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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, November 22th 2010.
Today a Palestinian worker was shot by Israeli police near the city of Ashkelon, in the southern district of Israel. According to Israeli officials, he was working in Israel without permission and he was shot while trying to run over another person with a car. The victim was not identified.
In addition, Israeli police destroyed the Bedouin town of al-Arakib, in the southern Israel. The village was first demolished in late June, but the police had to come back six more times to destroy it, after residents resistance managed to rebuild their homes.
The construction of the barrier along Israel-Egypt border was also started today. The project will cost NIS 1.35 billion and intends to stop the transit of economic migrants, asylum seekers and drug smugglers, as well as possible terrorist incursions, into Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defined the barrier as ‘an obligation and right, to protect the State of Israel.’
In the U.S., a new report made by the State Department, documents a rise in religious violence and state-sponsored discrimination over the last year in Israel.
Specifically mentions right-wing Haredi Jewish groups, and their undue influence on the Israeli government’s policies. The report also outlines the discrimination against non-Jews and women segregation among ultra-Orthodox communities.
On Sunday, Israeli news sources reported that two soldiers, who were convicted of using a Palestinian boy as a human shield during Israel’s war on Gaza in 2008, only received a demotion and a three month suspended sentence.
On Saturday, just days after Israeli troops oversaw the bulldozing of Palestinian homes and farmland in Beit Ummar village to make way for the expansion of an Israeli Jewish-only settlement, Palestinians, internationals and Israelis who protest about it were attacked by the Israeli army, who fired tear gas. 3 Israelis, 2 internationals and 1 Palestinian were abducted.
That sums up our news for today, thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem, you have been listening to Palestine Today, from International Middle East Media Center. For more updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. This report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and Ane Irazabal.