“. . . Lay him in the sun; his face caressed By the winds . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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Muhammad Youssef Rabba Nakhleh. Murdered by Israeli Occupation Forces. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, Dec. 14, 2018)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .      
ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  YOUTH  IN  AL-BIREH
A Palestinian youth was shot dead by Israeli forces and six others injured in clashes with Israeli forces at the north entrance to Al-Bireh city in the occupied West Bank.  More . . .
~~ ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KILL  60-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN  BUSINESSMAN,  SMEAR  HIM  AS  TERRORIST 
Israeli forces shot and killed 60-year-old Palestinian business-owner Hamdan Al-Arda yesterday, during a raid of Al-Bireh, in the central West Bank.    ___Al-Arda was driving in his car when soldiers opened fire, killing him.    More . . .

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Hamdan Al-Arda. Killed by the Israeli army on December 13. (Photo: Palestine Chronicle via Twitter)

~~ IN  VIDEO  –  ISRAEL  BLOWS  UP  ABU  HMEID  FAMILY  HOME  IN  RAMALLAH
The Israeli army blew up the home of the Abu Hmeid family, in the al-Amaari refugee camp  south of Ramallah City, in the central occupied West Bank, after surrounding it for more than 5 hours.    ___More than 56 Palestinians were injured during clashes that erupted with Israeli soldiers around the building, as dozens of activists and supporters had gathered for a vigil to prevent the demolition of the family’s building.    ___The Israeli court had given the army the green light to demolish the building as a form of collective punishment, as Israel accuses one of the family’s sons, Islam, of having killed an Israeli soldier during an Israeli raid to the refugee camp.    More . . .
~~ ISRAELI  NAVY  KIDNAPS  TWO  GAZAN  FISHERMEN
The Israeli occupation navy on Saturday morning kidnapped two Palestinian fishermen during their presence off the coast of Gaza City.    ___Chief of the fishermen Nizar Ayyash told Quds Press that the brothers, Mohamed and Atef Abu Riyala, were kidnapped after Israeli naval forces opened machinegun fire near their fishing boat, which was also confiscated.    ___Ayyash added that the fishermen were working within four nautical miles from the shore of Gaza City.    More . . .
| ‘DETENTION  IS  AN  INSTRUMENT  OF  ISRAEL’S  OPPRESSION’
In the dead of night, Israeli forces knocked on the door of Salah Hamouri’s apartment in Jerusalem, he told me. “When I opened the door they told me they were looking for me and began to search the house. . . for something; I don’t know what. Of course, they found nothing, but they took me away anyway.”    ___That was on 22 August 2017. Over a year later – thirteen months to be exact – Hamouri was finally released from administrative detention, a status Israel uses to imprison Palestinians indefinitely with neither charge nor trial.    More . . .
|  ISRAEL  TO  LEGALIZE  2,000  UNAUTHORIZED  SETTLER  HOUSES
Israel is to authorize thousands of settler houses built illegally in the occupied West Bank, according to Haaretz.    ___The Hebrew newspaper said that Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, in coordination with Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, had approved the use of a legal tactic that would allow the legalization of about 2,000 illegally-built Israeli houses throughout the West Bank.    ___This move followed an earlier announcement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outlining a series of measures he would take in favor of the settlement activity in the West Bank.    More . . .

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .
|  THIS  DOESN’T  END  WELL 
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
One of the most depressing things about Israel-Palestine is just how predictable and cyclical the violence can be. The almost-war in Gaza, the new wave of shooting, ramming, and stabbing attacks in the West Bank, the nightly Israeli army raids deep into Palestinian cities, the clashes that will soon become a regular feature of the coming months, the vigilante settler violence — it’s almost identical to the year before and the year before and the year before.    [. . . .] So where do we go from here? There are only two things we can be sure of these days. The first is that, tragically, there will be more violence, from both sides. The second is that change is not going to come from an Israeli government which sees the status quo as an acceptable reality.    More . . .
| ‘ISRAELIS  DON’T  WANT  TO  HEAR  WHAT  I  HAVE  TO  SAY’ 
___Over the past few months, Israeli authorities, along with radical settlers, have turned Guy Hirschfeld into a public enemy of sorts for his activism in the Jordan Valley. In an interview, Hirschfeld talks about building solidarity with Palestinians, why his brash style has turned him into a target, and whether things are getting worse for left-wing activists.    More . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“THE  MAN  WHO  VISITED  DEATH,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Leave the martyr shrouded in his garments,
Lay him at the foot of the mountain: for it knows his sorrow.
Do not bury him, while his wounds
Proclaim his testament of love and suffering.
Do you hear?

Let him take leave of his friends,
A bleeding eagle among the rocks.
Lay him in the sun; his face caressed
By the winds, redolent with the fragrance of the land of his youth.

Do not close his eyes; a final
Red glimmer still shines in them.
His call reverberates in the golden valleys:
“You who fear death, I fear it not;
Take me to my home
To rest my cheek upon its threshold,
To kiss the doorknob,
Take me to my vineyard, I would die, with the pangs of my love in my heart,
If my eyes do not feast once more on the sight of its soil. 

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.

“. . . bored with the death creeping in their bones . . .” (Harun Hashim Al Rashid)

❶ Israeli forces kill Palestinian student, former prisoner during clashes in Qalqiliya
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces detain Palestinian, injure another as settlers visit holy site in Nablus
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Israel orders 19 Palestinians to administrative detention

  • Background: “Israeli TV Host Warns Israelis: “Apartheid Has Been Here for Ages.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

❷ Israel to ban medical treatment visits by Hamas members
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) New Israel bill to ban ministers from taking part in BDS activities
❸ 500 West Bank schools to get power through solar cells
❹ Opinion/Analysis: Facing serious damage to its image, Israel must smear its critics as anti-Semites
❺ POETRY by Harun Hashim Al Rashid
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ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  PALESTINIAN  STUDENT,  FORMER  PRISONER  DURING  CLASHES  IN  QALQILIYA 
Ma’an News Agency 
Jan. 16, 2018 ― Israeli forces shot and killed a 28-year-old Palestinian student and former prisoner during clashes on Monday in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqiliya.     ___Locals identified the slain Palestinian as Ahmad Abd al-Jaber Muhammad Salim, a student at al-Quds Open University in Qalqiliya and the secretary of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) student bloc.      [. . . .] Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers opened fire at Salim from less than 20 meters away, and that forces prevented Palestinian ambulances from reaching him by firing tear gas at ambulances and paramedics.     MORE . . .    ..
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴀ)  ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  PALESTINIAN,  INJURE  ANOTHER  AS  SETTLERS  VISIT  HOLY  SITE  IN  NABLUS
Ma’an News Agency
Jan. 16, 2018 ― At least one Palestinian was injured and another was detained by Israeli forces before dawn on Tuesday, as Israeli security forces escorted 1,000 Israeli settlers to perform religious rituals in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus.     ___Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that busloads of Jewish settlers, who live in the occupied Palestinian territory in violation of international law, were escorted into southern Nablus under heavy Israeli military protection, sparking clashes.
___According to Wafa, one 20-year-old Palestinian was injured with a rubber-coated steel bullet, while dozens of others were exposed to tear gas fired by Israeli forces.
___Israeli forces also detained one Palestinian, whose identity remained unknown.   MORE . . . 
.  .  .  .  .  ❶  ―  (ᴃ)  ISRAEL  ORDERS  19  PALESTINIANS  TO  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION
Ma’an News Agency
Jan. 16, 2018 ― Israel recently issued 19 administrative detention orders — Israel’s widely condemned policy of internment without charge or trial — against Palestinians . . .
___Wafa reported on Tuesday that eight of the 19 orders were issued against Palestinian prisoners already serving time under administrative detention.
___Israel uses administrative detention almost exclusively against Palestinians. The widely condemned Israeli policy allows for a detainee to be sentenced for up to six-month renewable intervals based on undisclosed evidence.
___Although Israeli authorities claim the withholding of evidence during administrative detention is essential for state security concerns, rights groups have instead claimed the policy allows Israeli authorities to hold Palestinians for an indefinite period of time without showing any evidence that could justify their detentions.   MORE . . . 

Assaf Harel was the popular late-night show host on the
Israeli TV program “Good Night With Assaf Harel.”
He used his monologue on final episode [March 3, 2017]
of the program to warn his fellow countrymen about
the dangers of the continuation of the occupation.
Harel, Assaf.
“ISRAELI  TV  HOST  WARNS  ISRAELIS:  ‘APARTHEID  HAS  BEEN  HERE  FOR  AGES’.”
PALESTINE-ISRAEL JOURNAL OF POLITICS, ECONOMICS & CULTURE, vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 182-184.
I don’t want to dedicate this last monologue to a specific issue from the last few days, but to something more general. If you look at our life in Israel, it’s pretty great . . .  Great weather, great food, great people, great beaches, it’s not so bad here, in general. And that’s exactly the point, that were doing great, but there are a couple of million people that we’re responsible for, and they’re in a horrible state.
[. . . .] Ever since the right wing took power, more and more voices are warning of apartheid. Are you kidding? Apartheid has been here for ages. . . .  We’ve been abusing the Palestinians on a daily basis for years, denying them their basic rights. In Judea and Samaria we’re taking their lands from them . . . .
___Soldiers shoot at stone-throwers because they’re a real threat, but if in Israel someone throws stones they won’t even be charged. Palestinian journalists are put under administrative detention, without trial because they wrote something wrong. . .  For years we’ve been deepening the hatred, the same hatred that we later complain about in peace talks.
[. . . .] The human-rights organizations are the most legitimate and healthy thing today in Israeli society. They are trying to wake a dormant society, a blocked society . . . and Bibi and Bennet know that on the day Israeli citizens wake up and discover what’s happening beyond the Green Line — what it does to our soldiers, to the children that are raised there, to the elderly, to the families, to the millions of innocent people, what it costs our budget, our society, our economy . . .  people will ask themselves if the occupied territories are really worth it.
___That’s why I believe — perhaps I’m convincing myself— that in the end the right wing will lose. Because they’re afraid of the truth. Of reality.  [. . . .]   SOURCE . . .  

❷ ISRAEL  TO  BAN  MEDICAL  TREATMENT  VISITS  BY  HAMAS  MEMBERS 
The Palestinian Information Center
Jan. 16, 2018 ― The Israeli government on Monday decided to ban the travel of Hamas members in Gaza and their first-degree relatives to the 1948 occupied Palestine for treatment.     ___The decision came in response to a petition filed by the family of the Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin, who was captured by Hamas during the 2014 war, to the Israeli Supreme Court . . .      ___The Israeli occupation totally refuses to allow Hamas members to enter the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories for any reason, but in some cases it allows their sick relatives to receive treatment there.    MORE . . .   
.  .  .  .  .  ❷  ―  (ᴀ)  NEW  ISRAEL  BILL  TO  BAN  MINISTERS  FROM  TAKING  PART  IN  BDS  ACTIVITIES  
Palestine News Network – PNN 
Jan. 16, 2018 ― Chairman of the Knesset House Committee, Yoav Kish proposed a bill that prevents BDS movements from financing trips made by Members of the Knesset abroad, Quds Press reported yesterday.     The news site reported the Israeli newspaper saying that the law is to be proposed to the Knesset tomorrow, noting that it is likely to be pushed through after the Ministry of Strategic Affairs identified a list of “blacklisted” organisations. Haaretz reported Kish saying that at least one of the blacklisted groups, American Muslims for Palestine, funded a trip by Arab MK Ahmad Tibi.  MORE . . . 
❸ 500  WEST  BANK  SCHOOLS  TO  GET  POWER  THROUGH  SOLAR  CELLS          Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Jan. 16, 2018 (WAFA) – An estimated 500 West Bank schools are soon going to get their electric power from solar cells.
___The Ministry of Education and the Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) signed on Tuesday an agreement to install solar cells on roofs of 500 public schools to generate 35 MW of electricity. The project, worth $35 million and funded by the PIF, the investment arm of the Palestinian Authority, will take four years to complete.
___Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah attended the signing ceremony and said the agreement is part of the government efforts to invest in renewable energy in many institutions.
___PIF director Mohammad Mustafa said this project is the first in the region in this volume and investment value and an important step in the Light Palestine project launched by the PIF.    MORE . . .    ..
❹ Opinion/Analysis: FACING  SERIOUS  DAMAGE  TO  ITS  IMAGE,  ISRAEL  MUST  SMEAR  ITS  CRITICS  AS  ANTI-SEMITES  
Mondoweiss   
By Moshé Machover
Jan. 16, 2018 ― On January 25, Labour activist and co-founder of Britain’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign Tony Greenstein will undergo a disciplinary hearing over accusations of alleged anti-Semitic comments made online. . . .
___This testimony is addressed to the Labour Party National Constitutional Committee in connection with its hearing called to consider accusations of ‘anti-Semitism’ that have been made against him . . .    I am a dissident Israel citizen, born in Palestine in 1936. I have been living in London since 1968 and am naturalised British citizen. I am a member of the Labour Party . . .
___I have known Tony Greenstein for over 40 years, as staunch socialist, active in defence of the rights of workers, in particular the unemployed, and against all racism, including anti-Semitism. In line with this, he is an uncompromising opponent of the Zionist project of colonisation and of Israel’s Zionist regime, which makes it a colonising settler state. He has devoted much scholarship and thorough research to the history of Zionism . . .
Having myself also done much reading on the subject, I find his statements on it well grounded in fact.   MORE . . .  

“LET  IT  BE  KNOWN,”  BY  HARUN  HASHIM  AL RASHID (b. 1927, Gaza)
Let it be known:
there will be no peace.
because the lodgers in the tents
have become fed up with humiliation of
living there,
become tired of suffering, misery and illness,
bored with the death creeping in their bones,
sick of life itself,
because they are homeless,
walking in darkness.   
–Source
  

About
Harun Hashim Al Rashid

“. . . “Since . . . 1967, Israeli forces have arrested more than 800,000 Palestinians . . . 20% of the total Palestinian population . . . .” (Addameer)

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Palestinian protesters during a demonstration in Bethlehem to show their support for Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails after hundreds of detainees launched a hunger strike, April 17, 2017. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

❶  Israeli authorities continue attempts to break [prisoners’] mass hunger strike on 24th day
❷ The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike
❸ BACKGROUND ARTICLES

  • The Economic Exploitation of Palestinian Prisoners
  • On Administrative Detention
  • The Impact of Parental Detention on the Psychological Wellbeing of Palestinian Children
  • Israel’s Policy Of Administrative Detention

❹ POETRY by Fouzi El Asmar

` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  CONTINUE  ATTEMPTS  TO  BREAK [PRISONERS’] MASS  HUNGER STRIKE  ON  24TH  DAY   
Ma’an News Agency    
May 10, 2017
RAMALLAH — As some 1,600 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons entered their 24th day of a mass hunger strike on Wednesday, the prisoners have reported severe health deterioration — including several hunger strikers coughing up blood — and continued repressive measures imposed on the prisoners by the Israel Prison Service (IPS).
___Israeli authorities have also escalated their delegitimization campaign against Marwan Barghouthi, an imprisoned Fatah figure and the primary leader of the strike.     ___Palestinian prisoners are calling for an end to the denial of family visits, the right to pursue higher education, appropriate medical care and treatment, and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — among other demands for basic rights.       MORE . . .

❷ THE  PRISONERS’  REVOLT:  THE  REAL  REASONS  BEHIND  THE  PALESTINIAN  HUNGER  STRIKE      
Palestine Chronicle      
Ramzy Baroud
May 3 2017
Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C.  In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners.
___East Jerusalem is cut off from the West Bank, and those in the West Bank are separated from one another.
[. . . .] ___Palestinians ‘lucky’ enough to escape the handcuffs and shackles are still trapped in different ways.
[. . . .]  This is why the issue of prisoners is a very sensitive one for Palestinians. It is a real and metaphorical representation of all that Palestinians have in common.
___The protests igniting across the Occupied Territories to support 1,500 hunger strikers are not merely an act of ‘solidarity’ with the incarcerated and abused men and women who are demanding improvements to their conditions.
___Sadly, prison is the most obvious fact of Palestinian life; it is the status quo; the everyday reality.     MORE . . .

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More than 100 Palestinian children are in Israeli prisons are aged between 12 and 15. April 24, 2016. (Getty Images)

❸ BACKGROUND  ARTICLES

“THE  ECONOMIC  EXPLOITATION  OF  PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS.”
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
February 2017
This report addresses the economic aspects of the imprisonment of over 800,000 Palestinians since the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza in 1967, with a particular focus on the role that prisons play in the maintenance of the regime of occupation, from 1985 until the present.    MORE. . . .

“ON  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION.”
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association
December 2015
Administrative detention is a procedure that allows the Israeli military to hold prisoners indefinitely on secret information without charging them or allowing them to stand trial. Although administrative detention is used almost exclusively to detain Palestinians from the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), which includes the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, Israeli citizens and foreign nationals can also be held as administrative detainees by Israel (over the years, only 9 Israeli settlers have been held in administrative detention) . . . .
___Since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967, Israeli forces have arrested more than 800,000 Palestinians, constitute almost 20% of the total Palestinian population in the occupied Palestinian territories.       MORE . . .

“THE  IMPACT  OF  PARENTAL  DETENTION  ON  THE  PSYCHOLOGICAL  WELLBEING  OF  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN.”
Plos ONE, vol. 10, no. 7, 17
Amer Shehadeh, et al.  July 2015, pp. 1-11.
For about one quarter to one third of the young children whose fathers were in prison, mothers reported scores above the threshold, showing they had severe psychological problems (SDQ) and severe symptoms of posttraumatic stress (UCLA-PTSD-RI). These percentages are much higher than in the control group of children whose fathers were not detention (table 3). Logistic regression analyses confirm the large impact of father’s detention onto young children’s psychological wellbeing      MORE. . . .  

“ISRAEL’S  POLICY  OF  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION.”
Directorate-General For External Policies Of The [European] Union Policy Department
May 10, 2012.
[. . . . ] In Israel, the Ministry of Defence issues the administrative detention order, to be implemented by the Israeli executive power. Administrative detentions are usually secret orders for six months periods of incarceration, and can be renewed indefinitely. In some cases, prisoners have been held without charge or trial for several years. The practice is based on three pieces of legislation, each of which applies in a different area (the West Bank, the territory of Israeli and the Gaza Strip)      MORE . . .

“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 ask 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)

El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS  FROM  AN  ISRAELI  PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.
Available from Amazon.
About Fouzi El Asmar.

“. . . the tourist thinks he is writing a postcard . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

❶ Qalandiya camp buries Palestinian shot dead in overnight raid
. . . . . ❶ ―(ᴀ) Israeli troops’ GPS error ends in deadly West Bank clashes
❷ Record number of Palestinians held under administrative detention
❸ Navy Kidnaps 9 Fishermen off Gaza Coast
❹ Japan donates $38m to UNRWA
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S APARTHEID CHARACTER

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Israeli forces shot and killed 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, a journalism student at al-Quds University in Abu Dis. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❻ Poetry by Mourid Barghouti
QALANDIYA  CAMP  BURIES  PALESTINIAN  SHOT  DEAD  IN  OVERNIGHT  RAID
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
Mar. 1, 2016
Residents of Qalandiya refugee camp on Monday morning buried 22-year-old Iyad Omar Sajadiyya, just hours after he was shot dead by Israeli forces during an overnight raid into the camp.
___Sajadiyya’s body was moved from the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah to his family home near Qalandiya. . . . and then to the camp’s cemetery, where he was laid to rest.
___Mourners chanted slogans calling for revenge against Israel and for retaliation against “the Israeli occupation’s crimes against the Palestinian people.”    More . . .
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ)  ISRAELI  TROOPS’  GPS  ERROR  ENDS  IN  DEADLY  WEST  BANK  CLASHES
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Mar. 1, 2016
Heavy clashes broke out overnight after two Israeli soldiers using a traffic app mistakenly entered a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, leaving one Palestinian dead and 15 people wounded, officials said on Tuesday.
___The two soldiers travelling in a military vehicle mistakenly entered the Qalandiya refugee camp while using the Israeli navigation app ‘Waze’ and were targeted with rocks and petrol bombs, an Israeli military spokesman said.    More . . . 
RECORD  NUMBER  OF  PALESTINIANS  HELD  UNDER  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION:  NGO
MIDDLE EAST EYE
Feb. 29, 2016
Over the past 10 days, Israel has given “administrative detention” orders to 84 Palestinians, bringing the total number of Palestinians held under the controversial procedure to its highest level since 2009 . . . .
___The Palestinian Prisoners’ Club said 39 Palestinians had been arrested and placed under administrative detention for periods of between two and six months, while the other 45 had their detention prolonged.      More . . .

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Palestinian Administrative Detention prisoners. (Photo: Gaza.Scoops.ps, May 30, 2015)

NAVY  KIDNAPS  9  FISHERMEN  OFF  GAZA  COAST
IMEMC NEWS
Feb. 29, 2016
The Israeli navy, on Monday, attacked and abducted nine Palestinian fishermen while they were on board two fishing boats offshore Gaza, according to local sources.
___Zakaria Bakr, a fisherman, told WAFA that Israeli naval boats attacked two fishing boats carrying nine Palestinian fishermen off Gaza. The navy then demanded, at gunpoint, the nine fishermen to swim towards the Israeli boats and detained them. . . .    More . . .
JAPAN  DONATES  $38M  TO  UNRWA
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
Mar. 1, 2016
The Japanese government yesterday donated $38.21 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), the Anadolu Agency reported.
___In a statement, UNRWA said that the donation was made through a mutual agreement signed yesterday with the representative of the Japanese government in Ramallah.
___According to UNRWA, this is Japan’s largest donation, noting that $15 million was allocated to the education and health sectors, as well as to the emergency humanitarian needs of the Gaza Strip.     More . . .
Related . . . UAE  Red  Crescent  donates  $2  million  to  renovate  academic  infrastructure  at  BZU
Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAEL’S  APARTHEID  CHARACTER
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
Jamal Kanj
Feb. 28, 2016
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom created a maelstrom in Israel by merely demanding a “credible investigation into deaths of Palestinians in order to clarify and bring about possible accountability”. . . .
___With great help from internationally-dominating Zionist media, Israel has been able to portray the oppressed as the aggressor, and present the occupier as a benevolent victim.    More . . .  

“INTERPRETATIONS,”  BY  MOURID  AL-BARGHOUTI
A poet sits in a coffee shop, writing:
The old lady
thinks he is writing a letter to his mother,
the young woman
thinks he is writing a letter to his girlfriend,
the child
thinks he is drawing,
the businessman
thinks he is considering a deal,
the tourist
thinks he is writing a postcard,
the employee
thinks he is calculating his debts.
The secret policeman
walks slowly, towards him.
―Translated by Radwa Ashour

From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Amazon.
About Radwa Ashour, late wife of Mourid Barghouti
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“. . . Do you say ‘my country’? I say my country. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

A Palestinian youth is evacuated after being injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque on September 13, 2015 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
A Palestinian youth is evacuated after being injured during clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque on September 13, 2015 (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

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

❶ Israeli forces storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, assault worshipers
❷ Mainstreaming administrative detention
❸ Settlers torch Olive fields in Nablus
❹ Israeli gov’t used my image for propaganda purposes without my consent
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Palestine is a Global, Not a Western Issue
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  STORM  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE,  ASSAULT  WORSHIPERS
Sept. 13, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police clashed with Palestinians at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Sunday just hours before the start of the Jewish New Year, police and witnesses said.
____The clashes came with tensions running high after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon last week outlawed two Muslim groups that protect the mosque, and confront Jewish visitors to the compound, which is holy to both faiths.
____Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Sunday morning, firing rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades and injuring several worshipers. . . .
____The forces then surrounded worshipers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque and closed its doors with “chains and bars” before they started to fire rubber-coated bullets inside the mosque, witnesses said.
More . . .
Related . . .
History and current status . . . 

+972 MAGAZINE
MAINSTREAMING  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
Sept. 12, 2015
Activists in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday demanded that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) intervene on behalf of Palestinians being held by Israel in administrative detention.
____Administrative detention is a practice, taken from British Mandate law, which Israel uses to detain Palestinians (and some Jews) without charge or trial — indefinitely [. . . .]
____ Israel is currently holding 350 Palestinians and three Jewish Israelis in administrative detention.
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Palestinians protest in front of the ICRC building in Nablus holding photos of loved-ones being held in administrative detention by Israel. The demonstrators were demanding that the ICRC intervene to stop the practice, Nablus, West Bank. September 10, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)
Palestinians protest in front of the ICRC building in Nablus holding photos of loved-ones being held in administrative detention by Israel. The demonstrators were demanding that the ICRC intervene to stop the practice, Nablus, West Bank. September 10, 2015. (Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

PALESTINE NEWS NETWORK
SETTLERS  TORCH  OLIVE  FIELDS  IN  NABLUS
Sept. 10, 2015
A group of Israeli settlers Wednesday dawn have torched tens of dunums of Olive fields in Burin village near Nablus city, northern West Bank.
____Security sources said that a group of settlers from the Yetshar settlement, which is constructed on the village lands, have torched the trees and attacked the villagers.
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MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI  GOV’T  USED  MY  IMAGE  FOR  PROPAGANDA  PURPOSES  WITHOUT  MY  CONSENT
Mukarram AbuAlouf
Sept. 12, 2015
Mukarram AbuAlouf is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, and currently working part-time as a teacher of Arabic, as allowed by her F1 visa.
My response to COGAT’s photo of me as I crossed Erez from Gaza
Not only was I shocked to see the Israeli “Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories” photo of myself on their facebook post, but even more disgusted by the fact they have used it to make a claim that is 100% false. This is ME in this picture- the Palestinian woman [. . . .]
____This picture was published WITHOUT my consent and is an example of how the camera lies. But what do I expect from an occupation that evolved into a state that was built on manipulation, aggression, lies and the destruction of other peoples’ lives?
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
PALESTINE  IS  A  GLOBAL,  NOT  A  WESTERN  ISSUE
Ilan Pappe
Sept. 9 2015
A few weeks ago, a very important conference took place in London organised by the NGO, Middle East Monitor, focusing on Latin America’s engagement with the cause of Palestine. The most striking feature of the conference was the ease with which several speakers, who came from the continent, spoke of Palestine, totally liberated from the inhibitions that obfuscate the discourse on the issue in the West.
____The most notable inhibition absent from their straightforward support for the human and civil rights of the Palestinians was the fear of being accused of anti-Semitism. We heard in that meeting politicians and professors from South and Central America supporting these rights as an obvious position for anyone with a modicum of decency and humanity in them. They were not walking on eggshells, as their Western counterparts would do, when criticising the criminal policies of Israel on the ground.
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“EXCERPT  FROM  AN  INQUEST,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

– And what do you call this country?
– My country.
– So you admit it?
– Yes, sir. I admit it.
I’m not a professional tourist.
– Do you say “my country”?
– I say “my country.”
– And where is my country?
– Your country.
– And the claps of thunder?
– My horses’ neighing.
– And the gusts of wind?
– My extension.
– And the plains’ fertility?
– My exertion.
– And the mountains’ size?
– My pride.
– And what do you call the country?
– My country.
– And what should I call my country?
– My country . . .

From Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER  THAN  WATER.  New  and  Selected  Poems. Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008.
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Samih Al-Qasim Obituary, August 20, 2014

Conference: Palestine & Latin America in the 21st Century. We are in support of the Palestinian cause because “it is an anti-colonial one,” affirms Cuban diplomat Jorge Luis Garcia. “My people have been subject for more than 55 years to a genocidal blockade by the government of the United States.” (Photo: Middle East Monitor)
Conference: Palestine & Latin America in the 21st Century. We are in support of the Palestinian cause because “it is an anti-colonial one,” affirms Cuban diplomat Jorge Luis Garcia. “My people have been subject for more than 55 years to a genocidal blockade by the government of the United States.” (Photo: Middle East Monitor)