SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| IN VIDEO – ISRAELI SETTLERS ATTACK PALESTINIAN FARMERS IN NABLUS Video footage showed how several Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers, on Saturday, while they were harvesting olive harvest on Palestinians lands belonging to the residents of the Burin village, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. ___According to local sources, Israeli settlers from the illegal Givat Ronin settlement attacked two Palestinian farmers by throwing rocks at them and chased them out of their own lands. ___The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reported that “Settler violence and vandalism takes place with full backing by the Israeli authorities. Sometimes soldiers take part in the assault; at other times, they stand idly by. More . . .
| VIDEO: AS THE OLIVE HARVEST BEGINS, SO DO THE SETTLER ATTACKS The time had finally come: the residents of Turmusayya, a lush Palestinian village nestled in a valley between Ramallah and Nablus in the central occupied West Bank, had gotten permission from Israeli authorities to go harvest their olive trees. This chance only came twice a year: two days in the spring to cultivate their land, and two days in the fall to harvest the olives. ___When they arrived, they were devastated to find dozens of trees chopped down, uprooted, and rotting. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli forces chase Palestinian herders out of grazing land
. . . . Related Settlers chop off olive, grape trees near Bethlehem
. . . . Related Settlers attack civilians in Hebron
. . . . Related Israeli army destroys water pipeline in Kafr Qaddoum
. . . . Related Israeli Soldiers And Settlers Uproot Trees In Silwan
. . . . Related PHOTOS: Israeli bulldozers demolish homes in West Bank villages
. . . . Related Israeli fanatics break into Aqsa Mosque
| ISRAEL ORDERS IMMEDIATE HALT OF FUEL DELIVERIES TO GAZA Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has ordered an immediate halt to fuel deliveries headed to besieged Gaza in response to what he claimed attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians. ___The announcement on Friday follows the killing of seven Palestinians by Israeli forces during the ongoing March of Return protests. ___”Israel will not tolerate a situation in which fuel tankers are allowed to enter Gaza on the one hand, while terror and violence are used against [Israeli] soldiers and Israeli citizens on the other,” the statement from Lieberman’s office read. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“A HOMELAND,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
When in my homeland
The sparrow dies of starvation,
In exile, without a shroud,
While the earthworm is satiated, devouring God’s food!
When the yellow fields
Yield no more to their tillers
Than memories of weariness,
While their rich harvest pours
Into the granaries of the usurper!
If the cement has diverted
The ancient springs
Causing them to forget their natural course,
When their owner calls,
They cry in his face: “Who are you?”
When the almond and the olive have turned to timber
Adorning tavern doorways,
Whose nude loveliness beautifies halls and bars,
And is carried by tourists
To the farthest corners of the earth,
While nothing remains before my eyes
But dry leaves and tinder!
When my people’s tragedy
Has turned to farce in others’ eyes,
And my face is a poor bargain
That even the slave-trader gleefully disdains!
When in barren space the satellites spin,
And in the streets walks a beggar, holding a hat,
And the song of autumn is heard!
Blow, East winds!
Our roots are still alive.
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.