“. . . Rub salt into every wound old wounds new wounds . . .” (Fouzi El Asmar)

A masked Palestinian youth throws stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on Sept. 18, 2015. (AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
A masked Palestinian youth throws stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on Sept. 18, 2015. (AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)

❶ Israel broadens rules on use of live fire against stone-throwers
❷ Palestinian shot by Israeli fire dies of wounds
❸ Palestinian detainee in critical condition despite ongoing PA concerns
❹ Taybeh Golden Hotel Opens Its Doors for Oktoberfest
❺ Opinion/Analysis: What’s behind Netanyahu’s war on stone throwers
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El Asmar

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

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  BROADENS  RULES  ON  USE  OF  LIVE  FIRE  AGAINST  STONE-THROWERS
Sept. 24, 2015
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday broadened the rules under which stone-throwers can be targeted by live fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.
____”The security cabinet has decided to authorize police to use live ammunition against people throwing stones and Molotov cocktails when the life of a third person is threatened and no longer only when the police officer is threatened,” a statement said. [. . . . .]
____The use of .22 caliber bullets — long used as a crowd control method in the occupied West Bank — will be allowed in occupied East Jerusalem in circumstances that Israeli forces determine are life-threatening.
More . . .

THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FIRE  DIES  OF  WOUNDS
Sept. 25, 2015
NABLUS, (PIC)– A Palestinian young man has died of wounds he sustained after being shot and critically injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at a military checkpoint in the West Bank city of Nablus last week.
____Palestinian medical sources said Ahmad Khatatbeh, 25, succumbed to his injuries after being shot at Beit Furik checkpoint in eastern Nablus last Friday.
____Israeli sources claimed that Ahmed Khatabteh allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli car. . .
____However, family sources affirmed that Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint suddenly opened fire at Khatatbeh while driving along with his two friends on their way back home.
____Khatatbeh did not understand what happened as he was born deaf and mute, the family stressed.
More . . .

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  DETAINEE  IN  CRITICAL  CONDITION  DESPITE  ONGOING  PA  CONCERNS
Sept. 24, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diak, 33, has reached a critical stage despite repeated calls by the Palestinian Authority for the Israeli Prison Service to address his medical needs.
____PA Minister of Health Jawad Awad sent a medical delegation, headed by the general director of primary health Kamal al-Shakhra, to visit Abu Diak at the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital where the detainee is currently being held.
____Al-Shakhra said Abu Diak is suffering from renal and pulmonary failure, adding that doctors expect his body to respond to treatment in a week, but any lack of response would result in further deterioration of his health.
More . . .

Taybeh Golden Hotel is in the center of Taybeh Village, roughly 25 minutes away from Ramallah. Within close distance to the hotel is the St. George Byzantine Church, the Taybeh Brewing Company, Old City of Taybeh and the Taybeh Winery. (Photo: Taybeh Golden Hotel)
Taybeh Golden Hotel in Taybeh Village, 25 minutes away from Ramallah. Within close distance to the hotel is the St. George Byzantine Church, the Taybeh Brewing Company, Old City of Taybeh and the Taybeh Winery. (Photo: Taybeh Golden Hotel)

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
TAYBEH  GOLDEN  HOTEL  OPENS  ITS  DOORS  FOR  OKTOBERFEST
Sept. 2015
Maria Khoury
(Dr. Maria C. Khoury, author of Christina Goes to the Holy Land, has organized the annual Taybeh Oktoberfest since 2005.)
All of a sudden it seems like I have a house with eighty rooms. This is exactly what working at the new Taybeh Golden Hotel feels like to me since we are still at the setting up stages and taking reservations, especially for Taybeh Oktoberfest that will be back in Taybeh this September.
More . . .

❺ Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
WHAT’S  BEHIND  NETANYAHU’S  WAR  ON  STONE  THROWERS
Dan Cohen
Sept. 24, 2015
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at the site in occupied East Jerusalem where a 64-year-old Israeli driver was injured after his car hit a pole and later died.
____“We are declaring war on those who throw stones and bottles and rioters,” he declared. [. . . . .]
____Now that thwarting the Iran deal is out of reach, Netanyahu’s political calculus demands a new threat – and stone throwers have replaced the nuclear duck.
More . . .
Background . . .

“DETERMINATION  II,”  FOUZI  EL ASMAR
Whip me
Fetch more whips
more executioners
By the thousands
Render my skin
to shoe soles
Rub salt into every wound
old wounds
new wounds
Search my mind
for every thread of a new image
to a new poem
Take away the pen and the pencil.
With my blood
I shall write
every day
a million songs.

El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
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About Fouzi El Asmar.

THE NECESSARY PROTECTION AGAINST A BOY THROWING A STONE. The Israeli army is using live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian stone-throwers in the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Middle East Monitor)
THE  NECESSARY  PROTECTION  AGAINST  A BOY  THROWING  A  STONE. The Israeli army is using live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian stone-throwers in the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Middle East Monitor)

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