SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY. . .
| MASSIVE PROTESTS SET OFF AGAINST GAZA CEASEFIRE IN TEL AVIV (VIDEOS)
Hundreds of Israelis from Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip, participated in a protest in Tel Aviv, in central Israel, on Thursday, against “a weak reaction” on the part of the Israeli government after agreeing to a ceasefire with the Hamas movement. ___A Ma’an reporter said protesters blocked the Azrieli Junction, in the center of Tel Aviv, holding banners and shouting slogans, such as “the south will not be silent.” More . . .
. . . . Related Palestinian Fisherman Killed in Gaza despite Ceasefire (VIDEO)
. . . . Related Gaza farmer shot, injured by Israeli gunfire while working in his land
. . . . Related As Palestinians plant trees, Israeli soldiers attack them
. . . . Related Nael al-Barghouti: 39 years in Israeli custody “. . . based on Guinness World Records, is the longest-serving political prisoner ever. . .”
| UNGA VOTES IN FAVOR OF 8 PRO-PALESTINE RESOLUTIONS
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted, early Saturday, in favor of eight resolutions on Palestine and a ninth on the Syrian Golan Heights. ___Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN Riyad Mansour said, commenting on the vote, that the votes are proof that the international community stands behind and supports the Palestinian cause despite of efforts by the United States to change that. ___Mansour told Voice of Palestine radio that UNGA voted in favor of four resolutions related to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and four more on the practices of the Israeli authorities in the occupied territories. More . . .
| PALESTINE BOOK AWARDS 2018 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The winners of the Palestine Book Awards (PBA) were unveiled at a prestigious event in London tonight, attended by prominent figures from the world of academia, literature and politics . . . Two books were presented with the Academic Award. MAHA NASSER was honoured for her work “Brothers Apart: Palestinian citizens of Israel and the Arab world”, which explores the transnational connections forged between Palestinian intellectuals and the rest of the Arab world, and COLIN ANDERSON for“Balfour in the Dock: J.M.N. Jeffries & the Case for the Prosecution”, which examines the 750-page magnum opus on Palestine by outstanding British journalist J M N Jeffries. ___REJA-E BUSAILAH was presented with the Memoir Award for his autobiographical work “In the Land of My Birth: A Palestinian Boyhood”, which documents his childhood in the lead up to the loss of Palestine in the 1948 Nakba (the Catastrophe). ___The Lifetime Achievement Award, a prize that honours the author’s many contributions to literature on Palestine, was awarded to SALIM TAMARI. . . he has secured his place as one of the Arab world’s most experienced academics on the Israel-Palestine conflict. More . . .
. . . . Related Palestinian Photojournalist Wins First Place in French Photo Awards October 18, 2018
. . . . Related Palestine to Host Arab Statisticians “The Union of Arab Statisticians wishes to extend its congratulations and best wishes to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the occasion of its achieving first place among the Arab statistical . . .”
. . . . Related Palestinian Museum Revives Solidarity Posters with New Workshop, Exhibit
POEM FOR THE DAY. . . .
EXCERPT FROM “MIDNIGHT,” BY MOURID BARGHOUTI
. . . The soul retains its passion
even on the cross,
the body has its dance,
even on the ropes.
The war enters into farce:
They bomb a butterfly!
It becomes even more farcical:
the butterfly has not died
but, with its fragility still intact,
has grown yet lovelier,
towering above the hubris of the general
and his science of war.
Here is half the triumph:
armed with nothing but its beauty and the thrust of its wings,
enters the contest, sure of death.
It will die, it knows it will die,
– from the qualities of the killer and from its own qualities.
from the window of a future despair,
it will return,
flapping its wings in the rooms of fancy.
The soul retains its passion even on the cross,
even on the ropes, the body has its dance. . . (pages 47-48)
From: Barghouti, Mourid. MIDNIGHT AND OTHER POEMS. Trans. By Radwa Ashour. Todmorden, Lancashire, UK: Arc Books, 2008. Available from B&N.