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The home of a single Palestinian mother in Lydd was demolished on 10 February. (Yotam Ronen / ActiveStills) The home of a single Palestinian mother in Lydd was demolished on 10 February. (Yotam Ronen / ActiveStills)

A massive Israeli police force raided the Palestinian neighborhood of Bayarat Shannir inLydd, a city in present-day Israel, on Tuesday morning.

Armed to the teeth and accompanied by bulldozers, hundreds of police officers stormed the neighborhood and sealed all entrances. At 10am, the police demolished the home of Hana al-Naqib, a mother of four, saying that it was built without a permit.

Hana and her children, aged 7, 8, 14 and 15, were violently expelled from their newly-built home, as were the neighbors who came to support them.

Daoud, Hana’s eldest son, is used to being awakened by his mother every day at 7am for school. On Tuesday, however, it was police with rifles pointed at his face who pulled him out of his bedroom. Instead of…

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Yousef Hassan and his wife Amna in Salim Abu Jabal’s Roshmia. Yousef Hassan and his wife Amna in Salim Abu Jabal’s Roshmia.

The representation of the city of Haifa as a model for coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis overlooks the gradual but massive impact Zionist colonialism has wrought.

Although not quite as flagrant and aggressive as the ethnic cleansing of another coastal city, Jaffa, Haifa has endured its own Nakba — the ethnic cleansing of Palestine — since 1948.

Roshmia valley, in the eastern edge of the city, is where colonial dominance and gentrification dressed in the euphemisms of modernity and development conspire. The area epitomizes Israel’s attempts at corroding Palestinian identity and existence in the city.

It is this very struggle for existence and survival that the documentary film Roshmia so poignantly portrays.

A recipient of the jury prize at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival, Roshmia was written, edited and directed by Salim Abu…

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Palestinians who fled Syria protest in Gaza City in October 2013. (Ashraf Amra / APA images) Palestinians who fled Syria protest in Gaza City in October 2013. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Aidah Tayem, a Palestinian woman from Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus now living in the occupied West Bank village of Beitin near Ramallah, has gone through a lifetime of trials.

She was hardly seventeen when her father was imprisoned by Syrian security forces in Damascus during the 1980s for his affiliation with the Fatah party which had split with the government. She quickly became the head of the family, running her father’s business and supporting her younger siblings.

Among only a handful of Palestinian refugees in Syria who received permits from the Palestinian Authority to enter the West Bank, her parents were among the Palestinians who came there after the signing of the Oslo accords in the 1990s.

She appears incredibly tough but behind her stoic demeanor is a woman…

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الوَحش المقموع في عُمقي..

منذ فجر التّأَنْسُن..

ما فتِئ ينهش طريقه إلى العراء..

عَبْر أحشائي..

يتسلّخ جوفي من فَرْوِه..

تُنشّب في روحي براثنُه..

تُمزّع صوتي زأْراتُه..

تبقُر قسَماتي أنيابُ تكشُّرِه..

يفترسني من الداخل..

كي يعود إلى موطنه بالبرّيّة..

ليربض فوق ربوة..

في ذروة جنونٍ قمراء..

فيَعوي.. ويَعوي..

يعوي نَعْيِي



#Manafism

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They started running away from the orphanage when they were 11 years old. Nesma was the girl she felt closest to there. Maybe because like her, Nesma wasn’t really an orphan, but had grown up in a “proper” home. And both these homes were abusive. Reena’s sadistic stepmother subjected her to heart wrenching torture, whenever she fought with the little child’s father to spite him; burnt skin still tells of the hours of torture that the young Reena had endured.

Like most children that arrive on the street, escaping familial or institutional abuse, Reena and Nesma were picked up, within an hour, but the local pimp. Their first night in prostitution, sold as virgins for “deflowering”, was in 6th October city to the Arabs that came from the Gulf looking for young virgins. These clients paid the children and their pimp well. So well, in fact…

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هاني نعيم

المنزل الذي ولدت فيه المنزل الذي ولدت فيه

لا أعرف متى بدأ ينمو الحقد الطبقي لديّ. منذ صغري لم أختلط بالأغنياء ولا بأبنائهم. أصدقائي كانوا مثلي. يشبهوني بالخلفيّة الطبقيّة.

أذكر عندما كنت طفلاً، ربما في السادسة من عمري، أخذوني اهلي إلى عيد ميلاد ابنة الرجل الذي كان يعمل والدي لديه كمرافق وسائق. أذكر تلك الليلة لأنّ والدي قام بالتقاط صورة لي مع الأطفال الآخرين الذين كانوا في عيد الميلاد. عندما أنظر إلى تلك الصورة، أبدو وكأن أحدهم عدّل الصورة عبر الفوتوشوب ووضعني هناك. لم أكن في المكان الذي أنتمي إليه.

الآن، عندما تعود بي الذاكرة إلى ذلك اليوم، أي قبل 22 سنة، أشعر بثقل المكان والناس الذين كانوا هناك. كل شيء كان انيق. الشقة كانت واسعة جداً، والأطفال يرتدون ملابس تبدو أنّها ملابس جديدة، أما أهاليهم فكانوا في غاية التصنّع.

لا أعرف كيف اذكر هذه التفاصيل وثقلها على روحي مع أنها كانت مجرّد مناسبة عابرة ولا معنى لها. ولكن هذه الليلة تبدو…

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