“. . . I plant the names of my loved ones in the streets . . .” (Majid Abu Ghoush)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . . .   

PALESTINIAN  SUCCUMBS  TO  WOUNDS  SUSTAINED  DURING  GAZA  PROTESTS      A 19-year-old Palestinian succumbed to his wounds, on Friday morning, that he had sustained several weeks ago during  “The Great March of Return”  protests in the besieged Gaza Strip.    ___Medical sources identified the Palestinian as Amjad Fayez Hamduna, 19, and confirmed that he had succumbed to his wounds.    ___Hamduna was wounded by Israeli forces’ live fire during protests on July 14th in northern Gaza.   More . . .
Related . . . ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE INJURES 2 PALESTINIANS IN GAZA
Related . . . ISRAELI  FORCES  INJURE  FIVE  PALESTINIANS  NEAR  RAMALLAH

PALESTINIANS  PREVENT  ISRAELI  SETTLERS’  RAID  OF  KHAN  AL-AHMAR   
A group of Palestinians prevented a group of Israeli settlers from raiding the Khan al-Ahmar village east of occupied Jerusalem City, on Friday morning.    ___Locals said that Israeli settlers attempted to raid the Bedouin village, threatened with demolition that is expected to take place in less than a week, to provoke residents and activists carrying out a sit-in at the village.    ___Palestinian youths prevented Israeli settlers from raiding the village and forced them to leave back to the nearby main street.   [. . . . ] Earlier this week, the Israeli High Court had rejected an appeal against the demolition of the village . . .    More . . .

ISRAEL  ORDERS  FIVE  JERUSALEMITES  TO  STAY  AWAY  FROM  JERUSALEM
An Israeli court ordered five Palestinian youth from occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday to stay away from the city and its holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for one month, as a precondition for their release from Israeli custody.   More . . .

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .

THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION:  DECLINE  OR  DEATH?  [MINISTER]  OF  THE  RIGHT-WING  LIKUD  PARTY  SAID,  “THE  TWO-STATE  SOLUTION  IS  DEAD”.
This is the latest of a slew of Israeli statements related surrounding the revival of the so-called Confederacy solution with Jordan.     ___This statement also refers somehow to the development of this solution, as it comes over a decade after another announcement was made, i.e. the “decline of the two-state solution”, which was reiterated after the Palestinian division in 2007 . . .   More . . .

SHUBLAQ:  ELECTRICITY  CRISIS  IN  GAZA  LEADS  TO  WATER,  SEWAGE  CRISES  (VIDEO)      General Director of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) Munther Shublaq warned yesterday of a near water and sewage crises in Gaza due to the continuous electricity crisis, Safa news agency reported.   ___In a press release, Shublaq said that the situation in Gaza deteriorated as the fuel offered by OCHA, which is needed to run the water and sewage plants, is running out.   More . . .

NOTICES  FROM  ORGANIZATIONS. . . .

KINDERUSA – DALLAS:  DR.  MADS  GILBERT:  A  RETURN  VISIT  TO  GAZA.
A  FUND  RAISING  EVENT

Dr. Mads Gilbert, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Tromso, Norway, gives his first hand account of the horrors that took place during 51 day war in Gaza. Dr. Gilbert has authored two books about the last two wars in Gaza. Both will be available for purchase at the close of the program.
Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Angelika Film Center, Plano, TX, USA
Admission: $45  Register . . .

“RESISTANCE,”  MAJID  ABU  GHOUSH
I plant my poetry
in the streets,
in every quarter
and every alley,
a poem…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my fingers
in the streets,
in every hole,
in every flower pot:
a finger…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my blood
in the streets,
on every sidewalk,
on every roadsign:
a drop of blood…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my dreams
in the streets,
in the heads of passers-by:
an infant dream…resisting the conquerors!
I plant the names of my loved ones
in the streets,
on every tree, on every wall:
the name of a martyr resisting the conquerors!
I plant the colors of the flag
in the streets,
on every house,
and every window and door:
a color…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my children’s luggage
in the streets
at every roadblock,
at every checkpoint:
a suitcase…resisting the conquerors!
I plant my hands
in the streets,
on every corner:
a firm hand resisting the conquerors!

Majid Abu Ghoush (b. Amwas) is a prolific poet, a member of the Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Writers, and a founding member of Poets Without Borders Palestine. Abu Ghoush reading one of his own poems.
From: University of Massachusetts DartmouthMiddle East Affairs
Special Programs, 
Commemorating the Intifada’s Tenth Year, April 10, 1998
Prof. Naseer Aruri

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