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Palestine: Israelis raze homes for military purposes, shepherd assaulted & land seized

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‘Israel’ razes Bedouin homes in Beit Hanina for military purposes OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli military bulldozers demolished on Monday the shacks of Al-Kaabna Bedouins in Beit Hanina, north of occupied Jerusalem, at the pretext of unlicensed construction. Mohamed Kaabna, one of the affected Bedouins, said that bulldozers escorted by Israeli soldiers and policemen encircled their area at around six o’clock in the morning and embarked on evacuating 11 shacks before knocking all of them down. He added that the demolition of their homes led to the displacement of 53 individuals, including children. He said that the raid on their residential area caused panic among his family members and relatives, and made some of them flee to the mountains. The Israeli occupation authority had issued demolition warnings against their homes about three months ago and threatened to raze them any moment. Al-Kaabna Bedouins have been living in this area since before 1967 and the Palestinian owners of this area, who are expatriates in the US, allowed them to reside in it. However, the Israeli army claim ownership of this mountainous area according to the absentee property law, which is a relic of the British mandate period, and declared its intent to establish a military base on it. For his part, head of the popular committee against the Gaza siege Jamal Al-Khudari strongly denounced the Israeli demolition of Bedouin homes in Beit Hanina. Khudari said that Israel’s absentee property law, which is used to seize Palestinian real estate and give it to Jewish families are part of its Judaization and ethnic cleansing policy in the occupied Palestinian territories. He added that such law as well as the Prawer plan in the Negev desert and the systematic demolitions in the Jordan Valley and the West Bank is aimed at creating a demographic change in favor of the Jews, especially in Jerusalem. Khudari stressed that the seized lands are Palestinian, and Israel has no right to seize them under any pretexts. He called for strong international support to help the Palestinian people restore their usurped rights. ————————————————————————————– Jewish settlers assault shepherd, seize Palestinian land RAMALLAH, (PIC)– Jewish settlers assaulted a Palestinian shepherd near Migron settlement outpost in Ramallah on Sunday then fled the scene. The Hebrew radio said that masked settlers beat up the shepherd who was then taken to Ramallah hospital. Meanwhile, Jewish settlers in Bethlehem seized Palestinian land in Al-Khader village and cultivated it. Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of the national anti-settlement committee in the village, told Quds Press that the settlers from Ein Kassis settlement outpost took control of two thousand square meters of Palestinian land. He said that the settlers planted olive and citrus trees in the land owned by Adnan Saleh. Salah pointed out that the Israeli occupation authorities had reportedly delivered to settlers information and maps of land not planted by Palestinians for years especially in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. ————————————————————————————- Dozens of settlers break into Aqsa mosque OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Dozens of Jewish settlers and students broke into the holy Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem at an early hour on Monday morning. Local sources told the PIC reporter that the settlers and students strolled in the Aqsa yards under heavy police protection. They said that the settlers performed Talmudic rituals and briefed the students on the mosque’s sections and esplanades.

One response to “Palestine: Israelis raze homes for military purposes, shepherd assaulted & land seized

  1. globol August 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    all part of the elite 1% agenda which we do not consent

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