Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday, December, 7, 2016.
Israeli troops kidnap more than a dozen civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities, as Israelâ€™s government approves more settlements. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli â€śConstruction and Planning Committeeâ€ť of the Jerusalem City Council is set to discuss and approve, Wednesday, 20 new colonialist projects to be built in illegal colonies, commercial and tourist centers on Palestinian lands.
The largest project is the construction of a new settlement on the southern hills of Gilo illegal colony, close to the Annexation Wall, on Palestinian lands belonging to the Al-Walaja village, in Bethlehem, southeast of occupied Jerusalem.
The plan includes constructing 770 new residential units in Gilo, in addition to tourist and commercial buildings. sraelâ€™s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, and the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israeli is a signatory and a constant violator.
The Palestinians are constantly losing more lands to these illegal constructions, and remain denied access to large areas of agricultural lands, isolated behind the Annexation Wall.
Also on Wednesday, The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, 16 Palestinians, including a child, only 12 years of age, during home invasions and violent searches, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.
In other news, Israeli authorities prevented Dr. Isabel Perry from entering into the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), claiming she is an activist of the World Council of Churches, which supports the boycott movement against Israel.
This is the first time the Israeli occupation prevented a tourist because of activity in the boycott movement. Dr. Isabel Perry, a citizen from Malawi and an expert in religious affairs, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport on Monday.
A bill preventing supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement from entering Israel was authorized in early November, for its first reading in the Knesset.
And thatâ€™s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Wednesday, December, 7, 2016, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org Todayâ€™s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.