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Palestine: 400 olive trees burned down & 15 months imprisonment for minor

Jewish settlers burn down 400 olive trees

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Jewish settlers set on fire hundreds of Palestinian olive trees in Jaba village, south west of Bethlehem, on Saturday morning.

Local sources said that the settlers started the fire in the olive trees south east of the village that burnt down 400 trees owned by three Palestinians.

In another incident, Jewish settlers attacked and destroyed a Palestinian house in the Old City of Al-Khalil.

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15 months imprisonment for Palestinian minor

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– An Israeli district court has sentenced a Palestinian minor Mohammed Raed Siam, 16-year-old, to 15 months imprisonment and 6 months suspended sentence for 3 years.

Mohammed was arrested on January 1, 2013 where he spent 20 days in Maskubiya interrogation center. Under severe torture and huge stress and threats, he admitted that he had thrown stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli settlements, his father told Silwan center.

The father underlined that the Israeli public prosecutor refused the medical committee’s recommendation to release his son in light of his difficult psychological status due to the interrogation process.

Mohamed’s lawyer has demanded his release during Thursday’s session after his detention in Hasharon prison led to the disruption of his schooling.

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‘Israel’ deports Canadian activist few days after her arrest

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) deported a Canadian human rights activist on Friday few days after her arrest in Al-Khalil, the Youth Against Settlements group said in a statement on Saturday.

It said that the IOA deported Sarah Ali, 26, after violently arresting her three days ago while observing the Israeli military’s violations of human rights while inspecting queued citizens at the entrances to the Ibrahimi mosque.

The statement said, “The group advocate’s attempts to stop the deportation failed; the activist was prevented to communicate with or say goodbye to her friends during her detention at Ben Gurion airport”.

Issa Amr, the coordinator of the group, appealed to the world community to adopt a serious stand against the Israeli deportation of foreign activists, describing the world’s silence vis-à-vis such practice as “shameful”.

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