“. . . until every door is opened . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

al aqsa
The struggle over Al-Aqsa Mosque is a colonial and not a religious one, Palestinian experts say. (Photo: Al Jazeera Staff, 21 Sep 2015)

❶ Jordan: Israel’s Provocations in Jerusalem Lead to Grave Consequences
❷ Massive collective punishment: homes of 149 Palestinians suspected of no wrongdoing demolished since Oct. 2015; hundreds more under threat
❸ Israeli Forces Detain Three Palestinians, Steal Money, Jewelry from Hebron, Jerusalem
❹Gleam of hope in gold trade fades in Gaza
❺ Opinion/Analysis: INDIGNITY, GRIEF AND MOURNING ON THE GAZA BORDER
❻ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ JORDAN:  ISRAEL’S  PROVOCATIONS  IN  JERUSALEM  LEAD  TO  GRAVE  CONSEQUENCES
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 25, 2016
The government of Jordan warned on Monday that Israel’s repeated violations in Jerusalem, mainly provocative visits by Israeli settlers to al-Aqsa Mosque, could lead to disastrous consequences.
___Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs, Mohammad al-Mumini, told Jordan News Agency (Petra) that provocative visits by Israeli settlers and soldiers to al-Aqsa Mosque represent a violation of international law and conventions.      MORE . . .

❷ MASSIVE  COLLECTIVE  PUNISHMENT:  HOMES  OF  149  PALESTINIANS   SUSPECTED  OF  NO  WRONGDOING  DEMOLISHED  SINCE  OCT.  2015;  HUNDREDS  MORE  UNDER  THREAT
B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
April 21, 2016
Since October 2015, Israel has stepped up use of house demolitions as a way to punish the families of Palestinians who perpetrated attacks against Israelis or are suspected of perpetrating or aiding such attacks. Since then, the authorities have demolished or fully or partially sealed 37 apartments. Fourteen of these apartments were not under demolition orders and were damaged simply because of their proximity to apartments slated for demolition. As a result of this large-scale punitive action, 149 people, 65 of them minors, have lost their homes.      MORE . . .

❸ ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  THREE  PALESTINIANS,  STEAL  MONEY,  JEWELRY  FROM  HEBRON,  JERUSALEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 25, 2016
Israeli forces detained early Monday three Palestinians and stole money and jewelry during raids into Hebron and Jerusalem districts, said security sources and a local activist.
___Forces detained Baraka Taha, 33, after storming and ransacking his family house in Hebron city in the southern West Bank [. . . .]
___He added that troops had stolen 1.5 kilo of Jewelry, worth of about $60,000, belonging to Ahmad’s wife and three of her married daughters, INS 3,000 ($800) and 150 Jordanian Dinars (about $211) before withdrawing to the nearby settlement of Karmei Zur.
___Ahmad’s son, Ibrahim, 27, had been shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the town on October 10.      MORE . . .  

gaza gold
People shop for gold in Gaza City’s gold market on March 29, 2016 in Gaza City. Israeli authorities on Tuesday banned imports and exports of gold from and into the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Getty Images/ NurPhoto/Contributor)

❹ GLEAM  OF  HOPE  IN  GOLD  TRADE  FADES  IN  GAZA
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
April 24, 2016
The Israeli siege imposed on the Gaza Strip has variously affected the territory’s economic, business and financial sectors. Now, it is the gold market’s turn. Nazmi Muhanna, general director of the Palestinian Crossing and Borders Authority, announced March 29 that Israeli officials had informed him that they were halting the movement of gold, in all forms, into and out of Gaza.      MORE . . .  

Opinion/Analysis:  INDIGNITY,  GRIEF  AND  MOURNING  ON  THE  GAZA  BORDER
+972 Blog
First published in Hebrew on Local Call
Nomi Heger
April 22, 2016
A woman from Gaza is told during a visit to Israel that she must terminate her advanced pregnancy. The Israeli army and courts effectively refuse to allow her to mourn with her husband by her side.      MORE . . .

(A portion  of this poem was posted in this blog on September 17, 2015)

“MY  LIBERTY,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

My liberty―my liberty―my liberty,
a sound I repeat
with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
and flames
I run after it
despite my chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for my liberty
My liberty
My liberty

And the Holy River
and Bridge repeat:
my liberty
and the two banks reiterate:
my liberty
and the raging wind and thunder,
tornadoes and rain
echo the sound:
my liberty

I shall carve its name
while I resist
on the land
by the walls and the doors
in the Temple of the Virgin
in the altar
and in the field,
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
and road
in prison
in the torture rooms
and on the gallows
Despite the chains
and the house demolition
I shall carve its name
until I see it again
extending to my Homeland
and flourish
and flourish
until every inch of the land is covered
until every door is opened
by red liberty.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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Fadwa Tuqan

 

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