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Palestine: New units north of Jerusalem & ‘settlers’ expand outpost built on lands in Bethlehem

‘Israel’ decides to build 40 settlement units north of Jerusalem

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli occupation authorities issued on Thursday evening building permits for 40 new settlement units to expand the settlement of Pisgat Zeev, north of occupied Jerusalem.

Researcher in settlement Affairs Ahmed Sub Laban said in a press statement on Friday that these units are part of the settlement project which was approved in 2007, pointing out that it will expand Pisgat Zeev settlement towards the town of Enata, which is separated from the settlement by the Israeli segregation wall.

Sub Laban said these successive steps in approving settlement projects and building more units clearly prove the occupation authorities’ neglect to calls for freezing the settlement construction in Jerusalem.

“These steps raise questions about the fate of the city of Jerusalem and Jerusalemites in light of talk about a return to the negotiating table, especially as the occupation administration continues to ignore Palestinian demands,” the researcher added.

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Settlers expand outpost built on Palestinian lands in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)– Jewish settlers on Friday expanded a settlement outpost built on Palestinian lands in the town of Khedr near Bethlehem to the south of the occupied West Bank.

Ahmed Salah, coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement in Khedr village, told Quds Press correspondent that a group of settlers began on Friday morning to build two new settlement units in Sidi Boaz outpost built on Palestinian lands in Kheder village.

He said the settlers constructed two new buildings on the outskirts of the town in violation of the decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to stop construction work in the area.

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Health condition of hunger striker Batran worsening

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The health condition of hunger striker Emad Al-Batran has rapidly deteriorated in Israeli custody.

The Palestinian prisoner’s society said in a statement on Saturday that Batran, from Edhna village in Al-Khalil, is suffering from low blood pressure, slow heart rate, and severe pain in his body.

Batran, now held in Assaf Harofeh hospital, has entered his 81st day of hunger strike protesting his re-arrest.

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Barghouti’s hunger strike enters its 86th day

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jerusalem and West Bank cities witnessed events in solidarity with captive Abdullah Barghouti, who has entered his 86th day of hunger strike.

In the Aqsa mosque, worshipers organized a massive rally and hanged a big photo of prisoner Barghouti on one of the facades of the mosque after Friday congregation.

Meanwhile, many tents have been erected in solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners in Israeli occupation jails in a number of cities in the West Bank.

Barghouti has been chained and isolated in a room in Afula hospital in the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories. He has been exposed to psychological pressure and medical negligence by the Israeli prison administration.

Captive Barghouti started the hunger strike, along with five other Jordanian prisoners, on May 2. They have been refusing to stop their strike despite the serious deterioration of their health conditions as a result of the deliberate medical neglect.

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