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

SELECTED   NEWS   OF   THE   DAY. . .

|    ISRAEL  APPROVES  20,000  SETTLEMENT  UNITS  IN  MAALE  ADUMIM
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 . . .
|    WORLD  BANK  INCREASES  ALLOCATIONS  TO  PALESTINE  TO  $90  MILLION
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 . . .
|    YOUNG  MAN  SHOT  AT  GAZA  PROTEST  SUCCUMBS  TO  INJURY
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

COMMENTARY    AND    OPINION. . . .

|   UN  HUMAN  RIGHTS  EXPERT  URGES  ACTION  TO  STOP  ISRAEL’S  ANNEXATION  IN  WEST  BANK
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. . . . 

“WE  SHALL  REMAIN,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
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

“. . . I may lose my daily bread . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

WORLD BANK: “Increasing poverty in the occupied Palestinian territory.” Palestinian school children ride a rickshaw in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on September 9, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse /Said Khatib/File)
WORLD BANK: “Increasing poverty in the occupied Palestinian territory.” Palestinian school children ride a rickshaw in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on September 9, 2015. (Agence France‑Presse /Said Khatib/File)

❶ Facing Reality: Jewish terrorism is no longer limited to just a few bad seeds
❷ World Bank warns of ‘high risk’ of Palestine-Israel conflict
❸ Israeli forces round up 36 Palestinians after West Bank clashes
❹ Analysis: Israel Has Achieved All Its Objectives
❺ Opinion/Analysis: Abbas’ peace project has hit a dead end
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MONDOWEISS
FACING  REALITY:  JEWISH  TERRORISM  IS  NO  LONGER  LIMITED  TO  JUST  A  FEW  BAD  SEEDS
Karin Attia
Sept. 29, 2015
Stabbing at the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem. Death of 16-year-old Shira Banki. Arson attack on a family home in the West Bank. Deaths of 18-month old Ali Saad Dawabsheh, his father Saad Dawabsheh’s, and mother Reham Dawabsheh.
____It is time to look inwards at a rising culture of violence rather than facile explanations about individual bad seeds. Something is growing insidiously among us: racism, intolerance and hate. With attacks occurring more frequently, these seeds are no longer limited to one crazy individual, one extremist; instead they are indicative of widespread cultural seeds of racism, intolerance, and hate. These seeds have been cultivating for some time.
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(Karin Attia was born in Haifa, Israel, raised in Los Angeles, California, and is currently living in New York City studying as a Master’s student at New York University.)

Artwork inside the burned-out Dawabshe home blames the Israeli government for the firebombing. (Mondoweiss Photo: Dan Cohen)
Artwork inside the burned-out Dawabshe home blames the Israeli government for the firebombing. (Mondoweiss Photo: Dan Cohen)

MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
WORLD  BANK  WARNS  OF  ‘HIGH  RISK’  OF  PALESTINE-ISRAEL  CONFLICT
Sept. 29, 2015
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The World Bank has warned of the “high risk” of renewed Palestine-Israel conflict following the third straight year of increasing poverty in the occupied Palestinian territory.
____In a report released Tuesday, the World Bank pointed to war, reduced donor aid, the suspension of revenue payments, and ongoing restrictions by Israel as having had “a severe impact on the Palestinian economy.”
____”The persistence of this situation could potentially lead to political and social unrest,” the report said.
____”In short, the status quo is not sustainable and downside risks of further conflict and social unrest are high,” said the World Bank.
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MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
ISRAELI  FORCES  ROUND  UP  36  PALESTINIANS  AFTER  WEST  BANK  CLASHES
Sept. 30, 2015
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained 36 Palestinians across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank overnight Tuesday a day after violent clashes took place across the occupied Palestinian territory.
____Israeli police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld said . . . that all detainees were “involved in recent disturbances in and around the Old City of Jerusalem.” [. . . . .]
____A lawyer for Palestinian prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Muhammad Mahmoud, told Ma’an that Israeli forces detained four Palestinians in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya. [. . . . .]
____At least 18 Palestinians were injured on Tuesday when Israeli forces suppressed demonstrations across the West Bank that were held in support of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
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❹ Analysis:
PALESTINE CHRONICLE
ISRAEL  HAS  ACHIEVED  ALL  ITS  OBJECTIVES
Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Sep 29 2015
Israel never had it so good today and justice to the Palestinians never has been so remote. Arab regimes have no credible options that may threaten Israel strategically, or they do not care if Israel continues to defy the UN resolutions and the International Court of Justice rulings. They are either fighting their own people or fighting each other. The Palestinians are hopelessly divided and the Arab Masses are not expected to help because they are heavily burdened by their own issues. [. . . . .]
____After eight decades since the cleansing of Palestine from its Arab population by its military and terrorist organizations, and almost five decades after the 1967 war and the occupation of Palestinian lands, Israel has no intention to make a just peace with its victims.
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❺ Opinion/Analysis:
+972 BLOG
ABBAS’  PEACE  PROJECT  HAS  HIT  A  DEAD  END
Menachem Klein
Sept. 30, 2015
He chose the path of moderation. He agreed to a small Palestinian state alongside Israel. He won the support of America and Europe. He proved his obligation to maintaining security for Israelis. And he got nothing in return. The tragedy of Mahmoud Abbas, part one of a two-part series.
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“I  MAY  LOSE  MY  DAILY  BREAD,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM
I may lose my daily bread, if you wish
I may hawk my clothes and bed
I may become a stonecutter, or a porter
Or a street sweeper
I may search in animal dung for food
I may collapse, naked and starved
Enemy of light
I will not compromise
And to the end
I shall fight.
You may rob me of the last span of my land
You may ditch my youth in prison holes
Steel what my grandfather left me behind:
Some furniture or clothes and jars,
You may burn my poems and books
You may feed your dog on my flesh
You may impose a nightmare of your terror
On my village
Enemy of light
I shall not compromise
And to the end
I shall fight.

“Poems of Resistance: 7 Poems for Palestine.” SCOOP  WORLD  INDEPENDENT  NEWS. January 2011. Web. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1101/S00522/poems-of-resistance-7-poems-for-palestine.htm
About Samih Al-Qasim

File photo shows Israeli forces arresting a young Palestinian near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil near Hebron. (PressTV photo)
File photo shows Israeli forces arresting a young Palestinian near the occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil near Hebron. (PressTV photo)