Palestinian home demolished by Israeli Occupation Forces, Silwan neighborhood,
East Jerusalem. Demolitions have continued for decades.
(Photo: Harold Knight, JULY 12, 2006)
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . . .
| ISRAEL COMMENCES DEMOLITIONS EAST OF JERUSALEM
Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian-owned residential building, on Thursday morning, in the al-Zaayim village, east of Jerusalem. [. . . .] Israeli soldiers prevented residents, locals and reporters from approaching the area. . . the demolition was carried out under the pretext that the structure was built without the difficult-to-obtain Israeli permit. ___Nearly all Palestinian applications for building permits in Area C are denied by the Israeli authorities, forcing communities to build illegally. More . . .
. . . . Related ISRAEL DEMOLISHES PALESTINIAN RESIDENTIAL BUILDING IN EAST JERUSALEM
. . . . Related ISRAEL DEMOLISHES PART OF PALESTINIAN CEMETERY IN JENIN
. . . . Related ISRAELI BULLDOZERS RAZE LANDS IN SOUTHERN GAZA
. . . . Related ARMY DEMOLISHES MEMORIAL FOR PALESTINIAN KILLED BY SOLDIERS
. . . . Related ISRAELI MILITARY DESTROYS TEACHING FACILITY AT JORDAN VALLEY SCHOOL [KHIRBET IBZEIK]
| REPORT: IOF CONTINUE SYSTEMATIC CRIMES IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY
Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protesters in the Gaza Strip
- A civilian succumbed to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return and Breaking Siege protests.
- 77 civilians, including 12 children, a woman, a journalist and 3 paramedics, were wounded; 4 of them sustained serious wounds.
- Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip . . . More . . .
| BELGIUM TO UPGRADE PALESTINIAN DIPLOMATIC REPRESENTATION IN BRUSSELS
Belgium has decided to upgrade the diplomatic status of the Palestinian representative office in Brussels, according to a joint statement issued on Wednesday. ___This was announced following a meeting between Foreign Minister Riyad Malki and his Belgian counterpart Didier Reynders and Minister of Cooperation and Development Alexander De Croo in Brussels. ___The two sides signed a joint declaration following their ministerial dialogue in which they affirmed their desire to develop bilateral relations in several fields . . . More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| THIS IS HOW ISRAEL WAS ESTABLISHED ON FALSEHOOD AND AGGRESSION A hundred and one year has passed since the notorious Balfour Declaration. A declaration made to those who do not deserve by those who do not own, initiating the first stage of suffering of the Palestinian people over the last 101 years of displacement, torture, and massacres, which resulted in the martyrdom of thousands of them. ___The infamous Declaration, under which, the future of an entire people was destroyed, for the benefit of a handful of Jews gathered from the corners of the globe to build a state called Israel on the ruins of Palestine and the ruins of its children and women, including the victims of Deir Yassin, Sabra and Shatila, Kufur Kassem, as well as the bloody massacres committed against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. ___THE TEXT OF THE DECLARATION . . . More . . .
| NORMALIZING EXTERNAL NARRATIVES IN PALESTINE’S SPACES FOR EDUCATION In collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the EU launched a competition across schools in Gaza and the occupied West Bank called “Know Europe”. The aim, according to EU Deputy Representative Tomas Niklasson, is “to introduce ourselves again to students of Palestine: introduce our values, culture, history, and identity” and affirm the bloc’s purported commitment to supporting Palestinians. ___THIS EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVOR IS TANTAMOUNT TO FORCING GRATITUDE for symbolic recognition, decades after colonial conquest and entrenchment. Yet the reasoning behind the competition, according to the press release, is that “the European Union has a lot in common with Palestine and the region”. PALESTINIANS KNOW THERE IS NO COMPARISON, yet this misconception is now being normalized through education, despite the obvious differences between a bloc of countries and Palestine’s disappearance. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“THE WINDOWS,” BY IBRAHIM NASRALLAH
Windows are a first step into the world,
a song on a spacious cloud,
a departure, a rose,
the braids of the moon falling over hills,
a heartbeat in the darkenss of the night
that travels in chains
and in men.
They are a threshold for the prayers
of our lonely neighbor,
an oasis for lovers
and children, the tempting fruit
in baskets, the seagull in the heart
bent down in sleep, the wisdom of the walls
arising from silent rocks and moving
–From From Nasrallah, Ibrahim. RAIN INSIDE: SELECTED POEMS. Trans. Omnia Amin and Rick London. Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 2009. Available from Barnes and Noble.