“. . . Who has spoken out against death at every corner. . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

Shepherd in Salem village near Nablus, occupied West Bank, 10 October 2014. Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz ActiveStills
Shepherd in Salem village near Nablus, occupied West Bank, 10 October 2014. Photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz ActiveStills

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IN  NABI  SALEH,  AN  OCCUPIER’S  SENSE  OF  ENTITLEMENT
September 2, 2015
Reactions in Israel to the attempted arrest of a minor in Nabi Saleh have been fierce yet predictable. Wrapped up in outraged reactions to the treatment of the soldier himself, however, is Israel’s bruised sense of entitlement.
An Israeli soldier’s attempted arrest of a Palestinian minor in Nabi Saleh last Friday, and its prevention by the child’s family, have generated heated reactions in Israel. Responses have ranged from outrage at the soldier’s treatment to calls for increased and harsher powers for Israeli security forces . . . Only in a few isolated corners did the question arise of whether it is reasonable or decent for an armed soldier to chase and pin down an injured child. . . .
____ . . . Much was made of the fact that this was not the first time the Tamimi family has been in the news . . . . There seems to have been little consideration of the fact that what is caught on camera simply gives the barest hint as to what goes on behind closed doors, or that the video camera might be a legitimate non-violent weapon in the struggle against military occupation.
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ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
ISRAEL  UPS  JERUSALEM  REPRESSION
September 2, 2015
Israel has created the new position of “security coordinator” for Jerusalem’s Old City area, increasing repression of Palestinian residents in occupied East Jerusalem.
____The Jerusalem municipality established the new position of security coordinator for the occupied East Jerusalem Old City area, which includes the Old City itself and the surrounding Israeli settlements. Creation of this position is the initiative of municipal council member Arieh King, a right-wing activist for the Judaisation of Jerusalem and himself a settler residing in East Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.
____King, who holds the emergency and security file for Jerusalem’s municipal council, told the settler-affiliated news portal Arutz 7 that “the ultimate goal is to transform the Old City and its surroundings into a safer area.”
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Increasing repression of Palestinian resistance in Jerusalem's Old City area. Photo Sergio Yahini, AIC
Increasing repression of Palestinian resistance in Jerusalem’s Old City area. Photo Sergio Yahini, AIC

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
WOMAN  INJURED,  EIGHT  SHEPHERDS  KIDNAPPED  NEAR  NABLUS
September 02, 2015
Shepherd Injured, Eight Sheep Killed After Being Rammed With a Settler’s Car Near Hebron
____Israeli soldiers attacked and injured, Wednesday, an elderly Palestinian woman, and kidnapped eight shepherds and farmers, in Salem village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
____Medical sources in Nablus said an elderly woman, identified as Mahfoutha Eshteyya, 75 years of age, attempted to defend her son as Israeli soldiers were trying to kidnap him, when they violently assaulted her. . . The woman . . . was moved to a local hospital in Nablus.
____The soldiers also attacked and kidnapped eight Palestinian shepherds in the area, and took them to a number of detention and interrogation centers
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INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
DETAINEE  DEVELOPS  PSYCHOLOGICAL,  NEUROLOGICAL  ISSUES  DUE  TO  8  YEARS  IN  SOLITARY  CONFINEMENT
September 2, 2015
The Palestinian Detainees Committee has reported, Wednesday, that political prisoner Mohammad Jobran Khalil, 33, is suffering various psychological and neurological issues, resulting from being held in solitary confinement for the eight consecutive year.
____The Committee said that Jubran, from the central West Bank city of Ramallah, has also been denied family visits for the ninth consecutive month.
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PALESTINE CHRONICLE
UN:  GAZA  COULD  BE  ‘UNINHABITABLE’  BY  2020
September 1, 2015
The Gaza Strip, ravaged by wars and nearly a decade of a grueling Israeli blockade, could become uninhabitable for residents within just five years, the United Nations development agency said Tuesday.
____“The social, health and security-related ramifications of the high population density and overcrowding are among the factors that may render Gaza unlivable by 2020,” the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) wrote in its annual report.
____Gaza, a tiny enclave of just 362 square kilometers (about 225 square miles) squeezed between Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean Sea that is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, counts one of the highest population densities in the world.
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“BECAUSE  I  AM  AN  ARAB,”  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR
I sit in preventive detention.
The reason, see, is that I am an Arab.
An Arab who has refused to sell his soul
who has always striven, sir, for freedom.
An Arab who has protested at the suffering
of his people
Who has carried with him the hope
of a just peace
Who has spoken out against death
at every corner
Who has called for and has lived
a life of brotherhood.
That is why I sit in preventive detention
Because I carried on the struggle
And because I am an Arab.

El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE  WIND-DRIVEN  REED  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1979.
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Palestinian Manal Keferna, 30, cries as she holds dead chicks upon her return to the family house destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian Manal Keferna, 30, cries as she holds dead chicks upon her return to the family house destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis.

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