SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| PLO: TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE PROTECTION TO PALESTINIANS
Azzam al-Ahmad, member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Executive Committee, said that the leadership has reached several regional and international stakeholders “to put an end to the escalated violence by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank,” on Thursday. ___Al-Ahmad spoke to Voice of Palestine radio and stressed, “The time has come for the international community to shoulder its responsibility to provide protection to our people from the (Israeli) violations, which include field executions of Palestinian citizens and incitement (by Israeli settlers) to kill President Mahmoud Abbas.” ___He added “this incitement was met with international condemnation,” noting that the Palestinian people “will not stand idly, but will confront the Israeli occupation until they fulfill their rights.” More . . .
. . . . Related IOF Assassinate Three Palestinians They Claim Were Involved In Anti-Israeli Attacks
. . . . Related Settlers attack in Nablus and Hebron
. . . . Related 2 Palestinians injured by Israeli Forces in al-Mughayyar
. . . . Related Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations In The Occupied Palestinian Territory (06– 12 December 2018)
| UPDATE | ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN 100 PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK
Israeli forces arrested more than 100 Palestinians, including lawmakers and former prisoners, during large-scale raids that targeted many areas across the occupied West Bank throughout the past two days, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). ___Last night alone, the forces detained at least 46 Palestinians, including two lawmakers and a journalist, during a large-scale detention campaign across the West Bank. ___Israeli forces conducted multiple overnight raids in Hebron city in addition to the nearby towns of Idhna, Beit Kahel, Yatta and Adh-Dhahiriyya, ransacking civilian houses and interrogating families. More . . .
. . . . Related Ramallah City Sealed Off For Second Consecutive Day
. . . . Related Entrance to Al-Arroub Refugee Camp Sealed by Israeli Forces
. . . . Related Israeli army raids headquarters of Palestine Olympic Committee in Al-Bireh
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAEL’S EXECUTIONS CAN’T KILL PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE: REMEMBERING ASHRAF NA’ALWA, SALEH BARGHOUTHI, MAJD MTEIR AND HASAN ARDA
On 13 December 2018, Israeli occupation forces shot down four Palestinians, including several resistance fighters who had evaded their pursuit for months. [. . . .] These killings were carried out in a coordinated fashion, alongside the arrest of dozens of Palestinians on the same night. Clearly, these were intended to be a deadly blow not only against these strugglers, but also the Palestinian resistance as a whole. ___Nevertheless, ensuing events made clear that the military power of the occupation and its extrajudicial executions would only inflame Palestinian resistance further. More . . .
| PALESTINIAN SOLIDARITY: IS SOUTH AFRICA IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT? Recent events in South Africa have had a profoundly positive impact on Palestine. ___It may not be music for this country’s [UNITED STATES] pro-Israel lobby but certainly welcomed by the broad spectrum of solidarity movements active in pursuit of freedom and justice for the Palestinian cause. ___These milestone events have provided Palestinian Resistance Movements, particularly Hamas, as well as solidarity activists, renewed hope that the pendulum is slowly but surely swinging away from the colonial settler regime Israel. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“HE WHISPERED BEFORE HE TOOK HIS FINAL BREATHS,”
BY SAMIH AL-QASIM
Don’t honor me with a monument
Of all the sad songs,
I prefer my mother’s sadness.
Do not pay your last respects
with laurel and a royal display!
Of all the tender wreaths
I prefer my mother’s palm.
Don’t glorify me by giving my name
to a city square
or a street and public garden!
I’d rather a grapevine be planted
(in my name)
and grow into a vineyard and farm!
Do not preserve my memory
by giving a speech each year in my honor!
I’d rather a fine machine
pounding away in a factory
speak in my name.
Tell my mother―
tell her what you plant in my name,
tell the factory’s machine
that I loved life, from the bottom of my heart,
and therefore took my final breaths
at peace and happy.
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.