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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Mahmoud Darwish: "In everything there's a being that suffers": Two Poems from the Occupation

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Palestinians figth to free a Palestinian boy held by an Israeli soldier during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement on Friday in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah

Palestinians fight to free a Palestinian boy held by an Israeli soldier during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement on Friday in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah: photo by Abbas Momani/AFP, 28 August 2015

Mahmoud Darwish: The Girl / The Scream

There is a girl on a sea shore
And the girl has a family
And the family has a house
And the house has two windows and a door.
And at sea there's a warship playing a game
of targeting those taking a stroll on the shore.
Four five seven drop to the sand.
The girl is spared by a sleeve of mist
a certain celestial sleeve came to rescue her.
She calls out: Dad, my Dad, let's go home, this sea is not for us.
And the father does not reply.
He lies there in an agony of absence, wrapped in his shadow in an agony of absence.
Blood in her palms blood in the clouds,
Her scream flies away with her far from the sea shore and higher.
She screams in the night of a wilderness
The echo has no echo
And the girl becomes the eternal scream of a breaking news event made obsolete by the planes' return
to bomb a house with two windows and a door.

Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008): The Girl / The Scream, 2006, from The Trace of The Butterfly, 2008, translated from the Arabic by Tania Nasir and John Berger


Palestinians figth to free a Palestinian boy held by an Israeli soldier during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement on Friday in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah 

Palestinians fight to free a Palestinian boy held by an Israeli soldier during clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters following a march against Palestinian land confiscation to expand the nearby Jewish Hallamish settlement on Friday in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh near Ramallah: photo by Abbas Momani/AFP, 28 August 2015



Protesters from Nabi Saleh fleeing from tear gas launched by the Israel Defense Forces. In the background, the Israeli settlement of Halamish: photo by Peter van Agtmael for The New York Times, 15 March 2013 


An Israeli soldier seizes a Palestinian boy during clashes near Ramallah on August 28, 2015. AFP Photo / Abbas Momani: image via Agence France-Presse @AFP, 30 August 2015 

#Israeli soldier trying to arrest a #child! In the village of #NabiSaleh #Ramallah: image via Elia Ghorbieh @Elia_gor, 28 August 2015

Photo by @SamerNazzal from #NabiSaleh today. Tying to prevent an attack on a boy, a girl bit the soldier a lesson.: image via Fati Abdul @FatiAbdul, 28 August 2015

zionist IOF attacked  #NabiSaleh protest in brutal way today with tear gas, rubber coated steal bullets & live ammo: image via manal tamimi @screaming tamimi, 21 August 2015

Muhammad Tamimi from #NabiSaleh sustained a broken arm in clashes with the IOF today: image via The Baking Anthro @NotOccupying, 25 August 2015
  
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Unmasked: the oh-so-brave Israeli soldier who tried - and failed - to arrest a Palestinian child. #NabiSaleh: image via Ben White @benabyad, 28 August 2015

How can you say you did not know this was a child, @IDFSpokesperson? Are you blind AND deaf? #nabisaleh #BDS: image via Pucci D @adpucci, 28 August 2015

#WestBank: Palestinian women who got detained child away from Israeli soldier to be arrested. #NabiSaleh,: image syndicalist @syndicalisms, 29 August 2015

Ahed Tamimi, the 14-y-o Palestinian who bit an Israeli soldier to free her brother #NabiSaleh: image via Ben White @benabyad, 30 August 2015

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Israeli teacher under fire for participating in Nabi Saleh… #ArabIsraeliConflict: image via The Jerusalem Post @JerusalemPost, 31 August 2015

Italian activist [Vittorio Fera] beaten up while arrested by #Israel 4 joining #NabiSaleh peaceful protests via ISMPalestine: image via Omar Ghraieb @Omar_Gaza, 31 August 2015

Brave Tamimi women of Nabi Saleh take down Israeli soldier assaulting injured child: image via Mondoweiss @Mondoweiss, 29 August 2015
 


Protesters from Nabi Saleh fleeing from tear gas launched by the Israel Defense Forces. In the background, the Israeli settlement of Halamish: photo by Peter van Agtmael for The New York Times, 15 March 2013 


Mahmoud Darwish: It's the duty of tragedy to change the gaze of eloquence and to reflect upon the life of Things, for in everything there's a being that suffers


Mahmoud Darwish visiting London: photo by Eamonn McCabe, 2002, via The Guardian, 11 August 2008



Mahmoud Darwish in Beirut, Lebanon: photographer unknown, early 1970s, via The Guardian, 11 August 2008

 Palestinian man watchs Israeli troops during clashes which followed an Israeli army operation at the Jenin refugee camp, in the West Bank,  on Monday.

Palestinian man watches Israeli troops during clashes which followed an Israeli army operation at the Jenin refugee camp, in the West Bank on Tuesday: photo by Alaa Badarneh/EPA, 1 September 2015

Mahmoud Darwish: Murdered Houses

 Palestinian man watchs Israeli troops during clashes which followed an Israeli army operation at the Jenin refugee camp, in the West Bank,  on Monday.

Palestinian man watches Israeli troops during clashes which followed an Israeli army operation at the Jenin refugee camp, in the West Bank on Tuesday: photo by Alaa Badarneh/EPA, 1 September 2015

Mahmoud Darwish: Murdered Houses

In one minute the lifetime of a house is ended. When a house is killed, it is a serial killing, even if the house is empty: a mass grave of all the things once used to give a home to Meaning, or, in times of war, to
a marginal poem.

A slaughtered house is the severing of things from what they meant, from the feelings they inspired. It's the duty of tragedy to change the gaze of eloquence and to reflect upon the life of Things, for in everything 
there's a being that suffers: a memory of fingers, a memory of a smell, a memory of a picture. Houses are murdered just as their inhabitants are killed and the memories of things are slaughtered: stones, wood, 
glass, iron, mortar -- scattered like human limbs. Cotton silk, linen, exercise books, books -- torn apart like the unsaid words of people who did not have the time to say them. Dishes broken, spoons, toys, old 
records, pipes, doorknobs, the refrigerator, the washing machine, pots, jars of olives and pickles, cars -- all broken, like their owners. The two whites -- sugar and salt -- are trod upon along with matchboxes, 
medicines, birth control pills, steroids, strings of garlic and onions, dried okra, tomatoes, rice and lentils -- all are trod upon as are their owners.

Land-deeds and marriage certificates torn apart with birth papers, water and electricity bills, identity cards, passports, love letters -- torn apart like the hearts of their owners. 

Photographs are swept away with combs, make-up, brushes, shoes, lingerie, sheets, towels, swept away like family secrets betrayed to others and to devastation. All these things are the memories of people 
deprived of things, and the memory of things deprived of people .... Everything ends in one minute. Things die like we do, but they are not buried with us. 

Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008): Murdered Houses, 2006, from The Trace of The Butterfly, 2008, translated from the Arabic by Tania Nasir and John Berger



Israeli bulldozers demolished the house of Majdi Abu al-Haija in #Jenin camp at dawn today: image via Palestine Social @Palestine Social, 31 August 2015 


This is not Gaza, This is #Jenin The same destruction, the same destroyer, and also the same victim!: image via Mhmmd Abu Oweimer @vic2pal, 1 September 2015


Israeli bulldozers demolished the house of Majdi Abu al-Haija in #Jenin camp at dawn today: image via Palestine Social @Palestine Social, 31 August 2015

Jenin Now
 

 #Jenin now... More of Israeli Forces storming the camp ..: image via Said Shoaib / Gaza @saidshouib, 31 August 2015
 

#Israeli Occupation soldiers while storming #Jenin camp shortly before ... #WestBank #Palestine: image via Said Shoaib / Gaza @saidshouib, 31 August 2015
 

Currently happening in #Jenin Resist to Exist!!: image via Abbs Winston @Abbs Winston, 31 August 2015
 

Currently happening in #Jenin Resist to Exist!!: image via Abbs Winston @Abbs Winston, 31 August 2015
 

From #Jenin now...: image via Said Shoaib / Gaza @saidshouib, 31 August 2015
 

#WestBank:  Palestinian youths burning an Israeli army bulldozer during clashes with IOF in #Jenin tonight: image via syndicalist @syndicalisms, 31 August 2015
 

Currently happening in #Jenin Resist to Exist!!: image via Abbs Winston @Abbs Winston, 31 August 2015
 

Currently happening in #Jenin Resist to Exist!!: image via Abbs Winston @Abbs Winston, 31 August 2015
 

#BREAKING | Several suffocated after Israeli Forces fired gas bombs at "Oweis" family home in #Jenin .. : image via Said Shoaib / Gaza @saidshouib, 31 August 2015
 

@JaneVoter @rk70534 @heavyde65 #Jenin tonight: image via nessreen @nzayed07, 31 August 2015



#Jenin now...
More of Israeli Forces storming the camp ..: image via Said Shoaib / Gaza @saidshouib, 31 August 2015


Israel aggression on Palestinian city during the night #jenin_under_attack #JeninResists: image via nessreen @nzayed07, 31 August 2015