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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ma’an News Agency 
Nov. 25, 2016
Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians across Israel and the occupied West Bank on Thursday and Friday over suspicions of starting fires that erupted in Haifa and have continued to spread for the fourth consecutive day.
___Israeli media reported on Friday that three Palestinian workers were detained in the Haifa district over suspicions of arson. . . .  Another 11 Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces in Israel and the Jerusalem area. . . .  Israeli forces detained a Palestinian for allegedly attempting to start a fire near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kochav Yaakov.       More . . .
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“. . . I gathered up Haifa sand and cleansed myself with it . . .” (Abdallah Abu Bakr)

Yafa Street in Haifa, Palestine, before the 1948 Israeli occupation. (Photo: taken from Razan Masri Blog, razanmasri.com)

❶ Israeli forces demolish Palestinian home, seal off restaurant in Jerusalem area

  • Background: “Spacing Palestine through the Home.” Transactions of the Institute Of British Geographers.

❷ Israeli forces demolish 3 Palestinian-owned buildings in Lod, deliver demolition orders in Haifa
❸ Israeli forces ransack printing shops in West Bank, seize computers
❹ POETRY by Abdallah Abu Bakr
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Ma’an News Agency    
Nov. 22, 2016
Israeli authorities on Tuesday morning completed the demolition of a Palestinian house under construction in the al-Tur village of the occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem, according to the family.
[. . . .]   Separately, Israeli authorities sealed off a restaurant owned by Moussa Naim Fatafta in the Jerusalem-area village of Silwan.
___According to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Jerusalem municipality crews sealed off the restaurant over claims that Fatafta had not obtained a construction license, nor a license to run a restaurant.     More . . .

  • Harker, Christopher. “Spacing Palestine Through The Home.” Transactions Of The Institute Of British Geographers 34.3 (2009): 320-332.     Source.    

[. . . .] There is a now an established politics of directly confronting the Israeli Occupation through direct action activism, lobbying, advocacy work and education. Such political work has established Palestine as ‘a moral cause’ among a very particular set of international networks, primarily through a human rights discourse that condemns the manifold wrongdoings that are intrinsically part of occupying another nation. Such work is both absolutely necessary and in some circumstances effective. This is particularly the case when organisations are able to generate quantitative data.
___However, what I want to suggest is that it may also prove beneficial to explore and experiment with complementary strategies. People such as Khaled and Abdullah [whose “home” stories are told at the beginning of the article] have their own specific cultural and historical contexts, and while they have undoubtedly been affected in many different ways by the actions of the Israeli Occupation, they are also people who have been affected by time and snowfall. I think foregrounding the multifaceted nature of  Khaled and Abdullah’s pasts and presents might help us to imagine a Palestinian future that is not tied so intimately to Israeli Occupation, where Palestinians move beyond tropes such as refugee, victim or terrorist. Similarly, the homes of Khaled and Abdullah are complex sites at which ideas around family and security, the construction and destruction of built materials, and some of the histories and geographies of Birzeit village and Palestine intersect. These domestic spaces and practices (in contrast to the demolished home) are an effective milieu for generating more complex representations because of the banal, quotidian and intimate practices that take place there (in addition to the violent and ⁄ or destructive processes that may co-constitute such sites). Envisioning Palestinians in Birzeit as people who make homes in particular ways, while nevertheless living under occupation, encourages greater degrees of intimate engagement than geopolitical analyses. Intimacy is important in this context because it challenges the orientalist practices of folding distance (both cultural and spatial) into difference that are partly responsible for allowing the atrocities that occur in Palestine to continue.

Ma’an News Agency     
Nov. 23, 2016
Israeli forces early Wednesday demolished three buildings belonging to a Palestinian family in the city of Lod in northern Israel, while demolition orders were delivered to Palestinian homes in the Haifa district.
___Sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces and border guards in Lod facilitated the demolition of the three buildings which belonged to the Shaaban family in the neighborhood of Karm al-Tuffah north of Lod city without any prior notice.      More . . .

View from the old city walls on East-Jerusalem. Israel
East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood. (Photo: vevesworld.com)

Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA    
Nov. 23, 2016
Israeli forces Wednesday ransacked two printing shops and seized computers during raids into the northern West Bank districts of Salfit and Qalqiliya, said municipal and security sources.
___Israeli forces stormed and ransacked ‘Alam al-Ibad printing shop during a raid of Al-Zawiya village, west of Salfit.
[. . . .]  In a different incident, forces stormed the Asayel Yaffa printing shop during an overnight raid into Qalqiliya city, seizing six computers.     More . . .  

“A HAIFA PRAYER,” by Abdallah Abu Bakr
I was on my way from Haifa to Haifa.
That’s been my only road ever since I was a child.
I went down to the shoreline and paddled in the ocean
then dug a hole in the sand and buried my heart.
That way I know for sure I would never forget her.
I gathered up Haifa sand and cleansed myself with it
because, God knows, I know precisely
how I should pray to God
and how I should worship her ―
my Haifa.

―Trans. John Glenday

From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY. Ed. by Henry Bell and Sarah Irving. (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available From Amazon.com.