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Palestine: Twenty cars torched, 150 Bedouin deported families suffer “non-viable” situation & arrests

Jewish settlers attack, torch 20 Palestinian cars

Al Akhbar

Suspected Jewish extremists carried out a string of attacks against about 20 Palestinian cars in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, Israeli police and witnesses said on Wednesday.

“There have been 10 arson attempts against Palestinian cars in the West Bank on suspected nationalist grounds,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, saying one car had been completely destroyed while the others were just damaged.

Four vehicles were set alight in Zbeidat and another four in Marj Naja, both of which are near Jericho, and another two in Rantis near Ramallah, she said.

Residents in Zbeidat and Marj Naja confirmed at least six vehicles including a bus and a tractor had been torched.

In the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, vandals slashed the tires of 10 cars and scrawled Hebrew graffiti in the same vein.

At the sites, the attackers had written slogans in Hebrew including: “Price tag” and “revenge” and “30 days since Eviatar, may God avenge him,” Samri said.

The attacks appeared to be linked to the stabbing of a Jewish settler called Eviatar Borovsky who was killed by a knife-wielding Palestinian in the northern West Bank exactly 30 days ago.

Wednesday marked the official ending of the traditional mourning period.

Such incidents are commonly referred to as “price tag” attacks, a euphemism for hate crimes against Palestinians by Israeli extremists.

The attacks initially began in response to Israeli government moves to dismantle unauthorized settler outposts.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank, as Israeli forces regularly turn a blind eye or even assist settler crimes.

According to figures compiled by Israeli group Yesh Din, nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.

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Report: 150 Palestinian Bedouin deported families suffer “non-viable” situation

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– An international study about the forcible deportation of 150 Palestine refugee Bedouin families said that their situation has become socially and economically “non-viable”.

The joint UNRWA-Bimkom report analyzed the consequences of the relocation which started in 1997 in order to expand the Ma’ale Adummim illegal settlement built on Palestinian lands.

“The move to one central urban location has deprived these mobile pastoralist communities of social cohesion and is destroying their social fabric and traditional economic base,” the study said.

According to UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness, “the Israeli authorities are currently considering plans to create a second centralized Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank”. “However”, says Gunness “the stark conclusions of this report may lead to a reassessment of this policy”.

The rural communities targeted to be transferred to the second village reject the move, stating it will irreparably damage their social fabric and their traditional economy, as in the case of Al Jabal. If implemented, such a move may amount to individual and mass forcible transfers and forced evictions contrary to international law, the report said.

Planning NGO, BIMKOM confirmed that the type of urban plans developed by the Israeli authorities for Al Jabal is not an appropriate solution: “The allocation of a small parcel for each family and the connection to minimal infrastructure can lead to significant harm to human rights. An appropriate plan should take into account socio-cultural aspects, provide subsistence and development opportunities, be developed with the villagers themselves and must be acceptable to them.”

Al Jabal village is next to the largest rubbish dump in the West Bank, where 700 tons of wastes are disposed of each day. According to recent environmental studies, there are “high levels of toxic gases, which pose an immediate health threat to residents, but also cause internal and surface combustion at the dump site leading to explosions, land subsidence, surface fires and other safety hazards. High numbers of pests thrive on the site and its surroundings include rats, packs of dogs, cockroaches and flies, all of which pose significant health threats to livestock, the young and those of less robust health.

The study warned that if the plan being considered by the Israeli authorities to relocate all remaining rural refugee Bedouin communities from the Jerusalem periphery to a second location – or other sites in the future – goes forward, the number of displaced people would be four times higher than the number relocated to Al Jabal. UNRWA remains concerned that more than six decades after they were first displaced from their homes, Palestine refugees continue to face the threat of displacement and loss of livelihood.

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IOF soldiers detain three Jerusalemites including two children

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed a number of suburbs in occupied Jerusalem at dawn Wednesday and arrested three Jerusalemites including two children.

Local sources said that the soldiers broke into and violently searched many houses.

They said that the soldiers burst into the home of Salim Shalabi and took away his two sons, adding that the soldiers also detained Thaer Anees after searching his home.

They said that Anees is a known Fatah youth leader in the West Bank and a Fatah cadre in occupied Jerusalem.

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