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Palestine: 13-year-old threatened with rape by Israeli interrogators, 30 violations against fishermen in 3 months, excavations & more housing units

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13-year-old child released on bail after interrogator threatened to rape him

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Magistrate Court in Jerusalem ordered the release of 13-year-old Jerusalemite child Ismail Muhaisen on bail.

The father, Tawfik Muhaisen, said on Friday that the court ordered the release of his son on Thursday after paying a one thousand shekels bail in addition to another 5000 shekels bail to paid by a third party.

He said that the court also put the conditions that Ismail should not approach the mountain area near his hometown of Issawiye and should not talk with his friends, who are accused of starting fire in that area, for three months.

The father said that one of the Israeli interrogators threatened his son that he would bring a Sudanese man to rape him in order to force him to confess. He added that the judge ordered an investigation into the incident.

Israeli police forces arrested six children in Issawiye last week on the charge of starting fire in the town’s nearby hills. They were released a few days later with the same conditions imposed on Ismail.

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Settlers burn two cars, deface wall of building with racist slurs in J’lem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Friday set fire to two Palestinian-owned cars and spray-painted racist slurs and threats on the wall of a residential building in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem.

Mousa Al-Alami, one of the residents in the building, told the Palestinian information center (PIC) that at about two o’clock in the morning of Friday he came back from his workplace and saw two cars of his neighbors ablaze and a gang of five settlers fleeing the scene as they sensed his presence.

Alami expressed his belief that the settlers used a flammable substance to burn the cars, noting that one of the settlers wearing a yarmulke (Jewish cap) was spray-painting anti-Arab slurs and threats with a signature referring to the price tag gang on the walls of the Palestinian apartment building.

Another resident, Adnan Abdul-Latif, said he spotted two days ago one of the Jewish settlers watching the apartment building, which is located close to street number one in Sheikh Jarrah area.

As it usually happens when settlers from the price tag gang launch terrorist attacks on Palestinian natives in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli policemen showed up pretending to really conducting an investigation into the matter.

The residents of the building are absolutely positive that such police investigation will not lead to the arrest of the perpetrators, Abdul-Latif added.

In a separate incident, a group of Jewish settlers on the same day destroyed Christian tombstones in the Orthodox cemetery in Jaffa city and defaced some of the graves with anti-Palestinian graffiti.

According to police investigations, Jewish settlers knocked down many tombstones, wrote blasphemous remarks, price tag gang’s signatures, and drew David Stars on some graves.

The settlers also defaced a fence wall surrounding a Palestinian building in Jaffa with hate slurs, punctured the tires of five cars and ruined their paints with anti-Arab graffiti.

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OCHA: Communities in the Jerusalem periphery at risk of forcible transfer

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned of the serious conditions of around 2,300 Palestinians, two thirds of them children, who reside in about 20 small herding communities in the hills east of Jerusalem, in Area C.

Over 80% of the residents are refugees, a status they acquired following their eviction from their place of residence in southern Israel in the early 1950’s where these communities have gradually lost access to much of their grazing land due to settlement expansion, according to OCHA report.

The report pointed out that most of the families have pending demolition orders against their homes, none of the communities have been connected to the electricity network and only half are connected to the water network.

Between 2008 and 2012, over 4,000 Palestinians, mostly from herding communities, were forcibly displaced due to the demolition of their homes on the grounds that they have no building permits, OCHA stated.

The report confirmed that herding communities in Area C are some of the most vulnerable in the West Bank –about 34% are food insecure.

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PCHR: 30 Israeli violations against Palestinian fishermen in 3 months

GAZA, (PIC)– Nearly 30 Israeli violations were carried out by the Israeli naval forces against Palestinian fishermen along the Gaza sea within 3 months, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reported.

The PCHR report has documented the Israeli human rights violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory carried out between March 1st, 2013 and May 31st, 2013

The report documented 29 shooting incidents, which resulted in one injury, two incidents of chasing fishermen leading to two arrests, and the confiscation of one boat and fishing tools.

The report pointed out that the Israeli Navy has imposed restrictions on fishermen at sea, including narrowing the permitted fishing zone for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip from six to three nautical miles during the period between March 21st, 2013 and May 20, 2013, in violation to the cease-fire signed between Hamas and Israeli authorities under Egyptian mediation in Nov. 2012.

On May 21st, 2013 Israel has re-allowed fishermen an increased access to the fishing zone from three to six nautical miles, PCHR stated.

85 percent of the Israeli attacks were reported in areas that fishermen have been allowed to access, the report said, adding that Israel has progressively imposed restrictions on Palestinian fishermen’s access to the sea.

“Israel’s acts constitute a flagrant violation of the rules of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL) since it systematically prevents the fishermen’s community from their most basic rights, particularly that they are mere civilians who do not pose the least threat to Israeli naval forces,” Khalil Shahin, Director of PCHR’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Unit, said.

It is worth mentioning that there are more than 70,000 people in Gaza who are dependent on fishing as the main source of income.

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Palestinian citizen wounded in IOF shooting in central Gaza

GAZA, (PIC)– A Palestinian man was wounded on Friday night in Wadi Salaqa to the east of Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza Strip at the hands of Israeli occupation forces (IOF).

Palestinian security sources told the PIC reporter that Omar Abu Mihareb, 48, was hit with a bullet in his right thigh and was taken to hospital.

Medical sources said that Abu Mihareb was in stable condition, adding that the victim was inside his home opposite the IOF Kissufim outpost when he was hit with the bullet.

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Elad funds excavations in Silwan

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Elad, right-wing Israeli settlement organization, is “indirectly paying the salary of a Tel Aviv University researcher heading an archeological dig in East Jerusalem,” Haaretz Hebrew newspaper revealed on Thursday.

“The Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University began the dig about six months ago in the City of David National Park in the predominately Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan”, the newspaper said.

The excavations caused widespread protest against the university, due to its working with Elad, while “Tel Aviv University claims the dig and associated research are being carried out in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, without any connection to Elad.”

Haaretz confirmed that Elad has not only been involved with the dig from the start with the university’s knowledge but it is also paying the salary of an archeologist from the university who was appointed to head the dig.

The Hebrew newspaper referred to a meeting “held prior to the dig in November 2012 show that Gadot, David Be’eri, the director of Elad, and officials from the Antiquities Authority were in attendance”. At the meeting, logistics, mechanical tools and laborers were mandated to Elad.

“Additionally, an agreement between the Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University commits the authority to pay Gadot’s salary of NIS 23,000 per month for the dig”.

But the entire excavation budget comes directly from Elad. Elad paid NIS 385,000 for a 40-day exploratory dig. Since then, Elad has continued to fund the dig on a regular basis, Haaretz explained.

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1000 new housing units in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel, declared on Thursday plans to build on thousand new housing units in Gush Etzion settlement bloc built on Palestinian lands in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

The construction plan was approved after a meeting between the Israeli Housing and War Ministers and head of the Regional Council of Gush Etzion. Of the 1000 housing units, 650 are existing apartments that have now been approved by War Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Hebrew sources said.

Meanwhile, Yediot Ahronot Hebrew newspaper revealed on Wednesday Israeli plans to build 675 new housing units in the settlement of Itamar built on Beit Furik and Awarta villages in Nablus.

According to the plan, the settlement will be doubled 100%, the newspaper pointed.

“Netanyahu has decided to change the rules and ruin any chance of reviving talks. The government has become addicted to the construction of settlements that will not remain in Israel under any agreement. It will fall to Israel’s citizens to pay the diplomatic and financial cost,” the newspaper quoted the Israeli Peace Now organization as saying commenting on the Israeli new settlement plan.

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