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Palestine: 85 percent of east Jerusalem children are below the poverty line,olive trees burned with chemicals & youths held at the Ibrahimi Mosque

Report: 85 percent of east Jerusalem children are below the poverty line

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The association of civil rights in the occupied Palestinian lands released facts about the life of the Palestinian natives in east Jerusalem showing that 85 percent of east Jerusalem children lives below the poverty line, describing it as the worst rate of all time.

According to its figures, there are 371,844 Palestinians comprising 39 percent of the total population in Jerusalem.

79.5 percent of the total Palestinian residents in east Jerusalem lives below the poverty line.

Three social welfare offices in east Jerusalem serve more than one third of the Palestinian population, while 18 such offices operate in west Jerusalem, not to mention the fact that one social worker’s caseloads in east Jerusalem are about double those of west Jerusalem.

Its fact sheet also showed that in 2012, welfare services identified 7,748 at-risk children in east Jerusalem, adding that 86 children, who suffered from violence and neglect, were taken out of their homes over the past three years.

Because of the shortage of welfare workers, not all cases are fully and speedily attended to, the fact sheet noted.

As for education, it said that only 46 percent of east Jerusalem students study in official municipal schools, while there is a chronic shortage of over 1,000 classrooms in east Jerusalem.

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Settlers burn olive trees with chemicals in Nablus

NABLUS, (PIC)– Laboratory results carried out by residents of Burin village, southern Nablus, showed that Jewish settlers used during attacks on the village lands toxic chemicals that burned thousands of acres of olive trees and agricultural crops.

Eyewitnesses and residents of the village said that the settlers sprayed toxic chemicals on the olive trees and agricultural crops, which led to burning them.

The villagers and their lands are constantly exposed to attacks by settlers, especially from the settlements of Brakhah and Yitzhar established on the lands of Burin village.

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IOF holds Palestinian youths at the Ibrahimi Mosque

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained a number of Palestinian youths at the electronic gate set up at the main entrance to the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil as they arrived to perform Friday prayers in the Mosque.

According to eyewitnesses, the soldiers prevented the young men from praying, held them outside the mosque’s main gates and examined their identities.

The young men were freed after Friday prayers, except for Asem Atta Tamimi, aged 18, who was arrested for being wanted for the Israeli forces, and was taken to an unknown destination.

Meanwhile, the Israeli authorities on Saturday afternoon tightened military procedures at the Zatara checkpoint southern the city of Nablus, in the north of the West Bank, and searched the passing vehicles, informed local sources said.

There are no clear reasons behind the move. However, since the killing of a settler near the checkpoint about three weeks ago, the IOF intensified the military procedures in the area.

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Israeli forces assault captive Shahatit during his transfer to hospital

GAZA, (PIC)– Israeli prison authorities transferred on Thursday night detainee Mansour al-Shahatit, from Dura in al-Khalil, from a solitary confinement cell in Ramon prison to Soroka Hospital, after his health seriously deteriorated.

Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies held the occupation prison authorities fully responsible for the deterioration of health condition of the patient captive, as they have been refusing to provide him with necessary treatment.

The Center’s Media Director Riad al-Ashqar said that the prisoner suffers from heart problems and a broken leg, as well as shortness of breath as he spent long period in the solitary confinement.

The prison administration accepted to move Shahatit to the hospital after prisoners’ protest. He was bleeding and fell unconscious as he was harshly attacked by the Israeli forces during his transfer to the hospital.

Ashqar said the prisoner Mansour al-Shahatit is exposed to slow death in the Israeli jails, due to the deliberate medical neglect that exacerbated his illnesses.

Captive Shahatit was arrested on March 11, 2003 and was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. He has been subjected to severe torture during the investigation, which affected his health condition.

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