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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, for Monday May 2nd, 2011

The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported on Friday evening that four Palestinian political prisoners were injured after the Dror Unit of the Israeli Military, broke into section 10 of the Eshil prison compound where 114 detainees are being held.

Prime Minister of the Hamas-led ‘de-facto’ government in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyya, demanded the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) to withdraw its recognition of Israel after Tel Aviv announced its rejection to Palestinian unity deal.

Two children and a youth were injured, three Israeli activists arrested on Friday as Israeli troops attacked the weekly anti-wall protests taking place in Bil’in, Nil’in, al-Nabi Salleh, central West Bank, as well as al-Ma’ssara village in the south.

In an interview with Al Jazeera television on Friday, Egypt’s Foreign Minister announced that the interim Egyptian government has decided to re-open the border between Egypt and Gaza, and will begin in the next few days to begin easing the blockade on Gaza.

Israeli forces attacked a non-violent protest near Qalqilia Sunday, injuring several international activists including a 60-year old woman who was hit in the head by shrapnel. Three international peace activists were arrested by Israeli forces and face deportation and probable 10-year bans from the country.

On Monday, accompanied by senior Hamas delegates in exile, head of the Political Bureau of the Hamas movement in Syria, Khaled Mashal, arrived on Sunday evening in Cairo in preparation to sign the Palestinian unity agreement, with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.

That sums up our news for today, thank you for joining us from occupied Bethlehem. You have been listening to Palestine Today from the International Middle East Media Center. For more updates please visit our website at This report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me David steele