“. . . Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are Jews . . .” (Amira Haas)

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The mother of Murad Ideis, ACCUSED [not found guilty] . . . stands on the rubble of her home in Beit Amra after it was demolished by the Israeli army on 11 June. Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun APA images)
❶ Palestinian man dies of tear gas inhalation after clashes erupt at Qalandiya

  • From: Journal Of East Asia & International Law

❷ Israel can’t crush solidarity
. . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli court rejects appeal against punitive demolitions of Tel Aviv suspects’ family homes
❸ Analysis: Lack of Security for Palestinians
❹ POETRY by Zuhair Abu Shayib
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❶ PALESTINIAN  MAN  DIES  OF  TEAR  GAS  INHALATION  AFTER  CLASHES  ERUPT  AT  QALANDIYA
Ma’an News Agency
July 1, 2016
A Palestinian man was pronounced dead on Friday after suffering from excessive tear gas inhalation when Israeli forces earlier in the morning heavily fired tear gas at Palestinians crossing Qalandiya checkpoint from Ramallah into Jerusalem to attend prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
___The man, reportedly in his 50s, was one of at least 40 Palestinians who suffered from severe tear gas inhalation during clashes that broke out at the Qalandiya checkpoint.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Palestinian Red Crescent paramedics were prevented by Israeli forces from treating the man at the start of the incident. However, they eventually were able to reach him.       MORE . . .

From: Journal Of East Asia & International Law
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Israel’s claim is also inconsistent with the peace agreements signed between Israel and the Palestinians basically adopting the two-state solution and the right to self-determination of the Palestinian people. The establishment of the Palestinian National Authority and the continued negotiations between the two parties to reach a just and comprehensive settlement constitutes an implicit acknowledgement of the occupation.
___. . .  In the case of Beit Sourik Village Council, the [Israeli] High Court adjudicated that The Hague Regulations and the first three Geneva Conventions constitute a part of international customary law and are thus binding Israel. The High Court also recognized the Fourth Geneva Convention in its Military Order No. 3 issued in June 1967, but revoked this recognition on the ground that the Convention was not mentioned in its own laws. The Court’s decision is a violation of international law, because it is inadmissible for any state to use its local laws as an excuse to refuse enforcing international treaties.
___The Hague and Geneva Conventions are binding on all states because these regulations constitute an integral part of international customary law. The second common article in the four Geneva Conventions states that: “[T]he Fourth Geneva Convention shall apply to all cases of partial or total occupation, even if the said occupation meets with no armed resistance.”

  • Shandi, Yousef. “Israel’s Claim Of The ‘Legitimate Right Of Self- Defense’ Regarding The Gaza Strip In Light Of International Law A Palestinian Lawyer’s Position.” Journal Of East Asia & International Law 3.2 (2010): 387-406.

❷ ISRAEL  CAN’T  CRUSH  SOLIDARITY
The Electronic Intifada
Budour Youssef Hassan
June 30, 2016
Amal Mukhamara is fed up with the questions. She is tired of journalists inquiring why her son Khaled and his cousin Muhammad killed four Israelis in Tel Aviv earlier this month. She is tired of being asked if she condemns their actions or if she knew of their plans beforehand.
___“No mother will allow her son to put his life in danger,” she said. “But our sons do not ask us for our opinions or approval. They are driven to act because of all the injustice and aggression they have been subjected to by Israel.”
___The killings took place in an upmarket Tel Aviv square. Both of the alleged attackers were wounded before being arrested.       MORE . . .  
. . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  COURT  REJECTS  APPEAL  AGAINST  PUNITIVE  DEMOLITIONS  OF  TEL  AVIV  SUSPECTS’  FAMILY  HOMES
Ma’an News Agency
June 30, 2016
An Israeli military court rejected an appeal against house demolition orders presented to the families of two Palestinians suspected of carrying out a deadly attack in Tel Aviv earlier this month.
___Muhammad Ahmad Moussa Makhamreh and Khalid Muhammad Moussa Makhamreh, two cousins from the town of Yatta in the southern West Bank district of Hebron . . . are set to face trial. However, Israeli forces have ordered the demolition of their families’ homes.      MORE . . .

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Palestinians are blocked entry as they wait at the Qalandiya checkpoint in northern Jerusalem 08 December 2005. (Photo: AFP/JAMAL ARURI)

❸ LACK OF SECURITY FOR PALESTINIANS
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture
21.2 (2015): 28-35
Amira Abd Elrahim
Whether Palestinians protest violently or nonviolently Israel responds with military force, so how can the violence end in the Occupied Palestinian Territories without an end to occupation.
___As we look around us at what has been happening lately, we stand speechless. As natives of the land of Palestine, we live in a never-ending conflict, under an authority that doesn’t recognize us or our rights [. . . .]
Palestinians who were accused of attacking Israelis were shot directly, either by Israeli military forces or by settlers who may have just felt insecure or threatened with or without reason. Most of the martyrs would not be liable for a death sentence in a state of law. . . .
___Israelis have a government and weapons. They are protected by an army that stands behind them. . . The Palestinians are the only people on this earth who are asked to guarantee the security of their occupier, while Israel is the only country that calls for defense from its victims. . .  Palestinians chose to resist and express their anger in their own way.
___You cannot be an innocent settler. . . .  you are guilty and your crimes cannot be swept away. As stated by Haaretz correspondent Amira Haas:

Young Palestinians do not go out to murder Jews because they are
Jews. It’s because Jews are their occupiers, their torturers, their jailers,
the thieves of their land and water, their exilers, the demolishers
of their homes, the blockers of their horizon. Young Palestinians,
vengeful and desperate, are willing to lose their lives and cause their
families great pain because the enemy they face proves every day
that its malice has no limits” (Haaretz, Oct 7, 2015).      MORE . . .

“PROBABILITIES,”  BY  ZUHAIR  ABU  SHAYIB
From
what source of light
does the day occur?
Does the earth propitiate itself
and the seas catch fire?
By what light
Do we shell roads until daybreak?
and the sound is bearable
and the morning, like bullets, is bearable.
Stop, you tall handsome one
we pass from
our blood to our blood
and never arrive
and take flight to our blood
and the siege pursues us.
The wound in our suitcases
Bears our features
While it is carried by the sea.
And death is bearable
and silence is bearable
and the morning, like bullets, is bearable.

From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi.Trans. May Jayyusi and Jeremy Reed. New York: Columbia University Press (August 15, 1994).
About Zuhair Abu Shayib

“. . . For I had no address. I am a man in transit . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

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Ahmad Sub Laban with uncollected garbage in No-Man’s-Land, Kufr ‘Aqab, East Jerusalem. (Photo: Amil Salman for Haaretz)

❶ Village in Jenin declared a closed military zone
❷ How one Jerusalem neighborhood has been left to fend for itself
❸ A brief history of the [use of the word] ‘Nakba’ in Israel
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  PALESTINIAN  DEAD  END  HIGHLIGHTS  THE  RIGHT  OF  RETURN
❺ POETRY by Rashid Hussein
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❶ VILLAGE  IN  JENIN  DECLARED  A  CLOSED  MILITARY  ZONE
Ma’an News Agency
June 3, 2016
Israeli forces Thursday declared the village of al-Taybeh west of northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin a closed military zone, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
___Israeli soldiers stormed the village and declared it a closed military zone, local sources told WAFA, before carrying out a large-scale raid in the community. . . implemented for several hours as soldiers prevented anyone from leaving or entering the village.
MORE . . . 

❷ HOW  ONE  JERUSALEM  NEIGHBORHOOD  HAS  BEEN  LEFT  TO  FEND  FOR  ITSELF
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Daoud Kuttab
June 2, 2016
When Tamara and Ala’a got married in 2012, in addition to their wedding in Beit Jala, they held a second ceremony in Jerusalem to ensure that they could register their marriage in the holy city. The couple moved into a small house in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Safa to make sure that they could legally prove their connection to Jerusalem [. . . .]
___. . . Israeli policy aimed at administratively reducing the Arab population of East Jerusalem, by forcing Jerusalemites to constantly have to prove their connection to Jerusalem or else risk losing their right to live in Jerusalem as permanent residents.
___After three years, the couple could no longer take it and decided to move to a high-rise apartment building in the north Jerusalem neighborhood of Kufr Aqab.      MORE . . .        RELATED . . .              RELATED: AMERICAN MEDIA . . .

Following the outbreak of the al-Aqsa intifada, the Israeli government implemented a tidal wave of closures throughout the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, imposing restrictions on the movement of citizens and intensifying their isolation. . . . These new policies were executed through mechanisms including military checkpoints scattered throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) and the separation wall [. . . .]___The Qalandia checkpoint was among these new tools used by the Israeli government to restrict the movement of Palestinians between the West Bank and East Jerusalem [. . . .]___The current goals of controlling Palestinian movement through Qalandia now exceed the security considerations under which the checkpoint was originally built. Today, the checkpoint no longer targets the Palestinian residents of the West Bank . . . . The real target today are the residents of East Jerusalem— the goal of the barrier being to harass them and restrict their movement in order to remove them, directly or indirectly, from the city.

  • Laban, Ahmad Sub. “Qalandia Checkpoint: A Main Palestinian Gateway to Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 17.1/2 (2011): 104-108. [Available through EBSCO.]

❸ A  BRIEF  HISTORY  OF  THE  [use of the word]  ‘NAKBA’  IN  ISRAEL
Mondoweiss
Eitan Bronstein Aparicio
May 16, 2016
This text describes the discourse on the Nakba — mostly the concept but also the historical event — in Israel. When did it appear? When did it decline and was repressed? What caused these changes? The attempt here is to describe historical moments, a periodization, from the founding of the state until today, in order to describe the relation to the term in each period and the changes it went through. This text deals with the attitude towards the Nakba in Hebrew almost exclusively and does not attempt to describe the attitudes and changes it went through in Arabic and in the Arab world.     MORE . . . 

In 2002, however, a group of Israeli Jewish peace educators [founded] the Zochrot Association, an organisation dedicated to ‘remembering the Nakba in Hebrew’. Zochrot operates from the premise that the Nakba needs to be confronted and owned as an integral part of Israeli Jewish identity . . . . to open up possibilities for different forms of memory. ‘The hegemonic Zionist discourse [. . . .] conjures up images of a violent memory, invariably exclusive and masculine, and leaves no room for the (Palestinian) ‘other’. Zochrot seeks to promote an alternative discourse on memory, one that strives towards true reconciliation and is openly inclusive and compassionate towards the Palestinian side’.
. . . . Over the past few years Zochrot has organised multiple events at the ruins of Miskeh, often in conjunction with groups of internally displaced Palestinians. . . . Ahmad Sa’di has noted the polyvalent character of Nakba-memory for Palestinians, ‘its ability to reclaim new terrains, to acquire new meanings and representations, and to maintain its powerful presence’; Zochrot’s practices . . . show how the Nakba can also acquire ‘new meanings and representations’ within an Israeli Jewish society in which memories of the Nakba, like the ruins of Miskeh, are actively erased. . . .  Zochrot’s acts of memory perform in the present an embodied hope for a bi-national future.

  • Weaver, Alain Epp. “Remembering The Nakba In Hebrew: Return Visits As The Performance Of A Binational Future.” Holy Land Studies: A Multidisciplinary Journal (Edinburgh University Press) 6.2 (2007): 125-144. [Available from Project Muse]
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Israel continues the Nakba due to as yet unrealized plans of expanding its borders. (Image published: Alternative Information Center – AIC, May 15, 2016)

❹ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINIAN  DEAD  END  HIGHLIGHTS  THE  RIGHT  OF  RETURN
Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network
Randa Farah 
May 6, 2014
(Blogger’s Note: Written before the assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014. It is remarkable how little has changed in the interim.)

Like a broken record perpetually playing a deeply disturbing refrain, the peace process has scratched on despite missed deadlines, threats, and promises, with intermittent halts . . . .  the consequences to the occupied, dispossessed, and exiled Palestinian people have been disastrous, and their termination has been long overdue. It is worth drawing some of these lessons to map a different road moving forward [. . . .]
___The cost to the Palestinian people of endlessly futile negotiations has been very great, particularly as the PLO/PA has prioritized the creation of a Palestinian state over addressing the Palestinian right of return . . . . In fact, the right of return should be treated as intrinsic to the right to self-determination and entwined with the aim of establishing an independent state and not as a stand-alone cause . . . .  the rights of refugees remain at the core of the Palestinian national liberation movement; the Israelis know that very well, and it haunts them.      MORE . . . .

(Blogger’s Note: By the poet quoted by Randa Farah)

“AN ADDRESS,” BY RASHID HUSSEIN

―1―
Hairs as short as my life is
And a mouth as sensuous as my dreams
And fire is her voice
And so is the music
Yet she wants me to rest
On an easy chair
And keep my thoughts clean.

Oh my dear hunter!
What you ask is much more
Than all that I can give . . .
For the angels are dead,
And I am not with them.

―2―
A wine was her perfume
Generous was her bed
But her hopes were stronger,
And the strongest of all:
She wanted my address.
She asked: “Where lives the ‘Prince’?”
Then, I stood silenced
For I had no address.
I am a man in transit,
Twenty years in transit
A man who was even deprived
The right of having an address.

Rashid Hussein  
See also  
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.

“. . . tomorrow looms over us, nearer and nearer . . .” (‘Abd al-Raheem Mahmoud)

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“Have you come to visit the Aqsa mosque or to bid it farewell . . . .” ‘Abd al-Raheem Mahmoud (Photo: H.Knight, Nov. 13, 2015)

❶ Cabinet Condemns Execution of Pregnant Mother, Brother at Qalandia Checkpoint
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Israeli forces kill Palestinian woman and brother, armed with knives: police
❷ CHAOS  CONTINUES  AT  AL-AQSA,  5 Israelis evacuated
❸ Israeli Soldiers Injure Palestinian Teen after SETTLERS  BREAK  INTO  HISTORICAL  SITE
❹ Hamas bloc wins over student vote in Birzeit University elections
❺ Opinion/Analysis: DID  THE  ARABS  BETRAY  PALESTINE?
❻ POETRY by ‘Abd al-Raheem Mahmoud
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❶ CABINET  CONDEMNS  EXECUTION  OF  PREGNANT  MOTHER,  BROTHER  AT  QALANDIA  CHECKPOINT
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 28, 2016
The Palestinian cabinet Thursday condemned the international silence towards the execution of the Taha siblings, and the reaction towards Israel’s violations, including arrests, raids and harassment.
___The government’s spokesperson Yousef Mahmoud said in a press release that the execution of siblings Maram and Ibrahim Taha at Qalandia military checkpoint Wednesday is just another crime to be added to a long Israeli record.      MORE . . .  
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN  AND  BROTHER,  ARMED  WITH  KNIVES:  POLICE
Reuters
Jeffrey Heller
April 27, 2016
Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian woman and her teenage brother on Wednesday, saying they were armed with knives and tried to carry out an attack at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
___Police said the woman, holding a knife, and a man walked rapidly towards police and other Israeli security guards in a vehicles-only lane at the Qalandia checkpoint outside Jerusalem.      MORE . . .

❷ CHAOS  CONTINUES  AT  AL-AQSA,  5  ISRAELIS  EVACUATED
Ma’an News Agency
April 27, 2016
Chaos continued at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem Wednesday when five Israelis were evacuated for violating visitation rules as hundreds toured the area for Passover.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that a group of over a hundred right-wing Israelis entered the mosque compound via Dung Gate, four of whom performed religious rituals in violation of longstanding agreements regarding worship at the site.      MORE . . .

❸ ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  INJURE  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  AFTER  SETTLERS  BREAK  INTO  HISTORICAL  SITE  
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 28, 2016
Israeli soldiers Thursday shot a Palestinian teen during confrontations that erupted with Palestinians youth near Joseph tomb east of Nablus, said security sources.
___The teen, identified as Ahmad Masoud, 17, from Balata refugee camp was hit with a live bullet in the hip area after confrontations erupted when Israeli settlers broke into the area.      MORE . . .    

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Birzeit University Election results announced by Dr. Ahmad Al-Ahmad, chairman of student affairs at Birzeit University (Photo: Middle East Eye/Elia Ghorbiah)

❹ HAMAS  BLOC  WINS  OVER  STUDENT  VOTE  IN  BIRZEIT UNIVERSITY  ELECTIONS
Ma’an News Agency
April 28, 2016
___A student bloc of the Hamas movement on Wednesday came out on top in the closely-followed elections at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.
___Following debates between factions vying for the student vote, the pro-Hamas al-Wafaa Islamic bloc claimed victory after gaining 25 seats, with the Yasser Arafat bloc of the Fatah movement trailing behind with 21 seats.
___The bloc representing Leftist movement Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine for its part came out with five seats.     MORE . . .   

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  DID  THE  ARABS  BETRAY  PALESTINE?
Palestine Chronicle
Ramzy Baroud
Apr 27 2016
At the age of 21 [1993], I crossed Gaza into Egypt to pursue a degree in political science. The timing could have not been worse [. . . .]
___It was then [after the 1967 War] that some Arab countries’ relations with Palestine began changing. Israel’s victory and the US-West’s unremitting support convinced some Arab governments to downgrade their expectations, and expected the Palestinians to do so, as well.
___So, did the Arabs betray Palestine? The question is heard often, and it is often followed with the affirmative, ‘yes, they did’ [. . . .]
___I beg to differ.      MORE . . .

“THE  AQSA  MOSQUE,”  BY  ‘ABD  AL-RAHEEM  MAHMOUD  (1913-1948)
(A salute to Prince Saud Ibn ‘Abd al’Aziz when he visited the poet’s town, ‘Anabta, on August 14, 1935.)

Honorable Prince! Before you stands a poet
whose heart harbors bitter complaint.
Have you come to visit the Aqsa mosque
or to bid it farewell before its loss?
This land, this holy land, is being sold to all intruders
and stabbed by its own people!
And tomorrow looms over us, nearer and nearer!
Nothing shall remain for us but our streaming tears,
our deep regrets.

Oh, Prince, shout, shout! Your voice
might shake people awake!
Ask the guards of the Aqsa: are they all agreed to struggle
as one body and mind?
Ask the guards of the Aqsa: can a covenant with God
be offered to someone, then lost?
Forgive the complaint, but a grieving heart needs to complain
to the Prince, even if it makes him weep.

(This poem gained great fame later on because of its prophetic words about imminent loss of Palestine.)

About ‘Abd al-Raheem Mahmoud
ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
About Prince Saud Ibn ‘Abd al’Aziz
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“. . . You may take the last strip of my land, Feed my youth to prison cells . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus (Photo by Mahmoud Illean August 1, 2013)
Askar Refugee Camp, Nablus.  (Photo by Mahmoud Illean August 1, 2013)  See number 2 below.

❶ Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandiya refugee camp
❷ Israeli forces detain 17 Palestinians across West Bank
❸ Jordanian King: Jerusalem will remain under Jordan’s guardianship
❹ Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Other Officials
Opinion/Analysis: End Slavish Support for Israel: It is about Fairness, Rule of Law
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  2  PALESTINIANS  IN  QALANDIYA  REFUGEE  CAMP
Nov. 16, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces killed two Palestinians in the Qalandiya refugee camp at dawn on Monday during a raid to demolish the home of an alleged Palestinian attacker, witnesses said.
___Israeli soldiers shot and killed Laith Assad Manasra, 21, and Ahmad Abu al-Aish, 28, as clashes broke out following a raid involving hundreds of Israeli forces in the densely populated refugee camp.
___Dozens of other Palestinians were injured in the clashes, with Yusuf Abu Latifa, 17, critically wounded. Witnesses said Israeli forces stopped an ambulance he was being carried in and detained him while he was en route to hospital.
More . . .
Related . . .
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Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo.) NOTE: There is no mention of what the Israeli troops did to bring this about.
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops at Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo.)
NOTE: There is no mention of what the Israeli troops did to bring this about.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  17  PALESTINIANS  ACROSS  WEST  BANK
Nov. 16, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank overnight Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
___Palestinian security sources said that Israeli forces raided several homes in Askar refugee camp in eastern Nablus and detained Saber Ali al-Lahham, 32, and Muhammad Ahmad Nabhan Saqr, 30.
___Israeli forces also detained Ahmad Hussein Hanini, 25, from the Beit Furik military checkpoint in eastern Nablus.
___Security sources added that Israeli police officers assaulted 19-year-old Mahdi Nitham Mahmod Muhareb from Huwwara village after he got into an argument with an Israeli driver. Muhareb was reportedly taken to Rafidia governmental hospital.
More . . .
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
JORDANIAN  KING:  JERUSALEM  WILL  REMAIN  UNDER  JORDAN’S  GUARDIANSHIP
Nov. 16, 2015
Jordan’s King Abdullah II has stressed that Jerusalem will remain under Hashemite guardianship in terms of Jordan’s religious and historical responsibility towards the Holy City.
___In his speech during the opening of the third session of the Jordanian parliament on Sunday, the King said that “The Palestinian cause has been on top of the Jordanian diplomatic agenda because it is a supreme national interest.”
___“Jerusalem will remain a holy cause that was our looked after by our ancestors, and will continue to be taken care of by our sons and our daughters who continue to play this supervisor role and who will defend it against any assault and any attempt to change the reality,” he added.
More . . .
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
SPANISH  COURT  ISSUES  ARREST  WARRANTS  FOR  NETANYAHU  AND  OTHER  OFFICIALS
Nov 15 2015
A Spanish court has issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior Israeli officials for their role in the 2010 attack on the Freedom Flotilla heading to Gaza, local media reported on Friday.
___Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said that the Supreme Court in Madrid ordered the arrest of ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defence minister Ehud Barak, the then-deputy prime ministers Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, and former state minister Benny Begin, as well as Netanyahu. It also ordered the arrest of Israeli Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, who is among the co-defendants found guilty by the Spanish judge.
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
END  SLAVISH  SUPPORT  FOR  ISRAEL:  IT  IS  ABOUT  FAIRNESS,  RULE  OF  LAW
Richard Forer
Oct. 31, 2015
In 2008 the United States and the government of Israel agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in which the U.S. would “help Israel meet its security requirements.” The terms of the agreement provided Israel with, on average, three billion dollars in military assistance annually . . . The three billion represents approximately twenty-five percent of Israel’s military budget, effectively making the United States a partner in Israel’s military enterprise.
___In 1976 the U.S. Congress passed the Arms Export Control Act. Section 2754 of the Act requires that international governments use America’s military assistance “solely for internal security, for legitimate self-defense.”
[ . . . . . ]
The United States government publicly advocates the rule of law, but its actions belie its rhetoric when it comes to Israel. Israel continuously disregards United Nations Resolutions, defies the Fourth Geneva Convention’s prohibition against an occupying power transferring parts of its own population into the territories it occupies, and obstructs investigations by U.N. agencies into its disproportionate use of force, collective punishment and other human rights violations, as it did after Operations Cast Lead (2008-2009) and Protective Edge (2014).
More . . .
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“ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

I may―if you wish―lose my livelihood
I may sell my shirt and bed.
I may work as a stone cutter,
A street sweeper, a porter.
I may clean your stores
Or rummage your garbage for food.
I may lie down hungry,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may take the last strip of my land,
Feed my youth to prison cells.
You may plunder my heritage.
You may burn my books, my poems,
Or feed my flesh to the dogs.
You may spread a web of terror
On the roofs of my village.
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.

You may put out the light in my eyes
You may deprive me of my mother’s kisses.
You may curse my father, my people.
You may distort my history.
You may deprive my children of a smile
And of life’s necessities.
You may fool my friends with a borrowed face.
You may build walls of hatred around me.
You may glue my eyes to humiliations,
O enemy of the sun,
But
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
O enemy of the sun
The decorations are raised at the port,
The ejaculations fill the air,
A glow in the hearts,
And in the horizon
A sail is seen
Challenging the wind
And the depths.
It is Ulysses
Returning home
From the sea of loss

It is the return of the sun,
Of my exiled ones
And for her sake, and his
I swear
I shall not compromise
And to the last pulse in my veins
I shall resist.
Resist―and resist.

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 ABE BOOKS.
About Samih Al-Qasim 

In May 2010, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” was sent to give humanitarian aid and construction materials to Gaza, but they were unable to. Their Zionist oppressors (Israel) has policed the Gaza borders since Hamas has been in command in 2007. In a valiant act of defiance, the activist ships went full speed ahead, resulting in Israeli intervention that ended in the death of nine activists.
In May 2010, the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” was sent to give humanitarian aid and construction materials to Gaza, but they were unable to. Their Zionist oppressors (Israel) has policed the Gaza borders since Hamas has been in command in 2007. In a valiant act of defiance, the activist ships went full speed ahead, resulting in Israeli intervention that ended in the death of nine activists.

“. . . The reckless playfulness of childhood . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

Fassuta is an Arab town on the northwestern slopes of Mount Meron in the Northern District of Israel, south of the Lebanese border. In 2005, the population of Fassuta was 2,900. Photo Shiham Abu Ayoub (Shayoub). Photo by Shiham Abu Ayoub.) See no. 4 below.
Fassuta is an Arab town on the northwestern slopes of Mount Meron in the Northern District of Israel, south of the Lebanese border. In 2005, the population of Fassuta was 2,900. Photo Shiham Abu Ayoub (Shayoub). Photo by Shiham Abu Ayoub.) See no. 4 below.

❶ Israeli forces shoot, kill teen in Jerusalem after 2nd alleged attack
❷ Israeli authorities issue 48-hour ban on Palestinian entry to Old City
❸ WATCH: Settlers hurl burning tires, boulders at Palestinians
❹ One Border, Two Worlds
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Searching for hope on days of unconscionable tragedy
❻ Poetry by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  KILL  TEEN  IN  JERUSALEM  AFTER  2ND  ALLEGED  ATTACK
Oct. 4, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) – Israeli police officers shot dead a Palestinian teen near the Damascus gate of Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning after he allegedly attempted to stab a 16-year-old Israeli boy, an Israeli police spokesperson said.
____An Israeli police spokesperson said Israeli forces “identified the suspect who still had knife in his hand, and Israeli forces then neutralized and shot” the man.
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____Alloun is the second Palestinian to be shot dead after allegedly stabbing Israelis in the Jerusalem’s Old City in the past 24 hours. [. . . . .]
____However, Alloun’s father has denied claims that his son tried to stab anyone before he was shot dead in the street, citing a video of the incident that has been circulating the internet.
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Corresponding Israeli reporting . . .
Continuing . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  ISSUE 48-HOUR BAN ON PALESTINIAN ENTRY TO OLD CITY
Oct. 4, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities have issued a 48 hour ban on Palestinians from entering the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem, following two stabbing attacks in which two Israelis were killed, and three injured at the site, an Israeli police spokesperson said.
____The two Palestinians who allegedly committed the stabbing attacks were shot dead on the scene during separate incidents, hours apart.
____Micky Rosenfeld told Ma’an that the ban on Palestinians entering the Old City was put in place in order to “prevent any further incidents or attacks.”
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WATCH:  SETTLERS  HURL  BURNING  TIRES,  BOULDERS  AT  PALESTINIANS
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Oct. 4, 2015
Hundreds of settlers launch dozens of attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank, in the wake of two Palestinian attacks that left four Israelis dead. Rights groups demand the army intervene to protect Palestinians from settler violence.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
ONE  BORDER,  TWO  WORLDS
Fida Jiryis
Oct. 2015
I stand in the long line of cars waiting to leave Qalandia Checkpoint, my anger and frustration still boiling over, even after six years. I’ve never been able to get used to it, and I don’t think anyone does, really. We just grit our teeth and go through the motions.
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____It’s one of the most depressing spaces I’ve ever had the misfortune to frequent. . . The road is battered, the passengers weary, the Israeli soldiers smug and insolent. We hope and pray that the line will move forward uneventfully and that the teenagers imprisoning us will see nothing wrong in our ID cards and let us through.
____I cross, and within a few minutes, the entire reality changes. About two kilometers is all it takes to be transported to a different world. Suddenly, dust and dirt are replaced by green and cleanliness.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
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SEARCHING  FOR  HOPE  ON  DAYS  OF  UNCONSCIONABLE  TRAGEDY
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Oct. 4, 2015
The only thing that can stop the killing, that can turn desperate people from violence, that can stop the creation of new orphans, is hope. Unfortunately, it’s nowhere to be found.
____The most tragic part about the violence that strikes civilians in Israel and Palestine is that it is largely preventable. That is not to say that the victims are in any way to blame for their own murders — of course not. But political violence is a direct result of the political conflict, of the occupation, incitement on both sides, and an utter lack of vision being offered to both Israelis and Palestinians.
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“FUNERAL,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
He bequeathed his soul…to horses’ foreheads
His feet…to a dance that makes the earth want to
Be green
His voice…to the cockerels of morning
His little ensnaring toys… to the old men
His hands, with the cold dignity of wisdom, …to
The reckless playfulness of childhood
His heart…to a woman who stopped him in his
Tracks when she loved him
She said: don’t be domestic, like pots and; pans
And departed
And so
When we walked in his funeral procession
The coffin was empty

From PoemHunter.com. Web. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/funeral-31/
About Ibrahim Nasrallah 

Israeli soldiers accompany Israeli settlers as settlers carry out vigilante attacks against local Palestinians and their land in the West Bank village of Bur’in, October 3, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Israeli soldiers accompany Israeli settlers as settlers carry out vigilante attacks against local Palestinians and their land in the West Bank village of Bur’in, October 3, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

“. . . Whenever a child goes silent in Al Yarmouk Camp. . .” (Maya Abu Al-Hayyat)

Maya Abu Al-Hayyat
Maya Abu Al-Hayyat

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PLO: PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN SYRIA FACE IMMINENT THREAT FROM FIGHTING
June 25, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Some 150,000 Palestinian refugees in four camps on the outskirts of Damascus face severe threats due to ongoing fighting in the Syrian conflict, a PLO official said Thursday. . . .
____The majority of Palestinians in those camps are originally from Yarmouk refugee camp, which has been on the front-line of the Syrian conflict and severely affected by fighting.
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From ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
US CONGRESS MEMBERS DEMAND END TO ISRAEL’S “CRUEL” ABUSES OF PALESTINIAN CHILDREN
Ali Abunimah
June 24, 2015
In rare defiance of the stifling pro-Israel consensus in the US capital, members of Congress are calling on the Obama administration to push Israel to end its systematic abuses of Palestinian children.
____Congresswoman Betty McCollum released a letter on Tuesday co-signed by 18 other members of the House of Representatives urging Secretary of State John Kerry to “prioritize the human rights of Palestinian children living in the Occupied West Bank in the bilateral relationship with the Government of Israel.”
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From KINDERUSA
THE INHUMANITY OF YARMOUK
Dalell Mohmed
April 15, 2015
“Yarmouk is a place which has descended even further into unimaginable levels of inhumanity.”– United Nations Relief Works Agency spokesperson Chris Gunness
____Formed in 1957 for Palestinians who fled across the border after the creation of Israel in 1948, Yarmouk quickly became home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria. Located 8 kilometers from the center of Damascus, it is 2.1 square kilometers in size.
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Palestinian residents of Yarmouk waiting for food
Palestinian residents of Yarmouk waiting for food

From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
UNRWA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO FUND GAZA CHILDREN EDUCATION
June 25, 2015
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched a global Ramadan campaign to raise funds to support the education of thousands of Palestinian refugee children in UNRWA schools in the besieged Gaza Strip.
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From MONDOWEISS
WHAT I LEARNED CROSSING THE QALANDIA CHECKPOINT
Léa Georgeson Caparros
June 23, 2015
The turnstile jams.
____It rattles uselessly as I try to move forward again. I start getting nervous. I manage to manoeuvre out of the gate and back into the holding cage. My companions are still being held at the previous turnstile from which I’m separated by a metal detector. I dare not go back for fear of breaking some unspoken rule.
____There is no indication anywhere of what to do other than your lack of alternatives. You are simply herded through cages and turnstiles like cattle. . . .
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“CHILDREN,” BY MAYA ABU AL-HAYYAT
Whenever I see an image of a child’s hands
sticking out of the rubble of a collapsed building
I check the hands of my three children
I count the fingers of their hands, the toes on their feet,
I check the numbers of teeth in their mouths, every
last hair in each finely-marked wee eyebrow.

Whenever a child goes silent in Al Yarmouk Camp
I turn up the volume on the TV, the songs on the radio,
I pinch my three children
to make them cry and squirm with life.

Whenever my sore heart gets hungry at Qalandia checkpoint
I comfort-eat, I
emotionally over-eat, craving excessive salt
as if I could then somehow say: enough, block out
the salt spark of the tears everyone around me is crying.
―Translated by Liz Lochhead

Maya Abu Al-Hayyat is a prize-winning author of novels, poetry, and short stories. Born in Lebanon, she has a degree in Civil Engineering from Al-Najah University in Nablus, the largest Palestinian university, and lives in Ramallah.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.
Maya Abu Al-Hayyat reading one of her poems
About Qalandia checkpoint

Children at play in Gaza
Children at play in Gaza