SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAEL CARRIES OUT CAMPAIGN OF AIRSTRIKES ACROSS GAZA
Israeli warplanes carried out an airstrikes’ campaign across the besieged Gaza Strip, on predawn Thursday. ___Local sources said Israeli warplanes fired two missiles towards a military site belonging to Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas movement, in Rafah district, in southern Gaza. ___Sources confirmed that Israeli warplanes targeted a site in Khan Younis district, also in southern Gaza. ___Israeli warplanes also targeted a site in al-Shiekh Zayid City, in northern Gaza. ___No injuries were reported, however, the airstrikes led to extensive material damages in the targeted areas. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli forces shoot, injure 8 Palestinians in Gaza
| WEEKLY REPORT ON ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY (18–24 OCTOBER 2018) Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip: ___A Palestinian youngster was killed in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. 342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists and 3 paramedics, were wounded; 14 of them sustained serious wounds. ___Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 6 others in the West Bank. ___Israeli warplanes launched 2 missiles at the protestors and wounded two of them. More . . .
| ISRAEL TO CONFISCATE THOUSANDS OF DUNUMNS THROUGH EXPANDING BYPASS ROAD
Israeli Occupation Authorities (IOA) on Wednesday approved the expansion of bypass road 60, which runs between Jerusalem and Hebron. ___Head of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, Hassan Breijiya told WAFA news agency that Israeli Minister of Communications Yisrael Katz gave orders to start expanding the street according to a plan to surround Al-Arroub refugee camp. . . More . . .
. . . . Related IOF seize house after forcing Palestinian owners to leave at gunpoint
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| EMBRACING THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION: A STORY OF HOPE, DETERMINATION, AND SUCCESS
It all started 25 years ago when Mr. Heikki Kokkala, a senior education specialist from Finland, and the late Mr. Khalil Mahshi, then director general of external relations at the Ministry of Education in Palestine, met at a UNESCO conference on education. This was a time when educationists globally had started to pay more attention to the effectiveness of education systems and to the assessment of learning outcomes. ___In Palestine, work had already started on developing the first-ever unified national curriculum which would replace the Jordanian and Egyptian curricula used in the West Bank and Gaza, respectively. [. . . .] At the same time, the Finnish government was looking for ways to support the newly established Palestinian Authority and decided to direct its support to the education sector. ___Thus, Mr. Kokkala and Mr. Mahshi, with their many colleagues, began to design the first cooperation project between Finland and Palestine. More . . .
EDUCATION IN EAST JERUSALEM
– There are 87,277 students enrolled in schools, including basic education (grades 1 to 10) and secondary education (grades 11 and 12).
– Approximately 4,300 children are not enrolled in any educational institution.
– Thirty-three percent of children in East Jerusalem fail to complete a full 12 years of schooling.
– Provision of education is fragmented across five different providers: the Palestinian Ministry of Education operating under the Jordanian Islamic Awqaf umbrella, the private sector, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Israeli Jerusalem Municipality, and the contractor’s schools that are financed by the Israeli Authorities.
– There is a chronic shortage of classrooms, estimated at around 2,200, with an anticipated annual growth rate of 3 to 4 percent.
– The area available in class for every student is approximately 0.5 square meters, less than the international standards that recommend at least 1.25 square meters.
– Twenty percent of students and teachers and 40 percent of school staff cross a checkpoint on a daily basis to access their schools.
Source: 2016 Jerusalem Directorate of Education Statistics/Geo-mapping Data
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POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“LULLABY,” BY RAMZY BAROUD
I’ll etch your name
on a secret star
we’ll both go there
on frightful nights
when Mother Earth
runs out of room
for you and me
I’ll hold you tight
and sing you songs
of a distant land
beyond the stars
and watch you grow
between my heart
and the highest high
I’ll draw your face
on a single seed
and hold your palm
to face the sun
when you’re awake
and call out my name
don’t moan or cry
to raise your hand
at a shooting star
and with for you
is a mountain top
of soil and air
and a purple sky
For (Miriam), a refugee child from Palestine
From: I REMEMBER MY NAME: Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud, Jehan Bseiso. Vacy Vlanzna, ed. London: Novum Publishing, 2016. Available from Barnes and Noble.