“. . . 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

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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.

“. . . It is my right to behold the sun . . .” (Fouzi el-Asmar)

bilal❶ 10 Palestinian prisoners join mass hunger strike in solidarity with Bilal Kayid
❷ The terror of the children
❸ POETRY by Fouzi el-Asmar

Background from New Zealand International Review

Background from Public Health Ethics

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❶ 10 PALESTINIAN PRISONERS JOIN MASS HUNGER STRIKE IN SOLIDARITY WITH BILAL KAYID
Ma’an News Agency
July 31, 2016
Ten new Palestinian prisoners on Sunday joined a mass open hunger strike in solidarity with prisoner Bilal Kayid, according to Issa Qaraqe, head of the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affair, a day after reports emerged that Kayid’s health had deteriorated sharply after almost 50 days without food.
___Qaraqe told the Palestinian Wafa News Agency that ten prisoners from Israel’s Ramon prison joined the open strike, including Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) leader Ahmad Saadat, who was reportedly moved to solitary confinement after joining the strike, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society.
___Kayid, a member of the PFLP, Palestine’s most popular left-wing political faction, has been on hunger strike for 47 days in protest of being placed in administrative detention — Israel’s controversial policy of internment without charge or trial under undisclosed evidence — on the day he was scheduled to be released after completing a 14-and-a-half-year prison sentence.      MORE . . .    

❷ THE TERROR OF THE CHILDREN
Military Court Watch (monitoring the treatment of children in detention)
Reprinted from El Pais (English)
Mario Vargas Llosa
July 25, 2016
[. . . .] The operations designed to induce panic are generally carried out at night by masked soldiers who first throw grenades into homes accompanied by shouting, with the aim of frightening families – above all, the children. These raids come out of the blue and are carefully orchestrated. The teenager or child who has been betrayed by an informer is blindfolded and handcuffed. The young suspects are then taken away in a truck, usually on the floor of the truck with the soldiers’ feet on top of them and the odd kick to keep them scared.
___In the interrogation room, they are left tied up on the floor for five to 10 hours. This helps to lower their morale and frighten them further. The subsequent interrogation follows a pattern; they are advised to admit to throwing stones, which will get them no more than two or three months behind bars. Otherwise, they will have to wait seven or eight months for their case to go to trial, which could means a worse sentence.       MORE . . .    

From New Zealand International Review
On 17 April 2012, Palestine Prisoners Day, more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners began an open-ended hunger strike to protest against unjust arrest procedures, arbitrary detention and bad prison conditions. Reported Richard Falk, ‘I am appalled by the continuing human rights violations in Israeli prisons and I urge the Government of Israel to respect its international human rights obligations towards all Palestinian prisoners.’
[. . . .]
___Since the 1967 war, an estimated 40 per cent of the Palestinian male population in the occupied territory has been in detention in Israeli jails. Israel makes widespread use of arbitrary detention; no charges, no trials. Some prisoners are held this way for years, just by renewing the arbitrary detention.
___Twenty-seven Palestinian parliamentarians and two ministers are being held. Human rights activists, taking part in nonviolent protests against the wall as it is expanded, are targeted.
___Political prisoners are held in Israel jails, against the Geneva Convention. Dostoevsky said you should judge a country by examining its prisons.  Griffiths, Lois, and Martin Griffiths. “The Palestine Story: To Exist Is To Resist.” New Zealand International Review 37.5 (2012): 4-9.   SOURCE 

From Public Health Ethics
Abstract
The present article focuses on the case of the 2012 hunger-strike of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. We analyze the ethical dilemma involved in the way the Israeli medical community reacted to these hunger-strikes and the question of force feeding within the context of the fundamental dual-loyalty structure inherent in the Israeli Prison Services—system. We argue that the liberal perspective that focuses the discussion on the dilemma between the principle of individual autonomy and the sanctity of life tends to be oblivious to the asymmetrical relation of power that characterizes the prison system and to the socio-political context in which hunger-strikes take place. Emphasizing hunger-strikes as political acts implies that health practitioners’ conducts cannot be analyzed only through the prism of clinical medical ethics. It requires a public health ethics’ approach, an approach that understands health in the context of the complex relationship between society, state, organizations, communities and individuals. The authors are both academics and volunteers in Physicians for Human Rights—Israel thus our analysis is based both on sociological and public health ethics principles and on the continuous work and advocacy for the right to health of prisoners. Filc, Dani, et al. “Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger-Strikes In Israeli Prisons: Beyond The Dual-Loyalty Dilemma In Medical Practice And Patient Care.” Public Health Ethics 7.3 (2014): 229-238.     SOURCE 

“THE WAY,” by Fouzi El-Asmar

I shall not despair;
Whether my way leads to a jail,
under the sun
or in exile
I shall not despair.

It is my right to behold the sun
To demolish the tent and banishment
To eat the fruit of the olive
To water the vineyards
with music
To sing of Love
in Jaffa, in Haifa
To sow the fertile land
with new seeds
It is my right.

Let my way be
The reaching of one hand to another
That a tower of dreams be built.

This is my way
And if the last price to pay
is my sight
my life
I shall
but will not give up
my way.

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

“. . . Filling the dungeons with pride . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

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Arrest of Jerusalem child, February 9, 2015 (Photo: Silwan, Jerusalem, SILWANIC)

❶ The occupation forces arrest two children from Shu’fat and renew the administrative arrest of a young man
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Arrest and abuse by Israeli police part of life for children in Silwan
❷ Palestinian youth shot, injured in head with live fire during Israeli raid on Ramallah-area village
❸ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In Bethlehem
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  PALESTINE IMPACTS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
❺ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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❶ THE OCCUPATION FORCES ARREST TWO CHILDREN FROM SHU’FAT AND RENEW THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARREST OF A YOUNG MAN…EXTENSIONS OF ARREST
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
July 24, 2016
The occupation forces arrested two children from the neighborhood of Shu’fat north of Jerusalem.
___Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that the Israeli forces arrested Adam Abu Khdeir and Mahmoud Mohammad Abu Khdeir from Shu’fat and transferred them for interrogation.
___On the other hand, the occupation authorities renewed the administrative arrest imposed on Ahmad Abu Mayaleh for 3 more months as explained by lawyer Mahmoud.
MORE . . .  
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ARREST AND ABUSE BY ISRAELI POLICE PART OF LIFE FOR CHILDREN IN SILWAN
Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)
Elisa Tappeiner
Feb 22, 2014
[. . . .] ___The consequences of child arrests in Silwan, and other Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem, extend beyond the detention period. The traumatic experience of arrest and interrogation alongside the constant fear of arrest, disruption of education and the financial burden of posting bail and paying fines have taken their toll on the children, their families and the Silwan community as a whole.    MORE . . .   

❷ PALESTINIAN YOUTH SHOT, INJURED IN HEAD WITH LIVE FIRE DURING ISRAELI RAID ON RAMALLAH-AREA VILLAGE
Ma’an News Agency
July 24, 2016
A Palestinian youth was seriously injured Sunday at dawn during clashes with Israeli forces who raided the village of Silwad in the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank.
___According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, the youth was injured in the head with live fire and was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in a serious condition.
___Israeli forces reportedly fired live bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas as it raided the village in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, while youths responded with throwing rocks and molotov cocktails.     MORE . . .  

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Thirteen-year-old Ahmad Sharaka, shot dead by Israeli forces in Ramallah, October 11, 2015 (Photo: Al Jazeera)

❸ ISRAELI SOLDIERS KIDNAP THREE PALESTINIANS IN BETHLEHEM
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
July 24, 2016
Many Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Bethlehem city and the nearby towns of al-Khader and Beit Sahour, searched homes and property before kidnapping three Palestinians, and confiscated surveillance tapes.
___Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, said the soldiers violently searched a number of homes and kidnapped two Palestinians.
___Salah added that the two kidnapped Palestinians, identified as Khaled Jamil Abu Samra, 50, and Mohammad Adeeb Mousa, 33, are former political prisoners.     MORE . . .

❹ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINE IMPACTS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
July 21, 2016
The UK Parliament can have a positive impact on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; Scottish National Party MP Paul Monaghan told a cross-party reception and seminar in London on Tuesday.
___The event, entitled “Palestine: Key for stability and peace in the Middle East”, was organised by the EuroPal Forum in an effort to build bridges between Palestinian, Arab and European decision makers and to exchange ideas to reach a just solution for the Palestinian cause.
[. . . .]
EuroPal Forum chairman, Zaher Birawi, said the Palestinian issue is an international issue that “has an impact on every single society in the world, in one way or another.” MORE . . .

“THE  IMPOSSIBLE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
It is much easier for you
To pass an elephant through a needle’s eye,
Or catch fried fish in a galaxy,
Plough the sea,
Force a crocodile to speak
Than to destroy by persecution
The shimmering glow of a belief,
Or check our march,
One single step.

As if we were a thousand prodigies
Spreading everywhere
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee. . .
Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
And in your throat we shall stay,
A piece of glass, a cactus thorn,
And in your eyes,
A blazing fire.

Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
Cleaning dishes in taverns,
Filling cups for the masters,
Sweeping sooty kitchens
To snatch a bite from your blue fangs
For our children.
Here we shall stay.
A wall upon your breast,
Facing starvation,
Struggling with rags, defying,
Singing our songs,
Swarming the angry streets with our demonstrations,
Filling the dungeons with pride,
Rearing vengeance in new generations.
Like a thousand prodigies,
We roam along
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee.

Here we shall stay,
Go then and jump into the lake.
We will guard even the shadow of our fig and olive trees,
And ferment our cause as yeast does dough.
Here we shall stay with steel-cold nerves,
And red hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock to quench our thirst
And lull starvation with dust,
But we shall not depart.
Here we shall spill our dearest blood,
Here we have a past,
A present,
A future.
Stay we will, like a thousand prodigies,
In Lidda, Ramallah, the Galilee.
Strike deep in the earth
Our living roots.

From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.  Available from Amazon.
About Tawfiq Zayyad

“. . . Any more leeway in regards to targeting civilians would suspend a fundamental cornerstone of our moral thinking.” (Eva Küblbeck)

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Fares Khader al-Rishq, 20, critically injured extra-judicial shootings by Israeli soldiers, July 13, 2016, Al-Ram Town in the occupied West Bank (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ Israeli forces kill 1 Palestinian youth, injure 1, and detain 1 other

  • background from Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies

❷ Israel issues 34 admin detention orders

  • background from Third World Quarterly

❸ Opinion/Analysis:  THE ANGELS I LOST IN GAZA
❹ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  KILL  1  PALESTINIAN  YOUTH,  INJURE  1,  AND  DETAIN  1  OTHER
Ma’an News Agency
July 13, 2016
A Palestinian youth was killed and another injured by Israeli forces while a third was detained early on Wednesday, as soldiers opened fire at the youths’ vehicle in the town of al-Ram in the occupied West Bank’s Jerusalem district.
___The youth who was killed was identified as Anwar al-Salaymeh, 22, and the two survivors were identified as Fares Khader al-Rishq, 20, who remains critically injured, and Muhammad Nassar, 20, who was detained by Israeli forces after the incident.
___Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces opened fire at three Palestinians youths, all residents of al-Ram, in a vehicle inside the town around dawn, as the three were seemingly unaware that Israeli forces were deployed in the town and conducting raids.      MORE . . .

From Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies
[. . . .] The human rights of many Palestinians are violated through discrimination, denial of freedom of movement, collective punishment, and economic sanctions resulting in widespread poverty. Combined, all these factors have devastating impacts on the social and economic situation in the Occupied Territories, and it can be argued that they constitute an “imminent and grave peril” to the Palestinian people’s interests.
[. . . .]
___The laws of war have failed to protect many Palestinian civilians, and doubt exists whether international law actually possesses the power to protect civilians or offers “no more than a reminder of the ideal. . . .“ Israel’s governments continue to fail to comply with the several international obligations and deny the applicability of the Fourth Geneva Convention to the Occupied Territories, the Fourth Hague Convention, and the Bill of Rights. This, however, does not mean that they lose their validity or cease to exist.
___The laws of war have been developed in order to regulate warfare and offer a certain amount protection in times of warfare. Even though civilian immunity is not absolute, it allows only for very few circumstances in which civilians can be targeted. Introducing more exemptions, or extending the existing ones further, bears the danger of seriously undermining the system and may have far-reaching negative consequences.
___. . . Humanitarian law, like human rights, has high standards and countries will not always be able or willing to live up to them. Nevertheless, their existence is crucial as a moral and legal obligation. The protection of non-combatants, including children, the elderly, and disabled is too important to be made part of military calculations. The fact that civilians can legitimately be killed in the form of “collateral damage” is concerning enough. While potentially unavoidable, it remains a dangerous act of balance between the accidental and the intentional. Any more leeway in regards to targeting civilians would suspend a fundamental cornerstone of our moral thinking.

  • Küblbeck, Eva. “The Immunity of Civilians – A Moral and Legal Study Of Attacks on the Civilian Population.” Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 4.2 (2013): 262-295.    SOURCE.
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Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli military prison, December 24, 2015. (Photo: ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com)

❷ ISRAEL  ISSUES  34  ADMIN  DETENTION  ORDERS
Days of Palestine
July 13, 2016
Israeli occupation issued on Tuesday 34 administrative detention orders ranging between three to six renewable months against Palestinians.
___Lawyer of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society Mahmoud al-Halabi said that 24 of the orders were issued against prisoners, who had already spent months or years inside Israeli jails under administrative detention.
___Israeli uses administrative detention to keep Palestinians, including politicians and MPS inside prison for an unlimited period without any reasons.      MORE . . .   

From Third World Quarterly
[. . . .] It was clear to Arendt that Israel was crafting a new ‘regime of truth’. . . .  This rhetoric has become a real presence in the West. It has metastasised into a global truth and it controls much of the narrative on Muslims. Western foreign policy is substantially based on this ‘truth’. Muslims/Arabs are compelled to accept it. The disdain for Palestinians flows from it as well. Any opposition to it is labelled antiSemitic (as in hating Jews); resistance in Occupied Palestine is quelled by F16s and military invasions. The West sells this as stability and peace. To reject it is to rebuff human rights, freedom and democracy.
___The corollary of this logic is the sibling regime of anti-Semitism. Hating Arabs is normal and calling Palestinians the new Nazis obligatory. Loving Israel is a sign of tolerance, opposing its policies is ‘terrorism’. So is being Muslim, since Islam is deemed violent by nature. Critics of the Jewish/Israel lobby are branded ‘hateful’. Arendt understood that the Zionist settlers in Palestine had pioneered this logic: ‘they did not even to stop to think of the very existence of Arabs’, an attitude she condemned as ‘plain racist chauvinism’. Such arrogance would only make them unsafe and insecure. Arendt’s fear has been realised—although she was not above this sort of prejudice. She called Africans ‘savages’ continually.
___Since 1945 the ‘never again’ chant has become canonical. Yet the West did not oppose genocide in places like the Congo and Rwanda.

  • Dossa, Shiraz. “Auschwitz’s Finale: Racism and Holocausts.” Third World Quarterly 33.9 (2012): 1575-1593.   SOURCE.

❸ Opinion/Analysis: THE  ANGELS  I  LOST  IN  GAZA
The Electronic Intifada
Doa’a Abu Amer
July 8, 2016
It has taken me a long time to gather the strength to write about a period of my life that has reshaped me completely: the night I lost 14 members of my family.
___It was a night I had barely escaped myself. I had been transported to safety in far away Australia not two weeks before.
___The evening of 17 July 2014 was to be my last in Gaza. I was due to be evacuated to Jordan and then Australia, to which I had a visa. It would be the last I would spend with my beloved family.
___The night before, the eighth night of Israel’s “Protective Edge” military assault on Gaza, we — along with 1.8 million other Palestinians besieged on a strip of land of 365 square kilometers — weren’t able to sleep. Tanks shelled civilian houses seemingly at random, drones filled the skies and the cries of ambulance sirens penetrated every home.   MORE . . .

“NORMAL  JOURNEY,”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI

I have not seen any horrors,
I have not seen a dragon in the land,
I have not seen the Kraken* in the sea,
nor a witch or a policeman
at the outset of my day.
Pirates have not overtaken mu desires,
thieves have not broken down the door of my life,
my absence has not been long,
it only took me one lifetime.

How come you saw scars
on my face, sorrow in my eyes,
and bruises in my bones and in my heart?
These are only illusions.
I have not seen any horrors,
everything was extremely normal.
Don’t worry,
your son is still in his grave, murdered,
and he’s fine.

*a legendary sea monster of large proportions

Interview with Mourid Barghouti  
From Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. Trans. Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2008. Available from Amazon.  

“. . . living with extreme traumatization as it ripples across family life . . .”

 

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A Palestinian woman inspects the damage to her house after it was stormed by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Nablus, 27 June 2014. (Nedal Eshtayah APA images)

❶ Israeli forces injure Palestinian youth with live fire during detentions raids in Bethlehem

  • From International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies

❷ Israeli soldiers kidnap a Palestinian Teen near Ramallah
❸ Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian agricultural lands near Nablus

  • From Berkeley Journal of International Law

❹ PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (16 – 22 June 2016)
❺ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ ISRAELI   FORCES   INJURE   PALESTINIAN   YOUTH   WITH   LIVE   FIRE   DURING   DETENTIONS  RAIDS  IN  BETHLEHEM
Ma’an News Agency
June 24, 2016
Israeli forces Friday injured a young Palestinian in Dheisheh refugee camp with live fire during predawn raids carried out across the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an.
___The Palestinian youth was reportedly struck with live fire in the leg after clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers [. . . .]
___Israeli forces also raided the cities of Beit Jala and Doha in Bethlehem overnight, as locals reported Israeli forces, including bulldozers, entered the areas and confiscated footage from surveillance cameras outside several stores.     MORE . . .

From International Journal Of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies
[. . . .] We come together on these questions: What is it like to be a mother on this particular frontline living with a form of political violence that targets family life and is, at once ongoing and relentless and also abrupt and shattering? Might these mothers’ stories teach us something about what it takes to mobilize psychically, to transcend the penetrating oppression induced by the exposure to continuous trauma?
___These mothers are caught between two powerfully dehumanizing forces: a military occupation that challenges daily living – driving communities into poverty, breaking non-violent resistance and using harsh and brutal measures to intimidate – and a restrictive, patrilineal household, organized to control movement, development, and the expression of their sexuality and placing the highest value on male honor. Under these twinned forces, the very act of parenting – providing safety and protection, rendering discipline and vision, and educating both formally and informally – become monumental. These forces not only stress the “everydayness” of family life, but also fray the very fibers of communities, inverting values and norms and, perhaps, altering meaning itself.
___These mothers are thus giving us a close reading of living with extreme traumatization as it ripples across family life.

  • Roth, Judy, and Salwa Duaibis. “Crows On The Cradles: Palestinian Mothers At A Frontline Vortex: Reflections On The Psychology Of Occupation.” International Journal Of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 12.1 (2015): 5-20.  ARTICLE.

❷ ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  A  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  NEAR  RAMALLAH
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 24, 2016
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, On Friday at dawn, a Palestinian teenager in the al-Am’ari refugee camp, in the central West Bank district of Ramallah.
___The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that the soldiers invaded and searched several homes in the refugee camp, and kidnapped Qussai Nidal M’alla, 17.
___The PPS said more than 15 army vehicles invaded the camp, after surrounding it, and that the soldiers also invaded the al-Masyoun and Um ash-Sharayet areas, in Ramallah and al-Biereh.    MORE . . .  

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Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian youth during an incursion in the West bank town of Nablus, 25 February 2007. (Getty Images)

❸ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  SET  FIRE  TO  PALESTINIAN  AGRICULTURAL  LANDS  NEAR  NABLUS
Ma’an News Agency
June 23, 2016
Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands on Thursday afternoon near the Qablan junction south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank.
___Abd al-Khaliq Salih, a resident of the nearby al-Sawiya village told Ma’an that several settlers from the illegal Israeli settlement of Rachalim near the village set fire to dozens of dunams of farmlands in the al-Tulma area which is owned by people from al-Sawiya, and is located near Qablan junction.
___Salih said large parts of the surrounding area quickly caught fire due to the heat, causing dozens more olive and other trees to burn.
___He added that Palestinian firefighters were prevented from getting to the area by settlers.      MORE . . . 

From Berkeley Journal Of International Law
Thus, the law that vested the occupant with the power to ensure the welfare of the occupied population has been used by the former to advance its own interests to the detriment of the latter.
___Indeed, while different phenomena are associated with the settlements—such as unequal allocation of water resources coupled with acute water shortage in the Palestinians villages and acts of violence committed by settlers against the Palestinian population which receive no proper response from the Israeli security forces—it is the legal terrain wrought by the occupation which is of special relevance to our analysis. There are separate legal systems operating concurrently in the West Bank, effectively dividing the population along ethnic lines.
___Jewish settlers are extraterritorially subject to Israeli civilian law, whereas the Palestinians are subject to the Israeli military law and to local law.

  • Ben-Naftali, Orna, Aeyal M. Gross, and Keren Michaeli. “Illegal Occupation: Framing The Occupied Palestinian Territory.” Berkeley Journal Of International Law 23.3 (2005): 551-614.  ARTICLE.

❹ PCHR  REPORT  ON  ISRAELI  HUMAN  RIGHTS  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OPT  (16 – 22 JUNE 2016)
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 23, 2016
Israeli violations of international law and international humanitarian law in the occupied Palestinian territories continued during the reporting period (16 – 22 June 2016).
___Shootings . . . Incursions . . . Collective punishments . . . .      MORE . . .      

FROM  “BEHIND  THE  BARS,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN  (1970)
“A salute to our sons and daughters, the fighters that have been swallowed up by Israeli prisons.”

  1. From “Hiba’s” Diary
    My mother’s phantom hovers here
    her forehead shines in my eyes
    like the light of stars
    She might be thinking of me now,
    dreaming

(Before my arrest
I drew letters on a book
new and old
I painted roses
reared with blood
and my mother was near me
blessing my painting)

I see her
on her face silence and loneliness now
and in the house
silence and loneliness
My book case there on the book shelf
and my school’s uniform on the hanger
I see her hand extending
removing the dust from it
I follow my mother’s steps
and listen to her thoughts
yearn to hug her and the face of the day

About Fadwa Tuqan
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.

“Palestinian boy ‘mistakenly’ killed by Israeli forces”

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15-year-old Mahmoud Raafat Badran, shot dead by Israeli forces on June 21, 2016 (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ Palestinian boy ‘mistakenly’ killed by Israeli forces while driving near stone-throwing incident
❷ Prisoner leaders thrown in solitary confinement; 120 Palestinians striking in Megiddo prison
❸ Opinion/Analysis:  WILL  ISRAEL  BE  IN  A  ‘STATE  OF  EMERGENCY’  FOREVER?
❹ POETRY by Yusuf Hamdan
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❶ PALESTINIAN  BOY  ‘MISTAKENLY’  KILLED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  WHILE  DRIVING  NEAR  STONE-THROWING  INCIDENT
Ma’an News Agency
June 21, 2016
Israeli forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian bystander and seriously injured four other Palestinian teens early Tuesday morning west of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, after Palestinian youth nearby threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli settlers, lightly injuring them.
___The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the death of Mahmoud Raafat Badran, 15, from the village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.     MORE . . .

  • From European Journal Of International Law 

[. . . .]
The crucial principle that underlies jus in bello is that civilians must be shielded from the violence of the battle. That means that they cannot be directly targeted; terrorism is ruled out from the beginning (this is what the terrorists complain about). It also means that injuries inflicted on civilians indirectly, incidentally, in the course of the fighting – what is called ‘collateral damage’ – must be limited. The standard understanding of the limits is that the injury to civilians must not be ‘disproportionate’ to the value of the military target. The point is to permit the attack so long as the target is really important and the risk to innocent people falls within a reasonable range. ‘Innocent’ here is a term of art; it means ‘disengaged from the business of war’. It says nothing about the moral standing of disengaged men and women, but it does say something, and it is meant to say something, about the moral standing of anyone who deliberately sets out to kill them.
[. . . .]
If we want to protect innocent lives in war, we have to work through the responsibility arguments and we have to get the proportionality calculations right. And these arguments and calculations require us to bracket – not forever but for a reflective moment – our political sympathies and antipathies and to focus narrowly on what happens on the battlefield or in the course of the asymmetric struggle. How should insurgents and soldiers aim their weapons, with what intentions, in what circumstances, with what degree of care? There are right answers to these questions, and the right answers will not deny victory to the men and women who adopt them as their military code.

  • Walzer, Michael. “Coda: Can The Good Guys Win?.” European Journal Of International Law 24.1 (2013): 433-444.  ARTICLE. 

❷ PRISONER  LEADERS  THROWN  IN  SOLITARY  CONFINEMENT;  120  PALESTINIANS  STRIKING  IN  MEGIDDO  PRISON
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
June 21, 2016
120 Palestinian prisoners are currently on hunger strike in Megiddo prison in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, the Palestinian prisoner who was ordered to six months administrative detention without charge or trial upon the expiration of his 14.5 year sentence in Israeli prison on Monday, 13 June. Two of the leaders of the prisoners’ movement – Wael Jaghoub and Kamil Abu Hanish – have been thrown into solitary confinement,  said early reports from the prisons on 21 June.
___Kayed has been on hunger strike since 14 June demanding his freedom and the cancellation of the administrative detention order.     MORE . . .

  • From Journal Of International Human Rights

Israeli security authorities see these non-violent demonstrations as a security threat, and, in many cases, have used excessive crowd control measures to disperse them, causing increasing numbers of deaths and injuries to civilians. The IDF regularly declares protest venues as closed military zones to try to prevent the protests from taking place. When they do, the military arrests protesters (Palestinians, Israelis, and foreigners) and in some cases uses tear gas, rubber coated bullets, and other violent measures against non-violent protesters. Nevertheless, the Palestinians are undeterred and continue fighting for their rights in these demonstrations, hoping this will eventually bring a change to their reality.
[. . . .]
___I do not make these observations on the non-violent resistance to paint a skewed picture of reality in the region. Israel remains constantly challenged by real and dangerous security threats to its citizens and troops. However, it is the complexity of this situation, the decades of occupation and oppression, and the high toll the conflict takes on both the Israeli and Palestinian societies that all justify continuous attempts to offer legal, political, and social solutions that will improve it. Furthermore, the rise in the non-violent resistance justifies taking a closer look, particularly at the possibility of increased human rights protections.
___International relations scholar Adam Roberts claims there is no need to try to prove that any of Israel’s commitments pass an applicability test in a given situation. He argues that the burden of proof to show that Israel’s IHL obligations do not apply to the occupied territories is on Israel, and until the burden is met, the assumption is that Israel must conform to the terms of this legal framework.

  • Greenblatt, Keren. “Gate Of The Sun”: Applying Human Rights Law In The Occupied Palestinian Territories In Light Of Non-Violent Resistance And Normalization.” Journal Of International Human Rights 12.2 (2014): 152-190.  ARTICLE.
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Bilal Kayed ordered to administrative detention when he was scheduled to be released on June 13 after nearly 15 years in Israeli prisons (Photo: Gaza.Scoop.ps – Real Time News From Gaza, June 16, 2016)

❸ Opinion/Analysis: WILL  ISRAEL  BE  IN  A  ‘STATE  OF  EMERGENCY’  FOREVER?
+972 Magazine
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
June 20, 2016
A new anti-terrorism bill passed by Israel’s Knesset last week may have actually perpetuated the single, looming problem its writers set out to solve — ending Israel’s 67-year state of emergency.
___The bill is one of many pushed through the Knesset in recent years as part of an effort to eventually revoke the country’s declared state of emergency, initially declared by the British Mandate government in the 1940s and renewed every year since by Israel’s legislative body.
___The emergency regulations have been abused by Israeli state bodies to draw authorities outside the framework of the law for years, from the regulation of taxi meters to health care procedures to administrative detention, the practice of imprisoning somebody — indefinitely — without charge or trial.      MORE . . . 

“THE  TRUTH  IS  SAID,”  BY  YUSUF  HAMDAN

I say that I hate occupation
you get angry
wake the mountain from its sleep
and chide the fox for forgetting
and you draw the arrest order

I say that I hate war and fighting
you get angry
send an armed messenger
polite
to tell me: Come!
and when I smile
you drown in insults and coughs

I say that I hate oppression
and that all I have
of progressive papers is Al-Itthad
you get angry
and from the sky
you pour Jerusalem and the News
al-Subh and al-Masa
and New Outlook
and other names

I say that I hate rape
you get angry
and honor me in a prison cell
and inflict punishment upon me
and guard me from my friends

I say that I love Justice
you hate it!

I say that I hate injustice
you love it
and if you get angry
there is the ocean drink it!

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

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.
Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.
Al-Ittihad (The Union) is an Israeli Arabic-language daily newspaper based in Haifa. Once considered the most important Arab media outlet in Israel, it is owned by Maki, the Israeli Communist Party. It is currently edited by Aida Touma-Suleiman.

“. . . The stranger awakens in his exile . . .” (Mourid Barghouti)

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Israeli prosecutors have charged seven young Jews in connection with a wave of so-called “price tag” attacks targeting Palestinians and Arab Israelis and their property, the justice ministry said. (Photo: News of Bahrain, Posted on 25-Apr-2016)

❶ Israeli Authorities Issue Administrative Detention Orders Against 39 Palestinian Detainees
❷ Settler violence aims to dispossess, and it work
❸ Army Kills A Palestinian Woman Near Tulkarem
❹ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  FUTURE  IS  TERRIFYING:  MOSHE  YAALON  AND  ISRAEL’S  DISCONCERTING  ‘MORALITY’
❺ POETRY by Mourid Barghouti
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❶ ISRAELI  AUTHORITIES  ISSUE  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  AGAINST  39  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEES
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 2, 2016
Israeli occupation authorities Thursday issued administrative detention orders against 39 Palestinian Detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
___PPS lawyer, Mahmoud al-Halabi, said 30 orders were issued against detainees who have spent months and years in Israeli jails, without charge or trial.
___Administrative detention is implemented solely on the basis of an administrative order, without either indictment or trial. . . . international law stipulates that it may be exercised only in very exceptional cases. . . said B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights information center [. . . .]
___“Israel’s use of administrative detention blatantly violates the restrictions of international law.”   MORE . . .  

Two of the most interesting and surprising findings previously discussed are the increasing number of petitions to the Court, despite the high withdrawal rate and the fact that the Court has not released one individual in the past ten years. The interviews shed some light on these findings and suggest possible explanations that link both these issues together.
___The combination of secret evidence, administrative detentions, and security crisis creates a unique challenge to judicial proceedings and to due process. The inquisitorial judicial management model has emerged to confront this challenge and to provide strong judicial guarantees against arbitrary and unjustified detentions. The Israeli model of judicial management-widely discussed as a model to be emulated-has been praised for achieving the desired balance between individual liberty and national security. It was commended for its robust scrutiny of secret evidence and for safeguarding individual liberty at times of national emergencies.
___Nonetheless, as this research reveals, the actual practice is much more complex and much less optimistic. The Court systematically avoids issuing release orders, and demonstrates minimal intervention with regard to the assessment of the secret evidence.

  • Krebs, Shiri. “Lifting The Veil Of Secrecy: Judicial Review Of Administrative Detentions In The Israel Supreme Court.” Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 45.3 (2012): 639-703.    ARTICLE . . .         More about Administrative detention

❷ SETTLER  VIOLENCE  AIMS  TO  DISPOSSESS,  AND  IT  WORKS
+972 Blog
Yossi Gurvitz from Yesh Din
May 31, 2016
(A, a farmer) is a resident of the village Faratha in the West Bank. He declined to have his name published, as he has become a regular target for attacks by Israeli civilians. He owns two plots of land; the illegal settlement outpost of Havat Gilad is built next to one of them. The establishment of the outpost led to the familiar pattern of dispossession in the West Bank [. . . .]
___And so, seven dunams of land were taken from A.’s possession and practically turned over to Israeli squatters as a reward. Once settlers seize land, it is almost impossible to liberate it.       MORE . . .  

Those who try to challenge the state’s limits on construction of new settlements are mostly young activists living in outposts, who oppose not only state restrictions, but also the compromises made by the mainstream settlement movement. Their frustrations are often expressed through vandalism and violence — infamously known as “price tag” attacks, symbolizing that this is the “cost” the Israeli government and Palestinians must pay for actions against settlements and outposts. In such attacks they target the holy sites and private property of their Palestinian neighbors . . . .
___The ideological core of the national-religious have reacted to setbacks in recent years by accumulating power within the Likud party in order to affect national decision making from within. They have also launched assertive campaigns to win the hearts and minds of the public in favor of maintaining Israeli control over the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Some of their prominent leaders . . .  have begun calling more explicitly and systematically than ever to annex the West Bank/Judea and Samaria (in parts or in its entirety), and to naturalize its Arab-Palestinian residents.

  • Zalzberg, Ofer. “Israel’s National-Religious Jews and the Quest for Peace.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 20/21.4/1 (2015): 60-66.      Article. . .

ARMY  KILLS  A  PALESTINIAN  WOMAN  NEAR  TULKAREM
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
June 2, 2016
___Israeli soldiers killed, on Thursday afternoon, a Palestinian woman, at the Ennab military roadblock, east of Tulkarem city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.
___The Israeli military claimed that the slain woman “attempted to stab a soldier,” before she was shot and seriously wounded.
___An eyewitness told the al-Fajr Palestinian TV that an army officer opened fire on the woman while she was more than three meters (approximately 10 feet) away from the soldiers. The Israeli army said there were no injuries among its soldiers.
___ The Palestinian Health Ministry said the slain woman has been identified as Ansar Husam Harsha, 25, from Qaffin town, northeast of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem. She is a married mother of two children.      MORE . . .

❹ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL’S  FUTURE  IS  TERRIFYING:  MOSHE  YAALON  AND  ISRAEL’S  DISCONCERTING  ‘MORALITY’
Ma’an News Agency
Ramzy Baroud
June 1, 2016
Israeli society is constantly swerving to the right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. That Israel is now ruled by “the most extreme right-wing government in its history” has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years.
___. . . . The same sentiment, with almost the exact wording, is being infused again, as Netanyahu has expanded his coalition by bringing to the fold the ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman [. . . .]
___ . . . former defense minister, Yaalon, was regarded by some as an example of professionalism and morality. He is “well-regarded,” wrote William Booth in the Washington Post, compared to the “polarizing maverick” Lieberman. But ‘well-regarded’ by whom? By Israeli society, the majority of whom support the cold-blooded murder of Palestinians?          MORE . . .

“HOW  ARE  YOU?”  BY  MOURID  BARGHOUTI
Waiting for the school bus,
watching his breath turn into mist near his nose
in the icy morning,
the schoolboy’s fingers are frozen,
too stiff to make a fist.

On the pillow of regret,
the defeated soldier
lazily tries to get up,
raising his broken toothbrush
to his teeth.

Early or late,
The stranger awakens in his exile, his homeland.
Their clothes, their car number pates, their trees,
their quarrels, their love, their land, their sea
belong to them.
His memories are like rats gathering on his doormat,
new and warm
in front of his closed door.

On a lonely pillow,
the mother throws a quick glance
at the bed of her elder son,
made for the final time
and empty, forever.

A voice from the neighbouring window is heard:
“Hello, good morning, how are you?”
“Hello, good morning, we’re fine,
we’re fine!”

From: Barghouti, Mourid. Midnight  and  other  Poems. Trans. By Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, Lancashire, UK: Arc Books, 2008. Available from B&N.
Murīd al-Barghūti (born July 8, 1944, in Deir Ghassana, near Ramallah, on the West Bank) is a Palestinian poet and writer. While Barghouti was studying at the University of Cairo in 1967, the 6-Day War broke out, and he was unable to return to the West Bank until 1996. He was expelled from Egypt in 1977 and was exiled in Budapest separated from his wife, the Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour. They have been together in the West Bank since they were allowed to return together in 1996. Their son, Tamim Al Barghouti, born in Egypt in 1977, is himself an important Palestinian poet.
Other poems by Mourid Barghouti here, and here.

“. . . 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 . . .

administrative detention
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.
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History and current status . . . 

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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.
More . . .

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.
More . . . http://english.pnn.ps/2015/09/09/settlers-torch-olive-fields-in-nablus/
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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.
Available from Amazon
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)