“. . . I am a child who lives under the ruins of constant Israeli violence . . . the bombs . . .” (Riham Mansour Hasanat – age 14)

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Children from Hebron Excellence Center in Al-Fawar Refugee Camp painting a roadside mural. Jan. 24, 2015 (Photo: Hebron Excellence Center)

❶ Israeli forces storm Hebron area refugee camp, injure 35 with live fire, tear gas, rubber bullets
RELATED: Israel detains 22 Palestinians overnight, including family of teen accused of stabbing

  • Background: “Ongoing Exile: Palestinian Children Write Their Ongoing Nakba.”

❷ Israel refuses to give building permits, demolishes Palestinian homes.
❸ EU logo no shield from Israel’s bulldozers
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  “PALESTINE BESIEGED: WHY PALESTINIANS NEED AN INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION FORCE”
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  STORM  HEBRON  AREA  REFUGEE  CAMP,  INJURE  35  WITH  LIVE  FIRE,  TEAR  GAS,  RUBBER  BULLETS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 16, 2016
35 Palestinians were injured, one seriously, early Tuesday morning during clashes when Israeli forces stormed the al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.
___Locals told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops surrounded the camp around dawn on Tuesday, when they began ransacking homes and interrogating residents in the streets.
___Local youth reportedly reacted to the forces, sparking clashes with the soldiers who fired live gunshots, tear gas, and rubber-coated steel bullets at the youth.    MORE . . .       RELATED:   ISRAEL  DETAINS  22  PALESTINIANS  OVERNIGHT,  INCLUDING  FAMILY  OF  TEEN  ACCUSED  OF  STABBING  

  • Background: “Ongoing Exile: Palestinian Children Write Their Ongoing Nakba.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 15/16.4/1 (2008): 159-164.
    SOURCE.

“My Nakba”
Lalifa al-Wawi (15).
Palestine Al-Fawwar Refugee Camp – Occupied West Bank
My Nakba separated me from my family and my land. I live in a place far from the past, but the past will be the present with my return to my homeland… the land I dream of every night. I often look at the stars in the sky and wonder why I am here… in a camp that has nothing for my present and nothing of my past. In it I live as a stranger amongst the rubble and the ruins.
[. . . .] My cousin completed his studies in Sudan and worked in Saudi Arabia. He decided to leave everything to come to find us and live here as long as he could. It was here that the Israeli soldiers killed him. Perhaps it was his fate after being separated from his land and family all his life; it would be from here, after his return, that he would ascend to heaven.

“I Am a Child of This World”
Riham Mansour Hasanat (14).
Deir al-Dubhan Al-Fawwar Refugee Camp – Occupied West Bank
I am one of the children of this world; I live in a refugee camp, and I say to anyone who will listen that I am a child, and that I will be free like the other happy people living in their homes, on their land, in their country. I am a child who lives under the ruins of constant Israeli violence, the bullets and the bombs. Every day I hear that someone in our camp has been killed or injured or imprisoned. I wake up to the sound of the tanks and the sounds of the planes hovering in the skies above our houses, our homes. They search these homes; they kill and imprison children and old people; they injure and kill those who have committed no crime, and then they call us terrorists. I am a child, and I know that one day I will be free like the other happy people, but that this day will only come after I return to our real homes, the place where we can return happiness to the hearts of the children, the women, and all those who have committed no crime.

❷ ISRAEL  REFUSES  TO  GIVE  BUILDING  PERMITS,  DEMOLISHES  PALESTINIAN  HOMES
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Aug. 16, 2016
Israeli occupation forces destroyed Tuesday morning eight homes and two stores in Sa’ir town east of Hebron.
___Local sources reported that the houses which were demolished are inhabited. Israeli occupation had handed the Palestinian homeowners demolition orders before two years, so they have tried to get building permits but the occupation refused to give them building permits.
___It added that a large military force raided with bulldozers Ein Aljawza town and forced the Palestinian residents to evacuate their homes in order to destroy them.     MORE . . .  

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Soldiers from Israel’s Civil Administration demolish structures donated by the European Union in the southern Hebron Hills on February 2, 2016. (Photo: Nasser Nawaja/B’Tselem)

❸ EU LOGO  NO  SHIELD  FROM  ISRAEL’S  BULLDOZERS
The Electronic Intifada
Silvia Boarini
Aug. 16, 2016
Bilal Hammadin looks beyond the tin shacks in the occupied West Bank village of Abu Nuwwar, home to approximately 600 Palestinians, to the red-roofed homes in Maaleh Adumim, an Israeli settlement where nearly 40,000 people live.
___“As I was growing up, I could see the settlement getting bigger. I guess you can say that we grew up together,” he says, laughing at the irony.
[. . . .] In February [in Abu Nuwwar], the Israeli army demolished two trailers which were to serve as a new school for first- and second-graders. The cabins, donated by a French nongovernmental organization and funded by the European Union, bore visible EU logos. MORE . . .

❹ Opinion/Analysis: “PALESTINE  BESIEGED:  WHY  PALESTINIANS  NEED  AN  INTERNATIONAL  PROTECTION  FORCE”
Nation
Buttu, Diana, and Nadia Hijab
Oct. 22, 2015
[. . . .] Palestinians have taken to the streets to demonstrate against nearly 50 years of military rule and the denial of their freedom at the hands of Israel. These protests come after the death of the peace process, the election of a rightwing Israeli government that has stated it has no intention of granting Palestinians their rights, and growing discontent with the unelected Palestinian Authority (PA).
___The protests have also been fueled by repeated Israeli announcements of settlement expansion; settler attacks on Palestinian lives, property, and holy places; and the Israeli government’s decision to allow right-wing extremists who seek the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to enter the Haram al-Sharif compound while simultaneously denying Palestinians access to their holy sites.
[. . . .]  First, as the occupying party, Israel is required under international law to ensure the protection of the civilians under its rule. Instead, Israel has, during its 48-year occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, done exactly the opposite.
___Two Palestinian generations have grown up entirely under Israel’s military control. By 2014, more than 800,000 Palestinians had been imprisoned by Israel, including 8,000 children under the age of 18 arrested since 2000. Currently, there are 5,621 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails.
[. . . .] Things have reached such a pass that even PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been compelled to call on the UN “to provide international protection for the Palestinian people,” as he did in his September 30 speech to the General Assembly.    MORE . . .

 

“. . . Filling the dungeons with pride . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

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Arrest of Jerusalem child, February 9, 2015 (Photo: Silwan, Jerusalem, SILWANIC)

❶ The occupation forces arrest two children from Shu’fat and renew the administrative arrest of a young man
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Arrest and abuse by Israeli police part of life for children in Silwan
❷ Palestinian youth shot, injured in head with live fire during Israeli raid on Ramallah-area village
❸ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In Bethlehem
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  PALESTINE IMPACTS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
❺ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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❶ THE OCCUPATION FORCES ARREST TWO CHILDREN FROM SHU’FAT AND RENEW THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARREST OF A YOUNG MAN…EXTENSIONS OF ARREST
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
July 24, 2016
The occupation forces arrested two children from the neighborhood of Shu’fat north of Jerusalem.
___Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that the Israeli forces arrested Adam Abu Khdeir and Mahmoud Mohammad Abu Khdeir from Shu’fat and transferred them for interrogation.
___On the other hand, the occupation authorities renewed the administrative arrest imposed on Ahmad Abu Mayaleh for 3 more months as explained by lawyer Mahmoud.
MORE . . .  
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ARREST AND ABUSE BY ISRAELI POLICE PART OF LIFE FOR CHILDREN IN SILWAN
Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)
Elisa Tappeiner
Feb 22, 2014
[. . . .] ___The consequences of child arrests in Silwan, and other Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem, extend beyond the detention period. The traumatic experience of arrest and interrogation alongside the constant fear of arrest, disruption of education and the financial burden of posting bail and paying fines have taken their toll on the children, their families and the Silwan community as a whole.    MORE . . .   

❷ PALESTINIAN YOUTH SHOT, INJURED IN HEAD WITH LIVE FIRE DURING ISRAELI RAID ON RAMALLAH-AREA VILLAGE
Ma’an News Agency
July 24, 2016
A Palestinian youth was seriously injured Sunday at dawn during clashes with Israeli forces who raided the village of Silwad in the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank.
___According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, the youth was injured in the head with live fire and was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in a serious condition.
___Israeli forces reportedly fired live bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas as it raided the village in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, while youths responded with throwing rocks and molotov cocktails.     MORE . . .  

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Thirteen-year-old Ahmad Sharaka, shot dead by Israeli forces in Ramallah, October 11, 2015 (Photo: Al Jazeera)

❸ ISRAELI SOLDIERS KIDNAP THREE PALESTINIANS IN BETHLEHEM
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
July 24, 2016
Many Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Bethlehem city and the nearby towns of al-Khader and Beit Sahour, searched homes and property before kidnapping three Palestinians, and confiscated surveillance tapes.
___Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, said the soldiers violently searched a number of homes and kidnapped two Palestinians.
___Salah added that the two kidnapped Palestinians, identified as Khaled Jamil Abu Samra, 50, and Mohammad Adeeb Mousa, 33, are former political prisoners.     MORE . . .

❹ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINE IMPACTS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
July 21, 2016
The UK Parliament can have a positive impact on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; Scottish National Party MP Paul Monaghan told a cross-party reception and seminar in London on Tuesday.
___The event, entitled “Palestine: Key for stability and peace in the Middle East”, was organised by the EuroPal Forum in an effort to build bridges between Palestinian, Arab and European decision makers and to exchange ideas to reach a just solution for the Palestinian cause.
[. . . .]
EuroPal Forum chairman, Zaher Birawi, said the Palestinian issue is an international issue that “has an impact on every single society in the world, in one way or another.” MORE . . .

“THE  IMPOSSIBLE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
It is much easier for you
To pass an elephant through a needle’s eye,
Or catch fried fish in a galaxy,
Plough the sea,
Force a crocodile to speak
Than to destroy by persecution
The shimmering glow of a belief,
Or check our march,
One single step.

As if we were a thousand prodigies
Spreading everywhere
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee. . .
Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
And in your throat we shall stay,
A piece of glass, a cactus thorn,
And in your eyes,
A blazing fire.

Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
Cleaning dishes in taverns,
Filling cups for the masters,
Sweeping sooty kitchens
To snatch a bite from your blue fangs
For our children.
Here we shall stay.
A wall upon your breast,
Facing starvation,
Struggling with rags, defying,
Singing our songs,
Swarming the angry streets with our demonstrations,
Filling the dungeons with pride,
Rearing vengeance in new generations.
Like a thousand prodigies,
We roam along
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee.

Here we shall stay,
Go then and jump into the lake.
We will guard even the shadow of our fig and olive trees,
And ferment our cause as yeast does dough.
Here we shall stay with steel-cold nerves,
And red hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock to quench our thirst
And lull starvation with dust,
But we shall not depart.
Here we shall spill our dearest blood,
Here we have a past,
A present,
A future.
Stay we will, like a thousand prodigies,
In Lidda, Ramallah, the Galilee.
Strike deep in the earth
Our living roots.

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.
About Tawfiq Zayyad

“. . . Gone were the children and the songs . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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Homes demolished in Nablus, Feb. 7, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ Israel to Demolish Palestinian Houses, Sheds, Electricity Line in Nablus Village
❷ Israel extends detention of 12-year-old Palestinian for 1 year
❸ Opinion/Analysis: FREE  AND  DANGEROUS  CONCESSIONS
❹ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  PALESTINIAN  HOUSES,  SHEDS,  ELECTRICITY  LINE  IN  NABLUS  VILLAGE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 26, 2016
Israeli forces Thursday delivered demolition notices for a number of Palestinian houses, sheds and an electricity grid in Duma village, south of Nablus, said a local activist.
___Ghassan Daghlas, an official who monitors Israeli settlement construction in northern West Bank, said that Israeli forces delivered demolition notices for three houses and two sheds in the Duma locality of Abu Safi.      MORE . . . 

“. . . the qualification of the occupation as “illegal” [by the International Court of Criminal Justice] while it does not affect the continued application of both humanitarian and human rights law . . . does affect the legality of the security measures taken in its defense―as distinct from measures undertaken to protect Israel itself―as such measures are thereby illegal themselves. This consequence is relevant . . . to the legal assessment of various security measures undertaken by Israel, including but not limited to the Wall . . . . Indeed, the perception of the Israeli occupation as illegal and illegitimate might well have been the main factor which informed the ICJ’s perception of the Wall . . .  While refraining from commenting on the occupation regime itself, the Court was well aware of the “greater whole” of which the Wall is but one aspect.”

  • Ben-Naftali, Orna, Aeyal M. Gross, and Keren Michaeli. “Illegal Occupation: Framing the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Berkeley Journal of International Law 23.3 (2005): 551-614

“As happened in South Africa, what begins as segregation is liable to evolve into an institutionalized system of racial domination. Such separateness cannot be sustained without spawning suffering and cycles of violence. . . . With the dual system of law that currently prevails in the occupied Palestinian territory . . . logic dictates that Israel will inevitably reach the tipping point at which it is forced to confront its own racial realities vis-à-vis the Palestinians. While the shape that such a transformation ultimately takes will depend primarily on social attitudes and political craft, international law may retain a role through the light that it shines on the normative issues to be resolved in this context.”   MORE . . .

  • Dugard, John, and John Reynolds. “Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” European Journal of International Law 24.3 (2013): 913.

❷ ISRAEL  EXTENDS  DETENTION  OF  12-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  FOR  1  YEAR
Ma’an News Agency
May 25, 2016
The Israeli magistrate court extended the detention of 12-year-old Muhammad Ismail Hushiyeh for a year on Wednesday, according to the head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners.
___Amjad Abu Asab told Ma’an that Hushiyeh would be detained in a juvenile facility in the town of Ablin in northern Israel.
___Hushiyeh is the youngest Palestinian prisoner from Jerusalem held by Israeli authorities.       MORE . . .

“The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) held a June 2 [2015] congressional briefing at the Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC to reveal widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention. Speakers urged the 100 attendees, including staff members from 30 different congressional offices, to bring international juvenile justice reform to children in Israeli military detention by signing on to Rep. Betty McCollum (DMN)’s letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. . . .  Israel is the only nation in the world that systematically and automatically prosecutes children in military courts.”   MORE . . .

  • Quinn, Erin, and Delinda C. Hanley. “Israeli Detention Of Children: “It’s Time To Break The Cycle.” Washington Report On Middle East Affairs 34.5 (2015): 46-47.

The Israeli Army has maintained an unwelcome military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over 40 years. During this time, an increasing carceralization of society has occurred, most evident in three architectural forms: prisons, checkpoints, and walls. These three forms and their accompanying practices of social control, which have been refined and developed, are purportedly intended to prevent Palestinian violence against Israelis. But carceralization has had more insidious outcomes: dividing Palestinians, confiscating their land, destroying their livelihoods, and, thus, giving rise to some submission (collaboration with occupiers or emigration) but mostly to resistance (ranging from non-cooperation to militancy).   MORE (via EBSCO) . . . 

  • Bornstein, Avram. “Military Occupation as Carceral Society Prisons, Checkpoints, and Walls in the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle.” Social Analysis 52.2 (2008): 106-130.
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Seven-year-old Oday Rajabi detained by Israeli border police, September 9, 2014 (Photo: International Solidarity Movement)

Opinion/Analysis: FREE  AND  DANGEROUS  CONCESSIONS
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Hussein Laqra’a
May 26, 2016
A number of recent reports have been talking about Arab countries, which describe themselves as “moderate” countries, making amendments to the Arab Peace Initiative approved during the Beirut summit in 2002. These countries presented the Israelis, through an international mediator, with new proposals regarding the occupied Golan Heights and the right of Palestinians to return to their land, and are now waiting for the Israelis to respond. This is in an effort to revive the direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in order to reach a comprehensive peace agreement, based on the initiative.
___Experience has taught us that the Arabs make one concession after the other, and when the Israelis reject them, they present more.      MORE . . . 

“MY SAD CITY,” BY FADWA TUQAN
(The day of Zionist Occupation, June 27, 1967)

The day we saw death and betrayal,
The tide ebbed.
The windows of the sky closed,
And the city held its breath.
The day the waves were vanquished, the day
The ugliness of the abyss revealed its true face,
Hope turned to ashes,
And gagging on disaster,
My sad city choked.

Gone were the children and the songs,
There was no shadow, no echo.
Sorrow crawled naked in my city,
With bloodied footsteps,
Silence reigned in the city,
Silence like crouching mountains,
Mysterious like the night, tragic silence,
Burdened,
Weighed down with death and defeat.
Alas! My sad and silent city.
Can it be true that in the season of harvest,
Grain and fruit have turned to ashes?
Alas! That this should be the fruit of all the journeying!
―Translated by A.M. Elmesseri

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. Available from B&N.
Obituary for Fadwa Tuqan, 2003.

“. . . We have buried our loved ones in the darkness of the clouds . . .” (Adonis; Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

Young Palestinian women protesters march, during clashes with Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, October 14, 2015. (Activestills.org)
Young Palestinian women protesters march, during clashes with Israeli forces, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, October 14, 2015. (Activestills.org)

❶ Israeli Army Shoots Dead Two Youths for Alleged Attempted Stabbing
❷ Premier Hamdallah Condemns Israel’s Systematic Land Grab Policy
❸ Israeli forces detain at least 15 Palestinians during overnight raids
❹ Poll: Palestinians say political affiliation of US president ‘makes no difference’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT’S  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGE  REBELLION  ALIVE?
❻ Poetry by Adonis
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ISRAELI  ARMY  SHOOTS  DEAD  TWO  YOUTHS  FOR  ALLEGED  ATTEMPTED  STABBING
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA 
17 Mar. 2016
Israeli army forces Thursday killed two Palestinian youths near the illegal settlement of Ariel built on Palestinians’ land near Salfit, north of the West Bank.      MORE . . .

PREMIER  HAMDALLAH  CONDEMNS  ISRAEL’S  SYSTEMATIC  LAND  GRAB  POLICY
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
17 Mar. 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday condemned Israel’s systematic land grab policy of Palestinians’ land and farms in the West Bank.
___In a press release Hamdallah described the policy as a “flagrant violation of international law”. He said the Israeli government has no interest in peace and would rather implement a policy designed to prevent the formation of a contiguous Palestinian state.      MORE . . .   

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  AT  LEAST  15  PALESTINIANS  DURING  OVERNIGHT  RAIDS
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
17 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem overnight Wednesday, a spokesperson from the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said. . . .  six Palestinians, including two minors, were detained in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. . . .  In the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah, Israeli forces detained one Palestinian . . . . In the village of Beit Duqqu, just north of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank, Israeli forces detained at least four Palestinians . . . . In the occupied East Jerusalem towns of Beit Hanina and al-Issawiya, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians . . . . To the south, in the Hebron district, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians . . . .    MORE . . . 

POLL:  PALESTINIANS  SAY  POLITICAL  AFFILIATION  OF  US  PRESIDENT  ‘MAKES  NO  DIFFERENCE’
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
17 Mar. 2016
The majority of Palestinians believe the political affiliation of the future US president “makes no difference” when it comes to advancing the peace process, according to a recent public opinion poll.
___The poll . . . revealed that while 27 percent of Palestinians said a Democratic US president would be better for the peace process, 16 percent preferred a Republican.
___Fifty-two percent meanwhile believed the political affiliation of the future president would be irrelevant . . . .      MORE . . .

File photo of Palestinian youths throwing stones toward Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in response to Israeli-imposed restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)
File photo of Palestinian youths throwing stones toward Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud in response to Israeli-imposed restrictions on access to the Aqsa Mosque. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  WHAT’S  KEEPING  THE  PALESTINIAN  TEENAGE  REBELLION  ALIVE?
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Umar al-Ghubari
15 Mar. 2016
Instead of referring to Palestinians who carry out stabbings ‘child terrorists,’ Israeli society would do well to wake up and realize that this rebellion won’t end until these teenagers have their freedom.     MORE . . .

“WE TRAVEL LIKE OTHER PEOPLE,” BY ADONIS (Ali Ahmad Said Esber)

We travel like other people, but we return to nowhere. As if travelling
Is the way of the clouds. We have buried our loved ones in the
darkness of the clouds, between the roots of the trees.
And we said to our wives: go on giving birth to people like us
for hundreds of year so we can complete this journey
To the hour of a country, to a metre of the impossible.
We travel in the carriages of the psalms, sleep in the tent of the
prophets and come out of the speech of the gypsies.
We measure space with a hoopoe’s beak or sing to while away the
distance and cleanse the  light of the moon.
Your path is long so dream of seven women to bear this long path
On your shoulders. Shake for them palm trees so as to know their
names and who’ll be the mother of the boy of Galilee.
We have a country of words. Speak speak so I can put my road on the
stone of a stone.
We have a country of words. Speak speak so we may know the end of
this travel.

―Translated by Abdullah al-Udhari

About Adonis (Adunis, Ali Ahmad Said Esber)
From by Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.
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“. . . I wonder if my soldier shot her too . . .” (Hanan Ashrawi)

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11- year old Hadeel was summoned to the Qishla police station in the western part of the Old City of Jerusalem. (Photo: Palestine Chronicle, Jan. 6, 2016) SEE #5 BELOW.

❶ Ministry: Killing of 4 teens a ‘dangerous escalation’ by Israel
. . ❶―(ᴀ) IOF declares Seir a closed military zone
❷ UK MPs speak out about Israeli detention of Palestinian children
❸ “How to Lie with Maps” in the Context of the Israeli Occupation
❹ Israeli forces demolish 5 Bedouin dwellings in E1 corridor
❺ Opinion/Analysis: [An eleven-year-old child] Resisting Oblivion in the New Year
❻ Poetry by Hanan Ashrawi
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
MINISTRY:  KILLING  OF  4  TEENS  A  ‘DANGEROUS  ESCALATION’  BY  ISRAEL
Jan. 8, 2016
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday said the deaths of four Palestinian teens the day before marked a “dangerous escalation” in the current political situation.
___The ministry in a statement condemned the “continuous series of crimes and field executions by Netanyahu’s government against Palestinians,” referring to the killing of four Palestinians on Thursday as a “massacre.”
___“It is enough for an Israeli to shout ‘terrorist’ at a nearby Palestinian for them to be shot without first having to either confirm the claim or attempt to arrest them,” the ministry’s statement said. More . . . .
. . ❶―(ᴀ) PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
IOF  DECLARES  SEIR  A  CLOSED  MILITARY  ZONE
On Friday morning the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) closed all entrances leading to Seir town, north of Hebron, before declaring it a closed military zone.
___The four Palestinian youths killed on Thursday evening by the IOF after claims that they attempt to stab Israeli soldiers at the Gush Etzion junction were all from Seir city.  More. . . .
Related . . . .
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
UK  MPS  SPEAK  OUT  ABOUT  ISRAELI  DETENTION  OF  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN
Jehan Alfarra
Jan. 7, 2016
British parliament held a debate on the issue of child prisoners and detainees in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the second time yesterday, following a debate on the issue in 2010.
___The debate was procured by Sarah Champion MP, who began by addressing the ill-treatment meted out to Palestinian children detained by the Israeli military as documented by two damning reports showing that Israel was in breach of its legal obligations . . . .
___In 2012, a delegation of nine UK lawyers led by the former British Attorney-General, Baroness Scotland, published an independent report funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Children in Military Custody, on the plight of Palestinian children arrested and detained by Israel.  More . . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
“HOW  TO  LIE  WITH  MAPS”  IN  THE  CONTEXT  OF  THE  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION
Ahmad El-Atrash
Jan. 2016
Since the early days of occupation, the Israeli authorities have used maps as a tool to dispossess Palestinians, establish de facto sovereignty over the occupied territory, and engineer a fabricated statehood. The socio-spatial consequences of map-making, as a form of authority-making, in present-day Palestine become “stubborn realities” that tend to perpetuate in a state of permanent temporariness due to Israel’s prolonged military occupation of territory. In this article, maps are best understood as discourses that create knowledge, particularly so in sensitive geo-political contexts such as the one in which we live.  More . . . .

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Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished five dwellings housing Palestinian Bedouin families in the Abu Nuwwar community east of Jerusalem — part of the wider E1 corridor — leaving 25 people homeless. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, Jan. 6, 2016) SEE# 4 BELOW.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  5  BEDOUIN  DWELLINGS  IN  E1  CORRIDOR
Jan. 6, 2016
Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished five dwellings housing Palestinian Bedouin families in the Abu Nuwwar community east of Jerusalem — part of the wider E1 corridor — leaving 25 people homeless.
___Dawood al-Jahalin, a spokesperson for the Abu Nuwwar Bedouin community, told Ma’an that Israeli military and police vehicles surrounded the area at around 8:30 a.m., before bulldozers demolished five dwellings and an agricultural structure.
___The families were not given any time to remove their belongings before the dwellings — made of steel, wood, and canvas — were torn down, he said.  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
RESISTING  OBLIVION  IN  THE  NEW  YEAR
Mahmoud Zidan
Jan 6 2016
At the beginning of the New Year, I cannot help but remember Hadeel Rajabi, an eleven-year-old child. Do I need to say that she’s like all children at this age, full of a combination of innocence, ambition, stubbornness, and perhaps mischievousness? Yes, I do, as she’s a Palestinian . . . .
___On Wednesday the 18th of January last year, Hadeel was not given a gift nor was she expecting one. She wasn’t rewarded for being a high-achieving student, either. She was reminded that she’s a Palestinian, as she was summoned to the Qishla police station in the western part of the Old City of Jerusalem. . . .
___ . . . despite the injuries that an Israeli soldier has inflicted on her and that she still remembers. Etched in the mind of this child is immunity against oblivion. More . . . .

“FROM THE DIARY OF AN ALMOST-FOUR-YEAR-OLD,” BY HANAN ASHRAWI

Tomorrow, the bandages
will come off. I wonder
will I see half an orange,
half an apple, half my
mother’s face
with my one remaining eye?
I did not see the bullet
but felt its pain
exploding in my head.
His image did not
vanish, the soldier
with a big gun, unsteady
hands, and a look in
his eyes
I could not understand.

If I can see him so clearly
with my eyes closed,
it could be that inside our heads
we each have one spare set
of eyes
to make up for the ones we lose.

Next month, on my birthday,
I’ll have a brand new glass eye,
maybe things will look round
and fat in the middle —
I’ve gazed through all my marbles,
they made the world look strange.

I hear a nine-month-old
has also lost an eye,
I wonder if my soldier
shot her too—a soldier
looking for little girls who
look him in the eye—
I’m old enough, almost four,
I’ve seen enough of life,
but she’s just a baby
who didn’t know any better.

Interview with Hanan Ashrawi
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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An Israeli Official Map Showing the West Bank as part of Israel.

“. . . 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 . . . .
[. . . . ]
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
More . . .
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
[. . . . ]
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.
More . . .
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.
More . . .
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

“. . . when I am led all alone to be whipped and humiliated . . . at every police station. . .” (‘Abd Al-Latif ‘Aql)

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Ofer Prison, Occupied Territories. Ofer Prison is run by the Israel Prison Service and used to be operated by the Israel Defense Forces’ Military Police Corps. It holds about 1,100 Palestinian prisoners both those under administrative detention and those who have been tried and sentenced. Among them are children. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❶ Nearly 400 Palestinian children held in Israeli jails
❷ UN submission: Unlawful transfer of protected persons
❸ Pollard Released After 30 Years in Prison
❹ Army Kidnaps Fifteen Palestinians in Hebron
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ‘It Has Become a Prison’: The ghettoization of Hebron
❻ Poetry by ‘Abd Al-Latif ‘Aql
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
NEARLY  400  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN  HELD  IN  ISRAELI  JAILS
Nov. 20, 2015
RAMALLAH ― A prisoners’ rights group said Friday that nearly 400 Palestinian children between the ages of 11 and 17 are currently being held in Israeli jails.
___The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said in a statement that 11 of those detained were being held without charge or trial under administration detention orders. . . .
___Some 700 children have been detained since the beginning of October — mainly in the Hebron and Jerusalem districts — many of whom were released under specific conditions including bail or house arrest, the society said.
More . . .
MILITARY COURT WATCH
UN  SUBMISSION:  UNLAWFUL  TRANSFER  OF  PROTECTED  PERSONS
Nov. 12, 2015
MCW lodged a submission with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention relating to the unlawful transfer and detention of Palestinian minors from the West Bank to prisons located inside Israel in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
___According to evidence provided by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) an average of 88 per cent of Palestinian detainees from the West Bank, including minors, are transferred and detained inside Israel. It is currently estimated that this affects between 7,000 to 8,000 Palestinians each year and is classified under international law as a war crime.
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The gate to Ofer Prison. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
POLLARD  RELEASED  AFTER  30  YEARS  IN  PRISON
Nov. 21, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Friday, addressed American spy, Jonathan Pollard, who was released on parole after serving 30 years in prison, after handing over top-secret classified information to Israel.
___“The people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard,” the PM said in a video statement. “As someone who has raised his case among successive US presidents many times, I longed for this day,” Netanyahu continued.
___The former intelligence analyst for the US government was arrested in 1985, and pleaded guilty in 1987, to charges in violation of the Espionage Act.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  FIFTEEN  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON
Nov. 21, 2015
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Saturday at dawn, the southern West Bank district of Hebron, searched dozens of homes and kidnapped fifteen Palestinians.
___The soldiers invaded the Joret Bahlas area, north of Hebron city, and various neighborhoods before kidnapping the Palestinians.
___Local sources said the soldiers kidnapped Ismael Taiseer Bader, 44, Luay Faisal al-Hashlamoun, 30, Adel al-Eeda al-Herbawi, 48, Othman Sharif Tamimi, 18, Nader Hamed Natsha, Mohammad Ali al-Qawasma, and Ezzat Sha’ban al-Khatib, after violently storming their homes and searching them, in Hebron city.
___ The army also invaded Deir Samet village, southwest of Hebron, searched homes and kidnapped . . .
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Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
‘IT  HAS  BECOME  A  PRISON’:  THE  GHETTOIZATION  OF  HEBRON
Megan Hanna
Nov. 11, 2015
Hebron’s Old City, located in the “H2 area” under full Israeli military control, is subject to dramatic new restrictions introduced last week. Israeli soldiers seized several homes in the Tel Rumedia area and barred the residents from going in or out, declaring the area a military zone and banning access to non-residents, in a move that parallels security restrictions imposed recently upon areas of East Jerusalem.
Since the beginning of last month 22 Palestinians have been killed in Hebron, and nine in the Old City that has been the epicentre of escalating tensions.
___Even for the 50 families who live in Tel Rumeida, who had a mere few days to register their name and ID card to the Israeli authorities, the plans will severely restrict their freedom of movement, as they will have to undergo rigorous security searches every time they wish to leave or enter their homes.
___According to a resident of Tel Rumeida, “They told me I have the number 36 [on the list with who’s allowed to go in and out], it’s just like in prison. They try to make you a number, you’re not a person”.
More . . .

(Palestinian poets frequently use the image of “lover” for Palestine.)

“LOVE  PALESTINIAN-STYLE,”  BY  ‘ABD AL-LATIF ‘AQL

In times of drought you are my figs and olives,
Your barrenness is my fragrant gown.

Of the rubble that was your eyes I erect my home,
I love you alive, I love you in death.
When hungry, I feed on thyme.

I feel your hair against my face and I pine,
My weary face turns red.

I am born in the palms of your hands, and embryo,
I grow and grow, and I reach maturity.

I drink the meaning of my life from your gaze,
Then my being is awakened and is intoxicated.

I journey across frontiers, you are my suitcase,
You are my forged passport.

I boast that I can smuggle your eyes
Across borders;
I boast and boast and pride surges within me.

And when soldiers confiscate you,
Even before hashish,
And gouge the pupils of my eyes,

I feel I have been cleansed of the shame;
I have become purer
And more immaculate.

When they fear what may be under my armpits,
They confine me in small cells;
I sign your name
At the end of police reports.

And when I am led all alone
To be whipped and humiliated,
And lashed at every police station,
I feel we’re lovers, who died from ecstasy,
A dark-skinned man and his woman.

You become me and I become you―
Luscious figs and shelled almonds.
And when soldiers smash my head
And force me to sip the cold of prison
To forget you―I love you even more.

‘Abd Al-Latif ‘Aql was born in 1942 in Deir Istiya, a village near Nablus. His family was exiled in 1948, and he lived in Amman and studied in Damasus and the U.S. where earned a PhD in social psychology. He worked as a school teacher in the West Bank for many years. He has published many volumes of poetry. His two plays incurred the wrath of the Israelis, and were forced to end performance at Bir Zeit 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 Abe Books. 

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Employee parking, Ofer Prison. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

 

“. . . my tongue has not been silenced yet . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

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‘My political party is my poem.’ Mourid Barghouti feels that the Arabic language is under attack [Credit: Ahmed Alaidy, 2010. AlJazeera]
❶ Report: Israel killed 23 Palestinian children since the start of 2015
❷ Israeli forces raid Bethlehem-area refugee camp, injure 2
❸ Gaza man shocked after being wrongly identified as Paris attacker
❹ What’s the difference between habbeh and intifada?
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel tries to reap propaganda benefits from Paris bombings
❻ Poetry by Mourid Barghouti
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❶ THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
REPORT:  ISRAEL  KILLED  23  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN  SINCE  THE  START  OF  2015
Nov. 19, 2015
RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have killed 23 Palestinian children since the beginning of the current year, according to Palestinian official statistics released on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day.
___20 November marks the Universal Children’s Day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
___A report issued by the Palestinian central bureau of statistics on Wednesday stated that 18 Palestinian children had been killed by the IOF since the start of al-Quds intifada in early October.
___The IOF also kidnapped and detained more than 3,700 children between 2010 and 2014, the report said.
More . . .
Related . . . IN  PICTURES:  THE  OCCUPATION  ARRESTS  10  JERUSALEMITE  CHILDREN
MAAN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  BETHLEHEM-AREA  REFUGEE  CAMP,  INJURE  2
Nov. 19, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli forces on Thursday shot and injured two young Palestinian men in Duheisha refugee camp south of Bethlehem during a dawn arrest raid, locals said.
___Locals told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli soldiers stormed the southern West Bank camp ransacking more than 20 homes before detaining 22-year-old Muhammad Nidal Abu Akar.
___In response to the incursion, young men and teenagers living in the camp hurled stones and improvised explosive devices at the soldiers who deployed heavily in the streets and on rooftops of buildings.
___Israeli soldiers showered the camp and the main street leading to Bethlehem with tear gas and fired live ammunition at the protesters, hitting two in the feet, according to locals.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers also fired gunshots at security guards of an UNRWA-affiliated school near the main road.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
GAZA  MAN  SHOCKED  AFTER  BEING  WRONGLY  IDENTIFIED  AS  PARIS  ATTACKER
Nov. 18, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A young man from the Gaza Strip has spoken of his shock after being falsely accused of being one of theIS militants involved in the Paris attacks on Friday, which killed over 130 people.
___Sami Abu Rus, a journalism student at Al-Aqsa University, told Ma’an that he was shocked after seeing his image posted online by Islamic State media groups praising him as one of the “lions” who attacked Paris.
___Abu Rus, who resides in al-Nuseirat refugee camp, said he has never left the Gaza Strip and only found out that his photo had been used after being told by friends.
___He initially dismissed it as a joke, before his photo was also published by a site affiliated with IS.
More . . . 
AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WHAT’S  THE  DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN  HABBEH  AND  INTIFADA?
Daoud Kuttab
Nov. 18, 2015
Palestinians and Arabs are still unsure about what to call the protest activities that began on the eve of the Jewish New Year on Sept. 13, 2015. Since then, 89 Palestinians and 12 Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers have been killed and many more injured.
___After the 1987 first intifada and the 2000 second intifada, it has taken pundits and politicians some time to decide whether what we are witnessing today is a full-blown uprising, or intifada in Palestinian terminology, or simply short, popular outbursts of protests, what Palestinians call “habbeh jamaherieh” in Arabic.
___The differences have followed the split within the Palestinian movement with pro-Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas media and politicians calling it habbeh, while pro-Hamas leaders and media are calling it an Al-Quds intifada or Al-Aqsa intifada.
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  TRIES  TO  REAP  PROPAGANDA  BENEFITS  FROM  PARIS  BOMBINGS
Khalid Amayreh
As usual in these circumstances, Israel is trying to exploit the Paris bombings for its propaganda purposes.
___Israeli and Zionist officials have been insinuating that the widely condemned terrorist bombings in Paris, for which the ISIS took responsibility, justified Israel’s crackdown on Palestinian resistance against Jewish colonialism, especially Israel’s lebensraum policies in the West Bank.
___Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been quoted as saying that the Paris bombings should make France and other countries understand Israel’s war on Palestinian terror.
___Netanyahu’s opportunistic remarks seem to have been motivated by two main considerations.
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Related . . . THIS  WEEK  IN  PALESTINE:  JOURNALIST/AUTHOR  KHALID  AMAYREH

(A poem about Barghouti’s life as an exile almost continuously since the 1967 war.)

“I  HAVE  NO  PROBLEM,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI
I look at myself:
I have no problem.
I look all right
and, to some girls,
my grey hair might even be attractive;
my eyeglasses are well made,
my body temperature is precisely thirty seven,
my shirt is ironed and my shoes do not hurt.
I have no problem.
My hands are not cuffed,
my tongue has not been silenced yet,
I have not, so far, been sentenced
and I have not been fired from my work;
I am allowed to visit my relatives in jail,
I’m allowed to visit some of their graves in some countries.
I have no problem.
I am not shocked that my friend
has grown a horn on his head.
I like his cleverness in hiding the obvious tail
under his clothes, I like his calm paws.
He might kill me, but I shall forgive him
for he is my friend;
he can hurt me every now and then.
I have no problem.
The smile of the TV anchor
does not make me ill any more
and I’ve got used to the Khaki stopping my colours
night and day.
That is why
I keep my identification papers on me, even at
the swimming pool.
I have no problem.
Yesterday, my dreams took the night train
and I did not know how to say goodbye to them.
I heard the train had crashed
in a barren valley
(only the driver survived).
I thanked God, and took it easy
for I have small nightmares
that I hope will develop into great dreams.
I have no problem.
I look at myself, from the day I was born till now.
In my despair I remember
that there is life after death;
there is life after death
and I have no problem.
But I ask:
Oh my God,
is there life before death?
――Translated by Radwa Ashour

From poem hunter.com
Interview with Mourid Barghouti 

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Israeli forces enter a Palestinian home in Duheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem. (MaanImages)

 

“. . . Who are these songs when they . . . hide them from the eyes of soldiers . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

One of a series of photos taken in Nabi Saleh on Friday, Aug. 28 that has subsequently gone viral.
One of a series of photos taken in Nabi Saleh on Friday, Aug. 28 that has subsequently gone viral.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PHOTOS  OF  FAMILY  FORCING  SOLDIER  TO  RELEASE  12-YEAR-OLD  BOY  GO  VIRAL
August 29, 2015
BETHLEHEM―Images of two Palestinian women and a young girl scuffling with an Israeli soldier after he tackled a Palestinian boy with a broken arm went viral Friday evening, as the images became widely circulated on social media networks and mainstream media outlets.
____The incident took place in the central occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah, where local, international and Israeli activists gather for weekly Friday rallies in protest against Israel’s separation wall, a well as settlement expansion and illegal policies.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
NEW  SCHOOL  YEAR  IN  DOUBT  AT  PALESTINIAN  CHRISTIAN  SCHOOLS  IN  ISRAEL
August 29, 2015
JERUSALEM ―Israel’s academic year starts Tuesday, but if tough financing talks with the government bear no fruit, the doors of the country’s 47 Christian schools will remain closed, a church official said.
____Some 33,000 children, mostly Muslim Palestinians, attend the schools, which have a history predating Israel’s foundation in 1948 and are run primarily by the Roman Catholic church.
____Traditionally, the schools received 65 percent of their budgets from the state, with parents paying the balance. But that figure was cut to 34 percent two years ago, doubling the amount parents had to come up with.
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PHOTOS: THE GAZA FAMILIES OBLITERATED IN JUST 51 DAYS
Photography: Anne Paq / Activestills.org
August 26, 2015
Out of the 2,200 Palestinians killed in last summer’s assault on the Gaza Strip, over 80 percent were civilians. Nearly 150 families lost three or more relatives, with some families disappearing entirely. Activestills’ Anne Paq returns to Gaza to tell the story behind the numbers.
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Photos (from left to right) of the killed siblings Mohammed (12), Yara (8) and Nadeen (16) Mahmoud Al Farra, held by their mother in their home in Khan Younis, February 22, 2015. 9 members of the Al Farra family were killed in the street by an Israeli missile while they were fleeing their home after it was attacked on August 1st, 2014.
Photos (from left to right) of the killed siblings Mohammed (12), Yara (8) and Nadeen (16) Mahmoud Al Farra, held by their mother in their home in Khan Younis, February 22, 2015. 9 members of the Al Farra family were killed in the street by an Israeli missile while they were fleeing their home after it was attacked on August 1st, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  INJURE  5  IN  NORTHERN  WEST  BANK  CLASHES
August 29, 2015
NABLUS ―Israeli forces shot four young Palestinian men with rubber-coated steel bullets and an elderly man suffered from tear gas inhalation during clashes early Saturday morning in the northern West Bank village of Tell, south of Nablus, Palestinian security sources told Ma’an.
____Palestinian security sources said that several Israeli military vehicles stormed the village of Tell at 1 a.m. on Saturday morning before local youths responded to their presence and clashes broke out.
____The security sources, as well as locals, said young Palestinian men threw stone and empty bottles at the intruding soldiers, who then fired stun grenades, tear-gas canisters and rubber-coated steel bullets at the young men.
[. . . .]
____Israeli forces have injured 1,307 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian Territory since the start of the year. . . .
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❺ Opinion
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
NGOS  CALL  ON  ISRAEL  TO  LIFT  GAZA  BLOCKADE
August 27, 2015
Aid, faith, development and human rights organisations have launched an unprecedented joint call urging world leaders to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. The group of thirty-five NGOs blame the siege for the lack of reconstruction in the enclave a year after the 2014 Israeli offensive.
____“It’s outrageous that a year on from the last Gaza war, not one home has been totally rebuilt and the world has left families to live in rubble,” said senior Avaaz campaigner Fadi Quran. “Governments are allowing Israel to violate the most basic humanitarian laws. Since the start of the blockade there have been three wars with hundreds of children killed.”
____The campaign has attracted the support of renowned international organisations, including Oxfam, Action Against Hunger and Avaaz, to become the largest ever global public push to end the blockade of the Palestinian territory.
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“OUR  SONGS,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH
Who are these songs for?
When they break the silence of the night
spreading warmth and life over the snow,
when they fall on the amine and carry it to water,
when they pass by a dim window, secretly embracing a lover,
when the spread over the grass, wrapped in clouds?
Who are these songs for
when they free the flowers
and the hidden flame of passion in women,
when they come to you with their flowers,
when they come to me with their secrets,
when they embrace the sun or a bouquet of flowers
or anything abandoned on the road?
When they send a pulse into the ground
and the pulse blossoms into a flower
in the space between two deaths,
or in a cloud, or in fire?
Who are these songs for
when they laugh,
who are these songs for when they rise?
And who are these songs for
when they open the doors to our houses
and embrace us one by one,
returning us to our lore?
When they carry our bodies in weddings
and cushion us with a lovely homeland
and then pick the most delicious fruit
and the farthest star
and hide them from the eyes of soldiers
to carry them―like our mother―home to us?

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

Israeli soldiers firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas. Ma'an Images.
Israeli soldiers firing rubber-coated bullets and tear gas. Ma’an Images.

“. . . we are still here, fifty years old―steeped in killing―. . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

Israeli occupation forces arrests child leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning  of June 3
Israeli occupation forces arrest child leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning of June 3

❶ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JEWISH SETTLERS SEVERELY ASSAULT PALESTINIAN CHILD NEAR GATE OF AL-AQSA MOSQUE
July 25, 2015
JERUSALEM, (WAFA) – Jewish settlers Saturday severely assaulted a Palestinian child near one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.
____. . . extremist Israeli settlers assaulted the child, who was not identified, near al-Ghawanma Gate, prompting a group of Palestinians to intervene and save him. Settlers eventually managed to flee the scene.
____This came as Jewish settlers performed Talmudic rituals in front of King Faisal Gate and al-Qattanin Gate . . . . The performance of these rituals by Jewish settlers came following calls made by right-wing Jewish organizations, which urged settlers to storm the holy site to mark the ‘destruction of the Temple’.
(More. . .)

❷ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN SUFFER INCREASING LEVELS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE BY ISRAELI FORCES, SAYS HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
July 25, 2015
RAMALLAH, (WAFA) – Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during the first half of 2015 suffered increasing levels of physical violence, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) research.
____Data compiled by DCIP since January 2015 shows that “86 percent of Palestinian children experienced some form of physical violence during their arrest or interrogation, a 10 percent increase from 2014.”
____“[U]nlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian children have no right to be accompanied by a parent . . . during interrogation. . . . Ill treatment of Palestinian children remains widespread and systematic. . . .”
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(More. . .) PALESTINIAN CHILD FACES 10 YEARS IN ISRAELI JAIL

Israeli occupation police assault Palestinian guard at Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning
Israeli occupation police assault Palestinian guard at Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning

❸ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES ‘AMBUSH’ DEMONSTRATORS, INJURING 2 WITH LIVE FIRE
July 24, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces Friday during a weekly demonstration in the occupied West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, witnesses said.
____Israeli forces had reportedly set an “ambush” near the path where demonstrators planned to walk, opening live fire as the marchers headed towards land confiscated by the neighboring Halamish settlement.
[. . . .]
____The injured demonstrators were taken to a hospital in Ramallah for treatment.
____Israeli soldiers attempted to prevent the ambulance carrying those injured from leaving the scene for a short period of time, witnesses added.
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❹ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HAMAS ARMED WING GIVES 25,000 GAZANS COMBAT TRAINING
July 25, 2015
GAZA CITY (AFP) — The military wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp on Saturday, aimed at providing basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled coastal enclave.
____Hamas. . . is reportedly engaged in indirect contacts with Israel to try to reach a long-term truce. . . .
____”The goal of these military training camps is to train the vanguard for liberation — spiritually, intellectually and physically — to be ready and able to play its role in liberation,” said a statement by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing.
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❺ From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL TO EXPAND MA’ALE HA-ZEITIM SETTLEMENT IN EAST J’LEM
July 25, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Thursday started to bulldoze Palestinian plots of land in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood east of the Old City of Jerusalem as a prelude to annexing them to Ma’ale ha-Zeitim settlement.
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“TENTS,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
There are tents of blood and terror
in the dust
pitched there to make a myth of the sky.
There are tents of wind in our blood
that take us everywhere though we appear motionless,
so the lime in the lore of the mejana
and a smell from the sea surround us.
The singer has multiplied in us.
The Imam has multiplied in us.
The broadcaster has multiplied in us.
Talk has multiplied in us.
Departure and the medallions of war multiply and
fragment our bodies with victory!
And we are still here,
fifty years old―steeped in killing―
and on our own.

From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN INSIDE: SELECTED POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.
Ibrahim Nasrallah (born 1954 in Amman, Jordan, in Wihdat refugee camp) is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer.  He studied at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia and worked as a journalist, 1978 ― 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He is in charge of cultural activities at Darat-al-Funun in Amman. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children’s books. In 2009 his novel The Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Biography from “Poem Hunter.com.”

Ma'ale ha-Zeitim Jewish settlement on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, inside the Arab neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud
Ma’ale ha-Zeitim Jewish settlement on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, inside the Arab neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud