SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAELI SETTLERS STEAL PALESTINIAN OLIVE HARVEST IN NABLUS
Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian farmers and olive harvesters in the Burin village, in southern Nablus City of the northern occupied West Bank, on Saturday. ____Wafa News Agency reported that a group of Israeli settlers threw rocks at Palestinian farmers while they were olive-picking in their lands in an attempt to force them to leave. [. . . .] During the past week, Israeli settlers assaulted a Palestinian farmer while harvesting his olive trees in the Deir al-Hattab village in Nablus, and other farmers in Burin; settlers also uprooted dozens of olive trees and stole harvest in the Tell village. ____For hundreds of Palestinian families, olive trees are the main source of income. . . More . . .
| 130 PALESTINIANS INJURED DURING GAZA PROTESTS
At least 130 Palestinians were injured with live Israeli ammunition, tear-gas suffocation and in airstrikes during protests along the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip under “The Great March of Return,” on Friday. ____The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 130 Palestinians were injured during protests, including two critical injuries; one of whom is a 70-year-old woman. ____The ministry added that a Palestinian journalist was among those injured. ____A Ma’an reporter that Israeli forces heavily and randomly opened fire at protesters as several of them were able to cut through the Israeli security fence at the borders of the northern Gaza Strip. More . . .
. . . . Related Palestinians injured, arrested in Khan al-Ahmar protests
. . . . Related Arrests reported as clashes erupt in West Bank
. . . . Related Israeli navy kidnaps two fishermen off Gaza shore
| JERUSALEM’S CHURCH LEADERS ACCUSE ISRAEL OF RENEGING ON PREVIOUS TAXATION AGREEMENT
Leaders of the largest three churches in Jerusalem have accused Israel of reneging on a previous agreement reached between them regarding taxing church property. ____The French news agency, AFP, said on Friday that leaders of the Greek Orthodox and Armenian churches as well as a senior Latin Church official sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to block a draft legislation a ministerial committee is going to discuss on Sunday that aims at expropriating their property. More . . .
. . . . Related Jerusalem: Christian cemetery vandalized, graves destroyed
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAEL’S DEFIANCE OF HISTORY, MORALITY AND LAW
No state established on land seized by force from the people living on that land can claim moral legitimacy and a ‘right’ to exist. ____A purported ‘right’ to exist is not central to the existence of states anyway, let alone colonial settler states established amidst the wreckage of the genuine rights of another people. [. . . .] Israel understands this as well as anyone. It makes a lot of noise about its right to exist and its legitimacy but this is bluster. It knows why it exists and why it believes it will continue to exist. It has a strong military. It has nuclear weapons. It can destroy anyone who threatens to destroy it. These are the constituent elements of its existence, not morality and the ‘rights’ of which it endlessly talks. More . . .
. . . . Related The Apartheid State of Israel and the Palestinian Resistance
. . . . Related B’Tselem: World can no longer stand idly by regarding Israeli crimes
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“RETURNING,” BY MAJID ABU GHOUSH
the woman was dragging her feet
and what remained of her children
towards what remained of her home
towards what remained
of the sea
towards what remained
of the heart
towards what remained of the heart
she raised her hand softly
wiped a tear which rolled down her cheek
and smiled when the beautiful one
she met on the way asked her:
why are you going back?
to water the jasmine tree
to shade the names of the martyrs
—translated by Magi Gibson
MAJID ABU GHOUSH was born in Amwas. He is a prolific poet, a member of the Secretariat of the General Union of Palestinian Writers and a founding member of Poets Without Borders Palestine.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014) –available from Barnes and Noble.