“. . .the splendor of life is being born within the walls of my prison. . .” (Samīh al-Qāsim)

Khader Adnan and his children. He has been held in prison 10 times under administrative detention which allows Israel to detain people for periods of 6 months without the filing of charges or a trial.
Khader Adnan and his children. He has been held in prison 10 times under administrative detention which allows Israel to detain people for periods of 6 months without the filing of charges or a trial.

From PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
SERIOUS DETERIORATION IN KHADER ADNAN’S HEALTH CONDITION
June 18, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The health situation of the prisoner Khader Adnan has seriously deteriorated as he continues his hunger strike for 45 consecutive days protesting his administrative detention, rights group said.
____Head of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) Jawad Boulos said that Israeli officials asked him late Thursday to urgently come to Assaf Harofeh Hospital as Adana’s health situation has sharply deteriorated.
(More. . .)
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL ARRESTS 11 PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK, ASSAULTS TODDLER, TWO ELDERS
June 16, 2015
Israeli forces Tuesday arrested nine Palestinians from across the West Bank and attacked a toddler, while Israeli police arrested two women and assaulted two elders in Jerusalem, according to local and security sources.
____Israeli forces stormed Jenin refugee camp, fired stun grenades, and arrested three youths after raiding and destroying the entire content of their families’ homes, including the main front doors. . . .
____Israeli forces also arrested an 18-year-old identified as Abd al-Hamid Hammad, after raiding several homes in the town of Silwad to the East of Ramallah.
____ . . . forces arrested Tawfiq Nazzal, 30, from Qalqilia after assaulting his family members, including his four-year-old child. The child was transferred to hospital for treatment.
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From THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
WILL US CHURCHES HELP BRING DOWN ISRAEL’S PRISON WALLS?
Ryan Rodrick Beiler
June 18, 2015
Three churches will debate resolutions this month to divest from companies supporting the Israeli occupation. The Episcopal Church, United Church of Christ and Mennonite Church USA will each discuss Palestine during their conventions.
____The discussions are taking place amid strenuous efforts by the Zionist lobby to counter the campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.
____Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire and mega-donor to the Republican Party, recently hosted a conference in Las Vegas to raise a reported $50 million to put more “boots on the ground” in the “war” against BDS. . . .
____All of the resolutions in question cite the Kairos Palestine document, signed by some 3,000 Palestinian Christians, which calls for “boycott and disinvestment as tools of nonviolence for justice, peace and security for all.”
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From AL MONITOR―PALESTINE PULSE
PALESTINIAN MEN FACE PRISON SENTENCES FOR FACEBOOK POSTS
Aziza Nofal
Posted June 9, 2015
The Jerusalemite family of Omar al-Shalabi did not expect the status updates he posted on his Facebook page to lead to his arrest . . . the family also believed he would be released and allowed to return home. On May 12, Shalabi was sentenced to nine months in prison.
____Shalabi’s brother Mohammed . . . told Al-Monitor that the ruling was unexpected given the apparent trivialness of the acts leading to the charges against him. . . He had been arrested Dec. 14 and charged with incitement based on postings to his Facebook page. The posts followed the kidnapping and murder of a young Palestinian man, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, by extremist settlers
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Atef Alshaer lecturing at Westminster
Atef Alshaer lecturing at Westminster

From PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE IMPERATIVE OF PALESTINIAN LIBERATION
Atef Alshaer
(Lecturer in Arabic Language and Culture at the University of Westminster, educated at Birzeit University and the University of London, where he obtained his PhD.)
June 18, 2015
Before 1948, there was no country, nation-state, in historic Palestine called Israel. Israel founded itself by the conquest and exclusion of others, the Palestinians, the rightful owners of Palestine. . . Palestine as a name and reality that encompassed diverse ethnic populations living with each other is what that piece of land had been known for . . . not a western-supported colony, as Israel certainly is in origin. [Keith W.] Whitelam puts the record straight in his book, The Invention of Ancient Israel: The Silencing of Palestine History, when he contends that, “viewed from the longer perspective, the history of ancient Israel is a moment in the vast expanse of Palestinian history”.
____The establishment of Israel is therefore an anomaly . . . Israel and its supporters, however, tend to make Israel so natural and normal a state as if it has had existed for thousands of years, and as if its present Jewish population is the direct ancestors of those who trod the same territory more than two thousand years ago. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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“LETTER FROM A PRISON CAMP,” BY SAMĪH AL-QĀSIM
Mother, it grieves me,
That because of me, throughout your night of agony,
You shed silent tears, anxiously awaiting the return
Of my beloved brothers from their chores;
That you are not able to eat
While my seat remains empty, and there is no talk or laughter.
How it pains me, Mother,
That tears rush to your eyes
When friends drop by to ask about me.
But I believe, Mother,
That the splendor of life
Is being born within the walls of my prison,
And I believe that the last of my visitors
Will not be an eyeless bat, coming to me by night.
Surely, the light of day will dawn,
And, dazzled by it, my jailer will be humbled.
He will fall to the ground . . . broken,
Shattered, burnt by daylight.

Translated by A. M. Elmesseri

Samīh al-Qāsim (1939-2014) was a Palestinian Druze whose Arabic poetry is well known throughout the Arab World. His poetry is influenced by two primary periods of his life: Before and after the Six-Day War. He joined the Communist Hadash political party in 1967. Al- Qāsim has published several volumes and collections of poetry.
(More. . .)
(Poetry Hunter. . .)
From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISRAEL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.

C A L E N D A R
• Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope, June 13-27
• Upcoming group delegations to Palestine/Israel
. . .o Interfaith Peace Builders Delegation
. . .o 2015 Sabeel Witness Visit

(FILES) Photo taken on September 24, 2008 shows Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim reading a poem during a literary evening  in Tunis.
Photo taken on September 24, 2008 shows Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim reading a poem during a literary evening in Tunis.

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