“. . . the light of day will dawn, And, dazzled by it, my jailer will be humbled . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

❶ Israel’s collective punishment policy: Entire family in prison, whole village under siege

  • Background: “There Will Not Be a Stable Peace without Justice and Accountability. An interview with human rights lawyer Eitay Mack.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

❷ Army Offers Conditions for Removal of Hebron Restrictions
❸ 16 Palestinians kidnapped in abduction sweep by Israeli forces
❹ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Ihab Rimawi
August 14, 2017.   The family home of  OMAR EL-ABED in the Ramallah area village of Kobar stood at empty of people and furniture.
___Omar el-Abed is the 19-year-old Palestinian from Kobar who on July 21 sneaked into the illegal settlement of Halamish, not far from his West Bank village, to avenge earlier Israeli police killing of three young Palestinians during pro-Aqsa protests in East Jerusalem and stabbed to death three Israeli settlers. He was shot, wounded and arrested.
[. . . .] Army units raid their village and home almost every day in a way to punish not only the entire el-Abed family, but the whole village of 6000 young and old people.
[. . . .] The mother, Ibtisam, was arrested . . . .  along with her husband, Abdul Jalil, and two of her sons: Khaled, the eldest who works as driver of a company van, who was arrested while waiting for his wife to give birth at Ramallah hospital, and Munir, a senior at Birzeit University studying finance . . . .
___A handicapped brother and sister were the only two members of el-Abed family the army has so far spared. Yet, they were left with no one to take care of them after the arrest of their entire family.    MORE . . .

“THERE  WILL  NOT  BE  A  STABLE  PEACE  WITHOUT  JUSTICE  AND  ACCOUNTABILITY.  An interview with human rights lawyer Eitay Mack.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 21, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 114-125.
[. . . .]  Are there two types of Israelis in the courts, human rights activists and settlers? What are the chances a settler will be indicted? The way the system operates is that every crime committed against a Palestinian by an Israeli, in Israel and the Occupied Territories, is first considered as a regular, criminal offense unless proven to be a hate or terror crime. When the victim is a Jew, and this applies also in Israel, and the perpetrator is Palestinian, the first option is usually that it was a security offense, a terror offense. If a settler attacks a human rights activist or a Palestinian it depends on the preliminary classification of the complaint. . . . I think they try to minimize the offenses made by Jews against Palestinians . . .
___Do Palestinians immediately have access to lawyers upon arrest or is that also problematic? It’s a big problem. In the criminal situation it’s easier for them to get a lawyer because the family can reach out to a human rights organization. In most cases, people do get a lawyer, whether from the organization, by themselves, or through the court. With victims of Jewish terror or hate crimes, and victims of the violence of the soldiers, with all the NGOs – B ‘Tselem, Yesh Din, etc. – the numbers of victims is so high that there is a large area of the West Bank that is not receiving a proper defense.
___Since last October, there was a big increase in collective punishment and the limitation of freedom of movement.
. .  I realized how many people were being harassed and not filing. . .
___The military has also blocked the entrance to many villages. When Israel left the northwestern part of the West Bank, they left areas without settlements- a bubble of Palestine. Yet, the army enters there . . .  the soldiers just come and go and they continue with their lives. There is no destabilization, thus they see this as the best way for them to survive their situation.   SOURCE . . .

International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
August 14, 2017.   Israeli forces, on Sunday, informed locals from three Hebron neighborhoods that they would remove the security restrictions if they “behave”, via leaflets distributed in the area.
___Conditions, according to the leaflets, will depend on “the population’s non-interference in terrorist operations and stone and Molotov throwing incidents.”   MORE . . .
The Palestinian Information Center
August 14, 2017.   At least 16 Palestinians were kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in abduction sweeps rocking West Bank provinces at daybreak Monday.
___The Israeli army claimed that weapons and ammunition were spotted in al-Khalil’s southern town of Yatta and in Beit Sahour, east of Bethlehem.
___The Palestinian young man Khaled Sabah was kidnapped by the Israeli soldiers from his family home in Deir Abu Mishaal village, west of Ramallah, before he was dragged to an unknown destination.
___The IOF also stormed al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of Ramallah, and ravaged Palestinian homes and shops.  Clashes flared up in the area, where the occupation soldiers attacked Palestinian protesters with live rounds and sound bombs.   MORE . . .

Mother, it grieves me,
That because of me, throughout your night of agony,
You shed silent tears, anxiously awaiting the return
Of my beloved brothers from their chores;
That you are not able to eat
While my seat remains empty, and there is no talk or laughter.
How it pains me, Mother,
That tears rush to your eyes
When friends drop by to ask about me.
But I believe, Mother,
That the splendor of life
Is being born within the walls of my prison,
And I believe that the last of my visitors
Will not be an eyeless bat, coming to me by night.
Surely, the light of day will dawn,
And, dazzled by it, my jailer will be humbled.
He will fall to the ground . . . broken,
Shattered, burnt by daylight.
Translated by A. M. Elmesseri

Samīh al-Qāsim (1939-2014)
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.

“. . . The hanged human is an Arab Like me. . .” (Salem Jubran)

❶ Israeli MKs seek executing Palestinian prisoners

  • Background: “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Dual Criminal Justice System in the West Bank.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture.

❷ Israeli forces detain 15 more Palestinians for involvement in Al-Aqsa protests
. . . . . ❷ ― (ᴀ) 4 minors among 30 Palestinians detained by Israeli forces in overnight raids
❸ Villagers urge action against Israeli orders to demolish 14 homes in Al-Walaja village
. . . . . ❸ ― (ᴀ) Israeli army places Yatta village under complete lockdown following attack
❹ POETRY by Salem Jubran
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Days of Palestine
August 3, 2017.   A number of Israeli MKs are planning to present proposal to introduce death penalty against Palestinian prisoners, Israeli TV revealed on Wednesday.
___The proposal aims to amend the Israeli Penal Code and Counterterrorism Law, stating that Palestinians who carry out operations against Israeli occupation forces are the subject of this amendment.
[. . . .] The second amendment stipulates issuing the death penalty against anyone who assists those carrying out operations or organisations working against Israel.
___In addition, two amendments will be made to Article 39 of the Counterterrorism Law, which states that the punishment for an act of mass terrorism, which causes severe bodily harm to a large population, and for an act of terrorism committed using unconventional weapons, even where these acts do not result in death, would be life imprisonment.   MORE . . .

Omer-Man, Emily Schaeffer.
Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture, vol. 21, no. 3, Jan. 2016, pp. 16-21.
[. . . .] The Knesset passed a law granting Israeli courts and authorities jurisdiction over any Israeli national accused of committing a crime that violates Israeli law, even if the alleged crime was committed within the OPT. The law was passed as an emergency regulation, but it is periodically renewed and in force to this day. Technically speaking, Israeli military and civilian courts hold concurrent jurisdiction to try Israelis for offenses related to security. The policy for the last four decades, however, has been to refrain from prosecuting Israeli civilians in the military system, despite critiques that doing so constitutes partial annexation of occupied territory. Various attempts by Israeli officials to advocate for the exercise of military court jurisdiction over Israeli settlers have been obstructed by the military or political echelons.
[. . . .] In addition to these structural discrepancies, which have significant bearing on the relative due process protections afforded under each system, the two systems are also distinguished by severe substantive disparities. As such, an Israeli citizen and a Palestinian — both of whom are accused of manslaughter, the Israeli residing in the settlement of Ma’on and the Palestinian in the adjacent village of Al-Tuwani — will be tried before different legal systems. The settler will be processed according to the Israeli Penal Code, which requires he be brought before a judge within 24 hours of arrest, and whose arrest may be extended for a maximum of 30 days. The Palestinian will be processed according to military order, which allows a suspect to be detained for up to four days after arrest before being brought before a judge, followed by 30-day extensions for up to three months. They will be tried before different courts: the Israeli by fellow Israeli judges and prosecutors; the Palestinian by uniformed prosecutors and judges, commissioned by the occupying army. If convicted of manslaughter, the Israeli may be sentenced to up to 20 years’ imprisonment; the Palestinian may be sentenced to up to life imprisonment.
[. . . .] Israel is under strict obligation to protect Palestinians and their property from harm and to uphold their basic due process rights. Instead, it has established and maintained for nearly a half-century a dual criminal system under which the West Bank Palestinian population is unequal under the law, while the settler population is granted virtual carte blanche to carry out acts that directly translate into dispossessing Palestinians of their land, making way for the constant expansion of the settlement enterprise.   FULL ARTICLE . . .

Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 3, 2017.   Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinians in several neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, as Israeli forces continued to crack down on Palestinians in the wake of large-scale protests over Israeli restrictions at Al-Aqsa Mosque, bringing the number of Palestinians detained this week over Al-Aqsa protests to almost 50.
[. . . .] Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri confirmed the detentions, and said that the Palestinians were detained over “violence and disturbing the order in Jerusalem,” which she said included rock-throwing, and blocking and closing roads — which was done during each Muslim prayer during the protests, as thousands of Palestinian performed prayers on the streets of Jerusalem in an act of mass civil disobedience against Israeli policies.   MORE . . .
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 3, 2017.    Israeli forces detained 30 Palestinians, including four minors, across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, during overnight raids between Wednesday and Thursday, according to Palestinian and Israeli sources.
___Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement that Israeli forces detained Mousa Bulbul, Mutlaq al-Sadi, and Alaa Abahra from the Jenin district in the northern West Bank. An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed that two Palestinians were detained from Jenin city.     Israeli forces also detained . . . .    MORE . . .
Palestine News Network – PNN   
August 3, 2017.   Last week, Israeli Occupation Authorities handed out demolition threats for 14 Palestinian homes in AL-Walaja village, under the pretext of having no building permit, and refuses to give them any permits at the same time.
___The families, whose homes would be demolished by 9 August, live in an ongoing state of fear and anxiety for their future, especially that they have built these houses themselves and over the years.
___Ahmed al-Atrash said that the Israeli authorities handed over the decision to demolish his house, which he built on top of his parent’s home.  MORE . . .
Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 3, 2017.   Israeli forces implemented a closure on the village of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Wednesday, and raided the village again early Thursday after a 19-year-old resident allegedly carried out a stabbing attack at a supermarket in the Israeli city of Yavne, leaving an Israeli man seriously injured.
___On Wednesday, a Palestinian teenager, identified as Ismail Ibrahim Abu Aram was detained by Israeli forces after allegedly stabbing a 42-year-old Israeli man at the Shufersal supermarket in Yavne, where the Palestinian teenager and Israeli reportedly worked. On Thursday, Israeli media reported that the injured Israeli was in stable condition after sustaining multiple stab wounds during the attack.  MORE . . .

One of the toys that appeared on the Israeli market was that of a “hanged Arab.

A hanging human body
The prettiest of toys
The sweetest recreation for children
Displayed on the market!
No, it is not there anymore
It has been sold out for days
Don’t search for it, tell your child
It’s sold out for days!

Oh, souls of those
Dead in Nazi concentration camps―
The hanged human
Is not a Jew in Berlin.
The hanged human is an Arab
Like me, of my people
Hanged by your brothers―
Forgive me, hanged by the crypto Nazis
In Zion!

Souls of the victims
Of Nazi camps―
If only you knew!
If only you knew!

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 Second Story Books.
About Salem Jubran

“. . . form the seamless web of colonial sovereignty . . .” (Annie Pfingst)

Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem – 27th of January, 2014, bulldozers demolish the house of the Adjluni family, allegedly for having been built illegally (Photo: by János Chialá)

❶ Israeli forces demolishes homes of Tel Aviv attack suspects

  • Background from Politics & The Life Sciences

❷ Israel demolishes Palestinian home in East Jerusalem for 6th time in 10 years
❸ Israel approves prison sentences for ‘terrorists’ as young as 12

  • Background from Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 4, 2016
Israeli forces raided the town of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank late on Wednesday night and demolished the family homes of two Palestinian cousins who carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv in June which killed four Israelis.
___Yatta residents said that hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided central Yatta and the al-Hileh area, the locations of the homes of Khalid and Muhammad Makhamreh, who have been held in Israeli custody since the attack.
___Israeli bulldozers then demolished Khalid’s family’s house, while Muhammad’s family home was remotely detonated. A video released by the Israeli army shows bulldozers demolishing one house, while Israeli troops set up explosives in another, which was then detonated remotely, possibly by a drone.     MORE . . .

From Politics & The Life Sciences
Since the onset of occupation in 1967, the model utilized by the Israeli government in administering policies in the occupied territories has been a colonial model. That is, the occupied territories have been governed directly by Israel to the economic advantage of Israel, and with a paramount concern for shoring up Israel’s geographic security. For 20 years this model did deliver peace, though not without tensions, which exploded in the 1987 Palestinian uprising. Goodwin and Skocpol discuss the colonial model . . .  Conflict – indeed, revolution – is predicted to occur under direct colonial rule and the right circumstances (J. Goodwin and T. Skopcol, ‘‘Explaining revolutions in the contemporary third world’’).
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Their hypothesis would read something like the following: Revolution will be most likely to occur when the regime adopts policies that are highly exclusionary and repressive, when the administrative bureaucracy fails to integrate a broad coalition from the middle and upper strata of society, and when the regime is unable to fully penetrate (i.e., control) the national territory which it governs. The collapse of the colonial model as an organizing principle for the coexistence of both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs was evidenced by the 1987 Palestinian uprising, which eventually led to the signing of the Oslo Accords.
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Most of the peace plans presently circulating . . .  are incremental in nature with ‘‘nationhood’’ held as the final reward for Palestinians. In a linear process, this is perhaps a logical approach. However . . . the eventual promise of peace is held hostage to Palestinian violence perpetrated against Israeli citizens and Israeli state-sponsored violence (and further land confiscations) perpetrated against Palestinians.
___Such tensions are indirectly promoted at the international level, given that the reality of globalism, which promotes the desirable dimension of multinational cooperation, has also given rise to backlash animosities, extremist aggression, and the international ‘‘war on terror.’’ Pressures from the former push Israel to withdraw from its colonial occupation of Palestinian lands, while pressures from the latter regularly condemn Palestinian actions against the occupation as terrorism.

  • Urban, J. Kristen. “Competitive Exclusion.” Politics & The Life Sciences 28.2 (2009): 69-83.  SOURCE 

Ma’an News Agency
Aug. 3, 2016
Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished a Palestinian family’s home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina — the sixth time since the family began seeking an Israeli-issued building license more than a decade ago — amid a massive escalation of demolitions in the city over recent weeks.
___The owner of the house, Izz al-Din Abu Nijma, said that the demolition “caught him by surprise,” though it remained unclear if a demolition notice had previously been delivered by Israeli authorities.
___In response to a request for comment, a spokesperson for the Jerusalem municipality told Ma’an they were not involved in the demolition, despite Beit Hanina being located within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries.        MORE . . .  

Middle East Eye
August 3, 2016
Israeli politicians have approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of “terrorist offences” in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians, parliament said on Wednesday.
___”The ‘Youth Bill’, which will allow the authorities to imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she is under the age of 14, passed its second and third readings… Tuesday night,” an English-language statement said.
___It added that the seriousness of attacks in recent months “demands a more aggressive approach, including toward minors”.
___The statement quoted Anat Berko, an MP from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and the bill’s sponsor, as saying “to those who are murdered with a knife in the heart it does not matter if the child is 12 or 15”.     MORE . . .

From Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
The declaration of an Emergency and the practices enabled through Emergency regulations are intensified forms of instrumentalised colonial governmentality and violence, part of the structure of settler colonialism – of settlement, dispossession, repression, expulsion and containment – in which the technologies and architectures of oppression are codified and the legitimacy of colonialism unquestioned by either the colonial administration or the settlement project. The state of emergency as an oppressive regime is characterised by surveillance, arrest and detention, screening, secret evidence and torture, and the workings of secret services and militarised violence – characteristics evident in Israeli daily practices over Palestine to structure what Pappe describes as an oppressive state . . . a secret services state. Three forms of violence . . . founding violence, the violence of legitimation that in turn produced ‘an imaginary capacity converting the founding violence into authorizing authority’ and a third form of violence that would ensure the ‘maintenance, spread and permanence’ of the authorizing authority – form the seamless web of colonial sovereignty. . . ‘(t)he lack of justice of the means, and the lack of the legitimacy of the ends, conspired to allow an arbitrariness and intrinsic unconditionality that may be said to have been the distinctive features of colonial sovereignty.’ (Quoting Mbembe, A. On the Postcolony, 2001)

  • Pfingst, Annie. “Militarised Violence In The Service Of State-Imposed Emergencies Over Palestine And Kenya.” Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6.3 (2014): 6-37.     FULL ARTICLE
Israeli soldiers “conduct traumatic arrests of Palestinian children, often involving violence and humiliation,” says Defense for Children International-Palestine Section (Photo: Sliman Khader, APA images)

“. . . Her face is a wind in the shadows . . .” (Dalia Taha)

Dozens of Palestinians from Yatta attended the funeral of 13-year-old Ruqqaya Abu Eid in the cemetery of the village of al-Karmel east of Yatta. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

❶ UN’s Ban: Violent response to Israeli occupation ‘human nature’
❷ Scores attend funeral of slain Palestinian girl
❸ Israel bars 3 sisters from visiting father due to Islamic dress
❹ Palestinian PM: The Israeli deputy FM uses fiction to whitewash Occupation
❻ Poetry by Dalia Taha
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Jan. 26, 2016
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday lent his voice to mounting international criticism of key Israeli policies and said it was “human nature” for Palestinians to react violently to Israel’s nearly 50-year military occupation.
___Speaking at the UN Security Council’s Middle East debate, Ban said the new year had begun as 2015 ended — “with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized public discourse across the spectrum in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.”  More . . .
Jan. 24, 201
Dozens of Palestinians from Yatta attended the funeral of 13-year-old Ruqqaya Abu Eid in the cemetery of the village of al-Karmel east of Yatta.
___Ruqayya Eid Abu Eid, originally from the city of Yatta south of Hebron, was shot dead on Saturday by an Israeli security guard after allegedly trying to stab him near the illegal settlement of Anatot.    More . . .
Jan. 25, 2016
Israeli authorities on Monday barred three Palestinian sisters from visiting their father in Israeli prison because of their conservative Islamic dress, a spokesperson with the Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies . . . said Israeli authorities would not allow the three sisters [to visit] their father, Yahya Shredah, 43, in Ramon Israeli prison because the three women were wearing the “al-niqab”. . .
___The three women were initially barred from visiting their father last year. . . .
___. . . Israeli forces also recently insulted other family members coming to visit Yahya with curse words, and made the male family members agree to a strip search before allowing visitation. . . . Yahya is serving a 22-year sentence.     More . . .

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. (Agence France‑Presse/Photo)

Jan. 26, 2016
In response to an op-ed written for The Wall Street Journal by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely accusing Palestinians of utilizing foreign aid to support terrorism, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said, “Israel’s Deputy FM is using fiction to whitewash Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and the crimes committed by Israeli Colonial Settlers” . . . .
___Hamdallah said that the latest attacks on the Palestinian government by Hotovely and others in the Israeli government “represent an act of desperation. . . .”   More . . .
The Wall Street Journal editorial
Orly Noy
Jan. 26, 2016
It seems that Israelis only pay attention to Palestinian lives when a left-wing activist is accused of sending Palestinians to their death.    More . . . 

A sky fell into
the braid
of the little girl who was killed.
Her face
is a wind in the shadows
of the garden,
blowing without colour
or blushing
when the air rushes through.

As if she knew,
when the jackals emerged
from her shadow and the river widened
in the disappointment
of whiteness.

As if she knew, when the sparrows
ate her eyes
and the sidewalk walked
in her blood.

The woman treads on dead
jasmine, searching
the minutes
for her hand.
She hides half her face,
and the air is filled with
the fingers of nothingness.

She pokes a hole in the poem
so the sidewalks can
wander into it.

The little girl’s hand withers and her blood
slumbers in
the lake.
When God passed over
her name,
she buried her hands in the heights of the jasmine
and covered her nakedness
with the corpses of the invaders.
―Translated by Allison Blecker

From Banipal  45:  Magazine  of  Modern  Arab  Literature. Winter 2012. WWW.banipal.co.uk
Dalia Taha is a Palestinian poet and playwright. She was born in Berlin 1986 but grew up in Ramallah-Palestine. Her first play “Keffiyeh/Made in China” was produced by the Flemish Royal Theater [and] was premiered in Brussels in 2012, then brought to Palestine where it toured 7 Palestinian cities across the west bank.    More . . .
An Interview with Dalia Taha