SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
ISRAEL TO SEIZE PALESTINIAN LANDS FOR SETTLEMENT EXPANSION The Israeli Civil Administration announced an expansion plan of the illegal Israeli settlement of Tina Omarim in the town of Dahriyeh, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. ___A Palestinian research center, Land Research Center, released a report on Monday showing that the Israeli Civil Administration have published a detailed plan that would change the classification of the Palestinian-owned land from agricultural into urban, in order to justify expanding the illegal Israeli settlement. ___The report said that the plan would lead to the seizure of 260 dunums (64 acres) of Palestinian-owned land in the al-Thahriyeh town. More . . .
IMF DRAWS BLEAK PICTURE OF PALESTINIAN ECONOMY, SUGGESTS WAYS OUT The International Monetary Fund (IMF) drew a bleak picture of the Palestinian economy as longstanding constraints continue to act as a brake to growth and suggested ways out from this impediment. ___It said in a report on the West Bank and Gaza economy that will be submitted to the next ad hoc liaison committee meeting that several factors have contributed to worsening economic situation in the Palestinian territories. ___The IMF cited the worsening situation in Gaza aggravated by a long Israeli blockade, division, violence and other factors have deemed the outlook “increasingly untenable.” More . . .
EXCESSIVE FORCE REASON FOR DEATH OF DETAINEE, SAYS RIGHTS GROUP The Ramallah-based Addameer human rights organization said on Tuesday that excessive use of force by Israeli soldiers during the arrest of a Palestinian youth was the cause for his death. ___Mohammad Zaghloul Rimawi, 24, died hours after he was detained by Israeli soldiers during an early morning raid at his home in Beit Rima, northwest of Ramallah. ___Addameer said . . . an Israeli army force raided the village at around 4 in the morning on Tuesday. . . The soldiers assaulted Mohammad’s mother then forced all the family (the father, mother and three of their children) into a corner of the house while they took Mohammad to another room in the middle of the house where he was severely beaten . . . After that the soldiers dragged him and took him to an unknown location. Two hours later, the family was informed by the Palestinian District Office that its son has died. More . . .
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COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
TRUMP’S DECISION TO CLOSE THE PLO EMBASSY SAYS MORE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE US THAN THE FUTURE OF PALESTINE
Trump’s decision to revoke the presence of the PLO Embassy in Washington says a lot more about the future of the US order than about the future of Palestine. ___US willingness to parley with the PLO was based on the PLO’s participation in a bi-partisan charade: the peace process. . . The peace process was the name given to the game of geopolitical management the US used to maintain its relationships with client states in Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. . . The US secured arms markets, purchases of its treasuries, sowing of anti-Shia sectarianism, and socio-political containment . . . of the largest Arab working class, the Egyptians, in exchange for supporting local elites. [. . . .] Trump has ripped the veils off US government strategy. This portends little for Palestine, since the Democratic Party – Lobby or no Lobby – will disintegrate into a thousand fragments before it will push for even a whisper of justice for Palestinians. There is no hope there. However, larger shifts in turn speak to a larger question: where does Palestine and the struggles to which Palestine is increasingly linked fit into a long-term strategy for those of us who wish for a relatively more equal and just world – a world with room for many worlds? More . . .
DECODING THE PIPES/TRUMP/KUSHNER ‘DEAL OF THE CENTURY”
You didn’t have to be a ‘never Trump’ loyalist to have qualms about proposing to bring peace to Palestinians and Jews by creating conditions that would produce ‘The Deal of the Century.’ And let’s be fair, if the game of nations is now played according to the rules of Madison Avenue, the phrase was a winner despite being a loser if evaluated from a problem-solving perspective. Even in the present degraded political atmosphere, to bet on an advertising slogan as a substitute for healing ideas may be a good formula for ensuring a large audience for a reality TV episode, but it is a cruel evasion when it comes to addressing the daily ordeal of the Palestinian people consigned to the victimization associated with living under the Israeli apartheid state. More . . .
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POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“WE ARE ENTITLED TO LOVE AUTUMN,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH
We are entitled to love the end of this autumn and ask:
Is there room for another autumn in the field to rest our bodies like coal?
An autumn lowering its leaves like gold. I wish we were fig leaves
…I wish we were an abandoned plant
To witness the change of seasons. I wish we didn’t say goodbye
…to the south of the eye so as to ask what
Our fathers had asked when they flew on the tip of the spear. Poetry
…and God’s name will be merciful to us.
We are entitled to dry the nights of lovely women, and talk
Shortens the night for two strangers waiting for the north to reach the
An autumn. Indeed we are entitled to smell the scent of this autumn,
…to ask the night for a dream.
Does a dream fall sick like the dreamers? An autumn, an autumn.
Can a people be born on the guillotine?
We are entitled to die the way we want to die. Let the land hide in an
…ear of wheat.
– – – From VICTIMS OF A MAP: A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry.
Trans. by Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 1984 & 2005.