Palestinian Red Crescent Society paramedic evacuating an injured
child from field in Gaza. (Photo PRCS, from Palestine News Network, Nov. 5, 2018)
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAELI FORCES RAID [Hebron Hills] ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, KICK STUDENTS, TEACHERS OUT, ORDER DEMOLITION
Israeli forces Monday raided an elementary school in Masafer Yatta, in the south Hebron hills, kicked its students and teachers out and informed the administration of the intention to demolish it under the pretext it was built without permit, said a local activist. ___Coordinator of the Anti-Wall and Anti-Settlements Committee, Rateb Jabour, said that Israeli forces stormed Khalat al-Dabe school, built of caravans to accommodate area youngsters, and forced its 12 students and staff to leave it. He said the military also handed the staff a notice for demolition of the school. ___Soldiers also raided Khirbet al-Mufaqara, another Masafer Yatta village, and handed demolition orders for three residential structures. More . . .
. . . . Related ISRAELI SOLDIERS PREVENT STUDENTS FROM REACHING THEIR SCHOOL IN WEST BANK VILLAGE (Video)
| IOF SEIZE 155 DUNUMS OF LAND NEAR RAMALLAH Israeli occupation forces on Monday seized 155 dunums of land from areas in Al-Lubban village near Ramallah, northern West Bank. ___The head of the village council, Aisha Samhan told the WAFA news agency that the Israeli occupation authorities distributed a decision to seize two dunums from Khallet al-Shamiya, 141 dunums of Khallat al-Asfoura and 12 dunums of al-Musawadiya area, in order to create a bypass road to the SETTLEMENT of Beit Aryeh. More . . .
. . . . Related REPORT: ISRAELI GOV’T PROVIDES FINANCIAL SAFETY NET FOR INVESTMENTS IN SETTLEMENTS
| WHO REPORT: NINE KILLED AND 1000 INJURED IN GAZA WITHIN TWO WEEKS
Nine Palestinians were killed and 1,306 were injured by the Israeli forces during the reporting period from the 7th to the 20th October, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). ___Eight Palestinians, including one child, were killed during the demonstrations, while the ninth was killed due to an Israeli attack, which took place on the 17th October. ___Out of the total 1,306 injured, 62% (815 people) transferred to MoH hospitals or NGO health facilities, including 168 children and 35 females. The remaining 38% (491) were treated and discharged directly from the trauma stabilization points (TSPs). More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| WOMEN IMPRISONED IN ISRAEL: LIFE BETWEEN PRESSURE, SUFFERING AND SUDDEN TRANSFER
One month after my release from detention, house arrest and prison that went on, including all of its phases, for three years, during which I have lived through the suffering of imprisonment and detention that is different than any other type of suffering that I have personally experienced. Yet, despite the cruelty of this experience that is full of events, especially those related to female prisoners, and as I write these words, I have left 51 female prisoners behind the bars, each of whom holds a story, a novel per se, that must be talked about, we must dig out the painful reality that each one of them lives through, at both the HaSharon and Damon prison, and the reasons that brought them to prison and detention. ___I was detained and released from prison, and prison has become past today. It is true that my body was freed and released and is no longer imprisoned, but my thoughts are still tied to everything I lived through there with the female prisoners and I cannot be released of until my last breath, as they live with me through all of my moments even the ones (moments) away from life in detention. More . . .
| CATHOLIC ORDINARIES: ARABS IN ISRAEL NO LESS CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY THAN JEWS
The Arabs in Israel are no less citizens of this county than the Jews, the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said last week on the new Israeli Nation State Law, passed by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on July 19. ___“According to this law, the State of Israel has legislated that the people whose ‘welfare and safety’ it is most concerned to promote and protect are ed to the Jewish citizens of the State of Israel,” the ordinaries said in a statement. “We must draw the attention of the authorities to a simple fact: our faithful, the Christians, our fellow citizens, Muslim, Druze and Baha’i, all of us who are Arabs, are no less citizens of this country than our Jewish brothers and sisters.” More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“BEWARE,” BY DAREEN TATOUR
Write, in injustice, what you want
As you want it—
For injustice is blind
And the judges are wreathed in the color of darkness
You are not justice
You are the oppressor
The wretched perversion of the thing
The symbol of hypocrisy
The essence of a ruling
In the highest court in the land
Poetry is terrorism, something shameful
And so with your million sighs
Write your decision on what you will
As you will—
They won’t bother to read you
As you are, by this verdict, condemned
The people around me are a state of their own
A source of other rulings
They won’t read you
Instead, they read poetry
Manuscripts of endurance
Am I, with my craft, to be rejected?
Your face is the darkened one, scoured by the ordeal
And your features point to the roots of your weakness
Your voice cracks
Before the revelations of art
While the tune of my poetry is singing
Call out your verdict until you are hoarse
And write, in your decision, what you wish
As you wish—
They won’t read you
For the writer of the new justice
Has been welcomed by the beats of my poems
Light from a new sun
So write in your judgment what you wish
As you wish
You won’t stop my poetry from beating on
For in my heart is the sky
— Translated from the Arabic by Andrew Leber
“An initial collection of [Tatour’s] poems, THE LAST INVASION, was published locally in 2010. A further collection of poems and a novel are completed but are currently on a laptop confiscated by Israeli authorities. Several of her poems were included in the recent bilingual anthology A BLADE OF GRASS: NEW PALESTINIAN POETRY. . .” Available from Barnes and Noble.