“. . . Let the oppressor review his account . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)


The Israeli government has approved the construction of more than 20,000 new housing units in the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem.    ___Hebrew-language news outlets reported that the approval of the new housing units came after a long period of fear and political confrontation.     ___Sources mentioned the existence of a comprehensive development agreement between the Israeli Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Maale Adumim Municipality to build thousands of housing units in the illegal settlement over the coming years.    More . . .
The World Bank Country Director for West Bank and Gaza, Marina Wes, announced on Saturday that the World Bank has increased this year’s allocation to Palestine to $90 million, up from the previous $55 million.    ___Wes said a new assistance strategy for Palestine has been presented to the World Bank’s board of executive directors that focus on job creation and private sector development.    ___“In December 2017, we at the World Bank presented a new assistance strategy for the West Bank and Gaza at two of our board’s executive directors, and this new assistance strategy has a very strong focus on job creation and private sector development.”    More . . .
Another Palestinian young man has died of a serious injury he sustained during his participation in a March of Return rally staged east of central Gaza last Friday.    ___According to the health ministry, 37-year-old Yehya Hasnat died after he succumbed to a head injury caused by Israeli gunfire.    ___His death has raised the number of Gazans who were killed recently by the Israeli occupation forces during Friday’s protests on the Gaza border to seven.    More . . .
. . . . Related  Israeli  Airstrikes  Damage  Buildings,  Including  Hospital  in  Gaza
. . . . Related  IOF  Open  Fire  On  Gaza  Farmers
. . . . Related  Palestinians  Kidnapped  By  Israel  Army  In  Predawn  Sweep
. . . . Related  IOF  attacks  Palestinian  citizens  in  Azzun  town


A UN human rights expert said it was high time the international community takes firm action to stop Israel’s annexation of large parts of the West Bank through settlement expansion and legislative initiatives. . .    ___“During five decades of the occupation, Israel has steadily entrenched its sovereign footprint throughout the West Bank,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory said. Michael Lynk, in a report to the UN General Assembly, highlighted settlement construction and expansion. . .    ____“The Israeli Knesset has adopted a number of laws in the past year that have become a flashing green light for more formal annexation steps,” he said. . .     ___“The  strict  prohibition  against  annexation  in  international  law  applies not only to a formal declaration, but also to those acts of territorial appropriation by Israel that have been a cumulative part of its efforts to stake a future claim of formal sovereignty over the occupied Palestinian territory.”    More . . .

POEM  FOR  THE  DAY. . . . 

It is a thousand times easier
For you
To pass an elephant through the needle’s eye
To catch fried fish in the Milky Way
To plow the sea
To teach an alligator speech,
A thousand times easier
Than smothering with your oppression.
The spark of an idea
Or forcing us to deviate
A single step
From our chosen march.
Like twenty impossibilities
We shall remain in Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here upon your chests
We shall remain
Like the glass and the cactus
In your throats
A fiery whirlwind in your eyes.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We wash the dishes in the hotels
And serve drinks to the masters.
We mop the floors in the dark kitchens
To extract a piece of bread
From your blue teeth
For the little ones.

Here, we shall remain
A wall on your chests.
We starve,
Go naked,
Sing songs
And fill the streets
With demonstrations
And the jails with pride.
We breed rebellions
One after another.
Like twenty impossibles we remain
In Lydda, Ramlah, and Galilee.

Here, we shall remain.
You may drink the sea;
We shall guard the shade
Of the olive tree and the fig,
Planting ideas
Like the yeast in the dough.
The coldness of ice is in our nerves
And a burning hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock to quench our thirst
And if we starve
We eat the dirt
And never depart
Or grudge our blood.

Here – we have a past
……a present
………..and a future.
Our roots are entrenched
Deep in the earth
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain.
Let the oppressor review his account
Before the turn of the wheel.
For every action there is a reaction:
Read what is written in the Book.
Like twenty impossibles
We shall remain – in Lydda, Ramlah and Galilee.

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY OF THE SUN: POETRY OF THE PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.   Available from Amazon

“. . . damages to the Palestinian economy due to Israeli Occupation . . . reach billions of US dollars every year . . .” (Jakob Rieken)

Bedouins purchase water from water trucks in Khirbet A-Duqaiqah in the South Hebron Hills near the Green Line, a village with 300 residents that is not hooked up to water grid. (Photo: Nasser Nawaj’ah, B’Tselem)

❶ Israel breaching Palestine’s right to development, UN human rights expert finds
. . . ❶― (a) Israeli settlers cut down 18 trees on private Palestinian land near Bethlehem

  • Background: “The Role of Development Cooperation in the Conflict Over Palestinian Land.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture

❷ EU Foreign Affairs chief affirms the right to Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel
❸  Israeli court accuses slain Palestinian’s twin brother of social media ‘incitement’
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Palestine News Network – PNN
Oct. 28, 2016
Palestine’s right to development is being denied by Israel, creating an environment plagued by poverty, “epic” unemployment and economic stagnation, according to a new report from a United Nations human rights expert.
___Michael Lynk – the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 – expresses deep concerns about the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), in the context of the right to development.     ___He calls on Israel to bring a complete end to almost 50 years of occupation, describing an atmosphere of “despair and hopelessness” among Palestinian citizens.     More . . .  
Ma’an News Agency     
Oct. 29, 2016
Israeli settlers on Saturday morning cut down 18 olive trees belonging to a Palestinian family in the village of Nahalin, west of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank.      ___Journalist Hani Fanun, whose family owns the trees, said his family went to harvest olives on their land in the Wadi al-Hariq area of Nahalin, and found that settlers from the nearby illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc had cut down over 18 large olive trees.    ___Fanun told Ma’an that the family’s land is closest to the Bat Ayin settlement — which is part of the cluster of Israeli settlements that make up the Gush Etzion bloc — and was reclaimed by the family after an order by the Israeli Supreme Court proved that it belonged to them.   More . . .      Related . . .     The  olive  harvest  in  West  Bank  in  light  of  Israeli  settlers’  attacks     

  • Rieken, Jakob. “The Role of Development Cooperation in the Conflict Over Palestinian Land.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 19/20.4/1 (2014): 27-34.   Source. 

The Oslo Accords . . . were set up to be a temporary, transitional instrument for a five-year period leading to Palestinian statehood. They established the Palestinian Authority (PA) as an interim self-governance arrangement, which is to this day the counterpart for bilateral development cooperation. The Oslo Accords, however, also divided the occupied West Bank into Areas A, B and C, ostensibly as a transitional instrument until defined borders could be negotiated between the parties . . .  Area C, the remaining 60% of the West Bank, is under complete Israeli control.
___. . . .  Fifteen years after the interim arrangement of the Oslo Accords was to be replaced by a final status agreement, the Israeli grip on Area C is tighter than ever. Area C holds most Israeli settlements in the West Bank and, not coincidentally, holds many of the most valuable natural resources, including agricultural land (particularly the fertile Jordan Valley), key water sources, quarries, Dead Sea minerals, oil and gas, etc. Settlements are often located strategically at access points to natural resources. These settlements have been expanding, Palestinian infrastructure has been destroyed, and more and more Palestinian private land has been marked as Israeli “state land” or as a “closed military zone,” barring Palestinians (but not settlers) from these areas.
___ Part and parcel of the entrenchment of Israeli occupation in Area C has been the occupying power’s relationship with state donor organizations. On the basis of the Oslo Accords, the Israeli Civil Administration (a branch of the military occupation authorities in the West Bank) has succeeded in drawing international donors into a remarkable permitting system in Area C that simulates a legal foundation for its intervention in development projects. If a donor agency is interested in building a sanitary landfill, for example, it has to enter a lengthy permitting process . . . [which demands] that the development projects also benefit the nearby settlements, e.g. settlers demand to be able to funnel their wastewater to a donor-funded Palestinian wastewater treatment plant.      [. . . . ] Life for the Palestinians remaining in Area C (estimated by the United Nations to be around 300,000 people, facing 350,000 Israeli settlers) is becoming increasingly difficult, forcing many families to give up and move to Palestinian towns and cities in Areas A and B. It is very telling that Israel significantly downplays the number of Palestinians living in Area C, estimating them at around 50,000. Each Palestinian’s decision to give up and move to Areas A and B is a victory for the Israeli settler movement, which has no intention of reaching a two-state solution but rather has a vision of a Greater Israel which includes (Area C of) the West Bank. In what appears to be the extension of the Zionist slogan “A land without a people for a people without a land,” settler-ideologues in the Israeli Knesset are calling for the annexation of Area C, maintaining that it is virtually unpopulated by Palestinians.

Palestine News Network – PNN  
Oct. 28, 2016
Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, has condemned attacks on human rights defenders and affirmed the right of European citizens to freedom of expression and association, including through participation in the global Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
___In response to a question on whether the EU commission will commit to defending BDS activists’ right to exercise their democratic freedom of expression, put forward by MEP Martina Anderson, the EU High Representative stated: ___“The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is applicable on EU Member States’ territory, including with regard to BDS actions carried out on this territory.”      More . . .

Ali and Muhammad Shuyukhi (Photo: Ma’an News Agency)

Ma’an News Agency    
Oct. 28, 2016    The public prosecution of Israel’s Jerusalem magistrate court presented on Thursday a list of indictments against the brother of a slain Palestinian youth, accusing him of incitement on social media.
___The prosecution accused 20-year-old Muhammad Shuyukhi of inciting “terrorism” on social media following the killing of his twin brother Ali by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied East Jerusalem town of Silwan on Oct. 11. . . .
___ The indictment list presented on Thursday said that Muhammad Shuyukhi had published several posts on his Facebook page that included sayings which “incited terrorism,” while other posts of his included support for the Hamas movement and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah movement.
___The indictment against Shuyukhi coincided with a recent crackdown by the Israeli government on social media “incitement.”    More . . .