SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
EU: ‘ISRAEL MUST COMPENSATE FOR DEMOLITION OF KHAN AL-AHMAR’
The European Parliament passed a resolution, on Thursday, warning that Israel’s decision to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, would constitute a grave violation of international law and threaten peace efforts with the Palestinians. ___The European Parliament, in a 320 to 277 vote, passed a resolution against Israel that called for monetary compensation for financial losses should Khan al-Ahmar village be demolished. ___The resolution stated that “the status quo in this area is of fundamental importance for the viability of the two-state solution and for the establishment of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state in the future.” More . . .
Related . . . US SENATOR [DIANNE FEINSTEIN] URGES ISRAEL NOT TO DESTROY BEDOUIN VILLAGE
OVER 150 SCIENTISTS AND SCHOLARS WORLDWIDE URGE SUPPORT FOR UNRWA
Scientists and scholars from around the world published a letter of support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Lancet, one of the foremost medical journals in the world, urging support for the Agency after the United States has decided to end its contribution to it. ___In the letter published on Tuesday, 159 scientist and scholars described the crisis facing UNRWA as “unprecedented,” warning of “a ruinous multifaceted emergency” if no action is taken to the help the humanitarian agency. More . . .
Related . . . OVER 140 WORLDWIDE ARTISTS BOYCOTT EUROVISION IN ISRAEL
Related . . . UNCTAD REPORT PROVES THAT ISRAEL MAIN OBSTACLE TO PALESTINIAN DEVELOPMENT, SAYS MINISTER
PALESTINIAN FARMERS MOURN CROPS LOST TO SETTLER ATTACKS IN THIS YEAR’S GRAPE HARVEST
Every year, in late August, Palestinians begin celebrating the grape harvest, a quintessential part of Palestinian life and heritage. ___Grape vines can be found on nearly every street in Palestine — on apartment balconies in cramped refugee camps, to sprawling fields and courtyards in cities and villages. [. . . .] This year’s harvest, for many farmers across the occupied West Bank, is bittersweet, marred by the violence of months past. ___Between the months of May and July 7, according to documentation from NGO B’Tselem, more than 2,000 grape vines were cut down, directly affecting dozens of farmers and hundreds of their family members, amounting to material damages in the hundreds of thousands of shekels. More . . .
Related . . . ‘AGRICULTURAL TERRORISM’: PALESTINIAN CROPS FACE DESTRUCTION BY ISRAELI SETTLERS
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
ABU RUDEINAH: US’ POSITIONS “INTOXICATED” US-PALESTINE RELATIONS Spokesperson for President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, condemned on Friday a statement made by US President Donald Trump’s top adviser Jared Kushner to New York Times, saying the recent positions of the United States administration “intoxicated” the Palestinian-US relations. ___In a press statement, Abu Rudeinah said Kushner’s statement indicates that “[he] is unaware of the reality of the conflict, and is an attempt to mislead and falsify the history of Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian sanctities.” ___He continued, “Peace will only come through the two-state solution with East Jerusalem as capital of the State of Palestine, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the resolutions of the Arab summits. More . . .
Related . . . PALESTINIAN LEADERS PLAN TO FIGHT US PUNITIVE MEASURES
Related . . . HAMAS: ISRAELI AGGRESSIONS AT AQSA DOVETAIL TRUMP ANTI-PALESTINE DEAL
Related . . . THE MOST DANGEROUS JUDAIZATION PROJECT IN OCCUPIED JERUSALEM
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
THE MUSEUM OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE will be hosting our inaugural fundraising reception on Monday, SEPTEMBER 24TH at the historic Tabard Inn in Washington, D.C, and you’re invited! We hope you will be able to join us to support the opening of the MUSEUM OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, the first and only museum in the nation’s capital that will be dedicated to celebrating Palestinian culture, history and resilience. Information . . . Donate . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“I HAVE NO HOME,” BY YOUSEF EL QEDRA
I saw clouds running away from the hurt.
I have no language.
Its weight is lighter than a feather.
The quill does not write.
The ink of the spirit burns on the shore of meaning.
The clouds are tears, filled with escape and lacking definition.
A cloud realizes the beauty she forms—
beauty which contains all good things,
for whom trees, gardens, and tired young women wait.
I have no home.
I have a night overripe with sweats caused by numbness all over.
Time has grown up on its own without me.
In my dream, I asked him what he looks like.
My small defeats answered me.
So I asked him again, What did he mean?
Then I found myself suspended in nothingness,
Stretched like a string that doesn’t belong to an instrument.
The wind played me. So did irresistible gravity.
I was a run of lost notes that have a sad, strong desire to live.
――Translated by Yasmin Snounu and Edward Morin
――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.