Uri Avnery: Son of Death

Uri Avnery / August 23, 2014  Son of Death THE WAR was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.  And then, suddenly, the war came back. What happened? Well, Hamas launched rockets against Beersheba in the middle of the ceasefire. Why? No why. You know how the terrorists are. … Read more Uri Avnery: Son of Death

Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

The following comes via Tom Clarks’ blog — which you all should check out: he has been posting regularly on Gaza. Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti Ahmed Owedat also found soldiers had thrown his TVs, fridge, and computers from upstairs windows and slashed furniture  Harriet Sherwood in Burij, The Guardian, 7 August 2014   When Ahmed Owedat returned to his home 18 days after Israeli soldiers … Read more Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

The Eternal Refugee by Iyad Hayatleh

Via Electronic Intifada, posted by Sarah Irving on Mon, 02/24/2014 – 23:00 : Iyad Hayatleh, a Palestinian born and raised in Syria, has posted footage of his moving one-man performance The Eternal Refugee, recorded at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland in October 2013. The show reflects on life in Yarmouk refugee camp, where, according to Hayatleh, “the scent of Galilean thyme mingled with Damascus jasmine” and Palestinians and Syrians lived side-by-side. But, as he … Read more The Eternal Refugee by Iyad Hayatleh

Five Years After the Cast Lead Operation: ‘Gaza Writes Back’

Originally posted by Arabic Literature (in English): by mlynxqualey It was five years ago that Cast Lead began. Now a book of short stories, Gaza Writes Back, marks the anniversary. The book’s editor, Refaat Alareer, answers questions about the collection:  ArabLit: How did the idea for this collection come about? How did you put out the call for submissions? Did you tell the writers it was to commemorate Cast Lead? … Read more Five Years After the Cast Lead Operation: ‘Gaza Writes Back’

Mahmood Darwish, Five Years Already

Last night, just before falling asleep I was reading in Pascal Quignard’s Sur le jadis (volume 2 of his Dernier Royaume series) & came across the following sentence: “C’est une plaie qui cherche son couteau. / It is a wound looking for its knife.” I put the book down to go to sleep, but the sentence kept running through my mind & for some reason started to irritate. I … Read more Mahmood Darwish, Five Years Already

Uri Avnery on Obama’s Visit to Palestine

This Avnery piece is to me the most accurate analysis of Obama’s visit I’ve read: In Their Shoes OBAMA IN ISRAEL: Every word right. Every gesture genuine. Every detail in its place. Perfect. Obama in Palestine: Every word wrong. Every gesture inappropriate. Every single detail misplaced. Perfect. IT STARTED from the first moment. The President of the United States came to Ramallah. He visited the Mukata’a, the “compound” which … Read more Uri Avnery on Obama’s Visit to Palestine

Daniel Cohn-Bendit @ European Parliament

At the European Parliament, Cohn-Bendit speaks (unhappily only in French) of the need for the European Community to come clear about Palestine & to back the Palestinians & tell Israel it has to stop its lies, for example “the lie that it wants to negotiate without preconditions, when in fact on the terrain they are changing the conditions continually … tell them to immediately stop the new implantations and … Read more Daniel Cohn-Bendit @ European Parliament

Ghassan Zaqtan’s Absence in Albany Today

—> Just learned that today’s event has been cancelled! <— For anybody in Albany or surrounds, please go to the events at the New York State Writers Institute at SUNY Albany that should have featured Palestinain poet Ghassan Zaqtan (who cannot be there as the US State Department has refused to give him a visa) but that will feature his translator, Fady Joudah, today Tuesday, 10 April: 4:15 p.m. … Read more Ghassan Zaqtan’s Absence in Albany Today

Thousands of Palestinians Risk Displacement

Via The Electronic Intifada: Thousands of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley risk forced displacement, says UN body Submitted by Adri Nieuwhof on Sat, 02/11/2012 – 16:46 Sixty thousand Palestinians live under harsh conditions in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area – one of the most isolated and restricted areas in occupied Palestine. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has summarized their humanitarian situation … Read more Thousands of Palestinians Risk Displacement

Uri Avnery on Newt

Uri Avnery writes: December 17, 2011   “With Friends Like These…” MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!  What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul). Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that … Read more Uri Avnery on Newt