Members of delegation from Sabeel Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem,
in Hebron’s al-Shuhada Street with gates closing the street and
Israeli soldier in guard tower above. (Photo: Harold Knight, Nov. 7, 2015)
SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
UN APPOINTS NEW CHAIR OF COMMISSION ON VIOLATIONS AGAINST PALESTINIANS
The President of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) . . . announced the appointment of Santiago Canton of Argentina to serve as a member and chairperson of the Council-mandated Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Canton . . . will replace David Michael Crane of the United States who recently stepped down as a member of the three-person Commission. ___The Commissioners have been mandated by the Human Rights Council to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly in the blockaded Gaza Strip. . . More . . .
SPAIN READY TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINIAN STATE
Spain has become the latest country to voice its readiness to recognize the State of Palestine and that it will promote a European Union (EU) move to recognize Palestine as an independent state. ___Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, spoke at a conference of EU leaders in Austria, saying that the Spanish government will promote an EU move to recognize Palestine. ___Borrell said that “if the EU is not able to reach a unanimous decision, then each to their own.” More . . .
Related . . . MEMBERS OF EU PARLIAMENT CALL ON EU TO RECOGNIZE PALESTINE
ISRAELI FORCES SEVERELY ASSAULT, DETAIN HEBRON RESIDENTS Israeli forces raided a Palestinian home, on Wednesday night, the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, and assaulted its residents. ___Locals said that Israeli forces raided the home of Palestinian, Ghaleb Abu Sbeih, in the Old City of HEBRON and thoroughly searched it, damaging most of his furniture and personal belongings. ___Israeli forces assaulted two Palestinians, Shaher and Ibrahim Abu Sbeih, during the raid. . . More . . .
Related . . . ISRAELI FORCES INJURE DOZENS OF PALESTINIAN STUDENTS IN HEBRON
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
HEBRON: 6 ILLEGAL SETTLEMENTS, 95 PHYSICAL OBSTACLES, 2200 ISRAELI SOLDIERS TO PRIVILEGE 850 ILLEGAL SETTLERS.
For centuries, Al-Khalil (Hebron) has been considered a holy city, primarily because of the Ibrahimi Mosque/The Tomb of the Patriarchs, which followers of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity consider a sacred site of pilgrimage. Today, Al-Khalil is an openly segregated city. The daily lives of its 215,000 Palestinian residents are severely disrupted to privilege just 850 hard-line Israeli settlers, enabled by hundreds of heavily armed Israeli soldiers. More . . . Join Visualizing Palestine . . .
Related . . . OCCUPATION CAPTURED 09/18: PHOTOS OF PALESTINIAN LIFE AND ISRAELI OCCUPATION IN THE WEST BANK CITY OF HEBRON
Related . . . PALESTINIAN POLICE PAY FIRST-EVER SYMBOLIC VISIT TO HEBRON’S OLD CITY
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS. . . .
ECUMENICAL ACCOMPANIERS PROGRAM IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL (EAPPI) The World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) was created in 2002 by the WCC. . . 1,800 ecumenical accompaniers (EAs) have worked to create conditions for a just peace. EAPPI advocates for justice and peace based on non-violence and a non-partisan approach. . . To insure adherence to these vital principles at a local level in Israel and Palestine, a Local Reference Group (LRG) with representatives from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, is appointed . . . More . . . Donate . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“A WOMAN,” BY SAMIH FARAJ
Take one step towards the old house
And another down the stairs to the home
Where a woman sits in the early evening light:
Light, the radiance of a dove, shining;
Or light like the light from a shrine.
No one knows where she has come from –
Through which quarter or distant land she passed.
What shadow the light cast when she’d gone.
No one knows the flood she passed through –
The risks she took, the daily deluge.
No one can measure the vast sea she crossed,
The hazards she held in her small hands.
An ordinary woman: one step at a time, one step
On the land lacking, on the barren soil; one step
On the time passing; one step on the clock ticking.
Except for something in her now rising, hot, scolding,
Even her dreams are besieged, it seems; yet
In the middle of a siege it’s still possible to dream.
A dream of the old house, and her first step.
—Translated by Jackie Kay
Samih Faraj is a teacher in Deheishe Refugee Camp and a lecturer at HEBRON and Bethlehem Universities. He has been editor-in-chief of several journals, including VOICE OF THE NATION.
Poem from A BIRD IS NOT A STONE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PALESTINIAN POETRY (Glasgow: Freight Books, 2014).