SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAELI SETTLERS HANG POSTERS CALLING FOR KILLING PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT
Israeli extreme Jewish groups hung posters of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Huwwara crossroads in southern Nablus, in the northern occupied West Bank, on Tuesday, calling for his assassination. [. . . .] The posters read “supporter of terrorists” and called for killing (assassinating) the Palestinian President. ___The incident comes as member of the Likud party at the Israeli Knesset, Oren Hazan, had called for imposing closure on the Ramallah and al-Bireh district until the suspect of an attack carried out in the Ofra illegal Israeli settlement, two days ago, is detained. [. . . .] Israeli forces raided several institutions in Ramallah, including the Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa News and Information Agency, allegedly searching for the suspect. More. . .
. . . . Related Palestinian journalists, officials protest Israeli army raid of WAFA news agency office
. . . . Related Palestinians kidnapped, civilian homes ransacked by Israeli forces
. . . . Related Israel shoots dozens of Palestinians in the 19th maritime march in Gaza
. . . . Related Palestinian shot, killed by Israeli forces in Hebron
| RAMALAWI: THE OCCUPATION HAS ISSUED A DECISION RESTRICTING VACCINE IMPORTS TO PALESTINE
The Israeli occupation authorities issued a decree banning the Palestinian Ministry of Health from importing vaccines, starting from the beginning of the year 2019, said Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Dr. Asaad Ramlawi. ___In an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio station, Dr. Ramlawi said that the Israeli decree put the supply of vaccinations at risk; the Ministry of Health has resources for just two months of vaccine provision, after which there will be a serious problem if the issue is not resolved. More . . .
. . . . Related Mizan Center: Eight patients died due to Israeli travel restriction
| OMAN ALLOWS ISRAELI PLANES TO USE ITS AIRSPACE More . . .
. . . . Related Qatari envoy says Gaza airport was proposed, Israel unresponsive
. . . . Related Britain’s unreported military alliance with Israel
. . . . Related World Zionist Organization Used Israeli Public Funds to Finance Illegal Outpost
. . . . Related [American] Evangelical Christian Groups Invested $65 Million to Jewish Settlements
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| WHY IS ISRAEL FORGING SECRET TIES WITH SUDAN?
The past two months saw Israeli official visits to several Arab countries. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Qatar Oct. 26 and met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said to discuss the situation in the region. On the same day, Israeli Sports Minister Miri Regev touched down in Abu Dhabi as part of the Israeli judo team participating in international competitions there. Israeli Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz arrived Nov. 4 in Muscat for an international conference on global transportation. ___Moreover, Bahrain invited Nov. 25 Israeli Minister of Economy Eli Cohen for a visit in April to attend a technology conference. On the same day, Chadian President Idriss Debby visited Israel, in a bid to strengthen ties between the two countries, while Chad is hoping to obtain Israeli-made weapons and security assistance as well as benefit from Israeli technologies. ____Amid these Arab-Israeli developments, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Nov. 25 that Netanyahu’s next Arab visit will be Sudan, without specifying a date. The visit comes within the framework of efforts to create short air routes from Israel to South America via Sudan. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“THE EARTH IS CLOSING IN ON US,” BY MAHMOUD DARWISH
The earth is closing in on us, pushing us through the last passage, and
. . . . we tear off our limbs to pass through.
The earth is squeezing us. I wish we were its wheat so we could die
. . . . and live again. I wish the earth was our mother
So she’d be kind to us. I wish we were pictures on the rocks for our
. . . . dreams to carry
As mirrors. We saw the faces of those to be killed by the last of us
. . . . in the last defense of the soul.
We cried over their children’s feast. We saw the faces of those who’ll
. . . . throw our children
Out of the windows of this last space. Our star will hang up mirrors.
Where should we go after the last frontiers? Where should the birds
. . . .fly after the last sky?
Where should the plants sleep after the last breath of air? We will
. . . . write our names with scarlet steam.
We will cut off the hand of the song to be finished by our flesh.
We will die here, here in the last passage. Here and here our blood
. . . . will plant its olive tree.