“. . . and the jailer stands, his face a stone . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan, 1970)

1-GIRL PRISONER
Youngest Palestinian in Israeli prisons, 12-YEAR-OLD DIMA AL-WAWI. (Photo from Twitter: Belal Dabour – Gaza, @Belalmd12, Palestinian doctor from #Gaza.)

❶ 4 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike against administrative detention
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Israeli interrogators threatened to rape al-Qiq and his family– so he launched hunger strike, lawyer says
❷ Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem stabbing wounds 2 Israeli officers
❸ Israeli forces detain 15 Palestinians across the West Bank
❹ Israel sentences 12-year-old Palestinian girl to 4 months in jail
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Humanizing the conflict, in the words of the women who live it
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
4  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  ON  HUNGER  STRIKE  AGAINST  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION
Feb. 18, 2016
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said on Thursday that four Palestinian prisoners have committed to open-ended hunger strikes against Israel’s policy of administrative detention — internment without charge or trial.
____The four include famed hunger-striker Samer al-Issawi, who stopped eating five days ago in solidarity with Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq, whose ongoing hunger-strike has brought him near death.    More . . . 
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI  INTERROGATORS  THREATENED  TO  RAPE  AL-QIQ  AND  HIS  FAMILY – SO  HE  LAUNCHED  HUNGER  STRIKE,  LAWYER  SAYS
Dan Cohen
Feb. 18, 2016
More . . .      Related . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  JERUSALEM  STABBING  WOUNDS  2  ISRAELI  OFFICERS
Feb. 19, 2016
A Palestinian was shot dead after stabbing and wounding two Israeli border police officers outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday morning, Israeli police said.
___Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the border police officers opened fire on the 20-year-old Palestinian after he drew a knife on them.
___Rosenfeld said the Palestinian was killed, while both officers were lightly wounded and evacuated to hospital.    More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  15  PALESTINIANS  ACROSS  THE  WEST  BANK
Feb. 18, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians across the West Bank overnight Wednesday and into Thursday morning, locals and the Israeli army said.
___Locals said Israeli forces detained a Palestinian woman identified as Enas Elias Muhammad Burhan al-Jabri, 19, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, after Israeli forces reportedly found a knife on the woman.   More . . .
THE NEW ARAB
ISRAEL  SENTENCES  12  YEAR  OLD  GIRL  TO  JAIL
The Israeli supreme court of Thursday sentenced 12-year old Dima al-Wawi from North Hebron in the West Bank to more than four months imprisonment and fined 2000 dollars.
___Ismail al-Wawi, Dima’s father, told the New Arab that the Israeli court issued the verdict on Thursday near where she is currently being held in Ofer prison, West of Ramallah.
___Israeli occupation forces arrested al-Wawi on February 9 for allegedly carrying a knife in her school bag, as she was heading to school in her uniform near the town of Beit Ummar, a little north of Hebron.   More . . .
Related . . .
Opinion/Analysis
+972 BLOG
HUMANIZING  THE  CONFLICT,  IN  THE  WORDS  OF  THE  WOMEN  WHO  LIVE  IT
By Laura Selz
Online testimonial project ‘The Political is Personal’ gives regular Palestinian and Israeli women a platform to talk about the conflict as they experience it. +972 sits down with its founder, Sarah Arnd Linder, to discuss the importance of amplifying women’s voices in both societies.    More . . .

“FROM  BEHIND  BARS,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN  (1970)
“A salute to our sons and daughters, the fighters that have been swallowed up by Israeli prisons.”

3. From the Diary of “―”
(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 seasons
Is it the season for planting?
Is it the season for harvest?
Is it―who can say?
No news and the jailer stands, his face a stone
his eye a stone
robbing from us the sun, robbing the moon

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

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