“. . . until they became children whose innocence was violated . . .” (Dareen Tatour)

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Mourners at the funeral of Murad Abu Ghazi, 12, al-Aroub Refugee camp, shot by Israeli soldier, March 18, 2017. (Photo: Haaretz)

❶ Teenage girl shot by Israeli forces in Meto Dovan dies

  • Background: Excessive Use of Force by the Israeli Army: A Case Study

❷ Israel releases injured 17-year-old Palestinian girl
❸ Briefing Note, May 2017 – Military Court Watch: monitoring the treatment of children in detention
❹ Why Israel can’t defeat a Palestinian poet
❺ POETRY by Dareen Tatour

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❶ TEENAGE  GIRL  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  IN  METO  DOVAN  DIES
Al Jazeera English 
June 2, 2017
A Palestinian teenage girl who was shot by Israeli forces on Thursday after an alleged stabbing attack outside a Jewish-only settlement in the occupied West Bank has died, a hospital official said on Friday.
___A spokesperson for the Hadera-based Hillel Yaffe medical centre, where 15-year-old Nouf Iqab Abd el-Jabber Enfeat was being treated, told Al Jazeera that the teen “was critically injured when she came in and she died from her wounds this morning”.     ___The incident took place at the entrance of the Meto Dovan settlement in the northern occupied West Bank. A soldier was “lightly injured”. . . .
[. . . . ] at least nine Palestinian children, including Enfeat, have been killed by Israeli forces or settlers in 2017.      MORE . . . 

BACKGROUND:   EXCESSIVE  USE  OF  FORCE  BY  THE  ISRAELI  ARMY:  A  CASE  STUDY
BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Right
Amaya al-Orzza and Lisa Aue
April, 2017
Introduction: In the last months of 2015, protests over ongoing violations of Palestinians’ fundamental rights were met with a sharp increase in the illegal use of force and collective punishment by Israel throughout Mandate Palestine. Between 1 October and 31 December, 138 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and thousands were injured. By the end of March 2016, the number of Palestinians killed was 200, and by 1 October 2016 it was 232. . . . another kind of suppression of Palestinian resistance began to take place throughout the West Bank in the form of increased use of live ammunition during army raids and clashes.
___The number of live ammunition injuries in the period of January-September 2016 was over 60 percent higher than the same period in 2015.
[. . . .]   This case study aims to analyze the recent increase in the use of live ammunition and its correlation to a wider policy of suppression of resistance . . . .    REPORT . . .

❷ ISRAEL  RELEASES  INJURED  17-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  GIRL       
Ma’an News Agency  
June 2, 2017
Israeli authorities released on Thursday injured Palestinian teen Taqwa Bassam Hammad, 17, who was shot and detained by Israeli forces last month near the village of Silwad, in eastern Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.     [. . . .]
___The teenage girl was detained on May 23 after she was shot by Israeli forces near Silwad. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear, though unconfirmed reports said that the girl was shot because she was throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.
___Locals at the time said the girl was shot in the lower extremities and that Israeli troops prevented a Palestinian ambulance from accessing the Hammad to treat her.
[. . . .]  ___Meanwhile, according to Ma’an documentation, 25 Palestinians have been killed by Israelis since the beginning of 2017, nine of whom were minors.    MORE . . . .   BACKGROUND . . . .  

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Dima al-Wawi, a 12-year-old Palestinian girl, was released from an Israeli prison on March 25, 2016, after spending two months behind bars (Photo: Nasser Shiyoukhi / AP)

❸ BRIEFING  NOTE – MAY  2017
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”. The report concluded by making 38 recommendations.       ___In response to these findings the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it would “study the conclusions and work to implement them through on-going cooperation with UNICEF”. The purpose of this note is to review progress made in implementing the UNICEF recommendations and to consider recent developments in the military detention system.         MORE . . .
❹ WHY  ISRAEL  CAN’T  DEFEAT  A  PALESTINIAN  POET 
The Electronic Intifada 
Budour Youssef Hassan
May 29, 2017   Dareen Tatour felt sad as she watched this year’s “march of return” on television.
___The poet had wanted to attend the event in memory of Palestinian villages that Israel has tried to erase from history. Being under house arrest prevented her from doing so.
___“I have been taking part in the march of return for as long as I can remember,” she said. “I am gutted that I could not attend for the past two years.”     MORE . . . .

“A  POET  BEHIND  BARS,”  BY  DAREEN  TATOUR
Translated by Tariq al Haydar

In prison, I met people
too numerous to count:
Killer and criminal,
thief and liar,
the honest and those who disbelieve,
the lost and confused,
the wretched and the hungry.
Then, the sick of my homeland,
born out of pain,
refused to go along with injustice
until they became children whose innocence was violated.
The world’s compulsion left them stunned.
They grew older.
No, their sadness grew,
strengthening with repression,
like roses in salted soil.
They embraced love without fear,
and were condemned for declaring,
“We love the land endlessly,”
oblivious to their deeds…
So their love freed them.
See, prison is for lovers.
I interrogated my soul
during moments of doubt and distraction:
“What of your crime?”
Its meaning escapes me now.
I said the thing and
revealed my thoughts;
I wrote about the current injustice,
wishes in ink,
a poem I wrote…
The charge has worn my body,
from my toes to the top of my head,
for I am a poet in prison,
a poet in the land of art.
I am accused of words,
my pen the instrument.
Ink— blood of the heart— bears witness
and reads the charges.
Listen, my destiny, my life,
to what the judge said:
A poem stands accused,
my poem morphs into a crime.
In the land of freedom,
the artist’s fate is prison.
—Written on: November 2, 2015
—Jelemeh Prison: The day I received the indictment

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