“. . . The stranger awakens in his exile . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

Israeli prosecutors have charged seven young Jews in connection with a wave of so-called “price tag” attacks targeting Palestinians and Arab Israelis and their property, the justice ministry said. (Photo: News of Bahrain, Posted on 25-Apr-2016)

❶ Israeli Authorities Issue Administrative Detention Orders Against 39 Palestinian Detainees
❷ Settler violence aims to dispossess, and it work
❸ Army Kills A Palestinian Woman Near Tulkarem
❺ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 2, 2016
Israeli occupation authorities Thursday issued administrative detention orders against 39 Palestinian Detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
___PPS lawyer, Mahmoud al-Halabi, said 30 orders were issued against detainees who have spent months and years in Israeli jails, without charge or trial.
___Administrative detention is implemented solely on the basis of an administrative order, without either indictment or trial. . . . international law stipulates that it may be exercised only in very exceptional cases. . . said B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights information center [. . . .]
___“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law.”   MORE . . .  

Two of the most interesting and surprising findings previously discussed are the increasing number of petitions to the Court, despite the high withdrawal rate and the fact that the Court has not released one individual in the past ten years. The interviews shed some light on these findings and suggest possible explanations that link both these issues together.
___The combination of secret evidence, administrative detentions, and security crisis creates a unique challenge to judicial proceedings and to due process. The inquisitorial judicial management model has emerged to confront this challenge and to provide strong judicial guarantees against arbitrary and unjustified detentions. The Israeli model of judicial management-widely discussed as a model to be emulated-has been praised for achieving the desired balance between individual liberty and national security. It was commended for its robust scrutiny of secret evidence and for safeguarding individual liberty at times of national emergencies.
___Nonetheless, as this research reveals, the actual practice is much more complex and much less optimistic. The Court systematically avoids issuing release orders, and demonstrates minimal intervention with regard to the assessment of the secret evidence.

  • Krebs, Shiri. “Lifting The Veil Of Secrecy: Judicial Review Of Administrative Detentions In The Israel Supreme Court.” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 45.3 (2012): 639-703.    ARTICLE . . .         More about Administrative detention

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Yossi Gurvitz from Yesh Din
May 31, 2016
(A, a farmer) is a resident of the village Faratha in the West Bank. He declined to have his name published, as he has become a regular target for attacks by Israeli civilians. He owns two plots of land; the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad is built next to one of them. The establishment of the outpost led to the familiar pattern of dispossession in the West Bank [. . . .]
___And so, seven dunams of land were taken from A.’s possession and practically turned over to Israeli squatters as a reward. Once settlers seize land, it is almost impossible to liberate it.       MORE . . .  

Those who try to challenge the state’s limits on construction of new settlements are mostly young activists living in outposts, who oppose not only state restrictions, but also the compromises made by the mainstream settlement movement. Their frustrations are often expressed through vandalism and violence — infamously known as “price tag” attacks, symbolizing that this is the “cost” the Israeli government and Palestinians must pay for actions against settlements and outposts. In such attacks they target the holy sites and private property of their Palestinian neighbors . . . .
___The ideological core of the national-religious have reacted to setbacks in recent years by accumulating power within the Likud party in order to affect national decision making from within. They have also launched assertive campaigns to win the hearts and minds of the public in favor of maintaining Israeli control over the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Some of their prominent leaders . . .  have begun calling more explicitly and systematically than ever to annex the West Bank/Judea and Samaria (in parts or in its entirety), and to naturalize its Arab-Palestinian residents.

  • Zalzberg, Ofer. “Israel’s National-Religious Jews and the Quest for Peace.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 20/21.4/1 (2015): 60-66.      Article. . .

International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 2, 2016
___Israeli soldiers killed, on Thursday afternoon, a Palestinian woman, at the Ennab military roadblock, east of Tulkarem city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
___The Israeli military claimed that the slain woman “attempted to stab a soldier,” before she was shot and seriously wounded.
___An eyewitness told the al-Fajr Palestinian TV that an army officer opened fire on the woman while she was more than three meters (approximately 10 feet) away from the soldiers. The Israeli army said there were no injuries among its soldiers.
___ The Palestinian Health Ministry said the slain woman has been identified as Ansar Husam Harsha, 25, from Qaffin town, northeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. She is a married mother of two children.      MORE . . .

Ma’an News Agency
Ramzy Baroud
June 1, 2016
Israeli society is constantly swerving to the right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. That Israel is now ruled by “the most extreme right-wing government in its history” has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years.
___. . . . The same sentiment, with almost the exact wording, is being infused again, as Netanyahu has expanded his coalition by bringing to the fold the ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman [. . . .]
___ . . . former defense minister, Yaalon, was regarded by some as an example of professionalism and morality. He is “well-regarded,” wrote William Booth in the Washington Post, compared to the “polarizing maverick” Lieberman. But ‘well-regarded’ by whom? By Israeli society, the majority of whom support the cold-blooded murder of Palestinians?          MORE . . .

Waiting for the school bus,
watching his breath turn into mist near his nose
in the icy morning,
the schoolboy’s fingers are frozen,
too stiff to make a fist.

On the pillow of regret,
the defeated soldier
lazily tries to get up,
raising his broken toothbrush
to his teeth.

Early or late,
The stranger awakens in his exile, his homeland.
Their clothes, their car number pates, their trees,
their quarrels, their love, their land, their sea
belong to them.
His memories are like rats gathering on his doormat,
new and warm
in front of his closed door.

On a lonely pillow,
the mother throws a quick glance
at the bed of her elder son,
made for the final time
and empty, forever.

A voice from the neighbouring window is heard:
“Hello, good morning, how are you?”
“Hello, good morning, we’re fine,
we’re fine!”

From: Barghouti, Mourid. Midnight  and  other  Poems. Trans. By Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, Lancashire, UK: Arc Books, 2008. Available from B&N.
Murīd al-Barghūti (born July 8, 1944, in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank) is a Palestinian poet and writer. While Barghouti was studying at the University of Cairo in 1967, the 6-Day War broke out, and he was unable to return to the West Bank until 1996. He was expelled from Egypt in 1977 and was exiled in Budapest separated from his wife, the Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour. They have been together in the West Bank since they were allowed to return together in 1996. Their son, Tamim Al Barghouti, born in Egypt in 1977, is himself an important Palestinian poet.
Other poems by Mourid Barghouti here, and here.

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