SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| UNRWA DEPLORES PALESTINE REFUGEE FATALITIES AND THE DETERIORATING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN GAZA
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) deplored in a statement on Sunday the rise in fatalities among refugee students killed in the Israeli army crackdown on March of Return . . . and the deteriorating humanitarian crisis. [. . . .] This latest death brings to 13 the total number of UNRWA students who have been killed since 30 March . . . Between 31 March and 30 September, UNRWA’s 22 health centers across the Gaza Strip have provided 4,104 consultations for injuries . . . more than 770 of which related to children. The majority of these (86 per cent) have been gunshot injuries. . . for casualties of such violence and all involved in their care, the effects are lasting; rehabilitation is often long, costly and uncertain, said the UNRWA statement. More . . .
. . . .Related: PCHR: “Two Fishermen Arrested and One of Them Wounded”
. . . .Related: Egypt opens Rafah crossing after 3 days of closure
. . . .Related: Palestinians protest high unemployment in Gaza
| WB: IOF ARREST 19 PALESTINIANS, CONTINUE COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT POLICY
Israeli occupation forces have launched a large-scale campaign of arrests, taking at least 19 Palestinian civilians throughout the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem, including raids on dozens of Palestinian homes. ___The arrests were concentrated in Tulkarm, Nablus and Qalqiliya, where the Israeli occupation forces launched raids and searches and closed roads as a form of collective punishment, in response to the operation in Barkan settlement on Sunday, in which two Israeli settlers were killed. More . . .
. . . . Related Settlers destroy 40 olive trees in village near Ramallah
. . . .Related: Settlers say they plan to take over Palestinian land to open a road for themselves
. . . .Related: Israeli army prevents farmers from harvesting their olive crops in Tulkarm area
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAELI PM SHOULD KNOW, ‘IT TAKES TWO, NOT THREE, TO TANGO!’
By Mahmoud el-Yousseph, Retired US Air Force Veteran
They say it takes two to tango, but if one of them is Benjamin Netanyahu, then you need three. . . the Israeli Prime Minister saw fit few days ago to plead with the UN Secretary General to urge the international community to put pressure on Hamas in order to release the remains of two IOF soldiers killed in Gaza during the 2014 assault . . . [. . . . ] Israel is currently holding the remains of 261 Palestinians. Those were people who were killed during the fighting, killed during midnight raids or at checkpoints. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development presents “THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF CHRISTIAN ZIONISM, ITS THEOLOGICAL BASIS AND POLITICAL AGENDA.”
October 24, 2018 12:00 PM. Reverend Dr. Stephen Sizer is the founder and director of Peacemaker Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to peacemaking . . . The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Avenue, NW; Washington, DC 20037 USA Information . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“GOD FORSAKEN,” By SAMAH SABAWI
- In the aftermath of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza, codenamed Cast Lead in 2009, in which 1400 Palestinians were killed, some IDF soldiers wore t-shirts depicting a pregnant Palestinian woman with her belly in the crosshairs of a rife with the caption, “1 SHOT TWO KILLS.”
What is a life worth?
A grain of earth
A drop of oil
A flag on a hill of holy soil
A cross…a star…a crescent moon…
Is it worth ending a life too soon?
What sacred verses can explain
Sniper fire. . .
And white phosphorus rain?
What Holy Scripture gave the command
“Thou shall wipe out they villages
And scorch their land”
And after the massacre
Did they lament?
Did they seek forgiveness?
Did they repent?
Did they try to sanctify their burdened souls
While besieging a people behind their walls
Or did they wear with pride their murderous skills:
A pregnant woman with a caption “1 SHOT 2 KILLS”
No rest for the less sacred, no safety, no light
No benediction no prayer no end in sight
No bread, no medicine no shelter no salvation
No angels can survive this holy Occupation
TELL ME THIS:
What is the life of a Palestinian worth,
In your God forsaken earth?
—From Palestine Chronicle.