“. . . earth is the hell prepared for refugees. . .” (Ashraf Fayadh)

THE PALESTINIAN POET ASHRAF FAYADH, whose death sentence in Saudi Arabia was commuted to 8 years in prison after international pressure, has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. (Photo: BBC, 14 January 2016)
THE PALESTINIAN POET ASHRAF FAYADH, whose death sentence in Saudi Arabia was commuted to 8 years in prison after international pressure, has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience. (Photo: BBC, 14 January 2016)

❶ Israeli Army Raids, Wreaks Havoc into Arab American University in Jenin
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Premier Condemns Israeli Raid on Arab American University in Jenin
❷ Jerusalem family rejects son’s [frozen] body after Israeli handover, another buried
❸ Israeli forces open fire on Palestinian shepherds, level land in Gaza
❹ ON  WORLD  POETRY  DAY,  GAZA  ACTIVISTS  HONOR  DETAINED  POET  ASHRAF  FAYADH
Opinion/Analysis:  AMERICAN  JEWS  SHOULD  PROTEST  AIPAC,  NOT  TRUMP
❻ Poetry by Ashraf Fayadh
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ISRAELI  ARMY  RAIDS,  WREAKS  HAVOC  INTO  ARAB  AMERICAN  UNIVERSITY  IN  JENIN
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
22 Mar. 2016
Large Israeli military forces Tuesday raided and wreaked havoc into the headquarters of the Arab American University in Jenin, said security and official sources.
___The university’s vice president of financial and administrative affairs, Faleh Abu Erra, informed WAFA large Israeli armed forces broke into the headquarters and buildings of the university during the predawn hours, after breaking down its doors.
___ Forces wreaked havoc into the headquarters and buildings, and seized computers, in addition to  files, banners and flags of student blocs.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PREMIER  CONDEMNS  ISRAELI  RAID  ON  ARAB  AMERICAN  UNIVERSITY  IN  JENIN
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
22 Mar. 2016
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Tuesday condemned Israel’s raid on the Arab American University, located in the West Bank Governorate of Jenin, said a statement issued by the premier’s office.
___”I reiterate our call for international protection; Israel should not be allowed to continue to act above the law.  The international community witnesses yet another violation of the sanctity of Palestinian educational institutions, and it should not remain silent.”  MORE . . .

ISRAEL AND FREEDOM OF EDUCATION: Israeli military forces on the campus of Palestine Technical Institute in Tulkarem, Dec. 10, 2015. (MaanImages/File)
ISRAEL AND FREEDOM OF EDUCATION: Israeli military forces on the campus of Palestine Technical Institute in Tulkarem, Dec. 10, 2015. (MaanImages/File)

JERUSALEM  FAMILY  REJECTS  SON’S  [frozen] BODY  AFTER  ISRAELI  HANDOVER,  ANOTHER  BURIED
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 22, 2016
The Israeli authorities late Monday returned the bodies of two Jerusalemite Palestinians who were shot dead after allegedly carrying out attacks, one of which was rejected by family members.
___Witnesses said the Lions’ Gate area . . .  “looked like a military barracks” as Israeli forces heightened their presence for the return of the bodies of 15-year-old Hassan Khalid Manasra and Omar Skafi, 21.
___Outrage erupted when the family of 15-year-old Mansara found their son’s body frozen, in violation of a mutual agreement set up between the Israeli authorities and family members.      MORE . . .

ISRAELI  FORCES  OPEN  FIRE  ON  PALESTINIAN  SHEPHERDS,  LEVEL  LAND  IN  GAZA
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 22, 2016
Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian shepherds and several Israeli military vehicles and bulldozers entered the Palestinian side of the borderline between the Gaza Strip and Israel on Tuesday, locals said.
___Locals told Ma’an that soldiers fired live ammunition at a group of shepherds . . . .
___Northwest of Beit Lahiya in the north of the strip, witnesses said five large armored bulldozers leveled Palestinian lands near the border fence.
___Witnesses also said four bulldozers entered through the border fence from Kissufim military post onto Palestinian land east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.      MORE . . . 

ON  WORLD  POETRY  DAY,  GAZA  ACTIVISTS  HONOR  DETAINED  POET  ASHRAF  FAYADH
MONDOWEISS
Haidar Eid
21 Mar. 2016
On the Occasion of World Poetry Day, Gaza-based human rights activists released an amateur video-clip in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who has been detained in a Saudi prison since January 1, 2014, without access to a lawyer since then. He was initially sentenced to death for “apostasy” by a regional court in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2015. Due to international pressure and campaigns the sentence has recently been reduced to 8 years imprisonment and 800 lashes!       MORE . . .

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  AMERICAN  JEWS  SHOULD  PROTEST  AIPAC,  NOT  TRUMP
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Mairav Zonszein
18 Mar. 2016
AIPAC has never cared about Israel’s disregard for civil and human rights. So why should it care about Trump’s?      MORE . . .

ASHRAF  FAYADH’S  “DISPUTED”  POEMS,  IN  ENGLISH  TRANSLATION

8
prophets have retired
so do not wait for yours to come to you

and for you,
for you the monitors bring their daily reports
and get their high salaries..

how important money is
for a life of dignity

9
my grandfather stands naked everyday,
without banishment, without divine creation..
I have already been resuscitated without a godly blow in my image.
I am the experience of hell on earth..

earth
is the hell prepared for refugees.

10
your mute blood will not speak up
as long as you pride yourself in death
as long as you keep announcing -secretly- that you have put your soul
at the hands of those who do not know much..

losing your soul will cost time,
much longer than what it takes to calm
your eyes that have cried tears of oil

Ashraf Fayadh’s “Disputed” Poems, in English Translation: From MONA KAREEM’S BLOG
Nov 23, 2015
Mona Kareem is a poet, translator, and journalist based in New York. She published two collections of [Arabic] poetry in 2002 and 2004.  Mona is a doctoral candidate in the Comparative Literature program at Binghamton University.
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