“. . . the ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning. . .” (Yousef el Qedra)

Loav Bakri in hospital. Image by Ma'an.
Loav Bakri in hospital after beating by gang of Israeli settlers . Image by Ma’an.

❶ From: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
PCHR  REPORT  ON  ISRAELI  HUMAN  RIGHTS  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OPT  (06- 12 AUGUST 2015)
PCHR-Gaza
August 13, 2015
Israeli forces escalated the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. During the reporting period, Israeli forces used excessive force killing a Palestinian civilian, while Sa’ed Dawabsha died of burns he sustained earlier due to a settler attack. In the Gaza Strip, Israeli forces wounded a Palestinian child east of Beit Hanoun town as part of shooting incidents along the Gaza Strip border area. . . .
____Incursions . . . .
____Restrictions on movement . . . .
____Settlement Activities . . . .
____Efforts to create a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem . . . .
More. . . 
Complete PCHR document

❷ From: ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
PALESTINIAN PRISONER RESISTANCE: PALESTINIAN PRISONERS ARE CONTINUING THEIR PROTESTS AND RESISTANCE INSIDE PRISON.
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
August 13, 2015
This includes Muhammad Allan, the 31-year-old lawyer on hunger strike for 58 days to protest his administrative detention without charge or trial.
____About 560 prisoners in Ramon and Nafha prisons are currently taking part in protests against recent violent raids, transfers and other conditions in the prisons. . . . Their current protest actions include boycotting domestic work in the cells, refusing to answer to security checks or roll call, refusing to distribute meals and refusing to meet or deal with wardens.
____The prisoners are demanding an end on the invasions and violent raids on cells; improvement of medical care for prisoners. . . . the end of isolation and solitary confinement; restoration of family visits to all prisoners denied them; an end to arbitrary transfers . . . .
More. . .
HUNGER  STRIKER  ENTERS  COMA  AS  PROTEST  ENTERS  60  DAYS  (MUHAMMAD ALLAN)

❸ From: INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ISRAELI  PARAMILITARY  SETTLER  GANG  BEATS  PALESTINIAN  WORKER  WITH  STEEL  RODS
Celine Hagbard
August 14, 2015
A gang of Israeli settlers attacked a Palestinian worker who was repairing a traffic light in an illegal Israeli settlement near Jerusalem Thursday, landing the worker in the hospital with a broken hand and a number of other injuries, according to local sources.
____The worker, Loav Bakri, 31, works as an electrical contractor, and was sent to the illegal Israeli settlement of Pisgat Ze’ev to fix a broken traffic light.
____When he arrived on the worksite, he was attacked by a gang of six extremist settler youth who beat him severely with metal rods, fists and boots.
____Bakri suffered multiple injuries in the attack, and was taken to a Jerusalem hospital for treatment.
More. . .

Beit Yonatan building, named for Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel and jailed in 1987. The tall building draped in a gigantic Israeli flag. Photo Settlement Watch of Peace Now.
Beit Yonatan building, named for Jonathan Pollard, the American convicted of spying for Israel and jailed in 1987. The tall building draped in a gigantic Israeli flag. Photo Settlement Watch of Peace Now.

❹ From: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ILLEGAL  JEWISH  SETTLEMENTS  CONTINUE  TO  SPREAD  IN  OCCUPIED  EAST  JERUSALEM
August 14, 2015
A pro-settler group is continuing with its efforts to spread illegal Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. Ateret Cohanim, reported Haaretz on Thursday, has obtained a court order to evict a Palestinian family from a building that the organisation now controls in Silwan, near to the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa.
____Several weeks ago, the organisation filed a request to evacuate other Palestinian families living in the area as it tries to seize more Palestinian homes. More recently, it applied for licences to build a three-story building in Silwan . . . .
____Ateret Cohanim has been active for years . . . . Its activities revolve around taking control of the area of Batan Al-Hawa in Silwan, which it claims was home to Jews of Yemeni origin more than a hundred years ago. In this context the group seized the Beit Yonatan building, which was built without a licence and is now inhabited by 10 Jewish families
More. . .
Peace Now

❺ Opinion
From: MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
WHAT  IF  BIBI  WINS?
John Whitbeck
Aug. 13, 2015
The choice facing members of the U.S. Congress in September’s “disapproval” votes could scarcely be clearer and has nothing to do with the merits of the international agreement reached on July 14 with respect to Iran’s nuclear program.
____Whether one believes that there was a genuine risk of Iran attacking Israel with a nuclear weapon or, more sensibly, that there was a genuine risk of Israel attacking Iran with conventional or nuclear weapons. . . . the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” reached in Vienna should vastly reduce the risk of a catastrophic war involving Iran and Israel.
____Since this diplomatic agreement is obviously good news for the world, the UN Security Council has unanimously approved it and only one of the UN’s 193 member states, Israel, is currently opposed to it.
____The choice before members of Congress is thus a clear and simple one: Do they owe their primary allegiance and loyalty to the United States of America or to Israel?
More. . .
John V. Whitbeck is an international lawyer who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel.

“I  HAVE  NO  HOME,”  BY YOUSEF  EL  QEDRA
I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms―
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.

I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.

From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.
Available from Barnes and Noble.
Yousef el Qedra is a young poet and playwright living in Gaza, Palestine. He has a B.A. degree in Arabic literature from al Azhar University, Gaza. His poems have been published in local, national and international magazines, newspapers, and internet websites. More. . . Nafha Prison, 5 miles north of Mitzpe Ramon.Nafha Prison, 5 miles north of Mitzpe Ramon.

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