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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday September 29, 2011

Israeli authorities confiscate more land as the UN Security council discusses the Palestinian bid, these stories and more, comping up, stay tuned.

Israeli military bulldozers are expected to start construction work to build a by-pass road in the southern part of the West Bank.

The Israeli military informed on Wednesday the local council of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron, of their plans to build the by-pass road that will go through some of the town’s land.

The road which is going to expand an existing one will be 5 miles long and 525 feet wide starting from the entrance of Etzion settlement, passing by Al-Arroub refugee camp, and the village of Beit U’mmar and ending in the village of al-Nabi Younis.

The British newspaper, The Guardian, reported on Thursday that Israeli troops recently invaded the village of an-Nabi Saleh, known for being actively involved of non-violent resistance, and went house-to-house forcing children out of bed in the middle of the night to photograph them.

The Guardian article also details some of the other mistreatment of Palestinian children by the Israeli military, referencing a recent report from Defence for Children International showing that eight recommendations made last year by the organization have not been carried out by the Israeli military and government.

Israeli Army kidnapped a Palestinian man from the village of Dura near Hebron and bulldozed lands in the middle of the city.

Security sources reported that army kidnapped Kamel al-A’sser and took him to an unknown place, and erected blockades on the entrance of several villages in Hebron and stopped the private cars to search and check their identity cards which caused a traffic jam. .

The president of the UN Security Council and Lebanon ambassador to the UN, Nawaf Salam, declared that the panel specialized for discussing the bids of new members in the UN will be holding a meeting at the UN Security Council headquarters in New York on Friday. During the meeting, the panel will be discussing the Palestinian bid for full UN membership.

The Palestinian minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Riyad Al-Maliki, announced Thursday that Palestine guaranteed 8 votes in favor of the Palestinian application at the UNSC.

The British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, reported that the Palestinian Authority claimed Tony Blair, the international Quartet special envoy for the Middle East, is biased to Israel.

Earlier on Thursday, the paper said that the Palestine Liberation Organization officials will be holding a meeting to decide whether to consider cutting ties with Mr. Blair.

Some Palestinian officials accuse Blair of being totally biased to Israel. The paper quoted Dr. Nabil Shaath, Central Committee member of Fatah, as saying “Blair looks like an Israeli diplomat in many occasions.”

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