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Palestine: Take over WB, Jersualem continues & Israeli court acquits army, justifies its killing of Gazan family

Report: expanding settlements in WB aims at changing reality

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites warned against the increase in settlers’ number in West Bank, where the number of Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank grew by 4.7% in 2012, according to Yesha Council.

The commission said in a press statement on Sunday that the Israeli policy aims at increasing the settlers’ number in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem in order to undermine any attempt to remove them during any Israeli-Palestinian peace process, where the occupation authorities work to impose a new bitter reality in the occupied West Bank.

The commission confirmed in its statement that Israel exceeded all red lines in its settlement policy in the occupied West Bank, noting that the Israeli settlement expansion in eastern Jerusalem and West Bank is illegal according to the International Court of Justice.

Yesha council attributed the growth spurt to the fact that more people are moving to existing settlements and to a high birth rate among religious settlers.

The two largest settlements are Modiin Ilit, a community of ultra-Orthodox Jews west of the West Bank city of Ramallah, with 58,000 inhabitants, and Beitar Ilit, an ultra-Orthodox settlement west of Bethlehem, with 44,000. Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, is in third position with 39,000 inhabitants.

The Secretary-General of the Commission, Dr. Hanna Issa, pointed out that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank are covering 12 million square meters of roads, houses and factories, at a cost of $17 billion, denying the possibility of talking about an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

The Islamic-Christian commission for the support of Jerusalem and holy sites confirmed that the settlement expansion is an Israeli policy to confiscate more Palestinian lands.


Israeli court acquits army, justifies its killing of Gazan family

GAZA, (PIC)– An Israeli court rejected a Palestinian lawsuit filed against the Israeli army regarding its killing of civilians and children from one family in an aerial attack on their house during the 2009 war on the Gaza Strip, and also fined the plaintiffs.

The Israeli central court in Beersheba two weeks ago refused the complaint that was filed by Al-Mizan center for human rights against the Israeli army about its bombing of a civilian house belonging to Fayez Saleha on January 9, 2009.

The court also decided to fine the plaintiffs 20,000 shekels as expenses for its adjudication.

The court acquitted the Israeli army and claimed that despite the proved failure of the army to give the residents the chance to leave their house, the Israeli aerial attack happened during wartime.

According to a probe into the attack conducted by Al-Mizan center, an Israeli drone had fired one missile at the house, which is located in Beit Lahia north of Gaza, before another Israeli warplane hastened to drop a heavy bomb on it.

The bombing led to the killing of Saleha’s wife, all her four children and her young sister.

The victims are Randa Fayez, the mother and her kids, Diauddin, aged 14, Bahauddin, four years, Rana, 12, and Rula, one year as well as her sister Fatima, 22.

Al-Mizan center had filed a request in November 2009 with the Israeli military prosecutor demanding him to open an investigation into the incident, but he closed the probe quickly and did not make any indictments.


Abu Sisi’s health condition worsening

NABLUS, (PIC)– A lawyer for the Palestinian prisoner’s association said after visiting prisoner Dirar Abu Sisi in his isolation jail in Askalan that his health condition was very bad.

He quoted Abu Sisi as saying that he was finding difficulty in speaking and remembering words as he was held in complete isolation.

The lawyer said that Abu Sisi was suffering from a number of health problems including heart ailment, hypertension, high cholesterol, and anemia in addition to pain in his kidney, stomach and back. Abu Sisi takes nine kinds of medicine, he added.

The lawyer said that Abu Sisi complained of the food quantity and quality, adding that on one occasion the prison administration served him rotten vegetables.

He added that the prison guards launch night raids on his cell and take away his belongings the latest was a small memorandum in which he used to write down his thoughts, adding that he has nothing left with him.

Abu Sisi was kidnapped by Israeli agents in the Ukraine on 18/2/2010 and is being held since then in solitary confinement without trial.


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