Israelis Stop Planting, Destroy Olive Tree Seedlings

Trees

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

By Joyce Kilmer

Israeli Land Seizure Bill Viewed as Prelude to West Bank Annexation

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“If you don’t understand that stealing property from people, especially people that cannot defend their rights because they are at the bottom of the food chain [is wrong], then you have a moral and personal problem.”

Bill would “retroactively legalize” thousands of Jewish houses built on private Palestinian property

By Ben Lynfield

A controversial bill that would legalise the seizure of Palestinian private property and cripple hopes for a two-state peace solution is expected to easily pass in a Knesset vote next week.

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15-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Denied Visa for US Speaking Tour

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[ Ed. note – Ahed Tamimi is the blond-haired Palestinian girl who has been seen in countless videos and who always seems to stand out–not only because of her striking looks and young age, but also because of her persistent determination in resisting the Israeli occupation. That’s her in the photo above–taken, I think, about five or six years ago. Here is a much more recent photo of her:

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Video: Israeli Soldiers Throw Stones at Palestinian School Children

[ Ed. note – This video surfaced one day after an Israeli court dismissed criminal proceedings against two Israeli security guards implicated in the slayings of Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, 23, and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha (see my post from yesterday). I’m guessing these soldiers probably knew they were being filmed and didn’t care–which would suggest they no longer care what the world thinks of them. What other military of any other country in the world has ever been filmed throwing rocks at children? ]

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Israeli Court Drops Charges in Slaying of Two Palestinian Siblings

[Ed. note – I put up a post back in April reporting on the deaths 23-year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha, killed by Israeli forces at the Qalandiya military checkpoint on April 27. Witnesses at the time said it did not appear that either posed any threat to the officer who shot them. Nonetheless, as the article below reports, an Israeli court has dropped criminal proceedings in the case. ]

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Evangelical Lutheran Church Comes Under Attack for Passing BDS Measure

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By Richard Edmondson

Neocon Elliott Abrams has published an article hitting out at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America over its recent passage of two resolutions pertaining to Israel, referring disdainfully to the ELCA as “a church in decline” while accusing it of gratuitous attacks on Israel.

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