“. . . my liberty I shall carve its name while I resist . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Samah Dweik
Palestinian Journalist Samah Dweik Sentenced to 6 Months Imprisonment for ‘Incitement.’ (Photo: Days of Palestine, April 16, 2016)

❶ Palestinian Journalist Sentenced to 6 Months Imprisonment for ‘Incitement’

  • background from European Journal Of International Law

❷ Israel passes law slammed by critics as a move to silence Palestinian lawmakers
❸ Israeli soldiers kill 12-year-old Palestinian during clashes in central West Bank
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  EXPLAINING  ISRAEL’S  SEPARATE  AND  UNEQUAL  EDUCATION  SYSTEM
❺ POETRY: “My Liberty,” by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ PALESTINIAN  JOURNALIST  SENTENCED  TO  6  MONTHS  IMPRISONMENT  FOR  ‘INCITEMENT’
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
July 19, 2016
An Israeli court, on Monday, reportedly sentenced a young Palestinian journalist to six months in prison over charges of “incitement,” according to Ma’an.
___The family of Samah Dweik, a 25-year-old journalist working for Shabakat al-Quds (The Jerusalem Network), said that she was detained in April, in her occupied East Jerusalem home, in the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, over alleged “incitement” on Facebook.     MORE . . .  

From European Journal Of International Law
. . . the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa [in] 2008 convened a team of international lawyers from Palestine, Israel, South Africa, and Europe to examine these questions of whether the international legal prohibitions of colonialism and apartheid had been breached by Israel in the Palestinian territories. . . The findings . . . [include]:
___Palestinians’ right to education . . . is severely impeded by military rule. Israeli military actions have included extensive school closures, direct attacks on schools, severe restrictions on movement, and arrests and detention of teachers and students. . . . Discrimination in relation to education is striking in East Jerusalem, and is further indicated by a parallel Jewish Israeli school system in illegal settlements throughout the West Bank, supported by the Israeli government.
___Palestinians are denied the right to freedom of opinion and expression through censorship laws enforced by the military authorities and endorsed by the Supreme Court. Palestinian newspapers must have a military permit and publications must be pre-approved by the military censor. . . . Journalists are regularly restricted from entering the Gaza Strip and Palestinian journalists suffer from patterns of harassment, detention, confiscation of materials, and even killing.
___Palestinians’  right  to  freedom  of  peaceful  assembly  and  association  is  impeded through military orders that ban public gatherings of  ten or more persons without a permit from the Israeli military commander. . .  Most Palestinian political parties have been declared illegal and institutions associated with those parties . . .  are regularly subjected to closure and attack [. . . .]

  • Dugard, John, and John Reynolds. “Apartheid, International Law, And The Occupied Palestinian Territory.” European Journal Of International Law 24.3 (2013): 867-913.

❷ ISRAEL  PASSES  LAW  SLAMMED  BY  CRITICS  AS  A  MOVE  TO  SILENCE  PALESTINIAN  LAWMAKERS
Ma’an News Agency
July 20, 2016
Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed into law late Tuesday night a bill that would allow Knesset members to vote to oust their colleagues from office, legislation that has been slammed by critics as targeting Palestinian MKs and harmful to “the very building blocks of democracy.”
___The so-called “suspension bill,” which ultimately passed with 62 votes in favor and 45 against, stipulates grounds for dismissal as “incitement to violence or racism, support for armed conflict against Israel, or rejecting Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”    MORE . . .

joint list members
Joint (Arab) List members Jamal Zahalka (left), Basel Ghattas (center) and Hanin Zoabi (right) meeting at the Knesset, on February 8, 2016. On January 2, the trio met with the families of Palestinian terrorists, prompting a political outcry. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

❸ ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KILL  12-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  DURING  CLASHES  IN  CENTRAL  WEST  BANK
Ma’an News Agency
July 19, 2016
A 12-year-old Palestinian was killed Tuesday evening during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the town of al-Ram north of Jerusalem in the central occupied West Bank after he was hit in the heart by a rubber-coated steel bullet, according to medical sources.
___The Palestinian child, who was pronounced dead on arrival at the Palestine Medical Center, was identified by the Palestinian Ministry of Health as 12-year-old Muhye Muhammad Sidqi al-Tabbakhi.     MORE . . .    

Opinion/Analysis:  EXPLAINING  ISRAEL’S  SEPARATE  AND  UNEQUAL  EDUCATION  SYSTEM
Mondoweiss
Hatim Kanaaneh
July 19, 2016
With all the recent events in Europe and the Middle East, you would think Israeli officials would be very busy keeping tabs on events in the neighborhood. But no, they are keeping faithful to their non-interference policies.
[. . . .]
On July 7, 2016 [Haaretz] featured the following investigative report as its lead front page article: “Arab teacher trainees to get half of Jewish peers’ budget.” You turn the page and here is what you find:
“Meanwhile, from elementary school up, Jewish students receive more state funding than their Arab peers. In high school, per-student funding in 2013-14 was 35 percent to 68 percent higher for Jews than for Arabs at the same socioeconomic level. That statistic comes from the Education Ministry itself.”     MORE . . .

“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 the fields,
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.
Available from Abe Books.
Fadwa Tuqan 

 

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