“. . . My anger drips oil and honey my pain bears almonds . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Israeli policies violate Palestinians’ most basic right to education. (Mahfouz Abu Turk APA images.)
Israeli policies violate Palestinians’ most basic right to education. (Mahfouz Abu Turk APA images.)

❶ 13-year-old shot by Israeli forces may undergo amputation
❷ Abbas: Palestine no longer bound by agreements with Israel
❸ PPS: “Soldiers Kidnapped 562 Palestinians in September”
❹ Israel to Seize Palestinian-Owned Home in Hebron for ‘Military Purposes’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israel’s assaults on Palestinian education amount to genocide
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

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

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
13-YEAR-OLD  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  MAY  UNDERGO  AMPUTATION 
Sept. 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli doctors on Wednesday were deciding on whether to amputate the leg of 13-year-old Palestinian Ahmad al-Muti after he was severely wounded by Israeli forces last week, a hospital spokesperson said.
____The spokeswoman for Hadassah hospital, where al-Muti was being treated, told Ma’an the child remained in moderate condition.
____She said he was unconscious but stable.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ABBAS:  PALESTINE  NO  LONGER  BOUND  BY  AGREEMENTS  WITH  ISRAEL
Sept. 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority will not remain committed to agreements with Israel, referring to the Oslo Accords of 1993, while violations take place on a daily basis.
____Abbas told the General Assembly that Israel’s refusal to commit to past agreements and release Palestinian prisoners, and continued Jewish settlement activity in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, were destroying the possibility of a Palestinian state.
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President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on Sept. 30, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse/ Jewel Samad)
President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN in New York on Sept. 30, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse/ Jewel Samad)

INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
PPS:  “SOLDIERS  KIDNAPPED  562  PALESTINIANS  IN  SEPTEMBER”
Saed Bannoura
Oct. 1, 2015
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped 562 Palestinians, including dozens of children, mainly in occupied Jerusalem, in September.
____The PPS said the soldiers kidnapped 294 Palestinians, mainly children, in Jerusalem . . . after Israeli extremists, and soldiers, intensified their invasions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. [. . . . .]
____In addition, the PPS said that the army is still holding captive nearly 230 Palestinian children, while denying them basic rights, guaranteed by International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, and subjected to physical and psychological torture.
____The detained children face high fines, denied the right to family visits, and are largely denied access to legal representation.
____The children are also attacked and beaten during their arrest, while some of them were shot and injured.
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  TO  SEIZE  PALESTINIAN-OWNED  HOME  IN  HEBRON  FOR  ‘MILITARY  PURPOSES’
Oct. 1, 2015
HEBRON, (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Thursday issued a military order to seize a Palestinian-owned house in the town of Halhoul to the north of Hebron, under the pretext of military purposes, according to security sources. [. . . . .]
____A municipality source told WAFA that forces, accompanied by staff from the civil administration, raided the house, while the owner’s nephew, Nidal Karjeh, was present inside, and handed him a military order to seize the house, under the pretext of military reasons.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAEL’S  ASSAULTS  ON  PALESTINIAN  EDUCATION  AMOUNT  TO  GENOCIDE
Nada Elia and Rima Najjar
Sept. 25, 2015
A strike by staff and students at 47 Palestinian Christian schools in Israel had been taking place for a few weeks before the American broadcaster NBC took notice.
____According to NBC’s headline, the protest was about “discrimination.” That it felt the need to put quotation marks around “discrimination” was indicative of how the mainstream media in the United States continuously fail to acknowledge that Israel is, fundamentally, a racist state.
____The Christian schools represent some of the few independent spaces for Palestinian political, cultural and economic life within Israel. So the cuts in government funding that triggered the strike must be understood as the latest move in the Israeli assault on Palestinians’ right to education. [. . . . .]
____Educational apartheid in Israel must be understood for what it is: an attempt at cultural genocide. Under the United Nations’ 1948 definition of genocide, this crime may include imposing conditions of life on a racial or ethnic group with the intent of wholly or partly destroying that group.
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“I  DEFY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Talk about exile―I defy
silence my argument with chains
and a foolish prison cell
I defy

Turn plague and sadness against me
I remained defying
cut my wrist
with my bloody chest I defy
cut my leg
I mount the wound and walk
and with my violence I defy
with my forehead I defy
and with my teeth
and the teeth of songs―I defy

and kill me―I defy
I kill death
and come to you a defying God

All that I own of my father’s and grandfather’
inheritance is to defy!

All that I understand from the
wind and the secrets of erased villages
and the songs of springs
on dying grass
a concealed sob
the roots of the tree
memorize it for me
a sob: To defy

All the eyes of children living within me
in bloody exile
All that I live of my absent country
in name and deed
a scream bruising me―to defy!

My anger drips oil and honey
my pain bears almonds, flouts and roses
so jail my piece of bread
I defy

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 Samih Al-Qasim.

Israeli security forces stand guard next to a protest tent erected by Jewish settlers in front of the house of the Palestinian Abu Rajab family, as they demonstrate on September 24, 2013 against the eviction of settlers from the building last year in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the resettlement of the disputed Machpela house, a Hebron structure near the Cave of the Patriarchs from which he had removed 15 Jewish settlers last year, following the killing of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz
Israeli security forces stand guard next to a protest tent erected by Jewish settlers in front of the house of the Palestinian Abu Rajab family, as they demonstrate on September 24, 2013 against the eviction of settlers from the building last year in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the resettlement of the disputed Machpela house, a Hebron structure near the Cave of the Patriarchs from which he had removed 15 Jewish settlers last year, following the killing of an Israeli soldier. Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz

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