“. . . They . . . turned me into A file . . .” FREE DAREEN TATOUR!

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The poet Dareen Tatour, who was arrested last October and spent several months in prison before being placed under house arrest — with no access to the internet — in January. Her next court hearing will be May 8.

❶ Israel Places 27 Palestinians under Administrative Detention
❷ 7 elderly Palestinians indicted for ‘incitement’ at Aqsa
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) Israel bans Palestinian travel from Gaza to Aqsa for 2nd week
❸ Prominent Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi detained by Israeli occupation forces
❹ UN: Four-fold increase in Israeli demolitions this year
❺ Opinion/Analysis: CHARGED  WITH  CONSPIRACY  — FOR  RENTING  A  ROPE  TO  CLIMB  OVER  THE  WALL
❻ POETRY by Dareen Tatour
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❶ ISRAEL  PLACES  27  PALESTINIANS  UNDER  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 29, 2016
The Israeli authorities Thursday issued administrative detention orders against 27 Palestinian detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
___Fourteen of the detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, whereas the remaining detainees received renewed administrative orders.
___There are more than 500 Palestinian prisoners being held under administrative detention, a controversial Israeli practice that allows detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for up to six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.      MORE . . . 

7  ELDERLY  PALESTINIANS  INDICTED  FOR  ‘INCITEMENT’  AT  AQSA
Ma’an News Agency
April 29, 2016
Seven elderly Palestinians from Jerusalem were issued indictments on Friday by an Israeli court for alleged incitement and involvement with Murabitun, an Islamic group outlawed by Israel last year.
___The seven, indicted for alleged incitement at Al-Aqsa Mosque, were banned by the Israeli magistrate court from entering the holy site and the Old City of Jerusalem until their court date, which has been postponed until May 17th.
___The seven men . . . were detained almost two weeks ago after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes.      MORE . . .   
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) ISRAEL BANS PALESTINIAN TRAVEL FROM GAZA TO AQSA FOR 2ND WEEK
Ma’an News Agency
April 29, 2016
The Israeli authorities for the second week in a row prevented Palestinians from traveling from the Gaza Strip to Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem for Friday worship due to the Jewish holiday of Passover.       MORE . . .

PROMINENT  PALESTINIAN  ASTROPHYSICIST  IMAD  BARGHOUTHI  DETAINED  BY  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  FORCES
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
April 26, 2016
Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi was arrested again by Israeli occupation forces at Nabi Saleh checkpoint northwest of Ramallah on 24 April. Barghouthi, 53, is a professor of theoretical space-plasma physics at Al-Quds University. A former employee at NASA in the United States, his scientific work is well-regarded internationally.       MORE . . .  

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IOF kidnaps scientist Imad Barghouthi near Ramallah (Photo: Palestinian Information Center)

UN:  FOUR-FOLD  INCREASE  IN  ISRAELI  DEMOLITIONS  THIS  YEAR
Ma’an News Agency
April 29, 2016
UN figures released Thursday revealed a four-fold increase from last year in the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, that have left a record-high 808 Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016.
___According to UN documentation, the Israeli authorities have destroyed some 588 Palestinian structures across the occupied Palestinian territory since January.
___The over 800 Palestinians to be displaced this year far surpasses the number displaced during the entirety of 2015, while well over 1,000 Palestinians were also affected after losing structures related to their source of income.       MORE . . .  

❺ Opinion/Analysis: CHARGED  WITH  CONSPIRACY  — FOR  RENTING  A  ROPE  TO  CLIMB  OVER  THE  WALL
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Haggai Matar
April 27, 2016
Israeli police prosecutors indicted a 26-year-old Palestinian man in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning for climbing over the separation wall in order to find work [. . . .]
___It is worth noting that the indictment was filed by a prosecution unit belonging to the police and not the State Attorney’s Office . . . . Professional and government committees have been recommending for decades that the police stop acting as a prosecutorial body. However, despite a government decision 15 years ago to absorb the police prosecution unit into the State Attorney’s Office, police continue to file the vast majority (87 percent) of indictments in Israel.       MORE . . .  

“I  WILL  NOT  LEAVE  MY  COUNTRY,”  BY  DAREEN  TATOUR
Trans. Ghada Mourad
FREE DAREEN TATOUR

They signed for me
And turned me into
A file, forgotten
Like the butts of cigarettes
Alienation tore me
I became an immigrant
Inside my own country
I left the pens
Weeping over the sorrows
Of inkwells
They left my right and my dream
On the entrances to
Grave
And yes: one waiting
Laments his luck
While life passes
Besiege me
Kill me, detonate me
Assassinate me, incarcerate me
I will not abandon
My country
Demolish my home
Destroy my years
Burn my trees
Before you I remain
A fighter
Sow death in my land
Rain bombs
Over me
I will not leave
My country
No judaization
No confession
And no enlistment
I was born to struggle
On this earth I am
A proud palm
I’d rather die of thirst and hunger
Than consent to bow
I will never sell my homeland
Deprive me
Of my mother’s lap
Of the morning’s smile
Rob me of meanings
And of paging through books
Deprive me of everything
Deny me
Comfort and sleep
I will stay
I will live
In my country
I will not travel
I will remain in a sunrise
Like a sun
Radiating warmth—resisting
I will not leave
The shadows of my country
If I am killed, unjustly
A child fighter
Will be born
After me
To bring me back to life
I will continue
No and a thousand thousand nos
I will not, will not, I will not, leave. . .

Tatour’s next court hearing is scheduled for 1:30, Sunday, May 8, and there will be a vigil beginning before that in front of the Nazareth court building.
You can follow her case on Facebook
Ghada Mourad is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and a Schaeffer fellow in literary translation at the University of California, Irvine.
The poem for which Dareen Tatours was arrested.
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“. . . O God of Glory Listen to the outcry of a dispossessed people . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Palestinian terrorist arrested by Israeli Police, November 26, 2015 (Photo: Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan)

❶ Jewish extremists arrested for Dawabsha arson murder
❷ Israel denies outlawed Muslim group entry to Al-Aqsa, assaults members
❸ Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians, Including Two Children, In Jerusalem
❹ Analysis: Israel’s ‘security’ wall has provided little security
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL  IS  WORLD’S  PREMIER  PRODUCER  AND  GENERATOR  OF  TERROR
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
JEWISH  EXTREMISTS  ARRESTED  FOR  DAWABSHA  ARSON  MURDER
Dec. 3, 2015
BETHLEHEM ― Several Israeli youths connected to Jewish extremist organizations have been arrested by Israeli forces for suspected involvement in a fatal arson attack on a Palestinian family in July, Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Thursday.
___An Israeli police spokeswoman for Arab media, Luba al-Samri, confirmed that police “recently arrested young men suspected of membership in a Jewish terrorist organization, and of carrying out different terrorist attacks.”
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  DENIES  OUTLAWED  MUSLIM  GROUP  ENTRY  TO  AL-AQSA,  ASSAULTS  MEMBERS
Dec. 3, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces assaulted a group of Palestinian women after they were denied entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday, witnesses said.
___One of the women, Khadijah Khuweis, told Ma’an that the group, locally known as the Murabitat, were sitting outside the Hutta Gate after being denied entry to the holy site when Israeli officers suddenly began to push them back and hit them. . . .
___One of the women, Ayda Sidawi, fell to the ground after Israeli officers pushed her and was evacuated to hospital for treatment, she added.
___Meanwhile, over 70 right-wing Israeli Jews toured the Al-Aqsa compound under armed Israeli police guard, locals said.
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Members of Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center at Al-Aqsa Mosque with Palestinian guide, Nov. 4, 2015. (Photo: Harold Knight)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KIDNAPS  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  TWO  CHILDREN,  IN JERUSALEM
Dec. 03, 2015
At least eight Palestinians, including two 11 years of age children, have been kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn and on Wednesday at night, during Israeli military invasions into Palestinian homes, in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem.
___The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic), said the soldiers have kidnapped Mohammad Nadi Hashlamoun and Ziad Ayyoub Abu Hadwan, from their homes in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, and took them to the al-Maskobiyya interrogation center, west of Jerusalem.
More . . .
Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ISRAEL’S  ‘SECURITY’  WALL  HAS  PROVIDED  LITTLE  SECURITY
Allison Deger and Philip Weiss
Dec. 2, 2015
The current violence in Israel and Palestine has demonstrated the ineffectiveness of the separation barrier, the concrete wall/barbed wire fence that Israel began erecting inside Palestine 13 years ago during the second intifada to provide security. The wall is as high as 25 feet in some places, and travels for hundreds of miles inside Palestine, mostly east of the Green Line, grabbing territory that was supposed to go to a Palestinian state under the Oslo accords.
___Most of the Palestinian attacks have taken place on the Israeli side of the separation barrier.
More . . .
Related . . .
Opinion/Analysis
THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
ISRAEL  IS  WORLD’S  PREMIER  PRODUCER  AND  GENERATOR  OF  TERROR
Khalid Amayreh
Nov. 19, 2015
“Germany needs to respond to terror like Israel does,” the head of Germany’s internal intelligence service (BfV), Hans-Georg Maassen, reportedly said this week.
___With all due respect, the German official is wrong for the following reasons.
___Israel, itself a gigantic crime against humanity by any moral standard imaginable, can never be considered part of the solution for the terror epidemic now hitting many countries.
More . . .
Related . . . CONFESSIONS: TALES OF SAVAGERY BY THE ISRAELI MILITARY

“PSALMS  OF  THE  PALESTINIANS,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

From here
From this purgatory
Of sorrow
In the Holy Land
The orphaned birds beseech
Mankind
From here
From Jenin
From Old Jerusalem
Alleluia.

Once
A Gaza tune of yearning
Played
Once
The sad refrain
Kindled tragedy
In refugee tents
Once
In Jerusalem
The little ones changed
We shall return
We shall return
Alleluia.

The birds nest on our roof
The sparrow flies
In the horizon
And in exile
Under the hot sun
In the wind
Hearts―eyes
Implored:
God of glory
Return us
Our trial
Has gone on too long!
Alleluia―Alleluia

And then it happened
The metallic eagles swept down
They did not bring the sons of Zion
To Zion
Not the remaining crowds
They did not bring
Pious psalms
To the Wailing Wall
God of Glory!
What did they bring?
Do not ask me
For in my voice a pagan flame
Burns
And listen O God of Glory
Listen to the outcry of a dispossessed people
We have been tested long enough
We have carried the weight of centuries
Long enough
―Why aren’t you convinced? ―
Our days of trial have been too long
So
Return us―Return us
Alleluia―Alleluia―Alleluia.

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.
Additional poetry by Samih al-Qasim 

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The “Security” Wall dwarfs the hood of a car. Bethlehem. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)