“. . . they say the wild birds ferried his blood to his family. . .” (Zuhair Abu Shaib)

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Disbelief: Pictured is the grieving mother of one of the four Palestinian children from the same family killed in a naval strike on the port of Gaza 17 July 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

❶ Child killed, brother injured by leftover Israeli ordnance
❷ Al-Qiq ends 94-day hunger strike after deal struck with Israel
❸ Amnesty International: Palestinians protest in Hebron against decades of severe restrictions
. . . . . ❸― (ᴀ) 22 years after the Ibrahimi mosque massacre, Palestinians still suffer consequences
❹ Distributing administrative demolition orders in the village of Esawyeh
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Frozen in Their Grief: On the Bereavement of Palestinian Families
❻ Poetry by Zuhair Abu Shaib
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THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
CHILD  KILLED,  BROTHER  INJURED  BY  LEFTOVER  ISRAELI  ORDNANCE
Feb. 26, 2016
Five-year-old Palestinian boy was killed and his six-year-old brother was badly injured in an explosion in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night. The blast in Jabaliya refugee camp was caused by unexploded Israeli ordnance from the 2014 Gaza war.     More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
AL-QIQ  ENDS  94-DAY  HUNGER  STRIKE  AFTER  DEAL  STRUCK  WITH  ISRAEL
Feb. 26, 2016
Killian Redden
Imprisoned Palestinian hunger-striker Muhammad al-Qiq on Friday ended a grueling 94-day hunger strike that has brought him close to death after his lawyers struck an eleventh hour deal with the Israeli authorities.
___Israel’s six-month administrative detention sentence against al-Qiq will not be renewed, while his lawyers managed to push the date of his release back to May 21, he said.     More . . .

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Israeli soldiers arrest Professor Gadi Algazi at a demonstration in Hebron calling on the army to ”open the Hebron Ghetto,’ Hebron, West Bank, February 20, 2016. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
AMNESTY  INTERNATIONAL:  PALESTINIANS  PROTEST  IN  HEBRON  AGAINST  DECADES  OF  SEVERE  RESTRICTIONS
Today, February 26, Palestinian residents and activists in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron are holding demonstrations marking 22 years since the Israeli authorities first closed al-Shuhada Street, formerly the city’s commercial centre.
___They are protesting against illegal Israeli settlements and demanding the removal of the restrictions on their movement, which are applied only to Palestinians and not to Israeli settlers. . . . October 2015, the Israeli [occupation] forces (ÎOF) intensified the long-standing restrictions, declaring parts of Hebron’s Old City a “closed military zone”    More . . .
. . . . . ❸― (ᴀ) INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
22  YEARS  AFTER  THE  IBRAHIMI  MOSQUE  MASSACRE,  PALESTINIANS  STILL  SUFFER  CONSEQUENCES
Feb. 25, 2016
On the 25th of February 1994, a US citizen residing in the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement entered the Ibrahimi mosque . . . opened fire on the Palestinians that were crammed inside for the prayer. He killed 29 men and boys and injured dozens . . . .
___In 1997, a protocol was signed between Israel and the PLO, dividing Hebron into two areas: “H1”, controlled by Israeli forces, and “H2”, under Palestinian control
___22 years later, all measures that were declared in Hebron on the 25th of February, 1994 are still enforced, except for the curfew. And settlers are more than ever taking over the city, with the compliance of the Israeli government.      More . . .
WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
DISTRIBUTING  ADMINISTRATIVE  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  IN  THE  VILLAGE  OF  ESAWYEH
Feb. 25, 2016
Joint crews of occupation municipality and Special Forces hung administrative demolition orders on several residential establishments in the village of Esawyeh on Wednesday.
___Mohammad Abu Hummos, member of follow-up committee in the village of Esawyeh, explained that occupation municipality’s crews raided Abu Rayaleh neighborhood in the village and took pictures of the entire neighborhood before hanging administrative demolition orders on 9 houses.    More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
FROZEN  IN  THEIR  GRIEF:  ON  THE  BEREAVEMENT  OF  PALESTINIAN  FAMILIES
Dr. Samah Jabr
Feb. 25, 2016
While the world was celebrating New Year’s Eve in 2015, with all of its promise for the coming year, dozens of Palestinian families were receiving the frozen bodies of their Shaheeds (martyrs): children killed by Israelis in the recent political upheaval.
___. . . this article is an attempt to explore the experience of grief among victims of our political reality- not an essay on the meaning of martyrdom . . . . [Palestinians glorify] the individuals who have been killed resisting the occupation and use the term “Shaheed” to draw attention to the circumstances of their death. . . .
___Much silence surrounds the grief of the families of Palestinian fighters. The Palestinians perceive the Israeli authorities as taking sadistic satisfaction in our suffering.   More . . .

“MARTYR,”  BY  ZUHAIR  ABU  SHAIB
When they found him
he had become an emerald flame;
as when they lifted his arms they found
sheaves of wheat where a heart should be;
and they say those sheaves were whispering
beneath his shirt; and they say the wild birds
ferried his blood to his family, drop by drop;
and they say he will come back, suspended
in the hidden tree at the burning heart of volcanoes
and that his mother will fold him in her arms.
But when they found him he was an emerald flame,
so they stitched together rose petals for a shroud
and smoothed out the sky to keep him warm
and for a pillows, they lifted down the sun
and laid it beneath his head.
—Trans. By John Glenday

Zuhair Abu Shaib was born in Deir al-Ghusun and studied at Yarmouk University. She was a teacher and journalist in Yemen, and a book designer. She was also editor of the journal Awarq.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.com.

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