Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday October 13th 2009.
Israeli troops kidnap civilians from the West Bank and plans to destroy homes in Jerusalem, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The News Cast
The Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights (JCSER) issued a press release stating that the Jerusalem municipality is planning to level 150 homes in different Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
The Research and Documentation Unit at the Center stated that most of the homes in question are located in the northern neighborhoods, in East Jerusalem.
The report said that nearly 1000 Palestinians are living in those homes and that most of the structures were built more than three years ago.
This number is in addition to nearly 125 homes and apartments that the municipality already decided to demolish them and issues official orders in this regards.
On Monday, the Israeli authorities demolished a 70 square/meter home in Al Marwaha neighborhood, rendering five residents homeless.
In other news Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Tuesday at dawn 16 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank, and issued orders against housing international peace activists.
The sixteen Palestinians were kidnapped in several parts of the West bank. They were all kidnapped after the army broke into their homes and searched them, local sources reported.
Meanwhile, official sources in Nablus, in the northern part of the West Bank, reported that the Israeli Authorities started a campaign against international peace activists living in the West Bank.
Ghassan Douglas, in charge of settlements files in the northern part of the West Bank, said that the army waned the residents of southern Nablus villages not to house international supporters.
The decision, not new in nature especially since Israel deported dozens of activists and denied entry to others, was made particularly to sabotage the olive harvest season as activists visit the West Bank to help the villagers in harvesting their Olive trees, and in an attempt to protect them from settler attacks.
Douglas said that this decision is very serious as it comes to manipulate the truth as the activists bear witness to the ongoing settler attacks.
He added that the new order includes several villages that the subjected to constant settler attacks.
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