“We don’t feel the danger. We feel excited.” (Mohammad al-Hindi, Parkour Artist, Gaza)

Hamzeh abu Hashem
Hamzeh abu Hashem

❶ from MILITARY COURT WATCH
HAARETZ: PALESTINIAN BOY IS FREE FROM JAIL, BUT NOT FROM NIGHTMARES
By Gideon Levy and Alex Levac
April 9, 2015
This teenager needs psychological therapy. He stares at the floor, grimaces when asked to relate what happened to him a few months ago, and doesn’t sleep at night. His parents are aware of his situation.
__But there’s no one to help him, much less pay for any sort of therapy. Apart from one visit by members of Doctors Without Borders, no one has diagnosed or treated him.
__These days, 16-year-old Hamzeh Abu Hashem spends most of his time at home, silent, eyes fixed on the floor. Occasionally he gazes through a window at the street; sometimes he goes to his brother’s small store, down the street, to help out.
__His older brother, Mohammed, 19, is still in an Israeli prison. Qusay, his 13-year-old sibling – who is apparently wanted by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service on suspicion of throwing a Molotov cocktail – hides out at night with relatives to avoid arrest.
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STATISTICS: ISRAELI IMPRISONMENT OF PALESTINIAN CHILDREN
(See. . .)

❷  from INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
21 PALESTINIANS KIDNAPPED ACROSS WEST BANK, JERUSALEM
by IMEMC News & Agencies
April 15, 2015
At least 21 Palestinian, including minors, were taken by Israeli military and police on Tuesday, most of them during predawn raids on Palestinian towns across the occupied West Bank districts of Hebron, Ramallah and Bethlehem, according to reports by local and security sources.
__ The army forces broke into al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, during the late night hours before abducting Abed Suleiman Titi, 14, Musa Titi, 19, Abdel-Rahman Swelem, Nadim Badawi, 18, and Hazem Ra’i, 15.
__Israeli soldiers also stormed the city of Hebron, according to WAFA, where they kidnapped 13-year-old Aladdine Saharawneh, and the nearby town of Dura, where they also took Yousef Masalmeh. The two were led to an unknown destination.
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Gaza Parkour❸  from MONDOWEISS
NEW EPISCOPAL CHURCH GROUP CALLS FOR DIVESTMENT FROM ISRAELI OCCUPATION, IN RECOGNITION OF THE NEW POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine
April 15, 2015
The following is a press release from the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine, followed by its statement, titled “The Episcopal Church’s Response to the New Political Landscape in Israel/Palestine A Paper and Resolution to the 78th General Convention.”
__A Call to the Episcopal Church to Recognize the New Political Landscape in Israel & Palestine: New Church Group Calls for Divestment from Israeli Occupation
__As the Episcopal Church approaches its 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City this June, a new group, the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine, has been created to advocate for a just and lasting peace in the Holy Land.
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❹  from INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
UN DENOUNCES ISRAEL FOR IMPRISONING PALESTINIANS WITHOUT CHARGE, TRIAL POLICY
Israeli practices of detaining Palestinians without charge or trial is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which defines humanitarian protection for civilians, the United Nations has said.
__The comments made by a spokeswoman for the United Nations Human Rights Office (OHCHR) came just days after Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian lawmaker, was imprisoned without trial by Israeli authorities, The Nation website said.
__“We are concerned at the continued and increasing use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities against Palestinians.
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Gaza Parkour ❺ from THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
DIARIES: LIVE FROM PALESTINE IN PHOTOS: “PARKOUR IS MY OXYGEN”
By Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri
14 April 2015
“Feeling free is the best thing about parkour. Everything is closed here for us. In Gaza, with or without war, the situation is so bad. Parkour is my oxygen,” says a smiling 18-year-old Hamza Shalan. A first-year university student, two of his brothers have been killed — one during Israel’s assault in 2008 and the other in 2011.
__Hamza is part of a parkour group called 3 Run Gaza. Established eight years ago, they have approximately 20 members, most of them from the northern Gaza Strip. They meet at a training center near the northern city of Beit Hanoun to practice almost daily.
__Parkour — kind of an urban gymnastics — has grown in popularity among Gaza’s youth. There are three established groups in the tiny territory.

IN PLACE OF A POEM TODAY, I INVITE YOU TO ENJOY ANN PAQ’S PHOTOGRAPHY of Gazan Parkour Artisits
AND A VIDEO OF THE PARKOUR ARTISTS OF GAZA
About BANKSY IN PALESTINE

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