“. . . Do you say ‘my country’? I say my country. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

A Palestinian youth is evacuated after being injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque on September 13, 2015 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
A Palestinian youth is evacuated after being injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque on September 13, 2015 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

(Please read “purpose” above. Thank you.)

❶ Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, assault worshipers
❷ Mainstreaming administrative detention
❸ Settlers torch Olive fields in Nablus
❹ Israeli gov’t used my image for propaganda purposes without my consent
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Palestine is a Global, Not a Western Issue
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  STORM  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE,  ASSAULT  WORSHIPERS
Sept. 13, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, police and witnesses said.
____The clashes came with tensions running high after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last week outlawed two Muslim groups that protect the mosque, and confront Jewish visitors to the compound, which is holy to both faiths.
____Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Sunday morning, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades and injuring several worshipers. . . .
____The forces then surrounded worshipers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed its doors with “chains and bars” before they started to fire rubber-coated bullets inside the mosque, witnesses said.
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History and current status . . . 

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MAINSTREAMING  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Sept. 12, 2015
Activists in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday demanded that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) intervene on behalf of Palestinians being held by Israel in administrative detention.
____Administrative detention is a practice, taken from British Mandate law, which Israel uses to detain Palestinians (and some Jews) without charge or trial — indefinitely [. . . .]
____ Israel is currently holding 350 Palestinians and three Jewish Israelis in administrative detention.
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Palestinians protest in front of the ICRC building in Nablus holding photos of loved-ones being held in administrative detention by Israel. The demonstrators were demanding that the ICRC intervene to stop the practice, Nablus, West Bank. September 10, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Palestinians protest in front of the ICRC building in Nablus holding photos of loved-ones being held in administrative detention by Israel. The demonstrators were demanding that the ICRC intervene to stop the practice, Nablus, West Bank. September 10, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
SETTLERS  TORCH  OLIVE  FIELDS  IN  NABLUS
Sept. 10, 2015
A group of Israeli settlers Wednesday dawn have torched tens of dunums of Olive fields in Burin village near Nablus city, northern West Bank.
____Security sources said that a group of settlers from the Yetshar settlement, which is constructed on the village lands, have torched the trees and attacked the villagers.
More . . . http://english.pnn.ps/2015/09/09/settlers-torch-olive-fields-in-nablus/
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MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI  GOV’T  USED  MY  IMAGE  FOR  PROPAGANDA  PURPOSES  WITHOUT  MY  CONSENT
Mukarram AbuAlouf
Sept. 12, 2015
Mukarram AbuAlouf is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, and currently working part-time as a teacher of Arabic, as allowed by her F1 visa.
My response to COGAT’s photo of me as I crossed Erez from Gaza
Not only was I shocked to see the Israeli “Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories” photo of myself on their facebook post, but even more disgusted by the fact they have used it to make a claim that is 100% false. This is ME in this picture- the Palestinian woman [. . . .]
____This picture was published WITHOUT my consent and is an example of how the camera lies. But what do I expect from an occupation that evolved into a state that was built on manipulation, aggression, lies and the destruction of other peoples’ lives?
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
PALESTINE  IS  A  GLOBAL,  NOT  A  WESTERN  ISSUE
Ilan Pappe
Sept. 9 2015
A few weeks ago, a very important conference took place in London organised by the NGO, Middle East Monitor, focusing on Latin America’s engagement with the cause of Palestine. The most striking feature of the conference was the ease with which several speakers, who came from the continent, spoke of Palestine, totally liberated from the inhibitions that obfuscate the discourse on the issue in the West.
____The most notable inhibition absent from their straightforward support for the human and civil rights of the Palestinians was the fear of being accused of anti-Semitism. We heard in that meeting politicians and professors from South and Central America supporting these rights as an obvious position for anyone with a modicum of decency and humanity in them. They were not walking on eggshells, as their Western counterparts would do, when criticising the criminal policies of Israel on the ground.
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“EXCERPT  FROM  AN  INQUEST,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

– And what do you call this country?
– My country.
– So you admit it?
– Yes, sir. I admit it.
I’m not a professional tourist.
– Do you say “my country”?
– I say “my country.”
– And where is my country?
– Your country.
– And the claps of thunder?
– My horses’ neighing.
– And the gusts of wind?
– My extension.
– And the plains’ fertility?
– My exertion.
– And the mountains’ size?
– My pride.
– And what do you call the country?
– My country.
– And what should I call my country?
– My country . . .

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER  THAN  WATER.  New  and  Selected  Poems. Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.
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Samih Al-Qasim Obituary, August 20, 2014

Conference: Palestine & Latin America in the 21st Century. We are in support of the Palestinian cause because “it is an anti-colonial one,” affirms Cuban diplomat Jorge Luis Garcia. “My people have been subject for more than 55 years to a genocidal blockade by the government of the United States.” (Photo: Middle East Monitor)
Conference: Palestine & Latin America in the 21st Century. We are in support of the Palestinian cause because “it is an anti-colonial one,” affirms Cuban diplomat Jorge Luis Garcia. “My people have been subject for more than 55 years to a genocidal blockade by the government of the United States.” (Photo: Middle East Monitor)

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