“. . . Prison did not turn him into a desert . . .” (Ahmad Dahbur, 1982)

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Israel’s War of Construction. Illegal (by international law) Jewish settlement surrounding the TENT OF NATIONS – White building, center of photo. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

❶ Soldiers Kidnap Eight Palestinians in the West Bank
❷ PCHR Weekly Report: 9 Palestinians Killed, 112 Wounded By Israeli Soldiers & Settlers this Week
❸ Statistics – Palestinian ‘security’ prisoners [children] in Israeli detention
❹ Analysis: ISRAEL’S  WAR  OF  CONSTRUCTION
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  GHETTTOIZATION  OF  ISRAEL’S  ‘MIXED  CITIES’
❻ Poetry by Ahmad Dahbur
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Dec. 06, 2015
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Sunday at dawn and on Saturday evening, eight Palestinians in Jenin, Bethlehem and Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.
___On Sunday at dawn, dozens of soldiers invaded Kafr Dan village, west of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, searched several homes and kidnapped two Palestinians identified as Maher Tahseen ‘Aabed, 39, and Mohammad Mustafa ‘Aabed, 29.
___The army invaded their homes after smashing the front doors, and ransacked the properties causing excessive damage.
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Related . . . ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  12  PALESTINIANS  ACROSS  THE  WEST BANK
IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
PCHR  WEEKLY  REPORT:  9  PALESTINIANS  KILLED,  112  WOUNDED  BY  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  &  SETTLERS  THIS  WEEK
Dec. 06, 2015
In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 26 Nov. – 02 Dec. 2015, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. 9 Palestinian civilians, including 2 children and a young woman, were killed in the West Bank. One of them was killed by Israeli settlers.
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MILITARY COURT WATCH (MONITORING THE TREATMENT OF CHILDREN IN DETENTION)
STATISTICS –  PALESTINIAN  ‘SECURITY’  PRISONERS  IN  ISRAELI  DETENTION
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The above figures relate only to individuals classified by the IPS as “security prisoners”. An additional number of Palestinians from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza are held in IPS detention as “criminal prisoners”. Criminal offences include entering Israel without a permit, frequently in the search for work. The approximate number of Palestinians held as “criminal prisoners” amounts to an additional 40 percent (adults) and 15 percent (children) on top of the numbers held as “security prisoners”.
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Related . . . (IN  PICTURES)  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  ARRESTS  400  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN

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The ghettoization of the “Mixed City.” Apartheid Wall surrounding Shufat Refugee Camp in Jerusalem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 5, 2015)

Analysis
THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
ISRAEL’S  WAR  OF  CONSTRUCTION
By: Ariel Sophia Bardi
November 2015
The documentary-propaganda film Homecoming was released just one year after the events of the Nakba, during which anywhere from 400 to 600 Palestinian villages were destroyed by Israeli forces. “On the home front, it’s a war of construction. A quiet war,” intones the 1949 film, made by the United Israel Appeal to drum up foreign financial contributions to the fledgling state.
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After the violent demolitions of 1947–1948, a quieter war took place across the country, with a rush of new developments literally cementing the transformation of Palestine into the new Jewish state. Israel’s so-called “war of construction” came with better amenities –
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Much like Israel’s earliest compounds, today’s settlements in the West Bank continue to lay siege on Palestinian lands, maintaining a state of persistent conflict. Built atop the peaks of the hilly terrain, these surveillance fortresses visually dominate the valleys. They mime the practices of early Zionist expansion, making today’s settlers heirs to the state’s early builders.
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Opinion/Analysis
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THE  GHETTTOIZATION  OF  ISRAEL’S ‘ MIXED  CITIES’
Daniel Monterescu
Dec. 5, 2015
In the aftermath of Jaffa’s conquest in 1948, Moshe Erem, director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Minority Affairs and Tel-Aviv City Council member, wrote to minister of minority affairs Bechor Shalom-Shitrit:

. . . . a barbed wire that will separate the Arab neighborhood and the Jewish housing projects. This arrangement will immediately give ‘Ajami the form of a ghetto, closed and segregated. It is hard to come to terms with such a notion, which invokes associations of horror.’ (IDF Archives, August 11, 1948, 1860/1950-1)

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The term “mixed towns” [‘arim me’oravot in Hebrew and mudum mukhtalata in Arabic] can be deceiving. From its early days, the State of Israel labored over the separation of the Jewish and Arab populations, seeking to group the latter in confined urban spaces.
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“THE  PRISON,”  BY  AHMAD  DAHBUR  (Ahmed  Dahbour)
(To Abu Faris. . . who has been there)

Prison teaches that the heart is a desert,
That light is a desert.
It curses the fire and the land of the commandos.
Prison teaches that water is a chameleon,
That the landscape is a snake,
That echo is treacherous, and the wind an enemy.
Prison teaches that the guide’s sight grows dim,
And that the homeland departs.
Prison is a black kingdom in the sand;
Prison is a sword guarding the eyelids;
Prison . . . not the homeland!
So how, my beloved homeland, will the beloved ones survive?

Here we are, no complaints and no regrets,
We never say: an aimless wandering!
Blood gushes forth from the depths of our love.
Prison assaults but does not hit the mark;
Our wounds hit back,
Reaching out like water . . . like the wilderness,
Promising the light with a new light.
From deep within us, signaling twice!
Our cub child,
And the fire of salvation.
We see it, yes we do.
We are not dreaming,
We almost step into his joyous landscape
We almost do.
This is the moment of travail in our difficult labor,
We hug the newborn―
He who springs from our very ecstasy,
Whose kicks we feel in our guts,
Who teaches the hungry what he knows
And declares in words well understood:
Revolution, revolution . . . till life.

The inmate has not lost his features in the sand,
Prison did not turn him into a desert.
From his hunger, water and vegetation sprang.
When silence wounds him,
He can break it with a sigh,
But he endures.
His testimony:
Near death, there were exhaustion and fatigue,
His executioner pressing him to promise
A word . . . a groan, or to divulge his secret,
But all in vain.
His countenance was radiating in the sand
Like an oasis,
For prison had not turned him into a desert.

About Ahmad Dahbur. And here.
From THE  PALESTINIAN  WEDDING:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE  POETRY.  Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store. 

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The open-air prison of Palestine. Apartheid Wall along highway between Bethlehem and Beit Jala. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 8, 2015)

 

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