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Palestine: Houses in Jordan Valley razed & 1.3 million Palestinians remain food insecure

IOF soldiers raze houses in Jordan Valley

JERICHO, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) razed four houses north of Jericho on Tuesday and destroyed four other tin houses owned by Bedouins in the area.

Local sources said that the four bulldozed houses were owned by four brothers.

They charged that the step fell in line with the Israeli occupation authorities’ efforts to Judaize the Jordan Valley.

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B’Tselem: ‘Israel’ reinforces its control over Area C

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– An Israeli human rights organization confirmed that the Israeli occupation works continuously to impose its full control and colonization over area C in the occupied West Bank which was put under Israeli civil and security control according to Oslo accords.

“Israel’s policy in Area C is anchored in a perception of the area as meant above all to serve Israeli needs. Consequently, Israel consistently takes actions that strengthen its hold on Area C, displace Palestinian presence, exploit the area’s resources to benefit Israelis, and bring about a permanent situation in which Israeli settlements thrive and Palestinian presence is negligible”, according to a report Issued by B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization.

The report affirmed that through its actions, Israel preserves a de facto annexation of Area C and creates circumstances that will help perpetuate this state and influence the final status of the area.

Israel aims to impose sovereignty unilaterally on Area C and then grant Israeli citizenship to Area C’s local Palestinian residents, who number 50,000, the report said.

The report of the organization stated that “60 percent of West Bank lands have been classified as “Area C” and are under full and exclusive Israeli control. Area C is home to an estimated 180,000 Palestinians and includes the major residential and development land reserves for the entire West Bank”.

The report noted that construction and development on some 70 percent of Area C territory are prevented by Israeli authorities under various pretexts.

The occupation authorities refuse “to recognize most of the villages in the area or draw up plans for them, prevents the expansion and development of Palestinian communities, demolishes homes and does not allow the communities to hook up to infrastructure.”

As long as Israel controls the West Bank, including Area C, it must meet its obligations under international law and human rights law, the organization stated.

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Statistics: 1.3 million Palestinians remain food insecure

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A total of 1.3 million people representing 27% of households in Palestine remain food insecure, according to an official report.

IA report, issued by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on World Environment Day on 5 June, confirmed that “according to classification of the World Food Program, FAO, and UNRWA, on Palestinian households with regard to food security; a total of 1.3 million people representing 27% of households in Palestine remain food insecure in 2011”.

The report added that 14% of the households are vulnerable to food insecurity, 22% are marginally secure and 37% are food secure. It is important to note that food security rates include the impact of any assistance received during the reference period.

According to FAO, food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

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IOA bars al-Aqsa guard from entering the Al Aqsa Mosque

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli police officer has prevented yesterday Samer Abu Qwaider, al-Aqsa guard, from entering the mosque claiming that he is banned from having access to the mosque till the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Israeli court has banned on May 26 Abu Qwaider from entering to al-Aqsa mosque for 6 days after he has prevented a number of Israeli settlers from performing their Talmudic rituals in al-Aqsa mosque.

His ban has ended on Sunday, and he went to his job on Monday as usual. However an Israeli official prevented him on Tuesday from doing his job.

The Israeli official said to Qwaider that he is banned from entering to the mosque according to the Military court’s decision of which the guard has never been informed.

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