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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org for Thursday January 12th, 2012.
An illegal settlement outpost in eastern Hebron is evacuated and dismantled, and a wheel-chair bound Palestinian girl is hit by a settler car in Hebron, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
In a ruling of 6 against 5, the Israeli High Court has upheld an emergency security measure enacted in 2003, which prohibits spouses of Israeli citizens from attaining Israeli citizenship.
The ruling is expected to affect nearly 100,000 Palestinians and other nationals who are married to Israeli citizens, and must constantly apply for permits to remain inside Israel.
The law was initially imposed to prevent militants from entering the country via the marriage route, and has been in place for nearly nine years, despite being an initial temporary security law.
In other news, zfter an illegal outpost was removed near the West Bank settlement of Shilo on Monday, the local civilians were warned to take precautions on the nearby road, to protect themselves against revenge attacks.
A revenge incident occurred when settlers hid near the road and began to throw stones at the passing cars, before firing live ammunition. Slueiman Rabbo, a Palestinian security officer was injured in the attack.
In related news, at dawn today, Israeli forces took down and evacuated a settlement outpost established in 2007, in the eastern part of the West Bank city of Hebron. The outpost, Avichay, named after a settler killed in 2007, has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since its establishment.
Also in Hebron, a thirteen year old girl, Hiba Abdul Ghaffar was hit by a settler car on Thursday near the Ibrahimi mosque.
Ghaffar, who is wheelchair bound, suffered mild wounds and was taken to the near-by hospital, where the head of the Red Crescent emergency ward claimed the girl was on her way to school when the settler hit her with his car.
Elsewhere in the West Bank, in a separate dawn raid, three Palestinians from the village of Madama, near the northern city of Nablus, were arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.
Patrols were spotted entering the city just after 2 am, and that the three young men are Ahmad, Mohammad, and Abdullah al-Quett, aged 21, 22 and 23 respectively. They were taken after the army entered and searched their homes.
That’s all for today from the IMEMC News, this was the Thursday January 12th 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, William Gibson