“. . . and every night the same portraits form. . .” (Mohammed Lafi)

Israeli Patrol watching Gaza fishermen along Gaza's border. Photo by Rosa Schiano.
Israeli Patrol watching Gaza fishermen along Gaza’s border. Photo by Rosa Schiano. (See #4 below)

❶ From +972 MAGAZINE
PERPETRATOR UNKNOWN: THE SYSTEMIC FAILURE TO INVESTIGATE SETTLER VIOLENCE
Yossi Gurvitz
May 30, 2015
At the center of a new Yesh Din report, “Mock Enforcement,” is a depressing piece of data: the Israel Police fail in 85.3 percent of investigations into Israelis who harm Palestinians in the West Bank. The report, which deals with Israel’s continued failure to enforce the law on Israeli civilians in the West Bank, examined 996 cases closed by the police, and found that the main reason cited for closing them is “UP” – unknown perpetrator. . .
____The UP clause is the official reason police give explaining their decision to close the cases. Israel Police directives allow for nine reasons for closing an investigative case, among them: lack of criminal culpability, inadequate evidence, the suspect is a minor, and, of course, unknown perpetrator.
____Every time a case is closed due to UP, the question arises: just how hard the did the police search for the guilty party . . .
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❷ From +972 MAGAZINE
HOW AN ALLEGED WAR CRIME GOES AWAY — AND RESURFACES A YEAR LATER
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
June 2, 2015
How does an apparent war crime, recorded and reported in real time disappear from the public realm and the radar of military investigators for almost a year? The fog of war? Hiding in plain sight? It’s not quite clear.
. . . in the middle of one of the deadliest battles of last summer’s Gaza war, in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, where some 100 Palestinians and over a dozen Israeli soldiers were killed. On July 22, IDF Cpt. Dima Levitas was killed by Palestinian fire. Levitas was laid to rest the next day in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery. . .
___One day later, on the NRG news site, formerly the website of Ma’ariv and now owned by Israel Hayom, an audio clip was published. According to the NRG report, the clip is a recording — over the army two-way radio — of Lt.-Col. Neriya Yeshurun eulogizing Levitas, and ultimately ordering a barrage of tank fire, “in his honor,” directed at a medical clinic.
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(Original report)

Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza
Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza

❸ From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
E1 PROJECT AIMS TO ELIMINATE PALESTINIANS FROM C AREAS
June 2, 2015
IMEMC News & Agencies
The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) today warned from the Israeli civil administration’s project E1, which aims to conduct six structure plans annexed to each other, forming a new settlement, after they relocate the Bedouin Palestinians from their homes near Jerusalem and Nuway’imah . . . to expand illegal Israeli settlements.
____According to the PNN, the report showed that about half a million dunams of lands will be evacuated. . . These areas will be converted into settlements, military training zones, in addition to nature reserves, making it impossible for the Bedouins to return to their homes, in addition to the catastrophe of ripping the occupied West Bank into two halves.
____The director of UAWC’s Development and Operations department, Fuad Abu Seif, said that the project was a flagrant violation of all the international treaties, including the fourth Geneva Convention, in which article 49 quotes:

Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.

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❹ From PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
OCCUPATION TARGETS FARMERS AND FISHERMEN, INJURES 1, IN INCURSION EAST OF RAFAH
PNN/Gaza/
June 3, 2015
A farmer was wounded Wednesday morning as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire on the border of Khuza’a town east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
____IOF targeted farmers and opened fire in their direction, prompting dozens of farmers to leave their lands due to the continuation of the indiscriminate shooting.
____Meanwhile, Israeli military boats targeted fishermen in a number of areas off the coast of the Strip. No injuries were reported.
____This comes after 3 fishermen were injured on Monday morning by Israeli occupation naval soldiers.
____Israeli naval boats regularly open fire on Palestinian fishermen sailing within the six-nautical-miles zone and farmlands along the border, clearly violating the ceasefire deal, reported IMEMC.
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❺ From WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS (WRMEA)
Special Report
KILLING IN GAZA, SAVING IN NEPAL:  ISRAEL’S MORAL HYPOCRISY
By Gideon Levy
Gideon Levy is a columnist for the Israeli daily Haaretz.
June-July, 2015
THE UNIFORM IS THE same uniform. It’s the uniform whose wearers blew up hundreds of homes and schools and clinics in Gaza last summer. It’s the uniform whose wearers periodically shoot teenagers and children throwing stones and peaceful demonstrators in the West Bank. It’s the uniform that every night invades homes and brutally pulls people out of bed, often for needless and politically motivated arrests. It’s the uniform that blocks people’s freedom of movement in their own land. It’s the uniform that’s been abusing an entire people for decades.
____Now its wearers are saving lives for the cameras. The evil army in Palestine has become the salvation army in Nepal. . .
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“portraits and paintings,” by Mohammed Lafi
(for Ahmad Abū Salim)

every night
and for some time now
they spread across the walls of my room
across sea-fronts .  lighthouses .  oceans and ships
across known and unknown faces
public spaces
and our forgotten homeland’s fallen balconies
for some time now
and every night the same portraits form, but
-always .  in the far right-hand corner of each
resides. . . a coffin and a shroud!

every night her foot-steps
echo through the house anew
and say: believe me . the dwellers in the tombs
do not eliminate
the boundaries
between the cycle of life and death

Translated by Jim Ferguson
Mohammed Lafi is a Lecturer in English and Translation at Al-Aqsa University, Gaza, and works as a freelance translator for local and international organizations in his free time.His master’s degree was in Theory and Practice of Translation at SOAS and UCL,London, in 2004-2005. He has a BA in English and a postgraduate diploma in Education, both from the Islamic University, Gaza, Palestine. His main areas of interest are linguistics and translation studies, in particular how translation can be used to represent and misrepresent Arabic literature.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

Israeli settlers, from the Maaon settlement, take pictures of an elderly Palestinian shepard after he was pushed on the ground near the village of Umm el-Kheir in the southern hills of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on January 25, 2014.
Israeli settlers, from the Maaon settlement, take pictures of an elderly Palestinian shepard after he was pushed on the ground near the village of Umm el-Kheir in the southern hills of the West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron) on January 25, 2014.

One thought on ““. . . and every night the same portraits form. . .” (Mohammed Lafi)

  1. I am Mohammed Lafi, who worked as a lecturer at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza. I am not the poet Mohammed Lafi. Mohammed Lafi, the poet, lives in Jordan ( He is a Palestinian refugee there). He composed many anthologies of poetry, writes on literary politics, ect. I would like to provide you with more information later.

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