“. . . gradually absolving itself of its duty to act within international law . . .” (Yesh Din)

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Israeli forces repressing march in Kafr Qaddum. (Photo: Ma’an Photos, Feb. 26, 2016)

❶ Dozens wounded as Israeli forces repress weekly Palestinian marches
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Israeli forces assault, detain human rights lawyer in Hebron
❷ IOF confiscates Bedouin [school] tents east of Jerusalem [again]
❸ Why donor countries are giving less to the Palestinians
❹ Racial segregation as a constant policy in Israel
❺ Opinion/Analysis: SHHHHHHHHH,  WE’RE  ANNEXING
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
DOZENS  WOUNDED  AS  ISRAELI  FORCES  REPRESS  WEEKLY  PALESTINIAN  MARCHES
Feb. 26, 2016
Dozens of Palestinians were wounded across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday as Israeli forces repressed weekly demonstrations against the ongoing military occupation.     More . . . 
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  ASSAULT,  DETAIN  HUMAN  RIGHTS  LAWYER  IN  HEBRON
Feb. 26, 201
Israeli forces on Friday detained a director for the Independent Commission for Human Rights during a peaceful protest marking the 22nd anniversary of the Ibrahimi mosque massacre.
___The ICHR said in a statement that Israeli forces assaulted then detained Farid al-Atrash, a lawyer, in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.
___The organization called the violence used against al-Atrash “a crime.”    More . . .
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
IOF  CONFISCATES  BEDOUIN  [school]  TENTS  EAST  OF  JERUSALEM  [again]
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided Friday afternoon Abu Nawar Bedouin hamlet, east of Jerusalem, and confiscated two tents used for teaching children of Bedouins in the area. The representative of Abu Nawar hamlet, Abu Imad Jahalin, told Quds Press that the occupation troops confiscated two tents which were used as classrooms for Palestinian students of the region, to replace the caravans which were confiscated by the IOF earlier on Sunday.     More . . .

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Israeli forces assault then detain Farid al-Atrash, a lawyer, in Hebron. Independent Commission for Human Rights. (Photo: Ma’an Photos, Feb. 26, 2016)

AL-MONITOR (PALESTINE PULSE)
WHY  DONOR  COUNTRIES  ARE  GIVING  LESS  TO  THE  PALESTINIANS
Adnan Abu Amer
Feb. 24, 2016
When the Palestinian Authority was established in 1994 pursuant to the 1993 Oslo Accord, the international community undertook to provide it with financial and economic support, amounting to $17 billion since its establishment until today. . . .
___ However, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah announced Feb. 16 that in 2015, the PA received half the usual aid pledged by donor countries. . . .
___A European diplomat visiting Gaza told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity, “The EU may cease its financial aid to the PA in light of the worsening political situation between the Palestinians and Israelis and the lack of a negotiated political process between them.      More . . .
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
RACIAL  SEGREGATION  AS  A  CONSTANT  POLICY  IN  ISRAEL
Majed Al-Sheikh
Feb. 26, 2016
During its most recent conference, the Israeli Labour Party revived some of the features of what it called the “Compromise Solution”, which it has been promoting since the 1990s . . . . The Labour Party revived these ideas in its decision to prevent a “one-state solution” and achieve its “two-state” vision by adopting what it called the “Separation Plan” . . . . hand over a number of areas in the West Bank and some neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority, in addition to completing the construction of another separation wall around the settlement blocs in the West Bank.      More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
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SHHHHHHHHH,  WE’RE  ANNEXING
Feb. 26, 2016
Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz
Last week Yesh Din published its position paper, “From Occupation to Annexation,” which deals with the way the Israeli government is implementing the conclusions of the Levy Commission Report without any public debate or even an official government decision – an process in which is dragging Israel into de facto annexation of the West Bank, without granting the annexed people their rights.      More . . .

“THE  THUNDERBIRD,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

It is bound to come,
To come with the sun;
Its face deformed by the dust of books.
It is bound to come,
After the wind has committed suicide in my voice,
Something whose wonders have no bounds;
Something called in the songs:
The thunderbird.
It is bound to come;
For we have reached it,
We have reached the summit of death.

―Translated by Dr. Mahmud Hassan of Alexandria University.

From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.   Available from Amazon.
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