SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
PROTESTS CONTINUE: 16-YEAR-OLD GAZAN SUCCUMBS TO WOUNDS
A 16-year-old Palestinian succumbed to his wounds on Saturday night that he had sustained during “The Great March of Return” protests in Khan Younis in the southern besieged Gaza Strip over a month ago. [. . . .] Suhaib was shot and injured by Israeli forces during protests on August 3rd east of Khan Younis. ___Meanwhile, mass protests continued on Saturday in various places in the Gaza Strip. More . . .
UN MLADENOV: ‘ISRAEL’S ACTIONS ARE CONTRARY TO INTERNATIONAL LAW’
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolay Mladenov, expressed his concern on Sunday at the intention of Israeli authorities to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem. ___Mladenov said in a statement “I am concerned at the intention of the Israeli authorities to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar . . . [. . . .] Mladenov concluded “Such actions are contrary to international law . . .” More . . .
Related . . . PRESIDENT ABBAS SAYS LEADERSHIP TO SEEK UN ACTION
Related . . . AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY’S ACADEMY FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE GRADUATES FIRST COHORT OF TRAINEES IN ICC LITIGATION
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
[United States] BENJAMIN NETANYAHU’S ISRAEL WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY JEFFREY GOLDBERG
[Report of Senator Booker’s breaking the taboo] . . . because of the taboo associated with the Palestinians’ side of their conflict with Israel—the taboo associated with BDS. ___This taboo is reflective of Israeli and Diaspora discourse right now. It dismisses attempts to portray Palestinians—or people critical of the Israeli government—as making decisions about what to support based on rational criteria. Instead, people are reduced to ideas, to symbols of ancient Jew hatred. “BDS is a modern version of an irrational hatred of the Jewish people,” says Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL. More . . .
[United Kingdom] HOW ISRAEL’S BOGUS DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM SHUTS DOWN FREE SPEECH
The fierce campaign to cajole, bully and shame the UK Labour Party into adopting a controversial definition of anti-Semitism produced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) . . . has been waged all summer long by pro-Israel lobby groups inside and outside the party. . . [. . . .] One of the most insidious tactics employed by Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) – the two organized vocal Zionist campaign groups inside the Labour Party – has been to claim it is an innocuous and uncontroversial document. [. . . .] This lie has been repeated time and again. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
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POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“IN THE DESERTS OF EXILE,” BY JABRA IBRAHIM JABRA
Spring after spring,
in the deserts of exile,
What are we doing with our love,
When our eyes are full of frost and dust?
Our Palestine, green land of ours;
Its flowers as if embroidered of women’s gowns;
March adorns its hills
With the jewel-like peony and narcissus;
April bursts open in its plains
With flowers and bride-like blossoms;
May is our rustic song
Which we sing at noon, in the blue shadows,
Among the olive trees in our valleys,
And in the ripeness of the fields we wait for the promise of July
And the joyous dance amidst the harvest.
O land of ours where our childhood passed
Like dreams in the shade of the orange grove,
Among the almond trees in the valleys―
Remember us now wandering
Among the thorns of the desert,
Wandering in rocky mountains;
Remember us now
In the tumult of cities beyond deserts and seas;
Remember us with our eyes full of dust
That never clears in our ceaseless wandering.
They crushed the flowers on the hills around us,
Destroyed the houses over our heads,
Scattered our torn remains
Then unfolded the desert before us,
With valleys writhing in hunger
And blue shadows
Scattered into red thorns
Bent over corpses left as prey for falcon and crow.
Is it from your hills that the angels sang to the shepherds
Of peace on earth and goodwill among men?
Only death laughed when it saw
Among the entrails of beasts
The ribs of men,
And through the guffaw of bullets
It went dancing a joyous dance
On the heads of weeping women.
Our land is an emerald,
But in the deserts of exile,
Spring after spring,
Only the dust hisses in our face.
What then, what are we doing with our love,
When our eyes and our mouth are full of frost and dust?
–From THE PALESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
(“Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s Baghdad Home Destroyed; The End of an Era?”)