SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| TENTS, SCHOOL FURNITURE SEIZED IN SOUTH OF WEST BANK
Israeli soldiers raided a village in the south Hebron hills on Monday and seized tents and furniture brought for a local school the Israeli army had demolished last week, according to the local education department. ___The Israeli army demolished the school built near the town of Samou, south of the West Bank, on Wednesday and seized its furniture after destroying the grounds. ___Residents, along with the Ministry of Education and solidarity groups, brought tents and furniture to rebuild it, but an army force broke into the area during the night and seized everything. [. . . .] The school, referred to as Challenge School 13, serves 35 students up to grade six from two Palestinian communities living in that area. Its construction had cost 40,000 euros. More . . .
. . . . Related IOF raids homes, kidnaps citizens in different W. Bank areas
. . . . Related Thousands of settlers storm different West Bank sites for rituals
. . . . Related Israeli settlers break into Palestinian archaeological site [Beita Town, Nablus]
. . . . Related Israeli forces raid outskirts of Ramallah, seize surveillance cameras
. . . . Related Farmer Mansour Marayta mourns his stolen land
. . . . Related IOF storm Ramallah villages after shooting of Ofra settlers
| SCORES OF AMPUTATIONS IN GAZA AS ISRAELI TROOPS AIM AT LEGS
Israeli forces deployed along the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip have fired live rounds at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters ever since demonstrations demanding the right to return began in March. ___And for eight months, Israeli snipers have targeted one part of the body more than any other – the legs. ___The Israeli army says it is responding to weekly assaults on its frontier by Palestinians armed with stones, grenades and firebombs. It says it opens fire only as a last resort and considers firing at the lower limbs an act of restraint. More . . .
. . . . Related Report: Palestinian Prisoners In Israel Jails Suffer Medical Negligence
. . . . Related Palestinians injured after Israeli settlers break into Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus
| SENIOR ISRAELI LAWMAKER CALLS FOR KILLING ALL PALESTINIANS
Chair of the Defence Committee at the Israeli Parliament Avi Dichter has called for killing all the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. ___As he was commenting on the peaceful protests of the Great March of Return taking place along the eastern fence of the Gaza Strip, he said: “The Israeli army has enough bullets for every Palestinian.” ___Dichter is a senior member of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, which is a right wing one. [. . . .] He later added: “The number [of peaceful Palestinian protesters] killed does not mean anything because they are just Nazis anyhow.” More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| WHY AUSCHWITZ SURVIVOR ESTHER BEJARANO SUPPORTS BDS
Esther Bejarano learned to love music from her father Rudolf Loewy, a cantor in the Jewish community of the southwest German town of Saarlouis, where she was born in 1924. That was lucky for her, because music literally saved her life. ___Bejarano recently spoke to The Electronic Intifada at her home in Hamburg. [. . . .] After the war, Bejarano emigrated to Palestine, but her aversion to Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians eventually led her to return to Germany. [. . . .] But Bejarano knows no fear and continues to raise her voice, calling Israel’s government “fascist” and saying she supports BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – if it helps challenge Israel’s persecution of Palestinians. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
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POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“BUCHENWALD,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
Have you forgotten your shame at Buchenwald?
Do you remember your flames at Buchenwald?
Have you forgotten your love in the lexicon
of silence? Do you remember your panic―
at the reign of death, in the nightmare of time―
that the whole world
would become a Buchenwald?
Whether you’ve forgotten or not,
the dead’s images linger
among the wreaths of flowers,
and from the dismembered corpses
a hand emerges,
a nail in the palm and tattoo on the wrist―
a sign for the planet.
Do you remember? Or not?
Buchenwald― whether or not you’ve forgotten,
the images of the murdered
remain among the wreaths of flowers . . .
From: Al-Qasim, Samih. SADDER THAN WATER. New and Selected Poems. Trans. Nazih Kasis and Adina Hoffman. Jerusalem: Ibis Editions, 2008. Available from Barnes and Noble.