Israeli forces killed Nasser Musbeh with live ammunition on September 28, 2018.
(Photo: From Defense for Children Palestine, Courtesy of Musbeh family)
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| QATARI FUNDED FUEL PUMPED TO ONLY POWER PLANT IN GAZA
Fuel trucks funded by the Qatari government on Tuesday morning began entering the Gaza strip through Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, southeast of the Strip. ___Six fuel trucks funded by Qatar are scheduled to enter the strip today, pumping fuel for the only power plant in the Gaza Strip. [. . . .] The agreement came within the framework of the donor conference held recently in New York and with Israeli approval, under which Qatar was allowed to finance part of the Gaza Strip’s electricity by providing the necessary fuel, which is expected to double the electricity hours, ie eight hours. More . . .
| NETANYAHU SAYS ARMY PREPPING FOR POSSIBLE MILITARY CAMPAIGN AGAINST GAZA
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly informed his cabinet that the army is preparing for a possible military campaign against the blockaded Gaza Strip in case the situation was not improved, according to Israeli media. ___“If the reality of civil distress in Gaza is diminished, that is desirable, but that is not certain to happen, and so we are preparing militarily — that is not an empty statement,” Netanyahu said. More . . .
| 12 PALESTINIANS, INCLUDING WOMEN, KIDNAPPED IN W. BANK IOF CAMPAIGNS
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday morning kidnapped 12 West Bankers, including relatives of Ashraf Abu Sheikha, who recently carried out a deadly shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone near the illegal settlement of Ariel. ___Local sources told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that the IOF stormed at dawn Shuweika suburb in Tulkarem and raided homes belonging to Abu Sheikha’s family. ___Israeli soldiers maltreated and rounded up the mother of Abu Sheikha and his two sisters, and said they would remain in detention until Abu Sheikha turned himself in, according to the sources. More . . .
. . . .Related Israeli Forces Detain Palestinian Family In Aida Camp
. . . .Related Israeli forces detain Palestinian siblings in East Jerusalem
. . . .Related Israel Court Sentences Anti-Occupation Protester To 7 Years In Jail
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| THAT SINGLE LINE OF BLOOD: NASSER MUSBEH AND MUHAMMAD AL-DURRAH
By Ramzy Baroud
As the frail body of 12-year-old Nasser Musbeh fell to the ground [in Gaza] on Friday, September 28, history was repeating itself in a most tragic way. [. . . .] Almost 18-years to the day separates Nasser’s recent murder and the Israeli army killing of Muhammad Al-Durrah, also 12, on September 30, 2000. Between these dates, hundreds of Palestinian children have perished [in Gaza] in similar ways. ___. . . 954 Palestinian children were killed between the Second Intifada in 2000 and Israel’s war on Gaza, the so-called Operation Cast Lead in 2008. In the latter war alone, 345 child were reportedly killed, in addition to another 367 child fatalities reported in Israel’s latest war, ‘Protective Edge’ of 2014. ___But Muhammad and Nasser . . . have more in common than simply being the ill-fated victims of trigger-happy Israeli soldiers. __In that single line of blood that links Nasser Musbeh and Muhammad al-Durrah, there is a narrative so compelling, yet often neglected. The two 12-year-old boys . . . whose families were driven from villages that were destroyed in 1948 to make room for today’s Israel. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“WRITTEN ON THE FIRST MORNING WHEN ABDUL KARIM SABAWI
WOKE UP TO FIND HIMSELF A REFUGEE IN EXILE,”
BY ABDUL KARIM SABAWI
When you were parched
We quenched your thirst with our blood
We carry your burden
Disgraced we cry in shame when asked
Where do you come from?
Dishonored we die
If only the stray bullets
From the occupier’s guns
And pierced through our legs
If only they tore through our knees
If only we sunk into your fields
Deep to our necks
If only we got stuck
And became the salt of your earth
The nutrients in your fertile soil
If only we didn’t leave
The gates of my heart
Are wide open to misery
Don’t ask me where this wind is blowing
Don’t ask me about a house
The Bulldozers were here
And the houses in our village
Fell like a row of decayed teeth
They haven’t colonized Mars yet
And the moon is barren
So carry your children
And follow me
We can live in the books of history
They’ll write about us,
“The wicked Bedouins
Landed in Baghdad
The wicked Bedouins landed in Yafa
They landed in Grenada
Then moved on
They packed their belongings
And rode their camels
Leaving no trace on the red clay
All their artifacts
With the passing of the years.”
What does it really mean to this world?
What does it really mean?
To be Arabs
(Refugee Camp, Jordan 1968)
Abdul Karim Sabawi was born in 1942 in the Toffah District in Gaza city. He has been a refugee in Australia most of his life. –From BLOOD FOR FREEDOM: POETRY FROM PALESTINE, BY ABDUL KARIM SABAWI. Editor: Biblioteca de las Grandes Naciones. Library of the Great Nations. Oiartzun, Basque Country: August, 2014. PDF online.
The poet reads.