“. . . How will the prison guard Feed his children? . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

❶ Army Invades a School in Jerusalem, Abduct Principal and Three Teachers

  • Background: “Textbooks as a Vehicle for Segregation and Domination: State Efforts to Shape Palestinian Israelis’ Identities as Citizens.” Journal of Curriculum Studies.

. . . . .  ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least Twenty-One Palestinians
❷ Israel holds the bodies of 5 Palestinian Militants killed in the tunnel bombing
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) International humanitarian law forbids holding bodies as bargaining chips, say groups
❸ Cameras to monitor Palestinians installed at Al-Aqsa Mosque
❹ POETRY by Rashid Hussein
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❶ ARMY INVADES A SCHOOL IN JERUSALEM, ABDUCT PRINCIPAL AND THREE TEACHERS
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC    
Nov. 6, 2017 ― Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, a Palestinian school in Beit Hanina neighborhood, north of occupied Jerusalem, abducted the principal along with three female teachers, and shut the school down.     ___The Union of Parents Committees in East Jerusalem Schools said many soldiers invaded Zahwat al-Quds School, in Beit Hanina, causing anxiety attacks among many children, and abducted the principal, Mona al-Karawi, and two teachers, before taking the three women to an interrogation center.     ___The school later announced receiving an order issue by the City Council, shutting the school down, and informing the families that they needed to transfer their children to other schools.   MORE . . .   ..

Nasser, Riad and Irene Nasser. “TEXTBOOKS AS A VEHICLE FOR SEGREGATION AND DOMINATION: STATE EFFORTS TO SHAPE PALESTINIAN ISRAELIS’ IDENTITIES AS CITIZENS.”
JOURNAL OF CURRICULUM STUDIES,
vol. 40, no. 5, Oct. 2008, pp. 627-650.
. . . Through education, a state’s elite can grant or deny certain individuals or groups membership in a nation, and have the power to produce knowledge that reconstructs their past and collective memory . . . . textbook knowledge, like other forms of knowledge, is not objective or neutral, but a social construction deeply rooted in a nexus of power relations.
[. . . .] the overwhelming majority of textbooks for the Palestinian Israeli system have been published by the Ministry [of Education] itself. The Ministry has employed a ‘chosen’ group of a handful of Palestinian Israeli authors (teachers and superintendents) to write and translate textbooks for all school levels. In most cases, those authors have little freedom to deviate from the strict instructions they receive from the Ministry.
[. . . .]  Arab history in the Arabian Peninsula is portrayed as beginning in 200 BCE, while the textbooks present an elaborate discussion of Jewish history that dates back to 2500 BCE. This sort of sequencing is also evident in portraying the Arab presence in Palestine as beginning with the emergence of Islam in the 7th century CE, whereas Jews are reported to be deeply rooted in the region for a much longer period. . . . The textbooks also describe the land as ‘ruined, abused, and neglected’ when its ‘original owners’ left it, or when others occupied it. In the modern era, Jewish efforts have been to ‘normalize’ their existence by ‘redeeming’ the land . . . .
___The absence of Jews from Canaan makes it a land without history, regardless of the fact that during 2000 years other civilizations arose and declined on that land. The textbooks in both periods refer to Canaan as an ‘empty land’ or as ‘empty-populated.’
[. . . .]  . . . textbooks developed for use by Palestinian Israelis convey messages that privilege the culture and legitimate the political and economic power of the dominant group, while blaming subordinate-group members for their disadvantaged status. To the extent that such messages are perceived in this way, and internalized, unequal inter-group relations are reproduced. To the extent that such messages are either perceived differently, not internalized, and/or rejected, there may be a strengthening of the already existing tensions between the minority and the majority groups in society over the use of national economic and political resources.   SOURCE . . .

. . . . .  ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI SOLDIERS ABDUCT AT LEAST TWENTY-ONE PALESTINIANS    
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC    
Nov. 6, 2017 ― The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted, earlier Monday, at least twenty-one Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, during extensive and violent searches of homes in the West Bank, and one of them was taken prisoners at the Erez Terminal, in northern Gaza.
___The Bethlehem office of the PPS said the soldiers abducted Moayyad Ghassan Qaisi, 18, Samer Shibli al-Qaisi, 19, from the al-Azza refugee camp, north of the city, in addition to Zeid Taleb al-Badan, 24, from Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem, and Abdul-Rahman Shawqi Sheibat, 28, from Beit Sahour city, west of Bethlehem.
___In addition, the soldiers invaded homes in Qalqilia, in northern West Bank, and abducted Amir Emad Nofal.   MORE . . .
❷ ISRAEL HOLDS THE BODIES OF 5 PALESTINIAN MILITANTS KILLED IN THE TUNNEL BOMBING
Palestine News Network
Nov. 6, 2017 ― The Israeli Occupation Forces aid that it is holding the bodies of five Palestinian militants killed last week in the tunnel which Israel blew up in Gaza.
___Last week Israeli Occupation Forces blew up tunnels on the Gaza Strip border near the Kissufim military base and killed 12 militants who were in the tunnel.
___The Israeli military said it would not release the five bodies unless an agreement is made towards releasing the bodies of two Israeli soldiers which have been held by Hamas since 2014, according to Haartez.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW FORBIDS HOLDING BODIES AS BARGAINING CHIPS, SAY GROUPS   
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Nov. 6, 2017 ― Two human rights groups in Haifa and Gaza denounced on Sunday Israeli army holding bodies of five Palestinians retrieved from a tunnel destroyed by the Israeli army last week saying international humanitarian law forbids holding bodies as a bargaining chip.
___The families of the deceased maintain their right to demand the return of the bodies of their sons for burial, they said.     MORE . . .
❸ CAMERAS TO MONITOR PALESTINIANS INSTALLED AT AL-AQSA MOSQUE 
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Nov. 6, 2017 ― Israeli police have begun placing new cameras at the Council Gate of Al-Aqsa Mosque to monitor Palestinians’ entry and exit, Safa News Agency has reported.
___Director of Al-Aqsa Academy for Science and Heritage Sheikh Najeh Bkeerat said that Israeli police “are placing the cameras to monitor the movement in and out of Al-Aqsa Mosque and to restrict the movement of Jerusalemites, mainly in the Old City”.
___According to Safa, Israeli Interior Minister Gilad Erdan said he was preparing a security plan to prevent “Palestinian attacks” in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.
___The plan includes tightening the security fence in Damascus Gate and the Old City by setting up inspection points similar to military checkpoints.     MORE . . .

“JAIL  AND  CHILDREN,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN
Don’t be sad, Darling!
To put me in prison, as they did, is a very easy thing!
But what can they do about the sun
Shining outside and torturing new rebels?

I should like to be romantic and say to you:
If my being in jail
Did nothing more than bring you to visit me
And cry in my arms ―
Then my arrest was not in vain.

But I’m not feeling romantic right now!
(How can one be romantic with the bedbugs
having such a feast?)
I’m just scratching away, and writing to you,
And asking myself this banal question:
If I and others don’t go to prison,
How will the prison guard
Feed his children?

Darling! I would so like for us
To have a baby!
We spoke of it once,
But I don’t know if
We’ll ever be given the chance.
That is why, for the time being, I give myself
To thoughts about the babies of others
Including my enemies’ babies!
And because they cannot understand this simple feeling
They put me here in prison.   

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 participated in founding the Land Movement in 1959. He left in 1966 and lived in Syria and Lebanon and later in New York City where he died in February, 1977. He was buried a week later in Musmus. His funeral was attended by thousands of Palestinians

“. . . Have years of suffering . . . led to this? . . .” (Harun Hashim Rashid)

❶ 5 Palestinians shot, injured in the legs during clashes in Ramallah-area village

  • Background: “The Impact of Occupation on Israeli Democracy.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) 2 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces undergo surgery, 1 in critical condition
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) Four Children injured After Being Struck By An Israeli Colonist’s Car In Silwan
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) Israel’s culture of impunity in full view of the world
❷ Behind the headlines in Jerusalem: Recent al-Aqsa clashes are a result of Israel’s long-standing plans to expand control over Jerusalem.
❸ POETRY by Harun Hashim Rashid
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5  PALESTINIANS  SHOT,  INJURED  IN  THE  LEGS  DURING  CLASHES  IN  RAMALLAH-AREA  VILLAGE  
Ma’an News Agency 
Aug. 11, 2017.  Five Palestinians were injured with live fire during clashes that erupted Thursday evening in the Beit Rima town in northern Ramallah between Palestinian youths and Israeli undercover forces that raided a house in the town, according to official Palestinian sources.
___Israeli forces fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets, tear-gas and stun grenades at youths that surrounded the undercover forces as they were raiding a house in the area.
___The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that five Palestinians were injured with live fire during clashes in Beit Rima, which is located in the central occupied West Bank.      MORE . . .

Schnell, Izhak. “THE  IMPACT  OF  OCCUPATION  ON  ISRAELI  DEMOCRACY.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture,
vol. 22, no. 2/3, July 2017, pp. 18-25.
Military control of large numbers of people who are denied basic human rights and the right for national self-determination cannot be aligned with democratic values. International law legitimizes such situations in occupied territories but only for a limited time and under strict regulations that do not allow putting the occupied people’s interests at risk except for security reasons of both the occupiers and the occupied. . . .
___We have identified five main processes of deterioration in Israeli democracy: first, intensive use of propaganda in order to adopt a blind and a narrow definition of national patriotism; second, the loss of consensus concerning the balance between the Jewish and the democratic characteristics of the state; third, a weakening of the authority of law; fourth, the involvement of the military in politics; and fifth, the undermining of the authority of the Supreme Court.
[. . . .] In its struggle for hegemony, the new elite increasingly applied propaganda techniques that played on the deep fears of the public in order to promote an uncritical and narrow definition of Israeli identity.  . . . the one-sided historical “truth” of the neo-Zionist narrative infiltrated into the established Israeli discourse. Statements like those of . . .  former military generals like Uzi Dayan, who repeatedly say that they care about the interests of Israel and not the Palestinians . . .  helped establish a blind uncritical patriotism. Increasingly, the Bible was introduced as the ultimate justification to our attachment to the land and our identity as Jews and heavenly promise became the ultimate justification for our sole ownership of the land with disregard to the rights of Palestinians who have lived on the land for hundreds of years.
[. . . .] The vicious circle of violence between the occupier and the occupied only increases mistrust and dehumanization of the other. In such a milieu children grow up with a mistrust of foreigners, which may lead to hatred and racism. This mindset is amplified by the fortification of space by fences, walls and guards. Under such a regime the discourse of human rights developed in Western culture could not be adopted by Israelis who support the occupation, thus increasing Western countries’ criticism of Israel and the perception among right-wing Israelis of a nation under siege that, as a consequence, is allowed to use any and all means for its survival.   FULL ARTICLE . . .

. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ)  2  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  UNDERGO  SURGERY,  1  IN  CRITICAL  CONDITION 
Ma’an News Agency.
Aug. 10, 2017.   Two injured Palestinian detainees, who were detained on Wednesday after they were shot with live ammunition by Israeli forces during a raid on the Bethlehem-area al-Duheisha refugee camp, have undergone surgery and are still in the hospital, with one in critical condition.
___Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) Karim Ajwa released a statement on Thursday after visiting the two injured Palestinians, Abd al-Aziz Arafeh and Raed al-Salhi, who are being held in Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital.
[. . . .] Ajwa added that a court session is expected to be held on Thursday to extend the detention of the two, who were detained during a predawn raid on the camp, located in the southern occupied West Bank.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴃ) FOUR  CHILDREN  INJURED  AFTER  BEING  STRUCK  BY  AN  ISRAELI  COLONIST’S  CAR  IN  SILWAN  
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC     
Aug. 11, 2017.   Palestinian medical sources have reported that four children were injured, Thursday, after being rammed by a speeding Israeli colonist’s car, in the al-‘Ein Street, in Silwan town, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem.
___The sources said the four children suffered various cuts and bruises, before an Israeli ambulance moved them to Hadassah Medical Center.
___Two of the wounded children have been identified as Hamza Abu Sbeih and his brother Amir.
___Eyewitnesses said the colonist deliberately rammed the children with his car as they were walking along the sidewalk . . .   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴄ) ISRAEL’S  CULTURE  OF  IMPUNITY  IN  FULL  VIEW  OF  THE  WORLD
Ma’an News Agency 
April 12, 2016.  “Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question,” said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support of a soldier who calmly, and with precision, killed a wounded Palestinian man in al-Khalil (Hebron). The protesting Jewish man described Palestinians as ‘barbaric,’ ‘bestial,’ who should not be perceived as people.
[. . . .] The vast majority of Israelis, 68 percent, support the killing of Abdel Fatah Yusri al-Sharif, 21, by the solider who had reportedly announced before firing at the wounded Palestinian that the “terrorist had to die.”
[. . . .] The incident, once more, highlights a culture of impunity that exists in the Israeli army, which is not a new phenomenon.   MORE . . .
See post of July 8, 2017 for further discussion of “culture of impunity.”
❷ BEHIND  THE  HEADLINES  IN  JERUSALEM:  RECENT  AL-AQSA  CLASHES  ARE  A  RESULT  OF  ISRAEL’S  LONG-STANDING  PLANS  TO  EXPAND  CONTROL  OVER  JERUSALEM.
Al Jazeera English    
By Nur Arafeh
Aug. 11, 2017.   Jerusalem has been in the spotlight again recently as tensions reached the boiling point after the mid-July attack on Israeli forces in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. Despite the apparent resolution of the immediate crisis owing to mass Palestinian civil disobedience, which forced Israel to reverse its attempt to change the status quo that has been in place since 1967 at the historic Noble Sanctuary mosque complex, the underlying issues remain in place.
___Media coverage of Jerusalem has tended to focus on clashes as and when they erupt, and to frame these as the harbingers of an emerging “religious war”. However, this approach fails to address the history of and context in which such clashes unfold, and the explicit aims of the Israeli government.   MORE . . .

(After occupying Gaza in 1967, the Israelis searched houses and forced men and women to stand next to walls with arms raised. Often they shot at them. The poet had this experience.)

“RAISE  YOUR  ARMS,”  BY  HARUN  HASHIM  RASHID
――Raise your arms . . .
they aimed their guns at me . . .
――Raise your arms . . .

I stood, my eyes flaming
and scorching with anger
as an insistent film of events
assailed me.
Can defiled cities be
the outcome of our struggle?
Have years of suffering,
long days of vigilance
in trenches, on hills
and in tattered tents
led to this?

The world blackened in my eyes
my hands on the wall
as guns were pointing at me
I wished the wall would fall on my head
My comrades and I waited
for their bullets,
for their bullets

They walked away, and the wall
remained, gazing back at us
waiting for a fiery volcano, for the flames.
―Translated by Sharif Elmusa and Naomi Shihab Nye

About HARUN HASHIM AL RASHID (born in Gaza, 1927)
From ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.

“. . . Prison assaults but does not hit the mark . . .” (Ahmad Dahbur)

❶ Israel’s arrests of Palestinians ‘highest in years’

Background: “Multiple Legal Systems in the West Bank.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

❷ 2 Palestinians, Israeli soldier injured during al-Duheisha refugee camp raid
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli forces detain 32 Palestinians in West Bank, Jerusalem
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) Israeli forces ban Palestinian citizens of Israel from entering Old City of Jerusalem
❸ “MADA” demands release of detained journalists in Palestinian prisons
❹ POETRY by  Ahmad Dahbur
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❶ ISRAEL’S  ARRESTS  OF  PALESTINIANS  ‘HIGHEST  IN  YEARS’
Al Jazeera English
Zena Tahhan
Aug. 9, 2017.   Israeli forces arrested some 1,268 Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories over the last two months, according to rights groups.
___Several non-governmental organisations, including the Ramallah-based Addameer prisoner rights group and al-Mezan rights centre in Gaza, released the figures in a joint press release published on Tuesday.
___In June, the arrest of 388 Palestinians from across the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, including 70 children and six women was documented.
___In July, Israeli forces proceeded to arrest an additional 880 Palestinians, including 144 children and 18 women.   MORE . . .

(Note: This article is an explanation of the evolution of the current system of laws and courts in the West Bank.)

Shehadeh, Raja.
“MULTIPLE  LEGAL  SYSTEMS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK.”
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 21, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 6-15.
The concept of a ’’dual legal system” has a long history, stemming from the beginning of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank of the Jordan River in 1967. . .  Israel’s ultimate aim is the annexation of the West Bank without its Palestinian inhabitants. However, the unlikelihood and difficulty of a mass expulsion of Arabs has meant that an interim period, pending full de jure annexation, has necessitated the creation of a particular legal relationship with the territory. Among the legal problems that arise in this interim period are the following:

* How to apply Israeli law to the Jewish settlements in the West Bank while the area has not been annexed and is not under Israeli sovereignty. Related to this problem are the situations in which courts are to apply this law, which government departments are to execute it, and how to ensure that only the Jewish settlers will be subject to these laws, courts and government departments.

* How to avoid applying the Israeli legal system to the Palestinian inhabitants.

* How to reconcile this peculiar legal state of affairs with the requirements of international law.     FULL ARTICLE . . .

❷ 2  PALESTINIANS,  ISRAELI  SOLDIER  INJURED  DURING  AL-DUHEISHA  REFUGEE  CAMP  RAID  
Ma’an News Agency 
Aug. 9, 2017.   Two Palestinians were shot and injured during a predawn raid on Wednesday by Israeli forces on the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.
___Locals identified the two injured as Raed al-Salhi and Aziz Arafeh, adding that al-Salhi was critically injured while Arafeh was injured in the leg and in stable condition.
___The two were detained by Israeli forces and taken to the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.        MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  32  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK,  JERUSALEM
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
August 9, 2017.   Israeli forces detained overnight at least 32 Palestinians during raids across the occupied West Bank districts and East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Wednesday.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  BAN  PALESTINIAN  CITIZENS  OF  ISRAEL  FROM  ENTERING  OLD  CITY  OF  JERUSALEM 
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 9, 2017.   Israeli forces prevented dozens of Palestinian citizens of Israel from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon, claiming that they had been subjected to bans from “higher orders.”
___Sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces were deployed at the entrances to the Old City and Al-Aqsa ahead of the asr afternoon prayers, examining the IDs of people entering the Old City, and preventing Palestinians whose ID cards said they resided in Palestinian-majority towns in Israel from entering.
___Witnesses said that Israeli forces chased after some people who tried to pass through Damascus Gate into the Old City despite having been told they were not allowed in, and escorted them out.
___The witnesses added that Israeli forces had forced some buses carrying worshipers to leave Jerusalem.
___A worshiper from the town of Umm al-Fahm said that some eight buses coming from Palestinian-majority municipalities such as Umm al-Fahm, Mashhad, and Baqa al-Gharbiya had been stopped by Israeli security forces upon arriving at the Old City of Jerusalem.   MORE . . .
❸ “MADA”  DEMANDS  RELEASE  OF  DETAINED  JOURNALISTS  IN  PALESTINIAN  PRISONS    
Palestine News Network – PNN
Aug. 9, 2017.   The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) condemns the arrest campaign carried out by the security services in the West Bank last night against five journalists; MADA expresses its rejection of all justifications of attacks against media freedoms.
___The arrestment campaign included the following journalists: Ahmad Mohammad Halayka, Tareq Abu Zeyd, Quttaiba Saleh Qasem, Mamdouh Mahmoud Hamamreh and Amer Abdulhakim Abu Arafa.
___Moy’ad Hamamreh the brother of the journalist Mamdouh Hamamreh reported to MADA “at around19:00pm of (08/08/2017) and while my brother Mamdouh was in a shop right near his house in Husan village, a private car arrived (Scoda), with agents dressed in civil presented themselves as Palestinian intelligence agents, and asked Mamdouh to accompany them without presenting any official document or any arrest warrant, and they deported him to the headquarters of the Palestinian Intelligence in Bethlehem”.   MORE . . .

“THE  PRISON,”  BY  AHMAD  DAHBUR  (Ahmed  Dahbour)
(To Abu Faris. . . who has been there)

Prison teaches that the heart is a desert,
That light is a desert.
It curses the fire and the land of the commandos.
Prison teaches that water is a chameleon,
That the landscape is a snake,
That echo is treacherous, and the wind an enemy.
Prison teaches that the guide’s sight grows dim,
And that the homeland departs.
Prison is a black kingdom in the sand;
Prison is a sword guarding the eyelids;
Prison . . . not the homeland!
So how, my beloved homeland, will the beloved ones survive?

Here we are, no complaints and no regrets,
We never say: an aimless wandering!
Blood gushes forth from the depths of our love.
Prison assaults but does not hit the mark;
Our wounds hit back,
Reaching out like water . . . like the wilderness,
Promising the light with a new light.
From deep within us, signaling twice!
Our cub child,
And the fire of salvation.
We see it, yes we do.
We are not dreaming,
We almost step into his joyous landscape
We almost do.
This is the moment of travail in our difficult labor,
We hug the newborn―
He who springs from our very ecstasy,
Whose kicks we feel in our guts,
Who teaches the hungry what he knows
And declares in words well understood:
Revolution, revolution . . . till life.

The inmate has not lost his features in the sand,
Prison did not turn him into a desert.
From his hunger, water and vegetation sprang.
When silence wounds him,
He can break it with a sigh,
But he endures.
His testimony:
Near death, there were exhaustion and fatigue,
His executioner pressing him to promise
A word . . . a groan, or to divulge his secret,
But all in vain.
His countenance was radiating in the sand
Like an oasis,
For prison had not turned him into a desert.

About Ahmad Dahbur. And here.
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

“. . . My anger drips oil and honey /my pain bears almonds . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

❶ Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian-owned building in East Jerusalem
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Israeli minister calls for punitive demolition of Jerusalem attackers’ homes

  • Background: “Dangerous Narratives: Politics, Lies and Ghost Stories.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.   

❷ Army Abducts Twelve Palestinians In The West Bank
❸ Opinion/Analysis:  The story behind the Jerusalem attack: How Trump and Netanyahu pushed the Palestinians into a corner
❹ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES DEMOLISH PALESTINIAN-OWNED BUILDING IN EAST JERUSALEM     
Ma’an News Agency
July 17, 2017.   Israeli authorities demolished a Palestinian-owned building on Monday morning in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Zaayyem, according to witnesses.
___Bulldozers escorted by Israeli police forces and employees of Israel’s Jerusalem municipality razed the home to the ground for lack of a building permit.
[. . . .] Construction licenses are very expensive and difficult to obtain for Palestinians, notably in the Jerusalem area, in a bid by Israeli authorities to force Palestinians out and change the demographic balance of the city.
[. . . .] Thirty-three percent of all Palestinian homes in the occupied city lack Israeli-issued building permits, potentially placing at least 93,100 residents at risk of displacement, the United Nations reported in 2012.   MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  MINISTER  CALLS  FOR  PUNITIVE  DEMOLITION  OF  JERUSALEM  ATTACKERS’  HOMES 
Ma’an News Agency    
July 16, 2017.   As an Israeli minister called for the demolition of the homes of three Palestinian citizens of Israel who were killed on Friday while carrying out a deadly attack in occupied East Jerusalem, rights group Adalah called for an investigation into the police’s killing of the alleged assailants.
___. . . Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan called on Sunday for the Israeli government to consider demolishing the homes of Muhammad Hamid Abd al-Latif Jabarin, 19, Muhammad Ahmad Mufdal Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, the three men who shot and killed two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem’s Old City, before being shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
___The Jabarins are all residents of the Palestinian-majority town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel. The two slain police officers, Hail Stawi and Kamil Shinan, were also Palestinian citizens of Israel from the Druze minority community, which is subjected to mandatory military services, unlike Muslim citizens of Israel.   MORE . . .   

Katz, Louise. “DANGEROUS  NARRATIVES:  POLITICS,  LIES  AND  GHOST  STORIES.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal,
vol. 3, no. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 20-41.
[. . . .] While Israel’s secular Ashkenazi-dominated culture sidelines certain pietistic Jewish citizens . . .  limits placed on Palestinian citizenship place this cultural group, far more than any other, outside the social mainstream: Israel recognises only Jewish nationality, thus Muslim Arabs are citizens without being nationals.
___ [. . . .] Antony Lowenstein argues that Israel, ‘an insecure nation demanding obedience to an ideology’ continuing to ignore ‘the legitimate rights of the Arab population’ results in both Palestinians and leftist Jews being ‘loathed … smeared and isolated’. Isolation through lack of recognition, according to Bourdieu, cuts one off from ‘access to a socially recognised social being … to humanity’. Palestinians are simultaneously a part, yet apart from the mainstream: a real, yet not real, ghostly presence. Only acknowledgement of social validity will ensure full ‘reality’: the ‘ghosts’ can then manifest themselves as human.
[. . . .] To construct Palestinians and Israelis as one-dimensional heroes and villains . . .  overlooks . . .  the ancient and complex narratival palimspsest that is Israel/Palestine. Nevertheless, the Israeli response to the layered images and stories of which the nation is composed has been largely one of denial of both Israeli culpability and the complexities of the relationship between adversaries. . . . At this point it would not be hard to introduce the spectre of the so-called ‘self-hating’ Jew, which reeks of indulgent guilt; but I would argue that there is less self-hatred at work than despair. Paul McGeough has it that Israel is losing the ‘contest for control of the narrative’, but more than a matter of losing a propaganda fight for the moral high-ground – which is about appearances rather than substance – Israel is failing as a narrative enterprise on an even more profound level. The populace, both Jewish and Palestinian, need true stories to be told, not romances, mysteries or fabrications: indeed, the consequences of unreal or exclusivist narratives have resulted in the creation of a new kind of ghost [. . . .]      FULL TEXT . . .  

❷ ARMY  ABDUCTS  TWELVE  PALESTINIANS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK  
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
July 17, 2017.
Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight and on Monday, at least twelve Palestinians, including a father and his son, from their homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
___The Tulkarem office of the PPS, in the northern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers searched several homes in Anabta town, and abducted three Palestinians [. . . .] In Qalqilia governorate, in the northern part of the West Bank [. . . .] In Nablus governorate, also in northern West Bank [. . . .] In Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank [. . . .] In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers abducted [. . . .] In Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted [. . . .] Soldiers also abducted a woman, identified as ‘Aida Abu Tayeh, 61, while visiting her two sons, Bassel and Yousef, who are imprisoned by Israel in Galboa’ prison.   MORE . . .
❸ Opinion/Analysis:  THE  STORY  BEHIND  THE  JERUSALEM  ATTACK:  HOW  TRUMP  AND  NETANYAHU  PUSHED  THE  PALESTINIANS  INTO  A  CORNER  
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Ramzy Baroud
July 17, 2017.  Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges of ‘trying to hit an Israeli soldier’.      [. . . .] Last April, the Israeli government announced plans to build 15,000 new housing units in Occupied Jerusalem, contrary to international law. The international community recognizes East Jerusalem as a Palestinian city. The United States, too, accepts international consensus on Jerusalem, and attempts by the US Congress to challenge the White House on this understanding have all failed. That is, until Donald Trump came to power.
[. . . .] Prior to his inauguration in January, Trump had promised to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The announcement was welcomed by Israeli rightwing politicians and extremists alike.   MORE . . . 

“I  DEFY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
Talk about exile―I defy
silence my argument with chains
and a foolish prison cell
I defy

Turn plague and sadness against me
I remained defying
cut my wrist
with my bloody chest I defy
cut my leg
I mount the wound and walk
and with my violence I defy
with my forehead I defy
and with my teeth
and the teeth of songs―I defy

and kill me―I defy
I kill death
and come to you a defying God

All that I own of my father’s and grandfather’
inheritance is to defy!

All that I understand from the
wind and the secrets of erased villages
and the songs of springs
on dying grass
a concealed sob
the roots of the tree
memorize it for me
a sob: To defy

All the eyes of children living within me
in bloody exile
All that I live of my absent country
in name and deed
a scream bruising me―to defy!

My anger drips oil and honey
my pain bears almonds, flouts and roses
so jail my piece of bread
I defy

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.
About Samih Al-Qasim.

“. . . and it’s enough that the situation appears to be a war incident, even without serious risk . . .” (Eitay Mack)

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Soldiers watching footage of Palestinian crushed in gate heard laughing at him. (Still from viral video)

❶ . Israel issues 25 administrative detention orders in just 2 weeks

  • Background: “There Will Not Be a Stable Peace without Justice and Accountability.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

❷ . Israeli court sentences Palestinian teen girl to 13-and-a-half years in prison
❸ . Video: Israeli soldiers crush Palestinian worker in gate
❹ . Israeli forces detain 16 Palestinians over suspicions of starting fires in Israel, West Bank
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❶ . ISRAEL  ISSUES  25  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  IN  JUST  2  WEEKS      
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
November 25, 2016
The Israeli authorities have issued 25 administrative detention orders against Palestinians over the past two weeks, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said on Wednesday.
___The orders are for periods ranging from 3 to 6 months and cover three new prisoners.
[. . . .] Under administrative detention, prisoners are held without charge nor given a trial for up to six months on the basis of secret evidence.     More . . .

  • “There Will Not Be a Stable Peace without Justice and Accountability.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 21.3 (2016): 114-125.     SOURCE.   An interview with Eitay Mack, an independent Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer.

[. . . . ] there are actually four systems, there is the Israeli civil law, there is the military law, there is the Jordanian law, and there is also Palestinian law?
. . .  now there is an Israeli law for Palestinians in the West Bank . . . .  that [the Knesset] established protection for the State from war-related damages. What’s unique with the Israeli occupation is . . . [t]he jobs of most IDF soldiers are to police – it’s not a warzone. Until the end of the 1990s, even Palestinians from Gaza still filed civil lawsuits and won in the Israeli courts. The shift manifested when the judicial system widened the definition of “war activity”, which gives them impunity from civil lawsuits. Almost every situation in which a Palestinian was injured by the Israeli security services, the IDF . . .  they were all acting within the definition of war activity according to the Israeli legal interpretation.
___Not only is there a lack of accountability on the criminal level, there is also none at the civil level . . .  In the past, the state had to prove the soldiers were under objective and subjective risk for their life and their body. In the new definition of war activity, they removed the risk, and it’s enough that the situation appears to be a war incident, even without serious risk. In this way, they received impunity in many cases when they are policing . . .  the state is allowed to give this argument . . . and the court usually accepts the state’s position. . . .
So, there’s a sense of the blurring of the border between a settler who is living in the West Bank and an average Israeli living in Israel proper?
Not only that, in the past you can say that there was a hierarchy between the way Israeli courts and law enforcement treated the Palestinian in the West Bank and inside Israel. Jewish citizens were on another level. Since the Second Intifada, you see that despite the so-called united Jerusalem, the Israeli authority treats the East Jerusalem neighborhoods as Palestinian Territory. You can see it in the way they use  force in ways they would never imagine to use in other parts of Israel . . . .
But they’re not allowing the Palestinian Authority to have responsibility in East Jerusalem either, so who’s left?
Nobody, it’s like a twilight zone. There has been an increase in Palestinian body and property damage, and the Israeli authority doesn’t take responsibility for that – they don’t pay compensation for innocent Palestinians who are hurt. Also, if you go to Issawiyah, it looks like the West Bank. Soldiers are going in with their guns held high, effectively militarizing the East Jerusalem neighborhoods, but continuing to ask the residents to pay their debt to the courts, the authorities and the Jerusalem municipality. They’re saying you live in a war zone, and still you have to pay for this lifestyle.

❷ . ISRAELI  COURT  SENTENCES  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  GIRL  TO  13-AND-A-HALF  YEARS  IN  PRISON  
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 23, 2016
An Israeli magistrate court in Jerusalem Wednesday sentenced a teenage Palestinian girl to 13-and-a-half years in prison for a stabbing attack.
[. . . .] Exactly one year ago, when [Nurhan] Awwad was 16-years-old, she carried out a stabbing attack  with her 14-year-old cousin Hadil Wajih Awwad, who was shot dead by an Israeli security guard during the incident.
[. . . .] Video footage showed both girls running at the security officer waving scissors, before the security guard and another Israeli managed to knock the girls to the ground.    ___Once on the ground, the security guard ran forward and shot each of them several times.     More . . . 
❸ . VIDEO:  ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  CRUSH  PALESTINIAN  WORKER  IN  GATE        
Days of Palestine  
Nov. 24, 2016
Footage has emerged of Israeli soldiers laughing as they crush Palestinian worker in a gate in occupied Jerusalem [at the Atarot Industrial Zone].
___A video of the event . . . which went viral on social media, shows a Palestinian worker walking through a small gap in the gate only for it to be closed on him.
___After he was crushed, the Israeli soldiers opened the gate and the man falls onto the ground as he has lost consciousness.
___Soldiers watching the incident on a screen of a CCTV camera can be heard laughing at the Palestinian worker.     More . . .

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People run past flames several stories high in Haifa. (Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP)

❹ . ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  16  PALESTINIANS  OVER  SUSPICIONS  OF  STARTING  FIRES  IN  ISRAEL,  WEST  BANK    
Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 25, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians across Israel and the occupied West Bank on Thursday and Friday over suspicions of starting fires that erupted in Haifa and have continued to spread for the fourth consecutive day.
___Israeli media reported on Friday that three Palestinian workers were detained in the Haifa district over suspicions of arson. . . .  Another 11 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces in Israel and the Jerusalem area. . . .  Israeli forces detained a Palestinian for allegedly attempting to start a fire near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kochav Yaakov.       More . . .
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“. . . was consistent with a study of Cambodian refugees who experienced political violence. . . .” (Clea McNeely)

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Palestinian prisoners at the Megiddo Prison. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse/)

❶ August 2016 report: 516 Palestinians arrested by Israeli occupation forces
❷ Report: Israel detained 30 Palestinian teens in August, majority report being tortured

  • Background from Journal Of Traumatic Stress. “. . . the feelings captured by this scale were interpreted by Palestinians to be symptoms of social suffering associated with the injustice and violence of the Israeli military occupation . . .”

❸ Ten Palestinians arrested in West Bank
❹ POETRY by Fouzi El Asmar
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❶ AUGUST 2016 REPORT: 516 PALESTINIANS ARRESTED BY ISRAELI OCCUPATION FORCE
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
September 2, 2016
During August 2016, Israeli occupation forces arrested 516 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza, including 73 children and ten women, including two minor girls. The institutions noted that 143 arrests took place in Jerusalem; 100 in al-Khalil; 57 in Bethlehem; 51 in Jenin; 37 in Ramallah and El-Bireh; 35 in Nablus; 34 in Tulkaren; 18 in Qalqilya; nine in Tubas; five in Jericho; and four in Salfit.
___There are approximately 7,000 total Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including 56 women prisoners. This number includes 13 minor girls. The total number of child prisoners is 340, held mostly in Megiddo and Ofer prisons. 159 administrative detention orders were issued in August, including 52 new orders issued for the first time.    MORE . . .

  • McNeely, Clea, et al. “Political Imprisonment And Adult Functioning: A Life Event History Analysis Of Palestinians.” Journal Of Traumatic Stress 28.3 (2015): 223-231.   FULL ARTICLE.

In this representative sample from the occupied Palestinian territory, 26% of men aged 32 to 43 years were imprisoned for political reasons between 1987 and 2011. This equates to nearly 48,000 men in the full population (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2012).
[. . . .]
The Palestinian context makes it possible to study political imprisonment in community samples due to the frequency with which Palestinian boys and men are imprisoned. An estimated 750,000–800,000 Palestinians, mostly males, have been detained or imprisoned by Israel for political reasons since 1967. There are few families that have not had at least one male family member imprisoned. Indeed, political imprisonment has become endowed with particular significance to Palestinians, whether as an ultimate symbol of resistance to Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land or as evidence of the invasive military occupation. The unique persistence of trauma-related stress over many years—but not other forms of mental suffering—was consistent with a study of Cambodian refugees who experienced political violence. We described the measure as trauma-related stress (instead of PTSD) to deny any implication that it assesses a clinical disorder. Rather, the feelings captured by this scale were interpreted by Palestinians to be symptoms of social suffering associated with the injustice and violence of the Israeli military occupation.
[. . . .]
Of note, two domains of functioning were not affected by recent imprisonment: economic and family. Economic functioning may not have been worse because the Palestinian Authority provided financial support to families of prisoners during the imprisonment period. Family functioning may not have been worse, compared to never-imprisoned men, because wives and mothers of political prisoners worked hard to maintain family cohesion and support for the prisoner.
___The finding of the widespread suffering of the recently imprisoned illustrates the value of searching beyond the conventional focus on psychopathology to include functioning across the multiple contexts affected by political conflict. In terms of practice, the findings suggest that efforts to support former political prisoners in the occupied Palestinian territory pay particular attention to those who have been imprisoned most recently.

❷ REPORT: ISRAEL DETAINED 30 PALESTINIAN TEENS IN AUGUST, MAJORITY REPORT BEING TORTURED
Ma’an News Agency
Sept. 5, 2016
Israeli forces imprisoned 30 teenage Palestinians over the month of August and collected 65,000 shekels ($1,727) from their families as fines, the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs said Monday, with the majority of the detainees saying they were beaten and tortured during their detention, interrogation, and transport from one detention center to another.
___A statement released Monday quoted the committee’s lawyer Luay Akka as saying that among the detainees were minors as young as 13 years old.
___Akka added that 17 of the detainees were taken from their homes during military raids, five were detained from off the street, four at military checkpoints, and four arrived voluntarily to detention centers after they received summons from Israeli authorities.    MORE . . .  
❸ TEN PALESTINIANS ARRESTED IN WEST BANK
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Sep. 6, 2016
Ten Palestinians were arrested on Tuesday at dawn as the Isareli occupation forces (IOF) stormed different areas in the occupied West Bank and closed a fireworks shop in Hebron.
___Israeli media sources claimed that the IOF arrested three “wanted” Palestinians from Hebron, a Hamas activist from Jalazon camp north of Ramallah, another citizen form Qalandia camp, north of Jerusalem, two from Beit Reema town and two from Moughair village near Ramallah.
___Another Palestinian from Kofel Hares town north of the West Bank was arrested.   MORE . . .     

“TO  THE  BELOVED  MOTHERLAND,”  BY  FOUZI EL-ASMAR
Night in my cell
is life still in bud.
Beloved, you are like the breaking of light,
Like truth
Like a song dissolved into longing
Tearing apart the draped evening
Wrecking the flow of moans.

Beloved,
The joy of daylight
embraces the darkness
in my cell;
persistent silence here
will turn back the blade
of the swindler, the torturer
the thief of my childhood dreams
in the day’s heat.

Beloved, in your name
dusk has touched my forehead
grey dreams flooded my head
But my will remains uncowed
for since I came to manhood
with my eyelashes
I have borne your ancient love
You remain my lighthouse
and only refuge.

Beloved,
we are here to nurse at life
Your full breast
stretches are lightening
of hope and will
It shall flower a new prophecy
in our souls
It shall loosen the chains
and hurl light over our love.

Beloved,
The prison is a brief cloud
The bitter winds
of a cold journey
which we must accomplish.

Our road is wrapped in sighs, tears, and thorns
In all that dark claws can weave
but our love shall triumph
At the end of the road.

There
We shall meet with the sun
Its rays shall enter every house
Fill every crack
Flooding mountains, hills, and plains.

As I sit in a corner of my dim cell
lacing the seeds of the little light
stretching them to these lines for you
I am struck with the joy of a child:
Beloved,
With all that tears this life apart
They forget they cannot put
my mind in jail.

El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE  WIND-DRIVEN  REED  AND  OTHER  POEMS. Washington, DC: Three Continents Press, 1979.
Available at Amazon. 
About Fouzi El-Asmar.

“… They are . . . the twenty revolutions that will eternalize this cell…” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

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Israeli Checkpoint. (Photo: Native News, Tumblr, 21 May 2015)

❶ Massive Israeli Settlement Plan to be implemented
❷ Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders against 34 Palestinians
.. ❷ ― (ᴀ) Israeli Navy Detains Three Fishermen off Gaza
.. ❷ ― (ᴃ) Israeli Forces Detain 16 Palestinians from West Bank
❸ Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT  ISRAEL  CALLS  PROGRESS,  PALESTINIANS  SEE  AS  OPPRESSION
❹ POETRY by Fouzi El-Asmar
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❶ MASSIVE  ISRAELI  SETTLEMENT  PLAN  TO  BE  IMPLEMENTED
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 7, 2016
Israel is reportedly planning to build over 15,000 new settlement units on the site of an unused airport between the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
___According to Press TV/Al Ray, the units are scheduled to be constructed on the site of Atarot airport, located in northern al-Quds [. . . .]
___A member of the Israeli Knesset, Nachman Shai, warned on Sunday that the expansion would draw a fresh wave of international condemnation.
___Israel’s planning committee chair Meir Turgeman, however, said he didn’t “see a problem, from a political standpoint.”       MORE…

Note: The article from which this paragraph comes is a detailed description of Israel as the last colonial power in the world by the author’s understanding of that idea.

In colonies of contested settlement in Africa and Asia, many settlers went to live in the colonized lands, but they remained a minority rejected by the natives.
___Metropoles [settlers] often assisted their settlers in various ways, particularly in colonies of contested settlement. The colonial state provided them with subsidies, loans, grants, housing, low taxes, transport, and land; it also employed them and developed their infrastructures. Settlers lived in relatively nice quarters, owned businesses, and held high paying jobs. Natives lived in wretched conditions and had few sociopolitical rights. The two societies were segregated and faced a dual system of law, one applying to settlers and the other to natives. Natives required permission from the state to engage in various daily affairs. The colonial state defended settlers, fought their wars against natives, and seized lands and resources from natives and transferred them to settlers. Having lost the main source of their livelihood, many natives had to work for the colonizers in menial and low paying jobs, and at times they were forced to do so. The land seizures were often effected behind a pseudolegal facade, declaring the state as the owner of unclaimed lands, but settlers also took the law into their own hands, seizing native lands and properties.  [. . . .]
___The Israeli case exhibits almost all of these features.

  • Reuveny, Rafael. “The Last Colonialist: Israel in the Occupied Territories Since 1967.” Independent Review 12.3 (2008): 325-374.   Full article.

❷ ISRAEL  ISSUES  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  AGAINST  34  PALESTINIANS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 8, 2016
Israeli authorities have issued administrative detention orders to 34 Palestinian detainees, placing them in jail without a charge or trial, Wednesday reported the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).
___11 of the detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, while the remaining 23 others received renewed administrative orders, the organization added.
___Administrative detention is the imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial and on the basis of secret evidence for up to six-month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.      MORE… 

Through motions for equal citizenship and access to its associated rights Arab citizens are repeatedly asking for recognition from the state . . . thus posing an existential threat to the state . . .  the state of Israel establishes bureaucracies of admission and expulsion in an attempt to maintain its Judaized dominance and sovereign power, and in doing so, reinforces its borders upon and against the Palestinian community. Although there are significant differences between the political, military, and legal measures employed by Israel against Palestinians within its formally recognized borders and those in . . .  the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the fundamental sovereign performance remains similar . . . human rights organizations reported trends of arbitrary arrest and detention, as well as inhumane treatment of Arab citizens in custody, reflective of the exact measures faced by those in the OPT, thus highlighting the military, political, legal, and conceptual parallels between the Israel’s treatment of its Palestinian citizens and those formally under occupation in the Palestinian territories.
___Perhaps most reflective of the paradox lived by Palestinians with Israeli citizenship is Salter’s contention of a citizen that is “always already and never fully inscribed as part of the population.” As Israeli citizens they are uprooted as non-Jews, both in the conceptual and political sense, and simultaneously defined as a threatening other to the state.

  • MOLAVI, SHOURIDEH C. “Stateless Citizenship and the Palestinian-Arabs in Israel.” Refuge 26.2 (2009): 19-28.

.. ❷ ― (ᴀ) ISRAELI  NAVY  DETAINS  THREE  FISHERMEN  OFF  GAZA
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 8, 2016
Israeli navy on Wednesday detained three Palestinian fishermen while they were sailing offshore Gaza, according to local sources.
___WAFA correspondent said that several Israeli naval boats attacked with gunfire a number of fishing boats while sailing offshore the coast of Gaza, before they detained three of them. They were taken to Ashdod seaport in southern Israel.      MORE… 
.. ❷ ― (ᴃ) ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  16  PALESTINIANS  FROM  WEST  BANK
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 8, 2016
Israeli forces Wednesday detained 16 Palestinians, including at least a minor, mostly during overnight raids into a number of West Bank districts, said Palestine Prisoner’s Society and security sources.
___Five Palestinians were detained from Ramallah and al-Bireh districts, three others from Jenin district, another from Qalqilia, two others from Jerusalem, two others from Bethlehem and three others from Hebron.      MORE . . .  

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Israeli naval forces detain two Palestinian fishermen off the Gazan coast for allegedly heading beyond the designated nine-nautical-mile fishing zone. (Photo: Truth Human Rights Research Center NGO/ April 9, 2016)

❸  Opinion/Analysis: WHAT  ISRAEL  CALLS  PROGRESS,  PALESTINIANS  SEE  AS  OPPRESSION
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Ahmad Melhem
The Israeli army will make improvements at military checkpoints in the West Bank and Jerusalem, Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai announced May 26. But not everyone sees that as good news.
___On his Facebook page, titled “The Coordinator,” Mordechai posted in Arabic, “It has been decided to renew and improve checkpoints in the West Bank, [to] increase the number of Palestinian workers allowed to pass through to their workplaces in Israel, improve waiting conditions and adopt advanced technology at all checkpoints” [. . . .]
___But what Israel calls improvements are viewed by Palestinians as an entrenchment of the occupation.
___Fatah official spokesman Osama al-Qawasmi told Al-Monitor, “The real improvements Israel could provide for us [would be] for [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s government to recognize Palestinian rights and remove every last soldier, camp and settlement from the West Bank.”       MORE . . .  

“TWENTY  COMRADES,”  BY  FOUZI  EL ASMA

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 drought.
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)

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

 

“. . . In the tumult of cities beyond deserts and seas . . .” (Jabra Ibrahim Jabra)

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Hundreds of settlers closed all roads leading to the evacuated settlements of Sanur and Homesh north of occupied West Bank and performed Talmudic rituals in the area, May 12, 2016. (Photo: Alternative Information Center)

❶ 647 Palestinians Held in Administrative Detention since October 2015
❷ Israel to Demolish Home of Three Jerusalemite Prisoners
❸ Israeli settlers escalate their attacks against Palestinians
❹ Israel imposes “general closure” on Palestinian territory for Israeli Independence Day
❺ Opinion/Analysis: MOST  ISRAELI  JEWS  THINK  THERE’S  NO  OCCUPATION.  SO  WHAT  IS  IT?
❻ POETRY by Jabra Ibrahim Jabra
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❶ 647  PALESTINIANS  HELD  IN  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  SINCE  OCTOBER  2015
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 12, 2016
Israeli forces placed 647 Palestinians in administrative detention without trial or charge since October 2015, said Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) on Thursday.
___PPS said the number of Palestinians held in administrative detention has reached about 750 for the first time since 2008.
___It added Israeli military courts have issued 1,144 administrative detention orders against Palestinians since the first of October 2015.      MORE . . .

❷ ISRAEL  TO  DEMOLISH  HOME  OF  THREE  JERUSALEMITE  PRISONERS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 12, 2016
The Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem on Thursday handed a notice to the family of three Palestinian prisoners informing them that their home will be demolished, under the pretext of construction without a permit.
___Um Tareq al-Issawi, the mother of Samer, Shereen and Medhat al-Issawi – three prisoners in Israeli jails, told WAFA that she has received a notice from the Israeli municipality regarding their intention to demolish their house, for being constructed without an Israeli permit [. . . .]
She said such a decision aims at “breaking the steadfastness” of her three imprisoned sons.      MORE . . . 

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The file photo shows Israeli bulldozers demolishing a Palestinian home in Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds. (Photo: PressTV. Feb. 14, 2015)

❸ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  ESCALATE  THEIR  ATTACKS  AGAINST  PALESTINIANS
The Palestinian Information Center
May 12, 2016
Israeli settlers stepped up overnight their attacks against Palestinians and their properties as they were celebrating their Jewish holidays.
___In al-Khalil, a group of settlers stoned late yesterday several Palestinian homes in the Old City.
___The settlers threw stones and empty bottles at a number of local homes after they performed Talmudic rituals at the Ibrahimi Mosque, the PIC reporter affirmed.   MORE . . .

❹ ISRAEL  IMPOSES  “GENERAL  CLOSURE” ON  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY  FOR ISRAELI  INDEPENDENCE  DAY
Ma’an News Agency
May 11, 2016
Israeli authorities declared a “general closure” on Gaza and the occupied West Bank since midnight on Tuesday and continuing until midnight on Thursday, as Israel celebrates its Memorial and Independence Day [. . . .]
___Crossings into Israel from the West Bank and Gaza are only being permitted in humanitarian cases. However, a representative of the Palestinian Authority (PA) has requested approval for Palestinians in need of serious medical assistance. . . .
___An Israeli army spokesperson said the closure was implemented following an army “security assessment” and added that the closure restrictions included the passage of products and the movement of people into Israel and its illegal settlements.
MORE . . .    you will have to copy and paste Ma’an News Agency into your browser; it is no longer possible to link it directly for their security reasons.

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  MOST  ISRAELI  JEWS  THINK  THERE’S  NO  OCCUPATION.  SO  WHAT  IS  IT?
+972 Magazine Blog
Natasha Roth
May 11, 2016
A recent poll finds that 72 percent of Jewish Israelis believe Israel’s control over the Palestinian territories does not constitute occupation. So what do you call military rule over a captive population that didn’t vote for the army to be there?      MORE . . .  

“IN  THE  DESERTS  OF  EXILE,”  BY  JABRA  IBRAHIM  JABRA
Spring after spring, in the deserts of exile,
What are we doing with our love,
When our eyes are full of frost and dust?

Our Palestine, green land of ours;
Its flowers as if embroidered of women’s gowns;
March adorns its hills
With the jewel-like peony and narcissus;
April bursts open in its plains
With flowers and bride-like blossoms;
May is our rustic song
Which we sing at noon, in the blue shadows,
Among the olive trees in our valleys,
And in the ripeness of the fields we wait for the promise of July
And the joyous dance amidst the harvest.

O land of ours where our childhood passed
Like dreams in the shade of the orange grove,
Among the almond trees in the valleys―
Remember us now wandering
Among the thorns of the desert,
Wandering in rocky mountains;
Remember us now
In the tumult of cities beyond deserts and seas;
Remember us with our eyes full of dust
That never clears in our ceaseless wandering.
They crushed the flowers on the hills around us,
Destroyed the houses over our heads,
Scattered our torn remains
Then unfolded the desert before us,
With valleys writhing in hunger
And blue shadows
Scattered into red thorns
Bent over corpses left as prey for falcon and crow.

Is it from your hills that the angels sang to the shepherds
Of peace on earth and goodwill among men?
Only death laughed when it saw
Among the entrails of beasts
The ribs of men,
And through the guffaw of bullets
It went dancing a joyous dance
On the heads of weeping women.
Our land is an emerald,
But in the deserts of exile,
Spring after spring,
Only the dust hisses in our face.
What then, what are we doing with our love,
When our eyes and our mouth are full of frost and dust?

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.
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Let the oppressor review his account. . . (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Issawiya
An Israeli policeman stands looking over Issawiya in East Jerusalem, during a protest against cement blockades at the neighborhood entrances on Nov. 12, 2014. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse /Ahmad Gharabli, File)

❶ Israel Detains 24 Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank
❷ Group: 43 journalists jailed by Israel since October
❸ Committee: Journalists’ life at risk in Gaza due to Israeli bans
❹ Army Demolishes A Palestinian Home In Qalandia, Injures 8 Palestinians And Kidnap One
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Opinion/Analysis: AMBIVALENCE AS AN ENDORSEMENT OF OPPRESSION
❻ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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❶ ISRAEL  DETAINS  24  PALESTINIANS  IN  JERUSALEM,  WEST  BANK
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 20, 2016
Israeli forces on Wednesday overnight detained at least 24 Palestinians, including children, most of them during a military raid in the district of al-Issawiya in East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).
___Israeli policemen broke into al-Issawiya, on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem, at predawn, where they raided dozens of homes, searched them and sabotaged their furniture. The police detained more than 20 Palestinians, including children, and summoned others for interrogation.      MORE . . .    

GROUP:  43  JOURNALISTS  JAILED  BY  ISRAEL  SINCE  OCTOBER
Ma’an News Agency
April 16, 2016
The Committee to Support Palestinian Journalists said on Saturday that Israel had detained 43 journalists in the occupied Palestinian territory since October 2015, including two foreign reporters.
___The New York-based committee said in a report that during detention and imprisonment, journalists have reported torture, medical negligence, and unreasonable and illegal rulings by the Israeli authorities.
___The committee condemned the increasing number of detentions of journalists, and called for their immediate release.      MORE . . .  

❸ COMMITTEE:  JOURNALISTS’  LIFE  AT  RISK  IN  GAZA  DUE  TO  ISRAELI  BANS
The Palestinian Information Center
April 20 2016
The Committee to Support Journalists warned Tuesday of the dangers with which journalists’ lives have been fraught in Gaza due to the Israeli restrictions on the entry of press vests and shields. The committee said the Israeli occupation authorities have frequently banned journalists’ access to a set of helmets and bulletproof vests donated by international and Arab parties.     MORE . . .

❹ ARMY  DEMOLISHES  A  PALESTINIAN  HOME  IN  QALANDIA,  INJURES  8  PALESTINIANS  AND  KIDNAP  ONE   
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 20, 2016
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, Qalandia refugee camp, north of occupied Jerusalem, demolished one home and injured at least eight Palestinians, including three with live fire; one of the wounded was among the abducted residents.
___The soldiers surrounded the home of Hussein Abu Ghosh, 17, forced the family out and demolished the property’s inner walls, rendering it uninhabitable.
___Abu Ghosh was killed by the army, along with another Palestinian on January 26, 2016, after stabbing an Israeli settler woman to death [. . . . ]
___The invasion into the refugee camp was carried out by more than 40 armored vehicles and a military bulldozer.      MORE . . .   

❺ Opinion/Analysis:  AMBIVALENCE  AS  AN  ENDORSEMENT  OF  OPPRESSION
Alternative Information Center – AIC
April 17, 2016
Demands to separate politics from culture is a nonsensical idea that only BDS activists and supporters are told to accept.
___Tomorrow, Monday April 18, New York noise band A Place to Bury Strangers will make their Israeli debut at the Tel Aviv Club Barby. Rapper Freddie Gibbs will do the same on May 23, followed by the alternative rock band Real Estate on May 25.
___Efforts are underway to stop these and the nearly twenty other performances by high-profile international musicians this summer. These include direct appeals to artists, though Tali Shapiro, an Israeli BDS activist says artists’ agents and managers sometimes shut these channels down. Shapiro maintains a Facebook page where she posts articles on Israel’s human rights record and tags artists in the posts.      MORE . . . 

“WE  SHALL  REMAIN,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD  – 1970

It is a thousand times easier
For you to pass an elephant through the needle’s eye
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way
To plow the sea
To teach the alligator speech, a thousand times easier
Than smothering with you oppression
The spark of an idea
Of forcing us to deviate
A single step
From our chosen march.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain in Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here upon your chests
We shall remain
Like the glass and the cactus
In your throats
A fiery whirlwind
In your eyes.

Here we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We wash dishes in the hotels
And serve drinks to the masters.
We mop the floors in the dark kitchens
To extract a piece of bread
From your blue teeth
For the little ones.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We starve,
Go naked,
Sing songs
And fill the streets
With demonstrations
And the jails with pride.
We breed rebellions
One after another.
Like twenty impossibles we remain
In Lydda, Ramlah, Galilee.

Here, we shall remain.
You may drink the sea;
We shall guard the shade
Of the olive tree and the fig,
Planting ideas
Like the yeast in the dough.
The coldness of ice is in our nerves
And a burning hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock
To quench our thirst
And if we starve
We eat the dirt
And never depart
Or grudge our blood.

Here―we have a past
―a present
―and a future.
Our roots are entrenched
Deep in the earth.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
Let the oppressor review his account
Before the turn of the wheel.
For every action there is a reaction:
Read what is written in the Book.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain―in Lydda, in Ramlah
And Galilee.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE.  Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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“Under the yoke of our mornings . . .” (Ibrahim Nasrallah)

ISRAELI DESTRUCTION of Palestinian business in Nilin Town. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, April 7, 2016)
ISRAELI DESTRUCTION of Palestinian business in Nilin Town. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, April 7, 2016)

❶ Israeli forces continue demolition campaign across West Bank
❷ Premier Office: Israel’s Movement Restrictions Violate 4th Geneva Convention
❸ Japan Donates $7M to Support UNICEF Interventions in Palestine
❹ Palestinian hunger-striker’s health worsens as Israel moves another [prisoner] to solitary
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  FICTION  OF  AUTONOMY  IN  RAMALLAH  IS  MAKING  THE  OCCUPATION  STRONGER
❻ POETRY by Ibrahim Nasrallah
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  CONTINUE  DEMOLITION  CAMPAIGN  ACROSS  WEST  BANK
Ma’an News Agency
April 7, 2016
Israeli forces demolished structures across the occupied West Bank in Nilin, Khirbet Tana, and Khan al-Ahmar on Thursday according to local sources and the United Nations.
___An industrial structure and a slaughterhouse were demolished in the village of Nilin in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.
___Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces demolished a structure for painting vehicles in Nilin belonging to Khalid and Yassir Isteih, employing some 15 Palestinians.   MORE . . .

❷ PREMIER  OFFICE:  ISRAEL’S  MOVEMENT  RESTRICTIONS  VIOLATE  4TH  GENEVA  CONVENTION
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 7, 2016
Increasing Israeli checkpoints in the occupied Palestinian Territories punish the entire Palestinian population, which is a form of collective punishment, and therefore violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement Thursday.
___The statement said: “In addition to the 85 fixed checkpoints in the West Bank, hundreds of “flying” checkpoints were erected each month, making travel between Palestinian towns and villages almost impossible.”       MORE . . .  

During rush hour, Dec. 3, 2015, Israeli forces set up “FLYING” CHECKPOINTS at all entrances to occupied al-Khalil, resulting in endless queues of Palestinians on their way to visit family over the weekend, Dec. 4 & 5. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement, Dec. 7, 2015)
Dec. 3, 2015, Israeli forces set up “FLYING” CHECKPOINTS at all entrances to occupied al-Khalil, resulting in endless queues of Palestinians on their way to visit family over the weekend. (Photo: International Solidarity Movement, Dec. 7, 2015)

JAPAN  DONATES  $7M  TO  SUPPORT  UNICEF  INTERVENTIONS  IN  PALESTINE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 7, 2016
The Government of Japan has donated $7 million in support of UNICEF’s humanitarian and development response to children in Palestine.
___This new grant will enable UNICEF and partners to implement interventions which are critical for children’s well-being and protection from violence, and to ensure their access to basic services such as education, water and sanitation, protection or health and nutrition.      MORE . . .  

❹  PALESTINIAN  HUNGER-STRIKER’S  HEALTH  WORSENS  AS  ISRAEL  MOVES  ANOTHER  [PRISONER]  TO  SOLITARY
Ma’an News Agency
April 7, 2016
The health of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Sami al-Janazreh has begun to seriously deteriorate after 36 days without food, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Thursday.
___Meanwhile, The Palestine Prisoners’ Center for Studies reported on Thursday that Israeli prisons services moved prisoner Adib Muhammad Jamal Mafarjeh into solitary confinement to pressure him to end his open-ended hunger strike.      MORE . . .  

Opinion/Analysis:  THE  FICTION  OF  AUTONOMY  IN  RAMALLAH  IS  MAKING  THE  OCCUPATION  STRONGER
+972 Magazine
By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
April 6, 201
A nearly averted shootout outside Abbas’s house in Ramallah has led to renewed talks about restoring Palestinian autonomy in parts of the West Bank. But outside the framework of a peace process, such steps only help the occupation endure.      MORE . . .   

“HOMELAND,”  BY  IBRAHIM  NASRALLAH

Under the yoke of our mornings

the sun crumbles

and in the darkness of our steps

our panting breath is on fire

these incomplete homelands

in which we appear to be

nothing more than prisoners of war

Reproduced from WORLD POETRY MOVEMENT 
About IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
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