“. . . But my will remains uncowed . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

November 2013 – King’s College London and Southampton University opt not to award G4S major security contracts following vigorous student campaigns. (Photo: BDS Campaign)
November 2013 – King’s College London and Southampton University opt not to award G4S major security contracts following vigorous student campaigns. (Photo: BDS Campaign)

❶ Israeli forces order closure of Palestinian news outlet in Ramallah
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) PA: Right to resist occupation guaranteed under international law
❷ Video: “Let him die” say Israelis as Palestinian boy lays bleeding
❸ PCHR Weekly Report: 6 Palestinian Civilians Killed, 8 Wounded by Israeli Forces This Week
❹ Analysis: Why do we only listen to violence?
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHY  THE  DIVESTMENT  OF  G4S  FROM  ISRAEL  IS  A  BIG  DEAL
Background: British giant G4S to end Israeli business after BDS pressure
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El-Asmar
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ISRAELI  FORCES  ORDER  CLOSURE  OF  PALESTINIAN  NEWS  OUTLET  IN  RAMALLAH
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
11 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces during predawn raids on Friday ordered the closure of Falastin al-Yawm (Palestine Today TV) and TransMedia Production Company in the occupied West Bank hub of Ramallah.
___Locals told Ma’an that forces stormed the media outlets’ headquarters in al-Bireh and detained two journalists, confiscated property, and delivered military orders for the offices to be shut down.      MORE . . .   

. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) PA:  RIGHT  TO  RESIST  OCCUPATION  GUARANTEED  UNDER  INTERNATIONAL  LAW
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
11 Mar. 2016
The Palestinian Ministry of Information said on Thursday that Palestinian resistance against the Israeli occupation is a “legitimate right” guaranteed under international law, stressing that Palestinians will continue with popular resistance.      MORE . . .

VIDEO:  “LET  HIM  DIE”  SAY  ISRAELIS  AS  PALESTINIAN  BOY  LAYS  BLEEDING
ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
Maureen Clare Murphy
10 Mar. 2016
(Warning: this article includes video showing very graphic violence.)
Graphic video shows a gravely injured Palestinian lying on the floor of a liquor store, apparently struggling to breathe, as Israelis curse him and call for him to die on Tuesday.
___“Die, you fucker, die, you son of a whore,” a man not seen in the video says in Hebrew. The wounded Palestinian is also called homophobic epithets.    MORE . . . 

Israeli Settler Stabs A Palestinian Near Salfit, Monday October 26, 2015. Reporting Israel labels as “incitement.” (Photo: Palestine Today― Falastin al-Yawm)
Israeli Settler Stabs A Palestinian Near Salfit, Monday October 26, 2015. Reporting Israel labels as “incitement.” (Photo: Palestine Today― Falastin al-Yawm)

PCHR  WEEKLY  REPORT:  6  PALESTINIAN  CIVILIANS  KILLED,  8  WOUNDED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  THIS  WEEK
IMEMC NEWS
11 Mar. 2016
In its Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 03– 09 March 2016, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that Israeli forces continued systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories. 6 Palestinian civilians, including a child and 2 women, were killed in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem. 8 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.      MORE . . . 

ANALYSIS:  WHY  DO  WE  [Israelis] ONLY  LISTEN  TO  VIOLENCE?
+972 MAGAZINE
Noam Sheizaf
11 Mar. 2016
One axiom of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that Palestinian violence pushes the Jewish public rightward. Due to violence, common wisdom goes, the willingness of Israeli Jews to make concessions or compromise decreases, and Palestinian independence or equality becomes more of a pipe dream. . . . Reality, however, is much more complex, and sometimes the exact opposite. As Israelis and Palestinians seem headed into another prolonged and bloody escalation, it’s important to face the facts.     MORE . . . 

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  WHY  THE  DIVESTMENT  OF  G4S  FROM  ISRAEL  IS  A  BIG  DEAL
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
Sabrien Amrov
11 Mar. 2016
The G4S security company has announced plans to leave the Israeli market. This is a big deal. In 2002, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) incorporated the activities of the largest multinational private security company to date, G4S, in the management of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Since then, G4S has held 90 per cent of the shares in its Israeli subsidiary. The company is the second largest actor in the management of the occupation after the IDF and the biggest private security employer both in Israel and around the world (G4S website).     MORE . . .   
BACKGROUND . . .
BRITISH  GIANT  G4S  TO  END  ISRAELI  BUSINESS  AFTER  BDS  PRESSURE 

 “TO  THE  BELOVED  MOTHERLAND,”  BY  FOUZI EL-ASMAR
Night in my cell
is life still in bud.
Beloved, you are like the breaking of light,
Like truth
Like a song dissolved into longing
Tearing apart the draped evening
Wrecking the flow of moans.

Beloved,
The joy of daylight
embraces the darkness
in my cell;
persistent silence here
will turn back the blade
of the swindler, the torturer
the thief of my childhood dreams
in the day’s heat.

Beloved, in your name
dusk has touched my forehead
grey dreams flooded my head
But my will remains uncowed
for since I came to manhood
with my eyelashes
I have borne your ancient love
You remain my lighthouse
and only refuge.

Beloved,
we are here to nurse at life
Your full breast
stretches are lightening
of hope and will
It shall flower a new prophecy
in our souls
It shall loosen the chains
and hurl light over our love.

Beloved,
The prison is a brief cloud
The bitter winds
of a cold journey
which we must accomplish.

Our road is wrapped in sighs, tears, and thorns
In all that dark claws can weave
but our love shall triumph
At the end of the road.

There
We shall meet with the sun
Its rays shall enter every house
Fill every crack
Flooding mountains, hills, and plains.

As I sit in a corner of my dim cell
lacing the seeds of the little light
stretching them to these lines for you
I am struck with the joy of a child:
Beloved,
With all that tears this life apart
They forget they cannot put
my mind in jail.

El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE  WIND-DRIVEN  REED  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Washington, DC: Three Continents Press, 1979.
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