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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, April 2nd, 2012.
A man dies of wounds and Israeli military detains three Palestinians in Hebron meanwhile Jailed Fatah leader moved to solitary confinement, these stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
A young Palestinian man died on Monday morning from wounds suffered in an Israeli raid on his village near Ramallah last week
Rashad Shoukha, 28, was critically injured by a gunshot to the chest during a dawn invasion on the village of Rammun last Tuesday. His brothers Anwar and Akram were also injured in the raid.
An Israeli army spokesperson said at the time that Israeli troops opened fire in response to an attack by three Palestinians during which an Israeli soldier was stabbed.
Shoukha family said their son died as he did not receive a prompt medical care as Israeli troops refused to allow the ambulances to evacuate the wounded.
Three people from Hebron have been detained on Monday after a group of 20 Palestinian and international activists attempted to retrieve a Palestinian house that was forcibly occupied by Israeli military and settlers in the old city of Hebron.
Palestinian media sources reported that, the house is owned by the Rajab family who had moved out after being harassed by Israeli settlers few years ago. The house was then used as a military post by the Israeli military and more recently has been frequented by six settler families, who claimed legal ownership of the house.
Upon entering the house, the activists of the Youth Against Settlement group attempted to clean the house and furnish it, whilst blocking off the front entrance. A large military force showed up and broke into the house. They threw the furniture out, smashing it into the ground and violently detained three people including Issa Amro, one of the founders of the group.
Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a prominent Palestinian family could not claim ownership of a landmark and now derelict building in East Jerusalem.
The Husseini family said the Shepherd Hotel, now partially demolished, is a symbol of the Palestinian rights to their land and to East Jerusalem, and strongly criticized the court ruling.
The Shepherd Hotel was built in the 1930s and served as the home of Jerusalem grand mufti Haj Amin Husseini.
It was declared ‘absentee property’ by Israel after it was captured and annexed to East Jerusalem in 1967. The title was transferred to an Israeli firm, which sold it in 1985 to Irving Moskowitz, a Florida businessman and patron of Jewish settlers.
In other news, Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has been put in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison after he sent a statement calling for civil resistance last week.
Prisons Authority spokesperson said that as punishment for issuing the statement, Barghouti has been placed in isolation for a week and denied visits and access to the prisoners’ canteen for a month.
Barghouti’s lawyer Elias Sabbagh said that contrary to Israeli claims, Barghouti called for non-violent, rather than armed, resistance, ‘which all Palestinians agree on.’
And that’s all for today from IMEMC News, this was the Monday, April 2nd daily news roundup from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Please Join us again tomorrow. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi