“. . . dragging the remains of the years to unmarked graves . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

sykes1❶― (ᴀ) A century on: Why Arabs resent Sykes-Picot  [May 16, 1916]
..❶― (ᴃ) Will the Sykes-Picot agreement collapse?
..❶― (с) Palestine and the Psychological Impact of Sykes-Picot
❷ Israel dismantles EU-funded homes in Jerusalem-area Bedouin neighborhood
❸ Video: Remembering the Nakba from Burj Barajneh refugee camp
❹ Suspended between hope and hardship
❺ Opinion/Analysis: IS  THIRD  INTIFADA  ON  ITS  WAY  TO  BECOMING  HISTORY?
❻ POETRY by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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❶― (ᴀ) A  CENTURY  ON:  WHY  ARABS  RESENT  SYKES-PICOT  [May 16, 1916]
Al-Jazeera
The borders of the Middle East were drawn during World War I by a Briton, Mark Sykes, and a Frenchman, Francois Picot.
___The two diplomats’ pencils divided the map of one of the most volatile regions in the world into states that cut through ethnic and religious communities.       MORE . . .

..❶― (ᴃ) WILL  THE  SYKES-PICOT  AGREEMENT  COLLAPSE?
Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
January 21, 2016
Despite the fact that the Sykes-Picot agreement was signed 100 years ago, the debate and controversy surrounding it is ongoing . . .  This requires us to take the time to re-read the content of this agreement and what it established and provided for over the past 100 years. We must also consider if now is the time for the Sykes-Picot agreement to collapse, as some believe, or if the matter is more complicated than this.  MORE . . .   

..❶― (с) PALESTINE  AND  THE  PSYCHOLOGICAL  IMPACT  OF  SYKES-PICOT
La nueva Televisión del Sur C.A. (TVSUR)
Yasir Tineh
May 15, 2016
The century-old Sykes-Picot agreement without a doubt much of the blame for the current status of the Middle East, to bear blame and to be responsible are two different things.
___As a member of the Palestinian diaspora and Arab youth, I find it silly that the Sykes-Picot agreement remains a topic of blame for the Middle East’s current state of affairs.      MORE . . .   

❷ ISRAEL  DISMANTLES  EU-FUNDED  HOMES  IN  JERUSALEM-AREA  BEDOUIN  NEIGHBORHOOD
Ma’an News Agency
May 16, 2016
Some 90 Palestinian Bedouins, the majority of them children, were left homeless Monday when Israeli forces disassembled EU-donated mobile homes without prior notice in the Jabal al-Baba neighborhood in the outskirts of the village of al-Eizariya east of Jerusalem.
___Atallah Mazaraa, a representative of Jabal al-Baba, said . . . “When the Israeli authorities disassemble and confiscate our houses without prior notice on the Nakba’s anniversary their message to the Bedouin communities is: “we will chase you wherever you go and you will not have a moment of security or rest.”
http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=771530  (copy and paste in browser)

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First Israeli demolition of EU-funded projects on April 11, 2014. (Photo: European Union, News)

❸ VIDEO:  REMEMBERING  THE  NAKBA  FROM  BURJ  BARAJNEH  REFUGEE  CAMP
Mondoweiss
Sonia Grieco
May 15, 2016
In the Active Aging House of Burj Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, the Nakba is still a vivid memory. Some of the center-goers were in their childhood when, in 1948, the ‘catastrophe’ befell . . . Around 110,000 took refuge in Lebanon . . . At that time the Palestinians thought they would make their way back home soon, but for 68 years they have been living as refugees and the keys they brought with them have opened no doors.
___Marian, 68 years old, still remembers those keys.      MORE (VIDEO) . . .    

❹ SUSPENDED  BETWEEN  HOPE  AND  HARDSHIP
The Electronic Intifada
Anne Paq
May 13, 2016
The lives of Palestinian refugee families who have fled Syria to Lebanon are suspended and their futures uncertain. Denied their right to return to Palestine, from where they originate and have hoped to return for decades, they were more recently uprooted from their homes and, for many, their relatively comfortable lives in Syria.
___Lebanon currently hosts one million Syrians — one out of four persons in the country is a refugee. More than 100,000 of the 560,000 Palestinians in Syria registered with UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, have fled the country — approximately 42,000 of them to Lebanon, according to the agency.     MORE . . .    

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  IS  THIRD  INTIFADA  ON  ITS  WAY  TO  BECOMING  HISTORY?
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
May 13, 2016
Palestinians now go days between hearing about an armed attack against Israelis. During the first two months of the current unrest, multiple attacks took place every day [. . . .]
___In an interview with Al-Monitor, Khalil Shaheen, the head of the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies in Ramallah, said, “The decline was expected since the outbreak of the intifada. Some Palestinians rushed into calling it a third intifada because what is happening is a wave of popular uprising, which may evolve or stumble eventually. It may even take a different direction even if it receded at some point . . . .
___Shaheen said, “As for the current decline of the intifada, it is due to the absence of an official leadership or organization, as well as of a political agenda. . . .       MORE . . .   

“THE  CITY,”  BY  JABRA  IBRAHIM  JABRA

II.
What is this barrenness in the blood?
Boredom is born every day, and I say
this nothingness at least obliterates the preceding day’s boredom,
sympathy and solace;
but the days that persist in
dragging the remains of the years
to unmarked graves spin, too, in seasons.
The seed grows a stalk which contains
the fury of winter and the joy of spring
and if the sun blows on its fire
the fruit is kindled, laughing for every hand
and the gold-heaped laps reply.

The spirit in the street trussed
with ropes of light and shadow still bears
some hollow straws in the wind
that lie shivering in dread
of the wind’s blows and lash of the storm.

Sections I and IV of this poem 
Section III of this poem
About Jabra Ibrahim Jabra  

From:  WHEN  THE  WORDS  BURN:  AN ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY:  1945-1987.  Translated and edited by John Mikhail Asfour. Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada. Cormorant Books, 1988.

 

“. . . hear my child’s approaching footsteps at the threshold of your soul? . . . ” (Rashid Hussein)

Young Palestinian protesters demonstrate against Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)
Young Palestinian protesters demonstrate against Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

❶ Clashes break out across West Bank after Netanyahu declares ‘an all-out war’
❷ 270 Jerusalemites arrested in 21 days
❸ Israeli violence, Palestinian resistance and Abbas’s pleas for foreign interference
❹ At a settler sit-in in Jerusalem, they speak in American accents about ‘our land’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The Question of the Third Intifada
❻ Poetry by Rashid Hussein
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MONDOWEISS
CLASHES  BREAK  OUT  ACROSS  WEST  BANK  AFTER  NETANYAHU  DECLARES  ‘AN  ALL-OUT  WAR’
Allison Deger
Oct. 6, 2015
Scores of Palestinians were injured in clashes across the West Bank and more than 200 were arrested in Jerusalem, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday he is “running an all-out war against Palestinian terrorism.”
____Palestinians protested today in a “day of rage,” after a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens in the past week and Israeli incursions into the West Bank and Jerusalem—including the demolition of two homes overnight Monday and the killings of three Palestinian youths in the preceding 24 hours.
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____The march followed a funeral for Abdel-Rahman Abeidallah, 13, who was shot in the heart during a demonstration yesterday. Abeidallah was the third Palestinian killed by Israeli forces on Sunday and Monday.
____Before daybreak Israeli forces demolished the East Jerusalem homes of Ghassan Abu Jamal, 32, and Muhammed el-Ja’abis, 23, two Palestinians from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood who were implicated in the killings of Israelis in 2014.
More . . .
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
270  JERUSALEMITES  ARRESTED  IN  21  DAYS
Oct. 7, 2015
The settler-affiliated media site Arutz 7 reported that just last night Israeli police arrested seven Palestinians throughout East Jerusalem, of whom four are children.
____Israeli authorities are employing heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to quell clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, clashes trigged last month by Israeli attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque.
More . . .
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISRAELI VIOLENCE, PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE AND ABBAS’S PLEAS FOR FOREIGN INTERFERENCE
Ramona Wadi
Oct. 6, 2015
Israeli settlers and soldiers have increased their use of violence in recent days following the murder of 19 year old student Hadil Hashlamoun last month. The latest extrajudicial killing by Israel, of Palestinian teenager Fadi Alloun, has once again demonstrated that, despite general outrage and notorious publicity, the world’s attention is constantly diverted in a manner that provides the Israeli aggressors with impunity.
____The rampant Israeli violence of these past few days, which has also included brutal beatings of Palestinian citizens and raids on houses in the West Bank, has shown clearly that Israel does not need a reason to commit atrocities; it is simply demonstrating and enforcing its perverse presence in occupied Palestinian territory.
More . . .
MONDOWEISS
AT A SETTLER SIT-IN IN JERUSALEM, THEY SPEAK IN AMERICAN ACCENTS ABOUT ‘OUR LAND’
Sai Englert
Oct., 2015
This afternoon I went to the old city of Jerusalem.
____It is like a Ghost Town. Very few Palestinians in the streets, many shops are closed, and so are most entries to Al Aqsa. The passages that remain open are heavily policed, only those above 55 and tourists are allowed in. The streets are full of mobile check points. Each street corner is occupied by a crowd of ‘Police Officers’ (basically soldiers with a different uniform). Israeli Settlers (to use that tautology for lack of a better word) are all over the place, across all neighbourhoods, walking in small groups, armed, confident, jubilant. In the street where the two armed settlers were killed, in the Muslim Quarter, a large crowd of their accomplices were holding a sit in: guitars, songs, candles and flags, as well as signs in English and Hebrew calling for ‘revenge’, for ‘retaliation’, for ‘justice’. They laugh and chat, for the most part in perfect north American English accents – or terrible Hebrew -, about ‘their neighbourhood’, ‘their land’, ‘their houses’.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE QUESTION OF THE THIRD INTIFADA
Oraib Al-Rantawi
Oct. 6 2015
The issue of the moment is the question of an impending third intifada. Are the events taking place in Jerusalem and the West Bank heading towards another Palestinian uprising? What are the opportunities and the possibilities? What are the obstacles and the challenges? Who is working to prevent this from happening and who is working towards encouraging such an eventuality?
____The truth is that the Palestinian situation, especially in the occupied West Bank, has become more complicated and this reality has prevented us from finding any straightforward or easy answers; in any case and under any conditions it would be a mistake to underestimate the possibility of events unfolding where there will be a third intifada. There are many factors contributing to the outbreak of an uprising in the occupied territories and these are currently restrained by a low ceiling. The Palestinians have many reasons to break through this ceiling and head for the streets in protest.
____Israel has closed every window of hope for the Palestinian people; there are currently no portals leading to a brighter future.
More . . .

“TO  A  CLOUD,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
I am the land,
I am the land . . . do not deny me rain,
I am all that remains of it,
If you plant my brow with trees
And turn my poetry into vineyards,
And wheat
And roses
That you may know me.
So let the rai pour down.

I, cloud of my life, am the hills of Galilee,
I am the bosom of Haifa
And the forehead of Jaffa.
So do not whisper: it is impossible.
Can you not hear my child’s approaching footsteps
At the threshold of your soul?
Can you not see the veins of my brow
Striving to kiss your lips?
Waiting for you, my poetry turned to earth,
Has become fields,
Has turned into wheat
And trees.
I am all that remains of our earth,
I am all that remains of what you love,
So pour . . . pour with bounty,
Pour down the rain.

From THE PALESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
About Rashid Hussein

Palestinians in Qalandia march toward an Israeli checkpoint in a day of protests across the West Bank, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)
Palestinians in Qalandia march toward an Israeli checkpoint in a day of protests across the West Bank, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)