SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAEL CANCELS ENTRY OF GOODS INTO GAZA
The Israeli army cancelled entry of dozens of trucks carrying goods into the besieged Gaza Strip, on late Monday, according to Palestinian official sources. ____Sources confirmed that the Israeli side cancelled entry of dozens of trucks scheduled to arrive into Gaza on Tuesday; reasons of the cancellation were unknown. ___It is noteworthy that in addition to these cancelled truckloads of goods, Qatari-funded fuel was also not allowed entry into Gaza for Gaza’s only power plant. More . . .
. . . . Related Egyptian security delegation arrives in Gaza to complete talks
| IOF DISMANTLE SCHOOL CARAVANS NORTH OF TUBAS On Tuesday morning, Israeli occupation forces dismantled caravans belonging to the school of the Late Marwan Majali, AKA “Tahadi (10)”, located in Khirbat “Ibiziq” area north of Tubas, northern West Bank. ____The Director of Education Tubas Sa’ed Qabha told WAFA that the occupation dismantled two caravans as they detain the educational staff, ministry of education and students, while preventing students from entering the school. More . . .
| REPORT: ISRAEL CONTINUING JUDAIZATION PLANS IN HEBRON
Plans to Judaize the Old City of Hebron are proceeding step by step amid international silence and the American support that encourages the occupation authorities to continue their policy. Following the Ibrahimi Mosque’s massacre, the occupation authorities divided the Mosque between the Palestinians and the settlers. More than one site inside the Ibrahimi Mosque can’t be accessed by Palestinian worshipers, while settlers are allowed to use the whole place at any time. ____For years, plans have been made to link the settlement of Qiryat Arba with other settlement blocs surrounding the Old City through demolishing and removing the Palestinian buildings from the area for a comprehensive judaization of the area extending from the settlement of Kiryat Arba to the entire Old City and Tel Rumeida. More . . . .
. . . . Related Palestinian shot dead in al-Khalil [HEBRON] over alleged stabbing attack
. . . . Related Palestinian official: 87% of BETHLEHEM lands under Israeli control
. . . . Related NGO warns of property diversion in occupied JERUSALEM
. . . . Related Ariel settlement guards obstruct traffic at main entrance to SALFIT
. . . . Related Israel Army Rolls Into West Bank [QALQILIYA] Cracks Down On Civilians
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAEL’S ASSAULT ON PALESTINIAN UNIVERSITIES IS A THREAT TO HUMAN RIGHTS AND A TRAGEDY FOR THIS GENERATION OF STUDENTS
The fundamental right to education is enshrined in international law. Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to education”. . . . The challenges currently being faced by Palestinian universities mean that this universal right is being severely compromised in the occupied Palestinian territory. ___As an occupying power, the state of Israel, is obligated to ensure that civilians under occupation are not denied their basic human rights. . . which includes access to education. [. . . .] Meanwhile, for decades, the education sector – schools as well as universities – has had to contend with Israel’s systematic obstruction of education, from enforced closures, campus raids, and the oppression of individual students and teachers. . . According to Sam Bahour, a former board member of Birzeit University and co-founder Right to Enter Campaign . . . it’s important to see this assault on education as part of a broader picture of Israeli oppression of Palestinian lives and a determination to stifle the natural growth of a society. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
(** The glass pieces came from one of the few Hebron glass blower shops still operating in 2008. The delicate pieces I purchased, like the one in Nye’s poem, were broken in shipping. Nye’s poem commemorates the massacre of Muslim worshipers at Ibrahimi Mosque, Hebron, 1994.)
“THE SMALL VASES FROM HEBRON,” BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE
Tip their mouths open to the sky.
the deep green with fluted handle,
pitcher the size of two thumbs,
tiny lip and graceful waist.
Here we place the smallest flower
which could have lived invisibly
in loose soil beside the road,
sprig of succulent rosemary,
They grow deeper in the center of the table.
Here we entrust the small life,
thread, fragment, breath.
And it bends. It waits all day.
As the bread cools and the children
open their gray copybooks
to shape the letter that looks like
a chimney rising out of a house.
And what do the headlines say?
Nothing of the smaller petal
perfectly arranged inside the larger petal
or the way tinted glass filters light.
Men and boys, praying when they died,
fall out of their skins.
The whole alphabet of living,
heads and tails of words,
sentences, the way they said,
“Ya’Allah!” when astonished,
or “ya’ani” for “I mean”—
a crushed glass under the feet
But the child of Hebron sleeps
with the thud of her brothers falling
and the long sorrow of the color red.