Palestine Today 02 01 2017

February 2, 2017 3:45 AM Ghassan Bannoura Audio report, Palestine 0
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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, February, 01, 2017.

Israeli troops takeover Palestinian farm lands and abducts civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have abducted, during massive invasions of homes, on Wednesday at dawn, at least fifteen Palestinians, from different parts of the occupied West Bank.

In the southern West Bank district of Hebron, the soldiers invaded and ransacked several homes in Beit Ummar town, north of the Hebron city, and abducted six Palestinians, including a child.

Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded Silwad town, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, violently searched and ransacked homes, and abducted a former political prisoner. In the meantime the soldiers also searched homes in Ni’lin town, northwest of Ramallah and abducted one man.

Furthermore, the soldiers abducted two Palestinians from ‘Aqaba town, in Tubas, during violent invasions and searches of homes. In Tulkarem district in northern West Bank, the soldiers invaded Safareen village, north of the city, searched homes and abducted one man. One more civilians was abducted as soldiers searched homes in the nearby Qalqilia city.

Also in northern West Bank, soldiers invaded and searched homes in Nablus city then abducted two men. One man was also abducted by soldiers during homes searches in occupied East Jerusalem.

In other news, Following the Israeli decision to remove the “Amona” illegal colonialist outpost, in the occupied West Bank, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided to build more than 3000 units for Jewish settlers, on illegally confiscated Palestinian lands.

The decision was officially announced by the office of Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in which it confirmed the approval of the 3000 units, in direct coordination with Netanyahu.

Lieberman, who himself is a colonialist settler living in Nokdim illegal colony, said that approximately 2000 units were “ready for marketing,” while the rest are in final stages of approval.

All Israeli colonies in the West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator.

In related news, Israel is planning to seize over 36 dunams of the Palestinian land from the village of Bardala, northeast of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, said a local monitor on Wednesday.

Mutaz Bsharat, who monitors settlement activity in the Tubas district, said that Israeli Civil Administration staff, escorted by a military vehicle, stormed Bardala and served locals with an official notice to seize 36.88 dunams of their land for “security purposes”. Bsharat said the land would be seized to complete the construction for parts of Israel’s apartheid wall, located near the village.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, February, 01, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.

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