SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
ISRAEL TO DEMOLISH PALESTINIAN HOME AS PUNISHMENT
Israeli forces raided the family home of 17-year-old Khalil Youssef Ali Jabarin, on predawn Monday, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Yatta. . . . thoroughly searched the house, destroyed the family’s belongings and damaged most of the furniture. ___Jabarin had carried out a stabbing attack on Sunday near the illegal Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion, in the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, due to which one Israeli settler died and another sustained serious injuries. ___Jabarain was shot and injured by Israeli forces and immediately detained. More . . .
Related . . . ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN 19 PALESTINIANS, INCLUDING MINORS
INJURIES AMONG PALESTINIANS AS ISRAELI SETTLERS RAID JOSEPH’S TOMB IN NABLUS
At least 10 Palestinians were injured on Monday during clashes with Israeli forces who were providing cover for extremist settlers during the latter’s raid of Joseph’s Tomb, to the east of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank . . . More . . .
Related . . . 114 EXTREMIST ISRAELI SETTLERS BREAK INTO AQSA MOSQUE
Related . . . DOZENS OF ISRAELI SETTLERS BLOCK MAIN ROAD, DAMAGE VEHICLES
ASHRAWI CONDEMNS US ADMINISTRATION’S DECISION TO REVOKE VISAS OF PLO ENVOY AND HIS FAMILY
PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi condemned the Trump administration’s decision to revoke the visas of the family of Head of the PLO General Delegation to the U.S. as ‘being vindictive and cruel’. ___On Tuesday, the U.S. administration informed staff at the PLO General Delegation Office in Washington D.C. of the guidelines for closing down the office. [. . . .] On this most recent outrageous development, PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi said: “As if the announcement that the U.S. would close our office in Washington D.C. was not enough, this vindictive action by the Trump administration is spiteful. The U.S. has taken its attempts to pressure and blackmail the Palestinians to a new level.” More . . .
Related . . . US CUTS AID TO ‘PALESTINE-ISRAEL’ CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAMS
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
WHEN SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL MEANS ABANDONING UNIVERSAL VALUES
On a recent trip to Germany, Jewish Israeli filmmaker Udi Aloni finds himself defending the Palestinians’ right to resist Israeli apartheid and occupation. Before pledging unconditional loyalty to Israel, he says, people should ask themselves what values they are helping promote. [. . . .] ___In a time of weakness and confusion, in which the right wing appropriates our human rights discourse, political correctness and identity politics are crucial to refresh the stagnant left. How is it that crucial strategies become perversely transformed, only to be thrown back in our face as racist ideologies while the white-supremacist crowd applauds? And how can I stand up to these brutal attacks and not fall into them? More . . .
ON THIS DAY: THE JERUSALEM INTIFADA (SEPT. 15, 2015)
On 13 September 2015, the eve of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), a number of Jewish Israelis visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The Israeli Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, entered Al-Haram Al-Sharif escorted by heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Palestinians gathered in the compound to protest the visits, since Israelis are prohibited from praying on the site under the status quo agreement. Israeli forces dispersed the protesters with violence, using tear gas and rubber bullets. [. . . .] According to the UN’s OCHAoPt, “2015 recorded the highest number of casualties among West Bank Palestinians since 2005, when OCHA began documenting incidents”. Hundreds of Palestinians died from tear gas inhalation, rubber bullets and from live ammunition shot by Israeli forces. Thirty children were killed by Israeli forces and settlers, the highest number recorded since 2006. ___Some commentators believe that this “third intifada” never really ended. More . . .
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POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“WE FEAR FOR A DREAM,” by MAHMOUD DARWISH
We fear for a dream: don’t believe our butterflies.
Believe our sacrifices if you like, believe the compass of a horse, our
. . . need for the north.
We have raised the beaks of our souls to you. Give us a grain of
. . . wheat, our dream. Give it, give it to us.
We have offered you the shores since our coming to the earth born of
. . . an idea or of the adultery of two waves on a rock in the sand.
Nothing. Nothing. We float on a foot of air. The air breaks up within
. . . ourselves.
We know you have abandoned us, built for us prisons and called them
. . . the paradise of oranges.
We go on dreaming. Oh, desired dream. We steal our days from those
. . . extolled by our myths.
We fear for you, we’re afraid of you. We are exposed together, you
. . . shouldn’t believe our wives’ patience.
They will weave two dresses, then sell the bones of the loved ones to
. . . buy a glass of milk for our children.
We fear for a dream, from him, from ourselves. We go on dreaming
. . . oh, dream of ours. Don’t believe our butterflies!
– – – From VICTIMS OF A MAP: A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry.
Trans. by Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 1984 & 2005.