“. . . we are still here, fifty years old―steeped in killing―. . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

Israeli occupation forces arrests child leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning  of June 3
Israeli occupation forces arrest child leaving Al-Aqsa Mosque in the morning of June 3

❶ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
JEWISH SETTLERS SEVERELY ASSAULT PALESTINIAN CHILD NEAR GATE OF AL-AQSA MOSQUE
July 25, 2015
JERUSALEM, (WAFA) – Jewish settlers Saturday severely assaulted a Palestinian child near one of the gates leading to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem.
____. . . extremist Israeli settlers assaulted the child, who was not identified, near al-Ghawanma Gate, prompting a group of Palestinians to intervene and save him. Settlers eventually managed to flee the scene.
____This came as Jewish settlers performed Talmudic rituals in front of King Faisal Gate and al-Qattanin Gate . . . . The performance of these rituals by Jewish settlers came following calls made by right-wing Jewish organizations, which urged settlers to storm the holy site to mark the ‘destruction of the Temple’.
(More. . .)

❷ From PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN SUFFER INCREASING LEVELS OF PHYSICAL ABUSE BY ISRAELI FORCES, SAYS HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION
July 25, 2015
RAMALLAH, (WAFA) – Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during the first half of 2015 suffered increasing levels of physical violence, according to Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCIP) research.
____Data compiled by DCIP since January 2015 shows that “86 percent of Palestinian children experienced some form of physical violence during their arrest or interrogation, a 10 percent increase from 2014.”
____“[U]nlike their Israeli counterparts, Palestinian children have no right to be accompanied by a parent . . . during interrogation. . . . Ill treatment of Palestinian children remains widespread and systematic. . . .”
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(More. . .) PALESTINIAN CHILD FACES 10 YEARS IN ISRAELI JAIL

Israeli occupation police assault Palestinian guard at Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning
Israeli occupation police assault Palestinian guard at Al Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday morning

❸ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI FORCES ‘AMBUSH’ DEMONSTRATORS, INJURING 2 WITH LIVE FIRE
July 24, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces Friday during a weekly demonstration in the occupied West Bank town of Nabi Saleh, witnesses said.
____Israeli forces had reportedly set an “ambush” near the path where demonstrators planned to walk, opening live fire as the marchers headed towards land confiscated by the neighboring Halamish settlement.
[. . . .]
____The injured demonstrators were taken to a hospital in Ramallah for treatment.
____Israeli soldiers attempted to prevent the ambulance carrying those injured from leaving the scene for a short period of time, witnesses added.
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❹ From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
HAMAS ARMED WING GIVES 25,000 GAZANS COMBAT TRAINING
July 25, 2015
GAZA CITY (AFP) — The military wing of Hamas opened its Gaza summer camp on Saturday, aimed at providing basic combat training for 25,000 Palestinians in the embattled coastal enclave.
____Hamas. . . is reportedly engaged in indirect contacts with Israel to try to reach a long-term truce. . . .
____”The goal of these military training camps is to train the vanguard for liberation — spiritually, intellectually and physically — to be ready and able to play its role in liberation,” said a statement by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing.
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❺ From THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL TO EXPAND MA’ALE HA-ZEITIM SETTLEMENT IN EAST J’LEM
July 25, 2015
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authority (IOA) on Thursday started to bulldoze Palestinian plots of land in Ras al-Amoud neighborhood east of the Old City of Jerusalem as a prelude to annexing them to Ma’ale ha-Zeitim settlement.
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“TENTS,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
There are tents of blood and terror
in the dust
pitched there to make a myth of the sky.
There are tents of wind in our blood
that take us everywhere though we appear motionless,
so the lime in the lore of the mejana
and a smell from the sea surround us.
The singer has multiplied in us.
The Imam has multiplied in us.
The broadcaster has multiplied in us.
Talk has multiplied in us.
Departure and the medallions of war multiply and
fragment our bodies with victory!
And we are still here,
fifty years old―steeped in killing―
and on our own.

From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN INSIDE: SELECTED POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Amazon.
Ibrahim Nasrallah (born 1954 in Amman, Jordan, in Wihdat refugee camp) is a Jordanian-Palestinian poet, novelist, professor, painter and photographer.  He studied at the UNRWA Teacher Training College in Amman. He taught in Saudi Arabia and worked as a journalist, 1978 ― 1996. Nasrallah then returned to Jordan and worked at Dostur, Afaq and Hasad newspapers. He is in charge of cultural activities at Darat-al-Funun in Amman. He has published 14 books of poetry, 13 novels and two children’s books. In 2009 his novel The Time of White Horses was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Biography from “Poem Hunter.com.”

Ma'ale ha-Zeitim Jewish settlement on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, inside the Arab neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud
Ma’ale ha-Zeitim Jewish settlement on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, inside the Arab neighborhood of Ras Al-Amud

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