Fully armed with automatic weapons these Israeli young men are allowed to walk
local streets near Palestinian homes where local children play in the street.
(Photo: Christian Peacemaker Teams, Oct. 1, 2018)
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAELI SETTLERS SEIZE HISTORICAL BUILDING IN JERUSALEM
Israeli settlers took over a historical Palestinian building in the Aqbat Darwish neighborhood of Jerusalem’s Old City, in the central occupied West Bank, early Thursday morning. ___. . . residents of the neighborhood were shocked by Israeli settler seizing the building in the early morning hours of Thursday. ___Israeli settlers reportedly moved into the building, belonging to the Judeh family; the building was used as a clinic. ___On Wednesday, Israeli settlement group Elad had taken over a Palestinian-owned property in the Silwan neighborhood of the city. ___There are an upwards of 300,000 Israeli settlers residing in East Jerusalem, with at least 500 living in Silwan among a population of 45,000 Palestinians. More . . .
| IN PHOTOS: KHAN AL-AHMAR PREPARES FOR DEMOLITION AFTER DECADE-LONG BATTLE TO REMAIN
A tiny Palestinian Bedouin town located in the West Bank hills outside of Jerusalem is bracing for an impending eviction to make way for plans to expand an Israeli settlement. The case reached its endpoint on Monday when the deadline ordered by Israel’s high court expired on the community of Khan al-Ahmar to vacate and demolish their own homes and an elementary school. More . . .
Photographer Thomas Dallal documented demolition preparations in Khan al-Ahmar throughout the month of September. (Photo: Mondoweiss, October 2, 2018)
| ISRAELI FORCES KILL 15-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN, INJURE DOZENS IN GAZA
A 15-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed, while dozens of others were injured, on Wednesday evening, after Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters near the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) between Israel and the northern besieged Gaza Strip. ___. . . 15-year-old Ahmad Samir Abu Habel was shot in the head by Israeli forces as he participated in protests near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza. ___Medical sources confirmed that 24 Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces . . . More . . .
| AS OLIVE HARVEST SEASON BEGINS IN WEST BANK, ISRAELI SETTLERS STEAL PALESTINIAN CROPS
As Palestinians embark on picking their olives, considered one of the main income-generating seasons for thousands of Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank, Israeli settler were seen on Thursday stealing their olive crops. ___According to Yehya Qadoos, head of Burin village council, settlers sneaked to land belonging to farmers in the village and stole their olive crops. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| PALESTINE UNDER OCCUPATION: ONE VILLAGE’S RESISTANCE: VIDEO . . .
| US, IN ITS BLIND SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL, DISPLAYS DISDAIN OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, SAYS FOREIGN MINISTRY
The US Administration’s announcement of its intention to withdraw from the Additional Protocol to the Vienna Convention reaffirms the administration’s disdain towards international law and the rules-based international order, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. ___“This administration is willfully disrupting and undermining the international order because of its blind support to Israel’s illegal colonial policies, thus advancing this hostile agenda at the expense of global cooperation . . .” ___The Ministry said that “the State of Palestine has exercised its right to defend itself through legal means by resorting to the International Court of Justice on the issue of the illegal US embassy move to our capital, Jerusalem. This step was based on the compulsory jurisdiction of Court, as stipulated in Article I of the Additional Protocol.” More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“TO JERUSALEM,” BY YUSUF HAMDAN
You came to me, chained,
Flowing, like the tears of a wounded heart.
And yet, I will not meet you.
For today, you are occupied!
Have you indeed come to me?
In my passion, I prayed often
Without a “Rock,”
And when I found no water,
I simulated the ritual ablution;
And when you finally came to me, I vowed:
I will not accept you occupied!
I want you to be a Kaaba for the people of the earth,
A spacious house,
I love you . . . a voice from a minaret,
The sound of horns
Mingled with church bells.
I love you, a jasmine in the open air,
But I have sworn, yes I have,
I will not accept you occupied!
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.
___Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.