“. . . A night without light where our voices are lost . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

A Palestinian man holds a placard in front of an Israeli soldier on December 27, 2014 on land near the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar, at the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat, during a protest. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse /Hazem Bader)
A Palestinian man holds a placard in front of an Israeli soldier on December 27, 2014 on land near the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar, at the entrance of the illegal Israeli settlement of Efrat, during a protest. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse /Hazem Bader)

❶ Israeli troops raid West Bank village day after funeral of slain Palestinians
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Israeli forces raze prisoner’s brother’s construction site in Jerusalem
❷ Israel Razes Waqf-Owned Land near Jericho
. . . . . ❷―(ᴀ) Explanatory note regarding the Islamic Waqf tradition
❸ Israel to confiscate 1,200 dunams of land in Nablus governorate
❹ US Congress blocks $159 million in aid to PA
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S LEGAL WARFARE ON BDS FOSTERS REPRESSION AND MCCARTHYISM ACROSS THE WORLD
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
ISRAELI  TROOPS  RAID  WEST  BANK  VILLAGE  DAY  AFTER  FUNERAL  OF  SLAIN  PALESTINIANS
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
21 Mar. 2016
Israeli troops raided the village of Beit Fajjar east of Bethlehem early on Monday, storming several houses and detaining two Palestinians.
___The raid took place a day after the funerals of Ali Abd al-Rahman al-Kar Thawabta, 20, and Ali Jamal Muhammad Taqatqa, 19, who were killed by Israeli forces on Thursday . . .
___Local sources said that Israeli troops raided Thawabta’s house and detained his brother Muhammad, 24.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  RAZE  PRISONER’S  BROTHER’S  CONSTRUCTION  SITE  IN  JERUSALEM
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
21 Mar. 2016
Israeli forces demolished a building under construction in occupied East Jerusalem on Monday for not having a construction permit.
___Muna Jaabis told Ma’an that Israeli troops raided her house in the Jabal al-Mukkabir neighborhood of the Old City early Monday, and demolished the foundations of a building belonging to her brother Suhaib Jaabis.      MORE . . .

Israeli soldiers throw a flash grenade during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar, on October 31, 2015 (Agence France‑Presse Photo/Musa Al-Shaer)
Israeli soldiers throw a flash grenade during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Beit Fajjar, on October 31, 2015 (Agence France‑Presse Photo/Musa Al-Shaer)

ISRAEL  RAZES  WAQF-OWNED  LAND  NEAR  JERICHO
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
21 Mar. 2016
Israeli troops on Monday embarked on razing an Islamic Waqf-owned land near Jericho in the West Bank, according to local sources.
___Moayad al-Helou, director of Jericho Islamic Waqf Department, said Israeli army broke into al-Musaqara, an outskirt of Jericho, and embarked on razing some 650 dunums of land owned by the Islamic Waqf Department.      MORE . . . 
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) EXPLANATORY  NOTE  REGARDING  THE  ISLAMIC  WAQF  TRADITION
A Waqf, or mortmain property, is an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law, typically donating a building or plot of land or even cash for Muslim religious or charitable purposes. The donated assets may be held by a charitable trust. (Wikipedia)
MORE . . . 
MORE . . . 

ISRAEL  TO  CONFISCATE  1,200  DUNAMS  OF  LAND  IN  NABLUS  GOVERNORATE
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
21 Mar. 2016
The Israeli civil administration on Monday has announced it would confiscate 1,200 dunams (296.5 acres) of land from Palestinian villages in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.
___Ghassan Dhaglas, a PA official who monitors settlement activities in the northern West Bank, told Ma’an that Israeli authorities gave Palestinian residents of the villages of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, al-Sawiya, and Qaryut an official notice to confiscate 1,200 dunams of land. MORE . . .

US  CONGRESS  BLOCKS  $159  MILLION  IN  AID  TO  PA
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
20 Mar. 2016
Members of the United States Congress are delaying a payment of $159 million in aid allocated for the Palestinian Authority in effort to pressure the PA to relaunch negotiations with Israel, the PLO ambassador to Washington said Saturday.
___Maen Erekat confirmed earlier reports that the US Congress was blocking the payment at the request of House Republican Kay Granger, the Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, under the pretext that the PA supports “terrorism.”        MORE . . . 

❺ OPINION/ANALYSIS: ISRAEL’S   LEGAL   WARFARE   ON   BDS   FOSTERS   REPRESSION   AND   MCCARTHYISM   ACROSS   THE   WORLD
MONDOWEISS
Palestinian BDS National Committee
18 Mar. 2016
The global movement supporting the Palestinian people’s right to freedom, justice and equality has taken impressive steps into the political mainstream in recent years. Efforts by the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement . . . are more widely supported and impactful than ever before.
___Israel’s current government, its most racist ever, has dropped all pretences of “enlightenment” and “democracy”. This has helped to expose Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid to world public opinion . . .      MORE . . . 

From the Diary of “―”

  1. (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.
BDS FINAL LOGO_v5WEB_URL_side

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s