I Write To You
When I pick the pen
to write my words I feel a marvelous happiness
I feel happy because
I write to my second half that is planted in the second
half of my homeland….
Happy, because I
have a girl – actually, a sweetheart – I write to her,
flirt with her beautiful eyes…
Happy, while my
pages paraphrase my feelings to her when I send them…
Happy, when my princess sees my image through my
Happy, while her
soft fingers tickle my letter kindly and amiably…
Happy, when she
reads my words once again, from her heart yearning to be
loved, who is attending in her heart and far away from
Happy, when her
hands received my message and touch it, as if I am
embodied between them…
Happy, because I am
not an orphan in love like others…
Happy, because while
I am writing, my sweetheart is existing in my
imagination, spiritually, physically, her charming eyes
and enchanting form…
Happy because we are
united and our hearts together beat the most wonderful
symphony of love defined by humanity…
Happy because the
ground which cradles us bursts forth with gardens,
groves and springs of love that can irrigate every
I feel jealous when
my letter rambles among your fingers. Take a look at my
heart which burns of yearning and spelling out of my
words, I send you a rose between every two letters, a
kiss with every word, a remembrance about every sentence
about the time we spent together.
You are the lady who
writes all the women of the world in your eyes. To me
you are the past, the present and the future. Then take
lenience of my bleeding heart of love, and be careful
not to burn my words by your tears.
At the instant of
separation my time signature stopped; the like to be
revived again whenever I meet your glorious face through
You are my sun of
love, your sunbeams penetrates the walls of my jail, to
turn into my hands as yarns of hope to weave it a bridge
connected me with freedom and future.
It is your eyelashes
which make miracles.
Is it possible for
the human beings to decide what they are going to dream
of? Yes it is possible, I promise you in my imagination
between every two flickering, so rendezvous with me in
that tied us is like a relation between blood and heart,
you are the water of life, who except you is allowed to
run in my arteries?
On the blunder and
desperation thresholds men commit suicide but on the
stairs of your niche, I extract life out of death.
My life journey with
you is a period in a season, the spring season; I am
like a butterfly alight kneeling on your rosy tresses,
so contain me among your branches of craving, and calm
down my eagerness flames.
If you try with me
all mathematic equations - addition subtraction,
multiplication or division - the only outcome will be,
to infinity love you.
Corners of love are
five, a meeting, a word, a smile, a touch and a kiss, I
witness no love exists except you, and no love messenger
born not for you, I swear you are the only goal of my
love, I just travel on your emotion direction, I am
fasting from the whole world of women except you.
Do you remember my
love, the first moment of our meeting, we drown of
silence while everything around us was talking, the
stones articulate, the trees dancing, the birds singing,
the rain renders, the mountains around us starting to
weep on our holy moment of love, the mountain eye is a
waterfall that irrigates the piece of land under your
legs, to leave your footprints on that moist part, you
are sanctify wherever you tread.
The first of love is
a word as far as the first of religion is a verse, the
start of your speech was good morning, riding over the
waves of your lips to my heart’s beach, you are the
first love boat, who scatters the virginity of my coast,
leaving behind the pain of childbirth for birthing a
complete love. To celebrate later of our smile wedding
collected both of us.
Your face is like
the sky, ornate with your mouth stars, refreshed by the
drops of the morning dew that comes from the clouds of
To pass the distance
between your eyes and lips, I need to be like the Nile
River to connect between the lake and the sea.
Occupy me my beloved
with a kiss to liberate the desert of my lips from
dryness and yearning. All occupations are injustices,
except the occupation of your hands to all borders of my
body’s map. I share you occupying my entity.
I am raising the
flags of freedom, not the banners of surrender. You are
the most welcome in the house of your first beloved.
As a Result of International
And After Nearly Two Years of
Isolation in the Israeli Prisons
The Palestinian Political
Activist Prisoner Hussam Shaheen,
the Secretary of International
Relations and the Leader of
Fateh Youth Organization (FYO)
in Jerusalem, Moved From
Isolation Cell to Ordinary
Since his detention on 28/1/2004
by Israeli Occupation Forces
which accompanied with severe
torture for 28 continuous
day’s-21 hours daily, as well as
tied to a chair in a dark room,
exposed to air conditioning
(very could and very hot air) in
addition to continuous beatings,
then moved to sole isolation for
nearly two years, the political
activist prisoner Hussam Shaheen
was moved from isolation to
ordinary section in the Israeli
Beer Shiva prison as a result of
Campaign led by many friends in
many countries as well as many
letters from international,
regional and local Human Rights
Organizations that exerted
strong pressures on the Israeli
During the Past period, all the
attempts by Shaheen’s family to
obtain a permission to visit
Hussam were failed- especially
by his old father who suffered
two heart attacks after the
detention of his son, but the
hope was remained. His mother
obtained a permission in August
2005 and visited her son in
spite of all the difficulties
she faced during the trip and
the humiliation during the
inspection by the prison’s
Several days ago, Hussam’s
sisters obtained a permission
and visited him for the first
time in Ashkelon prison. The
meeting, which was through glass
shield and through Phones was
full of tears and emotions, but
they where very happy for this
meeting. He updated them about
the situations of the prisoners
and the life difficulties inside
the prison which lacks the
minimum of the human rights
which were emphasized and
stipulated by all International
Laws and Norms. There are many
sick prisoners who need urgent
treatment and surgeries, but the
Israeli prisons authorities
ignore demands by the prisoners,
and instead it storm the
prisoners rooms at midnights and
conduct naked inspection and
confiscate their personal
visit was not so easy, the trip
by Red Cross buses set out at
4a.m. (Predawn). At arrival,
the families of the prisoners
were subjected to humiliated
inspection- especially the
children and women-. It was
very cold and the kids were
naked during the inspection
crying and horrified by the
is well known that there are
more than 10,000 Palestinian
Prisoners in the Israeli Prisons
and detention centers, including
Hundreds of Children and more
than 130 women (some of them are
far, the detention campaign
against our people by the
Israeli Occupation Forces is
We would like to remind
Hussams friends and all of who
sympathy with his
case that his trial before the
Israeli court in Offer
(detention center) will start on
January 2nd 2006.
From his Detention, Hussam
extends his greetings to all of
his friends around the world for
their solidarity and support to
his case in these difficult
conditions until the release of
him and all of the Palestinian
prisoners from the Israeli
P.S For more solidarity
letters, you can refer to:
Human Rights Activist
19- 12- 2005
Mobil No.: + 972 (0) 599 873 712
To all of the friends and supporters of
A Palestinian political prisoner
The International Secretary of Fateh Youth Organization
The Leader of Fateh Youth Organization in Jerusalem
It was a night
that I will never forget. A night that changed my life forever.
It was 4am and I was sound asleep.
Suddenly the phone rang and I sat up in bed, tired and
disoriented. Who could be calling at this time? Answering the
phone, the voice on the other end belonged to a friend of
Hussam’s with whom he had been staying. “Your brother Hussam
has been arrested,” she said. My blood immediately went to ice
and I started to shake. No, it’s not possible, I thought. He
couldn’t have been arrested.
I dressed quickly and ran out into
the street. A cold rain was falling, chilling me to the bone.
I ran and ran, not even sure of where I was going. Finally, I
found my way to the house where Hussam was arrested. Not only
had he been arrested, but one of the other people living in the
house was arrested with him. Devastated, I sat down and began
to cry. Hussam is not just my older brother, but also my best
friend. How will I get by without him?
My next thought was for my
parents. I have to tell my mother and father what has
happened. “What happened!” screamed my father through the
phone. “What has happened to your brother?” With anguish
gripping him, he was unable to listen to what I had to say. My
mother, too, was overcome with grief and could not hear what I
had to say. Finally, I told the whole story to my sister and
asked her to take care of our parents until I could be there.
The next day I gathered up all of
Hussam’s belongings and went to my family’s home. The moment my
mother saw her sons clothes, she began weeping and burying her
face in the material. The stress and sadness was too much for
my father, and he suffered from a heart attack. Fortunately he
is recovering, physically, but the emotional toll that my
brother’s arrest has taken on our family is too great to
measure. We are struggling to advocate on his behalf to local
activists and the international community, and need all of the
support we can get. If you would like to help, here are some
Talk or write to the news, government
representatives, embassies and consulates, and other politicians
about Hussam’s case and the plight of all Palestinian political
The case of Hussam is critical.
His trial date is scheduled for 15 March 2005 in Ofra prison
beside Ramallah and he needs the support of his friends now more
than ever. Travel to Palestine on 15 March to support Hussam
during his trial.
Make a request to the Israeli government
and the International Red Cross to visit Hussam in prison to
observe the conditions and provide him with moral support.
Encourage international lawyers and legal
and human rights organizations to make a petition to the Israeli
High Court on behalf of Hussam.
Visit Hussam’s family in Palestine to
show your solidarity and support, and to raise awareness about
the struggles faced by the families of political prisoners.
Visit Hussam in prison to observe the
conditions and provide him with moral support.
We hope that Hussam’s time in
prison will be short and that we will all see him soon. Thank
you for support.
Human Rights Activist
Women Leader’s of Fateh Youth
Phone: +972- (0) 59-873-712
January 15, 2005
To Whom It May
I am Nasim Shaheen,
the sister of the Palestinian political prisoner, Hussam Shaheen.
My brother, Hussam has been in Israeli jail since January 28,
2004. Within a few days, there will come the first anniversary
for his imprisonment.
Although my brother
Hussam was an advocate of peace in his capacity as secretary of
international relations in Fateh youth, the Israeli occupation
authorities decided to isolate him behind bars as a punishment
for his political views. Hussam has been denied the right of
visitation by our family. As a result, my elderly father had a
stroke. Luckily, my father's determination to see Hussam free
helped him stay alive, albeit with so much physical and
incarceration, as you very well know, is by no means an isolated
incident. It is but the symbolism of the imprisonment of more
than 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners, most notably the 120
women who have been denined the right to be with their children
and the over 350 children, whose imprisonment is a flagrant
contravention of all international humanitarian laws.
As Husam's sister,
I turn to you to make the first anniversary of his denial of
freedom, January 28, 2005 as an occasion to exert all the
pressure you can on the Israeli authorities to release my
brother and all other Palestinian political prisoners. Hussam
was a peace loving young man. He has expended his entire life,
even at the expense of living a normal life, to work towards the
freedom of our people and to spread the massage of peace all
over the world.
society needs him, and we, his family, need him very badly to be
close to our parents especially my father sick before the
unforeseen takes place.
Now is the time for
human endurance. I Strongly Hope That You Will Be With us.
Women Leader of
Fateh Youth Organization
My name is Nasim
Shaheen and I am the sister of Hussam Shaheen, the International
Secretary of Fatah Youth Organization and the leader of Fatah
Youth Organization in Jerusalem. I work for the Palestinian
Legislative Council as researcher on the Human Rights Committee
and am one of the woman leaders of Fatah Youth Organization. I
am writing to you about the case of my brother, Hussam, a
lifelong political activist and supporter of the peace process
and one of thousands of Palestinian political prisoners who
begin a hunger strike on 15th August in protest over the
conditions in the prison, and the Hunger stike is finished on
I would like to
tell you the story of my brother, Hussam, so that his struggle,
and the struggle of all the Palestinian people, will never be
My brother Hussam
has been active in the Palestinian struggle for freedom and
human rights ever since he was a young boy. In 1992, Hussam
joined the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence and
was assigned director of the Youth Programme. In 1996, Hussam
was recognized for his dedication to human rights and freedom
and was nominated for the Reebok Human Rights award. In January
1998, Hussam was elected International Secretary of Fateh Youth
Organization and the leader of Fatah Youth in Jerusalem. Under
his leadership are thousands of young Palestinian men and women
between the ages of 16 and 35 who are struggling for human
rights, freedom, and a just peace between Israel and Palestine.
Hussam is the international representative of Fateh Youth
Organization and has worked with youth groups and young
political activists in Israel, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and
France. Engaging in political activism on both the domestic and
international level, Hussam has worked with the Israeli Labor
Youth Organization, the labor youth in Norway (AUF), the
Social-Democratic Youth Organization in Norway, the Labor Youth
in Sweden, (ECOSY), (IUSY), the Young Falcons from France, and
the IGJD in Germany.
Since beginning of
the second Intifada, the Israeli army has used brutal measures
of repression including mass and arbitrary arrest, collective
punishment, and restrictions on the freedom of movement. Since
Israel launched “Operation Defensive Shield” in March 2002 and
“Operation Determined Path” in June 2002, thousands of
Palestinian civilians have been arrested, detained, and
imprisoned. On 28th January 2004 the Israeli occupation forces
arrested my brother, Hussam, in Ramallah. Since his arrest,
Hussam has not been charged with any crime and has been
subjected torture. Recently Hussam was transferred to Beir Saba
prison and is being held in the newly opened “Ward 9”. The
prisoners being held in Ward 9 (in isolation room until now) are
subjected to the most appalling conditions including isolation,
abuse, poor nutrition, and lack of ventilation in the cells.
Prisoners have been stripped of all possessions except for a
flimsy mattress that is only 4cm thick. Hussam’s health is poor
and continues to deteriorate in these conditions – prior to his
arrest he weighed 67kg, and after he arrested his weighs 55kg,
(through and after the hunger strike his weighs 49Kg.
Palestinian prisoners denied all of their legal rights: the
right to a fair trial, the right to be officially informed of
the reason for their arrest, and the denial of food, water, and
medical attention. In addition, there have been many stories
and documented cases of torture and abuse at the hands of the
Israeli military and police. Reports from the prisons have
revealed further abuse and human rights violations:
· Prisoners who
are sick or wounded are being denied medical treatment.
Prisoners with chronic medical conditions, such as cancer or
epilepsy, are not receiving their regular medical treatment.
Emergency cases requiring surgery are ignored.
· A lack of
cleaning supplies has left the prison cells extremely filthy,
infested with insects, and pose a great public health risk.
shortages of food, medicine, clothing and blankets.
· Regular beating
and abuse of prisoners, including the use of tear gas.
· Child prisoners
are frequently put in locked, dark rooms in order to frighten
prisoners are subjected to humiliating strip searches and are
· Heavy fines are
levied on prisoners, leaving them with no money to purchase
rations from the prison canteen.
· Most family
members are forbidden to see their relative in prison. Those
who are allowed to visit are forced to submit to humiliating
procedures before entering the prison, including strip searches.
The list of human
rights violations committed by the Israeli forces against
Palestinian prisoners under international law is extensive.
According to Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest,
detention or exile." Article 10 states that "Everyone is
entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an
independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his
rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him."
In addition, Articles 71-74 and 76 of the Fourth Geneva
Convention ensure the right to a fair trial, the right to appeal
any verdict, and the right to medical and humanitarian
treatment. In the case of the Palestinian prisoners, all of
these legal rights designed that have been designed to protect
political prisoners have been violated.
We are struggling
to advocate on his behalf to local activists and the
international community, and need all of the support we can get.
If you would like to help, here are some suggestions:
1. Talk or
write to the news, government representatives, embassies and
consulates, and other politicians about Hussam’s case and the
plight of all Palestinian political prisoners.
2. The case of
Hussam is critical. His trial date is scheduled for 15 March
2005 in Ofra prison beside Ramallah and he needs the support of
his friends now more than ever. Travel to Palestine on 15 March
to support Hussam during his trial.
3. Make a
request to the Israeli government and the International Red
Cross to visit Hussam in prison to observe the conditions and
provide him with moral support.
international lawyers and legal and human rights organizations
to make a petition to the Israeli High Court on behalf of Hussam.
Hussam’s family in Palestine to show your solidarity and
support, and to raise awareness about the struggles faced by the
families of political prisoners.
Hussam in prison to observe the conditions and provide him with
We hope that
Hussam’s time in prison will be short and that we will all see
him soon. Thank you for support.
Women Leader’s of
Fateh Youth Organization
Call Upon for all Peace and Democracy-Loving Groups
Hussam Shaheen, The
International Secretary of Fateh Youth Organization and the
Leader of Fateh Youth Organization elected in Jerusalem, has
registered on 4/10/2004 to the Palestinian Elections.
Hussam has been a
lifelong political Peace activist and supporter of the peace
process. In 1992, Hussam joined the Palestinian Center for the
Study of Nonviolence and was assigned director of the Youth
Programme. In 1996, Hussam was recognized for his dedication to
human rights and freedom and was nominated for the Reebok Human
Rights award. In January 1998, Hussam was elected International
Secretary of Fateh Youth Organization and the leader of Fateh
Youth in Jerusalem. He is a youth leader thousands peace
activists of young Palestinian men and women between the ages of
16 and 35 who are struggling for human rights, freedom, and a
just peace between Israel and Palestine. Hussam is the
international representative of Fateh Youth Organization and has
worked with youth groups and young political peace activists in
Israel, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and France.
The Process of
registration for the elections started on Sep 4, 2004, all of
our Palestinian Political Prisoners were unable to register by
themselves, so does Hussam who was arrested on 28/1/2004 by the
Israeli occupation forces.
central committee for elections, taking in consideration the
prisoner’s cause, and recognizing their rights to this process
which were guaranteed by the on constitution and Law. The
committee specified several measures to facilitate the
Palestinian Political Prisoners right to participate in the
election by nomination and electing.
It is worth
noticing, that although the Palestinian Prisoners registered for
the elections, it doesn’t mean that they will have the chance to
elect their candidates due to the Israeli measures.
In the name of
Hussam and all Palestinian Political Prisoners we call on all
Peace and Democracy loving and supporting groups to put pressure
on the Israeli Government to release all Palestinian Political
Prisoners and allow them to practice their right to vote in the
Woman Leader’s of
Fateh Youth Organization
Phone: + 972 ((0))
59 873 712