Refugee camp bids farewell to another young martyr

Mutaz Zawahreh is laid to rest in Deheisheh refugee camp on 14 October.

Najiyeh Zawahreh in the occupied West Bank’s Dheisheh refugee camp has spent much of the four decades since her marriage visiting her family in prison.

Her husband Ibrahim was repeatedly jailed in the 1970s and ’80s for his affiliation with the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and his involvement in resistance to the Israeli occupation.

The same two charges would later be used to imprison many of the couple’s children. Continue reading

Mother waits 36 years for Israel to return son’s body

in Electronic Intifada

For the last 36 years, Raoufa Khattab has refused to believe that her son Abd al-Rahman is dead until she sees his remains with her own eyes.

“They haven’t returned his body to us, so perhaps he’s alive, perhaps he’s in jail,” she keeps telling Ahmad, another son.

Ahmad was only 13 when his brother Abd al-Rahman was killed in April 1979 during an armed confrontation with Israeli forces near Bisan, a town located in the north of present-day Israel.

Abd al-Rahman led a small group of resistance fighters who tried to carry out an attack against an Israeli military post in the area.

After his killing, his body was transferred to one of Israel’s “cemeteries of numbers,” where Palestinian combatants are buried in secret and are identified only by numbers etched on metal plates. Israel has designated these cemeteries as closed military zones. Continue reading

My interview with SubMedia on the uprising in Palestine

A Stone’s Throw from Freedom from on Vimeo.

This week we look at the anti IMF-TPP-WORLD Banks protest in Peru, Kahnawake Mohawks warning to Montreal’s mayor. On the music break, Shadia Mansour and M1 with “Al Kufiyyeh 3arabeyyeh” Our featured interview is with Budour Hassan, a Palestinian anarchist based in Jerusalem, who breaks the current uprising in the occupied territories.

How a scout leader became a martyr

“Do not make me a number you will remember today and forget tomorrow,” wrote Bahaa Alayan in a Facebook post titled “The ten commandments of a martyr.”

That post, which Bahaa wrote in December 2014, was a trenchant critique of how Palestinian media, political organizations and society treat martyrs and their legacies. Bahaa did not want martyrs to become numbers or their images be emblazoned on posters; he did not want the legacies of martyrs to be co-opted by factions.

He did not want them to be idolized or turned into icons, for he belongs to a generation that has revolted against these ideas. Nor did he want the media to exhaust the mothers of martyrs with questions that only seek to draw pity and sympathy. Continue reading

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عندما حملت سمر بابنها الخامس سنة 1995، شكّ الأطبّاء بأن الجنين يعاني من تشوّه في النمو، وأنه قد لا يعيش.

كانت سمر وزوجها وأبناؤها الأربعة قد انتقلوا حينها للسكن في مخيم شعفاط في القدس المحتلّة، وانتقلت معهم والدة سمر التي اعتنت بها ببالغِ الاهتمام والحنان. أنجبت سمر طفلًا سليمًا أسموه صبحي على اسم جده لأمه الذي كان مناضلًا مع منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية في السبعينيات، وأسيرًا سابقًا في السجون الإسرائيلية.

أبو صبحي، إبراهيم، كان أسيرًا أيضًا في هذه السجون أثناء الانتفاضة الأولى، وكذلك حال اثنين من إخوة صبحي حيث أمضى كلٌ منهما سنةً في السجن.

وقبل أن يتجاوز صبحي سن الحادية العشرة، كان كثيرًا ما يُرى وهو يرشق جنود الاحتلال الإسرائيليين بالحجارة عندما كانوا يداهمون المخيم لتنفيذ الاعتقالات. Continue reading