SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY
| ISRAELI COURT REJECTS APPEAL TO RELEASE NAALWA’S MOTHER, BROTHER
The Israeli military court of Salem rejected, on Wednesday, an appeal to release the mother and brother of Ashraf Naalwa on a bail. ___Ashraf Naalwa was shot and killed by Israeli forces on December 13th, 2 months after carrying out a shooting attack in the Israeli Barkan industrial zone, killing two Israelis. ___The Palestinian Authority’s Committee for Prisoners and Former Prisoner’s said that the appeal was presented by the lawyer representing Naalwa’s mother and brother. ___The Israeli judge of the Salem military court rejected the release of Wafaa Mihdawi and Amjad Naalwa. ___Naalwa’s mother and brother were detained during the week after the shooting carried he had carried out, in an attempt by Israel to pressure him to turn himself in. ___The two are still being held without any real charges. More . . .
~~ Mother of Palestinian slain by Israeli forces imprisoned for posting on Facebook More . . .
~~ Palestinian women prisoners escalate struggle against repression More . . .
| ISRAELI SETTLERS RAZE PALESTINIAN-OWNED LANDS IN BATTIR
Israeli settlers razed Palestinian-owned lands in the Battir village, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem, on Thursday morning. ___Local activist, Hassan Breijieh, representative of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee, said that Israeli settlers razed lands northwest of Battir, west of Bethlehem City, to create or open a settlement road. __Breijieh added that opening the settlement road comes as an attempt by Israeli settlers to build a new settlement outpost on seize Palestinian lands.
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~~ IOF Goes ahead with Oppression Campaign in West Bank More . . .
~~ Israeli Knesset votes to expel families of anti-occupation activists More . . .
| AQSA TV [GAZA] TO GO OFF AIR OVER LACK OF FUNDS More . . .
~~ Israeli army creeps into Gaza border More . . .
~~ Gaza: Hamas delegation leaves for Cairo More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION
| Beneath the illusion of a temporary occupation lies apartheid
By Fady Khoury
The so-called temporary nature of Israel’s control over the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza has for too long served as a justification for not extending them full political and civil rights. ___The Oslo peace process entailed a Palestinian acceptance of “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security,” while in return Israel only recognized the Palestinian Liberation Organization as “the representative of the Palestinian people.” Israel has never recognized Palestine or the Palestinians’ right to an independent state in the occupied territories. To this day, Israel has never formally recognized the Palestinian people’s right to independence in any internationally binding document. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY
“THE WAY,” BY FOUZI EL-ASMAR
I shall not despair;
Whether my way leads to a jail,
under the sun
or in exile
I shall not despair.
It is my right to behold the sun
To demolish the tent and banishment
To eat the fruit of the olive
To water the vineyards
To sing of Love
in Jaffa, in Haifa
To sow the fertile land
with new seeds
It is my right.
Let my way be
The reaching of one hand to another
That a tower of dreams be built.
This is my way
And if the last price to pay
is my sight
but will not give up
El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS FROM AN ISRAELI PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973. Available from Abe Books.