SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| DESPITE HIGH HOPES, MERKEL CALLS VILLAGE’S DEMOLITION AN ‘ISRAELI DECISION’
Ever since Israel’s Supreme Court gave its final stamp of approval to demolish the village of Khan al-Ahmar last month, residents of the hamlet . . . have been hoping that international pressure . . . will delay or prevent the demolition. . . [. . . .] Angela Merkel’s visit over the past two days provided some clarity regarding the possibility of German pressure on Israel on Khan al-Ahmar, and from the perspective of the villagers, things seem gloomy. ___In a meeting held Thursday . . . [Merkel said] “This is an Israeli decision” . . . in line with the Israeli government, which insists that foreign countries should not intervene in matters relating to the occupation. More . . .
| NETANYAHU BANS PUBLICATION OF ARCHIVE MATERIAL ON DEIR YASSIN MASSACRE
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to sign an order extending the secrecy of the information stored in the security services’ archives from 70 to 90 years, including the Deir Yassin massacre carried out by Zionist gangs in the Nakba. ___This came at the request of security agencies and other bodies to extend the confidentiality of this information to prevent the publication of part of the information during the current year. More . . .
. . . Related . . . The Sabra and Shatila Massacre: New Evidence
| THREE PALESTINIANS, INCLUDING CHILD, KILLED AT GAZA BORDERS
Three Palestinians were killed and dozens of others were injured, on Friday evening, as Israeli forces suppressed protests at the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip. ___The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 12-year-old Fares Hafeth al-Sarsawi was shot and killed by Israeli forces in eastern Gaza City. More . . .
. . . Related . . . Committee: Israel Detained 35 Palestinian Minors In September
. . . Related . . . Israeli forces shoot, injure 13-year-old Palestinian in Kafr Qaddum
. . . Related . . . Five Palestinians injured during Ramallah-area clashes
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
PALESTINIAN REFUGEES ARE THE ULTIMATE BATTLEGROUND FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY
Through U.S. diplomatic sanctions and dramatic cuts of financial aid to Palestine, Palestinians are being punished because the Palestinian Authority (PA) broke off diplomatic relations with the U.S.—in response to the illegal U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its objections to Trump’s peace prospects for the region, referred to as the “deal of the century.” This retaliatory fury has not spared Palestinian refugees or . . . (UNRWA), the agency that has served them for seventy years. ___In fact, cutting U.S. support for the Agency ($125 million USD) is no more than a side effect of the retaliation against the PA, UNRWA, and Palestinian refugees, the intended targets of a campaign aiming to stop calling 5.5 million Palestinians “refugees” and annihilating the entities that support them. The goal is political: helping Israel resolve . . . one of the most intractable issues in its dealings with the Palestinians: the right to return. More . . .
. . . Related US WANTS TO ANNUL THE LEGITIMATE PALESTINIAN RIGHT TO RETURN
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“NAKBA,” BY RAMZY BAROUD
The bones of my ancestors are the foundation
On which the mountains of Galilee stand.
Our ruggedness might not suit your taste
But we inherited the language of trees.
I am the root of a thousand olive trees
A legacy that will grow through my children
I will fight to preserve my essence until my son
Is old enough to inherit his grandmother’s Thoub*
She lost her childhood amidst dying peasants
Before walking the beaten road of exile and hope
Pleading at every checkpoint, she was the face in her photo
Searching for a home between Haifa and Eternity.
So, don’t talk to me about the Pharaoh: My
Father’s blood drenched the skin of Jesus
After the Romans caught him at a checkpoint
Hiding a recipe for revolution, and a love poem
And all the love letters of refugee women
Sent to men suspended on crosses
Overlooking the Martyrs Graveyard
Echoing the battle cries of Jaffa.
From I REMEMBER MY NAME, ed. Vacy Vlanza. London: Novum Publishing, 2016.