“. . . their dignity sets them free . . .” (Samah Sabawi)

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Israeli street blockade, Hebron, November 17, 2012. (Photo: marthiemombergblog)

❶ Israeli forces raid Yatta [Hebron] after more than 40 days of blockade
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli army bulldozers, jeeps, drones enter southern Gaza
❷ Netanyahu [inspecting new wall in Hebron]: Barrier in South Hebron Hills important for Israel’s security

  • background From Postcolonial Studies

❸ Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT  REALLY  DELAYED  UNESCO  VOTE  ON  JERUSALEM?
❹ POETRY by Samah Sabawi
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  RAID  YATTA  AFTER  MORE  THAN  40  DAYS  OF  BLOCKADE
Ma’an News Agency
July 21, 2016
Israeli forces raided several homes in the southern occupied West Bank town of Yatta early Thursday, as the army maintained its weeks-long blockade of municipalities in the Hebron district.
___A coordinator of a popular committee in the southern West Bank, Rateb al-Jbour, said that Israeli forces raided central Yatta and searched the houses of two Palestinian security officer, identified as Majdi Moussa al-Shreiqi and Ahmad Moussa al-Shreiqi, the latter reportedly a former prisoner detained by Israel.     MORE . . .
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  ARMY  BULLDOZERS,  JEEPS,  DRONES  ENTER  SOUTHERN  GAZA
Ma’an News Agency
July 21, 2016
Several Israeli army bulldozers entered the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday morning, locals said.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that four Israeli bulldozers coming from the al-Matbaq Gate entered 50 meters into eastern Rafah City, escorted by four military jeeps as drones flew overhead [. . . .]
___Israeli military incursions inside the besieged Gaza Strip and near the “buffer zone” which lies on both land and sea sides of Gaza, have long been a near-daily occurrence. MORE . . .

❷ NETANYAHU  [inspecting  new  wall  in  Hebron]:  BARRIER  IN  SOUTH  HEBRON  HILLS  IMPORTANT  FOR  ISRAEL’S  SECURITY
The Jerusalem Post
Herb Keinon
July 20, 2016
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inspected the construction work being done on a new security barrier in the South Hebron Hills area on Wednesday, saying completing it was important for the country’s security.
___“We said that we will close the breaches,” he said. “We will prevent illegal residents and attackers from reaching Israel’s cities.”     MORE . . .
RELATED . . .   NETANYAHU  VISITS  CONSTRUCTION  SITE  OF  NEW  SEPARATION  BARRIER  IN  HEBRON.  Ma’an News Agency  

From Postcolonial Studies
The security barrier was a unilateral Israeli decision. The policy decision to build the barrier nonetheless entailed considerable internal negotiations involving competing political parties and leaders. The resulting compromise gained broad popular and institutional support. Palestinian and international opposition to the barrier has been firm, based in large part on Israel’s placement of sections of the barrier within the Green Line so as to protect Jewish Israel has stated repeatedly that the barrier does not represent a final political border, but it does suggest an initial bid. This was one reason that the Israeli government responded negatively to American president Barack Obama’s declaration of pre-1967 borders as an initial point of negotiation.
___While the international legitimacy of the barrier has not been recognized, its effectiveness has. Thus, it is unlikely that Israel will dismantle the barrier or place it wholly on its side of the Green Line. Legal challenges within Israel have led to a process of internal negotiation among the civil society, the judiciary, and the executive on the exact placement of the barrier — but not on its continued existence. It is unlikely that final status negotiations will include complete Israeli withdrawal from all the West Bank territory won in the 1967 War. The clause of Resolution 242 emphasizing Israel’s right to ‘‘live in peace within secure and recognized borders’’ strongly suggests that Israel will seek to incorporate the security barrier formula into any final status agreements.

  • Lee, Christopher J. “Beyond Analogy: Bare Life In The West Bank.” Postcolonial Studies 16.4 (2013): 374-387.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies plane over West Bank. (Photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

❸ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT  REALLY  DELAYED  UNESCO  VOTE  ON  JERUSALEM?
Mondoweiss
Daoud Kuttab
July 20, 2016
Despite the Israelis’ initial claims that their efforts have partially succeeded in shelving a pro-Palestinian vote at UNESCO, the story that is emerging now is quite different. Palestinian and Arab officials say the delay in the vote that had been planned for July 20 in Istanbul was postponed due to the failed coup attempt in Turkey.
___Omar Awadallah, the director of UN activities at the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Al-Monitor that UNESCO had postponed voting on all resolutions, not just the one on extending the declaration that Jerusalem’s Old City meets UNESCO’s criteria for being endangered. “Due to the security uncertainty connected to the failed coup in Turkey, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee decided to postpone all decisions until it meets again in Paris in October,” said Awadallah.      MORE . . .   

“DEFYING THE UNIVERSE,” BY SAMAH SABAWI

Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall
Do they need the army’s permission
For their prayers to reach the sky
For their love to cross the ocean
And touch your thirsty heart
Are your loved ones trapped

Do you yearn to be in your family home
And when you call, do they always say
“we are fine, alhamdollelah”
Does it surprise you that they are whole
While you… are broken|
Must they always worry about you
Urge you to have faith in your exile
Must they always pity you
For not breathing the air
Of your ancestors’ land
Must they always comfort you
Even when the bombs are falling
Do you ever wonder who is walled in
Is it you…or is it them
And when it finally dawns upon you
That their dignity sets them free
Do you feel ashamed of your liberty

About Samah Sabawi  
From: Valentine, Douglas. “Poetry, Palestine and the Language of Resistance.” Counterpunch. September 20, 2013.

“. . . faces struck dumb by what now unfolds under your skies . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

Extension of Israeli Apartheid Wall in the Cremisan Valley (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)
Extension of Israeli Apartheid Wall in the Cremisan Valley (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)

❶ France calls on Israel to halt new construction of Cremisan Valley separation wall
❷ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Eleven Palestinians in the West Bank
❸ Over 66% of Jewish Israelis agree with rabbi’s controversial statement
❹ Hamas slams detention of 3 Palestinians by PA as ‘collaboration’ with Israel
❺ Opinion/Analysis: A  NEW  PHASE  IN  ISRAEL’S  ‘LAWFARE’  STRATEGY’
❻ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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FRANCE  CALLS  ON  ISRAEL  TO  HALT  NEW  CONSTRUCTION  OF  CREMISAN  VALLEY  SEPARATION  WALL
Ma’an News Agency
April 9, 2016
The French Foreign Ministry called on Israel to halt renewed construction of the Israeli separation wall in the southern occupied West Bank’s Cremisan Valley, according to a statement published Friday.
___“France is concerned by the Israeli authorities’ resumption of construction of the separation wall in the historical Cremisan Valley, which will affect several dozen Palestinian families in Beit Jala,” the statement read, referring to a Palestinian village west of Bethlehem city.
___“This wall is a new obstacle to economic and social development in the town of Bethlehem,” the ministry said.     MORE . . .

❷  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  ELEVEN  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 10, 2016
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late at night and on Sunday at dawn, at least eleven Palestinians, including children and a journalist, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, and summoned many for interrogation in a number of military centers. The soldiers also invaded and bulldozed farmlands, in Gaza.
___Several military vehicles invaded Silwad town, east of the central West bank city of Ramallah, searched many homes and kidnapped three Palestinians . . . .  in Deir Jarir town, east of Ramallah.
___The soldiers also invaded Zawiya town, in the central West Bank district of Salfit, and . . . In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the soldiers kidnapped . . .
___The soldiers also summoned for interrogation the head of Palestine Detainees’ Center Osama Shahin, and Jaber Rajoub, from Doura. . . . In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers kidnapped a child. . . .       MORE . . . 

OVER  66%  OF  JEWISH  ISRAELIS  AGREE  WITH  RABBI’S  CONTROVERSIAL  STATEMENT
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
April 8, 2016
The majority (66.5 per cent) of Israel’s Jewish public agree that “it is a commandment to kill a terrorist who comes at you with a knife”, according to the latest Peace Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.      MORE . . .  

HAMAS  SLAMS  DETENTION  OF  3  PALESTINIANS  BY  PA  AS  ‘COLLABORATION’  WITH  ISRAEL
Ma’an News Agency
April 10, 2016
Palestinian security forces found and detained three Palestinians on Saturday who had been reported missing, in a move slammed by the Hamas movement as collaboration between PA and Israeli authorities to thwart a planned attack inside Israel.
___The Hamas movement responded to the incident, accusing the Palestinian security services of “cooperation with the Israeli occupation” in the detention of three “resistance fighters.”       MORE . . .

Entrance to Southampton University, latest battle in Israel’s “LAWFARE” Anti-BDS “front.”
Entrance to Southampton University, latest battle in Israel’s “LAWFARE” Anti-BDS “front.”

Opinion/Analysis:  A  NEW  PHASE  IN  ISRAEL’S  ‘LAWFARE’  STRATEGY
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Asa Winstanley
April 9, 2016
For the last decade, a central plank of Israel’s strategy to combat its global critics has been something it terms “lawfare” – using courts around the world to attack, defame, silence and intimidate its enemies.
___Since Israel is addicted to real life war, it’s no surprise to find that even its diplomats and ambassadors are seemingly unable to think and act in terms other than purely military ones . . .  Take its response to the BDS campaign – the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel until it respects Palestinian human rights.
___A reporter for liberal Israeli daily Haaretz, on a recent visit to the Israeli embassy in London, noted a map that was “like the war room of a brigade on the Lebanese border.” This map showed the “front” (another military term) which consists of “the main campuses, the deployment of pro-Israel activists and the location of the ‘enemy forces.’”      MORE . . .
BACKGROUND . . .
AND . . .

Excerpted from  “MIDNIGHT,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI

You, whose mother gave birth to you
in the homestead of the Orient,
surrounded by poems and age-old laws,
you’ll continue to see faces
carved by ancient chisels,
in the presence of which the beards of ages have gone grey,
faces which now forsake the stacked mud tablets
on the shelves of Babylon,
faces emerging from the memory of two rivers ―
their blueness did not last long ―
and from the temples whose pillars
are now broken like reeds,
faces struck dumb by what now unfolds under your skies.
They look up to see only
hanging ropes
which topple imagination from its saddle,
or, with huge rubbers,
erase thought.

Mourid al-Barghouti was born in 1944 in the village of Deir Ghassaneh near Ramallah, and lived most of his life in exile. He has a BA in English literature from Cairo University. He worked as a teacher in Kuwait and Cairo, in Budapest as PLO representative and in Cairo as a radio journalist with “Palestine Radio”. He has published 13 collections of poetry, and his collected works. He won the AUC 1997 Naguib Mahfouz Literature Prize for his autobiographical novel Ra’aytu Ramallah (I Saw Ramallah), and in 2000 the Palestine Award for Poetry. He lives in Cairo.   On Facebook
On Wikipedia
Another of Barghouti’s poems

From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Amazon.

“. . . who risks everything to capture the earth? . . .” (Zuhair Abu Shaib)

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The settler-only road over the Apartheid Wall at the Cremisan Valley, where the wall is being doubled to enclose the city of Beit Jala. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015.)

❶ Resource: Displaced in their own city
❷ Japan ‘deeply deplores’ East Jerusalem settlement plans
❸ Israeli forces close roads in southern West Bank
❹ Hamas to ‘distribute land’ among Gaza’s unpaid civil servants
❺ Opinion/Analysis: BANGING  YOUR  HEART  AGAINST  SOME  MAD  BUGGER’S  WALL
❻ Poetry by Zuhair Abu Shaib
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RESOURCE:  DISPLACED  IN  THEIR  OWN  CITY
A new report by Ir Amim reviews of various aspects of Israeli policy, from 1967 to the present day, that have created the current reality in which tens of thousands of Jerusalem residents have been sundered from the city since the establishment of the Separation Barrier and are virtually ignored by both the local and central governments.
___The findings of the report present a stark warning. The reality it describes constitutes a disaster for the Palestinians and will cause grave damage to the stability of life in Jerusalem, the foundations of Israeli society and to any future political resolution.
More . . .
Related . . . FACTS  ON  THE  GROUND:  THE ILLEGAL  EXPLOITATION  OF  NATURAL  RESOURCES  IN  PALESTINE
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JAPAN  ‘DEEPLY  DEPLORES’  EAST  JERUSALEM  SETTLEMENT  PLANS
Nov. 21, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― The Japanese government on Friday condemned a recent decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to approve 454 new settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem.
___Japan’s foreign press secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura said in a statement that Japan “deeply deplores that, according to information, Israel has approved the construction of settlement for 454 units in East Jerusalem.”
___The statement noted that Japan had previously called on Israel to abandon the plans in 2013, along with other members of the international community, who said that they violated international law.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  CLOSE  ROADS  IN  SOUTHERN  WEST  BANK
Nov. 21, 2015
HEBRON ― Israeli forces on Saturday closed a number of roads near the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar, a day after Israeli officials agreed upon strict security measures in the nearby Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
___Muhammad Awad, a spokesperson for Beit Ummar’s popular committee, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers had sealed a number of roads leading from the village to Route 60, which is the West Bank’s central road.
___Awad said the closures would delay the movement of residents entering and leaving the village. It was not clear how long the roads would remain sealed.
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IDF closes road. (Ma’an News Agency photo.)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HAMAS  TO  ‘DISTRIBUTE  LAND’  AMONG  GAZA’S  UNPAID  CIVIL  SERVANTS
Nov. 21, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza’s de facto leaders Hamas on Saturday announced plans to distribute land among civil servants hired after 2007 whose salaries the Palestinian Authority has refused to pay.
___Hamas’ finance minister Ziad al-Thatha made the announcement during a symposium in Gaza City, where he also said the employees would be exempted from unpaid electricity and municipal bills.
___He said that memorandums and protocols had already been signed between his ministry, municipal councils, and Gaza’s land authority, electricity company, and banks.
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
BANGING  YOUR  HEART  AGAINST  SOME  MAD  BUGGER’S  WALL
Vacy Vlazna
Nov. 17, 2015
Mohammed, now 6, and Jihad, now 4, have missed their mother, Shireen’s happiness that has been shrouded by grief over the past year, missed their beloved father’s voice, laugh, smile, presence, his good night kiss on their cheeks, his arms that held them close and safe. Also missing is justice for the heinous lynching of their father, Yousef al-Rammouni, 32.
The killers . . . lurk behind the Zionist Wall of Impunity guarded by western governments. . . .
___The Impunity Wall is gargantuan, spanning from 1948 to this very minute, every added brick a mixture of each killer’s psychopathy and devoided humanity cemented with official delusions of the divine right to plunder and kill.
___Plunder and killing is a profitable Zionist industry.
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Related . . . LEADING  ANTHROPOLOGISTS  GROUP  OVERWHELMINGLY  PASSES  BDS  RESOLUTION  AT  DENVER  CONFERENCE

“NAME  OF  THE  SOIL,”  BY  ZUHAIR  ABU  SHAIB
what is its name?
what is the name of the soil
that falls from my withered body?
what is its name as it drifts and gathers
under my clothes
while, slowly, I build wall after wall?

I picture a sky full of clouds
I see it as I wish it to be

when night falls, I gulp my fill of springs
in darkness I lift my latch
to wise men

I ask my guests
who imprisoned the soul in rock?
who left prophets spread-eagled on doorsteps?

who risks everything to capture the earth?
a man who does not know his own shadow

what can I call this rug of soil?
is it my country or the source of my exile?
is it my miracle or my cross?

what is its name?

Zuhair Abu Shaib was born in Deir al-Ghusun, a town near the city of Tulkarm in the northern West Bank. and studied at Yarmouk University. He was a teacher and journalist in Yemen, and a book designer. He was also editor of the journal Awraq.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Barnes & Noble. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-bird-is-not-a-stone-sarah-irving/1120667363?ean=9781908754561
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The Apartheid Wall at Cremisan. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015.)

 

“. . . I must be proud of you, wound of the city. . .” (Mahmoud Darwish, 1970)

Three young Palestinian protesters sit on a pavement during clashes in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages/Killian Redden/File) Number ❶ below.
Three young Palestinian protesters sit on a pavement during clashes in Bethlehem, Oct. 9, 2015. (MaanImages/Killian Redden/File) Number ❶ below.

❶ The anger of Palestine’s ‘lost’ generation
❷ 16-year-old Palestinian shot dead after alleged attack in Jerusalem
❸ People in Israel and around the world support #selfiesforpalestine
A ― In pictures: Closure, siege and checkpoints in the villages and neighborhoods of Jerusalem
❹ Zionism’s ‘Double Ghettoisation’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Let’s not forget that East Jerusalem Palestinians are stateless
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
THE  ANGER  OF  PALESTINE’S  ‘LOST’  GENERATION
Killian Redden
Oct. 16, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A few weeks before an Israeli soldier shot him through the stomach, Mutaz Zawahreh discovered a love of the sea.
____On the coast of Brittany, Mutaz and two friends from Duheisha refugee camp, Murad Ouda and Issa al-Saifi . . . spent two months in France as part of an educational program organized by a center in Duheisha.
____But as their visit progressed, the first signs of unrest began to show in the occupied Palestinian territory, and the three grew anxious to return home [. . . . .].
____The three returned, and several days later Ghassan ended his hunger strike when Israel agreed to release him in November. But the brothers never saw each other.
____On Oct. 13, at a demonstration before Israel’s separation wall in northern Bethlehem, Mutaz was shot dead, the 30th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in under two weeks [. . . . .].
____Issa [friend of Mutaz] acknowledged that Palestinians risking their lives to throw stones at Israel’s separation wall were unlikely to cause Israel any material damage [. . . . .].
____The protests are the cry of a Palestinian generation that has felt for too long that no one is listening to them.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
16-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK  IN  JERUSALEM
Oct. 17, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead Saturday morning after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli policeman in the illegal settlement of East Talpiot in occupied East Jerusalem, police said.
____The teen reportedly attempted to stab the officer in the settlement, also known as Armon Hanatziv, according to Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. . .
____He was identified as Muataz Ahmad Hajis Uweisat.
____The teen was killed less than two hours after FADIL QAWASMI, 18, WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY AN ISRAELI SETTLER IN HEBRON after the teen reportedly attempted to stab him.
____No Israeli injuries were reported in either incident.
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PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
PEOPLE  IN  ISRAEL  AND  AROUND  THE  WORLD  SUPPORT  #SELFIESFORPALESTINE
PEOPLE in Israel and across the globe are showing solidarity for Palestine by posting online photos of themselves with the hashtag #selfiesforpalestine
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AWADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN (EAST JERUSALEM)
IN  PICTURES:  CLOSURE,  SIEGE  AND  CHECKPOINTS  IN  THE  VILLAGES  AND  NEIGHBORHOODS  OF  JERUSALEM
October 16, 2015
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THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ZIONISM’S  ‘DOUBLE  GHETTOISATION’
Jeremy Salt
Oct. 17, 2015
In the late medieval period ‘pale’ was the word used by the English to describe their colony in Ireland. They lived within the ‘pale’ (from the Latin ‘palus’), a line of settlement bounded by castles and fortresses. Beyond the pale lived the invaded and therefore dangerous Irish.
____Centuries later Jews had to live within what was called the ‘pale of settlement’ in European Russia. . . .
____With some exceptions Jews were not allowed to live outside the Russian pale of settlement. They could escape if they had the money and left in waves after each pogrom, heading for Europe, for the United States, the dream of many, and for the Zionists among them, for Palestine.
____While superiority has been ascribed historically both to those living within and beyond a pale of settlement, it is only the phrase ‘beyond the pale’ that has come to mean people whose behavior is outrageous, deplorable and intolerable. All of these words are fitting to describe the attitudes and behavior of many Israelis in recent weeks. Torrents of pure hatred have been directed by soldiers, police and civilians against Palestinians [. . . . .].
____Zionism remains a state-building ideology. Compassion is a weakness and there can be no possibility of pity for the Palestinians until they have been comprehensively and absolutely defeated. Like the indigenous people of the United States, only when the Palestinians have been reduced to an atomized ethnic minority will it be safe to admit the ‘mistakes’ of the past and acknowledge the crimes of the forefathers.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
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LET’S  NOT  FORGET  THAT  EAST  JERUSALEM  PALESTINIANS  ARE  STATELESS
Edo Konrad
Oct. 16, 2015
The stabbing of an Israeli soldier in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba and the killing of two Palestinian demonstrators in demonstrations held in Gaza and the West Bank were just the latest events in the downward spiral of violence across Israel/Palestine.
____Earlier this week, Haaretz published two different op-eds claiming that that very violence is both the result and the harbinger of the “bi-national state” Prime Minister Netanyahu has repeatedly warned against, yet has done very little to avoid [. . . . .].
____The problem with Shavit and Barak’s arguments isn’t that they prefer a two-state solution over a bi-national state, but that they pretend as if the two-state solution were ever actually implemented in the first place.
____There is no better time to hammer home the fact: Palestinians in East Jerusalem are a stateless people. This has been the case since June 7, 1967, when East Jerusalem was captured by the Israeli army.
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“PROMISES  FROM AL-ASSIFA ― THE STORM,” **  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
Be that as it may,
I must reject death,
And dry the tears of sentimental songs,
And rid the olive trees
Of all the false branches.
For if I sing the song of joy
Behind the lids of frightened eyes,
It is because the Storm
Has swept the standing trees
Clean
Of all the dull sparrows
And false branches.
Be that as it may,
I must be proud of you, wound of the city,
You are a light in our sad nights.
As the streets frown in my face,
You shield me from the shade and looks of hatred.
I will sing the song of joy,
Behind lids of apprehensive eyes,
For in my country, the Storm has blown,
Promising wine and rainbows.

“**Al-Assifa, the Storm, is the military arm of Fatah. Punning is a favorite figure of Arab poets, ancient and modern.”
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.
Interview with Mahmoud Darwish

The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as AUGUSTA VICTORIA AND AL-MAQASED HOSPITALS. It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur. (Photo Silwanic.net)
The village of Al-Tur has several schools including a special needs school as well as AUGUSTA VICTORIA and AL-MAQASED HOSPITALS. It is noteworthy that 33 thousand people live in the village of Al-Tur. (Photo Silwanic.net)

“. . . they come to burn the love in our hearts . . .” (Yousef al-Mahmoud)

The separation Wall in Jerusalem. (Photo by George Azar)
The separation Wall in Jerusalem. (Photo by George Azar)

❶ 2 Palestinians shot dead as attacks kill 3 Israelis, injure 28
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 23 Palestinians with live bullets
❸ Demoralization and Resistance: Israel’s Unseen Policy and Jerusalem’s Refusal to Abandon Its Collective Identity
❹ UNRWA slams Israel’s use of force against Palestinians
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Of course, It is an Intifada: This is What You Must Know
❻ Poetry by Yousef al-Mahmoud
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  DEAD  AS  ATTACKS  KILL  3  ISRAELIS,  INJURE  28
Oct. 13, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Three Israelis were killed and up to 28 injured, several of them seriously, in at least four separate attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, with at least two suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead, Israeli medics and police said.
____The Israeli government immediately began discussing punitive measures against Palestinians, including the closure of Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and arming more Israeli citizens with guns.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  23  PALESTINIANS  WITH  LIVE  BULLETS
Oct. 12, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and injured at least 23 Palestinians with live bullets during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Monday, with two more shot and injured by Israeli settlers, Palestinian sources reported. [. . . . . ]
____Clashes have injured more than 1,300 Palestinians since the beginning of the month, with 152 shot with live and rubber-coated steel bullets on Sunday alone, according to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health and the Palestinian Red Crescent.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
DEMORALIZATION  AND  RESISTANCE;  ISRAEL’S  UNSEEN  POLICY  AND  JERUSALEM’S  REFUSAL  TO  ABANDON  ITS  COLLECTIVE  IDENTITY
Megan Driscoll
Oct. 2015
Though never far out of sight, Jerusalem was notably at the center of much of the world’s focus this year, as tensions mounted throughout the occupied city. Following the death of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir this past July and a fierce reaction from Palestinian Jerusalemites, many pondered whether or not a third Intifada was brewing in the streets of Shu’fat, Silwan, Wadi al-Joz and elsewhere. Israel’s reaction to the growing popular resistance was in turn swift and forceful . . . . little has been dedicated to the underlying psychosocial impact of the occupation force’s growing repression in East Jerusalem.
____Historically, Israel has worked to undermine the collective identity of Palestinian Jerusalemites since it first occupied the city in 1967. Over the past four decades, the state has implemented a complex network of measures that comprehensively work to minimize Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.
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THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
UNRWA  SLAMS  ISRAEL’S  USE  OF  FORCE  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS
Oct. 13, 2015
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Monday condemned the recent murder and injury of a number of Palestinians by Israeli security forces. [. . . . .]
____The clashes erupted after groups of Jewish settlers forced their way into East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several consecutive days last month.
____UNRWA expressed its concern over the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces to disperse demonstrators — a policy the agency described as “excessive use of force”, which, it said, “may be contrary to international law enforcement standards”.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
OF  COURSE,  IT  IS  AN  INTIFADA:  THIS  IS  WHAT  YOU  MUST  KNOW
Ramzy Baroud
Oct. 12 2015
When my book ‘Searching Jenin’ was published soon after the Israeli massacre in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002, I was quizzed repeatedly by the media and many readers for conferring the word ‘massacre’ on what Israel has depicted as a legitimate battle against camp-based ‘terrorists’.
____The interrogative questions were aimed at relocating the narrative from a discussion regarding possible war crimes into a technical dispute over the application of language. For them, the evidence of Israel’s violations of human rights mattered little. [. . . . .]
____Even when video evidence emerges countering the official Israeli narrative and revealing, as in most other cases, that the murdered youth posed no threat, the official Israeli narrative will always be accepted as facts, by some. Isra’, Fadi, and all the rest are ‘terrorists’ who endangered the safety of Israeli citizens and, alas, had to be eliminated as a result.
– Dr. Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books and the founder of PalestineChronicle.com.
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Dr. Ramzy Baroud

“ENEMY,”  BY  YOUSEF  AL-MAHMOUD
They come from all the ends of the earth to sit among us
they come from the ends of the winds
they bring sickness and a hissing like sakes
they come from the ends of the snows
they come smelling of death
they come with blood-dipping knives
they bring panic and terror
they are utterly not-to-be-trusted
they are utterly murderous
they are proud of their murders, they are drinkers of blood
proud of tooth and nail
even more proud of guns and treachery
they come to burn the love in our hearts
and turn it to torture and bitterness
they bring sorrow, terror, sickness. . .
How have they come to sit among us?
—-—-Translated by DM Black

From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.
—-Yousef Al-Mahmoud is a prominent broadcaster and poet, and former head of the Ministry of Culture in his native Jenin.

Palestinians attempt to break through a section of the separation wall Israel built in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, 11 October. (Photo by Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills)
Palestinians attempt to break through a section of the separation wall Israel built in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis, 11 October. (Photo by Yotam Ronen, ActiveStills)

“Don’t ask me the impossible. . .” (Fouzi El Asmar)

al-Eizariya, as photographed in the 1940s with the Greek Orthodox church on the hilltop.
al-Eizariya, as photographed in the 1940s with the Greek Orthodox church on the hilltop.

(Please take a moment to read the page “Purpose” above. Thank you.)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DEMOLISH  2  HOMES,  7  STORES  IN  AL-EIZARIYA
Aug. 26, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday morning demolished nine tin shacks, including two homes, in the town of al-Eizariya, east of Jerusalem, on land Israeli authorities have earmarked for construction of the separation wall, locals said.
____A popular resistance committee spokesperson, Hani Halabiya, told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops escorted bulldozers and Israeli Civil Administration inspectors into the town.
____The bulldozers then demolished nine shacks without any prior warning, saying that they had been built without the necessary licenses, he said.
____Halabiya said that some of the structures belonged to Sami Abu Ghaliya, a local Fatah official representing Bedouin tribes on the outskirts of Jerusalem, while the others were being rented by Palestinians from Jerusalem, Hebron, al-Eizariya, and the Bedouin al-Jahalin tribe.
____Two of the structures served as homes and seven as commercial stores, including a grocery store, a car wash, and shops selling brassware and used furniture, Halabiya said.
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Israeli separation barrier at Al-Eizariya, 2007. This shows a part very close to the eastern part of Jerusalem, 2 Km from al-Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli separation barrier at Al-Eizariya, 2007. This shows a part very close to the eastern part of Jerusalem, 2 Km from al-Aqsa Mosque.
“AbuDisWall timeLine” by Zero, Tamarah.

THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISRAELI  MINISTER  TO  BAN  PALESTINIAN  ORGANISATIONS  IN  AL-AQSA
August 25, 2015 ―Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said yesterday that he is seeking to outlaw two Palestinian-Arab groups “that strive to keep Jews off the Temple Mount [Al-Aqsa Mosque] in Jerusalem,” Israeli media reported.
____The two groups are mainly running Sharia Schools inside the mosque’s grounds and organising trips for Palestinians to visit the holy site, which is the third holiest site for about two billion Muslims around the world.
____AlkhaleejOnline reported Erdan . . . . accused the groups of destabilising the situation in the area around the mosque. According to the Israeli Radio, Erdan has received detailed security reports from the Israeli security services about the groups’ activities.
____Meanwhile, Deputy Islamic Movement leader Kamal Al-Khatib said: “This is an Israeli plan targeting Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
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PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ISRAELI  PRESIDENT  SAYS  GOVT  HAS  ‘RIGHT’  TO  BUILD  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS
The Free Zone
August 25, 2015
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin says the country has the “right” to build settlements in the West Bank and it is “not a matter of political debate.” His comments are likely to cause controversy, with the EU and Palestine opposed to illegal Israeli development in the area.
____Although the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank is illegal under international law, Rivlin believes that the “land of Israel” includes this territory.
____“I love the land of Israel with all my heart,” Rivlin said, AFP reported. “I have never and will never give up on this land. For me, our right to this land is not a matter of political debate. It is a basic fact of modern Zionism.”
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  TO  UPROOT  TREES  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY  NATURE  RESERVE,  TO FORCE  FAMILIES  OUT  OF  HOMES  FOR  MILITARY  DRILLS
August 26, 2015
TUBAS ― Israeli forces Wednesday notified a nature reserve to the East of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, of their intentions to uproot its forest trees, according to a local official.
____Motaz Bisharat, in charge of the Jordan Valley settlements file in the Palestinian Authority, said that forces notified ‘Enoun’ nature reserve, which occupies an area of 14 dunums, of their intentions to uproot the forest trees
[. . . . ]
____Aref Daraghmeh, head of al-Maleh local council, said an Israeli army force broke into the village in the morning and handed notices to 14 families ordering them to leave their homes from 6:00 AM until 12:00 PM on September 1, to conduct military drills in the area.
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❺ Opinion
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ISRAEL  UNLEASHES  ITS  DIPLOMATIC  THUG  ON  THE  UN
Jonathan Cook, Nazareth
Aug 25 2015
The appointment by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of one of his most hawkish and outspoken rivals as Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations has prompted widespread consternation.
____As one Israeli analyst noted last week, Danny Danon’s appointment amounts to a “cruel joke” on the international community. The new envoy “lacks even the slightest level of finesse and subtlety required of a senior diplomat”.
____Last year Netanyahu sacked Danon as deputy defence minister, describing him as too “irresponsible” even by the standards of Israel’s usually anarchic politics. Danon had denounced the prime minister for “leftist feebleness” in his handling of Israel’s attack on Gaza last summer.
____Danon is a UN official’s worst nightmare. He is a vocal opponent of a two-state solution and has repeatedly called for the annexation of the West Bank.
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“TO  A  JEWISH  FRIEND,”  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR
Don’t ask me
the impossible
Don’t’ ask me
to hunt starts,
walk to the sun.
Don’t ask me
to empty the sea
to erase the day’s light
I am nothing but a man.

Don’t ask me
to abandon my eyes, my love,
the memory of my childhood.

I was raised
under an olive tree,
I ate the figs
of my orchard
drank wine from
the sloping vineyards
Tasted Cactus fruit
in the valleys
more, more.

The nightingale has sung
in my ears
The free winds of fields and cities
always tickled me
My friend
You cannot ask me
to leave my own country.  (March 1971)

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

“Greek Orthodox Church al-Eizariya” by See The Holy Land.

“. . . If I and others don’t go to prison, How will the prison guard Feed his children . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

Caption: Palestinian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration on August 16, 2015 in front of the hospital in Ashkelon where Muhammad Allan is being held. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Palestinian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration on August 16, 2015 in front of the hospital in Ashkelon where Muhammad Allan is being held. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

❶ From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  COURT  TO  REVIEW  REQUEST  TO  FREE  PALESTINIAN  HUNGER  STRIKER
Aug. 17, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― The Israeli Supreme Court will consider a request by the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoner’s Affairs to release hunger striking Palestinian prisoner Muhammad Allan, head of the committee Issa Qaraqe said Monday.
____The Palestinian official made the comments to the official Wafa news agency, without providing further details.
____Muhammad Allan, 31, slipped into a coma on Friday after ingesting only water since June 18 in protest at his detention without charge by Israeli authorities.
____If and when he regains consciousness — and if he continues to refuse to eat — Israel’s government must decide whether it will invoke a law passed in July allowing the force-feeding of prisoners when their lives are endangered.
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❷ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PRISONERS’  MINISTER:  SITUATION  IN  ISRAELI  JAILS  HEADING  TOWARD  ‘OUTBURST’
August 17, 2015
Ramallah ― Chairman of the Commission of Prisoners’’ Affairs (CPA), Minister Issa Qaraqe, said on Monday that the situation in Israeli prisons is heading towards an “outburst”.
____He said tension has run high in Israeli prisons after the Israeli prison authorities declined to meet a series of agreements concluded with the Palestinian prisoners, under which the authorities pledged to improve their prison conditions. . . .
[. . . .]
____Qaraqe stressed that efforts are being exerted to ensure [Muhammad] Allan’s release and provide him with the much needed treatment, after 65 days of hunger strike against his administrative detention, without charge or trial.
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❸ From: +972 MAGAZINE
ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  BEING  USED  TO  PUSH  CONTROVERSIAL  ‘TERROR  LAW’
Sawsan Khalife’
August 16, 2015
A week after the Shin Bet recommended that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon sign off on administrative detention for two Jewish Israelis following the attack in the Palestinian village of Duma, he also recommended the Knesset pass an “anti-terrorism bill.”
____The bill . . . authorizes the defense minister to use administrative detention without the standard prerequisite of declaring a “state of emergency” (which has been in place, essentially, since Israel’s founding). The law refers specifically to the administrative detention of Israeli civilians, since Palestinians in the occupied territories already live under a military regime.
The law will allow the court 48 hours to review the confidential evidence at hand, while the suspect will be denied the right to know the charges against him or her.
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❹ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  ARMY  RAZES  LAND  NEAR  BETHLEHEM  TO  EXPAND  APARTHEID  WALL
August 17, 2015
BETHLEHEM― Israeli army Monday razed an agricultural land belonging to local Palestinians near the town of Beit Jala to the north of Bethlehem in preparation to expand the apartheid wall, according to local sources.
____Witnesses told WAFA that an Israeli army force accompanied by two heavy machinery broke into the area, planted with olive trees, and proceeded to raze the land, which has an area of around 30 dunums, for the expansion of the separation wall following an Israeli court order to the change the route of the wall.
____According to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, Eighty-five percent of the Israeli Separation Barrier is within the West Bank itself, not along the Green Line. In areas where the Separation Barrier has already been built, the extensive violations of human rights of Palestinians living nearby are evident.
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Overlooking Beit Jala valley and Cremisan Monastery
Overlooking Beit Jala valley and Cremisan Monastery

❺ Opinion
From: PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
BDS  ECHOES  PRISONERS  APPEAL  TO  BOYCOTT  ISRAELI  PRISON-INDUSTRIAL  COMPLEX
August 17, 2015
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) calls on people of conscience around the world to initiate and/or escalate boycott and divestment campaigns against the companies that are most complicit in these Israeli crimes, in response to an unprecedented appeal from Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails. The appeal came in the context of an escalation in Israel’s repression against Palestinian political prisoners. Israel’s systematic use of torture, a crime against humanity under international law, as a policy against Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners, has recently seen a sharp rise.
____Israel, which remains one of few countries in the world that legalizes torture under circumstances deemed as “necessary,” has passed at the end of July a law allowing the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who have resorted to hunger strikes as a last ditch attempt to achieve their basic rights and dignity.
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Related (G4S website)

“JAIL  AND  CHILDREN,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
Don’t be sad, Darling!
To put me in prison, as they did, is a very easy thing!
But what can they do about the sun
Shining outside and torturing new rebels?

I should like to be romantic and say to you:
If my being in jail
Did nothing more than bring you to visit me
And cry in my arms ―
Then my arrest was not in vain.

But I’m not feeling romantic right now!
(How can one be romantic with the bedbugs
having such a feast?)
I’m just scratching away, and writing to you,
And asking myself this banal question:
If I and others don’t go to prison,
How will the prison guard
Feed his children?

Darling! I would so like for us
To have a baby!
We spoke of it once,
But I don’t know if
We’ll ever be given the chance.
That is why, for the time being, I give myself
To thoughts about the babies of others
Including my enemies’ babies!
And because they cannot understand this simple feeling
They put me here in prison.

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.
Rashid Hussein (1936-1977) was born in Musmus, Palestine. He published his first collection in 1957 and established himself as a major Palestinian poet and orator. He participated in founding the Land Movement in 1959. He left in 1966 and lived in Syria and Lebanon and later in New York City where he died in February, 1977. He was buried a week later in Musmus. His funeral was attended by thousands of Palestinians. More. . .

Protest at G4S accuses company of violating human rights. Thursday June 7 2012.
Protest at G4S accuses company of violating human rights. Thursday June 7 2012.

“. . .Do not pay your last respects with laurel and a royal display. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

“I need symbols . . . like the Twin Towers in New York,” General Gershon Hacohen. (AP photo)
“I need symbols . . . like the Twin Towers in New York,” General Gershon Hacohen. (AP photo)

❶ From MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI GENERAL LIKENS ATTACK ON GAZA TOWERS TO 9/11 ATTACK, AS ‘SYMBOL’
Dan Cohen
July 27, 2015
An Israeli general likened Israel’s bombing of three landmark towers in the Gaza Strip last year to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. . . Major General (ret.) Gershon Hacohen said:

“I need symbols, I’m talking about symbols. It is no simple matter. Because if I destroyed three towers in Gaza towards the end of Operation Protective Edge, and inflicted not only pain in the economic sense but also a symbol, and like the Twin Towers in New York were a symbol, what is significant is not only the physics but the significance of the matter.”

____. . . Israeli warplanes [bombed] Zafer Four tower, the Italian Compound, the Basha tower, and a four-story mall in Rafah. The mass destruction left hundreds of families homeless and struck a heavy blow to Gaza’s already crippled economy. These attacks were carried out when the ceasefire was imminent.
(More . . .)

❷ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI ARMY KILLS PALESTINIAN YOUTH IN COLD BLOOD OUTSIDE JERUSALEM
July 27, 2015
Israeli soldiers shot and killed in cold blood a Palestinian youngster during a raid before dawn Monday on Qalandia refugee camp . . . .
____Sources said an Israeli army force broke into the camp in the early morning hours and raided the house of Mohammad Abu Latifa, 20 . . . The soldiers. . . attempted to detain Abu Latifa and shot at his legs when he reportedly attempted to flee the premises, causing him serious injuries before he died of his wounds hours later.
____However, family sources [said] the Israeli soldiers shot him in the legs before they tied his hands with electric wires and detained him alive. Hours later, the family said, their son was handed over a dead body to the Red Cross. . . .
(More)

❸ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ARAB LEAGUE MINISTERS TO MEET AFTER AQSA CLASHES
July 27, 2015
Cairo (AFP) ― Arab League foreign ministers will meet in Cairo early next month to discuss clashes involving Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian official said Monday.
____Sunday’s incident saw Israeli police enter the mosque, one of Islam’s holiest sites, as they clashed with Palestinians angered by Jews’ access to the compound on an annual day of Jewish mourning.
____Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters that foreign ministers from 15 Arab states will meet on August 5 to discuss what he called the “dangerous development” in Jerusalem.
(More. . .)
(More. . .)
(Background)

Arab League Ministers, 2012.  EPA Photo - KHALED ELFIQI
Arab League Ministers, 2012. EPA Photo – KHALED ELFIQI

❹ From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
CHILD AMONG 4 PALESTINIANS KIDNAPPED BY IOF FROM AL-KHALIL
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday kidnapped four Palestinian citizens from the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil.
____According to local sources, large IOF patrols rolled into al-Khalil city at the crack of dawn and . . . they kidnapped the youngsters Rami Farouk al-Awiwi and Baha Abu Shkheidam. Both were dragged to an unidentified destination shortly afterwards.
____The IOF also raided al-Khalil’s northern town of Surif, nabbed the Palestinian citizen Haj Omar Ghneimat, and transferred him to an unknown location after they confiscated an agricultural tractor of his own.
____Sources based in Beit Ummar village, in northern al-Khalil, said the campaign culminated in the abduction of the 16-year-old minor Hamza Abu Hashem.
(More. . .)

❺ Opinion
From +972 MAGAZINE
NO, JESUS WOULD NOT BE A SETTLER — HE’D PRACTICE SOLIDARITY
Ryan Rodrick Beiler
July 27, 2015
Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren has been saying a lot of obnoxious things lately. His recent book angered Jewish-American journalists . . . and he may have crossed the line from belligerence to blasphemy with his latest remarks. While preaching to the choir of the Knesset’s Christian Allies Caucus, Oren took the name of Jesus in vain, using it to defend the settler enterprise.
____“Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist would today be considered Jewish settlers in Bethlehem,” said Oren, according to The Jerusalem Post.
[. . . .]
____ [Is Oren] really ignorant of what makes a settler a settler? According to international legal consensus, shared by virtually every other nation except Israel, all settlements are illegal.
____This is what makes settlements illegal. It’s not because they’re Jewish. It’s because they’re colonies built on occupied land outside of the state of Israel.
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“HE WHISPERED BEFORE HE TOOK HIS FINAL BREATHS,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
Don’t honor me with a monument
and song!
Of all the sad songs,
I prefer my mother’s sadness.

Do not pay your last respects
with laurel and a royal display!
Of all the tender wreaths
I prefer my mother’s palm.

Don’t glorify me by giving my name
to a city square
or a street and public garden!
I’d rather a grapevine be planted
(in my name)
and grow into a vineyard and farm!

Do not preserve my memory
by giving a speech each year in my honor!
I’d rather a fine machine
pounding away in a factory
speak in my name.

Tell my mother―
tell her what you plant in my name,
tell the factory’s machine
that I loved life, from the bottom of my heart,
and therefore took my final breaths
at peace and happy.

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER THAN WATER. New and Selected Poems. Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.
Available from Amazon
Samih Al-Qasim Obituary, August 20, 2014

BETHLEHEM, mural adorns the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem. ActiveStills photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler.
BETHLEHEM, mural adorns the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem. ActiveStills photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler.

“. . . checking over my shoulder to see if I am shadowed. . .” (Yousef Abu Loz)

Apartheid Wall: Jenin
Apartheid Wall: Jenin

❶ from MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ABU KHDEIR’S NAME REMOVED FROM TERROR VICTIMS’ LIST
April 22, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli authorities removed Muhammad Abu Khdeir’s name from an Israeli list of terror victims following demands by his family.
___Abu Khdeir’s father told Ma’an that the family called the Israeli National Insurance Institute on Tuesday demanding that Muhammad’s name be removed from the list located in Mount Herzl. They later received a call from the institute telling them that his name was removed from the list.
___Muhammad, 16, was burned to death in July 2014 by Jewish Israelis in a suspected revenge attack for the murders of three Israeli teenagers in the occupied West Bank. . .
___Muhammad’s family said that Israel only added his name to “improve its image to the world” after the gruesome murder which shocked residents of occupied East Jerusalem.
(More. . .)
(Background. . .)

❷ from PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN SIX PALESTINIANS FROM JENIN VILLAGE
April 22, 2015
Israeli forces Wednesday detained five Palestinians from Tura village to the southwest of Jenin, said local security sources.
___Forces stormed the village where they proceeded to detain five locals after breaking into and ransacking their families’ houses. The detainees were identified as Mu‘taz Qabha, 22, ‘Abdullah Sami, 23, Ayham Fayez, 22, Muhammad Subhi, 26, and ‘Abdullah Ahmad, 23.
(More. . .)

Abu Kheider's Father
Abu Kheider’s Father

❸ from INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PALESTINIAN KIDNAPPED IN AL-AQSA MOSQUE; ISRAELI EXTREMISTS STORM MOSQUE COMPOUND
April 22, 2015
As dozens of Israeli extremists stormed the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem, chanting and raising Israeli flags, and trying to raise the flags on the mosque, Israeli soldiers kidnapped a young Palestinian man.
Media sources said the soldiers kidnapped Omar Odeh, from Qalansawe, in the Southern Triangle Area.
___Odeh was beaten and cuffed, before being moved to an Israeli police station in Jerusalem’s Old City.
___The abduction took place after scores of Israeli fanatics stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, through the al-Magharba gate, on Wednesday morning, and conducted provocative tours under heavy police and army protection.
___Several fanatic groups called for massive marches into the mosque compound, Wednesday and Thursday to mark “Israel’s Memorial Day.”
(More. . .)
(A simplistic explanation of the importance of Al-Aqsa)
(A different understanding of the importance of Al-Aqsa)

❹ from MONDOWEISS (Scholarly article)
TERRORISM AND THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT: AN ARGUMENT
Jerome Slater
April 21, 2015
As I wrote in my blog of March 18, “Israeli Terrorism: Does Evidence Matter?” I have been unable to place the long article on which the blog was based in any professional journal. I have decided to end that quest, and instead publish the full version here, for whatever interest it may hold for scholars, journalists, and interested general audiences. . .
___My central argument is that contrary to the standard mythology, especially in Israel, Israeli terrorism has been significantly worse than that of the Palestinians. A refutation of this mythology is important for a number of reasons. First, of course, ascertaining historical truth is important for its own sake. Second, the truth might make Israelis less blind to their own behavior and therefore less intransigent in seeking a compromise settlement of their conflict with the Palestinians
(More. . .)

❺ from +972 (Opinion)
WHY I’M THINKING OF LEAVING ISRAEL
By Somow Younis
April 22, 2015
I don’t feel a sense of belonging in the place where I was born. I want to live in a place where my right to vote is not seen as a threat to the regime, where my ethnicity doesn’t hold me back and where my language is not a barrier. One day I will leave, but it won’t be by choice.
. . . So far in my adult life I’ve searched for a sense of belonging by attempting to rule places out: in my childhood village of Arara, in Haifa, in Tel Aviv, and most recently, in Jerusalem. One feeling has followed me to all of those places — being foreign. The sense of foreignness penetrates and permeates inside of me and I fight it in my daily battle for survival. What does it mean to feel like you belong?
. . . I sigh and I ponder. One can’t speak about the Nakba in the past tense. It is ongoing and continues. There it is, I’m done. Lightyears separate reality and my dreams of being recognized as an ethnic majority in a state that defines itself first and foremost as a nation-state, dreams of being granted full cultural autonomy, of realizing even the simplest dreams, without obstacles and limitations.
Somow Younis is a lawyer and social activist.
(More. . .)
Also by Somow Younis

“LAST OF THE CENTURY,” BY YOUSEF ABU LOZ

Knowing my country is far
I pack my cases and fly
always checking over my shoulder
to see if I am shadowed, always
looking around: paranoid

I hasten my wings, oh
wait for me, my country, I am lost
in the century. I swoon and swoop
with the invaders’ hot breath
on my neck and even though
I rush past a decade of years
they still beat me to her.

I’ve become older, I know my life
is behind me. Where I cannot fly.

Translated by Ryan Van Winkle

Yousef Abu Loz’s collection Fatima Goes to the field early received the Arab Writers Union Award. Born in Jordan, he has worked in education and culture across the Arab world.

From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

Somos Younis
Somow Younis

“. . . I have prepared my poems And reclaimed my hand . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

from MONDOWEISS
NETANYAHU FLAILS AGAINST INT’L CONSPIRACY, AS LIBERAL ZIONISTS SEEK ORANGE REVOLUTION AGAINST ‘FADING STRONGMAN’
Israel/Palestine
Philip Weiss
March 13, 2015
Israel’s illusion that it is at the center of the known universe is now shared by a lot of American commentators. The mood is even more intense because liberal Zionists sense a historic election in which Benjamin Netanyahu goes down and is replaced by the center-left. Haaretz’s Barak Ravid is mocking the prime minister’s statements about outside influence:

Netanyahu says “Scandinavia” is trying to topple him. Yes – you heard me – Scandinavia

Gershom Gorenberg explains that Netanyahu has accused European governments, especially Scandinavian ones, of funding campaign to depose him. Gorenberg:

Last refuge of the fading strongman: accuse outside agitators, foreign govts. (More. . .)

The Choir of the Custody of the Holy Land with members of the Sant Angela Choir of Budapest
The Choir of the Custody of the Holy Land with members of the Sant Angela Choir of Budapest

from THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
Artist of the Month
THE CHOIR OF THE CUSTODY OF THE HOLY LAND (Roman Catholic)
March, 2015
The Magnificat Choir of the Custody of the Holy Land was founded in 1850 by a number of clerics in Jerusalem. After the establishment of the Terra Sancta Boarding School in 1870, the choir expanded and graduates of the school began volunteering their services to the choir. These included Augustine Lama, a choir conductor and organist, and later, organist Salvador Arnita. During the late 1950s, the Franciscan priests took charge of conducting the choir. Among the most famous were Father Teofilo Ciardini and Father Antonio Foley, who developed the Parish Choir. Over the course of time, these two choirs combined and began singing both in Latin and in Arabic throughout the churches of the Holy Land. (More. . .)

from PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
‘ISRAEL’ PLANS TO BUILD NEW SEPARATION WALL ALONG JORDANIAN BORDER
PNN/Jerusalem
March 14, 2015
Following the completion of a security fence on the border with Egypt, ‘Israel’ plans to build a new separation wall on the border with Jordan to protect ‘Israel’ from a possible infiltration by “global Jihadists”, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

The Israeli government said that the first section of the wall will stretch for 30 km and will be equipped with security cameras and watch towers. The wall is part of a broader defence plan to secure the Timna region prepared by the Israeli army in the wake of the geo-strategic changes in the region.

The Israeli security forces fear the Iraqi and Syrian jihadists who were reported to have entered Jordan in huge numbers and it is possible that they’ll find their way to ‘Israel’. A senior Israeli officer said they do not have intelligence about the activities of ISIS elements in Jordan.
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from MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HAMAS LAUNCHES #ASKHAMAS INFORMATIONAL TWITTER CAMPAIGN
March 14, 2015
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas launched a campaign on Twitter Friday aimed at improving transparency and reaching out to English social media users.

The movement said its English-language initiative #AskHamas was designed so officials could answer questions from social media users.

The campaign was timed to coincide with the deadline for a European Union appeal against removing the group from the EU’s terror list, Hamas said.

A European court in December ordered the removal of Hamas from the bloc’s terror list, but the European Union said it would appeal the decision within three months.

“The #AskHamas campaign … will begin Friday and continue for five days,” said an Arabic-language statement posted on Hamas media official Taher al-Nunu’s Facebook page.
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from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
KEEPING PALESTINIAN IDENTITY ALIVE IN HEBRON
Narjas Zatat
March 13, 2015
Once a thriving marketplace, Hebron’s Shuhada street has been closed to Palestinians for the past twenty-one years.

Israel used the 1994 massacre at the nearby Ibrahimi Mosque — during which the extremist American settler Baruch Goldstein killed 29 worshippers — as a pretext to tighten its control over the occupied West Bank city.

Today, Jewish-only settlements have surrounded Hebron and taken over parts of the city. These settlements are illegal under international law.

The closure of Shuhada Street is vigorously opposed by Palestinians. The organization Youth Against Settlements (YAS) both documents human rights abuses carried out by the Israeli military and takes direct action against Hebron’s suffocation.

In a symbolically important move, the group has succeeded in setting up a kindergarten on Shuhada Street. (More. . .)

Ibrahim Nasrallah
Ibrahim Nasrallah

“ABSENCE,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
Who loves the winter as you do?
And is fascinated by trees that resist the wind as you do?
And who like you perfects life
With such innocent joy?
God!
If only you were with me now
I have prepared everything
The chestnuts and the fire,
I have pulled back the blinds
And raised my prayer to the gypsy rain
Pleaded that it persist in its discord
And eternal rites
God!
If only you were beside me now!
I have prepared my poems
And reclaimed my hand
From the combat of the street
From the merchants
And the brokers
And the guardsmen,
And a frost that has tried so often
To squeeze you out of my heart
From bullets that have repeatedly aimed
To swallow up the ring of your voice
As you commune with the buds
Or kindle the fire
God! Had you been with me
We would have sung our song now
The one which the wind almost uproots from my voice
Each time I sing it alone

–Translation by Ibrahim Muhawi
Ibrahim Nasrallah (born 1954 in Amman, Jordan, in Wihdat refugee camp) is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer.
He studied in the UN agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) schools and at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia for 2 years in the Al Qunfudhah region and worked as a journalist between 1978 and 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.”