“. . . From the narrow window of my small cell . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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14-year-old Palestinian boy Ahmad Salih Manasra being led into court on Tuesday. (Photo: Worldbulletin News)

❶ Shaikh Raed Salah will continue to defend Al-Aqsa, even in prison
❷ Israeli forces detain 14-year-old Palestinian, 15 others in detention raids
❸ Israel court convicts 14-year-old Palestinian
❹ Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner refuses meeting with ICRC over Israeli restrictions
❺ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  DAY  [April 17]  STATEMENT:  IN  STRUGGLE,  TOWARDS  LIBERATION
❻ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ SHAIKH  RAED  SALAH  WILL  CONTINUE  TO  DEFEND  AL-AQSA,  EVEN  IN  PRISON
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Mohamed Ahmed Al-Hajj
May 9, 2016
Shaikh Raed Salah has managed to accomplish what no other Palestinian has been able to do in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948. In addition to being the protector of Al-Aqsa Mosque, he has also shattered the Israeli dream of “Israelising” the Palestinians in these areas. He did so by creating a bridge to link the Palestinians in Israel to their fellow Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, extending to Palestinian refugees across the world.
___He is the most radical in his view of the relationship with the Zionists: no normalisation with the occupation government . . . .       MORE . . .    

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  14-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN,  15  OTHERS  IN  DETENTION  RAIDS
Ma’an News Agency
May 10, 2016
Israeli forces carried out predawn detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on Tuesday, detaining at least 16 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
___In the town of Qatanna, located in the Jerusalem governorate, Israeli forces detained . . . .      MORE . . .   

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Shaikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, speaks at a 2009 event commemorating the arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque which took place in August 1969. (Photo: MEMO)

❸ ISRAEL  COURT  CONVICTS  14-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN
Worldbulletin News
May 10, 2016
An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted a Palestinian minor of “attempted murder” and possession of knife, a family member has said.
___An Israeli district court convicted Ahmad Manasrah, 14, of attempted murder related to an alleged knife attack in East Jerusalem last year.      MORE . . .  

❹ HUNGER-STRIKING  PALESTINIAN  PRISONER  REFUSES  MEETING  WITH  ICRC  OVER  ISRAELI  RESTRICTIONS
Ma’an News Agency
May 10, 2016
Palestinian prisoner Sami Janazreh, who has been on hunger strike for 69 days, refused to meet with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday after Israeli wardens insisted that his hands and feet remain in chains during the meeting.
___Janazreh, 43, from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his administrative detention — a widely-condemned Israeli policy that allows for internment without charge or trial for six-month intervals which can be renewed indefinitely.      MORE . . . 

❺ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  DAY  (APRIL 17)  STATEMENT:  IN  STRUGGLE,  TOWARDS  LIBERATION
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
April 17, 2016
On 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes the struggle of 7,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails: struggling for not only their own freedom, but for the freedom of the land and people of Palestine [. . . .]
___Imprisonment has always been a weapon of colonialism in Palestine. From the British colonizers who suppressed Palestinian revolts through mass imprisonment, home demolitions, and execution . . . . the colonizers of Palestine have imprisoned strugglers, leaders, fighters, and visionaries.      MORE . . .   

“END  OF  A  TALK  WITH  A  JAILER,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

From the narrow window of my small cell
I see trees that are smiling at me
and rooftops crowded with my family.
And windows weeping and praying for me.
From the narrow window of my small cell―
I can see your big cell!

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER THAN WATER. NEW AND SELECTED POEMS.  Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.   Available from Amazon
Samih Al-Qasim Obituary, August 20, 2014

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