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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Centre,, for Thursday, February 4th, 2010.

29 civilians detained during pre-dawn raids in the West Bank, and armed, Israeli settlers occupy a 500-Dunam Palestinian mountain south of Nablus. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The News Cast

During his closing speech at the annual Herzilia, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated Wednesday that there is a chance that the stalled peace process would be unconditionally resumed in the coming few weeks.

He stated that, “the International community now realizes that Israel wants to resume the peace process,” and that the “road is clear for resuming the talks.”
In domestic Palestinian politics, Dr. Nabil Sha’ath, member of the Central Committee of the Fatah party, met on Wednesday evening with delegates of the rival Hamas movement.

The visit is considered a positive step towards ending the ongoing rift between Fatah and Hamas, that have been stalled since the end of negotiations towards an Egyptian mediated reconciliation paper, in
In related news, Palestinian medical sources reported that a 22-year-old Palestinian patient from Gaza, Abdul-Rahman Tayyim, died of health complications and kidney failure.

Wounded when the Israeli Air Force fired missiles into the Al Nusseirat refugee camp, in central Gaza in 2003, Tayyim was unable to receive the urgent medical proceedures due to the ongoing Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.
In other news, Israeli soldiers detained, in pre-dawn raids, 29 Palestinian civilians in various parts of the occupied West Bank, including Jenin, Ramallah, Bethlehem & Hebron.
The total number of civilians detained in the West Bank this week totals 51 persons.
After being detained last month by the Israeli military, Baker al-Hafi, a resident of the West Bank village of Tulkarem, has been exiled to the Gaza Strip. Originally from Gaza, al-Hafi, who has been a resident of the West Bank for the past 10 years. He leaves behind his wife and two children.
In addition, Israel intends to deport 9 more detainees to Jordan. Those in question are originally from Jordan, but are all now residents of the West Bank, either through marriage, or through registration at university.
A group of right-wing, armed, Israeli settlers occupied a 500-Dunam Palestinian mountain south of Nablus city, in the northern part of the West Bank.

Ghassan Dughlus, the official in charge of the file on settlement construction in the West Bank, stated that the settlers illegally occupied the mountain and installed four mobile homes.

Dughlus added that the settlers are trying to create an illegal outpost in an attempt to create the first basis for a new illegal Israeli settlement in the area.


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