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Palestine: Israelis desecrate cemetery, 3 children wounded in explosion of ordnance, demolitions, more land confiscation & arrests

Israeli settlers desecrate Muslim cemetery in al-Quds

Press TV

Israeli settlers have reportedly vandalized the graves at a Muslim cemetery in West al-Quds (Jerusalem), the latest in a long line of settler attacks in the occupied West Bank.

The attackers sprayed racist and anti-Islam graffiti on the headstones of the tombs on Thursday. “Death to the Arabs,” was smudged on one of the defaced stones.

“Price Tag” was daubed in Hebrew on another headstone, a term marking attacks by extremist settlers on Palestinian mosques, cemeteries and farmland.

The al-Aqsa Foundation said wine glasses were found in the area and that 30 graves were damaged in the attack.

Israeli police said they had opened an inquiry into the incident.

But the foundation held Israeli authorities responsible for the attack and urged Islamic countries to intervene to end the attacks on Muslim and Christian holy sites in al-Quds.

Human rights groups blame Tel Aviv for ignoring complaints by the victims of the growing settler violence.

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Three children wounded in explosion of ordnance

GAZA, (PIC)– Three Palestinian children were wounded on Thursday when an explosive device exploded in Beit Hanun, north of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qudra, the health ministry’s spokesman, said that that all three children were moderately injured in the blast.

He said that one of them Abdul Karim Abu Ode, 6, was carried to Shifa hospital in Gaza while the two others, both 4 years old, were carried to Kamal Odwan hospital north of the Strip.

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IOA threatens demolition of 20 installations in Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) served notices to owners of 20 industrial installations in Jaba village to the north west of occupied Jerusalem.

Deputy governor of Jerusalem Abdullah Siyam told a press conference organized by activists in the village on Thursday that the IOA was planning to destroy the installations at the pretext of their proximity to Adam settlement.

He said that the settlement was built in the eighties while the installations were there since 1972.

The demolition notices fall in line with the IOA ferocious campaign of demolitions in various areas of occupied Jerusalem other than the establishment of settlement outposts inside the holy city and excavations underneath and in the vicinity of the Aqsa mosque, Siyam said.

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Occupation notifies the evacuation of a Palestinian’s land in Bethlehem

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation authorities handed to citizens, from the town of Husan in Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank, an order to evacuate their lands and uproot the trees they had planted.

Taha Hamamra, member of Husan village council, said in press statements that members of the family of Attia Mousa, were notified to evacuate their land, which has an area of two dunums and which is planted with olive trees, and to uproot the trees.

He points out that the occupation aims to seize the area, where the piece of land is located, because it is adjacent to the bypass road 60 which is used by the settlers.

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Occupation confiscates a Jerusalemite citizen’s land

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Jerusalem Municipality staff, accompanied by Special Forces, raided on Tuesday a land owned by the citizen Khaled al-Zeer in Bir Ayyub in Silwan, and handed to him an eviction order.

Khaled al-Zeer told the Information Center in Wadi al-Hilwa that the occupation forces told him that they will demolish the room, in which he lives along with his pregnant wife and five children, claiming that the land “belongs to the State of Israel.”

He pointed out that about two weeks ago the Antiquities Authority had raided his land, which has an area of 11 dunums, and claimed the existence of Jewish monuments buried in the land, which was denied by Al-Zeer.

Al-Zeer appealed to human rights organizations to help him cultivate his land with plants and trees to prevent the Israeli bodies from confiscating it.

The Information Center in Wadi al-Hilwa noted that Nature Authority has resorted, during the last two years, to demolishing and bulldozing lands in order to control them. It pointed to the demolition of the cultural cafe in Wadi al-Hilwa and rooms and a house in Wadi Rababah neighborhood in addition to bulldozing lands in Issawiya in the beginning of this year.

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Israeli special force kidnaps young man in Al-Khalil village

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli undercover soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian young man from his family home in Beit Ummar village, north of Al-Khalil, on Thursday.

Mohammed Awad, the spokesman for the village’s popular committee against the wall and settlement, said that a group of disguised soldiers kidnapped Raed Ikhlail, 25, from his home.

He said that the soldiers also stormed the home of Ra’ed’s friend Tamer Abu Ayyash, noting that both used to go to work together in Dhaheriya town, but he was not at home.

Awad said that 15 soldiers wearing a green uniform different from that of the regular Israeli army brandished guns in face of Raed’s family and took away the youth.

He said that the 50-year-old house owner Saeed Abu Ayyash tried to start a conversation with the soldiers, but they pushed him and he fell on the floor and they broke into the house’s rooms with their guns spreading panic among the children who were traumatized by the savage attack.

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IOF soldiers nab three civilians including two brothers in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed three Palestinians including two brothers in Bethlehem city and nearby Aida refugee camp.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers stormed the home of Jalal Shalash in Bethlehem city at dawn Thursday and took away his two sons Ammar, 32, and Mohammed, 18, after handcuffing and blindfolding them.

The sources said that another group of soldiers burst into Aida refugee camp, north of Bethlehem city, and arrested Ibrahim Uwais, 19, and took him to an unknown location.

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IOF arrests 17 citizens in the West Bank

OCCUPIED WEST BANK, (PIC)– The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested at dawn today 17 Palestinians from different areas in the occupied West Bank cities.

IOF arrested at dawn on Wednesday 5 Palestinian children aged between 12 and 14 years in Beit Fajar village south of Bethlehem, local sources revealed.

The occupation forces stormed the village of Beit Duqqu, located in the north of the occupied city of Jerusalem, at dawn today, and raided several houses belonging to Palestinian citizens in the village.

Local sources in Beit Duqqu confirmed that the occupation forces consisting of dozens of soldiers and military vehicles stormed the village, where they broke doors of many Palestinian homes violently and arrested a number of citizens in the village, including four brothers.

In Borqa west of Nablus, Israeli forces arrested two young men after raiding and searching their homes.

Tayseer Abu Hussein, head of the village council in Borqa, emphasized that the occupation forces stormed the town and arrested the young man Mohamed Fouad Hojja before raiding and searching his family’s house.

In the same context, Palestinian sources said that the Israeli occupation forces arrested a young man from the village of al-Romaneh west of the city of Jenin after storming the town.

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