SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| ISRAELI ARMY SHATTERS THE ILLUSION OF NORMALCY IN RAMALLAH
Living in Ramallah is thought of as trendy these days, and to a certain extent, represents a relatively luxurious life. Restaurants and cafes are packed, there are clubs and parties on weekends, there are sports and cultural activities, art galleries, and concerts. ___Yet that assumption, that life is good as long as you are inside Ramallah, is not always reflective of reality. Israeli forces raid the city of regularly, entering a neighborhood in the dead of night, taking over an entire home or building, and leaving at dawn with whomever they came to capture. ___This week, with Christmas approaching, Israel didn’t just invade one neighborhood, it put the entire city under military closure . . . . More . . .
| GAZA TEACHER AMONG 50 FINALISTS FOR ‘WORLD’S BEST TEACHER’ PRIZE
The Palestinian Ministry of Education announced on Friday that a teacher from Gaza has been nominated as one of 50 finalists for the “world’s best teacher prize”. ___Maths teacher Rana Ziadeh is to compete for the prize as part of a competition organized by global education charity The Varkey Foundation, Safa news agency reported. More . . .
~~ TWO SCHOOLS EVACUATED AS SETTLER OPENS GUNFIRE OUTSIDE
An Israeli settler opened gunfire on Sunday outside two schools on the entrance to the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, to the south of Nablus in the West Bank, as other settlers rampaged through the street under the protection of Israeli forces, local sources said. ___The shooting terrified the students and teachers of the two schools, and were forced to leave the schools to a safe haven. More . . .
~~ STUDENTS SUFFOCATE FROM TEARGAS FIRED BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS IN HEBRON
Dozens of students suffocated on Sunday from teargas inhalation after Israeli soldiers fired teargas canisters at them in a school in Hebron City, southern West Bank, a local source told WAFA. More . . .
| ISRAEL DELIVERS DEMOLITION NOTICE TO FAMILY OF PALESTINIAN PRISONER
Israeli forces delivered a demolition notice to the family of 16-year-old Khalil Jabbarin, in Yatta City in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, on Sunday. ___Jabbarin, was shot, injured and imprisoned by Israeli forces, in September, after he had carried out a stabbing attack reportedly killing an Israeli settler. ___The Israeli commander of the Israeli military central command approved an order for the demolition of the Jabbarin family’s apartment . . . [. . . .] Israel demolishes family homes of Palestinians, who were involved in attacking Israelis as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people. More . . .
~~ SETTLERS START EXPANSION OF SETTLEMENT NEAR HEBRON
Israeli Jewish settlers on Sunday proceeded to expand the illegal Israeli settlement of Mitzpe Yair, to the south of Hebron city in the southern West Bank. ___Rateb Jabour, coordinator of the National and Popular Committee in Hebron, told WAFA that Israeli settlers started razing lands and installing caravans in the settlement in order to expand it. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| ISRAEL’S ASSASSINATION OF PALESTINIAN CHILDHOOD
Israeli soldiers continue to practice terrorism and murder against Palestinians; the latest of which was with the shooting of four-year-old child Ahmed Yassen Abu Abed, when an Israeli sniper fired an internationally forbidden bullet at his head. ___The child Ahmed Yasser Abu Abed died of wounds sustained a week ago east of Khan Younis. [. . . .] Defense for Children International, Palestine said the Israeli occupation forces killed 52 children in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, since the beginning of this year, 46 of them were in the Gaza Strip. More . . .
~~ HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE A CHILD IN AN UNINHABITABLE PLACE
I just had my first baby, a boy named Khalil, last month. From the first moment I held my child in my arms, I was flushed with emotions. I was extremely happy and blessed, but also worried and confused. [. . . .] When I thought of the coming year, I could not help but think of the UN report that warns my home in the Gaza Strip will be “uninhabitable” by 2020. [. . . .] It’s not only the fear of war that dominates every parent in Gaza. We also lack stability. When I lost my job on July because of the punitive measures the Trump administration took against Palestinians I became like one-third of Gaza: unemployed. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
| DEFENCE FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL (DCI) is a worldwide movement for children’s rights with more than 37 national sections and associated members across the globe. DCI-PALESTINE WAS CREATED IN PALESTINE in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues . . . Donate . . . ..
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“LULLABY,” BY RAMZY BAROUD
. . . For (Miriam), a refugee child from Palestine
I’ll etch your name
on a secret star
we’ll both go there
on frightful nights
when Mother Earth
runs out of room
for you and me
I’ll hold you tight
and sing you songs
of a distant land
beyond the stars
and watch you grow
between my heart
and the highest high
I’ll draw your face
on a single seed
and hold your palm
to face the sun
when you’re awake
and call out my name
don’t moan or cry
to raise your hand
at a shooting star
and with for you
is a mountain top
of soil and air
and a purple sky
From: I REMEMBER MY NAME: Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud, Jehan Bseiso. Vacy Vlanzna, ed. London: Novum Publishing, 2016. Available from Barnes and Noble.