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Palestine: Villages northwest of Nablus launch anti-settlement event, farmer attacked, Issawi rejects offer to exile him & arrests

Villages northwest of Nablus launch anti-settlement event

NABLUS, (PIC)– Popular Committee against Wall and Settlements in villages northwest of Nablus launched its first event on Friday in rejection of Israeli abuses represented in dumping sewage of Shavei Shomron settlement on the villages’ lands.

One of the Committee’s members said in a statement to the PIC that more than 100 citizens from the villages of Burqa, Sebastia and Naqoura demonstrated on Friday in the region and confronted the Israeli occupation forces that tried to stop them and attacked them.

He pointed out that many villagers suffered suffocation as the Israeli soldiers have been firing tear gas grenades during clashes between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces.

The member of the popular committee stressed that this event will be arranged to be a weekly demonstration against settlers’ attacks to prevent them from continuing to dump sewage on the lands, stressing that the coming weeks will witness more activities.

Sebastia’s residents say sewage flowing from the nearby settlement onto their fields is causing substantial damage to crops and poisoning their olive trees.

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IOF attack wedding procession at Hizma checkpoint

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) violently attacked a wedding procession at Hizma checkpoint in occupied Jerusalem and prevented the groom and his family from crossing to Nazareth city where his bride was.

Hazem Abu Hilal, a groom from Abu Dis town east of Jerusalem, moved along with his relatives and invitees in procession singing and dancing until they arrived at a military checkpoint in Hizma town where he was barred from crossing to the other side to complete his wedding ceremony and take his bride home with him.

The Israeli soldiers at the checkpoint showered the wedding procession with a barrage of tear gas grenades to disperse them and tried to physically attack the attendees.

The groom condemned in a press statement to the Palestinian information center (PIC) what happened at the checkpoint as a racist act and part of Israel’s policy against the reunion of Palestinian couples from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

For his part, secretary-general of the popular initiative Mustafa Al-Barghouthi, who participated in the wedding, also told the PIC that these newly-weds cannot be together because of Israel’s racist policies against the Palestinian people.

Barghouthi added that such Israeli racist practices are illegal under international law and reflect, in every sense of the word, the apartheid system it pursues against the Palestinians.

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Bat Ayin settlers attack Palestinian farmer in his land

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Fanatic Jewish settlers attacked on Saturday morning a Palestinian farmer during his presence in his agricultural land in Beit Ummar town in Al-Khalil city.

Coordinator of the popular committee against settlement in Beit Ummar Mohamed Awad reported that about 30 Jewish settlers from Bat Ayin settlement verbally and physically attacked farmer Mohamed Al-Salibi, 67, as he was working his land along with sons in Abu Rish area.

Salibi noted that the settlers came aboard a car belonging to a security officer from Bat Ayin settlement, while Israeli soldiers and policemen were watching and doing nothing to protect the farmer against the assailants.

In a separate incident, the IOF on the morning of the same day detained more than 30 Palestinians from Al-Yatim family in Yatta town for more than three hours after they went to Khirba area for a picnic and confiscated two of their vehicles.

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Hunger striker Samer Issawi rejects Israeli offer to exile him

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi refused an Israeli deal giving him his freedom in exchange for exiling him to Gaza or outside Palestine, his sister and lawyer Shirin said.

“Samer’s rejection of exile comes out of our belief that we struggle for the return of the refugee and not for their increase,” Shirin stated on her facebook page on Saturday.

“The exile means the displacement of the Palestinians, especially the Jerusalemites whose city are exposed to Judaization,” she added.

Shirin affirmed that an Israeli court had refused a few days ago to release her brother on bail.

Prisoner Samer Issawi started his hunger strike more than seven months ago in protest at his detention after his release as part of the Egyptian-brokered prisoner swap deal between the Palestinian resistance in Gaza and Israel.

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IOF soldiers round up 13 Palestinians including journalist

WEST BANK, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 13 Palestinian West Bankers and Jerusalemites at dawn Sunday including a journalist and an ex-prisoner.

Palestinian sources said that IOF soldiers stormed Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem and nabbed six inhabitants after a search campaign in several houses in the camp.

IOF soldiers also broke into the home of journalist Walid Khalid in Skaka village, Salfit district, and took him away only six moths after his release from Israeli jails.

Ahrar center for prisoners’ studies and human rights denounced the re-arrest of Khalid, 41, who served more than 18 years in Israeli jails.

The center called on the journalists’ syndicate and human rights groups to intervene and protect Palestinian journalists and men of letter from repeated arrests and targeting at the hands of the Israeli occupation authorities.

IOF soldiers detained Mohammed Harb, also a liberated prisoner, from the same village of Skaka.

Five Jerusalemites were nabbed in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem aged between 18 to 19 years old.

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