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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.IMEMC.org, for Monday, October 18th, 2010.
Palestinians continue to protest Israeli violence in East Jerusalem, while Israel continues to evade its international obligations and does not halt settlement construction These and other stories are coming up. Stay tuned.
At least 20 Palestinians were wounded on Sunday night during clashes with Israeli soldiers and policemen in Silwan, East Jerusalem and in adjacent neighborhoods. Residents were prevented from entering and leaving the area as soldiers fired tear gas, robber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades at protestors. Residents expect the army to return to destroy a tent which was erected to protest Israel’s demolition policies and attacks by Jewish settlers.
Near the southern city of Hebron Israeli soldiers kidnapped a Palestinian legislator, Hatim Qfeisha, at dawn on Monday. He has already spent 100 months in Israeli prisons since before and after his election to the Legislative Council. He was most recently released in November, 2009.
On Sunday, October 17 a Palestinian wounded in an October 7th air strike in Gaza died from his wounds. Mohammad Hisham Zaqout, 22, is the second fatality of an attack that was targeting a different person who was not hit in the attack.
On the weekend, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Israeli TV that Netanyahu told him that he would not reinstate the settlement freeze because that would cause his coalition government to collapse. In response to a question, Abbas said that dissolving the PA is not an option and has never been discussed. He also reiterated the position that talks cannot resume if settlement construction continues.
Ma’an Radio reported Monday that Palestinian spokesperson, Nabil Abu Radaineh, revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office has postponed participation in a peace talk summit in Paris in order to evade criticism of its violations of agreements and international law.
Meanwhile, the judge for the trial concerning the unlawful death of Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003 ruled that the military commander in charge of the unit on the ground and the driver of the bulldozer that crushed her to death in Rafah will testify behind a screen, but the unit commander would testify in plain view. The civil trial, result of the lawsuit filed by the family of Rachel Corrie, will resume on Thursday, October 21st
That some of our news for today. Thank you for joining us in occupied Bethlehem. You have been listening to Palestine Today, from the International Middle East Media Center. For more updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. This report was brought to you by Husam Qassis and Cheryl Hogan.