“. . . and struggle ardently for my liberty My liberty My liberty . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

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Jerusalem: Dr. Naim Ateek of Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
leads a group on the Via Dolorosa
(Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 4, 2015)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . . 
| PALESTINIAN  GOVERNOR  OF  JERUSALEM  RELEASED  TO  HOUSE  ARREST    A court in Israel has released the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem from detention to house arrest for three days as part of an investigation related to a land sale.    ___Adnan Gheith, who was arrested on November 25, was released on Sunday from prison, but will remain under house arrest until Tuesday, Jerusalem magistrate court justice Chavi Toker ruled.    __Police have been investigating Gheith over suspicions he was involved in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) arrest in October of US citizen Issam Akel, who is accused of involvement in selling an occupied East Jerusalem building to Jewish buyers. . . More . . .
. . . . Related  Report: Israel Abducts Dozens of Palestinians in Crackdown on Palestinian Authority
. . . . Related  Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use torture
. . . . Related  Israel committed 355 violations against Palestinians in November
. . . . Related  Israel demolished 19 Palestinian facilities in November
| PRESIDENT  ABBAS  ARRIVES  IN  ROME  ON  AN  OFFICIAL  VISIT    President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday arrived in the Italian capital, Rome, on an official visit where he is scheduled to meet with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella.    ___President Abbas will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and Pope Francis during his official visit to Rome, to discuss the latest political developments in the region as well as bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to develop them.    More . . .
. . . . Related  Hamas hails Fatah’s criticism to US’ draft resolution condemning resistance at UN
. . . . Related  President Abbas meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
. . . . Related  Islamic Jihad delegation from Gaza heads to Lebanon through Egypt
|  TURKEY’S  RED  CRESCENT  DONATES  8.5  TONS  OF  MEDICAL  AID  TO  GAZA   The Palestinian Ministry of Health dispatched from its warehouses in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, about 8.5 tons of medical aid donated by the Turkish Red Crescent to the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday.    ___According to the Palestinian Health Minister, Jawad Awwad, the ministry dispatched two truckloads of medical supplies worth $274,000, which included medicines to treat chronic diseases such as cancer and kidney diseases.    ___Awwad praised Turkey’s continued support to Gaza, pointing to the many vital projects that have been provided by Turkey to Palestine in all fields.   More . . .
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COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . . GAZA  –  TWENTY  YEARS  LATER     By Mkhaimar Abusada     The Gaza Strip. . .  is no more than 365 square kilometers with two million people. Population pressure has been critical in an area with limited water and arable land, weak infrastructure. . .  and many internal and external barriers that have resulted from the Israeli siege and blockade, which has turned it into the largest open-air prison in the world.    ___The . . .  golden days of Gaza [were about] 1998. At that time, Gaza was the center of Palestinian politics after the signing of the Oslo Agreement in September 1993, and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994. Gaza was promised by the international community to be the Singapore of the Middle East. . .  [. . . .] The outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000, and the ensuing violence and armed resistance against the Israeli army and settlers in Gaza triggered massive Israeli retaliation against infrastructure and the economy, and . . .  restricted the movement within and in and out of Gaza.    More . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

“MY  LIBERTY,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

My liberty―my liberty―my liberty,
a sound I repeat
with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
and flames
I run after it
despite my chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for my liberty
My liberty
My liberty

And the Holy River
and Bridge repeat:
my liberty
and the two banks reiterate:
my liberty
and the raging wind and thunder,
tornadoes and rain
echo the sound:
my liberty

I shall carve its name
while I resist
on the land
by the walls and the doors
in the Temple of the Virgin
in the altar
and in the field,
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
and road
in prison
in the torture rooms
and on the gallows
Despite the chains
and the house demolition
I shall carve its name
until I see it again
extending to my Homeland
and flourish
and flourish
until every inch of the land is covered
until every door is opened
by red liberty.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty

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 abebooks.com

“. . . Rub salt into every wound old wounds new wounds . . .” (Fouzi El Asmar)

A masked Palestinian youth throws stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on Sept. 18, 2015. (AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
A masked Palestinian youth throws stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes at the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem on Sept. 18, 2015. (AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)

❶ Israel broadens rules on use of live fire against stone-throwers
❷ Palestinian shot by Israeli fire dies of wounds
❸ Palestinian detainee in critical condition despite ongoing PA concerns
❹ Taybeh Golden Hotel Opens Its Doors for Oktoberfest
❺ Opinion/Analysis: What’s behind Netanyahu’s war on stone throwers
❻ Poetry by Fouzi El Asmar

(Please read “Purpose” above. Thank you.)

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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAEL  BROADENS  RULES  ON  USE  OF  LIVE  FIRE  AGAINST  STONE-THROWERS
Sept. 24, 2015
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday broadened the rules under which stone-throwers can be targeted by live fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.
____”The security cabinet has decided to authorize police to use live ammunition against people throwing stones and Molotov cocktails when the life of a third person is threatened and no longer only when the police officer is threatened,” a statement said. [. . . . .]
____The use of .22 caliber bullets — long used as a crowd control method in the occupied West Bank — will be allowed in occupied East Jerusalem in circumstances that Israeli forces determine are life-threatening.
More . . .

THE PALESTINIAN INFORMATION CENTER
PALESTINIAN  SHOT  BY  ISRAELI  FIRE  DIES  OF  WOUNDS
Sept. 25, 2015
NABLUS, (PIC)– A Palestinian young man has died of wounds he sustained after being shot and critically injured by Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) at a military checkpoint in the West Bank city of Nablus last week.
____Palestinian medical sources said Ahmad Khatatbeh, 25, succumbed to his injuries after being shot at Beit Furik checkpoint in eastern Nablus last Friday.
____Israeli sources claimed that Ahmed Khatabteh allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at an Israeli car. . .
____However, family sources affirmed that Israeli soldiers stationed at the checkpoint suddenly opened fire at Khatatbeh while driving along with his two friends on their way back home.
____Khatatbeh did not understand what happened as he was born deaf and mute, the family stressed.
More . . .

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
PALESTINIAN  DETAINEE  IN  CRITICAL  CONDITION  DESPITE  ONGOING  PA  CONCERNS
Sept. 24, 2015
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The health condition of Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diak, 33, has reached a critical stage despite repeated calls by the Palestinian Authority for the Israeli Prison Service to address his medical needs.
____PA Minister of Health Jawad Awad sent a medical delegation, headed by the general director of primary health Kamal al-Shakhra, to visit Abu Diak at the Assaf HaRofeh Hospital where the detainee is currently being held.
____Al-Shakhra said Abu Diak is suffering from renal and pulmonary failure, adding that doctors expect his body to respond to treatment in a week, but any lack of response would result in further deterioration of his health.
More . . .

Taybeh Golden Hotel is in the center of Taybeh Village, roughly 25 minutes away from Ramallah. Within close distance to the hotel is the St. George Byzantine Church, the Taybeh Brewing Company, Old City of Taybeh and the Taybeh Winery. (Photo: Taybeh Golden Hotel)
Taybeh Golden Hotel in Taybeh Village, 25 minutes away from Ramallah. Within close distance to the hotel is the St. George Byzantine Church, the Taybeh Brewing Company, Old City of Taybeh and the Taybeh Winery. (Photo: Taybeh Golden Hotel)

THIS WEEK IN PALESTINE
TAYBEH  GOLDEN  HOTEL  OPENS  ITS  DOORS  FOR  OKTOBERFEST
Sept. 2015
Maria Khoury
(Dr. Maria C. Khoury, author of Christina Goes to the Holy Land, has organized the annual Taybeh Oktoberfest since 2005.)
All of a sudden it seems like I have a house with eighty rooms. This is exactly what working at the new Taybeh Golden Hotel feels like to me since we are still at the setting up stages and taking reservations, especially for Taybeh Oktoberfest that will be back in Taybeh this September.
More . . .

❺ Opinion/Analysis
MONDOWEISS
WHAT’S  BEHIND  NETANYAHU’S  WAR  ON  STONE  THROWERS
Dan Cohen
Sept. 24, 2015
Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at the site in occupied East Jerusalem where a 64-year-old Israeli driver was injured after his car hit a pole and later died.
____“We are declaring war on those who throw stones and bottles and rioters,” he declared. [. . . . .]
____Now that thwarting the Iran deal is out of reach, Netanyahu’s political calculus demands a new threat – and stone throwers have replaced the nuclear duck.
More . . .
Background . . .

“DETERMINATION  II,”  FOUZI  EL ASMAR
Whip me
Fetch more whips
more executioners
By the thousands
Render my skin
to shoe soles
Rub salt into every wound
old wounds
new wounds
Search my mind
for every thread of a new image
to a new poem
Take away the pen and the pencil.
With my blood
I shall write
every day
a million songs.

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

THE NECESSARY PROTECTION AGAINST A BOY THROWING A STONE. The Israeli army is using live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian stone-throwers in the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Middle East Monitor)
THE  NECESSARY  PROTECTION  AGAINST  A BOY  THROWING  A  STONE. The Israeli army is using live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian stone-throwers in the Occupied West Bank. (Photo: Middle East Monitor)