SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . . .
FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS REMARKS BY US ENVOY TO UN ON REFUGEES IGNORE INTERNATIONAL LAW
The Foreign Ministry strongly criticized on Wednesday statements by United States envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in which she questioned the official figure of Palestinian refugees and called for cutting it down by the millions and expressed opposition to their right of return to the homeland they were forced out from after Israel was created on their land in 1948. ___The remarks by Nikki Haley on Palestinian refugees and their right of return “ignore international law and international legality and are hostile to the Palestinian people and their rights,” said the ministry in a statement [. . . .] ___It said this is a further step in the war US President Donald Trump’s administration has waged against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is the symbol of the Palestinian refugee issue. More . . .
ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN 25 PALESTINIANS, INCLUDING TWO MINORS Israeli forces detained at least 25 Palestinians, including a teen and a child, during predawn raids in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. ___Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) confirmed that Israeli forces detained five Palestinians from the southern West Bank district of Hebron. . . . ___In the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem, three Palestinians were detained . . . . ___In the Silwan neighborhood of the central West Bank district of Jerusalem, Israeli forces assaulted and detained two Palestinians . . . . ___In the central West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, four Palestinians were detained . . . . More . . .
ISRAEL DESTROYS FAMILY HOME OF KILLED PALESTINIAN TEENAGER (VIDEO)
Israeli forces have demolished the family home of the Palestinian teenager who was recently killed in the occupied West Bank. ___ The Israeli army said on Tuesday it had destroyed the family home of Mohammed Dar Youssef in the village of Kobar, north of Ramallah. More . . .
—Background: ISRAELI DEMOLITION OF ATTACKERS’ FAMILY HOMES PROVOKES PALESTINIAN BACKLASH (2015)
[. . . .] Ruth Edwards of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions said  such drastic steps ensure that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank “is a permanent presence in people’s daily lives, that there’s always a sense of instability, of insecurity.” ___Israel frequently demolished homes during a Palestinian uprising in 2000 to 2005. . . . ___Netanyahu revived the tactic last year  after the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
IN VIDEO – PALESTINIAN CHILD FORCED TO CLIMB HER WAY HOME
An Israeli activist and spokesperson of the Breaking the Silence Non-Governmental Organization, Achiya Schats, captured on video the moment a Palestinian child was forced to climb an Israeli military fence to be able to go home in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron. . . . ___The caption also reads that the girl’s house was recently blockaded by a fence and that Israeli forces locked the gate leading to her home, which forces Palestinian residents to climb the fence. “Don’t worry, it’s not because we’ve made them less than humans, it’s about security.” More . . . Related . . .
PLO OFFICIAL DENOUNCES ISRAELI COURT’S RULING LEGALIZING SETTLEMENT OUTPOST AS TRAVESTY
Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), strongly denounced on Wednesday the Israeli Jerusalem District Court’s ruling to legalize Mitzpeh Kramim settlement outpost, north of Ramallah and which was built illegally on private Palestinian land, describing the decision as “an outrageous travesty.” ___The court had said that if the settlers built with “good intentions,” then the settlement should not be removed, in contradiction with previous court rulings forcing the Israeli government to remove outposts . . . on private Palestinian land in the occupied territories. ___”The Israeli annexation of Palestinian territory, whether on public or private land, and its illegal settlement enterprise are an egregious violation of international law and conventions, including UN Security Council Resolution 2334; it also constitutes a war crime under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Fourth Geneva Convention”. . . More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
International Solidarity Movement | Ramallah, occupied Palestine
CALL TO ACTION: OLIVE HARVEST 2018 – JOIN ISM NOW!
the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is issuing an urgent call for volunteers to join us for the 2018 Olive Harvest Campaign at the invitation of Palestinian communities. ___The olive tree is a national symbol for Palestinians. As thousands of olive trees have been . . . destroyed since September 2000—harvesting has become more than a source of livelihood; it has become a form of resistance. ___The olive harvest is an annual affirmation of Palestinians’ historical, spiritual, and economic connection to their land, and a rejection of Israeli efforts to seize it. Despite efforts by Israeli settlers and soldiers to prevent them from accessing their land, Palestinian communities have remained steadfast in refusing to give up their olive harvest. ___ISM volunteers join Palestinian farming communities “on the ground” each year to harvest olives, in areas where Palestinians face settler and military violence when working their land. MORE INFORMATION . . .
“THE SEED KEEPERS: A Recital,” by FAWAZ TURKI (b. 1940)
Burn our land
burn our dream
pour acid onto our songs
cover with sawdust
the blood of our massacred people
muffle with your technology
the screams of our imprisoned patriots,
our grass and soil
raze to the ground
every farm and every village
our ancestors had built,
destroy every city and every town
every tree and every home
every book and every law,
flatten with your bombs
erase with your edicts
denude our forests
and the earth
till no insect
can find a place to hide.
Do that and more,
I do not fear your tyranny.
I guard one seed
of a tree
my forefathers have saved
that I shall plant again
in my homeland.
—From Anthology of Modern Palestinian Literature, Columbia University Press, 1992.