• » Italian Painters Detained for Painting Ahed Tamimi’s Image on Apartheid Wall
    IMEMC News - July 28, 2018 9:03 PM

    Mural on Apartheid Wall honoring Ahed Tamimi by artist Jorit Agoch.

    Israeli forces, on Saturday, detained the Italian painters who painted a mural depicting jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed al-Tamimi, on the Israeli separation wall, to the north of the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, said Munther Amira, a Palestinian Social Worker, activist and human rights defender.

    The activist said, according to WAFA, that Israeli soldiers detained the two Italian painters while they were adding the last finishing touches to the painting that depicts Ahmed al-Tamimi. Forces also seized the painters’ equipment and supplies, and detained Palestinian activist, Mustafa al-Araj.

    The painters reportedly came from Italy specifically to draw the painting ahead of Tamimi’s expected release from prison, tomorrow. (...)

    Ahed Tamimi scheduled to be released on Sunday, 29 July

  • Israel assassine un dangereux... handicapé :

    Nous sommes tou-te-s #Ibrahim_Abu_Thuraya
    UJFP, le 20 décembre 2017

    Ibrahim Abu Thurayya : an icon of dignity and defiance
    Shahd Abusalama, Electronic Intifada, le 18 décembre 2017
    Israel emprisonne une dangereuse... adolescente :

    La jeune activiste palestinienne #Ahed_Tamimi arrêtée par l’armée israélienne à la suite d’une vidéo virale
    Luc Vinogradoff, Le Monde, le 20 décembre 2017

    Free Ahed Tamimi !
    Samidoun, le 18 décembre 2017

    Israeli forces detain cousin of Ahed Tamimi, extend detention of Ahed and her mother
    Ma’an, le 20 décembre 2017
    Deux courtes vidéos :

    L’humiliation est le trauma le plus répandu en Palestine (2 minutes)
    #Samah_Jabr, Siné Mensuel, Décembre 2017

    Pour #Jérusalem (8 minutes)
    #Fairouz (1967)

    #Palestine, vite fait avant de partir en vacances...

  • Palestinian forces use live fire against protesters opposing the PA in Duheisha
    March 12, 2017 9:44 P.M. (Updated: March 12, 2017 10:34 P.M.)

    BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Clashes erupted between Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces and demonstrators at Duheisha refugee camp in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Sunday evening, as locals reported that police were shooting live fire towards Palestinian youths.

    Scores of Palestinians marched from Duheisha on Sunday afternoon to protest a legal case against slain activist Basel al-Araj and five other Palestinians who were imprisoned alongside him last year by the PA, as well as to denounce police repression against a similar protest in Ramallah earlier in the day.

    The march headed to a Palestinian police station in the nearby village of Artas, where clashes then erupted.

    Local news sources and Duheisha residents reported that Palestinian police officers forces were using live bullets, tear gas, and sound bombs against the demonstrators, as youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police forces.

    Local news page al-Duheisha al-Hadath said that Palestinian forces had raided at least one home in Duheisha in the clashes.

    Al-Duheisha al-Hadath also reported that ambulances treated protesters for excessive tear gas inhalation. A spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent could not be reached for comment.

    #AP_Israël #Basel_al-Araj

    • Protesters attacked in Ramallah by PA forces as Arab and international cities demonstrate for Basil al-Araj
      March 12, 2017

      Protesting Palestinians in Ramallah came under attack by Palestinian Authority security forces this morning, including the father of slain Palestinian youth activist Basil al-Araj, journalists and former prisoners, such as Khader Adnan. Later in the evening, PA police also attacked a march in Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem demanding an end to security coordination and honoring al-Araj.

      The demonstration was called in protest of PA security coordination with the Israeli occupation, under which al-Araj and his comrades were initially imprisoned by the PA after a court hearing was maintained for charges against al-Araj and his comrades for Sunday, 12 March. Their arrest was touted as a significant achievement for PA-Israeli security coordination in April 2016.(...)

    • Hundreds attend funeral in al-Walaja for slain Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj
      March 17, 2017 1:52 P.M. (Updated: March 17, 2017 9:33 P.M.)

      BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Some 2,000 mourners took part in a funeral procession for Basel al-Araj on Friday evening, after the 31-year-old Palestinian activist was killed by Israeli forces nearly two weeks ago.

      Israel has held al-Araj’s body since March 6 — when Israeli forces ambushed him in a home near Ramallah, in what was branded as an “execution” and an “assassination” of the man, who was beloved in Palestinian activist circles as a freedom fighter, an intellectual, and a theorist.

      Israeli authorities handed over his remains Friday afternoon at Israel’s 300 Checkpoint at the entrance to the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, after which the Palestinian Red Crescent transferred the body to Beit Jala Governmental Hospital.

      An autopsy conducted at the hospital determined the main cause of death to be a bullet to the heart, though at least nine other bullet wounds were identified, according to a statement from the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

      In addition to the bullet that pierced his heart, several bullets hit al-Araj’s head, two bullets hit the upper part of his back, one bullet hit the right side of his chest, one bullet hit his stomach, while bullets and shrapnel also pierced his pelvis.

      The funeral for al-Araj began later Friday evening after his body arrived to his hometown of al-Walaja, a small village northeast of Bethlehem.

  • Israeli forces detain Palestinian writer over new novel
    March 11, 2017 1:57 P.M. (Updated: March 11, 2017 10:42 P.M.)

    JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained Palestinian writer Khalida Ghusheh on Saturday morning after raiding her home in the neighborhood of Beit Hanina in occupied East Jerusalem.

    Ghusheh’s manager, Amani Abd al-Karim, said that Israeli police had raided Ghusheh’s home, before detaining her and transporting her to a police station in the illegal Israeli settlement of Neve Yaqoub in the Beit Hanina.

    Al-Karim added that Ghusheh called her after arriving to the interrogation center, informing her that she was in need of a lawyer and said that the reason for her detention was related to her novel scheduled to be published in October. The novel, titled “The Jackal’s Trap,” explores Palestinian collaborators with the Israeli occupation.

    An Israeli police spokesperson was not immediately available to comment on the case.

    A picture of the novel’s cover


    • Novelist released on bail after hours of interrogation as six more Palestinian youth seized by occupation forces
      March 12, 2017

      Palestinian novelist Khalida Ghosheh was released in Jerusalem on Saturday, 11 March on a payment of 10,000 NIS in bail ($2722 USD) with an unspecified future court date after hours of interrogation by the Shin Bet.

      Israeli occupation police invaded her Jerusalem home in the morning on Saturday, telling her she was under arrest and taken to interrogation. In an interview with Quds News, she said that the subject matter was her forthcoming novel, “The Jackal’s Trap,” focusing on Palestinian collaborators with Israeli occupation forces. She said that the interrogators claimed that her novel poses a threat to collaborators working with the occupation, saying that the novel reflects her own experiences and aims to warn young people about ways the occupation may attempt to compel them to become collaborators.

  • Basil al-Araj assassinated by Israeli occupation forces after PA imprisonment and months in hiding | Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network

    l-Araj, a writer and activist involved in a wide array of Palestinian grassroots struggles for liberation, was among the Palestinian youth dedicated to reviving the Palestinian national liberation movement. One of six Palestinian youth released from Palestinian Authority prisons after nearly six months of detention when they launched a hunger strike, Al-Araj and other youth had been seized in April in what was touted as a victory for security coordination between the PA and Israel. While they were imprisoned by the PA, they were subject to torture and ill-treatment by PA security forces.

    After their hunger strike and widespread attention to their case, including protests after reports of their torture, secured their release, four of the youth – Mohammed al-Salameen, Seif al-Idrissi, Haitham Siyaj, and Mohammed Harb – have been seized by Israeli occupation forces. All four have been ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.

  • Palestinian activist ’executed’ by Israeli forces after 2-hour shoot-out
    March 6, 2017 10:51 A.M. (Updated: March 6, 2017 5:20 P.M.)

    RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian activist early Monday morning, culminating a two-hour-long gun battle in the Ramallah area of the central occupied West Bank, after Israeli forces had been pursuing the man since he was released from Palestinian prison last September.

    The raid sparked clashes, which left two Palestinians shot and injured by Israeli forces. No Israelis were injured in the incident.

    Israeli police identified the slain man as Basel al-Araj , who was wanted for “planning terror attacks against Israelis.”

    Al-Araj was detained without charges or explanation by Palestinian security forces in April last year along with Haitham Siyaj and Muhammad Harb. The controversial case made headlines when the three men joined three other detainees in a hunger strike in Palestinian prison, amid reports of torture and mistreatment.

    After being released in September, Palestinian activists had feared that Israeli forces would immediately detain the six men, as the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been widely criticized for its security coordination with Israel through what critics have called a “revolving door policy" of funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons.

    Muhammad Harb and Haitham Siyaj, along with two of the other hunger striking detainees Muhammad al-Salamin and Seif al-Idrissi, were eventually detained by Israeli forces and ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial, while a video was released by Israeli media showing Israeli forces beating Siyaj in custody.

    However, Israeli forces were unable to immediately apprehend al-Araj, and the months-long manhunt continued until the Monday morning raid, when forces from the Israeli army, Israeli border police, Israeli intelligence, and Israel’s counter-terrorism unit surrounded a house in the outskirts of the refugee camp of Qaddura, where al-Araj was allegedly staying.

    Israeli police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said that “once Israeli forces arrived at the place, the Palestinian terrorist opened fire at Israeli forces, causing an exchange of fire between Israeli forces and Palestinian terrorist, leading to his death.”

    Al-Samri noted that no Israeli soldiers were injured in the shootout.

    Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that gunfire was exchanged between Israeli forces and a Palestinian man for around two hours until he ran out of ammunition, after which Israeli forces raided the house and “executed” him by shooting him at close range with several bullets.

    Israeli forces also fired an Energa anti-tank rifle grenade into the building, causing the destruction of parts of the house, witnesses said.

    Witnesses said they saw Israeli forces dragging a man’s body by his feet outside of the house.

    Meanwhile the Palestinian Ministry of Health has reportedly confirmed al-Araj’s death, according to online media reports, while his body was taken by Israeli forces to an unknown destination.(...)


    • Basil al-Araj assassinated by Israeli occupation forces after PA imprisonment and months in hiding
      March 6, 2017

      In a pre-dawn raid attacking a home in el-Bireh, Basil al-Araj , 31, Palestinian youth activist and writer pursued by Israel for nearly a year, was assassinated by invading Israeli occupation forces this morning.

      Al-Araj, from the village of Walaja near Bethlehem, fought back and resisted the invading forces for two hours before the attacking occupation soldiers broke into the home where he was staying and executed him at close range. They then seized his body and took it to an unknown location.

      The attack on the home included rocket fire as well as al-Araj’s extrajudicial execution in a hail of bullets. Al-Araj’s family home in al-Walaja had been repeatedly raided by occupation forces for months.

      Al-Araj, a writer and activist involved in a wide array of Palestinian grassroots struggles for liberation, was among the Palestinian youth dedicated to reviving the Palestinian national liberation movement. One of six Palestinian youth released from Palestinian Authority prisons after nearly six months of detention when they launched a hunger strike, Al-Araj and other youth had been seized in April in what was touted as a victory for security coordination between the PA and Israel. While they were imprisoned by the PA, they were subject to torture and ill-treatment by PA security forces.

      After their hunger strike and widespread attention to their case, including protests after reports of their torture, secured their release, four of the youth – Mohammed al-Salameen, Seif al-Idrissi, Haitham Siyaj, and Mohammed Harb – have been seized by Israeli occupation forces. All four have been ordered to administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial.(...)

    • In final letter, slain Palestinian activist Basel al-Araj ponders looming death
      March 6, 2017 8:05 P.M. (Updated: March 6, 2017 8:08 P.M.)

      RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — In a final letter written before he was killed by Israeli forces in a two-hour shootout, Palestinian activist and writer Basel al-Araj revealed his thoughts over his seemingly ineluctable end.

      Al-Araj, a 31-year-old activist and resident of the village of al-Walaja in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, had been on the run from Israeli authorities since September, when he was released from Palestinian prison after being detained without charges or explanation for five months, during which he joined a hunger strike amid reports of torture and mistreatment.

      Israeli police had accused al-Araj of being the “head of a terrorist cell that planned attacks against Israelis and security forces.”

      After a months-long manhunt, Israeli forces surrounded a house in the outskirts of the Qaddura refugee camp, where al-Araj was staying, early on Monday, prompting an exchange of fire between al-Araj and the armed forces, in which the Palestinian was killed after running out of ammunition.

      “Greetings of Arab nationalism, homeland, and liberation,” the letter, shared on social media by al-Araj’s family, read. “If you are reading this, it means I have died and my soul has ascended to its creator. I pray to God that I will meet him with a guiltless heart, willingly, and never reluctantly, and free of any whit of hypocrisy.”

      Al-Araj went on to ponder the initial difficulty of writing a last testament, like many other Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces.

      “How hard it is to write your own will. For years I have been contemplating testaments written by martyrs, and those wills have always bewildered me. They were short, quick, without much eloquence. They did not quench our thirst to find answers about martyrdom,” he wrote.

      “Now I am walking to my fated death satisfied that I found my answers. How stupid I am! Is there anything which is more eloquent and clearer than a martyr’s deed? I should have written this several months ago, but what kept me was that this question is for you, living people, and why should I answer on your behalf? Look for the answers yourself, and for us the inhabitants of the graves, all we seek is God’s mercy.”

    • Palestine occupée : Le FPLP dénonce l’assassinat du jeune Palestinien combattant et dirigeant Basil al-Araj
      Par FPLP | 6 mars 2017 | Traduction : André Comte

      Le Front Populaire pour la Libération de la Palestine se joint aux masses de notre peuple résistant qui pleurent l’un des plus éminents jeunes palestiniens en lutte, Basil al-Araj, qui a été assassiné aujourd’hui par le lâche occupant sioniste.

      Le martyr a mené une bataille héroïque après plusieurs mois de poursuite. Le Front a appelé à des actions de résistance pour le rassemblement dans l’unité et la coordination pour répondre à ce crime et intensifier les opérations contre l’occupation sioniste.

      Le Front a souligné que la Palestine aujourd’hui a perdu un des meilleurs jeunes lutteurs de la Palestine, qui a payé de sa vie ses principes et ses valeurs. Il s’était engagé à rejeter toutes les solutions de capitulation, il avait une vision claire de la libération, et il a travaillé pour relater l’histoire de la Palestine et faire face à toutes les tentatives pour liquider la cause palestinienne.

      Le martyr Basil Al-Araj était un combattant de la liberté, intellectuel et théoricien de l’insurrection de la jeunesse palestinienne. Il se consacrait à un chemin de résistance, à l’intifada, à l’unité, au retour et à la libération de toute la terre de la Palestine. C’était un intellectuel révolutionnaire qui mettait toutes ses énergies culturelles et intellectuelles au service de la résistance ainsi que de ses propres actions sur le terrain, luttant contre la coordination de la sécurité et la collaboration.

      L’assassinat du combattant martyr Basil al-Araj est le fruit affreux de la continuation de la coordination sécuritaire. Basil al-Araj et ses camarades ont été pris en chasse par l’appareil de sécurité de l’Autorité Palestinienne et ont été emprisonnés pendant plusieurs mois, et cette détention a été directement suivie par la traque menée par l’occupation contre lui jusqu’à sa mort.(...)

  • Un député néerlandais refuse de serrer la main de Netanyahu
    Courrier international | La Haye (AFP) 08.09.2016 - 16:40

    Un député néerlandais a ostensiblement refusé de serrer la main du Premier ministre israélien Benjamin Netanyahu, qui a réagi en haussant les épaules et en levant les yeux au ciel, lors d’une visite au Parlement filmée et largement partagée sur les réseaux sociaux.

    Au deuxième et dernier jour de sa visite aux Pays-Bas, M. Netanyahu a rencontré mercredi plusieurs responsables politiques dans le bâtiment du Parlement à La Haye.

    Et alors qu’il remontait une file de députés, rangés les uns à côté des autres, pour les saluer, Tunahan Kuzu a retiré son bras droit, le plaquant derrière son dos, au moment précis où M. Netanyahu lui tendait la main.
    M. Kuzu, né en Turquie avant d’arriver enfant aux Pays-Bas, est à la tête d’un mouvement antiraciste, Denk, lancé en février 2015 pour militer en faveur des droits des migrants.

    M. Kuzu, qui portait un badge aux couleurs du drapeau palestinien, a affirmé jeudi sur Facebook que, hors caméra, il avait montré plusieurs photos d’enfants palestiniens au Premier ministre israélien.


    • Netanyahou est un criminel de guerre, déclare un député hollandais
      Adri Nieuwhof | Publié le 9 septembre 2016 sur The Electronic Intifada | Traduction : Jean-Marie Flémal

      (...) Kuzu a expliqué que ses actions constituaient une réponse aux commentaires de Netanyahou lors d’une réunion à huis clos avec des membres de la Commission parlementaire des Affaires étrangères, que Kuzu a qualifiée de « propagande ».

      Kuzu a déclaré qu’il avait confronté Netanyahou à des images de destructions israéliennes à Gaza et qu’il avait demandé au Premier ministre si c’était cela qu’il entendait par sa promotion de la démocratie, de la technologie et de la sécurité. Netanyahou n’a « rien eu à répondre » à cela, a affirmé Kuzu.

      « Alors que, durant l’été 2014, les rues de Gaza étaient rouges du sang des enfants, ici, on déroule des tapis rouges », a écrit Kuzu sur Facebook. « Cela ne mérite pas une poignée de main, mais bien une référence à #FreePalestine. » (...)

  • Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour imprisoned again [Samidoun : Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, 25 juillet]


    Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was imprisoned for three months followed by over six months of house arrest over “incitement” allegations based on her poetry, posted online in a YouTube video and shared on Facebook. She was forced into house arrest near Tel Aviv far from her village of Reineh; her brother and sister in law needed to drop work and school in order to serve as “guards” 24/7, and she is forbidden from access to the internet. Tatour must wear an electronic ankle bracelet at all times. Her case has received increasing attention and solidarity, and the support of hundreds of prominent international literary figures such as Alice Walker, Eve Ensler, Marilyn Hacker, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Dave Eggers, Susan Abulhawa, and many others. Her case, one of hundreds of Palestinians facing arrest and imprisonment for writing on Facebook, has sparked outrage and highlighted the long history of Israeli colonial erasure of Palestinian cultural production, from the assassination of Ghassan Kanafani to the imprisonment of Mahmoud Darwish, Tawfiq Ziyyad, and Samih al-Qasim.

    #Palestine #Israël #Palestiniens48 #Dareen_Tatour #poésie #femmes #prisonniers

    • Le poème pour lequel elle a été mise en prison:

      Resist, My People, Resist Them
      Dareen Tatour, 2015

      Resist, my people, resist them.
      In Jerusalem, I dressed my wounds and breathed my sorrows
      And carried the soul in my palm
      For an Arab Palestine.
      I will not succumb to the “peaceful solution,”
      Never lower my flags
      Until I evict them from my land.
      I cast them aside for a coming time.
      Resist, my people, resist them.
      Resist the settler’s robbery
      And follow the caravan of martyrs.
      Shred the disgraceful constitution
      Which imposed degradation and humiliation
      And deterred us from restoring justice.
      They burned blameless children;
      As for Hadil, they sniped her in public,
      Killed her in broad daylight.
      Resist, my people, resist them.
      Resist the colonialist’s onslaught.
      Pay no mind to his agents among us
      Who chain us with the peaceful illusion.
      Do not fear doubtful tongues;
      The truth in your heart is stronger,
      As long as you resist in a land
      That has lived through raids and victory.
      So Ali called from his grave:
      Resist, my rebellious people.
      Write me as prose on the agarwood;
      My remains have you as a response.
      Resist, my people, resist them.
      Resist, my people, resist them.

    • Résiste, Mon Peuple, Résiste leur
      Dareen Tatour, 2015

      Résiste, mon peuple, résiste leur.
      A Jérusalem, je me suis habillée de mes blessures et j’ai respiré mes douleurs
      Et j’ai porté l’âme dans ma paume
      Pour une Palestine arabe.

      Je ne succomberai pas à la « solution pacifique »
      Je ne baisserai pas mes drapeaux
      Jusqu’à ce que je les expulse de ma terre.
      Je les ai mis de côté pour un moment qui va venir.

      Résiste, mon peuple, résiste leur.
      Résiste au vol du colon
      Et suis la caravane des martyrs.

      Déchire cette constitution honteuse
      Qui a imposé dégradation et humiliation
      Et nous a dissuadé de rétablir la justice.

      Ils ont brûlé des enfants innocents ;
      Quant à Hadil, ils l’ont abattue en public,
      Tuée en plein jour.

      Résiste, mon peuple, résiste leur.
      Résiste à l’assaut du colonialiste.
      Ne fais pas attention à ses agents qui sont parmi nous
      Qui nous enchaînent avec l’illusion pacifique.

      Ne crains pas les langues qui doutent ;
      La vérité dans ton cœur est plus forte,
      Tant que tu résiste sur une terre
      Qui a vécu les raids et la victoire.

      Alors Ali a appelé depuis sa tombe :
      Résiste, mon peuple rebelle.
      Écris-moi comme de la prose sur le bois d’agar ;
      Mes restes vous ont comme une réponse.

      Résiste, mon peuple, résiste leur.
      Résiste, mon peuple, résiste leur.