“. . . my liberty, a sound I repeat with angry lips . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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Samia Halaby, A Jerusalem Window, 2000

❶ PFLP: Arrests of our leaders will not deter us from continuing resistance
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Ashrawi condemns Israel’s arrest of PLC member Khalida Jarrar
. . . . . ❶― (ᴃ) Report: Palestinian women held in Israeli prison subjected to harsh sanctions
❷ Meet Palestine’s youngest female mayor
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) A defiant remembrance of Kafr Qasem’s dead
❸ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
❹ Sample bibliography: Palestinian Women’s scholarship
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❶ PFLP:  ARRESTS  OF  OUR  LEADERS  WILL  NOT  DETER  US   FROM  CONTINUING  RESISTANCE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine   
July 2, 2017.   The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine confirmed that the Zionist occupation forces launched a pre-dawn campaign of raids across the occupied West Bank of Palestine on Sunday, arresting a number of leaders and activists of the Front, led by the  PALESTINIAN  LEGISLATIVE  COUNCIL  MEMBER  KHALIDA  JARRAR,  FEMINIST  ACTIVIST  KHITAM  SAAFIN  and former prisoner Ihab Massoud, as well as a number of activists in al-Khalil. The Front declared that these attacks will not stop it from continuing its role in resistance to occupation and confronting the crimes and projects that attempt to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
___The Front emphasized that these arrests only underline the futility of the choices of the Palestinian Authority to continue to bet on settlements, “peace process” and security coordination. It also confirms the correctness of the Front’s position and its continuing struggle to build the resistance and the primary contradiction with the occupation as a major feature of its approach and political positions.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ)  ASHRAWI  CONDEMNS  ISRAEL’S  ARREST  OF  PLC  MEMBER  KHALIDA  JARRAR 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA  
July 2, 2017.   PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned the arrest of PALESTINE  LEGISLATIVE  COUNCIL  MEMBER  KHALIDA  JARRAR  AND  CHAIRWOMAN  OF  THE  UNION  OF  PALESTINIAN  WOMEN’S  COMMITTEES  KHITAM SAAFIN.
___“The arrest of Palestinian PLC Member Khalida Jarrar is a violation of her parliamentary immunity, and Israel should adhere to international norms regarding the immunity of elected officials,” said Ashrawi in a statement.     ___She added, “Clearly, this political arrest is further proof that the judicial system in Israel has no relation to justice.”     ___Ashrawi called for the immediate release of Khalida, Khitam and all imprisoned PLC members.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶― (ᴃ) REPORT:  PALESTINIAN  WOMEN  HELD  IN  ISRAELI  PRISON  SUBJECTED  TO  HARSH  SANCTIONS  
Ma’an News Agency
July 1, 2017.   Israeli authorities have been imposing harsh sanctions on Palestinian women held in Israel’s Damon prison, including being denied family visitation, access to the prison commissary, as well as being placed in solitary confinement and subjected to fines, Ramallah-based news outlet Wattan TV reported Thursday.
___Taghreed Jahshan, an attorney with the Women’s Organization for Political Prisoners, visited the women prisoners and said that they have been subject to sanctions for one week, since 22 June, according to a translation of Wattan’s report by Palestinian prisoners’ solidarity network Samidoun.
___One of the prisoners reported to be held in solitary confinement was 39-year-old Shirin Issawi, a lawyer serving a four-year prison term who was accused of helping her clients’ families support them financially in prison and is also the sister of prisoner Samer Issawi, according to Samidoun.   MORE . . .
❷ MEET  PALESTINE’S  YOUNGEST  FEMALE  MAYOR    
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)     
Rasha Abou Jalal – Trans. Cynthia Milan
June 19, 2017.  In her critics’ eyes, the new mayor of Azzun already has two strikes against her: her gender and her youth. But Yusra Mohammed Badwan plans to swing away, claiming opposition just makes her stronger.
___Badwan, 25, became the youngest female mayor in the Palestinian territories after her independent list, the Prisoners’ Bloc, won in the local elections. On May 22, the elected bloc chose a mayor, and Badwan won with six out of 11 votes.
___She grew up in Azzun, which is 24 square kilometers (9 square miles) and has a population of 12,000. Badwan graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Palestine Technical University in Qalqilya. She worked as a contracting engineer in the city of Jericho in the eastern West Bank and as a supervisory engineer in the Cooperative Housing Foundation. She also participated in social volunteer work in her hometown, which made her face known among the people who gave her their vote of confidence.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) A  DEFIANT  REMEMBRANCE  OF  KAFR  QASEM’S  DEAD   
The Electronic Intifada
Sarah Irving
June 15, 2017.   For more than 20 years, Palestinian artist Samia Halaby has been researching, interviewing and traveling to assemble material and create art based on the Kafr Qasem massacre of 1956.     ___The killings in the village of Kafr Qasem – close to the boundary between Israel and the West Bank, then ruled by Jordan – were one of many committed by Israeli troops after the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine.     [. . . .] Halaby’s encounters with survivors of the Kafr Qasem massacre and their descendants inspired her to create a huge body of written, drawn and painted work.  MORE . . .
Interview with Samia Halaby . . .

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 

Awwad, Nida Abu. “GENDER  AND  SETTLER  COLONIALISM  IN  PALESTINIAN  AGRICULTURE:  STRUCTURAL  TRANSFORMATIONS.”  Arab Studies Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 3, Summer2016, pp. 540-561.
Abstract  The article focuses on the gendered transformation in the agricultural sector in the West Bank, Palestine that is under Israeli occupation. Topics include structural changes and problems, women’s economic contribution and exploitation as part of the workforce, and Zionist settlement and settler colonialism.      SOURCE . . .
Biggs, Victoria. “WOMEN,  FAITH,  AND  THE  POLITICS  OF  SPACE  IN  ISRAEL/PALESTINE.” Peace Review, vol. 27, no. 3, Jul-Sep2015, pp. 320-327.      Abstract:   The article discusses the areas of peace work in which feminist theology has something specific to contribute in the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Topics covered include the violent conceptions of land ownership due to acquisitive theologies of land, the Israeli sovereignty over the region at the cost of Palestinian civil rights, and the alternative understanding of homeland.       SOURCE . .
Daoud, Suheir Abu Oksa. “WOMEN  AND  ISLAMISM  IN  ISRAEL.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, vol. 37, no. 3, Sept. 2016, pp. 21-46. Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud was born in Mi’ilya village in Western Galilee (northern Israel). She is assistant professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, and author of Palestinian Women and Politics in Israel. U Press of Florida. 2009.   SOURCE . . . 
Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera, et al. “FUNDING  PAIN:  BEDOUIN  WOMEN  AND  POLITICAL  ECONOMY  IN  THE  NAQAB/NEGEV.” Feminist Economics, vol. 20, no. 4, Oct. 2014, pp. 164-186.
Abstract: This contribution focuses on the experiences and voices of Palestinian Bedouin women surviving and challenging Israeli colonial policies while residing in their own land and, in particular, the Bedouin women of the Naqab living in unrecognized villages. Through interviews and focus groups, this study learns from and engages with the voices of Palestinian Bedouin women because colonized women’s criticisms of the political economic apparatus are seldom invoked to influence policy. Exploring these women’s voices offers an opportunity to examine the political economy of their unrecognized, officially nonexistent villages and homes and to rectify the gap in bottom-up knowledge of political economy by investigating the institutional structures that define and circumscribe women’s lives. Privileging Bedouin women’s production of knowledge carries the analytical value of studying political economy based on women’s own experiences and struggles against hegemony.     ARTICLE . . .

 

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