SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| OCHA: ‘ISRAELI FORCES, SETTLERS’ RAIDS INTO PALESTINIAN SCHOOLS INCREASED’
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory confirmed, that since the beginning of 2018 there has been a significant increase in incidents involving the entry of Israeli forces and settlers into Palestinian schools. ___In OCHA’s biweekly Protection of Civilians Report covering the period from 6th to 19th of November, it said that in the West Bank, 63 Palestinian children and nine adults were injured by Israeli forces during four separate raids into schools, one of which also involved Israeli settlers. More . . .
. . . . Background [. . . .] ISRAEL signed the Geneva Conventions on 6 July 1951, and the Additional Protocol III (relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem, 2005) on 22 November 2007. Moreover, it became SIGNATORY TO THE CONVENTION FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (CRC) on 3 October 1991, and signed the Optional Protocol to the CRC on 18 July 2005. All 8 fundamental ILO conventions have been ratified by Israel.
. . . . Related Over 700 road obstacles control Palestinian movement within the West Bank: OCHA
| WEEKLY REPORT ON ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY (14 – 21 NOVEMBER 2018)
- Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (14 – 21 November 2018)
- Israeli Forces Killed a Fisherman in the Northern Gaza Strip
- Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip
- 113 civilians, including 25 children, 3 women, 3 journalists, and 6 paramedics were wounded. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Hebron
. . . . Related Four Protesters Injured at Kafr Qaddoum
. . . . Related Israeli Soldiers Injure Fourteen Palestinians In Gaza
. . . . Related Israeli settlers vandalize mosque, spray racist slogans in Beit Iksa
| HAMAS PUBLISHES IMAGES OF ‘ISRAELIS INVOLVED IN GAZA COVERT UNIT’
The armed wing of the Hamas group has published photos of what it says are members of an Israeli covert operations unit that infiltrated the Gaza Strip on November 11. ___The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades posted pictures of eight alleged members of the Israeli force, including two women, on its official website, as well as pictures of two vehicles used by the force during the botched operation. ___In a statement, the group called on Palestinians to communicate to them any information they might have regarding the persons but provided no further details on the identities of those pictured. ___Israel’s army censor issued a statement shortly afterwards calling on the public and news media not to distribute the photos or information relating to them. “Hamas is attempting to understand and analyse the incident. . . More . . .
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COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| GAZA (YASSER ARAFAT) INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 20 YEARS LATER
By Zakaria al-Madhoun
On this day, 20 years ago, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat inaugurated Gaza International Airport in Rafah, the most southern point in the Gaza Strip. ___That day was not like any other day, recalled Mohammad el-Baz, who covered the event live for Palestine TV. “Inaugurating the airport was not a normal development for the Palestinian people and leadership represented by Yasser Arafat.” ___Gaza International Airport, also called Yasser Arafat Airport, had one runway 3080 meters long and 60 meters wide. Construction on the airport started in January 1996 when Arafat laid the foundation stone for the airport. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“MINT,” BY KHALED ABDALLAH
I walk barefoot into my mother’s talk,
the dusty square, the garden chair, the dancer’s kerchief, the wind,
eyes from windows opposite, a moon dangled between two palm
fronds and another moon at the window.
The dancer has a bird’s fluttering heart that no chest can contain.
A jug sprinkles water to settle the dust.
The flute’s lip is wet with its player’s saliva. Like children’s saliva
on the throat of a balloon. This time your heart’s demons will keep it
like the color of your first school uniform. But if the accordion went mad
the women who believe in luck will say this boy is jinxed.
They would prepare a necklace for him made of two threads from the sacks
of relief flour and the bones of extinct animals and yellow
fangs. I return barefoot to mother’s talk. “Another moon at the window”
“Build some corners in your heart, my love, and hide your mint
plants among them.”
—Translated by Khaled Mattawa
— From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.