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Welcome to Palestine Today a service of the International Middle East Media Centre, for Wednesday June 29th, 2011

A ship known as the ‘Juliano’ (after assassinated activist Juliano Mer-Khamis) has been sabotaged on Monday evening, as it was being prepared for departure on the ‘Freedom Flotilla II’ of ten boats and 500 activists to Gaza this week.

The British Authorities arrested late on Tuesday at night Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel under the claim that he poses a threat to the public security in Britain. On Sunday, Sheikh Salah had no problem by the British security when he landed at the Heathrow Airport.

Recently, the British Home Office decided that Sheikh Salah will should not allowed into the country no pacific reason was give for this. On Saturday, British Home Secretary, Theresa May, issued an official injunction to ban the Sheikh from entering the country, Israeli Ynet News reported. He was invited to deliver a speech to in front of British parliamentarians of the Labor opposition party.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Sallam Fayyed has said that a recognition of Palestinian statehood in September will not change facts on the ground in terms of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza strip.

The decentralised hacker group ‘Anonomous’ have declared the next target will be the Israeli Knesset of their Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDOS) to. The group, which are an anonymous collection of decentralised Internet hackers, have announced July 28th as the date for their planned attack on the Israeli Knesset web site code named ‘Operation Intifada’.

A Committee of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) passed a first draft of a law that will require that Palestinians whose homes are demolished by Israeli forces pay the Israeli government for the demolition costs. The law will now be passed to the full Knesset for a final reading, where it is expected to pass.

Since 1967, Israeli forces have demolished 24,813 Palestinian homes.
In the first five months of 2011, Israeli forces demolished more Palestinian homes than in the entire year of 2010, rendering homeless 706 Palestinians, including 341 minors. This is according to the most recent numbers released by the Israeli Civil Administration.

If the law passes the full Knesset, any Palestinian whose home is destroyed by the Israeli military will have to pay thousands of dollars to cover the cost of the demolition. Already, many Palestinian home-owners, mainly in Jerusalem, have been forced to pay for the forced demolition of their homes. House demolitions in an occupied territory are illegal under article 53 of the 4th Geneva convention unless rendered unavoidable by absolute military necessity.

The first of the Freedom Flotilla 2 ships have set sail for the rendezvous point in the Mediterranean Sea where it will meet the rest of the ships participating in the flotilla, according to Haaretz. It is unclear when they will meet up with the other participating ships including the US, Canadian and the Greek/Norwegian/Swedish contingent given bureaucratic delays and suspected sabotage to the Greek ship.

After ignoring police summons, Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef faces arrest for a written endorsement of the Torat Hamelech, which justifies the killing of non-Jews, including babies, that pose a threat to the nation of Israel. The commentary states the commandment of “Thou shall not kill” only applies to a Jew killing another Jew. On Monday, the police detained the rabbi briefly for questioning. Right-wing activists were photographed carrying the rabbi after his release from the brief detention with the Israeli police.

Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef is head of the Hazon Ya’akov yeshiva and served as a member of Knesset for the Shas political party from 1984-1988 and he continue to being investigated for his endorsement of the Torat Hamelech.

Five structures and two tents were razed in the illegal settlement outpost of Ramat Migro in the Northern West Bank on Wednesday morning. Two teenage girls were arrested for allegedly throwing a paint bottle at police during clashes between the Israeli military and the settlers. According to YNet, the Israeli military policy in the last year has been not to demolish permanent structures in Israeli judged illegal West Bank settlements but only impermanent ones.

Thats all for today from the IMEMC. This was the Wednesday 29th of June daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. We hope you will join us again tomorrow. This was brought to you by Husam Qassis and me David Steele