SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| PRISONER’S SOCIETY: ISRAEL DETAINED OVER 900 PALESTINIAN CHILDREN SINCE BEGINNING OF YEAR
Israel detained 908 Palestinian children under 18 years of age since the beginning of the year, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said on Tuesday. ___It said in a statement marking UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY, which coincides on Tuesday, that out of the 908 detained since January 2018 until the end of October, 270 are still held in detention in various prisons in Israel. More . . .
| THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION CAMPAIGN CONDEMNS ARBITRARY ARREST OF BIRZEIT UNIVERSITY’S HEAD OF STUDENT COUNCIL
The Right to Education Campaign expresses its grave concern over the Israeli Occupying forces’ arrest of the head of Birzeit University student council Yehya Rabie’ at dawn on November 19, 2018, from his house in Al- Mazra’a Al Gharbiya near Ramallah. Rabie’ is a third-year student in the Faculty of Business and Economics. ___ Such outrageous acts are categorical violation of international laws and norms, which all forbid any violation against the basic right of people to the right of education. More . . .
| ISRAEL RAZES PALESTINIAN LANDS, UPROOTS 500 PALM TREES IN JERICHO
Israeli bulldozers razed and leveled Palestinian-owned agricultural lands, and uprooted about 500 palm trees, on Tuesday, in Jericho City, near road 90, in the central occupied West Bank district of Jericho. ___Ibrahim Ahmad, the tenant of the razed lands, said that Israeli forces along with several bulldozers stormed the area and razed agricultural lands that belong to the ISLAMIC ENDOWMENT (WAQF) DEPARTMENT. ___No reason was given for the razing and leveling of the lands. More . . .
. . . . Related Netanyahu: KHAN AL-AHMAR to Be Demolished Very Soon
. . . . Related Israeli bulldozers raze lands in GAZA
. . . . Related Israeli bulldozers demolish Palestinian structures in EAST JERUSALEM
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| WHY IS NETANYAHU SO DESPERATE FOR A CEASEFIRE WITH HAMAS?
It was supposed to be a routine intelligence undercover operation whereby the Israeli agents would infiltrate into “enemy territory”, carry out the mission, and leave without being detected . . . But the Israeli intelligence operation on November 11 in Gaza did not go according to plan. . . [. . . .] Seven Palestinians were killed in the botched operation, including a prominent al-Qassam Brigades commander, Nour Baraka . . . [. . . .] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had little space for manoeuvre: he was forced to settle for a ceasefire with Gaza armed groups, which prompted Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman to resign and plunged his government into a major political crisis. ___This time, provoking a new conflict in Gaza in order to take attention away from the domestic political mess he has made is not an option for Netanyahu. He is cornered by a resurgent Hamas and his own geopolitical game in the Middle East, so he needs to keep Gaza quiet. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“THE LITTLE GIRL,” BY MUHAMMAD AL-DHAHIR
I tell her:
speak to me—she holds her breath
and draws a circle of suffering
a circle of soldiers
a circle of guns
She lets down her ropelike braids
I tell her:
Plough my body
travel in my palm
and give me a sign
She gazes at me like a little child
opens her album
pointing to the map of the big Arab homeland
writing in blood the names of the tribes
I tell her:
Draw a moon for proof
She slams her album shut
and enters me to sleep within my ribs
Out comes a troop of children,
a bouquet of wheatstalks,
And her voice, whispering:
—All others but you are enemies
and every god but you, an intruder.
–Translated by May Jayyusi and Naomi Shihab Nye
From ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN PALESTINIAN LITERATURE. Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
Noontime call to prayer, Jericho, November 10, 2015.