“. . .fill prisons with dignity. . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Vigil in support of Khader Adnan
Vigil in support of Khader Adnan

❶ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
KHADER ADNAN UNABLE TO STAND AS HUNGER STRIKE ENTERS 39TH DAY
June 12, 2015
JENIN (Ma’an) — Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan entered his 39th day on hunger strike Friday as his health continues to deteriorate, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies said.
____Rafat Hamduna, director of the center, said that Adnan’s weight was dropping to dangerous levels and he is no longer able to stand up or move.
____The director called on Palestinian, Arab and international actors to take notice and support Adnan’s cause, adding that the detainee is defending the humanitarian rights of the 500 or so Palestinians being held under in Israeli administrative detention.
____Adnan, a father of six children, was detained on July 8, 2014 and sentenced to administrative detention for the 10th time in his life.
____Palestinians held in administrative detention can be held without charge or trial for months or years, and are denied access to the evidence that led to their detention.
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❷ From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
64 SHALIT DEAL PRISONERS STILL HELD IN ISRAELI JAILS
GAZA, (PIC)– 64 Palestinian prisoners who were kidnapped after being released during Shalit Deal Swap Deal in 2011 are still held in Israeli jails including three women, Palestinian sources said Friday.
____The Palestine Center for Prisoners Studies said, in a new report marking a year after the kidnapping of dozens of Shalit deal prisoners, that their continued detention in Israeli jails constitutes a flagrant violation to the swap deal reached under Egyptian mediation.
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(About the Shalit Deal)

❸ From PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
LINA KHATTAB RELEASED AFTER 6 MONTHS IN ISRAELI JAIL
June 12, 2015
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) yesterday released Lina Khattab after holding her for 2 months in Ofer prison and 4 months in Israel’s HaSharon prison.
____Khattab (18), a Journalism student at Birzeit university, met family and friends at Jabara checkpoint south of Tulkarem yesterday after her long-awaited release from HaSharon prison in Israel.
____Khattab was arrested in December 2014 during a peaceful protest organized by students in solidarity with the Palestinian Political Prisoners, and sentenced on January 16 2015 to a 6-month imprisonment and a 6,000 Israeli Shekel fine ($1,500 USD). Her charges were “throwing stones” and “participating in an unlawful demonstration”, according to Mondoweiss.
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Lina Khattab released
Lina Khattab released

❹ From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
SOLDIERS KIDNAP A PALESTINIAN NEAR JENIN
June 12, 2015
Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier on Friday, the village of Kafrit, southwest of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and kidnapped one Palestinian.
____The soldiers stormed at least one home, and violently searched it, before kidnapping Hammam Yousef ‘Awwad.
____In related news, a Palestinian detainee from Jenin city, received Friday a six-month arbitrary Administrative Detention order, without charges.
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❺ From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
THREE CHILDREN RELEASED AFTER HOURS OF INTERROGATION
June 12, 2015
The Israeli Police released, late Thursday night, three Palestinian children from Silwan neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem, after detaining and interrogating them for several hours, allegedly for throwing stones at a settler’s car.
____The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said a settlement guard detained three children in the al-‘Ein area in Silwan, before he contacted the police who later arrived and took them to a police station.
____The three children have been identified as Ahmad ‘Ezz Shweiki, 10, Tamer Mazen Shweiki, 12, and ‘Odai Nidal ar-Rajabi, 13 years of age; they were moved to the Police Station in Salaheddin Street.
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“HERE WE SHALL STAY,” BY TAWFIQ ZAYYAD

In Lidda, in Ramla, in the Galilee,
we shall remain
like a wall upon your chest,
and in your throat
like a shrad of glass,
a cactus thron,
and in your eyes
a sandstorm.

We shall remain
a wall upon your chest,
clean dishes in your restaurants,
serve drinks in your bars,
sweep the floors of your kitchens
to snatch a bite for our children
from your blue fangs.

Here we shall stay,
sing our songs,
take to the angry streets,
fill prisons with dignity.
In Lidda, in Ramla, in the galilee,
we shall remain,
guard the shade of the fig
and olive trees,
ferment rebellion in our children
as yeast in the dough.

—translated by Sharif Elmusa and Charles Doria
From poemhunter.com
Tawfiq Zyyad (7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his “poetry of protest”. Born in the Galilee, Zyyad studied literature in USSR. He was elected mayor of Nazareth, a victory that “surprised and alarmed” Israelis. Elected to the Knesset 1973, Zyyad was active in pressuring the Israeli government to change its policies towards Palestinians both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. A report he co-authored. . .
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Ahmad ‘Ezz Shweiki, 10, Tamer Mazen Shweiki, 12, and ‘Odai Nidal. 13.
Ahmad ‘Ezz Shweiki, 10, Tamer Mazen Shweiki, 12, and ‘Odai Nidal. 13.

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