“. . . and the hell you trust does not exclude making shrines . . .” (Yousef El-Qedra)

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Al-Shifa Hospital, Gaza (Photo: BBC)

❶ Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in Gaza Strip, injure 8 others
❷ Help ‘We Are Not Numbers’ break the isolation of Gaza
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) ICRC: Still no news on Palestinians missing since 2014 Gaza war

  • Background: “The Vicious Cycle of Building and Destroying: The 2014 War on Gaza.” Mediterranean Politics

❸ Mushtaha: Gaza’s Hospitals Lack 30% of Laboratory Materials
❹ POETRY by Yousef El-Qedra
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❶ ISRAELI  FORCES  SHOOT,  KILL  PALESTINIAN  IN  GAZA  STRIP,  INJURE  8  OTHERS      
Ma’an News Agency
June 9, 2017      Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian and injured at least six others in the besieged Gaza Strip on Friday after clashes broke out near the border between northern Gaza and Israel, while Israeli forces also injured two more Palestinians with live ammunition during clashes in central Gaza.
___Clashes broke out between Israeli forces and Palestinians to the east of Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, when Israeli forces killed Aed Khamis Jumaa, 35, after shooting him in the head with live ammunition, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
___Six other Palestinians were also injured with live ammunition fired by Israeli forces and were rushed to Gaza’s Indonesian hospital to receive medical care, the ministry added.    MORE . . .

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Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (Photo: Haaretz/AP)

❷ HELP  ‘WE  ARE  NOT  NUMBERS’  BREAK  THE  ISOLATION  OF  GAZA
Mondoweiss
Pam Bailey
June 5, 2017    Today is the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of what now is called the Palestinian territories. This shameful milestone is being marked with a plethora of pundit commentary about Trump’s potential role, the continuing division among the Palestinian leadership and—in the background—the ever-expanding Israeli settlements. But in addition to almost no mention of Gaza, there are two basic, alarming truths that are missing: 1) Despite the defiant face they typically show the world, a collective depression is becoming so pervasive in Gaza that the spirit of resistance is struggling to survive, and 2) it’s not war and the threat of it that should bring us out onto the streets but the daily structural violence.            MORE . . .
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) ICRC:  STILL  NO  NEWS  ON  PALESTINIANS  MISSING  SINCE  2014  GAZA  WAR
Ma’an News Agency 
June 10, 2017    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has not received any answers from Israel regarding Palestinians who have been missing since the Israeli offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip in 2014, a Gaza-based spokeswoman for the group said on Saturday.
___The 51-day offensive in 2014 left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead, including at least 1,462 civilians, a third of whom were children, according to the United Nations. Human rights groups reported that numerous Palestinians went missing during the war. Some were later found, either alive or dead, although the fate of 19 others has remained unknown.
___Spokesperson for the ICRC in Gaza Suhair Zakkout said in a statement that the ICRC had made efforts since 2014 to try and find the location of the missing Palestinians; however, the organization has not received any responses from Israel.        MORE . . .  

Bouris, Dimitris. “The Vicious Cycle of Building and Destroying: The 2014 War on Gaza.” Mediterranean Politics, vol. 20, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 111-117.
[. . . .] While Palestinians in the West Bank were given some hope that building their institutions would lead to the establishment of a state, the same was not the case with the Palestinians living under Hamas’ rule in Gaza. Since 2008 Gaza has witnessed three wars; Operation Cast Lead (December 2008–January 2009), Operation Pillar of Defence (November 2012) and more recently Operation Protective Edge (July–August 2014). The reasons and proclaimed goals of all three wars were the same: on the one hand Israel wanted to ‘teach Hamas a lesson’ and to stop rocket fire into its territory. On the other hand, Hamas was seeking to achieve through violence what it could not obtain through negotiations – namely the lifting of Gaza’s blockade. The mistakes made by the international community were also the same: (a) exclusion of Hamas and local groups from the reconstruction process; (b) money and pledges for the reconstruction were channelled through the PA and an unelected government in the West Bank without any strong control and transparency mechanisms (due to the absence of a functioning PLC); (c) pouring vast amounts of money, hoping that by this they would cover their inability to stop the war before it started; (d) no meaningful pressure on Israel to ease its blockade of Gaza or willingness to hold Israel accountable for its destruction.      SOURCE . . .

❸ MUSHTAHA:  GAZA’S  HOSPITALS  LACK  30%  OF  LABORATORY  MATERIALS
The Palestine Chronicle
June 9, 2017      Director of the Department of Laboratories and Blood Banks in the General Administration of Gaza hospitals, Amid Mushtaha, said the Gaza hospitals suffer from a shortage of laboratory testing materials up to 30%, a percentage that is likely to increase.
___Mushtaha explained, “The large hospitals in particular suffer from a lack of sodium blood tests, which are conducted only for urgent cases in the vital sections such as intensive care, burns, surgeries, and nurseries.”
___He added that the crisis affected all laboratories and blood banks in hospitals . . .      MORE . . .

“ON  THE  MARGIN  OF  A  WHIRLWIND,”  BY  YOUSEF  EL-QEDRA    
(January 29, 2009**)
Resurrection is crawling . . .
The beginning is all about horses of cloud
circling God’s sky over Gaza City.
These clouds descend on the ancient shores of the people
while a woman of a volcano erupts
in song on the waterline of the lazy blue beach.
Windmills of butterflies are making the whole world
dance to the dream lost behind dieletric walls.
The wind embraces twilight on an igniting sea.
My cytoplasms formed from blood and misbegotten
human beings are arrayed on a rose-colored glass plate.
She alone holds the book of love and combs the trees’ hair.
Anxiety is sailing on the margin of a whirlwind
leading to a window inside the book.
The topic is war . . .

Resurrection is rising to its feet . . .
Horses of fire and steel kneaded the flesh of a youngster
fleeing Gaza.
His terrified brother stole his broken arm and planted it
under a tree,
whose tears bewail the destruction. This tree as the boy understands it
is a dedicated guard, whereas the cemetery is far away
and the hell you trust does not exclude making shrines.

Resurrection is scaling the ladders of dissonance,
enters the room of a young woman to burn an album;
the woman was hiding smiles for her children
who would emerge from hope and a love story
never completed.
For fire broke out inside her lover’s heart.
And he could not defeat two fires, so he surrendered to oblivion.
Except that he told how the fire coming from her window
merged with the fire coming from his balcony
where he was waiting for her.
—Trans. By Yasmin Snounu and Edward Morin
(** The Gaza War, also known as Operation Cast Lead, also known as the Gaza Massacre was a three-week armed conflict between Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and Israel that began on December 27, 2008 and ended on January 18, 2009.)
About Yousef el-Qedra 
From: BEFORE  THERE  IS  NOWHERE  TO  STAND:  PALESTINE  ISRAEL  POETS  RESPOND  TO  THE  STRUGGLE.  Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012.  Available from Barnes and Noble.

“. . . 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

“. . . 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?
More . . .
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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.
More . . .

“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)