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Palestine: Soldiers detain 41 children in March, plan to seize the remaining part of Ma’manullah cemetery & hunger striker Sharawna released

IOF soldiers detain 41 Palestinian children in March

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) rounded up 41 Palestinian children in the first half of March while eight minors were injured in the same period at the hands of IOF soldiers.

The report published by the children media office in Ramallah on Monday said that the IOF soldiers escalated attacks on Palestinian children.

It said that dozens of Palestinian children came under attack and were wounded during peaceful demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

In the same context, Mohammed Awad, the coordinator of the popular committee in Beit Ummar in Al-Khalil province, said that IOF soldiers arrested 16 children in the village since start of 2013.

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Jewish settlers damage Palestinian tractors in Nablus village

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers raided the outskirts of Burin village, near Nablus, on Monday morning and damaged a number of tractors used by Palestinian farmers in tending to their land.

Eyewitnesses said that the settlers, coming from Bracha settlement, also chased a number of Palestinian shepherds and tried to assault them.

They said that Israeli occupation forces arrived to the village to protect the settles and to convince them to withdraw out of fear that inhabitants might retaliate against what they have done to their property.

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Israeli plan to seize the remaining part of Ma’manullah cemetery

NAZARETH, (PIC)– A Jerusalemite Foundation revealed that there are Israeli plans to implement 7 Judaizing projects targeting the historic Islamic cemetery of Ma’manullah, in the occupied city of Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said, during a press conference on Sunday, that the occupation authorities have already seized an area of ​​160 dunums of the cemetery’s land and seek to seize the entire cemetery in order to turn it into public commercial and tourist facilities.

It pointed out that one of the seven Judaizing projects scheduled to be implemented aims to destroy a pond built in the cemetery, in addition to the establishment of a Jewish museum in the area.

Part of the cemetery’s land will be allocated for the establishment of car parking, and another part for the establishment of a park for dogs.

For his part, head of the Restoration of Muslim graves Committee in Jerusalem, Mustafa Abu Zahra, said: “The Israeli institution moved the bones of dead Muslims to unknown places, then stepped up its procedures in the cemetery by establishing parks for dogs and toilets in this place that we consider one of the sanctities. All this falls within the context of the attempts to obliterate Arab and Islamic identity of Jerusalem.”

Ma’manullah Cemetery is one of the largest and oldest Islamic cemeteries in the Palestinian territories, as it has an area of ​​two hundred dunums.

Israeli authorities have seized the cemetery’s land then turned the greatest part of it into a public park after demolishing the graves. The tombstones still exist on 25 dunums only of cemetery’s land.

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Hunger striker Sharawna arrives in Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– A massive crowd of citizens received on Sunday evening Palestinian prisoner Ayman Sharawna after his arrival in the Gaza Strip through Beit Hanoun crossing.

The Palestinian information center (PIC) reporter in Gaza said that prisoner Ayman was transported by an ambulance because of his very poor health condition, while hundreds of citizens gathered around the vehile to welcome him.

A news conference is expected to be held for the prisoner to explain the circumstance of his release process.

Senior Hamas officials and former prisoners also attended the popular reception that was given to Ayman.

Palestinian minister of prisoners’ affairs Attallah Abul Sabeh stated in a press release on Sunday that the release of prisoner Ayman Sharawna, who went on a hunger strike for about eight months, was a victory over his jailers.

“We wished that his release was to his native city Al-Khalil, but his leaving from a Palestinian city to another Palestinian city is better than staying in jails for 20 more years suffering from suppression, injustice and ongoing physical and psychological torture,” Abul Sabeh said.

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