SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| EU CONDEMNS ISRAELI DEMOLITIONS IN SHUAFAT REFUGEE CAMP
The EUROPEAN UNION on Saturday evening condemned Israel’s demolition of around 20 structures in Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday, as well as the continued Israeli settlement expansion in the city. ___The demolitions were part of the Israeli municipality’s new policy of extending the reach of municipal enforcement to refugee camps in Jerusalem. ___“The policy of settlement construction and expansion in East Jerusalem continues to undermine the possibility of a viable two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the future capital of both states, which is the only realistic way to achieve a just and lasting peace,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson of EU’s High Representative Federica Mogherini. More . . .
. . . . Related JORDANIAN initiative launched to highlight Gaza siege
. . . . Related Al-Malki meets JAPANESE counterpart at the Mediterranean Dialogues
. . . . Related Palestine and TURKEY sign agreement on women’s empowerment
. . . . . Istanbul summit seeks to empower family in age of self
. . . . Related RUSSIA offers to mediate between Palestinians and Israel
| COMMISSION SOUNDS ALARM OVER ISRAEL’S JUDAIZATION SCHEMES AROUND AQSA
The Commission of Scholars and Preachers in Occupied Jerusalem has warned of the repercussions of Israel’s violations and Judaization schemes beneath and around holy al-Aqsa Mosque. ___The commission said in a statement that Israel’s so-called “biblical gardens”, “Holy Basin”, and “Biblical Paths” have dangerous upshots on Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque. ___The statement warned of an Israeli scheme of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians living in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood, in Silwan, south of al-Aqsa Mosque, as part of the so-called “Biblical gardens” project. More . . .
| IN VIDEO – ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN JERUSALEM GOVERNOR FOR 2ND TIME
Israeli forces detained the Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, on Sunday morning, after raiding his home in the Silwan neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. ___Local sources confirmed that following Ghaith’s detention, Israeli forces transferred him to an interrogation center in Jerusalem City. ___It is noteworthy that this is Ghaith’s second detention in less than a month. More . . .
. . . . Related Minors among 9 detained by Israeli forces
. . . . Related Israeli forces surround, attack high school in East Jerusalem
. . . . Related Israeli settlers uproot dozens of olive trees in West Bank village
. . . . Related IOF causes damages to shops near Nablus
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ‘I THOUGHT I KNEW ABOUT PALESTINE, UNTIL I SAW THE OCCUPATION FIRST HAND’
Film director Toomas Järvet discusses Rough Stage ahead of its screening at the London Palestine Film Festival on 27 November. [. . . .] As far as director Järvet is concerned, the essence of the film is very simple; how to stay true to what you believe in and what you want to achieve no matter what the obstacles are in life. “The ideas and problems the film talks about are very common and universal,” he insists. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
| THE JERUSALEM FUND – PALESTINE DIABETES INSTITUTE APPEAL
[. . . .] Now that the US administration has withheld financial support to the Palestinian Authority, to Jerusalem hospitals, and to UNRWA, it has made an already tough situation much worse. The vulnerable diabetic patients may be facing more complications. Your donation at this time will ensure that the PDI will continue to provide valuable services to these patients. ___Life in the West Bank and Gaza is challenging at every turn, and things have reached a crisis point. With the new developments, it is certain to get worse. Your contribution targeted to the PDI program will make a difference in the lives of these patients. Please contribute generously to the extent that you can, as your donation will help Palestinians stay healthier and productive. Donate . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“HOUSES,” BY WALID KHAZINDAR
The cloud of migrations in his eyes,
and in the leather briefcase the book, the pencil, the family photograph
The rust of benches on his hands, the rust of bannisters and doorknobs,
the rust of handshakes on his hands.
The briefcase propped against the wall—
will he take out his souvenirs first, or will he
Like a magician take out a country:
He closed his eye, lay back against the shoulder of familiar habits.
He will not make friends with another vase,
he will not confess to a bed that will blow up in the next war,
he will not make tea or sing,
He will pace back and forth for a long time between the porch and the kitchen
and he will listen hard for a sound coming from the garden gate.
But there is only the crunching of leaves under feet
there is nothing but the hum of talk in the houses next door.
–Translated by Lena Jayyusi and W.S. Merwin
—From ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN PALESTINIAN LITERATURE. Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.