“. . . I am an Arab/You have stolen the orchards/of my ancestors . . .” (Mahmoud Darwish)

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Shopping in the Arab Quarter, Jerusalem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 9, 2015)

❶ Knesset’s new bill ‘portrays racism as entirely normal’
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) The destructive potential of Israel’s nation-state bill
❷ Israel debating bill banning rights groups from defending Palestinians
❸ Background Articles

  • Israel’s Second-Class Citizens
  • Why the ‘hijacking’ of Israeli democracy is a myth

❹ ARIJ Daily Report
❺ POETRY by Mahmoud Darwish
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❶ KNESSET’S  NEW  BILL  ‘PORTRAYS  RACISM  AS  ENTIRELY  NORMAL’   
Al Jazeera
Jonathan Cook
May 11, 2017
New legislation to cement the definition of Israel as a state belonging exclusively to Jews around the world is a “declaration of war” on Palestinian citizens of Israel, the minority’s leaders warned this week.
___The bill, which defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people”, passed its first vote in the Israeli parliament on Wednesday, after it received unanimous backing from a government committee on Sunday.
___Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to get the measure on to the statute books within 60 days.       MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)  THE  DESTRUCTIVE  POTENTIAL  OF  ISRAEL’S  NATION-STATE  BILL  
+972 Magazine  
By Marzuq Al-Halabi
May 9, 2017       The “nation-state bill,” which was approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, is no different from the day-to-day political discourse taking place in Israel these over the last years. By revoking Arabic as an official language of the state, and maintaining that “the right to realize self-determination in the State of Israel is unique to the Jewish people,” the bill enshrines the ideas, desires, ideology, and actions of Israel’s political leaders since the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.       ___The proposed bill, in the “refined” version put forth by the prime minister, is in the spirit of the most extreme right-wing bills that have been proposed before the committee or in the hallways of the Knesset.         MORE. . . .
❷ ISRAEL  DEBATING  BILL BANNING  RIGHTS  GROUPS  FROM  DEFENDING  PALESTINIANS  
Middle East Monitor – MEMO       
May 13, 2017
The Israeli government is to discuss a draft law banning Israeli rights groups from defending Palestinians by petitioning the High Court, Israeli newspaper Haaretz revealed yesterday.
___The bill would prevent Israeli human rights groups from “petitioning the High Court of Justice on behalf of Palestinians.”
___According to Haaretz, the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation is set to discuss this bill during the cabinet’s weekly meeting on Sunday.
___Haaretz also added: “The bill is aimed primarily at [Israeli] left-wing organisations such as Yesh Din, Peace Now and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which routinely petition the court on behalf of Palestinians.”
___In addition, it said: “The bill would bar Knesset members from petitioning the court to challenge cabinet decisions and laws passed by the Knesset.”      MORE . . .
❸ BACKGROUND ARTICLES

  • Ghanem, As’ad. “ISRAEL’S  SECOND-CLASS  CITIZENS.”
    Foreign Affairs, vol. 95, no. 4, Jul/Aug2016, pp. 37-42.
    [. . . .] But in many ways, the future of the Arabs in Israel hinges on developments over which they have little control. The first is how the Netanyahu government and its successors manage Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank: whereas open violence between Israel and the Palestinians tends to exacerbate anti-Arab sentiment among Israel’s Jewish majority, a solution to the conflict could set the stage for reconciliation among Arabs and Jews in Israel. The second, of course, is how the Israeli government treats its own Arab citizens. Regardless of the state’s choices, however, Arabs in Israel can still shape their own fate—but that will require settling on a unified political program.    MORE . . .
  • WHY  THE  ‘HIJACKING’  OF  ISRAELI  DEMOCRACY  IS  A  MYTH  
    +972 Magazine      
    Edo Konrad
    November 8, 2015
    Labor MK Stav Shaffir, darling of the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” crowd, recently implored progressive American Jews to do what liberal Zionists have been attempting for the better half of the past decade: reclaim the “real” Zionism from the extreme right wing’s ideological bastardizations.
    ___Speaking to a conference of the Union for Reform Judaism in Florida last week, Shaffir tasked liberal American Jewry with explaining the “complexity” of Israel’s political map, namely that Benjamin Netanyahu and his proxies do not represent the views of all Israelis. “We have to explain this complexity [to Americans], and I believe it will be an ideological weapon for Israel’s defenders here,” Shaffir posited.               MORE . . .
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Arab shops near Herod’s Gate, Jerusalem, with IDF soldiers. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

❹ ARIJ  DAILY  REPORT     
12 May 2017
Throughout the years of occupation of the Palestinian territory, Israel has engaged in excessive and disproportionate violations    MORE . . .

“IDENTITY  CARD,”  MAHMOUD  DARWISH – 1964
Write down!
I am an Arab
And my identity card number is fifty thousand
I have eight children
And the ninth will come after a summer
Will you be angry?

Write down!
I am an Arab
Employed with fellow workers at a quarry
I have eight children
I get them bread
Garments and books
from the rocks―
I do not supplicate charity at your doors
Nor do I belittle myself at the footsteps of your chamber
So will you be angry?

Write down!
I am an Arab
I have a name―without a title
Patient in a country
Where people are enraged
My roots―
Were entrenched before the birth of time
And before the opening of the eras
Before the pines, and the olive trees
And before the grass
My father―
descends from the family of the plow
Not from a privileged class
And my grandfather―
was a farmer
Neither well-bred, nor well-born!
Teaches me the pride of the sun
Before teaching me how to read
And my house―
is like a watchman’s hut
Made of branches and cane
This is my status
Does it satisfy you?
I have a name without a title!

Write down!
I am an Arab
The color of hair―is black
The color of eyes―is brown
And my distinctive features:
The head-dress is hatta wi’gal
And the hand is solid like a rock
My favorite meal
Is olive oil and zatar
And my address:
A village―isolated and deserted
Where the streets have no names
And the men―work in the fields an quarries
They like socialism
Will you be angry?

Write down!
I am an Arab
You have stolen the orchards
of my ancestors
and the land
which I cultivated
Along with my children
And you left nothing for us
Except for these rocks―
So will the State take them
As it has been said?!

Therefore!
Write down on the top of the first page:
I do not hate people
Nor do I encroach
But if I become hungry
The usurper’s flesh will be my food
Beware―beware―of my hunger
and my anger!

Mahmoud Darwish
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.

“. . . What feast is being offered at the last supper of moral disintegration . . .” (Shukri Abu Baker)

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2014, Ecumenical Accompanier provides protective presence to children walking to school in Nablus. (Photo: EAPPI/B. Viney-Wood) EAPPI is a World Council of Churches NGO program that brings internationals to the West Bank as Ecumenical Accompaniers.

❶ Israel’s controversial ‘NGO bill’ passes into law amid international criticism

  • background from International Journal Of Mental Health Systems
  • an Israeli response from Israel Affairs

❷ Israel prevents Italian convoy from entering Gaza

  • background from George Washington International Law Review

❸ Opinion/Analysis: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISRAEL’S ‘NGO LAW’
❹ POETRY by Shukri Abu Baker
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❶ ISRAEL’S  CONTROVERSIAL  ‘NGO BILL’  PASSES  INTO  LAW  AMID  INTERNATIONAL  CRITICISM
Ma’an News Agency
July 12, 2016
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, passed the controversial “NGO bill” into law late Monday with 57 votes in favor and 48 against, following a contentious six-hour plenary debate, as human rights groups and opposition Knesset members condemned the legislation for seeking to “silence criticism” of Israel and delegitimize left-wing groups.
___The legislation — also referred to as the “transparency bill” — compels organizations to reveal their sources of funding if more than 50 percent came from public foreign entities.
___Organizations in Israel that rely on public foreign funding also tend to oppose the government’s right-wing policies and human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territory.       MORE . . . 

From International Journal Of Mental Health Systems
The history of Palestine is marked by conflict. This challenging political context has exerted effects on Palestinian mental wellbeing and lifestyles. The 1948 War . . . The 1967 War . . . Palestinians ended up living in an unstable environment or facing dramatic changes. Many experienced persecution, deprivation, discrimination and injustice [. . . .]
___After 1967, mental health services for Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza were managed by the Israeli government and became neglected and underdeveloped. . .  Since 1987, the NGOs have tried to help the Palestinians as much as possible and fill the gap in governmental services. However, overall mental health services became stagnant at a time when conflicts and troubles meant they needed more development [. . . .]
___A few governmental and nongovernmental institutions delivered psychosocial and community mental health services, but most were limited and depended on externally funded programmes. Moreover, the number of mental health professionals remained seriously limited.

  • Marie, Mohammad, Ben Hannigan, and Aled Jones. “Mental Health Needs And Services In The West Bank, Palestine.” International Journal Of Mental Health Systems 10.(2016): 1-8.   FULL ARTICLE.

From Israel Affairs
Disproportionate and unsubstantiated allegations of human rights violations, war crimes and racism have been employed as a form of political warfare designed to isolate Israel internationally. This strategy, based on the model used to defeat the apartheid government in South Africa, was adopted in 2001at the NGO Forum of the UN-sponsored Durban Conference on racism, in which 1500 organizations participated [. . . .]

  • Steinberg, Gerald M. “From Durban To The Goldstone Report: The Centrality Of Human Rights Ngos In The Political Dimension Of The Arab–Israeli Conflict.” Israel Affairs 18.3 (2012): 372-388.  SOURCE.
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Members of Yesh Din, Israeli NGO human rights group, protest attacks on Al-Haq, Palestinian NGO human rights organization in Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo: Yesh Din, 15 Mar 2016)

❷ ISRAEL  PREVENTS  ITALIAN  CONVOY  FROM  ENTERING  GAZA
Days of Palestine
Jul 12, 2016
Israel occupation authorities prevented on Monday Italian convoy led by Deputy Parliament Speaker Luigi de Mayo from entering Gaza Strip.
___Italy’s Five Star Movement said the Italian Embassy in Israel informed De Mayo and parliamentarians Manlio Di Stefano and Ornella Bertorauta that the Israeli government would not allow them to cross into the Gaza Strip to visit the Italian projects in Gaza, a statement said.      MORE . . .

From George Washington International Law Review
[. . . .] the most coherent and precise definition of an NGO, within the framework of the Treaty Bodies [countries that are signatories of the Treaty] , is as follows: “Human rights NGOs are advocacy organizations whose goals are to monitor and report human rights violations, exert pressure on governments to promote human rights, hold them accountable, and build pressure to create international machinery to end human rights violations [. . . .]
___Israel is a party to seven Core Human Rights Conventions, most of which were ratified in 1991. . . .   Israel takes the position that it provides effective protection and remedies for the basic rights in the conventions through existing Israeli legislation and case law. However, NGOs and scholars argue that the rights enshrined in the conventions should be self-executing and that the current legislation [prior to this week] does not give expression to all the obligations that Israel took upon itself in its ratification of the conventions.
___The Treaty Bodies also criticize Israel in this regard and call for the integration of the rights and provisions of the conventions into domestic legislation. The Israeli High Court of Justice has ruled that customary international law is part of Israeli law, unless there is a specific domestic law that contradicts it. As for international conventions, the domestic law operates under the “presumption of compatibility” developed by the courts, according to which both international customary law and international treaty law affect the interpretation of Israeli Law. As such, the Core Human Rights Conventions constitute an important source of interpretation of national legislation and are referenced by Israeli courts when adjudicating human rights issues.

  • LEVIN, AYELET. “The Reporting Cycle To The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Creating A Dialogue Between The State And Civil Society – The Israeli Case Study.” George Washington International Law Review 48.2 (2016): 315-376.   SOURCE.

❸ Opinion/Analysis: EVERYTHING  YOU  NEED  TO  KNOW  ABOUT  ISRAEL’S  ‘NGO  LAW’
+972 Blog
July 12, 2016
Israel’s parliament passed the so-called “NGO Law” Monday night [. . . .]
___The intended effect of the NGO Law is to send a dangerous and stifling message to the Israeli public. The message it sends is that the values espoused and advanced by these organizations — like B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, and others — do not exist organically in Israel; lawmakers are saying that the values of human rights and opposing the occupation are being imposed on Israel from the outside-in, and only for the malicious purposes.     MORE . . .  

NO  ONE’S  LIFE  MATTERS,  BY  SHUKRI  ABU  BAKER

Breaking News:
Another delicious raw day for yet another hungry wooden coffin.
At peace are killers with their killer schemes:
In the name of God. In the name of Godlessness
In the name of Law. In the name of Lawlessness
In the name of Fame. In the name of Namelessness
Everywhere, Anywhere, whichever way inhumanely possible.
What feast is being offered at the last supper of moral disintegration?
No need for the little red-dot stickers on laminated maps on anyone’s walls.
Your streets, my streets, our whole stricken world is now perfectly mobbed.
Equally mobbed by a glob of ever-fresh, brash, innocent human blood.
No city celebrated or long forgotten is now safe from foreign invasion.
Foreign objects no longer barred from speedy entry right into the jugular vein of our homes: highly manicured or mid-class or systemically semi-broken.
And the souls that gave golden life and warmth to all things and places lie face down, Swiss-cheesed by the “proudly made in the USA” lead bullets.
Universal neighbor, let your heart and mine beat and bleed all together, for since you and I have become menial, our short precious lives no longer matter.

Shukri Abu Baker is a Palestinian-American who is imprisoned for life for “providing material support” to the “terrorist” group Hamas. Read the story of his political conviction here.
From Shukri’s blog.

 

“. . . gradually absolving itself of its duty to act within international law . . .” (Yesh Din)

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Israeli forces repressing march in Kafr Qaddum. (Photo: Ma’an Photos, Feb. 26, 2016)

❶ Dozens wounded as Israeli forces repress weekly Palestinian marches
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Israeli forces assault, detain human rights lawyer in Hebron
❷ IOF confiscates Bedouin [school] tents east of Jerusalem [again]
❸ Why donor countries are giving less to the Palestinians
❹ Racial segregation as a constant policy in Israel
❺ Opinion/Analysis: SHHHHHHHHH,  WE’RE  ANNEXING
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
DOZENS  WOUNDED  AS  ISRAELI  FORCES  REPRESS  WEEKLY  PALESTINIAN  MARCHES
Feb. 26, 2016
Dozens of Palestinians were wounded across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday as Israeli forces repressed weekly demonstrations against the ongoing military occupation.     More . . . 
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  ASSAULT,  DETAIN  HUMAN  RIGHTS  LAWYER  IN  HEBRON
Feb. 26, 201
Israeli forces on Friday detained a director for the Independent Commission for Human Rights during a peaceful protest marking the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi mosque massacre.
___The ICHR said in a statement that Israeli forces assaulted then detained Farid al-Atrash, a lawyer, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
___The organization called the violence used against al-Atrash “a crime.”    More . . .
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IOF  CONFISCATES  BEDOUIN  [school]  TENTS  EAST  OF  JERUSALEM  [again]
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Friday afternoon Abu Nawar Bedouin hamlet, east of Jerusalem, and confiscated two tents used for teaching children of Bedouins in the area. The representative of Abu Nawar hamlet, Abu Imad Jahalin, told Quds Press that the occupation troops confiscated two tents which were used as classrooms for Palestinian students of the region, to replace the caravans which were confiscated by the IOF earlier on Sunday.     More . . .

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Israeli forces assault then detain Farid al-Atrash, a lawyer, in Hebron. Independent Commission for Human Rights. (Photo: Ma’an Photos, Feb. 26, 2016)

AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WHY  DONOR  COUNTRIES  ARE  GIVING  LESS  TO  THE  PALESTINIANS
Adnan Abu Amer
Feb. 24, 2016
When the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 pursuant to the 1993 Oslo Accord, the international community undertook to provide it with financial and economic support, amounting to $17 billion since its establishment until today. . . .
___ However, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced Feb. 16 that in 2015, the PA received half the usual aid pledged by donor countries. . . .
___A European diplomat visiting Gaza told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The EU may cease its financial aid to the PA in light of the worsening political situation between the Palestinians and Israelis and the lack of a negotiated political process between them.      More . . .
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
RACIAL  SEGREGATION  AS  A  CONSTANT  POLICY  IN  ISRAEL
Majed Al-Sheikh
Feb. 26, 2016
During its most recent conference, the Israeli Labour Party revived some of the features of what it called the “Compromise Solution”, which it has been promoting since the 1990s . . . . The Labour Party revived these ideas in its decision to prevent a “one-state solution” and achieve its “two-state” vision by adopting what it called the “Separation Plan” . . . . hand over a number of areas in the West Bank and some neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority, in addition to completing the construction of another separation wall around the settlement blocs in the West Bank.      More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
+972 BLOG
SHHHHHHHHH,  WE’RE  ANNEXING
Feb. 26, 2016
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz
Last week Yesh Din published its position paper, “From Occupation to Annexation,” which deals with the way the Israeli government is implementing the conclusions of the Levy Commission Report without any public debate or even an official government decision – an process in which is dragging Israel into de facto annexation of the West Bank, without granting the annexed people their rights.      More . . .

“THE  THUNDERBIRD,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

It is bound to come,
To come with the sun;
Its face deformed by the dust of books.
It is bound to come,
After the wind has committed suicide in my voice,
Something whose wonders have no bounds;
Something called in the songs:
The thunderbird.
It is bound to come;
For we have reached it,
We have reached the summit of death.

―Translated by Dr. Mahmud Hassan of Alexandria University.

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.
About Samih Al-Qasim

“. . . Can the oppressed despise sharp swords and keep their pride. . .” (Diab Rabie)

Thousands in theMarch of Return  overlooking the Sea of Galilee
Thousands in theMarch of Return overlooking the Sea of Galilee

❶ from MONDOWEISS
SHAKEN BY THE WAR ON GAZA, PALESTINIANS IN ISRAEL GATHER FOR MARCH OF RETURN
Dan Cohen
April 24, 2015
Yesterday, an estimated 5,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel and Jerusalemites participated in the March of Return in an open field overlooking the Sea of Galilee and above a valley where ruins of the village of Hadatha are scattered. Organized annually by the Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Displaced People, the March of Return commemorates the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by pre-state Zionist forces in 1947-1948 —the Nakba
(More. . .)

❷ from MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL DENIES SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATION MINISTER ENTRY TO PALESTINE
April 24, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The South African minister of higher education said late Thursday that he had been denied entry to Palestine by Israeli authorities in revenge for political stances against Israeli policies.
___”This is not only an act against him, but also an act against him as a member of the Cabinet, so by extension it’s an anti-government protest by Israel,” spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana told South African news website News24.
___Minister Blade Nzimande was due to travel to the West Bank for a six-day working visit to discuss collaborations between the University of Johannesburg and Palestinian universities, a follow up to an agreement signed when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited South Africa last year.
(More. . .)

❸ from MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
FROM HEBRON, PALESTINIAN SCARF RESISTS CHINESE COMPETITION
April 24, 2015
HEBRON (AFP) — In the face of strong competition from China, the traditional, locally produced Palestinian headscarf has put up a show of resistance, successfully pulling itself back from the brink of extinction.
___Thanks to the business sense of two brothers from the southern West Bank city of Hebron, the traditional black-and-white keffiyeh headscarf has discovered a new lease of life.
___In 1961, their father Yasser Hirbawi, who sold keffiyehs he brought from Syria and Jordan, decided to set up his own production line.
___When the factory began, two employees managed two looms to produce the famous black-and-white patterned headscarf.
___Today, his sons are at the head of a business which employs 15 people and exports keffiyehs worldwide, all of them bearing the logo: Made in Palestine.
(More. . .)
hebron scarves❹ from PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PALESTINIAN STATE IS VITAL FOR MIDDLE EAST STABILITY, SAYS FRANCE
April 23, 2015
NEW YORK, (WAFA) – France reaffirmed its commitment to the two-state solution and support to a new political perspective leading to the creation of a Palestinian State alongside Israel.
___In a statement by Francois Delattre, Permanent Representative of France at the United Nations, France noted that the two-state solution is about to disappear and ongoing illegal settlement activities compromise the viability of a Palestinian State on the field.
___Delattre said that the political vacancy increases the risk of an explosion, claiming that in Israel as well as in Palestine, public opinions are radicalizing and the number of those in favor of a two-state solution is decreasing.
___The urgency is to break the downward spiral we are witnessing, he said.
(More. . .)

Photo: Civilian Israeli security guards try to stop Palestinians from working their land in the West Bank village of Sinjil, near the Israeli outpost of Givat Haro’e , August 18, 2013. Three years after settlers invaded their land, landowners from the village of Sinjil arrive with a High Court injunction ordering them to have access to their land. (Photo: Activestills.org)
Photo: Civilian Israeli security guards try to stop Palestinians from working their land in the West Bank village of Sinjil, near the Israeli outpost of Givat Haro’e , August 18, 2013. Three years after settlers invaded their land, landowners from the village of Sinjil arrive with a High Court injunction ordering them to have access to their land. (Photo: Activestills.org)

❺ from +972
WEST BANK OUTPOSTS: AN ENTIRE SYSTEM OF DISPOSSESSION
At the core of Israel’s settlement outpost system lies the systemic violation of Palestinian human rights.
Yossi Gurvitz
April 22, 2015
If we had to look for a good example of the meaning of the outpost system – the unofficial settlements Israel builds in the West Bank – we could hardly expect a better one than that supplied by the minister of defense himself. Commenting on a legal appeal that — contrary to some reports, Yesh Din is not part of — tiredemands the removal of the Mitzpe Kramim outpost, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said (Hebrew): “This location was established legally, with the support of the prime minister and the defense minister. True, later someone appealed, an Israeli organization of course, a leftist organization that found some Arab who claims ownership.” As painful as it is that this is the level of understanding displayed by a senior government minister, the interesting part here is actually the where Ya’alon talks about “some Arab who claims ownership.”
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“SWEARING BY YOUR JERUSALEM,” BY DIAB RABIE

The nightingale stopped singing and mourned the lost land;
It wandered into spaces where winds held command.
Tired by many nights of flight, it took its rest,
But not at wondrous sites or near a female breast.
It once rejoiced in singing, now it merely cries
All night till morning, and it will not shut its eyes.
Memories with bleeding wounds cried out in disgust:
How could you leave the country and abandon your trust.
Your trees shade strangers who oppress and occupy.
Rise, throw off the veil of shame none can justify.
Can the oppressed despise sharp swords and keep their pride?
Face daily insults silently and step aside?
You will regain your land only by sword and spear;
With their help people will see justice reappear.
Youth came into this world to battle with their hands;
Brook no pollution in this holiest of lands.
I swear by “Your Jerusalem,” maimed Palestine,
That Arab flags will wave above you for all time.

Translated by George Khoury and Edward Morin.
This poem was published in the Arabic language newspaper, Sameer, in New York City one month after the UN resolution in 1947 to divide Palestine.
“Diab Rabie (1922-2010) was the last of a group of tive Diaspora poets which included Kahlil Gibran, Michael Naimeh, and Elie Abu-Madi.
A newspaperman assigned to New York, he was prevented by the Israelis from reentering his homeland and settled in North Carolina. His poems were published in major Arabic newspapers and magazines around the world throughout his life. His collected poems, Shetharat El-Rabie were edited by George Khoury and published before his death (The Birzeit Society, 2010).” Before there Is Nowhere to Stand. Palestine/Israel Poets Respond to the Struggle. Ed. Joan Dobbie & Grace Beeler. Sandport, Idaho: Lost Horse Press, 2012.)
Diad Rabie’s son Zaid Rabie is a  popular jazz musician in the Charlotte, NC, area.