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Palestine: Kanaan village destroyed for the third time, 50 injured/13 others displaced in 1 week & more schemes to confiscate lands

IOF destroys Kanaan village in al-Khalil for the third time

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) demolished on Saturday the village of Kanaan 3, which had been established by Palestinian and foreign activists on lands near the village of Surif near al-Khalil, south of the West Bank.

The activists and organizers of the event told Quds Press’s correspondent that the Israeli soldiers attacked them and demolished the tent they had erected near a checkpoint in the village of Surif.

They added that the tent was erected in an expression of their rejection of the occupation policy of land confiscation, and the continued erection of checkpoints at the entrances to West Bank towns.

One of the activists revealed that the event was organized by the popular committees in the south of the West Bank.

The tent was scheduled to be erected near Etzion settlement complex; however due to the soldiers’ intensive presence, it was set up in the area of Jaba.

The activist added that large Israeli military forces arrived to the place, suppressed the participants, and destroyed the tent.

The Israeli soldiers arrested 3 activists following clashes that erupted between the two sides. Some other activists suffered suffocation due to tear gas and stun grenades fired by the occupation soldiers.

Israel plans to seize the land of Kanaan village to expand their illegal settlements.

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OCHA: 50 Palestinians injured, 13 others displaced in one week

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– A UN report said that around 50 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank and Gaza, 1,000 olive trees were damaged, and 30 people were displaced in East Jerusalem as a result of demolitions during the past week.

In its weekly report on Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 50 Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli forces, the majority of whom were minors.

The report (from 28 May to 3 June 2013) documented 18 Israeli attacks against Palestinian property and one that led to a Palestinian injury (in Gilo settlement in Jerusalem). “This represents a 50 per cent increase compared to the weekly average of such incidents so far in 2013. No settlers were injured this week.”

The report said that Israeli settlers set fire to or cut down at least 1,220 olive trees and slashed the tires, sprayed graffiti on or set fire to at least 16 cars. Anti-Christian and “price-tag” graffiti was sprayed by Israeli settlers on a church in the Old City of Jerusalem and on several houses and cars in Beitillu village in Ramallah.

The Israeli authorities demolished 4 Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem and Area C on the grounds that they lacked Israeli issued building permits. As a result 13 people, including five children, were displaced and the livelihoods of 34 other people were affected, the UN report documented during the past week.

The weekly report affirmed that a Palestinian farmer was shot and injured in Gaza Strip by Israeli forces while he was approximately “300 meters from the fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip”.

Israeli forces also conducted at least two land leveling operations a few hundred meters on the Gaza side of the fence on 29 May. These incidents took place in the context of access restrictions imposed by the Israeli military in areas near the fence, the report said.

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Jewish settlers storm Kafl Hares town, verbally attack its residents

SALFIT, (PIC)– Hundreds of Jewish settlers under military protection stormed Friday morning Kafl Hares town in the northern side of Salfit city at the pretext of performing rituals.

According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli occupation forces erected barriers at the entrances to the town and prevented the Palestinian citizens from leaving or entering it.

They added that the settlers entered the town aboard large buses and performed rituals inside the shrine of prophets Joshua and Kafel in the town and verbally attacked Palestinian citizens.

Consequently, the soldiers fired tear gas grenades at Palestinian young men from the town after they clashed with the settlers as a result of their provocative remarks.

In an earlier incident, a horde of Jewish settlers attacked on Thursday evening many Palestinian cars near the junction of Za’atara to the east of Salfit city, taking advantage of the presence of an Israeli military unit in the area.

Eyewitnesses reported that the settlers threw stones for several hours at the passing Palestinian cars at night and caused damage to many of them.

The settlers also verbally attacked the citizens and threatened to kill them while the Israeli soldiers kept watching idly.

The presence of the soldiers encouraged the settlers to extend their attack on Palestinian cars along the road of Yitzhar settlement, south of Nablus.

In Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood east of Jerusalem, another group of fanatic settlers at dawn on the same day set fire to a Palestinian car.

Yasser Najib reported that Jewish settlers gathered around his house in the neighborhood and then torched his car.

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Warning of Israeli schemes to confiscate Sawwanah land in Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Khalil Tafakji, the settlement affairs expert and director of the maps section at Orient House in occupied Jerusalem, warned of Israeli plans to confiscate lands in Sawwanah area eastern the Old City of Jerusalem.

He referred to the Declaration submitted by an Israeli lawyer on May 28 that gave several Palestinian families a 30-day deadline to appeal against the Israeli claims of their ownership to the land.

Tafakji told the PIC that the Palestinian families in Sawwanah area have official documents that affirm their ownership to the land. However the Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) ignored these documents in order to implement their settlement projects.

The Palestinian expert pointed to the Israeli scheme to build 22 settlement units in the neighboring area which reinforces the Israeli Judaization plans to turn the area into a mosaic of settlements.

He said that the IOA constructs museums and buildings related to the Jewish and Talmudic heritage in order to change the city’s Arab and Islamic landmarks and to bring more settlers to the area to reinforce the Israeli control over the area.

Tafakji added that the IOA prevented the Palestinian construction in a large part of the Old City of Jerusalem while allowing free building of Israeli settlement units.

He warned of the Israeli government’s decision to expand the implementation of the Israeli law of seizing the “absentee property” in Jerusalem, saying that the Palestinians now only own 13% of Jerusalem.

On the 46th anniversary of the Naksa, Tafakji said that in 1967 there was no Israeli presence in the holy city, however today there are 200 thousand Israelis in the city.

There was not one Israeli settlement unit in Jerusalem before 1967, while today there are 42 thousand Israeli settlement units in the city, he noted.

Before the Naksa, Palestinians were controlling 100% of Jerusalem but today they only own 13% of the city, he said.

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550 new settlement units in WB

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A new settlement project to build more housing units and to expand settlements built on Palestinian villages in the West Bank was announced by the Israeli occupation authority.

Khalil Tafakji, director of the maps section at the Orient House in occupied Jerusalem, said that this settlement project includes the establishment of 550 new housing units.

He also pointed to the presence of another Israeli scheme (No. 163/3) to expand Itamar settlement built on land of the Palestinian village of Awarta. The project includes changing agricultural land to residential land, he added.

He affirmed that this settlement project stretches along five square kilometers over Nablus and Jordan Valley land, where a number of outposts were already built.

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