“. . . I am the son of the land and for that I find goodness . . .” (Fouzi El Asmar)

ibrahimi
Image showing proposed Israeli corruption of Ibrahim Mosque in Hebron (Photo: Palestine News Network, Aug. 19, 2016)

❶ Islamic Christian Committee: Israel Planning Jerusalem Entrance Project to Obliterate Muslim Christian Spirit

  • Background:  Journal Of Islamic Studies

❷ Urgent Intervention Needed to Prevent Permanent Damage to the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron’s Old City
❸ Lieberman to Launch Online Channel Directed at Palestinians
❹ POETRY by Fouzi El Asmar
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
❶ ISLAMIC CHRISTIAN COMMITTEE: ISRAEL PLANNING JERUSALEM ENTRANCE PROJECT TO OBLITERATE MUSLIM CHRISTIAN SPIRIT
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
August 19, 2016
The Islamic Christian Committee to Defend Jerusalem and Holy Sites warned, on Thursday, against an Israeli project called the “New Face of Modern Jerusalem,” which targets the main western entrance of the city.
___The committee said, in a press release, that the plan aims to give Jerusalem a Jewish character, obliterate its Arab Muslim and Christian identity, deface its history and create a new face that doesn’t relate to the original Arab Jerusalem.
___Secretary General of the Committee Hanna Isaa said, according to WAFA correspondence, that the plan is proposed on around 720,000 meter square of land and would cost 1.4 billion shekels ($370 million USD).      MORE . . .

  • Rosmer, Tilde. “Resisting ‘Israelization’: The Islamic Movement In Israel And The Realization Of Islamization, Palestinization And Arabization.” Journal Of Islamic Studies 23.3 (2012): 325-358.  SOURCE. . .  

[. . . .]  Islamic Movement activists continuously structure their activism with the intention of preserving and reinforcing the Palestinian and Muslim identity of Muslim Palestinian citizens of Israel, despite their presence in what is now a Jewish state. Interviewees were aware of the balancing act this predicament necessitates and were willing to discuss it openly.
[. . . .] The process of Israelization can be viewed from two perspectives. Measures taken by the state towards its Palestinian citizens intended to weaken their Palestinian identity and strengthen their identity as acquiescent, Hebrew-speaking ‘Israeli Arabs’, enforced through controlling their education and economic and political opportunities. Israelization is also an effect of the expected influences on Palestinian citizens’ identity, culture and lifestyle derived from living and working in Israel and the resulting exposure to, and to a degree participation in, Hebrew and Israeli media and mainstream culture.
[. . . .] In common with other Islamic movements in the region, the Islamic Movement in Israel shares the approach of Islamization from below through its network of local institutions and mosques and through the emphasis it places on da’wa. The main difference between this Movement and other regional movements is due to its political context in Israel. This context has produced the paradoxical predicament wherein Palestinian citizens are able to establish and run their Islamic Movement openly and lawfully, including enjoying representation in the Knesset, as long as their activism is not perceived to threaten the Zionist identity or national goals of the state. However, members and supporters of the Islamic Movement are discriminated against as non-Jewish citizens of the Jewish state and particularly as members of an indigenous national group with which Israel remains in conflict.
[. . . .] . . . the interrelated processes of Islamization, Palestinization and Arabization are responses to the processes of Israelization, which refers to the adjustments of identity and life-style and to limitations in political and social activism in accordance with their minority status.
[. . . .] . . .  the activism of the Islamic Movement in Israel focuses on creating local institutions that provide services the State does not provide for this constituency and promoting its Muslim, Palestinian and Arab identity. Both the goals articulated by the Islamic Movement in Israel’s leaders and its activism portray a pragmatic appreciation of the limitations of their context while simultaneously struggling to cater to the social, spiritual and communal needs of the Palestinian citizens of the Jewish State.

❷ URGENT INTERVENTION NEEDED TO PREVENT PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE IBRAHIMI MOSQUE IN HEBRON’S OLD CITY
Palestine News Network – PNN
Aug. 19,2016
For more than one month the Israeli Government and Occupation Authorities have planned and have worked on installing a new permanent checkpoint structure and other permanent buildings on the historic grounds of the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City. Their plans (as seen below) reveal vast damage will be done to the historic grounds of this cultural heritage site. The Israeli plans include remove stones from the Mosque’s site which is more than 2000 years old. These plans will permanently damage the historical Ibrahimi mosque and the aesthetic fabric of the area.    MORE . . .  

❸ LIEBERMAN TO LAUNCH ONLINE CHANNEL DIRECTED AT PALESTINIANS
Palestine Chronicle
Aug 18 2016
Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, announced during a meeting with military reporters at the headquarters of the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv yesterday, a plan to launch a 10-million shekel online channel directed at Palestinians in the West Bank.
___Lieberman said the plan would include “treating Palestinians who are ready to co-exist with Israeli settlers in the West Bank well, and imposing restrictions on those who do not.”    More . . .  

“I  AM  THE  SON  OF  THE  LAND,”  BY  FOUZI  EL  ASMAR
You may take my hands
and lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me.

You bereaved me
from the light
and I marched
You robbed me
of the bread
and I ate.
You plundered the land
from me
and I ploughed.

I am the son of the land
and for that
I find goodness in this earth
anywhere I happen to be:
The ants of this land
feed me
The branches of this land
foster me
The eagles of this land
will shield my open revolt

Yes
You may take my hands
And lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me
But here I will stand tall
And here I shall remain
until the very end. (April, 1970) 

From: El Azmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
Available from Amazon
About Fouzi El Asmar 

“. . . as, on his way, God passes me by . . .” (Abdel Rahim Al-Sheikh)

IMG_2872
Main pulpit of Al-Aqsa restored after 1969 fire. American group touring upon invitation. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

❶ Right-wing Israelis tour Al-Aqsa, Palestinians denied entry
❷ Will Israel’s ban on the Islamic Movement lead to further restrictions?
❸ Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Duheisha camp
❹ Gazans’ dark secret? They’ve become chocoholics
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel  and  Judaism:  Will  a  Freed  Pollard  Become  a  Hero  and  Role  Model  for  Israel  and  its  American  Friends?
❻ Poetry by Abdel Rahim Al-Sheikh
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
RIGHT-WING  ISRAELIS  TOUR  AL-AQSA,  PALESTINIANS  DENIED  ENTRY
Dec. 8, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — More than 40 right-wing Israelis toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday morning, while Israeli police denied entry to a large number of blacklisted Palestinians, Palestinian officials said.
___The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment said that the group of Jewish worshipers toured the compound from 7:30 to 10 a.m. under heavy police escort.
___Meanwhile, around 60 Palestinian men and women were denied entry to the holy site. They were reportedly blacklisted by Israeli police as “trouble makers.”
More . . .
AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WILL  ISRAEL’S  BAN  ON  THE  ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT  LEAD  TO  FURTHER  RESTRICTIONS?
Aziza Nofal
Dec. 1, 2015
EAST JERUSALEM — Supporters of the Islamic Movement’s northern branch in Israel are trying to counter the country’s recent ban on the group — a ban one former Arab Knesset member called “a preamble for racist resolutions to come.”
More . . .

paestinian duheisha
Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian, Malik Akram Shahin, during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2015. (Ma’an Photo)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  IN  DUHEISHA  CAMP
Dec. 8, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian during a predawn detention raid into Duheisha refugee camp to the south of Bethlehem on Tuesday.
___Medics identified the Palestinian as Malik Akram Shahin and said he had been shot in the forehead, where the bullet remained lodged.
___Witnesses said he was “left bleeding for long before he was evacuated to the public hospital in Beit Jala, where medics pronounced him dead.”
___He was killed when large numbers of Israeli forces stormed Duheisha camp in the early hours of Tuesday, detaining a number of local residents and delivering summons to others
More . . .
AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
GAZANS’  DARK  SECRET?  THEY’VE  BECOME  CHOCOHOLICS
Hana Salah
Dec. 6, 2015
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — In 2008, when Samia was a college student, she could not find chocolate in the Gaza Strip’s shops because chocolate was placed on the Israeli list of banned items after the imposition of the blockade in 2007.
___But when the tunnel smuggling via the border with Egypt started in late 2007, chocolate, food and many products such as fuel and construction material found their way to the stores, albeit at high prices. When the number of tunnels increased, reaching into the hundreds, the price of chocolate dropped. But not all types of chocolate were available.
___In 2010, chocolate was removed from the Israeli list of banned items, and the Gaza market almost drowned in chocolate.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS
ISRAEL  AND  JUDAISM:  WILL  A  FREED  POLLARD  BECOME  A  HERO  AND  ROLE  MODEL  FOR  ISRAEL  AND  ITS  AMERICAN  FRIENDS?
Allan C. Brownfeld
November/December 2015
Jonathan Pollard, the convicted American spy for Israel who has served 30 years of his life sentence, is scheduled to be released from prison on Nov. 21. It seems likely that, upon his release, he will be hailed as a hero in Israel as well as by many of Israel’s friends in the U.S., particularly those who have worked actively for his release and argued that, despite his own guilty plea. . . he was the victim of religious discrimination.
___What Pollard did is not open to question.
[. . . . ]
___Shortly after Pollard’s sentencing, a strange campaign was launched calling for his immediate release, suggesting that he was a “political prisoner,” and a victim of anti-Semitism.
More . . .

“SINGLE  ADDRESS  FOR  THE  POST,”  BY  ABDEL  RAHIM  AL-SHEIKH

On my way to them, I pass Him by,
(as, on his way, God passes me by)
for as we go our separate ways
we see no one but those on high.

The beds are allotted before the violet dawn.
The black and endless night is spent alone
and then the cataclysm comes

that will seed them from the borders of Palestine
the Great Thorn.
They are the only roses that grow.

From where they stalk the edge of paradise
the first paradise.

From where the children use thorns
to draw maps of this paradise.

From this spot.

We raise in the sky a glorying arc
the first milestone to Mecca
and we leave a kiss for those who left
with neither luggage nor papers for their passage.

This is the way the journey will always be.
They leave their bags for the postman to deliver

He takes them from the hands
of those who follow

And those who follow leave their packages
as the first ones do.

It’s hard for the post to make it to paradise.
There is no address
neither here nor there.
――Translated by Rachel McCrum

Abdel Rahim al-Sheikh from Jerusalem, teaches philosophy, history, and creative writing at Bir Zeit University and the Qattan Centre in Ramallah, and is the author of many literary and academic books.
He has won an advanced Fulbright Fellowship for this academic year.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY  (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.

IMG_3318 - Copy
Not Gaza, but a sweet shop in Bethlehem. A Palestinian and an American wait impatiently to be served. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)