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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, www.imemc.org, for Monday, February 1st, 2010.
One man injured in a shooting in Gaza, whilst the Israeli military prevents farmers from working their lands. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The News Cast
The Israeli army reported, Monday morning, that Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian man east of Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, and moved him to an Israeli hospital.
The resident, who remained unidentified, suffered moderate wounds. The army stated that soldiers saw the resident approach the electric fence, north of the Kissufim military base, and opened fire.
In the West Bank, Israeli troops and workers for the Jerusalem Municipality raided, Monday at midday, Palestinian owned homes and shops located at the Wadi al-Jouz neighborhood near Jerusalem’s old city.
The municipality claims that the residents and shop owners have not paid the property taxes that Israel enforces on the Palestinian residents.
Residents of Wadi al-Jouz, say that this is not the first time their homes and shops have been raided in this manner, and that it sometimes occurs at night, with the families forced out in the cold while soldiers search the house.
Also on Monday, the Israeli military prevented Palestinian farmers, and their international supporters, from planting olive trees near the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem.
Farmers from Jeb Al-Theeb area, who come under regular attacks from the settlers, tried to plant 50 olive trees on the lands they own. As soon as the group started to plant trees, armed settlers arrived and threatened to attack the farmers.
Shortly after, Israeli troops arrived at location and told farmers to leave, along with the internationals. The soldiers said that the farmers must prove their owner ship of the land to the military before they could continue to farm it.
In related news, Israeli sources reported, Sunday, that the Israeli army intend to re-occupy the military camp, Osh Ghrab, that was evacuated by Israel in April 2006. Osh Grab is located in Beit Sahour, outside if the city of Bethlehem, West Bank.
After Israel evacuated the camp, the Beit Sahour Municipality transformed it into a public park, but Jewish settlers have subjected this park to repeated attacks. Now, Israel wants to reoccupy the property, likely to build a new settlement.
Thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem, you have been listening to Palestine Today from the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org. This report has been brought to you, by Walter Jones.