“. . . an eternal embrace across the nights . . .” (Sulafa Hijjawi)

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Funeral of four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Sair. (Ma’an News Agency Photo)

❶ US: Israeli Defense Minister ‘undermining’ two-state solution
❷ Hebron-area village buries 4 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces
. . . ❷―(ᴀ) The sons of Sa’ir
❸ This is how settlers take over Palestinian land
❹ Israeli authorities demolish mosque in unrecognized Bedouin village
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The two-state solution has failed, so what now?
❻ Poetry by Sulafa Hijjawi
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
US:  ISRAELI  DEFENSE  MINISTER  ‘UNDERMINING’  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION
Jan. 9, 2016
The United States came down Friday on a decision by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to incorporate a southern West Bank church compound into the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
Spokesman for the US State Department John Kirby said . . .
___ “Along with the regular retroactive legalization of unauthorized outposts and construction of infrastructure in remote settlements, actions such as this decision clearly undermine the possibility of a two-state solution,” Kirby said.   More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HEBRON-AREA  VILLAGE  BURIES  4  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES
Jan. 9, 2016
Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of four Palestinians from the occupied West Bank village of Sair killed by Israeli forces during alleged attacks days prior.
___Mourners marched to the village mosque for funeral prayers before carrying the bodies of the four to the village cemetery for burial, locals told Ma’an.
___Funeral attendees called national slogans demanding an end to factional divisions and a response to ongoing Israeli crimes committed against Palestinians.  More . . .
. . . ❷―(ᴀ) Mondoweiss. THE  SONS  OF  SA’IRMore . . .

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Mobile homes and fruit trees represent the expanding edges of the Israeli settlement of Ma’on, taking land from the village of Al Tuwani, West Bank. (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

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THIS  IS  HOW  SETTLERS  TAKE  OVER  PALESTINIAN  LAND
Dror Etkes
Jan. 8, 2016
From audacious fraud and forgery to military seizures for ‘security needs’ and the ‘public good’ to dusting off antiquated Ottoman laws, the Israeli settlement enterprise has no shortage of tools for taking over Palestinian land in the West Bank.   More . . .
+972 MAGAZINE BLOG
ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  DEMOLISH  MOSQUE  IN  UNRECOGNIZED  BEDOUIN  VILLAGE
Michal Rotem
Jan. 6, 2016
Israeli Police officers accompanied by bulldozers destroyed a mosque Wednesday morning in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Rakhamah in the Negev Desert.
___Salima Azazma, one of the residents of the village, told +972′s Hebrew sister site, Local Call, that “It is infuriating to see a mosque be destroyed. Those who destroy a mosque won’t have a problem destroying my children’s home.”  More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  HAS  FAILED,  SO  WHAT  NOW?
Adel Shadeed
Jan. 8, 2016
Palestinians and Israelis alike have become increasingly convinced that the two-state solution is no longer an option due to Israel’s policies which continue to see settlements built across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The latter is supposed to be the capital of the Palestinian state to be established on the 1967 borders.
___It is important to consider that the two-state solution was never really a serious option in any case in the minds of Israel’s leadership and public. All that was proposed was a Palestinian Authority with limited security and economic responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip . . 
___ . . . third option, which will be very attractive to most Israelis. This would see Israel isolating the Palestinian communities in the West Bank and removing them altogether from Jerusalem. More . . .

“DEATH  SENTENCE,”  BY  SULAFA  HIJJAWI (b. 1934)

At night, orders came to the soldiers
to destroy our lovely village, Zeita.***
Zeita! Bride of trees,
of blooming tulips,
spark of the winds!

The soldiers came in the dark
while the sons of the village
the trees and field and flowerbuds
clung to Zeita
hugging her for shelter . . .

“Orders demand that all of you depart
Zeita will be destroyed before the night ends.”

But we held tight, chanting:
Zeita is the land, the heart of the land,
and we her people are its branches.

That’s how people fall―
a few moments of resistance,
so Zeita remains an eternal embrace across the nights
In moments she was rubble,
not a single bread oven remained.
Men and stones
were pasted and powdered by enemy tractors,
scattered forever in the light of the impossible.

Now in the evenings
in the song of our wind,
Zeita arises, igniting its scarlet spark
upon the plains
And by morning
Zeita returns to the fields
as tulips do.

Night is morning in Zeita,
Night is morning.
―Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye

*** Zeita was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War between July 17–18, 1948. Its inhabitants became refugees, ending up the West Bank and Gaza Strip. All that remains of the village structures is the well that served as its main water source.

Sulafa Hijjawi, Palestinian poet and researcher, was born in Nablus, 1934. She lived in Iraq and married Iraqi poet Kazim Jawad. She has published several studies and translations, most importantly, Poetry of Resistance in Occupied Palestine (1982).
From: ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

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Israeli Minister of Army, Moshe Ya’alon has “permitted” adding the seized church of Beit Al-Baraka to the expanding illegal settlement, Gush Etzion. (Ma’an News Photo)

 

 

“. . . What did I do to make you destroy me . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

A photo of Mustafa Adel al-Khatib. (Ma’an Images). Number 1 below.
A photo of Mustafa Adel al-Khatib. (Ma’an Images). Number 1 below.

❶ Palestinian shot, killed in East Jerusalem after alleged stabbing
❷ Israel Carries out Large-Scale Detention Operation in West Bank, Jerusalem
❸ Personal essay: There Is More to Us
❹ US refuses to label Israeli attacks on Palestinians ‘terror’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Who needs justice when suspects can be executed in the street?
❻ Poetry by Mahmoud Darwish
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(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you for “following.”)
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❶ MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT,  KILLED  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM  AFTER  ALLEGED  STABBING
Oct. 12, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Monday shot and killed a Palestinian man in East Jerusalem after an alleged stabbing attempt on border police officers, Israeli police said. [. . . . .]
____Israeli news site the Times of Israel reported that border police asked a Palestinian man to take his hands out of his pockets after becoming suspicious, at which point the suspect attempted to attack the officer, hitting his protective vest.
____The attacker was then shot multiple times.
____Palestinian witnesses told Ma’an that there was no attempted stabbing at the time of the shooting, and the man was killed as he was walking in the area.
____The suspect was identified as Mustafa Adel al-Khatib, 18.
____The latest death brings the total number of Palestinians killed to 25 since the beginning of October.
More . . .
PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  CARRIES  OUT  LARGE-SCALE  DETENTION  OPERATION  IN  WEST  BANK,  JERUSALEM
Oct. 12, 2015
WEST BANK, (WAFA) – At least 32 Palestinians were last night detained by the Israeli army and security forces across the West Bank districts and Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
____The intense operation comes amid a seemingly unceasing popular unrest by Palestinian youth against the Israeli measures in the occupied territories, including attempts to temporally divide al-Aqsa Mosque compound as well as Israel’s continuing settlement construction and expansion.
More . . .
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
THERE  IS  MORE  TO  US
Hasheemah H. Afaneh
Oct. 2015
I was sitting in the back seat of my family’s green van and staring out the window when I heard my parents discuss our moving to Palestine. Needless to say, my eyes widened at the thought of moving and leaving all my friends behind.
____“But why?” I had asked furiously, my eyes welling up.
____With his eyes still on the road, my father responded, “So you and your brothers can see our home and learn Arabic. You’ll meet lots of family members, and you’ll make friends in no time.” [. . . . .]
____Both my mother and father were raised in Palestine in the pre-Oslo period. The image that I had of Palestine and of who we are as Palestinians was a result of that reality and of the fact that I lived halfway across the world. [. . . . .]
However, there was more to know and learn about us, as my father told me.
More . . .
Hasheemah H. Afaneh, born in one place and raised in two, is studying nutrition and dietetics at Birzeit University. She writes poetry, short stories, and descriptive essays.
Hasheemah H. Afaneh’s Blog
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
US  REFUSES  TO  LABEL  ISRAELI  ATTACKS  ON  PALESTINIANS  ‘TERROR’
Oct. 10, 2015
The State Department said Friday that recent attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are “acts of terror” but failed to apply the same standard when violence is committed against Palestinians by Israelis.
____”We would consider these violent acts [by Palestinians] that we’re talking about specifically here as acts of terror,” spokesman John Kirby said in response to a question about violence in the occupied territories.
____But when asked whether he also considered to be terrorist acts the stabbing of a Palestinian by a 17-year-old Israeli in the city of Dimona, Kirby brushed it aside and said he was not aware of the incident.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
WHO  NEEDS  JUSTICE  WHEN  SUSPECTS  CAN  BE  EXECUTED  IN  THE  STREET?
Orly Noy
Oct. 11, 2015
Yesterday I published John Brown’s latest article on my Facebook wall. The article includes a video that clearly shows Fadi Alloun, the young Palestinian man from Issawiya, being shot and killed by police officers despite not posing a threat when shot. There is no question here of not knowing “what happened before” — even if Alloun did stab someone, the police could have subdued him and protected the passersby without killing him. Alloun, put simply, was executed to the cheers of the onlookers who encouraged the officers to shoot. [. . . . .]
____Israel’s legal system is supposed to reflect its collective principles, as formulated by its elected officials. It holds a substantial statement. And when that statement reflects those who say it in a bad light, it is always easier to implement the policy itself without taking responsibility for its moral significance. That way, Sharon Gal (who proposed the “death to terrorists” law) gets what he wants — death sentence for “terrorists,” defined in the widest possible way — while the Israeli legal system remains clean of any law that may tarnish it in the eyes of many Israelis, not to mention the international community.
More . . .
Article with video of police killing

“HE  EMBRACES  HIS  MURDERER,”  BY  MAHMOUD  DARWISH
He embraces his murderer.
May he win his heart: Do you feel angrier if I survive?
Brother…My brother!
What did I do to make you destroy me?
Two birds fly overhead.
Why don’t you shoot upwards?
What do you say?
You grew tired of my embrace and my smell.
Aren’t you just as tired of the fear within me?
Then throw your gun in the river! What do you say?
The enemy on the riverbank aims his machine gun at an embrace?
Shoot the enemy!
Thus we avoid the enemy’s bullets and keep from falling into sin.
What do you say?
You’ll kill me so the enemy can go to our home
And descend again into the law of the jungle?
What did you do with my mother’s coffee; with your mother’s coffee?
What crime did I commit to make you destroy me?
I will never
Cease embracing you.
And I will never
Release you.

“Poems by Mahmoud Darwish.” PoemHunter.com
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/he-embraces-his-murderer/
About Mahmoud Darwish

The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)
The body of a Palestinian teen is seen on the street near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, October 10, 2015. The teen, later identified as Ishaq Badran, 16, from Kafr Aqab, was shot and killed by the Israeli police after carrying out an alleged stabbing attack in the area. (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)