SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| OCHA: ‘INCREASE IN ISRAELI DEMOLITIONS, VANDALISM AGAINST PALESTINIANS’
Citing the lack of building permits, the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 33 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, including two structures provided as humanitarian assistance, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory confirmed in its report covering the period from November 20th to December 3rd. ___OCHA’s biweekly “Protection of Civilians” report said that Israeli settler violence and vandalism in the West Bank have been on the rise since the beginning of 2018, with a weekly average of five attacks resulting in injuries or property damage, compared with an average of three in 2017. More . . .
. . . . Related Rain and Israeli tunnels [under homes] cause land cave-in in Silwan
. . . . Related Israel commits 24 violations against journalists in November
. . . . Related Settlers, led by the Israeli Minister of Agriculture, charge into Al-Aqsa Mosque
| IOF ARREST 10 PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK RAIDS
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Sunday overnight launched a campaign of raids and arrests in cities all over the occupied West Bank. ___IOF raided Balata and Askar refugee camps in Nablus, northern West Bank, where they arrested four men, including ex-prisoners. Israeli army patrols also stormed Salem, Asira, Al-Lubban towns in the vicinity of the city. ___In addition, Israeli settlers, under under the protection of the Israeli army, have stormed the area of Sada Al-Fahs in Hebron [. . . .] More . . .
. . . . Related Citizens rally in al-Khalil in solidarity with female prisoners
| GAZA: 19TH MARITIME RALLY TO KICK OFF MONDAY
The National Committee for Breaking Gaza Siege has announced the launch of the 19th maritime rally on the coast and in Gaza waters on Monday. ___A spokesman for the Committee told a news conference on Sunday morning that the rally would be staged under the slogan “Resistance to freedom” to confirm the Palestinian people’s adherence to all forms of resistance. ___The spokesman called on all citizens in Gaza to participate in the rally in order to send a message to the international community, the US administration and the Israeli occupation state stating that “the Palestinian people’s resistance of the occupation is legitimate.” More . . .
. . . . Related Egyptian security delegation to visit Gaza
. . . . Related Former Israel PM ordered targeting densely populated areas in 2008 Gaza war
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| A DECADE AFTER HOLY LAND CONVICTION [Dallas, Texas], PALESTINE ADVOCACY IN U.S. STILL UNDERMINED
Ten years ago, United States federal prosecutors shut down what was then the biggest Muslim charity in the country, a foundation supporting Palestinians refugees. Authorities seized all of the Holy Land Foundation’s assets and put five of its leaders in prison. ___ Over the past decade, the case has set into motion a broad and powerful effort to criminalize and sanction Palestine advocacy in the United States. It created a chilling effect that forces many Americans to think twice before supporting Palestinian or Muslim charities to this day. More . . .
| ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
By Imprisoned Humanitarian Activist Shukri Abu Baker of The Holy Land Foundation (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Sick, is all I’d been feeling on that cold Monday night. Some hours earlier, the ominous air in that courtroom, the timid gestures, the awful anticipation, the dreadful verdicts… all was too much to stomach. I cringed every time the judge’s voice rang “guilty” in my head; his gloating only amplified by the claustrophobic compactness in my prison cell. More . . .
. . . . And Who Is Not Special? [. . . .] This is why it’s wrong to spew insults at others from a place of power just because one can. . . More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“BECAUSE I AM AN ARAB,” BY FOUZI EL-ASMAR
I sit in preventive detention.
The reason, see, is that I am an Arab.
An Arab who has refused to sell his soul
who has always striven, sir, for freedom.
An Arab who has protested at the suffering
of his people
Who has carried with him the hope
of a just peace
Who has spoken out against death
at every corner
Who has called for and has lived
a life of brotherhood.
That is why I sit in preventive detention
Because I carried on the struggle
And because I am an Arab.
From: El Asmar, Fouzi. POEMS FROM AN ISRAELI PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973. Available from biblio.com