SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| DISABLED PALESTINIAN YOUTH KILLED BY ISRAELI MILITARY IN TULKAREM RAID
A Palestinian young man with special needs was fatally shot by the Israeli occupation army at daybreak Tuesday after the latter rolled into Tulkarem province, in the northern West Bank, and violently attacked Palestinian protesters. ___Local sources said Mohamed Hebali, aged 22, was killed shortly after Israeli soldiers stormed Tulkarem and randomly unleashed spates of bullet fire. ___Mohamed was hit with bullets in his chest and head. More . . .
. . . . Related 250,000 people with disabilities in Palestine
. . . . Related Children, students kidnapped by Israeli army in West Bank sweep
. . . . Related 9 Palestinians injured as Israel suppresses 18th naval march
. . . . Related Palestinians suffer tear-gas suffocation during Israeli raid to Beit Ummar
| ISRAELI FORCES DEMOLISH COMMERCIAL STRUCTURES IN NORTHERN WEST BANK
Israeli forces Tuesday demolished several commercial structures in Hares village, west of Salfit in the northern West Bank, said a villager. ___Fadi Suleiman, who owns one of the demolished structures, said that a large number of Israeli forces raided the village before a military bulldozer demolished a blacksmith workshop, a carpentry workshop and a laundry wash. ___The structures were demolished purportedly for being built without a license from the so-called Israeli Civil Administration, in Area C, which accounts for 94 percent of the village’s land. More . . .
. . . . Related Israeli bulldozers raze lands in northern Gaza
. . . . Related Palestinian family forced to demolish structures by Israeli occupation
. . . . Related Israeli court rejects appeal to halt third demolition of Abu Hmaid family home
| PALESTINIAN LEADERSHIP PRAISES CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO NOT TRANSFER ITS EMBASSY
Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, met with Canadian ambassadors, on Monday, and called on the Canadian government not to regard the independence of the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital on the 1967 borders and the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination as a “threat” to it. ___Erekat met with the Canadian ambassadors to Palestine, Jordan and Israel, in the central occupied West Bank city of Jericho, to discuss the latest regional and international developments. More . . .
. . . . Related Haneyya reaches out to Turkish FM over US anti-resistance resolution
. . . . Related Egypt proves itself a reliable mediator to Palestinians
. . . . Related Israel launches military operation against ‘Hezbollah tunnels’
COMMENTARY AND OPINION. . . .
| CANADIAN JEWISH NEWS PROMOTES ‘TERROR TOURISM’
By Yves Engler
What should we make of a media outlet that praises those who join or give money to a foreign army, which occupies territory belonging to another people, terrorizes the local population by destroying houses, restricting their movement, subjecting them to military courts and shooting unarmed protesters? ___What should we call the Canadian Jewish News, an unfailing flatterer of Canadians who join or finance a military subjugating Palestinians? Would “promoter of terror tourism” be an appropriate description? ___Over the past month the CJN has published at least four pieces celebrating Canadian support for the Israeli military. On November 22 it reported, “Bayli Dukes, who recently won the Israel Defence Forces’ Award of Excellence for the Southern Command of the IDF, was a biology student at York University in Toronto less than two years ago. Tired of sitting on the couch and posting on Facebook about the situation in Israel, she decided there was more she could be doing.” More . . .
| ISRAEL’S NEW WAR OF ATTRITION ON JERUSALEM’S PALESTINIANS
By Jonathan Cook
Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade center, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. . . . At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. [. . . .] It is this kind of endorsement that, of late, has emboldened Netanyahu’s government, the Israeli courts, Jerusalem officials and settler organisations to step up their combined assault on Palestinians in the Old City and its surrounding neighborhoods. ___Israel has never hidden its ambition to seize control of East Jerusalem, Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967 and then annexed, as a way of preventing a viable Palestinian state from emerging. More . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
“ALI OF LYDDA,” BY REJA-E BUSAILAH
Before the conqueror shot him dead
from the top of our roof,
he had on his head
as he walked homeward in the morning sun
a tray made of straw and of circles,
none vicious though:
each flowed into the next
from small to large to larger rounds:
the first bore the transformation
of the dream of wheat, its ears still close to the ground,
into loaves of exciting breath;
the second of a humble communion
of young and old breaking bread into lasting bond
under the sanctity of one roof;
the third of modest hopes
which rose and tossed like one vast field shedding green
in the wind and ripening sun;
the fourth of a dream beyond,
half formed, half grasped –
after he shot him dead
and the tray fell in a manner undignified
and the bread tumbled and scattered
on hot hard stone
in shapes of heads rolling about a sanctuary,
I heard the conqueror on the high roof
under the bare sky,
I heard him snort
I heard him spit on the ground
I heard him piss
through the eye of light.
From BEFORE THERE IS NOWHERE TO STAND: PALESTINE ISREL POETS RESPOND TO THE STRUGGLE. Ed. By Joan Dobbie and Grace Beeler. Sandpoint ID: Lost Horse Press, 2012. Available from B&N.