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Palestinians living inside along with those of the
Separation Wall & Land Day
Since 1976, Land Day has been marked by Palestinians to protest the seizing of their lands by . Palestinians living in planned a number of activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Land Day.
This year’s anniversary comes shortly after Israeli voters elected their Parliament which will be led by the newly formed Kadima party, vowing to draw the borders of , to include a huge area of the
Some Israelis will also join Palestinians in the
Meanwhile, in Bil’in village, 300 residents, along with Israeli and international peace activists, demonstrated on Friday against the Annexation Wall and settlements. The peaceful protesters carried three models of Modi’in Elit settlement, constructed on orchards that belong to the residents of Bil’in and several surrounding villages. One protestor dressed as a judge smashed the objects in a move that symbolized destroying the settlement. The protesters were met by military violence as the Israeli army fired gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber coated bullets. Ten were injured and five were arrested.
Also, in the West Bank
Soldiers claimed that the protestors hurled stones at them and that troops fired live rounds in the air to disperse them. Two soldiers were injured during the protest.
Palestinian New Government
The Palestinian Parliament approved in its session on Tuesday the new cabinet formed by the majority party Hamas, led by Prime Minister Ismael Haniya. The cabinet was sworn in by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in
Within hours, cut off aid to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority. Other nations are expected to follow.
The government banned its diplomats from having any contact with the Hamas-led cabinet. In a directive distributed to diplomats and other officials by email, the American government instructed them not to have contacts with Hamas-appointed government ministers, whether they are members of the party or not.
The Israeli acting Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, declared victory in the Israeli elections early Wednesday while his aides said that the Shas and the Pensioners Parties would be partners of the new Kadima-led government.
Kadima won 29 seats, which is less than expected. The Labor party won 20 seats, while Shas rose to 12. The Arab parties in won a total of nine seats, one seat more than in the previous election.
The Weekly Brief of PCHR
This week, the Israeli army killed 3 Palestinians, including a child. Soldiers shot dead a Palestinian child near the border between the Gaza Strip and , when he attempted to enter to search for a job. On Sunday, the army killed a Palestinian resistance fighter near the border between the Gaza Strip and . On the same day, a Palestinian civilian was killed in al-Yamoun village, southwest of Jenin. The army claimed that he had fired at them but he was in fact unarmed at the time. 18 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire.
The Israeli army conducted 27 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the
The Israeli army continued to impose a comprehensive siege on the Palestinian territories, in violation of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of Palestinian civilians.
In addition, the army continued to impose a tightened siege on the Gaza Strip, transforming it into a large prison. The al-Mentar (Karni) commercial crossing, east of
Army Attacks & invasions
Approximately 50 armed Israeli officials break into the house of Ibrahim Ghozlan in the Silwan area south of the Old City of Jerusalem and forced five Palestinian families from the building. An Israeli extremist group is claiming that they own the building, but the Palestinian family who has owned the property for hundreds of years challenges that claim.
Settler Attacks against Palestinians & Internationals
In separate incidents near the West Bank city of
Meanwhile, on Friday an extremist settler group from the Sosia settlement, adjacent to Yatta village, south of
On Saturday, an American volunteering with the Tel Rumeida Project in
And that’s just some of the news this week in