SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| UNRWA RECEIVES $118 MILLION IN AID FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has received $118 million from a number of countries to help in upholding its essential services. ___UNRWA’s spokesman Sami Mashasha said a meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in support of the UNRWA, under the sponsorship of Turkey, Japan, Sweden, Jordan and the European Union, culminated in pledges for allocating further essential funding to the UNRWA. More . . .
Related . . . EU proposes additional €40 million for UNRWA to keep schools and health clinics open
| ABBAS UNANIMOUSLY NAMED CHAIRMAN OF THE GROUP OF 77 AND CHINA
The Group of 77 and China meeting in New York on Thursday . . . unanimously named Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as chairman, replacing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the current chairman. ___The representatives of 134 countries, representing 80% of the world’s population, named the State of Palestine as chairman of the Group of 77 and China during the 42nd meeting of the group’s foreign ministers . . . ___The State of Palestine, while presiding over the group of 134 countries, will . . . negotiate with the other partners and member states of the organization on all the developmental, humanitarian and legal issues on the agenda of the United Nations 2019. More . . .
| ISRAEL SEALS OFF, DECLARES KHAN AL-AHMAR CLOSED MILITARY ZONE Israeli forces declared the Khan al-Ahmar village, east of occupied Jerusalem in the central West bank, on Friday, a closed military zone. ___A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli forces closed all roads leading to Khan al-Ahmar, preventing Palestinians and journalists from entering the village. ___Israeli forces closed the iron gate at the entrance of the village, early Friday morning. More . . .
Related . . . EU Exerts Effort to Halt Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar
Related . . . Despite Israeli restrictions, Palestinians perform prayer in Khan al-Ahmar
| ISRAELI SOLDIERS SAVAGELY ASSAULT [DISABLED] JERUSALEMITE
He was not protected by his injury nor his crutch. The young Jerusalemite Amir Abu Laban, 28 years old, was hospitalized in the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem, after he was cruelly beaten by Israeli soldiers at the King Hussein Bridge crossing at the Jordanian-Palestinian border a few days ago. [. . . .] The crime of the young Abu Laban was that he said to the occupation soldiers that he has special needs, and that he cannot be examined through X-rays which has a negative impact on his health, due to the existence of platinum in his body because of his disability, yet the soldiers violently assaulted him. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAEL’S STRANGLEHOLD ON AREA C: DEVELOPMENT AS RESISTANCE
Israel’s efforts to tighten its grip on the West Bank have been unprecedented since the current Israeli cabinet formed in 2015. . . . Five decades of Israeli occupation – particularly since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993 – have allowed Israel to continue its colonization of Palestinian land while rendering Palestinian development truncated, distorted, and even mythological. [. . . .] Israel has developed [Area C] in particular for its own purposes, namely through the construction of settlements and military infrastructure. ___In the face of Israel’s policy of expansion in the West Bank, Palestinians view their own development as a means of resistance. More . . .
| WHAT NETANYAHU’S IDEA OF PEACE LOOKS LIKE
U.S. President Donald Trump said that he favors two states as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during a press conference alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York on Wednesday. ___ In response to Trump’s comments, which signaled a change from his previous stance, according to which he would back whichever solution Israelis and Palestinians support, Netanyahu told “. . . . I am willing for the Palestinians to have the authority to rule themselves without the capability to harm us.” Israel, said Netanyahu, will not “relinquish security control west of the Jordan.” More. . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“COLLATERAL SAVAGE,” BY LAHAB ASSEF AL-JUNDI
Survivors of The Holocaust please
Talk to me. Help me understand―
Do you sanction what’s being done
In your names?
I thought your spirits
grew more gentle
having lived through the unspeakable.
Bombs are not less lethal or evil―
Stop being so deathly afraid of the other.
A thousand eyes for an eye?
Children of the Holocaust
please do not lash out
as if you lost your sight.
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.