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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Wednesday, January 13th, 2010.

Israeli troops injuries three civilians and kidnaps two others in separate attacks in the West Bank. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast

Two farmers and a child were injured on Wednesday at dawn, when Israeli troops attack villagers from Safa, southern West Bank, as they protested the destruction of their land.

Local sources said that military bulldozers started to uproot trees and destroy a farm land that belongs to villagers on Tuesday night. As soon as the villagers knew about the military attack they rushed to their land and tried to stop it. Witnesses said that soldiers fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at them.

Two farmers sustained moderate wounds after being hit with the rubber-coated steel bullets and a five year old child was taken to hospital due to the effects of tear gas inhalation, medical sources reported.

Meanwhile Two Palestinian civilians from the same family were kidnapped by the Israeli military on Wednesday at dawn as they were crossing the borders between Jordan and the West Bank. The military gave no reason for the kidnapping.

In other news Jamal Juma’, co-coordinator of the Stop The Wall campaign was released. Jamal had been kidnapped by the Israeli military on December 16th, 2009 having been called in for questioning previously. Juma told IMEMC that the military are trying to stop the nonviolence movement in Palestine by arresting local organizers:

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“They still think they can crush the Palestinian movement and can stop us with violence, but they are losing. They are violating the people’s rights, international law, and committing crimes against the people.”

For the past six months the Israeli military have started a new policy of targeting the participants and organizers of nonviolence protests against the Israeli built wall all over the west Bank, with nearly daily invasions and arrests.

On Tuesday the Israeli military kidnapped three local organizers from the central West Bank villages of Nil’in and Bil’in, where nonviolent protests against the wall have been taking place every Friday for the past four years.


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