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"Don't expect (current) dynamics to improve anytime soon." Peace "seem(s) more distant than ever." 

Repressive occupation continues. So does Gaza's siege. It constitutes slow-motion genocide. 

Settlements keep expanding. Land theft facilitates them. Palestinians are displaced to make way for Jews. Peace and stability haven't a chance. Washington and Israel won't tolerate them. 

Expect Morsi to do what's he's told. Palestinians remain isolated on their own. Nothing ahead suggests change.

Palestinian poet/author Mahmoud Darwish (March 1941 - August 2008) understood. His work reflected Palestinian anguish and hope. Throughout the Arab world, he was deeply admired. He was perhaps Palestine's most esteemed poet.

He was aged six when Israeli soldiers captured his Galilee al-Barawi village. All that remains is rock-strewn soil. 

He and his family fled to Lebanon. He returned to Deir al-Asad. For a decade, he became a "present-absentee." He wasn't a "good Arab."

Israel persecuted him for his activism. He was incarcerated and placed under house arrest several times. Israel tolerates no opposition.

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When he left, he never returned. Israel banished him. "My homeland is a suitcase," he said. "In fact, for years my homeland has been language alone."

Gideon Levy called his "superb poems (some of) the most powerful love songs ever written to this bleeding land. His words of yearning cannot fail to move anyone who reads them."

It's unclear whether he or Israel won its war on Darwish. He once said:

"I am from here, and here I am, and I am I, and here am I, and I am I".forever here, here forever."

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He died months before Cast Lead. He missed Pillar of Cloud. He knew the pain of dispossession, oppression, and racist hate. Nothing in sight suggests change. Liberation remains distant.

Darwish's " Silence for Gaza " in part said:

"Gaza is far from its relatives and close to its enemies, because whenever Gaza explodes, it becomes an island and it never stops exploding." 

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