Lydda (birthplace of Reja-e Busailah) mosque
after Operation Danny, July 1948
(Photo: Palmach archive Yiftach 3rd Battalion vol. 2 album).
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| EGYPTIAN SECURITY DELEGATION ARRIVES IN GAZA STRIP TO ESTABLISH THE TRUCE
The Israeli Public Radio said, on Wednesday, that an Egyptian security delegation will arrive in the Gaza Strip on Thursday for talks aimed at stabilizing the ceasefire and discussing ways to improve the living conditions in the Gaza Strip. ___The radio added that the delegation would be headed by the official of the Palestinian file in the intelligence service, Ahmed Abdelkhaliq, and expected that some Hamas leaders would go to Egypt in the next few days. ___Egyptian mediation between the Palestinian Resistance and the Israeli occupation succeeded in reestablishing the cease-fire in Gaza after an unprecedented round of escalation that began on Sunday and lasted about 48 hours. More . . .
| ISRAELI FORCES OPEN FIRE AT PALESTINIAN FARMERS
Israeli forces opened fire, on Friday, at Palestinian farmers working in their lands, east of the al-Qarrara town in the southern besieged Gaza Strip. ___Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces stationed at the Kissufim military site opened fire at Palestinian farmers for unknown reasons. ___The farmers left their lands in fear for their lives. . . More . . .
. . . . Related SUFFOCATION CASES AMONG PROTESTERS NEAR RAMALLAH [RAS KARKAR VILLAGE]
. . . . Related GAZA FISHERMAN SHOT, KILLED BY ISRAELI NAVY
| UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS GIVE ISRAEL 60 DAYS TO RESPOND TO ‘DEEP CONCERNS’ REGARDING JEWISH NATION-STATE LAW
Following a special request for action issued by ADALAH – THE LEGAL CENTER FOR ARAB MINORITY RIGHTS IN ISRAEL, four United Nations special rapporteurs have given Israel a 60-day deadline to respond to their grave concerns regarding the Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, on July 19. ___The 60-day period began on November 2 when [the four UN officials] sent a communiqué to Israeli authorities expressing deep concerns regarding the impact of the new law. ___In their letter, special rapporteurs expressed “deep concern” that Israeli Basic Law appears “to be discriminatory in nature and in practice against non-Jewish citizens” . . . More . . .
. . . . Related KUWAIT TRANSFERS $42 MILLION TO UNRWA
. . . . Related WORLD BANK WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE BUDGET SUPPORT TO PA
. . . . Related DIRECTOR OF GENEVA CENTER CALLS FOR ENDORSEMENT OF 2018 WORLD CONFERENCE DECLARATION
. . . . Related CZECH REPUBLIC TO CONTRIBUTE OVER €200,000 TO UNRWA
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| SUSTAINING CYCLES OF ISRAELI AGGRESSION IN GAZA
It is time, once again, for the hyphenated “Israel-Gaza” paradigm – an invention that suits mainstream narratives. As the media mulls the possibilities of another Israeli military aggression against Palestinians in Gaza . . . since “Operation Protective Edge”, Israel regularly hinted at another, definite round of violence to eliminate Hamas . . . inflicting a high percentage of collateral damage. ___As speculation mounts amid reports of airstrikes and rocket fire; the latter enhanced through numbers that purposely render Israeli violence a purported retaliation, Israel is assured of an audience that is ready to absorb whatever trajectory it decides upon . . . [. . . .] Yet, in terms of media depiction, there is already a premeditated slant . . . Rocket fire is the subject of statistics while airstrikes imparted as an acceptable method of containment. The concept of involvement and, as a result, violence, is shifted upon Hamas, as opposed to the Israeli incursion in Gaza which the resistance had every right to disrupt. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
| AWARDS SEASON LAUNCHED AT MEMO’S PALESTINIAN LITERARY EVENT
A packed audience hall gathered in London this evening [November 15, 2018] to listen to some of the PALESTINE BOOK AWARD’S shortlisted authors discuss their works ahead of the winners’ announcement tomorrow evening. ___Tonight three of the shortlisted authors: Tareq Baconi, author of “Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance”; Maha Nassar, author of “Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World”; and REJA-E BUSAILAH, author of “In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood”. ___The evening was chaired by Victoria Brittain and Ibrahim Darwish, two trustees of the Palestine Book Awards. Brittain opened the evening by reflecting on how the Awards are now in their seventh year, adding that when the event started back in 2011 she could not have expected the level of support there has been from publishers, authors and the general public. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOLY HEIGHTS” BY REJA-E BUSAILAH
- for Haniya Suleiman Zarawneh, killed by the Israelis
at the age of 25, near Jerusalem, January 4, 1988
The sun came out that day from the depth of winter
like the rare orphan of good luck —
what else can the light of heaven be
on a day rising from the dead of winter?
And she had risen before the sun that day
and like her mother and grandmother before her
she washed by hand and wrung by hand
the linen for spouse and child,
and like mother and grandmother
she walked up the wooden ladder
with the pail onto the roof
into the shadow of the Holy Heights —
so clear was the sky
it almost recalled the sight and the scent of the sea down west.
Faithfully she hung her labors on the rope
article by article
that the good sun might dry them for her,
she clasped each with a wooden pin
as safeguard against the prankish wind —
it was no senseless nature that did it when she was done
just about to come down for other chores,
it was no fiendish Nazi,
it was one of the Chosen
selected her heart for his anointed lead
so that limp went the spring in the covenant
which joined soul and limb —
and the good sun shines
and the sheets and the skirts and the nightgowns
and the small socks
and the outfit for the wooden doll
they toss in the wind
and smell like linen hand-washed and sun-dried
they swing lighthearted on the rope
waiting for mother to collect them
Reja-e Busailah has been blind since infancy. At age 7, he and his family were forced marched by Zionist forces from their home in Lydda into exile. He was educated in Cairo and earned a PhD in English from New York University. He is the author of a collection of poetry, “We Are Human,” (1985). He taught at Indiana University for 30 years and is now retired. He recently published his memoir “In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood.”
From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISRAEL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.
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