United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees
(UNRWA) educates more than 500,000 Palestinian children in 711 schools.
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SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN 14 PALESTINIANS FROM WEST BANK
Israeli forces Thursday detained 14 Palestinians during multiple overnight raids across the West Bank, said Palestine Prisoner’s Society (PPS) in a statement. ___Israeli forces detained six people during several raids in the Ramallah-district villages of al-Mughayyir, Kafr Ni’ma and Saffa. ___This came as Israeli military jeeps raided the An-Nahda Street in Ramallah, where soldiers ransacked a printing shop and seized its equipment and publicity materials. . . Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained two Palestinians after breaking into their homes in Hebron city. . . Forces carried out two similar raids in Halhul town and al-Arroub refugee camp, north of Hebron, detaining three Palestinians. . . More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli forces set up iron gate at entrance of Ramallah-district village
. . . . Related Israeli occupation grabs Palestinian lands to expand illegal outpost
| AL-MALKI PRESENTS COMPLAINT TO ICC OVER INVESTIGATION IN ISRAELI WAR CRIMES
Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad al-Malki, presented a complaint, on Wednesday, to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, for procrastination in opening an investigation into Israeli war crimes against the Palestinian people. ___. . . al-Malki expressed his disappointment, to Bensouda, with the initial study carried out by the prosecutor’s office on the situation in Palestine. ___Al-Malki’s comments were made during a meeting with Bensouda on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC. . . . More . . .
. . . . Related Attorney General elected to ICC committee
. . . . Related Jordan: Aqsa Mosque cannot be divided or shared
. . . . Related Resheq: Int’l community in front of real test at General Assembly
. . . . Related Irish Senate approves bill criminalizing goods made in settlements
| GAZA YOUTH LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO HIGHLIGHT GROWING POLLUTION CRISIS
Hundreds of Palestinian youth in the occupied Gaza Strip formed a human chain along the blockaded enclave’s only seaport yesterday to draw attention to the growing pollution crisis. ___According to CGTN, the initiative – named “It will come back to you” – was “part of a campaign aimed at protecting the basin of the Gaza harbor from growing levels of pollution . . .” [. . . . ] According to Hilles, Israel’s blockade is preventing Palestinians in Gaza from “building waste recycling plants to get rid of the accumulating waste pumped into the sea every day.” More . . .
. . . . Related The Environment and Development in Palestine Harmony or Discord? By Ramzi Sansur
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| TWO DECADES OF RESILIENCE, ADDED TO THE PREVIOUS FIVE DECADES
By: Sam Bahour
In 1976, a report on Palestine declared, “The Palestinian people today face problems of formidable proportions.” That was the understatement of the century! Here we are, about to enter 2019, facing a daunting reality and an even more daunting future. One could say, The Palestinian people face problems of formidable proportions every day. ___In the nitty-gritty of the here and now in Palestine, one is consumed by what seems to be a never-ending series of challenges brought about by our military occupier, Israel, and to a lesser degree, our governing body, the Palestinian government. [. . . .] All analysis aside, I can guarantee you this: Palestinians will not collectively vanish. We are here to stay, forever. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
| UNRWAUSA – The United States government has said no to helping Palestine refugees. But we won’t. .. Due to the United States government’s recent decision to cut all funding to UNRWA, the Agency faces an unprecedented funding crisis. ___It’s going to take all of us standing together to fund UNRWA’s work so the Agency can continue serving Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. ___Our common humanity depends on it. .. Donate . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“WE FEAR FOR A DREAM,” by MAHMOUD DARWISH
We fear for a dream: don’t believe our butterflies.
Believe our sacrifices if you like, believe the compass of a horse, our
. . . need for the north.
We have raised the beaks of our souls to you. Give us a grain of
. . . wheat, our dream. Give it, give it to us.
We have offered you the shores since our coming to the earth born of
. . . an idea or of the adultery of two waves on a rock in the sand.
Nothing. Nothing. We float on a foot of air. The air breaks up within
. . . ourselves.
We know you have abandoned us, built for us prisons and called them
. . . the paradise of oranges.
We go on dreaming. Oh, desired dream. We steal our days from those
. . . extolled by our myths.
We fear for you, we’re afraid of you. We are exposed together, you
. . . shouldn’t believe our wives’ patience.
They will weave two dresses, then sell the bones of the loved ones to
. . . buy a glass of milk for our children.
We fear for a dream, from him, from ourselves. We go on dreaming
. . . oh, dream of ours. Don’t believe our butterflies!
– – – From VICTIMS OF A MAP: A Bilingual Anthology of Arabic Poetry.
Trans. by Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 1984 & 2005.