“. . . Soldiers stalk a pharmacy: big guns, little pills . . .” (Naomi Shihab Nye)

SELECTED  NEWS  OF  THE  DAY. . .

ISRAEL  ORDERS  KHAN  AL-AHMAR  RESIDENTS  TO  EVACUATE  BEFORE  OCTOBER
The Israeli Civil Administration ordered on Sunday the Bedouin residents of Khan al-Ahmar village, east of Jerusalem, to demolish their homes and to evacuate the area before the start of October.  ___According to local sources, staff members of the Israeli Civil Administration under the protection of Israeli forces stormed Khan al-Ahmar and handed evacuation notices to the residents, ordering them to demolish their homes and evacuate the village within the given timeframe.   ___Sources said that Israeli forces threatened the residents in case of non-implementation of the notices, the Israeli army would demolish the village.   More .
Related . . .  ISRAEL  NOTIFIES  TO  DEMOLISH  7  HOMES  NEAR  JERICHO

34  [U.S.]  SENATE  DEMOCRATS  URGE  TRUMP  TO  RESTORE  AID  TO  THE  PALESTINIANS     Lawmakers warn president’s ‘strategy of forcing PA to negotiating table by withholding humanitarian assistance from women and children is misguided and destined to backfire.’
Two-thirds of Democrats in the Senate and a third of the entire body signed a letter to US President Donald Trump urging him to reinstate assistance to the Palestinians. . .   ___“Eliminating funds for programs that provide clean water, food, education, and medical services for Palestinians will exacerbate poverty, fuel extremism, further reduce the chance of a future peace agreement and threaten Israel’s security,” said the letter sent Friday [. . . .] The letter was initiated by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, Diane Feinstein and Chris Coons.  JEWISH  SIGNATORIES  include Feinstein, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Brian Schatz.   More . . .

IOF  PREVENT  MINISTER  OF  EDUCATION  FROM  PASSING  THROUGH  CHECKPOINT
Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday morning prevented Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Sabri Saidam from entering Beit Iksa checkpoint to inspect the educational process in the town.   ___The Ministry of Education said in a press statement that the minister and his delegation . . . considering that this prohibition comes as part of a deliberate campaign against Minister Siddam and the educational leadership.    More .

COMMENTARY  AND  OPINION. . . .

THE  HOLOCAUST,  VENGEANCE  AND  THE  PALESTINIANS
Philip Weiss
For Jews 50 and older, there is only one collective memory. It was given to me when I was little, when my mother told me about the Jews hiding . . .   It did not matter that the actual memory was not my mother’s or mine. This had happened to us, the Jews. She’d been a girl when the news had broken in the U.S. The memory was fresh, and ours to carry.   [. . . .] I went to Warsaw. Actually seeing the scene of the boots and the scant memorials to its existence was disturbing; and when I got home I began reading Warsaw memoirs. [. . . .] One surprise of these memoirs was a simple one that probably should have been obvious. The remnant of Jews who survived the ghetto liquidation in 1942 and who undertook the noble doomed uprising in 1943 had an overriding motivation: They wanted revenge.   More . . .

HOW  THE  SPANISH  COURTS  BECAME  A  BATTLEGROUND  FOR  ISRAEL’S  ANTI-BDS  EFFORTS
On 4 September, a Spanish district court annulled a resolution to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The resolution had been put forward by the municipal council of Ayamonte, a small town situated on the border with Portugal, and advocated for a ban on any association with Israeli companies or organisations.    [. . . .]   So why the about-turn? One thread tying the above three cases together is ACOM, or Acción y Comunicación sobre Oriente Medio (Action and Communication on the Middle East). ACOM describes itself as a “non-denominational and independent organization that aims to reinforce the political relationship between Spain and Israel by working with governments, political parties, the media and civil society.” . . .  ACOM has been on the front line of Israel’s efforts to quash support for BDS, embroiling the Spanish courts in a tug of war in the process.   [. . . .] links with right-wing NGOs and the Israeli political elite have placed ACOM at the forefront of Israel’s anti-BDS war.   More . . .

NOTICES  FROM  ORGANIZATIONS. . . .

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is a nonprofit, tax-exempt Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through nonviolent advocacy and education. Sabeel is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions. “Join us for Prophetic Action: Christians Convening for Palestine. . . in concert with this year’s US Campaign for Palestinian Rights conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. Prophetic Action will be one of the largest ecumenical gatherings of Christian leaders and activists for Palestinian rights.”  Information . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“JERUSALEM,”  BY  NAOMI  SHIHAB  NYE

“Let’s be the same wound if we must bleed.
Let’s fight side by side, even if the enemy
is ourselves: I am yours, you are mine.”
—Tommy Olofsson, Sweden

I’m not interested in
who suffered the most.
I’m interested in
people getting over it.

Once when my father was a boy
a stone hit him on the head.
Hair would never grow there.
Our fingers found the tender spot
and its riddle: the boy who has fallen
stands up. A bucket of pears
in his mother’s doorway welcomes him home.
The pears are not crying.
Later his friend who threw the stone
says he was aiming at a bird.
And my father starts growing wings.

Each carries a tender spot:
something our lives forgot to give us.
A man builds a house and says,
“I am native now.”
A woman speaks to a tree in place
of her son. And olives come.
A child’s poem says,
“I don’t like wars,
they end up with monuments.”
He’s painting a bird with wings
wide enough to cover two roofs at once.

Why are we so monumentally slow?
Soldiers stalk a pharmacy:
big guns, little pills.
If you tilt your head just slightly
it’s ridiculous.

There’s a place in my brain
where hate won’t grow.
I touch its riddle: wind, and seeds.
Something pokes us as we sleep.

It’s late but everything comes next.

—From Naomi Shihab Nye,  THE  RED  SUITCASE.  BOA Editions, Ltd. (1994).

 

 

“. . . The eagles of this land will shield my open revolt . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

  • NOTE: In place of a background academic article, today’s post includes opinion pieces from two Jewish Israeli sources

❶ Journalists syndicate calls for protection for Palestinian journalists
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Commission of Detainees raps IOF raid on Abu Jihad Center in Abu Dis
❷ Renewed aerial attacks target northern Gaza at dawn
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Gaza: Eight Gazans killed, 535 others wounded in 10 days
❸ US Jerusalem announcement violates international law, says Russian Envoy
. . . . . ❸ ― (ᴀ) PA to seek General Assembly if US vetoes Security Council resolution on Jerusalem
OPINION: Israeli Jews ‘will never accept’ giving vote to Palestinians — liberal Zionist leader
. . . . . ❹ ― (ᴃ) Why Israel’s Arab leadership is disengaging from the Zionist Left
❺ POETRY by Fouzi El-Asmar
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❶ JOURNALISTS  SYNDICATE  CALLS  FOR  PROTECTION  FOR  PALESTINIAN  JOURNALISTS 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Dec. 18, 2017 ― Nasser Abu Baker, President of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), demanded the international community to provide legal and formal protection for Palestinian journalists from Israel’s violations against them.
___Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Abu Baker said that Israeli forces dangerously target Palestinian journalists and media in order to prevent them from conveying the truth to international masses, who have shown solidarity with the Palestinians through numerous demonstrations that took places across the world in protest of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.     MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴀ)  COMMISSION  OF  DETAINEES  RAPS  IOF  RAID  ON  ABU  JIHAD  CENTER  IN  ABU  DIS  
The Palestinian Information Center 
Dec. 18, 2017 ― The Palestinian Commission for Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs has strongly denounced the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) for raiding Abu Jihad Center for Prisoners’ Affairs at al-Quds University in Abu Dis town, east of Jerusalem.
___Director of the commission Issa Qaraqe described the violent IOF raid on the headquarters of Abu Jihad Center as a blatant and futile attempt to destroy archives of the Palestinian captive  movement.   MORE . . .
❷ RENEWED  AERIAL  ATTACKS  TARGET  NORTHERN  GAZA  AT  DAWN
The Palestinian Information Center 
Dec. 18, 2017 ―  Renewed Israeli airstrikes at dawn Monday targeted different areas of northern Gaza, without causing injuries among civilians.
___Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli warplanes bombed two resistance posts belonging to al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas with five missiles in northern Gaza.     ___Another three missiles targeted a building in al-Waha resort, also in northern Gaza, causing widespread damage in the place, the sources added.   MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❷  ―  (ᴀ)  GAZA:  EIGHT  GAZANS  KILLED,  535  OTHERS  WOUNDED  IN  10  DAYS
The Palestinian Information Center 
Dec. 18, 2017 ―  Since the outbreak of the current intifada (uprising) 10 days ago, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) have killed eight Palestinian citizens and wounded 535 others, mostly in shooting attacks, in different areas of the besieged Gaza Strip.
___According to the health ministry in Gaza, four Palestinians were killed in sniper attacks east of Gaza city and three others in Jabalia during the recent protests, which were organized inside Gaza border areas against the US recognition of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.   MORE . . .
❸  US  JERUSALEM  ANNOUNCEMENT  VIOLATES  INTERNATIONAL  LAW,  SAYS  RUSSIAN  ENVOY 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Dec. 18, 2017 ― Mikhail Bogdanov, Special Envoy of the Russian President for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister, said the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a breach of international law.     During a meeting Monday with Anwar Abed al-Hadi, director of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s political Bureau in Damascus, Syria, Bogdanov stressed that Trump’s announcement is illegitimate and would cause peace process to fail.    He also said that Russia’s position is clear and firm on East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, stressing Russia’s support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.    MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❸  ―  (ᴀ)  PA  TO  SEEK  GENERAL  ASSEMBLY  IF  US  VETOES  SECURITY  COUNCIL  RESOLUTION  ON  JERUSALEM 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA 
Dec. 18, 2017 ―  Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs Riyad al-Malki said on Monday that in the event the United States vetoes an upcoming draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council against US’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian Authority will seek action at the UN General Assembly.    MORE . . .
❹ Opinion: ISRAELI  JEWS  ‘WILL  NEVER  ACCEPT’  GIVING  VOTE  TO  PALESTINIANS  —  LIBERAL  ZIONIST  LEADER 
Mondoweiss
Philip Weiss
Dec. 17, 2017 ― Talia Sasson is the president of the liberal Zionist group the New Israel Fund (and a lawyer, former longtime government official, and candidate for the Knesset in the Meretz Party). On a podcast for the New Israel Fund four days ago she decried the idea that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is a blow to the peace process.
___We must continue the peace process, because the two-state solution is the only imaginable political resolution of the conflict, whenever it comes, she said; and Israelis (i.e., Israeli Jews) will never accept a single state with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza having the right to vote for the parliament.     MORE . . .
.  .  .  .  .  ❹  ―  (ᴃ)  WHY  ISRAEL’S  ARAB  LEADERSHIP  IS  DISENGAGING  FROM  THE  ZIONIST  LEFT  
+972 Magazine 
Doron Matza
Dec. 18, 2017 ― The protests against government corruption and the erosion of the rule of law, which moved recently from Petah Tikvah to the symbolic Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, provide an interesting indication of the nature of relations between Arabs and Jews and, in particular, of the process that the country’s Arab leadership is undergoing.
___What is striking in the context of the demonstration is the absence of the Arab political leadership from the new social protests (“Rothschild 2”) and the accompanying political discourse. The present reality contrasts with the protests of the summer of 2011 (“Rothschild 1″), in which Arab leaders were publicly involved in the core of the protests that took place in Tel Aviv and elsewhere around the country, as part of the movement’s spread to the country’s socio-geographic periphery.
___The 2011 summer protests focused on the high cost of living and housing, issues that highly concern Arab citizens of Israel, who face discrimination in these areas, and echoed the other protest movements in the region and around the world against the neoliberal economic order. In contrast, the scope of “Rothschild 2” is far narrower: a struggle against government corruption. Another explanation for the absence of the Arab political leadership from the protest is the increasing separation of Arab politics from the social-political arena in Israel and the changing relationship between the Arab leadership and the Zionist Left and Right.   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)

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

“. . . my right to behold the sun To demolish the tent and banishment . . .” (Fouzi El Azmar)

Caption: A man kisses the forehead of Naser al-Deen Allan, the father of Mohammed Allan, following news from Allan's lawyer regarding the suspension of his detention, at the family home in the West Bank city of Nablus on August 19, 2015. (Agence France-Presse/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
A man kisses the forehead of Naser al-Deen Allan, the father of Mohammed Allan, following news from Allan’s lawyer regarding the suspension of his detention, at the family home in the West Bank city of Nablus on August 19, 2015. (Agence France-Presse/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  DETAINED  BY  ISRAEL  ENDS  2-MONTH  HUNGER  STRIKE
Agence France-Presse
Aug. 20, 2015
ASHKELON, Israel ― Palestinian detainee Muhammad Allan ended a two-month hunger strike Thursday that had put his life at risk and sparked intense debate over his detention without trial by Israeli authorities, his lawyer said.
____”Muhammad Allan regained consciousness and is not on hunger strike,” Jamil al-Khatib told journalists of his 31-year-old client, after Israel’s top court late Wednesday temporarily lifted his detention without trial.
____Khatib spoke after visiting Allan in hospital in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and said his health was improving, though he remained bedridden.
____He was receiving vitamins and minerals intravenously.
____”He is in a good health condition and can communicate with others,” Khatib said.
More. . .

❷ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
EU  WELCOMES  UNRWA’S  REOPENING  OF  SCHOOL  YEAR
August 20, 2015
BRUSSELS, ― The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Wednesday declared that schools are set to re-open for Palestinian children and refugees in neighboring countries in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria in the coming weeks.
____In a joint press statement, the EU said this positive and encouraging news has been made possible because of the European Union’s support, as the largest donor to UNRWA, as well as the important contributions from other partners and donor countries.
[. . . .]
____With its Member States, the EU remains the largest donor to UNRWA. EU overall funding in 2014 accounted for almost 40% of the total support to UNRWA. Since the year 2000, the EU has provided over €1.6 billion in support of UNRWA’s work.
More . . . 
Related . . .

UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl visiting the Abu Tue’ma school in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on 14 September 2014, to celebrate the start of the new school year. Photo: UNRWA/Shareef Sarhan
UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl visiting the Abu Tue’ma school in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, on 14 September 2014, to celebrate the start of the new school year. Photo: UNRWA/Shareef Sarhan

❸ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  2  CHILDREN  FROM  KAFR  QADDUM
August 20, 2015
QALQILIYA ― Israeli forces detained five Palestinians from the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum early Thursday, including two children, a local official said.
____Israeli forces raided the town early in the morning and detained three residents. The forces also delivered notices ordering two Palestinian children in the town to meet with Israeli police in the illegal Ariel settlement, coordinator of a local popular committee Murad Ishteiwi said.
____Abdullah Jamil and Subhi Mansour were then interrogated and detained by Israeli police for allegedly taking part in the town’s weekly march, Ishteiwi added.
[. . . .]
____Residents of Kafr Qaddum have carried out weekly demonstrations for four years, often calling for the reopening of a village entrance which has been closed 13 years and is the main route to the nearby city of Nablus, an economic stronghold in the area.
More. . .

❹ From: THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  THREATENS  DEMOLITION  OF  MOSQUE  IN  SILWAN
August 20, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM ― The Israeli municipal staff in Occupied Jerusalem notified on Thursday the demolition of the al-Qaaqaa Mosque, in Jerusalem’s town of Silwan, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.
____Activist Fakhri Abu Diab said Israel has pursued a policy of arbitrary demolitions in an attempt to mar the life of Palestinian Jerusalemites and force them out of occupied Jerusalem so as to set the stage for settlement expansion particularly around the Old City and the holy al-Aqsa Mosque.
____He said demolitions make part of Israeli intents to Judaize the city and wipe out its typically Islamic character.
____Member of the Mosque’s supervision personnel, Sheikh Hani Abu Tayeh, said the Israeli municipal crews, escorted by police officers, ordered the evacuation of the holy site within no more than a week’s time.
More. . .

❺ Opinion
From: MONDOWEISS
END  OF  LOCKSTEP  US  JEWISH  SUPPORT  FOR  ISRAEL  IS  A  TRIUMPH  NOT  A  TRAGEDY
Philip Weiss
August 19, 2015
It’s all over but the shouting. Politico says that Republicans might not even have the 60 votes needed to get cloture and end a Democratic filibuster that would prevent passage of a disapproval bill of the Iran deal.
Indeed, the most pressing question at this point is whether they can even get the 60 votes in opposition that are needed to break a filibuster and get a disapproval resolution to Obama’s desk. Senate Majority Mitch McConnell himself has all but said overriding a veto isn’t going to happen as Congress prepares to vote on the deal when it returns from its month long recess in September.
____This is complete tea-leaf reading, but here are the last three quotes on Senator Cory Booker’s Facebook page. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough, says FDR. And Constant kindness can accomplish much, Schweitzer.
More . . .
From POLITCO . . .

“THE  WAY,”  BY  FOUZI  EL  AZMAR
I shall not despair;
Whether my way leads to a jail,
under the sun
or in exile
I shall not despair.

It is my right to behold the sun
To demolish the tent and banishment
To eat the fruit of the olive
To water the vineyards
with music
To sing of Love
in Jaffa, in Haifa
To sow the fertile land
with new seeds
It is my right.

Let my way
be the reaching of one hand to another
That a tower of dreams be built

This is my way
And if the last price to pay
is my sight
my life
I shall
but will not give up
my way.

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

Caption: Italian group of women and Kafr Qaddum protesters asking for the opening of the Kafr Qaddum village road. Weekly demonstration, May 1, 2015. ISM photo.
Italian group of women and Kafr Qaddum protesters asking for the opening of the Kafr Qaddum village road. Weekly demonstration, May 1, 2015. ISM photo.