SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| PALESTINIAN GOVERNOR OF JERUSALEM RELEASED TO HOUSE ARREST A court in Israel has released the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem from detention to house arrest for three days as part of an investigation related to a land sale. ___Adnan Gheith, who was arrested on November 25, was released on Sunday from prison, but will remain under house arrest until Tuesday, Jerusalem magistrate court justice Chavi Toker ruled. __Police have been investigating Gheith over suspicions he was involved in the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) arrest in October of US citizen Issam Akel, who is accused of involvement in selling an occupied East Jerusalem building to Jewish buyers. . . More . . .
. . . . Related Report: Israel Abducts Dozens of Palestinians in Crackdown on Palestinian Authority
. . . . Related Top court gives Israel even broader powers to use torture
. . . . Related Israel committed 355 violations against Palestinians in November
. . . . Related Israel demolished 19 Palestinian facilities in November
| PRESIDENT ABBAS ARRIVES IN ROME ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday arrived in the Italian capital, Rome, on an official visit where he is scheduled to meet with his Italian counterpart, Sergio Mattarella. ___President Abbas will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, and Pope Francis during his official visit to Rome, to discuss the latest political developments in the region as well as bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to develop them. More . . .
. . . . Related Hamas hails Fatah’s criticism to US’ draft resolution condemning resistance at UN
. . . . Related President Abbas meets Pope Francis at the Vatican
. . . . Related Islamic Jihad delegation from Gaza heads to Lebanon through Egypt
| TURKEY’S RED CRESCENT DONATES 8.5 TONS OF MEDICAL AID TO GAZA The Palestinian Ministry of Health dispatched from its warehouses in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus, about 8.5 tons of medical aid donated by the Turkish Red Crescent to the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday. ___According to the Palestinian Health Minister, Jawad Awwad, the ministry dispatched two truckloads of medical supplies worth $274,000, which included medicines to treat chronic diseases such as cancer and kidney diseases. ___Awwad praised Turkey’s continued support to Gaza, pointing to the many vital projects that have been provided by Turkey to Palestine in all fields. More . . .
. . . . Related WHO: ‘Israel approved only 15% of medical permits for injured Gazans’
. . . . Related Sharp rise in number of people with disabilities in Gaza Strip in last 10 years – statistics
. . . . Related Israel undercover forces [in Gaza] posed as medical workers, used ID cards of real Palestinians
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .| GAZA – TWENTY YEARS LATER By Mkhaimar Abusada The Gaza Strip. . . is no more than 365 square kilometers with two million people. Population pressure has been critical in an area with limited water and arable land, weak infrastructure. . . and many internal and external barriers that have resulted from the Israeli siege and blockade, which has turned it into the largest open-air prison in the world. ___The . . . golden days of Gaza [were about] 1998. At that time, Gaza was the center of Palestinian politics after the signing of the Oslo Agreement in September 1993, and the establishment of the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1994. Gaza was promised by the international community to be the Singapore of the Middle East. . . [. . . .] The outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada in September 2000, and the ensuing violence and armed resistance against the Israeli army and settlers in Gaza triggered massive Israeli retaliation against infrastructure and the economy, and . . . restricted the movement within and in and out of Gaza. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“MY LIBERTY,” BY FADWA TUQAN
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty,
a sound I repeat
with angry lips
under the exchange of fire
I run after it
despite my chains
and follow its tracks
despite the night
and struggle ardently
for my liberty
And the Holy River
and Bridge repeat:
and the two banks reiterate:
and the raging wind and thunder,
tornadoes and rain
echo the sound:
I shall carve its name
while I resist
on the land
by the walls and the doors
in the Temple of the Virgin
in the altar
and in the field,
on every hill
and every valley
and every curve
in the torture rooms
and on the gallows
Despite the chains
and the house demolition
I shall carve its name
until I see it again
extending to my Homeland
until every inch of the land is covered
until every door is opened
by red liberty.
And the night vanishes
and the day breaks
My liberty―my liberty―my liberty
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 abebooks.com