POST FOR AUGUST 30, 2016

NOTE: This post was prepared for yesterday, August 30, but because of unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to finish it. However, it is imperative to post the excerpt from the article by Ghazi-Walid Falah as background for the news items of detention and torure.

❶ Palestinian minor tortured in Israeli jail after being shot and detained for rock throwing
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PPS: “Army Kidnaps Twenty-One Palestinians In The West Bank”
. . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Israel Issues 8 Administrative Detention Orders To Palestinian Prisoners

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Ghazi-Walid Falah, professor at the University of Akron, Ohio.

❷ “Geography In Ominous Intersection With Interrogation And Torture: Reflections On Detention In Israel.”
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❶ PALESTINIAN MINOR TORTURED IN ISRAELI JAIL AFTER BEING SHOT AND DETAINED FOR ROCK THROWING
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 29, 2016
Two Palestinian minors have been tortured, abused, and medically neglected in Israeli custody, one of which after being shot at point-blank range when Israeli forces detained them for rock throwing earlier this month, a lawyer from the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said Monday.
­­­___The lawyer, Luay Akka, said that 17-year-old Mumin Tawfiq Hamayel and 16-year-old Abd al-Fatah Mubarek were both being held inside Israel’s Ofer prison.    MORE . . .

. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) PPS: “ARMY KIDNAPS TWENTY-ONE PALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANK”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
August 30, 2016
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped, overnight and on Tuesday, twenty-one Palestinians, during massive military invasions and searches of homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
___The PPS said the soldiers invaded several towns in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, violently searched homes and kidnapped nine Palestinians, including children. MORE . . .

. . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) ISRAEL ISSUES 8 ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION ORDERS TO PALESTINIAN PRISONERS
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 29, 2016
Israel’s military court at Ofer prison ruled that eight Palestinian prisoners be placed in administrative detention on Monday, the controversial Israeli policy of internment without trial or charge based on undisclosed evidence.
___The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said in a statement that five were sentenced to six months in administrative detention, identified as Ammar Ibrahim Hamour, Huthaifa Subhe Jabareen, Yousef Abd al-Aziz al-Batran, Hazim Ghaleb Nayroukh, and Muhammad Hussein Abu Aida.
___Israeli forces also ordered Muhammad Yousef Awad, Alaa Salim Rujbe, and Yousef Issa Amar to four months in administrative detention.
___Rights groups have claimed that Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows internment without trial or charges under undisclosed evidence, has been used as an attempt to disrupt Palestinian political processes, notably targeting Palestinian politicians, activists, and journalists.      MORE . . .

❷ Falah, Ghazi-Walid. “Geography In Ominous Intersection With Interrogation And Torture: Reflections On Detention In Israel.” Third World Quarterly 29.4 (2008): 749-766.  SOURCE.  

NOTE: Professor Falah was detained in 2008 as an academic visitor to Palestine. The reasons for his detention differ from those of a Palestinian citizen, but the methods used by the Israelis to extract information are very much the same even today. See biographical note at end.

My detention was principally political, a form of punishment and intimidation for my writing as a geographer over two decades. But I was not detained and held in isolation because I had committed some crime and there was a court order to keep me separate from other prisoners. There was another aim: to extract by almost any means thought necessary what the Security Police deemed ‘usable information’, especially about my academic contacts with Arab and Iranian geographers (and/or others) in the Middle East. From this viewpoint of intelligence extraction my time behind bars and in a micro-space of extreme coercion was utilised to the utmost to get the maximum ‘information’ from . . .  to break my will to resistance before I could see my lawyer. ‘Detention’ is not a static space of some kind of suspension of time, as a detainee simply ‘waits’ or is abused as a form of punishment: it is a mechanism in highly confined and pressurised hyper-dynamic space to extract intelligence under the impress of limited legal time. While my detention was to intimidate me as an academic, it also was a prime example of space–time mobilised to gather what is the interrogator’s stock in trade: intelligence as it is fantasised by interrogators to exist.
[. . . .]
How did the Israeli interrogators in my case approach the issue of gathering information for some ‘usable’ end? Interrogator Ehud (all names here are aliases) said: ‘We have a puzzle here, and we need answers for each question we are asking you in order to construct the puzzle’. ‘There is nothing that we are not going to get an answer to. If we do not get the answer directly from you we have to get it from other sources, and no matter how long it takes we will.’ Basically he is saying: we will be keeping you a long time until we get the answers we think we want. This was perhaps a technique to make me speak, but the issue of the ‘puzzle’ is consistent with the broader dimension of gathering ‘usable’ information. Another interrogator, Lavi, said: ‘We are interested in the truth and this is why we keep repeating the same questions and many others. It does not matter for us whether you are innocent or guilty. We are interested in knowing the truth.’ He also commented: ‘our interrogation is not like the police. The testimony you give to the police officer and then you go to court and they have to prove your innocence. We are different because our duty is to know the truth in order to protect the security of the ‘‘state’’.’
[. . . .]
The practice of isolating a detainee for a certain time, either by being left alone behind bars or simply isolated from a normal setting in the world outside the prison is coercion at the ultimate micro-scale of the individual body. From the interrogator’s perspective, this practice means that the detainee is not allowed to engage in any contact whatever without the full authority and supervision of the interrogator or another related person in authority. The interrogators act based on state law. One idea behind such spatial isolation is the prevention of ‘contamination’ by contact with others. ‘Usable information’ should be best extracted from a detainee before the interrogation process is ‘contaminated’ by his contact with others who may provide him with advice on how to answer (or not answer) questions or explain certain legal rights. Hence, interrogators seek a court order to prevent any contact between the detainee and his lawyer. In addition, they may request the court to place a gagging order on the case for a certain period of time. Building on a rationale of isolation and an assumption of ‘naiveté’ in a detainee (where s/he is not familiar with the imprisonment procedure), the interrogators seek to extract maximum usable information in a minimum amount of time before the spatial capsule they have created for the detainee is ‘pierced’ or ‘contaminated’. So the quality of usable information in this architectonics becomes a direct function of the degree of spatial isolation.

Ghazi-Walid Falah is a Bedouin Israeli-Canadian geographer, who is a tenured professor at the University of Akron, Ohio. He is an expert on political, social and urban geography of the Middle East and the Arab World, with special emphasis on Israel. Falah is a founder of the journal The Arab World Geographer and is Editor-in-Chief. The AWG has become the major journal published in English for research on the geography of the Arab, Muslim, and Middle-Eastern worlds.
___He was held for over three weeks in an Israeli jail after he was arrested on suspicion of espionage on July 8, 2006, while touring near the Lebanon border. He was denied access to a lawyer for the first 18 days of his detention.
___On July 30, 2006, the Israeli Shin Bet security service and the Israeli police released Dr. Falah without filing charges against him.

“. . . and the two banks reiterate: MY LIBERTY . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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Palestinian demonstrators hold a mock wedding during a nonviolent demonstration in the West Bank village Al-Ma’asara. (Photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

❶ Update: Israeli Forces Detain 44 Palestinians; Summon 15 Others from West Bank
❷ Israel Preventing Gaza Woman from Attending Her Own Wedding
❸ Israel orders demolition in Jordan Valley village
❹ Analysis: America’s Papers Brush Aside Israeli Brutality
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Outlawing the Islamic Movement is a gift to Palestinian citizens
Related: Kairos Palestine: “the religious status quo should be respected”
❻ Poetry by Fadwa Tuqan
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PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
UPDATE:  ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  44  PALESTINIANS;  SUMMON  15  OTHERS  FROM  WEST  BANK
Nov. 19, 2015
NABLUS (WAFA) ― Israeli forces detained overnight and Wednesday evening 44 Palestinians and summoned 15 others from West Bank districts, said the Palestine Prisoners’ Club (PPC) and security sources.
___Israeli forces detained 10 Palestinians from Nablus district, 10 others from Jerusalem district, eight others from Ramallah district, seven others from Bethlehem district, five others from Hebron district, three from Tulkarem district and another from Qalqilya district.
___Israeli intelligence officers summoned nine Palestinians from Nablus district and six others from Bethlehem district. . . .
More . . .
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ISRAEL  PREVENTING  GAZA  WOMAN  FROM  ATTENDING  HER  OWN  WEDDING
Edo Konrad
Nov. 19, 2015
The Israeli army is denying a 23-year-old Palestinian woman from traveling through Israel to reach her own wedding ceremony in Jordan.
According to Israeli human rights group Gisha, the petitioner has been engaged to her fiancé — a Palestinian from Gaza with Spanish citizenship — for the past year and a half. Their wedding date has been delayed twice already due to fact that Israel will not let her leave the Gaza Strip, the second time after the couple had already sent out the invitations.
___The woman, as well as her future in-laws, have attempted to coordinate leaving from Gaza through Rafah Crossing to Egypt, but the crossing has been mostly closed for the past year and a half
More . . .
Related . . . FOR  THE  IDF,  MARRIAGE  ISN’T  A  ‘HUMANITARIAN  NEED’
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  ORDERS  DEMOLITION  IN  JORDAN  VALLEY  VILLAGE
Nov. 19, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities on Tuesday issued evacuation orders for makeshift housing structures and tents at the site of a previous housing demolition in the Jordan Valley, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in a statement.
___In August, Israeli forces demolished 17 structures in Fasayil village, leaving 48 people homeless, including 31 minors, B’Tselem documented.
___Following the initial demolition, nearly all the families stayed in the area, setting up tents and other makeshift housing structures, with the assistance of humanitarian organizations.
More . . .

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Israeli military forces have demolished 27 houses in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank over the last two weeks. Israel’s destruction of Palestinian property in the occupied Jordan Valley has particularly impacted women residents. (Photo: Anne Paq ActiveStills) https://electronicintifada.net/content/now-its-all-gone-women-cope-siege-jordan-valley/10105

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
AMERICA’S  PAPERS  BRUSH  ASIDE  ISRAELI  BRUTALITY
Greg Shupak
Nov. 16, 2015
[. . . . . ]
Severely flawed editorials on the current uprising throughout Palestine have appeared in The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
___One shortcoming is that they foreground Israeli concerns and sideline those of Palestinians.
___For example, the Globe is worried that “the growing sense of hopelessness among Palestinian youth will continue to threaten Israel’s future.” The paper evidently does not regard the “hopelessness among Palestinian youth,” or the causes of that, as urgent problems in their own right.
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
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OUTLAWING  THE ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT  IS  A  GIFT  TO  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS
Outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement is yet another McCarthyist step by the Israeli state. But if anyone thinks this will bring an end to the movement, they are dead wrong.
Rami Younis
Nov. 17, 2015
Say what you will about the Jewish state, just don’t say that the only democracy on the planet never stops challenging us. On Monday night, Defense Minister Ya’alon signed an order outlawing the northern branch of the Islamic Movement. Following the decision, the police raided the offices of 17 non-profit organizations connected to the group, confiscated documents and equipment, froze bank accounts, and announced that it would interrogate its leaders, among them Sheikh Raed Salah.
More . . .
Related . . . KAIROS  PALESTINE:  “THE  RELIGIOUS  STATUS  QUO  SHOULD  BE  RESPECTED”
Oct. 4, 2015
Yusuf  Daher  of  Kairos  Palestine speaks about Israel’s recent attacks on the Al Aqsa Mosque and the need to respect the status quo both there and in Jerusalem.

“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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Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, during a large protest and a general strike, in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, in the northern town of Sakhnin, on October 13, 2015. Palestinians call for a Day of Rage following restrictions on Al Aqsa and recent violent attacks of both Israelis and Palestinians. (photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

 

“. . . My chains are the round echo of a muezzin . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

islamic movement
The Islamic Movement rejected the Israeli accusation, saying their group only provides Muslims with social and civic services [Reuters]
❶ Israel outlaws Islamic Movement’s northern branch
❷ Israeli forces detain 18 across West Bank, seize money, weapons
❸ Qatar launches initiative to ease power crisis in Gaza
❹ Israel to Approve Construction of 436 Settler Units in Jerusalem
Opinion/Analysis: On Zionism and Racism: Time to Rekindle UN Spark
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El-Asmar
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  OUTLAWS  ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT’S  NORTHERN  BRANCH
Nov. 17, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel’s security cabinet on Monday outlawed the Islamic Movement’s northern branch in Israel in what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said was a bid to end “dangerous incitement.”
___A statement from Netanyahu’s office said the declaration would allow Israel to imprison anyone who acts on the movement’s behalf and also to seize any property belonging to the organization.
___Within hours, Israeli forces had detained at least one senior member of the movement and stormed offices of news organizations affiliated to it in the northern Israeli town of Umm Fahm.
___The Islamic Movement’s northern branch, led by Sheikh Raed Salah, has been a vocal critic of Israeli activity at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem — the third holiest site in Islam.
More . . .
Related . . . HAMAS:  BANNING  THE  ISLAMIC  MOVEMENT  IS  AN  ISRAELI  RACIST  MEASURE
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  18  ACROSS  WEST  BANK,  SEIZE  MONEY,  WEAPONS
Nov. 17, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained at least 18 Palestinians and confiscated money and weapons in multiple raids across the occupied West Bank overnight Monday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.
___Hani Rawajba, a resident of Rujeib village in Nablus district, told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed his home at around 1 a.m. and detained his son, Muhammad, 18, and seized three weapons, two gold rings, and 8,000 shekels ($2,042).
___Israeli soldiers also reportedly raided the home of a local journalist in Rujeib, Ameed Dwikat, and searched his home searching for weapons, but left after they did not find anything.
More . . .
Related . . .
Related . . . UN  SUBMISSION:  UNLAWFUL  TRANSFER  OF  PROTECTED PERSONS
AL-MONITOR: THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST
QATAR  LAUNCHES  INITIATIVE  TO  EASE  POWER  CRISIS  IN  GAZA
Adnan Abu Amer
Nov. 16, 2015
Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been suffering from electricity outages since June 28, 2006, when Israel shelled the only electrical power plant in Gaza, in retaliation of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas.
[ . . . . . ]
During a press conference in Gaza on Sept. 10, Mohammed al-Emadi, Qatari ambassador to Gaza and chairman of the National Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, said that the committee discussed with Israel the supply of natural gas to Gaza; Israelis expressed their initial consent to this proposal. He added that the Quartet has appointed a special consultant for the project of building a gas pipeline to the Gaza power plant.
More . . .

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Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem where Israel intends to build an extra 1,500 homes. Photograph: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images

PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAEL  TO  APPROVE  CONSTRUCTION  OF  436  SETTLER  UNITS  IN JERUSALEM
Nov. 17, 2015
The Israeli government is planning to issue tenders for the construction of 436 new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Ramat Shlomo in Jerusalem, according to Israeli daily Jerusalem Post.
___It said the municipality also wants to advance plans for the construction of 1,000 new housing units in the said settlement.
___In November 9, Israel’s planning committee for construction in the West Bank approved the construction of about 2,200 new housing units in Ma’aleh Michmash settlement complex, east of Ramallah, in addition to a plan to erect two settlement outposts in the area.
___The Israeli daily Haaretz said the move was to preempt legal action by Palestinians and rights groups to evacuate the sites.
More . . .
Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ON  ZIONISM  AND  RACISM:  TIME  TO  REKINDLE  UN  SPARK
Eric Walberg
Nov. 16 2015
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently held a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the squashing of UN resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism. It was passed in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35 (with 32 abstentions). The festive event this year was attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry and head of the Israeli Labor Party and Zionist Union Isaac Herzog, son of Chaim Herzog, president of Israel from 1983 to 1993, and star of the 1975 UN session.
___The 1975 vote took place approximately one year after resolution 3237 granted the PLO “observer status” . . . .
___It was revoked in December 1991 by UN resolution 46/86. At the commemoration this year, Ban Ki-moon recalled Chaim Herzog’s words in 1975, “I appeal to the community of nations to always act to uphold the principles of the United Nations Charter to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.” Such nice platitudes coming from the Israeli ambassador—community, principles, tolerance, peace . . .
Nov 16 2015
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“TWENTY  COMRADES,”  BY  FOUZI  EL  ASMAR
Beloved, you ask me
Of life in this prison, this cell
what of the chains
chafing my wrists
what of my food and drink
and the comrades of my cell?

Beloved, let me tell you:
Our clouds are indeed heavy
But our being here
is a smile of spring,
The shock of thunder
in autumn, after draught.
We are not defeated
Like our jailers.

Life in this prison, this cell
is a palm tree impregnated
at the dawn.
My chains are the round
echo of a muezzin,
Their clank is the ringing
of my people’s bells.

Beloved, you as me
of the meaning of my food
Here beloved
we grow like the wild flowers.

And what of
my comrades in this cell? You ask
They are the twenty candles
lighting the darkness of this cell
The twenty songs
shaking the walls of this cell
The twenty revolutions
that will eternalize this cell
And we, beloved
we shall not be stopped. (June, 1970)

Available from Amazon
About Fouzi El-Asmar

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Israel’s military hit a vital fuel tank at the Gaza Strip’s only power plant just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave. (Photo: Daily Mail, 29 July 2014)

“. . . hear my child’s approaching footsteps at the threshold of your soul? . . . ” (Rashid Hussein)

Young Palestinian protesters demonstrate against Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)
Young Palestinian protesters demonstrate against Israeli forces at Qalandia checkpoint, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

❶ Clashes break out across West Bank after Netanyahu declares ‘an all-out war’
❷ 270 Jerusalemites arrested in 21 days
❸ Israeli violence, Palestinian resistance and Abbas’s pleas for foreign interference
❹ At a settler sit-in in Jerusalem, they speak in American accents about ‘our land’
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The Question of the Third Intifada
❻ Poetry by Rashid Hussein
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MONDOWEISS
CLASHES  BREAK  OUT  ACROSS  WEST  BANK  AFTER  NETANYAHU  DECLARES  ‘AN  ALL-OUT  WAR’
Allison Deger
Oct. 6, 2015
Scores of Palestinians were injured in clashes across the West Bank and more than 200 were arrested in Jerusalem, after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday he is “running an all-out war against Palestinian terrorism.”
____Palestinians protested today in a “day of rage,” after a string of Palestinian attacks on Israeli citizens in the past week and Israeli incursions into the West Bank and Jerusalem—including the demolition of two homes overnight Monday and the killings of three Palestinian youths in the preceding 24 hours.
[. . . . .]
____The march followed a funeral for Abdel-Rahman Abeidallah, 13, who was shot in the heart during a demonstration yesterday. Abeidallah was the third Palestinian killed by Israeli forces on Sunday and Monday.
____Before daybreak Israeli forces demolished the East Jerusalem homes of Ghassan Abu Jamal, 32, and Muhammed el-Ja’abis, 23, two Palestinians from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood who were implicated in the killings of Israelis in 2014.
More . . .
ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER (AIC)
270  JERUSALEMITES  ARRESTED  IN  21  DAYS
Oct. 7, 2015
The settler-affiliated media site Arutz 7 reported that just last night Israeli police arrested seven Palestinians throughout East Jerusalem, of whom four are children.
____Israeli authorities are employing heavy-handed tactics in an attempt to quell clashes with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, clashes trigged last month by Israeli attempts to change the status quo in Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque.
More . . .
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEM)
ISRAELI VIOLENCE, PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE AND ABBAS’S PLEAS FOR FOREIGN INTERFERENCE
Ramona Wadi
Oct. 6, 2015
Israeli settlers and soldiers have increased their use of violence in recent days following the murder of 19 year old student Hadil Hashlamoun last month. The latest extrajudicial killing by Israel, of Palestinian teenager Fadi Alloun, has once again demonstrated that, despite general outrage and notorious publicity, the world’s attention is constantly diverted in a manner that provides the Israeli aggressors with impunity.
____The rampant Israeli violence of these past few days, which has also included brutal beatings of Palestinian citizens and raids on houses in the West Bank, has shown clearly that Israel does not need a reason to commit atrocities; it is simply demonstrating and enforcing its perverse presence in occupied Palestinian territory.
More . . .
MONDOWEISS
AT A SETTLER SIT-IN IN JERUSALEM, THEY SPEAK IN AMERICAN ACCENTS ABOUT ‘OUR LAND’
Sai Englert
Oct., 2015
This afternoon I went to the old city of Jerusalem.
____It is like a Ghost Town. Very few Palestinians in the streets, many shops are closed, and so are most entries to Al Aqsa. The passages that remain open are heavily policed, only those above 55 and tourists are allowed in. The streets are full of mobile check points. Each street corner is occupied by a crowd of ‘Police Officers’ (basically soldiers with a different uniform). Israeli Settlers (to use that tautology for lack of a better word) are all over the place, across all neighbourhoods, walking in small groups, armed, confident, jubilant. In the street where the two armed settlers were killed, in the Muslim Quarter, a large crowd of their accomplices were holding a sit in: guitars, songs, candles and flags, as well as signs in English and Hebrew calling for ‘revenge’, for ‘retaliation’, for ‘justice’. They laugh and chat, for the most part in perfect north American English accents – or terrible Hebrew -, about ‘their neighbourhood’, ‘their land’, ‘their houses’.
More . . .
❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE QUESTION OF THE THIRD INTIFADA
Oraib Al-Rantawi
Oct. 6 2015
The issue of the moment is the question of an impending third intifada. Are the events taking place in Jerusalem and the West Bank heading towards another Palestinian uprising? What are the opportunities and the possibilities? What are the obstacles and the challenges? Who is working to prevent this from happening and who is working towards encouraging such an eventuality?
____The truth is that the Palestinian situation, especially in the occupied West Bank, has become more complicated and this reality has prevented us from finding any straightforward or easy answers; in any case and under any conditions it would be a mistake to underestimate the possibility of events unfolding where there will be a third intifada. There are many factors contributing to the outbreak of an uprising in the occupied territories and these are currently restrained by a low ceiling. The Palestinians have many reasons to break through this ceiling and head for the streets in protest.
____Israel has closed every window of hope for the Palestinian people; there are currently no portals leading to a brighter future.
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“TO  A  CLOUD,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
I am the land,
I am the land . . . do not deny me rain,
I am all that remains of it,
If you plant my brow with trees
And turn my poetry into vineyards,
And wheat
And roses
That you may know me.
So let the rai pour down.

I, cloud of my life, am the hills of Galilee,
I am the bosom of Haifa
And the forehead of Jaffa.
So do not whisper: it is impossible.
Can you not hear my child’s approaching footsteps
At the threshold of your soul?
Can you not see the veins of my brow
Striving to kiss your lips?
Waiting for you, my poetry turned to earth,
Has become fields,
Has turned into wheat
And trees.
I am all that remains of our earth,
I am all that remains of what you love,
So pour . . . pour with bounty,
Pour down the rain.

From THE PALESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
About Rashid Hussein

Palestinians in Qalandia march toward an Israeli checkpoint in a day of protests across the West Bank, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)
Palestinians in Qalandia march toward an Israeli checkpoint in a day of protests across the West Bank, October 6, 2015. (Photo: Allison Deger)

“. . . for I had no address. I am a man in transit. . .” (Rashid Hussein)

(Please read “Purpose”above. Thank you.)

Palestinian women during the funeral of Riham Dawabsha, on Sept. 7, 2015, at a cemetery in the West Bank village of Duma. AFP Thomas Coex
Palestinian women during the funeral of Riham Dawabsha, on Sept. 7, 2015, at a cemetery in the West Bank village of Duma. AFP Thomas Coex

❶ Israeli soldiers ordered to “map entire Palestinian civilian population”
❷ Israel’s MoD knows who is behind deadly West Bank arson attack
❸ Israeli settlers set fire to olive trees after West Bank shooting
❹ (Opinion/Analysis) Palestine: The End or a New Beginning?
❺ (Opinion/Analysis) The idiot’s guide to whitewashing the occupation
❻ Poem by Rashid Hussein

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THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  ORDERED  TO  “MAP  ENTIRE  PALESTINIAN  CIVILIAN  POPULATION”
Maureen Clare Murphy
Sept. 10, 2015
Israel’s “mapping procedure” reveals the profound control that it exerts on Palestinians living under its military rule.
____The mapping procedure unfolds much like Israel’s routine nighttime arrest raids in the occupied West Bank.
____Armed soldiers surround a Palestinian family’s home in the dead of the night. A squad bangs on the front door, waking everyone up. Once inside, the soldiers gather the residents into a single room.
____The family’s ID cards are inspected and recorded, as is how everyone is related, and their phone numbers.
____One of the family members may be taken by the soldiers as they go from room to room, and ordered to open closet doors, or lift up mattresses.
____But unlike during an arrest raid, once the soldiers have gone through the home, they leave and move on to the next one, telling the family that they can go back to sleep.
More. . .
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Israeli soldiers search through Palestinian computer files during a home invasion in Hebron, West Bank. Credit: Creative Commons/joshhough.
Israeli soldiers search through Palestinian computer files during a home invasion in Hebron, West Bank. Credit: Creative Commons/joshhough.

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL’S  MoD  KNOWS  WHO  IS  BEHIND  DEADLY  WEST  BANK  ARSON  ATTACK
Sept. 10, 2015
BETHLEHEM, (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities know who is responsible for the arson attack in the northern West Bank village of Duma, which resulted in the death of three out of four family members caught in the blaze, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday.
____Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon told a closed meeting of 20 Likud activists on Wednesday that Israel’s defense establishment has chosen to “prevent legal recourse in order to protect the identity of their sources,” Haaretz reported. [. . . .]
____According to UN figures, Israeli settlers have carried out at least 142 attacks on Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of this year.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI SETTLERS SET FIRE TO OLIVE TREES AFTER WEST BANK SHOOTING
Sept. 9, 2015
NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Wednesday set fire to olive trees in the village of Burin south of Nablus, after an Israeli settler was lightly injured in a shooting earlier Wednesday morning, Palestinian sources told Ma’an.
____Sources said that Israelis from the illegal settlement of Yizhar had set dozens of olive trees west of Burin on fire, in full sight of Israeli soldiers who reportedly did nothing to stop them.
____A large number of olive trees were burnt before the Palestinian Civil Defense was able to reach the scene and put out the fire.
____Earlier Wednesday, a female Israeli settler was lightly injured when she was shot at while driving near Yizhar settlement.
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❹ Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
PALESTINE:  THE  END  OR  A  NEW  BEGINNING?
Alan Hart
Sept. 7 2015
There is a strong case for saying that Palestine is a lost cause. And it, the case, can be summarised as follows.
____The nuclear-armed Zionist (not Jewish) state of Israel is the regional superpower and not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. The vast majority of its Jews have been brainwashed by Zionist propaganda. . . .
[There follow three more arguments]
____The idea for this article was triggered by an analysis written for Al-Shabaka, The Palestinian Policy Network, by Palestinian professor Tariq Dana. The title of his policy briefing paper was Corruption in Palestine: A Self-Enforcing System. Dana is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hebron University.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
+972 MAGAZINE
THE  IDIOT’S  GUIDE  TO  WHITEWASHING  THE  OCCUPATION
Natasha Roth
Sept. 9, 2015
“Occupation, shmoccupation!” declares a new booklet published by the Yesha Council, the lobbying and political arm of West Bank settlements.
____Titled “Kibush kishkush” (which translates more literally as “occupation nonsense”), the pamphlet states its professed aim of addressing “misconceptions about settlements and the settler public in Judea and Samaria.”
____The book is intended to tackle the “stigmas left-wing organizations are trying to disseminate,” Yesha Council spokesperson Yigal Dakmoni told Ynet.
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“AN  ADDRESS,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
―1―
Hairs as short as my life is
And a mouth as sensuous as my dreams
And fire is her voice
And so is the music
Yet she wants me to rest
On an easy chair
And keep my thoughts clean.

Oh my dear hunter!
What you ask is much more
Than all that I can give. . .
For the angels are dead
And I am not one of them.
―2―
A wine was her perfume
Generous was her bed
But her hopes were stronger,
And the strongest of all:
She wanted my address.
She asked: “Where lives the ‘Prince’?”
Then, I stood silenced
For I had no address.
I am a man in transit,
Twenty years in transit
A man who was even deprived
The right of having an address.

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 Amazon.
Rashid Hussein (1936-1977) was born in Musmus, Palestine. He published his first collection in 1957 and established himself as a major Palestinian poet and orator. He was the first celebrity poet to appear on the Arab-Israeli stage; other poets called him “the star“. He showed them it was possible to write about “human things“ – bread, hunger, anger.
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“Wouldn’t you prefer if they called you ‘mityashvim’?’ (A less pejorative word for settlers.) “I would prefer if they didn’t label us at all.” Idiot's Guide.
“Wouldn’t you prefer if they called you ‘mityashvim’?’ (A less pejorative word for settlers.)
“I would prefer if they didn’t label us at all.”
Idiot’s Guide.

“. . .the song veering from relevance to insanity. . .” (Majid Abu Ghoush)

(Beginning today, the last article posted will always be an opinion piece.)

Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, over 700,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel
Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, over 700,000 Palestinians have been detained by Israel

From INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
ARMY KIDNAPS FOUR CHILDREN IN OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, TWO IN HEBRON
June 28, 2015
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late on Saturday and on Sunday at dawn, at least four Palestinian children after the army invaded various neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem. Soldiers also kidnapped two children near the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
____Media sources in Jerusalem said the soldiers invaded various neighborhoods in the occupied city, stormed and ransacked several homes, and kidnapped at least four children after assaulting them.
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From PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
ARAB LEAGUE CALLS FOR RELEASE OF PALESTINIAN DETAINEES HELD WITHOUT CHARGE
June 26, 2015
The regional organization, Arab League, has condemned acts of torture and ill-treatment of Palestinian prisoners at Israeli jails, calling for the release of all inmates who have been held without charge, Press TV reports.
____The Arab body, consisting of 22 member states, said Wednesday that Israel should release all Palestinian detainees who have been held hostage for extended periods of time without being able to defend themselves, including Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan. . .
____The bloc further called on the international community to take effective measures to help secure the release of Adnan as well as a spokesman for the group.
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Egypt Hostst Arab League summit on March 28-29
Egypt Hosts Arab League summit on March 28-29

From MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
LAWYER: NO DEAL BETWEEN ISRAELI AUTHORITIES AND KHADER ADNAN
June 27, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — No deal has been reached between the Israeli authorities and Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan who on Saturday entered his 54th day on hunger strike, his lawyer said.
____”(Israel) is seeking to end Adnan’s hunger strike in a way that avoids them a feeling of crushing defeat,” the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society’s chief lawyer Jawad Bolous said at a press conference in Ramallah on Saturday.
____”On the other hand,” he added, “what Adnan seeks is very clear: either to be released or tried. . .
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From +972 MAGAZINE ONLINE
A YEAR SINCE PROTESTS, DETAINED ASYLUM SEEKERS HINT AT NEW STRATEGY
Oren Ziv
June 27, 2015
[Introduction of one of the asylum seekers]. . . when hundreds of asylum seekers detainees in Holot decided to up and leave the detention facility and march toward the Egyptian border, demanding that they be allowed to leave Israel.
____They had lost hope of being recognized as refugees in Israel, they were unwilling to resign themselves to indefinite detention in the Israeli desert, and thought just maybe they could raise some international awareness. They hoped they could push the United Nations to address their refugee claims.
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From PALESTINECHRONICLE
IS BDS REPLACING IRAN AS ISRAEL’S BLACKMAIL CARD?
Alan Hart
Opinion
Jun 27 2015
My headline question was provoked by an Uri Avnery article with the headline “BDS, the new enemy”. After noting that Netanyahu’s whole career has been based on fear mongering and in recent years his promotion of fear of a nuclear-armed Iran, Avnery wrote this:
“But Netanyahu saw with growing anxiety that the Iranian threat was losing its edge. The US, so it seems, is about to reach an agreement with Iran, which will prevent it from achieving the Bomb… What to do?
“Looking around, three letters popped up: BDS. . .
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“DETENTION,” BY MAJID ABU GHOUSH
In my mind
the sea is wider
bluer

In my mind the
sun is warmer
kinder

In my mind
the roads are longer
they flow like water

In my mind
passion is painful
a bonfire of moths

the moon, like your eyes
(night and magic as they die)
yearns for morning:

a moon weary of night
of too much crying
drunken song and poetry

a theater of landmines
fencing life from death
the song veering

from relevance to insanity
the Universe
from which

you are ready
to be plucked
as am I
―translated by Ellen McAteer

Majid Abu Ghoush (b. Amwas) is a prolific poet, a member of the Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Writers, and a founding member of Poets Without Borders Palestine. (Reading one of his own poems.)
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.
The book’s blog. A year ago, 1,000 African asylum seekers marched out of the Holot detention facility toward the Egyptian border, hoping to draw the world’s attention to their plight. Since then, thousands have been pressured to leave Israel. As protests appear ineffectual, two asylum seekers discuss what comes next. (Photo by Activestills.org)
A year ago, 1,000 African asylum seekers marched out of the Holot detention facility toward the Egyptian border, hoping to draw the world’s attention to their plight. Since then, thousands have been pressured to leave Israel. As protests appear ineffectual, two asylum seekers discuss what comes next. (Photo by Activestills.org)