SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| 7 AL-QASSAM FIGHTERS KILLED, INCLUDING SENIOR MEMBER, IN ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES Seven members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, were killed late Sunday evening, including a senior member during a campaign of Israeli airstrikes over Khuzaa town, in the southern besieged Gaza Strip. ___Local sources said that Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes targeting southern Gaza, attacking Palestinians, who exposed an Israeli undercover unit that entered Gaza in an apparent attempt to abduct al-Qassam fighters. ___Hebrew-language news outlets reported that violent armed clashes broke out between the Israeli unit and the al-Qassam fighters, which resulted in killing one Israeli soldier and critically injuring another. ___Israeli warplanes intervened by launching airstrikes over the area, immediately killing seven Palestinians and variously injuring more than seven others, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza. More . . .
. . . . Related PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE UNDERMINES ‘COMPLICATED’ ISRAELI MILITARY OPERATION IN GAZA
. . . . Related GAZA PROTESTS: ALL THE LATEST UPDATES Since protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 214 Palestinians and wounded more than 18,000.
. . . . Related IOF KIDNAPS PALESTINIANS FROM HOMES IN W. BANK
| OFFICIAL: ISRAEL, US BLOCKING ATTEMPTS BY FRANCE, RUSSIA TO MOVE PROCESS FORWARD The United States and Israel are blocking attempts by France and Russia to move forward the Middle East political process, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday. ___Nabil Shaath, advisor to President Mahmoud Abbas on Foreign and International Affairs, told the official Voice of Palestine radio that there are attempts by France and Russia to move the political process forward through a multilateral international framework in accordance with the initiative the President had presented to the United Nations . . . [. . . .] He said that Israel is seeking to establish a state in Gaza that will be under continuous Israeli siege, threats and extortion, while it plans to keep the West Bank and Jerusalem under its control and prevent any attempt at establishing a Palestinian state. More . . .
. . . . Related PRIME MINISTER’S VISIT TO FRANCE IMPORTANT, SAYS OFFICIAL
| BIRZEIT UNIVERSITY RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS YASSER ARAFAT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Birzeit University has won the prestigious Yasser Arafat Achievement Award for 2018 in a special ceremony commemorating the fourteenth anniversary of the passing of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. ___The award honors institutions and personalities who are distinguished by their exceptional work and recognizes real achievements in national, cultural, social, economic, scientific, or academic work. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAELI TARGETED KILLINGS IN GAZA AND BEYOND: A TIMELINE The latest Israeli killing fits a pattern of targeted assassinations of Hamas commanders and affiliates. ___Israeli forces killed at least seven Palestinians, including a high-ranking Hamas official, in the besieged Gaza Strip late on Sunday in a ground operation that is expected to significantly boost tensions. [. . . .] An Israeli soldier was killed when an exchange of fire erupted during the operation, the Israeli army said. [. . . .] The latest killing fits a pattern of targeted assassinations of individual Hamas commanders and members of affiliated groups. . . . Here is a timeline of key assassinations targeting Palestinian military commanders and individuals with ties to Hamas, the group that governs the Gaza Strip. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“HASHTAG GAZA,” BY JEHAN BSEISO
To the children who lost their lives, and the parents who had to bury them**
Bring your camera.
Bring your candles and spotlights to highlight.
Bring your focus to hashtag anniversary.
Bring your reporters, your journalists, your moving infographics.
“Abu Muhammad sits on the balcony, cradling the head of Muhammad.”
“The photo of the head of head of Muhammad.”
Talk about bomb shelters and war sirens in Siderot and Tel Aviv.
Call it, “Neutrality.”
Talk about your 5 dead and your iron dome.
Call it “Objective Reality.”
Bring your billion dollar pledges and your aid caravans
Your exel sheets, monitoring reports and donor requirements.
Call it “Accountability.”
“Abu Muhmmad sits on the balcony hopelessly, smokes a hope-
less cigarette talks about lack of hope.”
This one is a human interest story.
And when we invite you into our rubble homes for tea and bread
you call it “Generosity.”
And when we are strong about our suffering, you call it “Resilience.”
Abu Muhammad says:
My boys took a ball to the beach.
Came back bodies.
How can we remember what we can’t forget?
**Four Gazan cousins were killed on the beach by Israeli rocket fire, July 16, 2014. The poem imagines the father of one of the boys, Ismail Mohammed Bakr, age 9.
From: I REMEMBER MY NAME: POETRY BY SAMAH SABAWI, RAMZY BAROUD, JEHAN BSEISO. Vacy Vlazna, editor. London: Novum Publishing, 2016. Available from publisher.