SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| PALESTINIAN FAMILIES LEFT HOMELESS AFTER EAST JERUSALEM DEMOLITION
Israeli bulldozers . . . stormed the Silwan Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, and demolished a building, on Tuesday. ___The Wadi Hilweh Information Center said that Israeli forces stormed Silwan and surrounded one of the neighborhood’s buildings, which belonged to the Odeh family, and demolished it shortly after. ___The building was demolished under the pretext that it was built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit. [. . . .] According to . . . the NGO Terrestrial Jerusalem, “since 1967, the Government of Israel has directly engaged in the construction of 55,000 units for Israelis in East Jerusalem; in contrast, fewer than 600 units have been built for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the last of which were built 40 years ago. More . . .
| ISRAELI SOLDIERS ABDUCT EIGHTEEN PALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANK
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, overnight until morning hours Tuesday, at least eighteen Palestinians, including a wounded young man, in several parts of the occupied West Bank. ___The PPS office in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes, before abducting seven Palestinians. More . . .
. . . . Related PALESTINIAN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS DIES OF INJURIES
. . . . Related ‘WORST FEAR CAME TRUE’: ISRAEL DETAINS YOUNG PALESTINIAN MAN FOR 20 MONTHS IN EFFORT TO EXPEL HIM TO BRAZIL
| OFFICIAL DENIES REPORTS OF TRUCE IN RETURN FOR MONEY GOING INTO GAZA THROUGH ISRAEL
A senior Palestinian official denied on Tuesday Israeli reports that the Palestinian leadership has agreed to support truce between Hamas and Israel in return for the entry of funds into Gaza through Israel. ___Azzam al-Ahmad, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and of Fatah Central Committee, said these reports were unfounded. ___Ahmad also denied in statements to Voice of Palestine radio that the issue of paying Israel to supply the Gaza Strip with some needs has been discussed by President Mahmoud Abbas and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. More . . .
. . . . Related JOINT HAMAS, ISLAMIC JIHAD PRESS RELEASE ON CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS
. . . . Related ASHRAWI: ‘GAZA WILL REMAIN AN INSEPARABLE PART OF PALESTINE’
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ANALYSIS: GAZANS ARE BENDING ISRAEL AND HAMAS TO THEIR WILL – ALL THE WAY TOWARD A DEAL
Gazas’s residents have become a strategic force that managed to cultivate a political relationship between Israel and Hamas, even forging an unofficial security coordination. Now, both sides can’t keep ignoring them. [. . . .] BUT THE PUBLIC IN GAZA TURNED INTO A STRATEGIC FORCE that led even the IDF to speak up about the severe living conditions in the Strip, and in the end forced Hamas to pursue an arrangement that is still being negotiated. For six months, tens of thousands of people were enlisted in a show of force called the March of Return. Some 20,000 to 30,000 people, young and old, women and children, take their lives in their hands, and they don’t come to the confrontation line just because Hamas orders them to. THEY ARE THE FORCE THAT REPRESENTS TWO MILLION PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
| MUSEUM OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE
The Museum of the Palestinian People shares the rich history, vibrant arts and culture, and spirit of the Palestinian people. It is a space where we dissolve the artificial distinctions that separate us, a space where people can open their hearts to discover what unites us all. Together, we can create a world without borders. ___We are looking for PALESTINIAN ARTISTS TO SUBMIT THEIR PROPOSALS & BE FEATURED IN AN UPCOMING EXHIBIT. All mediums are welcome – music, dramatic production, film, photography, painting, or other. We will sponsor selected artists to travel to DC and see their work featured at Museum of the Palestinian People. Submit your proposal to us before January 1st 2019. Submit proposal . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“GAZA, 2009,” BY JEHAN BSEISO
No matter flag.
No matter medicine.
No matter civilian.
No matter international community.
No matter your international waters.
No matter your sanctions, no matter your rhetoric and foreign policy.
Only 62 years status quo,
Even more walls-
Children on the ICRC bus, visiting their Baba’s in your prisons―
Food and medicine rotting at every border―
From the shadows, the silent majority watch water go on fire.
From: I REMEMBER MY NAME: POETRY BY SAMAH SABAWI, RAMZY BAROUD, JEHAN BSEISO. Vacy Vlazna, editor. London: Novum Publishing, 2016. Available from publisher.