“. . . names of all the prisons, and every type of handcuff . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Imam Mohamed Salim, Al Aqsa, Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)
Imam Mohamed Salim, Al Aqsa, Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)

❶ Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders to 35 Palestinians
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Israel Blocks off Jerusalem Home of Palestinian Detainee
❷ Settlers Storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) Arrest of Al-Aqsa Imam ‘Violation of International Law,’ Insists Jordan
❸ Israeli Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians in Hebron
Army Kidnaps Six Palestinians in Nablus
Israeli Soldiers Kidnap a Palestinian in Bethlehem, And Three in Jerusalem
Army Kidnaps One Palestinian Near Jenin, Injures Many Others
❹ Silwan: Demolition orders for several houses in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT’S  SO  THREATENING  ABOUT  HUMAN  RIGHTS?
❻ POETRY by Tawfiq  Zayyad
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ISRAEL  ISSUES  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  TO  35  PALESTINIANS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders to 35 Palestinians, said Monday Palestine Prisoner’s Society in a press release.
___Fifteen Palestinians received administrative detention for the duration of six months. . . .
imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.
[List of detainees]
___The use of administrative detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (PPSN) . . .  violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for imperative reasons of security.”     MORE . . .

. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) ISRAEL  BLOCKS  OFF  JERUSALEM  HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Israeli police on Monday blocked off with metal bars the house of a Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, during a raid on the neighborhood of Sur Baher in Jerusalem.      MORE . . .

Israeli settlers and security officers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque April 11, 2016. (Photo: WAFA)
Israeli settlers and security officers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque April 11, 2016. (Photo: WAFA)

SETTLERS  STORM  JERUSALEM’S  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Extremist Israeli settlers Monday resumed their provocative tours to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, amid calls by Jewish organizations for mass visits to the holy site to mark the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday.
___WAFA correspondent said small groups of Jewish settlers accompanied by policemen entered the compound from the Moroccan Gate, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry.      MORE . . .  

. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) ARREST  OF  AL-AQSA  IMAM  ‘VIOLATION  OF  INTERNATIONAL  LAW,’  INSISTS  JORDAN
Palestine Chronicle
April 10, 2016
Jordan has condemned Israel’s arrest of an imam at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday as a “violation of international law”, Anadolu has reported. Mohamed Salim was arrested when he left the mosque after delivering the Friday sermon.
___“This is an interference by the Israeli authorities in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque and it is a violation of its own duties and pledges as an occupying authority,” said Jordan’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Hayil Daud. “This is a violation of international law.”     MORE . . .

ISRAELI  ARMY  KIDNAPS  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 11, 2016      MORE . . .  
ARMY  KIDNAPS  SIX  PALESTINIANS  IN  NABLUS      MORE . . .
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  A  PALESTINIAN  IN  BETHLEHEM,  AND  THREE  IN  JERUSALEM      MORE . . .
ARMY  KIDNAPS  ONE  PALESTINIAN  NEAR  JENIN,  INJURES  MANY  OTHERS       MORE . . .

SILWAN:  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  FOR  SEVERAL  HOUSES  IN  THE  NEIGHBORHOOD  OF  EIN  AL-LOZEH
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
April 9, 2016
The occupation municipality’s crews along with Israeli forces raided on Saturday the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan and distributed “demolition notices” to five residential houses under the pretext of building without a permit.
___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that municipality crews raided “Hosh Al-A’war” in Ein Al-Lozeh and took pictures of commercial and residential establishments . . .       MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT’S  SO  THREATENING  ABOUT  HUMAN  RIGHTS?
+972 Blog
Dror Etkes
April 10, 2016
There is a positive aspect to the continuing, orchestrated campaign by Israel’s right-wing government and its helpers against “leftist” organizations . . . . As the campaign goes on, it helps create an intuitive, collective understanding . . . that there is no room for the artificial barrier dividing human rights organizations from other left-wing groups, under the pretense that these are “professional” and “apolitical” organizations. . . .
___I will not try to establish universal truths about the connection between human rights and the political left, but rather say something about the relationship between the two as has been formed in the Israeli context since the occupation in 1967. . . .      MORE . . .

“ON  THE  TRUNK  OF  AN  OLIVE  TREE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD

Because I do not weave wool,
And daily am in danger of detention,
And my house is the object of police visits
To search and “to cleanse,”
Because I cannot buy paper,
I shall carve the record of my sufferings,
And all my secrets
On an olive tree
In the courtyard
Of my house.

I shall carve my story and the chapters of my tragedy,
I shall carve my sighs
On my grove and on the tombs of my dead;
I shall carve
All the bitterness I have tasted,
To be blotted out by some of the happiness to come.

I shall carve the number of each deed
Of our usurped land
The location of my village and its boundaries.
The demolished houses of its peoples,
My uprooted trees,
And each crushed wild blossom.
And the names of those master torturers
Who rattled my nerves and caused my misery.
The names of all the prisons,
And every type of handcuff
That closed around my wrists,
The files of my jailers,
Every curse
Poured upon my head.
I shall carve:
Kafr Qasim, I shall not forget!
And I shall carve:
Deir Yassin, it’s rooted in my memory.
I shall carve:
We have reached the peak of our tragedy.
It has absorbed us and we have absorbed it,
But we have finally reached it.

I shall carve all that the sun tells me,
And what the moon whispers,
And what the skylark relates,
Near the well
Forsaken by lovers.

And to remember it all,
I shall continue to carve
All the chapters of my tragedy,
And all the stages of the disaster,
From beginning
To end,
On the olive tree
In the courtyard
Of the house.

From  THE   PALESTINIAN   WEDDING:   A   BILINGUAL   ANTHOLOGY   OF   CONTEMPORARY   PALESTINIAN   RESISTANCE   POETRY.   Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
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