Medical sources reported that Abdullah Hamayel sustained fractures and bruises in various areas of his body due to the violent assault by Israeli forces. (Photo: Ma’an News Agency, Nov. 9, 2018)
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . . .
| WEEKLY REPORT ON ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY (01 – 07 NOVEMBER 2018) Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors 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 wounded 12 Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and a woman, in the West Bank.
- Israeli forces conducted 88 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 2 limited ones into the southern Gaza Strip. 53 civilians, including 11 children and a woman, were arrested in the West Bank. More . . .
| ISRAELI FORCES REPEATEDLY ASSAULT AL-BIREH MUNICIPALITY EMPLOYEE
Israeli forces assaulted and injured Abdullah Hamayel, a Palestinian staff member of the al-Bireh Municipality, late Thursday, while passing by on the road leading to the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Mikhmas, built on the lands of Mikhmas Palestinian village, in the central occupied Ramallah district. [. . . .] The reason for the assault remained unknown. More . . .
. . . . Related ISRAEL BANS JERUSALEM GOVERNOR ENTRY TO WEST BANK
. . . . Related ISRAELI FORCES ARREST 8-YEAR-OLD NEAR HEBRON
. . . . Related PALESTINIANS REINSTALL MONUMENT TO PALESTINIAN MARTYR Background
. . . . Related IOA HAND EVICTION NOTICES TO AGRICULTURAL LAND IN SOUTHERN WEST BANK
. . . . Related LIEBERMAN AGREES TO RETURN BODY OF MARTYR
| BDS VICTORY: UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS DIVESTS FROM ISRAEL-LINKED FIRMS A UK university has ended investment in companies involved in Israeli arms trade following a fierce student-led BDS campaign. ___The University of Leeds has ceased its dealings with Airbus, United Technologies and Keyence Corporation – all of which supply military equipment to Israel. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ECONOMIC DISENGAGEMENT AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PALESTINE
By Dr. Mohammad Mustafa, Chairman of Palestine Investment Fund
Given the political deadlock we have reached, the Palestinian leadership is in the process of reviewing the framework governing our relationship with Israel. ___The notion of economic disengagement from Israel is top of mind for the Palestinian leadership; and with it the need to revise or terminate the Paris Economic Protocol that was signed between the PLO and Israel in April 1994 . . . the creation of a custom union with free movement of people and goods, and unified taxation between Palestine and Israel. ___Israel’s unilateral actions over the years . . . have effectively abolished the essence of the Paris Protocol, and created in its place a system to cement the Palestinian economy’s captivity to Israel. More . . .
| THE THOUSANDS OF UNDOCUMENTED GAZANS LIVING IN LIMBO
By Amjad Yaghni
Wafaa Abu Hajjaj has been active in the media industry in Gaza for the past eight years, working as a correspondent for various local and regional television news outlets. But she has also been deprived of dozens of job opportunities abroad because she doesn’t have a Palestinian identification card. Without it, she can’t be officially employed or access government services. __Abu Hajjaj and her father are among thousands of undocumented Palestinians in Gaza. ___Israel withdrew its military and civilian presence from the Strip in 2005, but one of the countless ways it still exercises immense control over the lives of Gazans is through its control over the Palestinian population registry. Many simple types of changes to the registry, including changing the address or place of one’s residence, still require the Israeli army’s approval. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“MARTYR,” BY ZUHAIR ABU SHAIB
When they found him
he had become an emerald flame;
as when they lifted his arms they found
sheaves of wheat where a heart should be;
and they say those sheaves were whispering
beneath his shirt; and they say the wild birds
ferried his blood to his family, drop by drop;
and they say he will come back, suspended
in the hidden tree at the burning heart of volcanoes
and that his mother will fold him in her arms.
But when they found him he was an emerald flame,
so they stitched together rose petals for a shroud
and smoothed out the sky to keep him warm
and for a pillows, they lifted down the sun
and laid it beneath his head.
—Trans. By John Glenday
Zuhair Abu Shaib was born in Deir al-Ghusun and studied at Yarmouk University. She was a teacher and journalist in Yemen, and a book designer. She was also editor of the journal Awarq.
From A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014). Available from Barnes and Noble.