“. . . Though to the walls they bind me, Palestinian I am . . .” (Harun Hashim Rashid)

Abu Nuwar old school, NEW SCHOOL foundations, BUILT AND NOW DESTROYED. Illegal Qedar settlement, background (Photo: EAPPI/C. Merer, Feb. 21 2016.)

❶ Autopsy reveals Palestinian prisoner died of heart condition after years of medical neglect
. . . ❶― (ᴀ) Palestinian prisoner starts hunger strike to protest forcible prison transfers
❷ Israel prevents Palestinian woman from leaving Gaza for cancer treatment

  • Background from Cardozo Journal Of International & Comparative Law  

❸ IOF demolish Palestinian school for the fourth time
❹ POETRY by Harun Hashim Rashid
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Ma’an News Agency
Sept. 26, 2016
An autopsy has confirmed the cause of death of 41-year-old Palestinian prisoner Yasser Thiyab Hamduna, who died in Israeli custody Sunday morning, was cardiomegaly, a condition in which the heart is enlarged and can lead to sudden cardiac death.
___A statement from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released on Monday announced the cause of death following the autopsy. Initial reports indicated the prisoner had died of either a stroke or a heart attack.     MORE . . .   
Ma’an News Agency
Sept. 27, 2016
A Palestinian prisoner serving a lifetime sentence in Israeli custody started an open hunger strike on Sunday to protest Israel’s use of torture and the tactical transfer of prisoners from one detention facility to another, a Bethlehem-based prisoners rights group said on Tuesday.
___The head of the Association for Freed Prisoners in Bethlehem, Muhammad Hamida, told Ma’an that Jawad al-Jawarish, a 40-year-old father of two girls, had been detained since 2002 for his involvement in the Fatah movement’s military wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
___According to Hamida, al-Jawarish was among 120 Fatah-affiliated prisoners who were recently transferred by the Israel Prison Service (IPS) from Eshel prison to the Nafha detention facility. Shortly after arriving in Nafha, IPS moved al-Jawarish again, this time to the Ramon prison, where he was placed in a smaller cell.      MORE . . .     

Yasser Diab Hamduni, (40years old), who died as a result of medical neglect the hands of the Israeli prison authorities (Photo: Group 194, Sep. 26, 2016)

Ma’an News Agency
Sept. 26, 2016
Israeli forces have prevented a Palestinian woman from leaving the blockaded Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing for a medical exam at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Tel Aviv.
___According to statement from the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PHCR) released Monday, 52-year old Nadia al-Bakri, a women’s rights activist in Gaza, has been suffering from breast cancer and underwent chemotherapy, an operation, and radiation treatment at Sheba Medical Center in 2009.
___Doctors recommended to al-Bakri that she travel to the hospital for periodic checkups, due to the fact that the medical equipment necessary for the exams are not found in hospitals in the besieged coastal enclave.         MORE . . .

[Note: IHL is International Humanitarian Law, as described by the International Committee of the Red Cross.]

  • Glazer, Emma. “Do No Harm: The Dispute Over Access To Health Care Between Israel And The Palestinian Territories.” Cardozo Journal Of International & Comparative Law 22.1 (2013): 51-84.    FULL ARTICLE

Israel’s highest court has also recognized the freedom of movement as one of the state’s essential rights . . .  the HCJ [High Court of Justice] analyzed state-proposed traffic measures that resulted in increased travel time for local residents in Palestinian settlements. The State initially proposed rerouting roads . . . The original proposal isolated a number of Palestinian residents within security walls, only providing them access to Bethlehem through a series of roadblocks . . . .
___The HCJ remarked that freedom of movement has been recognized as an independent basic right, as well as a right derived from the right to liberty and from basic human dignity. The freedom of movement is also protected under international law. However, like all freedoms, “the freedom of movement is not absolute. It is relative, and it should be balanced against other interests and rights.”
[. . . .]
. . . the freedom of movement may be restricted as necessary “to protect national security.” The opposing interests of movement and security should be balanced based on the nature and relative importance of the competing rights. . . . Relevant here, the Court emphasized that “an absolute denial of movement cannot be compared to a traffic delay or inconvenience.” That being said, the purpose of the travel also impacts the weight of the restriction; movement that is “essential and important” cannot be compared with personal travel for leisure. The Court specifically stated that travel for immediate medical treatment is included as “essential and important” travel.
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In its interpretation of Israeli law and IHL, the HCJ has held that so long as Palestinian freedom of movement is not entirely restricted or prohibited, reasonable interferences with the freedom of movement are proper.  On the other hand . . . the HCJ was persuaded by the existence of communities that were isolated within the barrier and unable to move freely throughout the West Bank, violating the freedoms of movement, self-determination, and receipt of health care and education.

Palestine News Network – PNN
Sep. 27, 2016
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning have demolished a new classroom made out of Zinc in The Abu Nuwwar school in Khan Al-Ahmar, occupied East Jerusalem. This is the fourth time the school is demolished by Israel, who refuses to give it permission to continue.
___The school is located in area C of the West Bank, between the illegal settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Qedar: an area that has been marked by the Israeli authorities as Area E1, site of the planned expansion of Ma’ale Adumim in order to create territorial contiguity between the settlement and Jerusalem.
___According to B’Tselem rights group, the Abu a-Nuwar community consists of more than 100 families, with a total population of about 600, about half of them minors.   MORE 

Palestinian is my name.
In a clear script,
On all battlefields
I have inscribed my name,
Eclipsing all other titles.
The letters of my name cling to me,
Live with me, nourish me,
Fill my soul with fire
And pulse through my veins.
Such is my name, I know
It torments and grieves me,
Their eyes hunt me,
Pursue me, wound me.
For my name is Palestinian.
And as they pleased
They have made me wander.

I have lived all my life
Without traits and features
As they pleased,
They gave me names and titles.
Jails with their gates flung wide
Summon me
And in all the airports of the world
Are found my names and titles―
The lying wind carries me,
Disperses me.
The name pursues me, lives with me.
Palestinian is my fate,
Clinging to me, reviving me.
Palestinian I am
Though they betray me and my cause
Palestinian I am
Though they sell me in the market
For what they please,
For thousands of millions;
Palestinian I am,
Though to the gallows they drive me;
Palestinian I am,
Though to the walls they bind me.
Palestinian I am,
Palestinian I am,
Though to the flames they cast me.
I―what am I?
Without my name, Palestinian,
Without a homeland to live for,
To protect and be protected by?
I―what am I?
Answer me, answer me.

Harun Hashim Rashid  
AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  ARABIC  POETRY. Selected, Edited, and Translated by Mounah A. Khouri and Hamid Algar. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1974. Available from Amazon.

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