEL’S  OPEN  SEASON  ON  ‘ARABS’
Jeremy Salt
Nov 25 2015
Sometimes it must be such fun to be an Israeli undercover agent especially if you like amateur theatricals and perhaps thought of an acting career but were not quite good enough and had to settle for something less. You get drama and excitement without the element of danger to yourself. You can dress up as an ‘Arab’ and storm into ‘Arab’ homes on the West Bank to terrorize families and shoot dead teenagers. You have to put up with sobbing mothers and screaming children, but so what, they are all terrorists or will grow up to be one. You can storm into a hospital to kidnap and kill.
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“JERUSALEM,”  BY  NIZAR  QABBANI

Oh Jerusalem, the luminous city of prophets
The shortest path between earth and sky

Oh Jerusalem, the citadel of laws
A beautiful child with fingers charred
and downcast eyes
You are the shady oasis passed by the Prophet
Your streets are melancholy
Your minarets are mourning
You, the young maiden dressed in black
Who rings the bells in the Nativity
On Saturday morning?
Who brings toys for the children
On Christmas eve?
The city of sorrow
A huge tear trembling on your eyelid
Who will halt the aggression
On you, the pearl of religions?
Who will wash your bloody walls?
Who will safeguard the Bible?
Who will rescue the Quran?
Who will save Christ?
Who will save man?
Oh Jerusalem my town
Oh Jerusalem my love
Tomorrow the lemon trees will blossom
And the olive trees will rejoice
Your eyes will dance
The migrant pigeons will return
To your sacred roofs
And your children will play again
And fathers and sons will meet
On your rosy hills
My city, city of peace and olives.
—Translated by Sharif Elmusa and Naomi Shihab Nye

From  BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO STAND:  PALESTINE  ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE.  Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian diplomat and poet revered by Arabs for his sensual and romantic verse. A man of his times and of all times, he is by far the most popular contemporary poet in the Arab world.
MORE  PALESTINIAN  TERRORISTS:  Sixth Graders at the Rawdat El-Zuhur School in East Jerusalem singing a revolutionary anthem. (Video, Harold Knight, Nov. 3, 2015)

“Jerusalem, the luminous city of prophets the shortest path between earth and sky. . .” (Nizar Qabbani)

East Jerusalem, 2008. Palestinian neighborhood in foreground, illegal
East Jerusalem, 2008. Palestinian neighborhood in foreground, illegal “settlement” on hill at right (Photo by Harold Knight)

❶ from INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
JOURNAL: HOUSE DEMOLITION IN EAST JERUSALEM
April 27, 2015
Team Al Khalil (Maja, Siggy and Jenny)
This has been hard to write down. The three of us put off again and again the thoughts and fears of that day, to remember them and to finally write them down. We have been avoiding it, because it is easier to simply try and forget. But then at the same time, for us it was just this one night, whereas for the families living in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz this is everyday life.
___An illegal demolition of the majority of the Amro-family home on the 31st of March, 2015 left all the families in Wadi al-Joz scared for the future.
(More. . .)

❷ from PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PALESTINIANS INJURED DURING CLASHES IN EAST JERUSALEM VILLAGE
Jerusalem
April 25, 2015
Dozens of Palestinians were shot and injured on Saturday and others suffocated during clashes that erupted with Israeli forces in the East Jerusalem village of al-Tur, following the Israeli soldiers’’ shooting and killing of a teenager earlier on Saturday.
. . . Seventeen-year-old Ali Abu Ghannam was shot dead by Israeli forces stationed at the checkpoint around 1:00 a.m. following a scuffle.
(More. . .)
ISM❸ from MA’AN NEWS
THOUSANDS ATTEND FUNERAL FOR PALESTINIAN ACCUSED OF STABBING SOLDIER
HEBRON (Ma’an)
April 26, 2015
Thousands of Palestinians attended the funeral of Mahmoud Abu Jheisha on Sunday, after the 20-year-old was shot dead by Israeli forces outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron when he allegedly stabbed an Israeli soldier.
___The funeral procession began at the Amari Mosque in Abu Jheisha’s hometown of Idhna, west of Hebron, where family and friends paid their final respects, before he was taken to be buried in the town cemetery.
___Participants reportedly chanted slogans condemning Israeli crimes and calling for an end to Israeli practices as part of the occupation.
(More. . .)

❹ from INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
IN PHOTOS: DEMONSTRATION IN NABI SALEH
April 26, 2015
ISM is bringing the story of Friday’s weekly demonstration in Nabu Saleh, 20 kilometers northwest of Ramallah, the Occupied West Bank, in photos.
___Israeli forces shot one Palestinian teenager in the head with live ammunition and fired stun grenades at the press.
(More photos. . .)

❺ Scholarly article of history
from JERUSALEM QUARTERLY of the Institute for Palestine Studies
YARA AND THE WANTED EIGHTEEN
Khalid Farra
JQ 60 ( 2014)
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reacted to spiraling events in Jerusalem and elsewhere in October and November with a predictable, if dangerous, formula: force and more force. The slew of directives from his right-wing government includes a 2 November cabinet-proposed amendment to the penal law increasing the punishment for stone-throwers (peculiarly, even if there is no evidence of intent to harm) from ten to twenty years in prison. Most recently, in the wake of protests erupting after the 8 November police killing of a young man in the Galilee village of Kafr Kanna, Netanyahu threatened to strip Palestinian protestors of Israeli citizenship.
___An alarming number of Palestinian children have been arrested since the “silent intifada,” as Jerusalemites like to call it. . .
(More. . .)

“JERUSALEM,” BY NIZAR QABBANI

Oh Jerusalem, the luminous city of prophets
The shortest path between earth and sky

Oh Jerusalem, the citadel of laws
A beautiful child with fingers charred
and downcast eyes
You are the shady oasis passed by the Prophet
Your streets are melancholy
Your minarets are mourning
You, the young maiden dressed in black
Who rings the bells in the Nativity
On Saturday morning?
Who brings toys for the children
On Christmas eve?
The city of sorrow
A huge tear trembling on your eyelid
Who will halt the aggression
On you, the pearl of religions?
Who will wash your bloody walls?
Who will safeguard the Bible?
Who will rescue the Quran?
Who will save Christ?
Who will save man?
Oh Jerusalem my town
Oh Jerusalem my love
Tomorrow the lemon trees will blossom
And the olive trees will rejoice
Your eyes will dance
The migrant pigeons will return
To your sacred roofs
And your children will play again
And fathers and sons will meet
On your rosy hills
My city, city of peace and olives.
—Translated by Sharif Elmusa and Naomi Shihab Nye

From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) was a Syrian diplomat and poet revered by Arabs for his sensual and romantic verse. A man of his times and of all times, he is by far the most popular contemporary poet in the Arab world.

Jerusalem 2008.
Jerusalem 2008. “Who will halt the aggression
On you, the pearl of religions?” (Photo Harold Knight 2008)