“. . . He looks a lot like me, but only his face . . .” (Yehuda Salu, via Fouzi El-Asmar)

Dozens of soldiers invaded the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and kidnapped five Palestinians. (Photo: IMEMC, file from Ali Dar Ali, Palestine TV)
Dozens of soldiers invaded the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and kidnapped five Palestinians. (Photo: IMEMC, file from Ali Dar Ali, Palestine TV)

❶ 3 Palestinians killed after attacks near Hebron settlement
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 14-year-old in chest during Ramallah-area clashes
. . . . . ❷―(ᴀ) UN complaint submission: children in military detention (2016)
❸ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap 15 Palestinians in the West Bank, Injure a Child in Gaza
❹ Israel to Demolish 2 Buildings in Jerusalem
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  PROBLEM  WITH  CALLING  HEZBOLLAH  A  TERRORIST  ORGANIZATION
❻ Fiction by Yehuda Salu via Fouzi El-Asmar
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3  PALESTINIANS  KILLED  AFTER  ATTACKS  NEAR  HEBRON  SETTLEMENT
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
14 Mar. 2016
Three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli troops on Monday morning after they allegedly carried out two consecutive attacks . . .  in which four Israeli soldiers were injured.
___An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians after they opened fire at Israelis waiting at a bus stop near the [ILLEGAL] settlement of Kiryat Arba on the outskirts of Hebron.
___Witnesses said two Palestinians . . .  tried to shoot at Israelis at the bus station and that Israeli troops fired back at them, killing them immediately.
___Shortly afterwards, she added, a car ran into a military vehicle in a “ram attack,” and Israeli soldiers shot and killed the driver.     MORE . . .

The illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron. (Photo: Sarah Robinson, 2 November, 2014)
The illegal settlement of Kiryat Arba in Hebron.
(Photo: Sarah Robinson, 2 November, 2014)

ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  INJURE  14-YEAR-OLD  IN  CHEST  DURING  RAMALLAH-AREA  CLASHES
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
13 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces on Sunday shot and seriously injured a 14-year-old Palestinian boy during clashes in al-Mazraa al-Gharbiya village, northwest of Ramallah . . . .
___Medical sources said Adi Kamal Salamah, 14, was shot with a live bullet in the chest, and was taken to Palestine Medical Complex for treatment. . . .
___Clashes broke out in the village when Israeli forces entered the area, with Palestinian youth throwing rocks and empty bottles at forces who shot live fire. . . .
___ At least 2,177 Palestinian children have been injured in direct conflict since tensions broke in October, according the United Nations.  MORE . . .  

. . . . . ❷―(ᴀ)  UN COMPLAINT SUBMISSION: CHILDREN IN MILITARY DETENTION (2016)
MILITARY COURT WATCH
2 Mar. 2016
On 1 March 2016, Military Court Watch (MCW) lodged a complaint submission under the UN Special Procedures mechanism relating to the treatment of children held in Israeli military detention in 2015. The submission has been lodged with the UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture and the Palestinian territories as well as the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.       MORE . . .  

ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  15  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK,  INJURE  A  CHILD  IN  GAZA
IMEMC NEWS
13 Mar. 2016
Israeli soldiers, invaded on Sunday at dawn several Palestinian districts in different parts of the occupied West Bank, stormed and searched dozens of homes and kidnapped, at least, fifteen Palestinians. The soldiers also shot and injured a child, east of Gaza city.     MORE . . . 

ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  2  BUILDINGS  IN  JERUSALEM
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
14 Mar. 2016
Israeli authorities on Monday handed a notification to demolish two Palestinian-owned buildings in al-Issawiya, a town on the outskirts of Jerusalem, according to local sources.
___Witnesses told WAFA that staff from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem broke into the town and handed a notification to demolish the two buildings, under the pretext of construction without an Israeli permit.
___This came only one day after Israeli authorities notified to demolish two Palestinian residencies in East Jerusalem, also for construction without an Israeli permit.      MORE . . .

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  THE  PROBLEM  WITH  CALLING  HEZBOLLAH  A  TERRORIST  ORGANIZATION
+972 BLOG
Lilach Ben-David
13 Mar. 2016
In Israel the question of whether Hezbollah is a terrorist group or an army boils down to the racist idea that Arabs do not have the right to defend themselves. Even asking is considered treasonous.    MORE . . . 

ISRAELI  CHILDREN’S  STORY,  1970,  ANALYSIS  BY  FOUZI  EL-ASMAR:

The book tells the story of a group of [Zionist] children who embarked upon a campaign to “liberate Jerusalem.” The group is taken captive by “an Arab ambush” on the approaches to Jerusalem. The hero of the story is wounded and attempts to escape and reach a Hebrew settlement. He is saved by a “positive Arab” named Ali. The character of Ali is juxtaposed with that of his cousin Husni:

“This is Husni, my cousin. He is a big commander.”
“He looks a lot like you, almost as if you were twins.”
“Yes, he looks a lot like me, but only his face, not his soul. He has a black soul” (Salu, Yehuda. Fire in the Mountains. Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 1970).

Husni is a fighter for his people. In other words, he is a “gangster” and a “robber.” He is portrayed in a negative light, to underline the positive character of Ali who harbours the Jewish child, refuses to fight and considers Palestinian fighters to be “low murderers.”

From: Fouzi El-Asmar. THROUGH  THE  HEBREW  LOOKING-GLASS:  ARAB  STEREOTYPES  IN  CHILDREN’S  LITERATURE.  Vermont, USA: Amana Books, 1986.  Available from Amazon.
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