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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, July 3, 2012.
Israeli soldiers caught on tape assaulting a Palestinian child, meanwhile, Israel is planning to build a military collage on the Mount of Olive, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli Regional Planning and Construction Committee in Jerusalem approved, a plan to build a Military College near the Augusta Victoria Hospital in the Mount of Olives, in occupied East Jerusalem.
Ahmad Sob-Laban, a Palestinian researcher specializing in Israeli settlement affairs, said in a statement to the press that Israel will be constructing a military college on nearly 3.5 acres of land northeast of the old city.
Sob-Laban added that the college will be able to accommodate nearly 400 students and 130 faculty. In addition, the college would move more government and military facilities into the eastern part of Jerusalem, as part of Israel’s plans and illegal settlement activities in the occupied city.
In Ramallah, the Palestinian Center for Development and Free Media (MADA) condemned the assault of a Palestinian Journalist by the Palestinian security in Ramallah on Saturday.
Mohammed Jaradat, who was covering a march protesting the intended meeting between the Israeli Deputy-Prime Minster Shaul Mofaz and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, said he was beaten by the Palestinian security.
He said that four men wearing civilian clothes started beating him during the march at the sight of the Palestinian Police who did not interfere.
In other news, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B’tselem) published a video showing an Israeli officer of the border police kicking a Palestinian child while another officer held the child. The attack took place in Hebron, in the southern part of the West Bank.
9-year old Abdul-Rahman Burqan, lives with his family near an area used by the Israeli army as a parking lot near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.
The video shows an Israeli Border Police officer ambushing the child as he was walking past a corner. One officer grabbed him by the arm, accusing him of making troubles.
The officer then dragged the screaming, terrified child on the ground for a few seconds before another officer kicked him. Soldiers then let the child go and left the area; the child then ran away.
B’tselem stated that the assault was caught on tape by a volunteer in its camera distribution project, from inside his own home. B’Tselem distributes the cameras so that the residents can film Israeli soldier and settler attacks against them and their lands.
B’tselem said that its volunteer started filming when he noticed a soldier hiding behind the wall; there were no confrontations or clashes in the area.
That’s all from IMEMC News. This was the Tuesday July 3rd daily roundup of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 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