“. . . From the narrow window of my small cell . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

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14-year-old Palestinian boy Ahmad Salih Manasra being led into court on Tuesday. (Photo: Worldbulletin News)

❶ Shaikh Raed Salah will continue to defend Al-Aqsa, even in prison
❷ Israeli forces detain 14-year-old Palestinian, 15 others in detention raids
❸ Israel court convicts 14-year-old Palestinian
❹ Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner refuses meeting with ICRC over Israeli restrictions
❺ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  DAY  [April 17]  STATEMENT:  IN  STRUGGLE,  TOWARDS  LIBERATION
❻ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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❶ SHAIKH  RAED  SALAH  WILL  CONTINUE  TO  DEFEND  AL-AQSA,  EVEN  IN  PRISON
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
Mohamed Ahmed Al-Hajj
May 9, 2016
Shaikh Raed Salah has managed to accomplish what no other Palestinian has been able to do in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948. In addition to being the protector of Al-Aqsa Mosque, he has also shattered the Israeli dream of “Israelising” the Palestinians in these areas. He did so by creating a bridge to link the Palestinians in Israel to their fellow Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, extending to Palestinian refugees across the world.
___He is the most radical in his view of the relationship with the Zionists: no normalisation with the occupation government . . . .       MORE . . .    

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  14-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN,  15  OTHERS  IN  DETENTION  RAIDS
Ma’an News Agency
May 10, 2016
Israeli forces carried out predawn detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory on Tuesday, detaining at least 16 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old, Israeli and Palestinian sources said.
___In the town of Qatanna, located in the Jerusalem governorate, Israeli forces detained . . . .      MORE . . .   

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Shaikh Raed Salah, the head of the Islamic Movement in Israel, speaks at a 2009 event commemorating the arson attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque which took place in August 1969. (Photo: MEMO)

❸ ISRAEL  COURT  CONVICTS  14-YEAR-OLD  PALESTINIAN
Worldbulletin News
May 10, 2016
An Israeli court on Tuesday convicted a Palestinian minor of “attempted murder” and possession of knife, a family member has said.
___An Israeli district court convicted Ahmad Manasrah, 14, of attempted murder related to an alleged knife attack in East Jerusalem last year.      MORE . . .  

❹ HUNGER-STRIKING  PALESTINIAN  PRISONER  REFUSES  MEETING  WITH  ICRC  OVER  ISRAELI  RESTRICTIONS
Ma’an News Agency
May 10, 2016
Palestinian prisoner Sami Janazreh, who has been on hunger strike for 69 days, refused to meet with representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday after Israeli wardens insisted that his hands and feet remain in chains during the meeting.
___Janazreh, 43, from al-Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron, has been on a hunger strike for more than two months in protest of his administrative detention — a widely-condemned Israeli policy that allows for internment without charge or trial for six-month intervals which can be renewed indefinitely.      MORE . . . 

❺ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINIAN  PRISONERS  DAY  (APRIL 17)  STATEMENT:  IN  STRUGGLE,  TOWARDS  LIBERATION
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
April 17, 2016
On 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes the struggle of 7,000 Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails: struggling for not only their own freedom, but for the freedom of the land and people of Palestine [. . . .]
___Imprisonment has always been a weapon of colonialism in Palestine. From the British colonizers who suppressed Palestinian revolts through mass imprisonment, home demolitions, and execution . . . . the colonizers of Palestine have imprisoned strugglers, leaders, fighters, and visionaries.      MORE . . .   

“END  OF  A  TALK  WITH  A  JAILER,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM

From the narrow window of my small cell
I see trees that are smiling at me
and rooftops crowded with my family.
And windows weeping and praying for me.
From the narrow window of my small cell―
I can see your big cell!

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

“. . .Make hummus not walls. . .”

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From the Bethlehem Wall Museum. SEE DESCRIPTIONS AT END OF THIS POST.

❶ Palestinian teen shot dead after alleged attack near Tulkarem
❷ Army Kills a Palestinian Teen in Bethlehem
❸ 13-year old Palestinian Boy has Court Appearance; Trial will Begin in January
❹ Five Projects That Are Leading Bethlehem Into a Brighter Future
❺ Opinion/Analysis: RELIGION,  THE  SCAPEGOAT  OF  THE  ISRAEL-PALESTINE  CRISIS
❻ Personal statements by Bethlehem Young People
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Bethlehem Wall Museum (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  TEEN  SHOT  DEAD  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK  NEAR  TULKAREM
Dec. 1, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — An Israeli military officer shot and killed a 19-year-old Palestinian woman at a checkpoint east of Tulkarem on Tuesday, saying that she had attempted to stab him, Israel’s army said.
___An Israeli army spokesperson said that the officer killed the young woman at a checkpoint near the illegal settlement of Enav east of Tulkarem because she posed an “immediate danger” to him.
___The Israeli officer was not injured during the encounter. A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent said that one of their emergency teams arrived on the scene shortly afterward. She confirmed that the young woman had no vital signs.
___The team was prevented from taking away her body, which was instead taken away in an Israeli army medical jeep.
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
ARMY  KILLS  A  PALESTINIAN  TEEN  IN  BETHLEHEM
Dec. 01, 201
The army claims he “attempted to stab a settler”; Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Tuesday morning, a Palestinian teen, sixteen years of age, near the Gush Etzion settlement block, built on Palestinian lands, south of Bethlehem.
___Palestinian medical sources said the slain teen has been identified as Ma’moun Raed al-Khatib, 16 years of age, from Doha city, in the Bethlehem district.
___According to the Israeli army, al-Khatib “approached a settler with the intention to stab him,” before a soldier shot and injured him.
___The slain Palestinian was left bleeding on the ground, and died of his wounds.
___Israeli sources said the army also accidentally shot and injured one settler in his arm, suffering a mild wound, and that no Israelis were hurt in the reported “stabbing attack.”
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Bethlehem Wall Museum (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
13-YEAR  OLD  PALESTINIAN  BOY  HAS  COURT  APPEARANCE;  TRIAL  WILL  BEGIN  IN  JANUARY
Nov. 30, 2015
A 13-year old Palestinian boy accused of stabbing and wounding a 13-year old Israeli boy had a court appearance Thursday. On October 11th, Ahmad Manasra was run over by a car and beaten nearly to death by a group of Israelis, then subjected to brutal interrogation with no lawyer or parent present.
___Ahmad Manasra’s lawyer presented evidence contradicting the Israeli government’s claims that the boy stabbed an Israeli.
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___A video of Ahmad lying injured and bloody on the ground after being hit by the car was uploaded to social media and went viral. In the footage, a settler onlooker can clearly be heard saying: “Die, you son of a whore! Die!”, while another tells the police officer to shoot the boy until he dies.
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THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
FIVE  PROJECTS  THAT  ARE  LEADING  BETHLEHEM  INTO  A  BRIGHTER  FUTURE
Natalie Morcos
Dec. 1, 2015
The municipality of Bethlehem is an institution with a great history, one of the oldest in Palestine. It has conducted projects on various scales over time, starting under the Ottoman Occupation, to the British Mandate, Jordanian Rule, and then the Israeli Occupation. The municipality has been and remains steadfast in its dedication to the development of Bethlehem by aiming to preserve its rich heritage of more than two thousand years and its outstanding historical value as the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Its constant vision toward the city is to raise the level of wellbeing of the citizens through infrastructural, educational, cultural, and environmental interventions. The municipality has an ongoing cycle of projects that aspire to improve different sectors such as the road network, public buildings, historical architecture, and more.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
THE MIDDLE EAST MONITOR (MEMO)
RELIGION,  THE  SCAPEGOAT  OF  THE  ISRAEL-PALESTINE  CRISIS
Megan Hanna
Nov. 30, 2015
The sirens had barely stopped wailing before commentators started exploiting the terror attacks in Paris on 13 November, twisting the horrific event to serve a range of varying political agendas. . . .
___Given his tendency for making tenuous connections between Israel’s plight and disparate foreign events, it’s no surprise that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was one of the first to climb up on France’s bloodied bandwagon to make hasty links between Paris and present-day Israel. . . .
claiming “the terrorists who attack us have the same murderous intent as those in Paris”, saying that world leaders should condemn the “radical Islam” as effected by Palestinians.
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___To compare the actions of ISIS with those of dispossessed Palestinians – who are resisting in an anti-colonial struggle against a brutal military occupation – is intentionally deceptive . . . .
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Bethlehem Wall Museum (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

STORIES FROM THE WALL MUSEUM 

All photographs are from the  WALL  MUSEUM  in Bethlehem, a section of the Apartheid Wall on which are posted statements by Palestinians about their personal experiences living under the Occupation. The display is a project  AEI-OPEN  WINDOWS,  an Arab-Palestinian NGO affiliated with Pax Christi International and established in Bethlehem in 1986 by a group of Palestinian educators. These photos are by Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015. The title of this post comes from the graffiti on the Wall.

FADED  DREAMS
I just finished my university and I have my degree to become a doctor. But that was not what I wanted to become in life. I wanted to become an artist and inspire people and tell the story of Palestine. But my parents didn’t see any future in that and I was forced to study medicine. Now I have my degree but there’s no work. I have lots of time now because I can’t find work. I decided to pick up my faded dream and work on my art. Finally I’m an artist.
BY  HANNA,  FROM  BETHLEHEM

FIRST  DREAM. . .  AND  THEN  THE  REST
Ruaa always dreamed of a world filled with love and compassion. She loved studying. Her father’s retirement payments got delayed. Her mother was determined to help her to stay in school and started selling fruits and herbs to help Ruaa pay for school. One day, Ruaa was wearing a slightly different uniform, so the principal told her she will be expelled if it happens again. When she arrived home, she saw her parents in the cold collecting plants to sell, and all she could do was cry. Ruaa promised herself to study and repay her parents for all the hardships they have gone through. She attended university and she is about to graduate now. She still dreams of the demise of the occupation, and to live in a beautiful world filled with love and tolerance. Since her first dream came true, she believes the rest can and will.
BY  LEYLA,  A  FRIEND  OF  RUAA,  FROM  AL-KHADER

GIVING  UP  ON  MY  FIRST  DREAMS
I finished last year of high school (tawjih) with a grade of 94 out of 100. At the time I aspired to study law to defend the rights of the Palestinian people, especially women’s rights. However, my parents didn’t let me study law. So, I decided I wanted to study nursing, but again my parents rejected the idea because of the work shifts I would sometimes be required to do, as they do not feel that it is appropriate for a woman to work at night. Finally I got frustrated and I gave up on my dreams. In the end, I studied social education because it is very disciplined, which is fitting for girls as it prepares students to be a teacher, and I like it. I believe I will be a successful teacher.
BY  RANEEN,  FROM  BETHLEHEM

AEI-OPEN WINDOWS Contact information:
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The Apartheid Wall, Bethlehem (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 6, 2015)

“. . . My anger drips oil and honey, my pain bears almonds . . .” (Yusuf Hamdan)

The boy, Ahmed Manasrah, 13, remains strong, unwilling to break, no matter how much the Israeli officers aggravate him with moral and physical pressure. (Photo: MEMO)
The boy, Ahmed Manasrah, 13, remains strong, unwilling to break, no matter how much the Israeli officers aggravate him with moral and physical pressure. (Photo: MEMO)

❶ Analysis: A Child Triumphs against Israel’s Brutal Occupation
❷ Israeli Troops Force Palestinian Family off Land during Olive Harvest
❸ Thousands Attend Funerals of Two Palestinians Slain in Clashes
❹ Beyond the Natural Scenes of Palestinian Nature Reserves
-A– Israeli Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory –October 2015
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Israeli hospital raid reflects the criminal behavior of the country’s political leadership
❻ Poetry by Yusuf Hamdan
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❶ Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
A  CHILD  TRIUMPHS  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S BRUTAL  OCCUPATION
Hossam Shaker
Nov 13 2015
It is rare to find scenes that can express a complex reality or major issue, but one such was some video footage leaked recently, which exposed part of the heinous interrogation of a Palestinian child. Ranking officers in the Israeli occupation security services tried to overpower a 13 year old boy, break his will and crush his dignity.
____The astonishing video shows the impressive resilience of the Palestinian people, represented by this child from Jerusalem. The boy, Ahmed Manasrah, remains strong, unwilling to break, no matter how much the Israeli officers aggravate him with moral and physical pressure.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  TROOPS  FORCE  PALESTINIAN  FAMILY  OFF  LAND  DURING  OLIVE  HARVEST
Nov. 15, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) – Israeli troops on Sunday forced a Palestinian family off their agricultural land during an olive harvest for the second time in two days, a popular committee spokesperson told Ma’an.
___Muhammad Ayyad Awad said Israeli troops forced Hammad Abdul-Hamid Sleibi and his family to leave the family’s olive fields on the outskirts Beit Ummar, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.
___Sleibi said that security guards from the nearby illegal Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin first arrived to tell the family to leave. The security guards allegedly pointed their guns at the family and threatened them, telling them not to come back to the area.
___The family refused to leave their land, and Israeli forces soon showed up to the scene and shot tear gas and stun grenades at the family, forcing them to flee.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
THOUSANDS  ATTEND  FUNERALS  OF  TWO  PALESTINIANS  SLAIN  IN  CLASHES
Nov. 14, 2015
HEBRON (Ma’an) — Thousands of Palestinians gathered in the Hebron and Ramallah districts of the occupied West Bank Saturday for separate funerals of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes.
___Near Hebron, mourners carried the body of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, whowas shot in the heart on Friday in the town of Halhul and killed immediately, medics told Ma’an at the time.
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___Mourners demanded international protection and a response to “Israeli violations and executions against Palestinians.”
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___Meanwhile in the Ramallah-area town of Budrus, mourners buried Lafi Yusif Awad, 22.
___Awad was shot and killed by Israeli forces during clashes in the town Friday after the Israeli army said he attempted to grab a soldier’s weapon.
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The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages, Nov. 14, 2015)
The funeral of Lafi Youssef Awad, 21, shot by Israeli forces. (MaanImages, Nov. 14, 2015)

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
BEYOND  THE  NATURAL  SCENES  OF  PALESTINIAN  NATURE  RESERVES
Roubina Bassous Ghattas
November 2015
At the 1992 Earth Summit the governments of the world agreed on a new agenda for sustainable development. This agenda included a bold new Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) which calls on governments to establish systems of protected areas and to manage these in order to support conservation, sustainable use, and equitable benefit sharing. . . . Nature Reserves are places for people to get a sense of peace in a busy world; places that invigorate the human spirit and challenge the senses.
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The Palestinian Nature Reserves (NRs) harbor a rich base with many species. When applying the precautionary principle for the analysis of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) on the Palestinian NRs, we find numbers of them identified as KBAs, which highlights the outstanding biodiversity value that is represented by the Palestinian reserves.
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-A–  ISRAELI  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OCCUPIED  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY –OCTOBER 2015
The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem
Oct. 11, 2015
From the beginning of the month of October 2015, the Palestinian territory witnessed a systematic war carried out by the Israeli Occupation Army and settlers living in the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory. The confrontation began between the Palestinians, who have the right of the land, and the Israeli Army and their settlers, who have nothing unless the military gear. . .
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
ISRAELI  HOSPITAL  RAID  REFLECTS  THE  CRIMINAL  BEHAVIOR  OF  THE  COUNTRY’S  POLITICAL  LEADERSHIP
Michael Marder
Nov. 13, 2015
The thuggish operations of the Israeli army match very closely the criminal behavior of the country’s political authorities. The undercover raid of the Palestinian al-Ahli hospital in Hebron by about a dozen IDF operatives in disguise on November 12 resulted in the killing of 27-year-old Abdallah Shalaldeh and the arrest of his cousin Azzam who was being treated there.
___An armed attack on a hospital is an offense, according to the Geneva Conventions of 1949, to which Israel was a signatory a year after their formulation, in 1950
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___At bottom, Israel engages in self-dehumanization when it sanctions raids akin to the one that happened this Thursday
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“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.
Also in: Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture. Vol.14 No.1 2007.
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.

Graph: Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activities in the Palestinian Territories, Oct. 11, 2015.
Graph: Monitoring Israeli Colonization Activities in the Palestinian Territories, Oct. 11, 2015.