“. . . my liberty/ I shall carve its name/while I resist. . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . . . 

EU  PLEDGES  CONTINUED  SUPPORT  TO  UNRWA
The European Union issued a statement on Saturday pledging that it will continue to support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) after the United States administration’s “regrettable” decision to end all funding to the agency.    ___The EU issued a statement pledging continued support to UNRWA, which implies that the EU may increase funding to the agency if necessary, following the US decision to end funds and after UNRWA’s announcement that it currently faces a budget deficit of $270 million.   More . . .   Related . . . Germany  to  increase  UNRWA  funding  as  a  response  US  decision

ISRAELI  SETTLERS  BREAK  INTO  PALESTINIAN  VILLAGE,  HOLD  JEWISH  RITUALS 
A number of extremist Israeli settlers forced their way early Sunday into the village of Awarta, to the south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus and performed Jewish religious rituals, according to a local official.    ___Hisham Awad, head of village council, told WAFA that a number of settlers broke into the village after midnight under heavy Israeli army protection and performed rituals at a site they claim is holy to them.   More . . .

240  PALESTINIANS  WOUNDED  BY  ISRAELI  FORCES  AT  GAZA  PROTEST
At least 240 Palestinians were injured by live bullets or sustained suffocation from teargas inhalation on Friday as Israeli forces attacked the Great March of Return protests at Gaza border, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.   ___A 10-year-old child and a volunteer paramedic were among the injured persons, the ministry added.   ___The Israeli forces started firing live bullets and rubber-coated steel rounds as thousands of protesters gathered along the border.    More . . .

ISRAEL  THREATENS  TO  USE  NUCLEAR  WEAPONS  TO  ‘WIPE  OUT’  ITS  ENEMIES
Standing next to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor earlier in the week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to “wipe out” his enemies. In a speech that many will see as the Jewish state breaking its long silence over the possession of nuclear weapons, the Likud leader warned that it has the means to destroy its enemies.      ___“Those who threaten to wipe us out put themselves in a similar danger, and in any event will not achieve their goal,” he said on Wednesday during a ceremony to rename the complex, near the desert town of Dimona. The site has long been suspected to be the location where Israel has been developing nuclear weapons.   More . . .

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .

PALESTINIAN  CENTER  FOR  HUMAN  RIGHTS:  WEEKLY  REPORT  ON  ISRAELI  HUMAN  RIGHTS  VIOLATIONS  IN  THE  OCCUPIED  PALESTINIAN  TERRITORY  (16–  29  AUGUST  2018)        

  • Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian civilians were killed, 239 civilians, including 52 children, 6 women, and 5 paramedics, were wounded; 10 of those wounded sustained serious injuries.
  • 14 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded and in the West Bank in addition to a foreign activist, who was wounded twice.
  • Israeli forces continued to open fire at the border areas in the Gaza Strip, but no casualties were reported.
  • Israeli forces continue collective punishment policy against Palestinians. A house belonging to Mohammed Dar Yusuf in Kuber village, north of Ramallah, was demolished.   More . . .

IRELAND:  US  CUT  IN  AID  TO  UNRWA  HEARTLESS  AND  DANGEROUS   
Ireland criticized the United States decision to stop all financial contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) saying this decision is heartless and dangerous.    ___”I believe this step is both heartless and dangerous, and will impact negatively on the Middle East region. And I have made my views on this absolutely clear in contacts with the US administration,” said the Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, on Saturday.    More . . .

“MY  LIBERTY,”  BY  FADWA TUQAN

My liberty―my liberty―my liberty,
a sound I repeat
with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
and flames
I run after it
despite my chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for my liberty
My liberty
My liberty

And the Holy River
and Bridge repeat:
my liberty
and the two banks reiterate:
my liberty
and the raging wind and thunder,
tornadoes and rain
echo the sound:
my liberty

I shall carve its name
while I resist
on the land
by the walls and the doors
in the Temple of the Virgin
in the altar
and in the field,
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
and road
in prison
in the torture rooms
and on the gallows
Despite the chains
and the house demolition
I shall carve its name
until I see it again
extending to my Homeland
and flourish
and flourish
until every inch of the land is covered
until every door is opened
by red liberty.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty

—-From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.

“. . . When the tree rises up, the branches shall flourish . . .” (Fadwa Tuqan)

Israel's Dimona nuclear facility: not monitored by the IAEA.
Israel’s Dimona nuclear facility: not monitored by the IAEA.

❶ Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian Bedouins
❷ US State Department Human Rights Report (2015)
❸ Army Kidnaps A Palestinian Teen, Attacks A Man, North Of Hebron
❹ Al-Maliki: “We Are Ongoing With Preparations to Head to Security Council”
❺ Opinion/Analysis: DOES ISRAEL HAVE JUSTIFICATION TO ENTER WEST BANK’S AREA A?
❻ POETRY by Fadwa Tuqan
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❶ ISRAEL’S NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM AND THE DISPLACEMENT OF PALESTINIAN BEDOUINS
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
Fahwad Al-Khadoumi
April 7, 2016
Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair . . .  Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material . . . from its not-IAEA monitored Dimona nuclear facility.
___The director of the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine’s Israeli-occupied West Bank issued a press release, stressing that the UNRWA condemns the latest round of demolitions of Bedouin’s homes in Um al-Khair, in the South Hebron Hills.  MORE . . . 

❷ US STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT (2015)
Military Court Watch
April 15, 2016
On 14 April the US State Department released its annual global report on human rights for 2015. The report includes sections on Israel/Palestine and as in previous years, the State Department has considered the treatment of minors detained by the Israeli military and prosecuted in military courts.
___After referring to UNICEF’s 2013 report – Children in Israeli Military Detention . . .  the State Department noted that reports of mistreatment continued in 2015.      MORE . . .

Photo: World Bulletin, August 15, 2015
Photo: World Bulletin, August 15, 2015

❸ ARMY KIDNAPS A PALESTINIAN TEEN, ATTACKS A MAN, NORTH OF HEBRON
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 14, 2016
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday evening, Beit Ummar town . . .  kidnapped one Palestinian and assaulted another, causing various cuts and bruises.
___Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Hebron, Mohammad Awad, said the soldiers stopped Khalil Odah al-‘Allami, 16, at a military roadblock near the main entrance of the town, before kidnapping him.       MORE . . .
RELATED . . . Israeli Police Detain 2 Palestinian Boys in Jerusalem  
RELATED . . . UPDATE: Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian after Alleged Attack Attempt

❹ AL-MALIKI: “WE ARE ONGOING WITH PREPARATIONS TO HEAD TO SECURITY COUNCIL”
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 15, 2016
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, stated Thursday that the Palestinian leadership is conducting all needed preparations to send Israel’s settlements file to the United Nations Security Council.
___His statements came after Israeli media agencies claimed that the Palestinian leadership intends to retract it decision to submit a proposal to the Security Council in response to Israel’s ongoing and escalating colonialist activities in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem.      MORE . . . 

Opinion/Analysis:  DOES  ISRAEL  HAVE  JUSTIFICATION  TO  ENTER  WEST  BANK’S  AREA  A?
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Adnan Abu Amer
April 14, 2016
The outbreak of the latest intifada in October, accompanied by the intensification of Palestinian attacks against Israeli targets, which resulted in the death of 33 Israelis and the injury of over 250 others, provided the Israeli army with an excuse to further encroach on the West Bank under the pretext of a hot pursuit of Palestinian fugitives. . . .
___The Oslo II Accord of 1995 divided the West Bank (5,844 square kilometers, or 2,256 square miles) between Palestinians and Israelis into three areas. Area A, where the majority of the Palestinian population is concentrated, is under the Palestinian Authority (PA) full civil and security control and its surface area represents 18% of the total land area of the West Bank.      MORE . . .  

During the first weeks after the June 1967 war, foreign papers and radio stations slanted news in a way that gloated over the misfortune, as if the end of the Arab people had been decided by this relapse. From this situation the following poem was born.

“THE  DELUGE  AND  THE  TREE,”  BY  FADWA  TUQAN

When the hurricane swirled and spread its deluge
of dark evil
onto the good green land
‘They’ gloated. The western skies
reverberated with joyous accounts:
“The tree has fallen!
The great trunk is smashed! The hurricane
leaves no life in the Tree!”

Had the Tree really fallen?
Never! Not with our red streams flowing forever,
not while the wine of our torn limbs
feeds the thirst roots,
Arab roots alive
tunneling deep, deep, into the land!

When the Tree rises up, the branches
shall flourish green and fresh in the sun
the laughter of the Tree shall leaf
beneath the sun and birds shall return
Undoubtedly, the birds shall return.
The birds shall return.
―Translated by Naomi Shihab Nye

ANTHOLOGY  OF  MODERN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Ed. Salma Khadra Jayyusi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1992. Available from Columbia University Press.
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