SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| JAPAN FUNDS NEW CLASSROOMS, SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM PROJECTS IN RAMALLAH
The Japanese Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, Takeshi Okubo, signed grant contracts for three Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with representatives of Nilin town, al-Tira village, and Franciscan Sisters’ School for a total amount of $234,526, at the Representative Office of Japan, in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, on Monday. ___The Nilin Municipality in the Ramallah district, will use a fund of $85,215 for constructing three new classrooms and a toilet unit in Nilin’s Girl School to provide 100 students from 6th grade to 12th grade with new class rooms and appropriate and healthy educational environment. ___Meanwhile, the al-Tira village council will use a fund of $88,936 for reconstructing new four classrooms. . . . More . . .
. . . . Related INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION – INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE
. . . . Related VIDEO: AREA C “EUROPEAN UNION AND THE PALESTINIANS”
| ISRAELI SETTLERS ATTACK PALESTINIANS NEAR IBRAHIMI MOSQUE
On Wednesday, a group of Israeli settlers gathers outside the Ibrahimi Mosque and assaulted Palestinian citizens, in protest against the Adan (Muslim call for prayers) via loudspeakers used in the mosque. ___Palestinian citizen, Yacoub Abu Jihad, said that the settlers beat him and held him for several hours. One of them threatened to kill him sooner or later and held him in a nearby shop for several hours before he was released. More . . .
. . . . Related ISRAELI SETTLERS ATTACK PALESTINIAN OLIVE-PICKERS IN HEBRON
. . . . Related SCORES OF SETTLERS DEFILE AQSA MOSQUE
. . . . Background TRANSFORMING “TRESTIA” MILITARY CAMP INTO A NEW [settler] OUTPOST/TUBAS
| IOF DETAINS 6 PALESTINIANS FROM WB
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained on Wednesday at daybreak six Palestinian people during multiple raids across the occupied West Bank towns and cities. ___Israeli Walla news site claimed that the detainees are wanted by the IOF on suspicion of involvement in security activities, indicating that they were transferred to police interrogation centers. More . . .
. . . . Related IOF DEPORTS 4 JERUSALEMITES FROM SOUR BAHER, JABAL AL-MOKABER
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS EXPLOITING THE PITTSBURGH MURDERS TO TRY TO DEMONIZE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY
Yesterday during an interview on MSNBC, Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States, placed the blame for the attack on both white supremacists and the “radical left,” which is clearly code for BDS activists. ___Dermer said: “One of the big forces in college campuses today is anti-Semitism. And those anti-Semites are usually not neo-Nazis, on college campuses. They’re coming from the radical left. We have to stand against anti-Semitism whether it comes from the right or whether it comes from the left.” ___This is a disgusting lie. But it is part and parcel with the recent push by the Israeli government and its supporters in the West to redefine the meaning of antisemitism to include criticism of Israel. More . . .
| ASHRAWI AFFIRMS NEED FOR URGENT THIRD-PARTY INTERVENTION IN LIGHT OF RECENT US STANCES
PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi stated that, ‘since the current American administration does not have a real vision for a just and genuine peace and with Israel willfully working to destroy the foundations for a two-state solution, it is imperative that there is an urgent intervention of a third-party like Europe, in particular France.’ ___This came during a meeting with Deputy Diplomatic Counselor at the French Presidency Aurélien Lechevallier at the PLO headquarters in Ramallah, where both parties discussed the latest political and regional developments and the current crisis as a result of Israel’s serious escalations and egregious violations of international law. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
| SABEEL ECUMENICAL LIBERATION THEOLOGY CENTER, JERUSALEM
Mission: To strive towards theological liberation through instilling the Christian faith in the daily lives of those who suffer under occupation, violence, injustice, and discrimination. Wave of Prayer, November 1, 2018; . . . . Fall Witness Visit, 2018
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.
El-Asmar, Fouzi. THE WIND-DRIVEN REED AND OTHER POEMS. Washington, D.C.: Three Continents Press, 1979.
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