“. . . They . . . turned me into A file . . .” FREE DAREEN TATOUR!

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The poet Dareen Tatour, who was arrested last October and spent several months in prison before being placed under house arrest — with no access to the internet — in January. Her next court hearing will be May 8.

❶ Israel Places 27 Palestinians under Administrative Detention
❷ 7 elderly Palestinians indicted for ‘incitement’ at Aqsa
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) Israel bans Palestinian travel from Gaza to Aqsa for 2nd week
❸ Prominent Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi detained by Israeli occupation forces
❹ UN: Four-fold increase in Israeli demolitions this year
❺ Opinion/Analysis: CHARGED  WITH  CONSPIRACY  — FOR  RENTING  A  ROPE  TO  CLIMB  OVER  THE  WALL
❻ POETRY by Dareen Tatour
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❶ ISRAEL  PLACES  27  PALESTINIANS  UNDER  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 29, 2016
The Israeli authorities Thursday issued administrative detention orders against 27 Palestinian detainees, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
___Fourteen of the detainees received administrative detention orders for the first time, whereas the remaining detainees received renewed administrative orders.
___There are more than 500 Palestinian prisoners being held under administrative detention, a controversial Israeli practice that allows detention of Palestinians without charge or trial for up to six-month intervals that can be renewed indefinitely.      MORE . . . 

7  ELDERLY  PALESTINIANS  INDICTED  FOR  ‘INCITEMENT’  AT  AQSA
Ma’an News Agency
April 29, 2016
Seven elderly Palestinians from Jerusalem were issued indictments on Friday by an Israeli court for alleged incitement and involvement with Murabitun, an Islamic group outlawed by Israel last year.
___The seven, indicted for alleged incitement at Al-Aqsa Mosque, were banned by the Israeli magistrate court from entering the holy site and the Old City of Jerusalem until their court date, which has been postponed until May 17th.
___The seven men . . . were detained almost two weeks ago after Israeli forces raided and searched their homes.      MORE . . .   
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) ISRAEL BANS PALESTINIAN TRAVEL FROM GAZA TO AQSA FOR 2ND WEEK
Ma’an News Agency
April 29, 2016
The Israeli authorities for the second week in a row prevented Palestinians from traveling from the Gaza Strip to Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem for Friday worship due to the Jewish holiday of Passover.       MORE . . .

PROMINENT  PALESTINIAN  ASTROPHYSICIST  IMAD  BARGHOUTHI  DETAINED  BY  ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  FORCES
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
April 26, 2016
Palestinian astrophysicist Imad Barghouthi was arrested again by Israeli occupation forces at Nabi Saleh checkpoint northwest of Ramallah on 24 April. Barghouthi, 53, is a professor of theoretical space-plasma physics at Al-Quds University. A former employee at NASA in the United States, his scientific work is well-regarded internationally.       MORE . . .  

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IOF kidnaps scientist Imad Barghouthi near Ramallah (Photo: Palestinian Information Center)

UN:  FOUR-FOLD  INCREASE  IN  ISRAELI  DEMOLITIONS  THIS  YEAR
Ma’an News Agency
April 29, 2016
UN figures released Thursday revealed a four-fold increase from last year in the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, that have left a record-high 808 Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016.
___According to UN documentation, the Israeli authorities have destroyed some 588 Palestinian structures across the occupied Palestinian territory since January.
___The over 800 Palestinians to be displaced this year far surpasses the number displaced during the entirety of 2015, while well over 1,000 Palestinians were also affected after losing structures related to their source of income.       MORE . . .  

❺ Opinion/Analysis: CHARGED  WITH  CONSPIRACY  — FOR  RENTING  A  ROPE  TO  CLIMB  OVER  THE  WALL
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Haggai Matar
April 27, 2016
Israeli police prosecutors indicted a 26-year-old Palestinian man in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning for climbing over the separation wall in order to find work [. . . .]
___It is worth noting that the indictment was filed by a prosecution unit belonging to the police and not the State Attorney’s Office . . . . Professional and government committees have been recommending for decades that the police stop acting as a prosecutorial body. However, despite a government decision 15 years ago to absorb the police prosecution unit into the State Attorney’s Office, police continue to file the vast majority (87 percent) of indictments in Israel.       MORE . . .  

“I  WILL  NOT  LEAVE  MY  COUNTRY,”  BY  DAREEN  TATOUR
Trans. Ghada Mourad
FREE DAREEN TATOUR

They signed for me
And turned me into
A file, forgotten
Like the butts of cigarettes
Alienation tore me
I became an immigrant
Inside my own country
I left the pens
Weeping over the sorrows
Of inkwells
They left my right and my dream
On the entrances to
Grave
And yes: one waiting
Laments his luck
While life passes
Besiege me
Kill me, detonate me
Assassinate me, incarcerate me
I will not abandon
My country
Demolish my home
Destroy my years
Burn my trees
Before you I remain
A fighter
Sow death in my land
Rain bombs
Over me
I will not leave
My country
No judaization
No confession
And no enlistment
I was born to struggle
On this earth I am
A proud palm
I’d rather die of thirst and hunger
Than consent to bow
I will never sell my homeland
Deprive me
Of my mother’s lap
Of the morning’s smile
Rob me of meanings
And of paging through books
Deprive me of everything
Deny me
Comfort and sleep
I will stay
I will live
In my country
I will not travel
I will remain in a sunrise
Like a sun
Radiating warmth—resisting
I will not leave
The shadows of my country
If I am killed, unjustly
A child fighter
Will be born
After me
To bring me back to life
I will continue
No and a thousand thousand nos
I will not, will not, I will not, leave. . .

Tatour’s next court hearing is scheduled for 1:30, Sunday, May 8, and there will be a vigil beginning before that in front of the Nazareth court building.
You can follow her case on Facebook
Ghada Mourad is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature and a Schaeffer fellow in literary translation at the University of California, Irvine.
The poem for which Dareen Tatours was arrested.
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“. . . It is my right to behold the sun . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

The Gaza Music School is the only institution in the territory dedicated to the study of the art. Photo: Mousa Tawfiq. https://electronicintifada.net/content/making-music-under-siege/14946
“. . . to water the vineyards with music. . .” The Gaza Music School is the only institution in the territory dedicated to the study of the art. Photo: Mousa Tawfiq. https://electronicintifada.net/content/making-music-under-siege/14946

68 Palestinians, Including 13 Children and A Pregnant Woman, Killed This Month; 921 Wounded
❷ Israelis only understand force — and it makes them angrier, polls show
❸ 2 Palestinians shot at Nablus checkpoint after alleged attack
❹ Group: Israeli settlers lock family out of their home in Silwan
❺ Opinion/Analysis: The Palestinians Are Living in a Tragedy of Eternal Struggle
❻ Poetry by Fouzi el-Asmar
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IMEMC-INTERNATIONAL MIDDLE EAST MEDIA CENTER
68  PALESTINIANS,  INCLUDING  13  CHILDREN  AND  A  PREGNANT  WOMAN,  KILLED  THIS  MONTH;  921  WOUNDED
October 30, 2015
The Health Minister has reported that 68 Palestinians have been killed, and 921 Palestinians have been shot and injured with live Israeli army rounds, since the beginning of this month, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, while 855 were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and 208 suffered fractures and bruises after being assaulted and beaten by soldiers and fanatic settlers.
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ISRAELIS  ONLY  UNDERSTAND  FORCE —  AND  IT  MAKES  THEM  ANGRIER,  POLLS  SHOW
New polls find that a majority of Jewish Israelis support the ‘voluntary transfer’ of West Bank Palestinians, a majority want to strip East Jerusalem Palestinians of Israeli residency.
Dahlia Scheindlin
Oct. 29, 2015
The latest crisis of violence has become a successful campaign of terror: Israelis are profoundly shaken. Many have reverted to the Second Intifada mentality of personal risk calculations based on self-selected danger factors and fingers in the wind.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
2  PALESTINIANS  SHOT  AT  NABLUS  CHECKPOINT  AFTER  ALLEGED  ATTACK
Oct. 30, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Two Palestinians were shot in the Nablus district on Friday after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli border policeman, Israel’s army said.
___An Israeli army spokesperson said two Palestinians tried to stab an Israeli border policeman at the Tappuah, or Zatara, military checkpoint south of Nablus.
____Both alleged attackers were shot, he added.
More . . .
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
GROUP:  ISRAELI  SETTLERS  LOCK  FAMILY  OUT  OF  THEIR  HOME  IN  SILWAN
Oct. 29, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Thursday prevented a Palestinian family from entering their home in the Batan al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, a local organization said.
____Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli settlers who live in the area prevented Rania Abu Nab and her four children, aged 4 to 14-years-old, from entering the home, before Israeli police arrived at the scene reportedly in support of the settlers [. . . . .].
____Abu Nab said she had left her home to meet with UNRWA employees, who were prevented from visiting her at home by Israeli settlers in the area.
____When Abu Nab tried to come home, the main gate of the compound where her home is was reportedly locked and the Israeli settlers did not allow her back into the house. She added that they did not provide any reason and mockingly told her “keep having meetings and interviews.”
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❺ Opinion/Analysis
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
THE  PALESTINIANS  ARE  LIVING  IN  A  TRAGEDY  OF  ETERNAL  STRUGGLE
Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Oct 28 2015
The third explosion in the Palestinian struggle for freedom from occupation finally came in October of this year, sparked by the Israeli minister of defense banning the Palestinian Murabitun from entering Al-Aqsa mosque, either for tutorials or maintenance and protection roles, something they have been doing for decades. The Israeli action spread like wildfire across the West Bank and Gaza, as though the Palestinians were shaking off the decades of accumulated humiliation under the occupation.
____The future of the Arab –populated Jerusalem where Al-Aqsa mosque is located was decided by Israel as soon as the guns fell silent after the 1967 war and Israel was triumphant and drunk with a heady sense of power. On 18 June of 1967, the government of Israel annexed East Jerusalem and the surrounding area, and extended the Israeli laws to it. This action was supported by all Israeli political and civil society factions, secular and religious, and across party lines.
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“THE  WAY,” BY  FOUZI  E-ASMAR
I shall not despair:
Whether my way leads to a jail,
Under the sun
Or in exile
I shall not despair.

It is my right to behold the sun
To demolish the tent and the banishment
To eat the fruit of the olive
To water the vineyards
With music.
To sing of love
In Jaffa, in Haifa
To sow the fertile land
With new seeds
It is my right.

From: El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE  WIND-DRIVEN  REED  AND  OTHER  POEMS.  Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1979.
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Video: For the second consecutive day, storming into Al-Maqased hospital looking for the medical file of a detained child October 30, 2015 Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwan http://silwanic.net/?p=64660
Video: For the second consecutive day, storming into Al-Maqased hospital looking for the medical file of a detained child
October 30, 2015
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
http://silwanic.net/?p=64660