SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY
ISRAEL TO BUILD 650 NEW SETTLEMENT UNITS IN WEST BANK
The Israeli government decided on Tuesday to build 650 new settlement units, for the benefit of expanding the illegal Israeli settlement of Beit El, one of the biggest settlements, located in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah. ___A Hebrew-language news outlet reported that the Israeli government decided to build the 650 new settlement units along with another 296 units, which had been previously approved for Beit El. ___The Israeli government reportedly justified the illegal Israeli settlement expansion as a “compensation” to Israeli settlers who were removed from their settlement outposts of Olbana in 2012 and Darinov in 2015. More. . .
AFTER SLAYING, ARABS BLAME APATHETIC POLICE IN ISRAEL
Rasha Abou Jalal
Protests continue in the Arab city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in northern Israel, with citizens accusing Israeli police of neglecting their duty to protect citizens there. Demonstrations began Aug. 11 when one or more unidentified assailants killed local businessman Ahmad Athamneh, 40, and wounded another man. ___Since Athamneh’s shooting, residents demonstrated for the third time Aug. 17 in front of a mosque to protest the prevalence of crime in their city. The protesters demanded that the Israeli police do their job: Arrest the perpetrators and fight violence in the Arab community. More. . .
CAMPAIGN FORCES ISRAEL’S ZIM TO HALT SHIPMENTS TO TUNISIA Ali Abunimah
Palestinians are hailing a campaign that has led Israel’s Zim shipping line to halt its routes to Tunisia. ___“Zim was forced to indefinitely suspend its services to the Tunisian port of Radès following a popular and trade union boycott campaign in Tunisia and the Arab world,” the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) said on Sunday. ___The BNC is the steering group for the worldwide boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to pressure Israel to end its violations of Palestinian rights. ___The BNC called this “the first victory of its kind in the Arab world.” More. . .
PALESTINIAN PRISONER STATISTICS, JULY 2018.
Total number of political prisoners – 5820. Administrative detainees – 446. Child prisoners – 270. More. . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION
SAMIDOUN SOLIDARITY STATEMENT WITH THE U.S. NATIONAL #PRISONSTRIKE
Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands in solidarity with the National Prison Strike launching on 21 August in jails across the United States. This important struggle, involving work stoppages, sit-ins, boycotts and even hunger strikes, is a critical confrontation of racism, capitalism and oppression taking place in the center of the U.S. prison system. ___The dates of the strike are not accidental; instead, they underline the political legacies that have inspired and continue to push forward the movement. August 21 marks the 47th anniversary of the assassination of imprisoned revolutionary and Black Panther George Jackson. More. . .
NO POWER, NO SUPPLIES, NO WAY OUT: A YEAR WITHOUT THE RIGHT TO HEALTH IN THE GAZA STRIP (Mar 02, 2018)
Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)
[. . . .] Instead of advancing, medical care and access in the Gaza Strip is moving backwards, against time. Ten years of Israel’s air, land and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip has played a strong hand in this de-development, bottlenecking the entering stream of both material and human resources into a weak trickle. ___Current best practice may not even be in reach in the Gaza Strip, where the blockade has seen shelves wiped clean of some pharmaceutical drugs and supply cupboards sit empty. Even during periods of easement, goals often only reach as high as restocking, replacing parts of worn out equipment, or rebuilding bombed buildings. More. . .
IT TOOK ME THREE DECADES TO DRIVE ONE HOUR FROM GAZA TO JERUSALEM Abier Almasri
Earlier this year, the Israeli army gave me a permit to leave the 11-by-40 kilometer Gaza Strip for the first time in my life and travel to the United States for work. Last month, I left again – this time, to see the rest of Palestine and Israel. The one-hour trip from the Israel-Gaza crossing to Jerusalem felt like a journey to a distant world. ___I have always dreamed of smelling Jerusalem’s air and hearing the call to prayer ring from its mosques. When the prospect of traveling there was still a distant dream, I told a colleague, “I just hope to have the chance to pray in al-Aqsa Mosque before I die.” More. . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS
EYEWITNESS PALESTINE: JOURNEYS FOR JUSTICE WITH PALESTINIAN AND ISRAELI PEACE-BUILDERS
UPCOMING DELEGATIONS There’s only one way to truly understand the realities of Palestine/Israel – through the eyes of those who live there. Palestinians and Israelis welcome us into their homes, offices, and places of worship to learn from them about their lives. Are you ready for an unforgettable journey for justice? More. . .
“I AM THE SON OF THE LAND,” BY FOUZI EL ASMAR
You may take my hands
and lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me.
You bereaved me
from the light
and I marched
You robbed me
of the bread
and I ate.
You plundered the land
and I ploughed.
I am the son of the land
and for that
I find goodness in this earth
anywhere I happen to be:
The ants of this land
The branches of this land
The eagles of this land
will shield my open revolt
You may take my hands
And lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me
But here I will stand tall
And here I shall remain
until the very end. (April 1970)
–From: El Azmar, Fouzi. POEMS FROM AN ISRAELI PRISON. KNOW Books, 1973.