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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday March 10, 2011.

Israeli forces raided homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan Wednesday at dawn, and arrested four youths, aged from 16 years old and 18. All face charges of throwing stones.

Also in East Jerusalem, a Palestinian family has been ordered to share their home with Israeli settlers in the neighborhood of Rad al-Amoud.

The court decision followed an 11-year legal battle between the Hamdella family and Irving Moskowitz, renowned to be an American-Israeli billionaire and settler patron. Moskowitz purchased the property in 1990 from Chabad and the Volhynia Hasidic dynasty, a Jewish group who claims to own the land from before 1948.

In the West Bank, the Israeli military arrested five Palestinians, in a pre-dawn raid on Thursday, from the village of Husan, west of Bethlehem.

The military also in invaded al-Bathan village, north of Nablus, and inspected houses.

After permanently closing the main commercial crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip two days ago, Israeli authorities allowed 10 trucks to cross into the coastal enclave with building materials, Wednesday morning, through a crossing that has been closed for over three years.

The Danish government has announced, on Thursday, that it will upgrade the status of Palestinian delegation to the level of a mission.

The announcement was made during a meeting between Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister, Lars Lakke Rasmussen, with other Danish officials.

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 This report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and Ramona M