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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, November 29th 2010.
Today, the summary starts with the declassified U.S. State Department documents that Wikileaks revealed this weekend, regarding to the U.S. international politics.
With regard to the U.S. Palestinian relations, the documents showed the U.S. support to Israel over the Palestinians and the peace process. However, the White House told the Palestinian government of President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, that the P.A. should not overreact to the documents.
Also today, in Gaza the al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for firing mortars at Israeli troops invaded the east of Beit Hanoun in the northern part of the strip.
In addition The Security Forces operating under the dissolved Hamas led government in the Gaza Strip, prevented two Fatah leaders, sent by President Mahmoud Abbas to hold talks with Hamas, from entering the coastal region.
In the occupied Golan Heights, during a meeting led by dozens of Druze figures social and religious leaders and residents declared that they disown Member of Knesset Ayyoub Qarra of the Likud Party, and that al-Qarra will not be welcomed or acknowledged by anyone.
In France, the tour company Voyageurs du Monde (World Travelers) launched a new brochure to promote tourism in Israel and Palestine as a whole, under the slogan ‘peace and love’ but only mentioning, superficially, the separation wall or the checkpoints. The project has been supported by the Israeli National Tourism Office as well as the Delegation of Palestine in France. Members of human rights associations denounced that the brochure is ‘an attempt to normalize the Israeli apartheid through tourism.’
On Sunday night, Israeli troops arrested a 17-year-old Asad Zaydan Jaradat in a village near Hebron, after inspecting his house. He was taken from his house during a night raid, although it not clear the reason for the arrest.
It was also reported that the Israeli District Police in the Occupied West Bank exonerated an Israeli Army officer who shot an American peace activist in her eye with a tear gas canister during a nonviolent protest in Jerusalem against the Israeli attack on the Turkish ship Marmara in May. The 21-year old Emily Henochowicz lost her eye and suffered from several other fractures
The Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies and Human Rights reported that Sheikh Jamal Abu Al Haija, 52, from the Jenin refugee camp, and detainee Ahed Abu Ghalama, 42, from Beit Forik near Hebron, started an open-ended hunger strike this week demanding to be removed from solitary and to be allowed visitations.
In addition, the political prisoners of the Hamas movement, imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas, at the Jericho Prison, started an open-ended hunger strike in protest to what they called “cruel treatment and humiliation”.
On Saturday evening, 17 Palestinian workers were wounded near the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit after their vehicle flipped over as the army was chasing it. They suffered head and neck injuries, concussions, and their conditions were generally described as mild-to-moderate.
Also on Saturday, The Jewish Chronicle reported that the United Kingdom will be taking measures meant to prevent British courts from issuing arrest warrants against Israeli military and political leaders accused of committing war crimes. The Chronicle stated that starting next week, the British Interior Ministry will issue a new legislation to “reform the legal international jurisdiction” as part of reforms targeting the jurisdiction of British Police.
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.