“. . . and the jailor stands, his face a stone . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Tappuah Checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank, 19.02.2013. Photo by activestills
Tappuah Checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank, 19.02.2013. Photo by activestills

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  2ND  PA  SECURITY  OFFICER  IN  24  HOURS
September 3, 2015
RAMALLAH ―Israeli forces on Wednesday evening detained a Palestinian Authority security officer and his 10-year-old son at a military checkpoint in Nablus, the second incident of its kind in the past 24 hours.
____Muamin Qindah, a preventative security officer from a village near Ramallah, was stopped and searched at the Tappuah checkpoint before being taken into custody, his family said.
____His 10-year-old son, who was with him at the time, was detained for three hours before being released to relatives.
More . . . 

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN,  SUMMONS  PALESTINIANS  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM
September 3, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Thursday detained a Palestinian woman and issued summonses to two others after raiding their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, locals told Ma’an.
____Israeli special forces and intelligence officers raided the house of Ekram Ghazawi, 50, in the al-Thawri neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem and detained her before they transfer her to al-Qashla police station in the Old City of Jerusalem.
More. . .

A Palestinian woman shouts after being blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. October 13 2014. Photo credit AFP Ahmad Gharabli
A Palestinian woman shouts after being blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. October 13 2014. Photo credit AFP Ahmad Gharabli

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAELI  NIGHT  RAIDS  A  ROUTINE  TERROR  FOR  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN
Maureen Clare Murphy
September 1, 2015
It’s a regular and terrifying scene in the occupied West Bank: heavily armed Israeli soldiers, often with large dogs, raid a Palestinian family’s home. They wake the children, arresting one or more of them.
____This is what happened to Hamza Muayyad Shukri Hammad, 15, when his home in Silwad, a village near Ramallah, was invaded at 2am on Sunday. . . .
____Soldiers raided Hamza’s room, ransacking it. They confiscated phones and smart devices from the home and a computer was deliberately smashed. . . .
____During a visit to Megiddo prison on Sunday, Hiba Masalha, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority ministry for prisoner affairs, took the testimony of three teenagers who were beaten during their arrest and transfer to Israeli detention.
____Ahmad Ismail Abu Amr, 17, from a village near the West Bank city of Nablus, was beaten all over his body, blindfolded and cuffed by Israeli soldiers who used their weapons to strike him on his head and shoulders when they arrested him two months ago.
More. . .
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❹ PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  FOUR  PALESTINIANS,  SUMMON  TWO  FROM  JERUSALEM,  JENIN  DISTRICTS
September 3, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli forces early Thursday detained four Palestinians and summoned two others from Jerusalem and Jenin districts, said security sources.
____Israeli Special Forces detained a young Palestinian man from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for protesting against groups of Jewish settlers who forced their way into the holy site. The detainee was identified as Samih al-Haddad.
____This came as Israeli police barred a number of ‘black-listed’ Palestinian women from entering the Mosque compound, while they allowed other women and female students’ entry into the holy site after withholding their identification cards upon entry via the old gates.
____Palestinian women who pray at the Mosque are denied access into the holy site five days a week. . .
More. . .

❺ Opinion/Analysis
INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
NOAM  CHOMSKY:  ISRAELI  APARTHEID  ‘MUCH WORSE’  THAN  SOUTH  AFRICA
August 19, 2015
Famous American linguist Noam Chomsky has described the actions of the Israeli occupation in Palestine as “worse than South African apartheid”.
____“In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid,” Chomsky says, according to Days of Palestine. “To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by ‘apartheid’ you mean South African-style apartheid.
____“What is happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There is a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce…
____“The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just do not want them. They want them out, or at least in prison.”
Entire Interview here

“FROM  THE  DIARY  OF  ‘____’,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
(There in Israel, our prisoners whom we know nothing about.)

From the ravine pours silent angry darkness
and night spreads its large sails here
the light of the stars and the dawn
cannot sneak in
A night without light
where our voices are lost
and the echo dies
and time cannot move.

Time has lost its shoes here
it stood still
turning around the axis of stillness and boredom
confusing days and the seasons
Is it the season for planting?
Is it the season for harvest?
It is―who can say? No news
and the jailor stands, his face a stone
his eye a stone
robbing from us the sun, robbing the moon

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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About Fadwa Tuqan

An Israeli soldier detains a child in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar in 2012. Anne Paq,ActiveStills
An Israeli soldier detains a child in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar in 2012. Anne Paq,ActiveStills

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