“. . . and the jailor stands, his face a stone . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Tappuah Checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank, 19.02.2013. Photo by activestills
Tappuah Checkpoint, Nablus, West Bank, 19.02.2013. Photo by activestills

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  2ND  PA  SECURITY  OFFICER  IN  24  HOURS
September 3, 2015
RAMALLAH ―Israeli forces on Wednesday evening detained a Palestinian Authority security officer and his 10-year-old son at a military checkpoint in Nablus, the second incident of its kind in the past 24 hours.
____Muamin Qindah, a preventative security officer from a village near Ramallah, was stopped and searched at the Tappuah checkpoint before being taken into custody, his family said.
____His 10-year-old son, who was with him at the time, was detained for three hours before being released to relatives.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN,  SUMMONS  PALESTINIANS  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM
September 3, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces early Thursday detained a Palestinian woman and issued summonses to two others after raiding their homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, locals told Ma’an.
____Israeli special forces and intelligence officers raided the house of Ekram Ghazawi, 50, in the al-Thawri neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem and detained her before they transfer her to al-Qashla police station in the Old City of Jerusalem.
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A Palestinian woman shouts after being blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. October 13 2014. Photo credit AFP Ahmad Gharabli
A Palestinian woman shouts after being blocked by Israel security forces from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. October 13 2014. Photo credit AFP Ahmad Gharabli

THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
ISRAELI  NIGHT  RAIDS  A  ROUTINE  TERROR  FOR  PALESTINIAN  CHILDREN
Maureen Clare Murphy
September 1, 2015
It’s a regular and terrifying scene in the occupied West Bank: heavily armed Israeli soldiers, often with large dogs, raid a Palestinian family’s home. They wake the children, arresting one or more of them.
____This is what happened to Hamza Muayyad Shukri Hammad, 15, when his home in Silwad, a village near Ramallah, was invaded at 2am on Sunday. . . .
____Soldiers raided Hamza’s room, ransacking it. They confiscated phones and smart devices from the home and a computer was deliberately smashed. . . .
____During a visit to Megiddo prison on Sunday, Hiba Masalha, a lawyer with the Palestinian Authority ministry for prisoner affairs, took the testimony of three teenagers who were beaten during their arrest and transfer to Israeli detention.
____Ahmad Ismail Abu Amr, 17, from a village near the West Bank city of Nablus, was beaten all over his body, blindfolded and cuffed by Israeli soldiers who used their weapons to strike him on his head and shoulders when they arrested him two months ago.
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❹ PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  FOUR  PALESTINIANS,  SUMMON  TWO  FROM  JERUSALEM,  JENIN  DISTRICTS
September 3, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli forces early Thursday detained four Palestinians and summoned two others from Jerusalem and Jenin districts, said security sources.
____Israeli Special Forces detained a young Palestinian man from inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for protesting against groups of Jewish settlers who forced their way into the holy site. The detainee was identified as Samih al-Haddad.
____This came as Israeli police barred a number of ‘black-listed’ Palestinian women from entering the Mosque compound, while they allowed other women and female students’ entry into the holy site after withholding their identification cards upon entry via the old gates.
____Palestinian women who pray at the Mosque are denied access into the holy site five days a week. . .
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER (IMEMC)
NOAM  CHOMSKY:  ISRAELI  APARTHEID  ‘MUCH WORSE’  THAN  SOUTH  AFRICA
August 19, 2015
Famous American linguist Noam Chomsky has described the actions of the Israeli occupation in Palestine as “worse than South African apartheid”.
____“In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid,” Chomsky says, according to Days of Palestine. “To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by ‘apartheid’ you mean South African-style apartheid.
____“What is happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There is a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce…
____“The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just do not want them. They want them out, or at least in prison.”
Entire Interview here

“FROM  THE  DIARY  OF  ‘____’,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN
(There in Israel, our prisoners whom we know nothing about.)

From the ravine pours silent angry darkness
and night spreads its large sails here
the light of the stars and the dawn
cannot sneak in
A night without light
where our voices are lost
and the echo dies
and time cannot move.

Time has lost its shoes here
it stood still
turning around the axis of stillness and boredom
confusing days and the seasons
Is it the season for planting?
Is it the season for harvest?
It is―who can say? No news
and the jailor stands, his face a stone
his eye a stone
robbing from us the sun, robbing the moon

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.
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About Fadwa Tuqan

An Israeli soldier detains a child in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar in 2012. Anne Paq,ActiveStills
An Israeli soldier detains a child in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Ommar in 2012. Anne Paq,ActiveStills

“. . . you plundered the land from me and I ploughed. . .” (Fouzi El Asmar)

East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)
East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.(AFP/File Ahmad Gharabli)

From MA’AN NEWS SERVICE
ISRAEL  ISSUES  DEMOLITION  ORDER  FOR  MOSQUE  IN  EAST  JERUSALEM
August 22, 2015
JERUSALEM ― Israeli municipality officials delivered a demolition order Friday to the al-Qaaqaa Mosque, a house, and a studio apartment in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, local sources told Ma’an.
____Majdi al-Abbasi, from the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, said that Israeli municipality members delivered a demolition order to the al-Qaaqaa mosque in the Ein al-Luza area of the neighborhood.
____The mosque, built three years ago, is a 110 square meter space that serves 5,000 worshipers.
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❷ From MA’AN NEWS SERVICE
AID  GROUPS  DENOUNCE  ‘SURGE’  IN  ISRAELI  HOME  DEMOLITIONS  ON  WEST  BANK
August 22, 2015
JERUSALEM ―Aid groups Friday denounced Israeli demolitions of homes in the West Bank where the UN said 63 houses and other structures were destroyed this week alone, making 132 Palestinians homeless.
____In a joint statement, 31 international organizations including Oxfam and Amnesty International slammed the “surge” in demolitions and urged world leaders “to take urgent action” to put an end to it.
____According to the United Nations, the demolitions of at least 63 homes and basic structures come as Israel steps up the construction of homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied territory.
____They occurred in Area C, which is controlled by the Israeli authorities and where more than 60 percent of the West Bank lies.
____Citing UN figures, the aid groups said the demolitions made “132 people homeless, including 82 children, accounting for a quarter of the displacement from demolitions in 2015 and marking the highest number of people rendered homeless from demolitions in nearly three years”.
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Palestinians from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh as they stand on a house after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers. (AFP/File Abbas Momani)
Palestinians from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh as they stand on a house after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers. (AFP/File Abbas Momani)

❸ From: PALESTINE NEWS & INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
UPDATE:  SETTLERS  ATTACK  FARMERS  IN  NABLUS,  ARMY  SEARCHES  HOMES  IN  HEBRON
August 22, 2015
NABLUS ―Israeli settlers Saturday attacked Palestinian farmers in the village of Qasra to the south of Nablus, whereas Israeli army raided and searched several Palestinian homes and set up military checkpoints in the Hebron district, according to a local activist.
____Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the West Bank, said that settlers attacked farmers, provoking the village locals and voluntarily guard committees – formed to protect locals against settlers’ attacks – who clashed with the settlers and managed to fend off the attack.
[. . . .]
____In many cases of settlers’ attacks against Palestinians, forces offer protection to settlers and turn a blind eye to attacks committed against locals.
____B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, estimated the settler population in the West Bank at around 531,000.
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❹ From: +972 MAGAZINE
WATCH:  DOZENS  OF  PALESTINIAN-OWNED  TREES  UPROOTED  TO BUILD  SEPARATION  WALL
Text and photos by Oren Ziv / Activestills.org
August 21, 2015
Dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees uprooted to complete separation wall that will eventually fully encircle the Bethlehem area.
____The Israeli Defense Ministry renewed its efforts to build a section of the separation wall in the Bethlehem area this week, sending bulldozers and Border Policemen to uproot dozens of olive trees in Wadi Ahmed, on the outskirts of Beit Jala.
____The plan is to completely enclose Bethlehem and the surrounding villages — closing all entrances to the area — by the separation wall. Entire areas of the separation wall have yet be built, including in southern Jerusalem; they are slated for completion in the coming years.
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Related . . . ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  ARE  BACK  IN  BEIT  JALA

❺ Opinion
From: THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE
‘THE  IRANIAN  THREAT’:  WHO  IS  THE  GRAVEST  DANGER  TO  WORLD  PEACE?
Noam Chomsky
Aug 20 2015
Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons . . .”
____There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm: the United States and its closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
[. . . .]
Opponents of the nuclear deal charge that it does not go far enough. . . .
____Israel, of course, is one of the three nuclear powers, along with India and Pakistan, whose weapons programs have been abetted by the United States and that refuse to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
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“I  AM  THE  SON  OF  THE  LAND,”  BY  FOUZI  EL ASMAR
You may take my hands
and lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me.

You bereaved me
from the light
and I marched
You robbed me
of the bread
and I ate.
You plundered the land
from me
and I ploughed.

I am the son of the land
and for that
I find goodness in this earth
anywhere I happen to be:
The ants of this land
feed me
The branches of this land
foster me
The eagles of this land
will shield my open revolt

Yes
You may take my hands
And lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me
But here I will stand tall
And here I shall remain
until the very end. (April, 1970) 

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

Thursday, 20 August 2015. Israeli bulldozers in Beit Jala. Israeli uproots olive trees in Bethlehem. (Photo: Middle East Monitor.)
Thursday, 20 August 2015. Israeli bulldozers in Beit Jala. Israeli uproots olive trees in Bethlehem. (Photo: Middle East Monitor.)