SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAEL TO DEMOLISH 3 PALESTINIAN HOMES IN YATTA
Israeli forces delivered demolition notices, on Monday evening, to three Palestinian homes and a shed in al-Khalidiya area, southeast of Yatta City, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron. ___Ratib al-Jabour, coordinator of a local committee that resists settlement activity, said that Israeli forces delivered demolition notices to three homes and a shed, which is used as an animal shelter. [. . . .] Al-Jabour stressed, “The measures carried out by Israeli authorities aim at taking over the land for the benefit of Israeli settlement expansion in the southern areas of the HEBRON district.” More . . .
. . . . Related Family of West Bank prisoner told its house will be demolished [YATTA]
. . . . Related Israeli forces, settlers seize Palestinian land in NABLUS
| ISRAELI SUPREME COURT REJECTS APPEAL AGAINST EXTENSION OF JERUSALEM GOVERNOR’S DETENTION
The Israeli Supreme Court Monday rejected an appeal filed against the extension of the detention of the governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Ghaith, who was detained by the Israeli authorities on Sunday. ___Lawyer Rami Othman early Monday filed an appeal against the Israeli authorities’ decision to extend Ghaith’s detention until Thursday, under the pretext of continuing investigation. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli court sentences Palestinian lawmaker to 4 months under administrative detention
. . . . Related Israel Attorney General: ‘No Palestinian state’ so ICJ illegitimat
. . . . Related Israel arrests 32 Palestinians accused of being ‘PA security officers’
. . . . Related Child among several Palestinians kidnapped by Israeli soldiers
| PALESTINIAN TEEN WINS INTERNATIONAL EQUESTRIAN AWARD (VIDEOS)
A 15-year-old Palestinian girl won an international award for horse riding in Bahrain. ___Leila Malki from occupied Ramallah was awarded, on November 20, the “Against All Odds” prize by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI). ___The teen began riding when she was just five-years-old in the occupied West Bank where she lived all her life, she said her win is a way to break taboos for women and has become the first Arab female to win the accolade. More . . .
. . . . Related It’s a sour job for Gaza’s fruit farmers
. . . . Related Prisoner’s wife gives birth after smuggling her husband’s sperm out of Israeli jail
. . . . Related ‘I did nothing to harm Israel,’ says child shot by sniper. ‘I only raised the flag’.
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| I WANT THIS POEM TO END: A NAKBA COMMEMORATION The Jerusalem Fund .. VIDEO
A poetry reading marking the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, by Zein El-Amine, Zeina Azzam, Sharif Elmusa, Kim Jensen (May 14, 2018) More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“LEAVING MY CHILDHOOD HOME, “ BY ZEINA AZZAM
On our last day in Beirut
with my ten years packed in a suitcase
my best friend asked for a keepsake.
I found a little tin box
to give her, emptied of lemon drops,
that would hold memories of our childhood:
us swinging in the dusty school yard,
rooftop hide and seek,
wispy-sweet jasmine, kilos
of summertime figs, King
of Falafel’s tahini-bathed sandwiches,
our pastel autograph books.
All those remembrances
crammed in that box,
tiny storytellers waiting to speak.
Later her family would uproot too,
transplant like surly Palestinian weeds
pulled every few years.
We all knew about this,
even the kids.
I never saw her again
but know that she also
learned to travel lightly,
hauling empty boxes
pulsing with kilos
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