“. . . Whenever a child’s voice goes silent . . .” (Maya Abu Al-Hayyar)

Israeli Soldier surveils children leaving al-Minya School, Nov. 16, 2015. (Photo EAPPI/Suvi. R)

❶ Israeli forces and settlers surround Palestinian school, detain student, 2 teachers
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces assault, detain 2 children on their way home from school

  • BACKGROUND:   Military Court Watch (monitoring the treatment of children in detention)      Briefing Note – May 2017

❷ ARIJ Daily Report: Israeli Violations’ Activities in the oPt   Thu, 25th 05 2017
❸ Israeli forces detain two minors near Jenin
❹ Poetry by Maya Abu Al-Hayyar
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Ma’an News Agency      
May 25, 2017
Israeli settlers escorted by military forces surrounded a Palestinian school in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Thursday morning, detaining a student and two teachers while leaving others trapped inside the school.
___Sharif al-Froukh, the deputy headmaster of the al-Minya middle and high school in the village of Tuqu, said an Israeli settler chased students who were on their way to the school for their end-of-year exams, claiming that they had thrown rocks at him.  (See endnote with photo below.)  
___Al-Froukh added that Israeli forces had detained a fifth grader identified as Mahdi al-Kawazba, and two teachers, identified as Muhammad al-Qurneh and Khalid al-Araysi.
___Al-Froukh said that two Israeli settlers’ vehicles and five military jeeps were surrounding the school, and that some teachers were staying at the entrance to prevent the Israelis from raiding the school, while other teachers and staff remained with students inside classrooms.       MORE . . .
Ma’an News Agency        
May 24, 2017
At least two Palestinian children were beaten and detained by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning inside the Aida refugee camp, located in the northern part of Bethlehem city in the southern occupied West Bank.
___Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the camp in military jeeps at around 9:30 a.m. while students from the camp’s United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school were returning home from their final exams.
___The soldiers then got out of their jeeps near the camp’s cemetery and assaulted two students, whose identities remained unknown. After beating the two, the soldiers threw them into the jeep and took them into a military base located adjacent to the camp.      ___“After arresting the two kids, the soldiers lined up a group of students against the wall and began pointing their guns in the kids’ faces,” one witness, who recorded the incident on video, told Ma’an.        MORE . . . .

Military Court Watch (monitoring the treatment of children in detention)               In March 2013, UNICEF published a report – “Children in Israeli Military Detention” – which found that: “The ill-treatment of children who come in contact with the [Israeli] military detention system appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized throughout the process, from the moment of arrest until the child’s prosecution and eventual conviction and sentencing”.
___UNICEF report: 4 years on – March 2017 marked the fourth anniversary since the publication of the UNICEF report: Children in Israeli Military Detention. . . .   During the intervening 4 years there have been a number of legal and procedural changes to the system but reports of ill-treatment and denial of legal rights remain largely constant at 2013 levels.         NOTE WITH LINK TO FULL REPORT . . . .

ARIJ  DAILY  REPORT  THU,  25TH  05  2017. Israeli  Violations  Activities  in  the  oPt 
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ)  
May 25, 2017
The daily report highlights the violations behind Israeli home demolitions and demolition threats in the occupied Palestinian territory, the confiscation and razing of lands, the uprooting and destruction of fruit trees, the expansion of settlements and erection of outposts, the brutality of the Israeli Occupation Army, the Israeli settlers violence against Palestinian civilians and properties, the erection of checkpoints, the construction of the Israeli segregation wall and the issuance of military orders for the various Israeli purposes.       THE REPORT . . . .
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA   
May 24, 2017
Israeli forces Wednesday detained two Palestinian minors near the Israeli Salem military camp to the west of Jenin, said local sources.     Sources told WAFA Israeli army detained two minors aged 16 and 17, from Jenin refugee camp, while they near the Israeli Salem military camp.     This brings the total number of Palestinians detained on Wednesday to 10.        MORE . . .   


Whenever a child’s hand comes out of a collapsed building
I check the hands of my three children
I count the digits of their hands and feet
I check the number of teeth
and the hairs of their eyebrows.

Whenever a child’s voice goes silent in Camp Al Yarmouk
I turn up the volume on the TV
and the songs on the radio
I pinch my three children on their sides
to keep them moving and feel they’re alive.

Whenever a heart is devoured by fear
on Qalandia checkpoint
I open my mouth and start to eat
comfort myself with salty treats
Block out the sparks of the eyes that cry everywhere
—Translated by Graham Fulton

Maya Abu Al-Hayyar is a prize-winning author of novels, poetry, and short stories. Born in Lebanon, she has a degree in Civil Engineering from Al-Najah University and lives in Ramallah.
From A  BIRD  IS  NOT  A  STONE:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  POETRY. Ed. by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving. (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Amazon.

(Photo: EAPPI, Dec. 3, 2014) World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).

EAPPI: Note from the Israeli army explaining why they raided Tuqu’ village the night before:    “Recently, many terror attacks** took place towards Israeli residents by youth from your village. In response, our forces carried out an operation in the village and your houses in order to prevent the increase of harm to the security of the residents. The aim of this military operation in the area is to reduce the amount of violent attacks and the disruption of order against those that travel and live in this area. Therefore, the aim of this activity is not to disrupt your routine. Make the terrorists go away. Only with cooperation will we can achieve peace in the area.”
**The minors detained the night before were detained for throwing stones.  The throwing of stones are the “terror attacks” and those who throw them are the “terrorists” that this note refers to.

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