SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| PALESTINE TO SUBMIT PROTEST NOTE [TO UN SECURITY COUNCIL] OVER SETTLERS’ INCITEMENT AGAINST PRESIDENT ABBAS
Palestine is about to finalize a protest note to be submitted to the United Nations Security Council over Israeli settlers’ incitement against President Mahmoud Abbas, announced Palestine’s permanent representative to the United Nations Riyad Masnour. . . . a protest note to be submitted to the UNSC over Israeli settlers’ threats to assassinate Abbas in addition to recent intrusion into the Dome of the Rock and raids into official institutions, particularly the Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA), was nearing completion. ___The note, he explained, would be delivered to the President of the UNSC and through him to both the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) María Fernanda Espinosa in order to call on the international community to shoulder its responsibility in this regard. More . . .
| ISRAELI FORCES RAID AL-QUDS UNIVERSITY
Israeli forces raided the al-Quds University, on Wednesday, in Abu Dis village, southeast of the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem. ___Local sources confirmed that a large number of heavily armed Israeli forces raided the campus, ransacking several faculties and offices, causing material damages. ___Israeli forces searched student bloc offices, damaged the students’ personal belongings, and seized surveillance camera recordings. ___Sources added that prior to the raid, violent clashes erupted among Palestinian youths and Israeli forces. ___Al-Quds University, along with other Palestinian universities, has been subjected to numerous Israeli military raids in the past. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli forces detain Palestinian student in Nablus-area village
. . . . Related 20 Palestinians injured, four arrested in IOF campaign in Ramallah
| DISABLED ATHLETES COMPETE IN GAZA SPORTS CONTEST
The Rachel Corrie Gaza Sport Initiative was held for the fifth time this year for Palestinians with special needs in the besieged Gaza Strip. ___The table tennis tournament held today was attended by nearly 50 players – both male and female – from a range of clubs. The majority of the players had been injured by Israeli forces. ___The Rachel Corrie Gaza Sports Initiative is an annual project, consisting of the Rachel Corrie Ramadan Football Tournaments and the Rachel Corrie Tournament for Athletes with Disabilities. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
By Denijal Jegić
While apartheid, military occupation, and even ethnic cleansing, have at times surfaced in mainstream discussions, these phenomena are not Israel’s ultimate crimes. They are means to control Palestinian lives and, as such, symptoms of the ongoing Nakba. But they are effectively part of a structure that is rarely verbalized: Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian population. ___Genocidal intent has been present in Zionist thought and practice. Like Jabotinsky’s fantasy of the iron wall, the early Zionists’ dreams of removing Palestinians physically and discursively have realized to a certain extent and continue to threaten Palestinian survival. ___As the fulfillment of Zionism and the survival of Israeli ethnocracy necessitate the removal of the indigenous population, Palestinians are experiencing a confluence of settler-colonial inscription and indigenous erasure. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“TO JERUSALEM,” BY YUSUF HAMDAN
You came to me, chained,
Flowing, like the tears of a wounded heart.
And yet, I will not meet you.
For today, you are occupied!
Have you indeed come to me?
In my passion, I prayed often
Without a “Rock,”
And when I found no water,
I simulated the ritual ablution;
And when you finally came to me, I vowed:
I will not accept you occupied!
I want you to be a Kaaba for the people of the earth,
A spacious house,
I love you . . . a voice from a minaret,
The sound of horns
Mingled with church bells.
I love you, a jasmine in the open air,
But I have sworn, yes I have,
I will not accept you occupied!
—From: THE PALESTINIAN WEDDING: A BILINGUAL ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
___Yusuf Hamdan was born in 1942 in the Triangle area of Palestine. He lived in Haifa in the early ‘60s and taught in a nearby Arabic school. He published his poems in al-Jadid, al-Ittihad, and al-Ghad, and lost his teaching position because of his poetry. In 1970 he left Israel for the US, where he presently lives and works.