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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Wednesday, July 4, 2012.

Churches vote to divest from three companies involved with the Israeli military, as troops close off roads and takeover farm lands in the West Bank, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli army raided on Wednesday morning the villages of Hussan and Nahaleen, located in southern West Bank. Local sources reported that Israeli soldiers handed four farmers from Hussan orders to evacuate their lands. The army claims that the lands are took close to the Israeli settlement of Bitar Ilite.
The illegal settlement of Bitar Ilite was built on lands originally taken over by the army from Hussan and Nahaleen farmers.

Elsewhere on Wednesday, the Israeli army closed the road connecting Jenin city, northern West Bank , with nearby villagers and refused to allow Palestinian cars to bass. Moreover troops also refused to allow an elderly man from Jenin to enter Jerusalem for treatment, local sources reported.

In other News, the Middle East Committee of the Presbyterian Church USA voted to divest from three companies involved with the Israeli military, citing human rights abuses carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people.

The measure will now go to the full Assembly for a vote on Thursday.
After voting down a similar resolution last year, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church tasked its Middle East Committee with researching alleged human rights abuses.

The Committee’s report documents numerous cases of severe human rights abuses by the Israeli military against Palestinian civilians using equipment supplied by the three companies in question: Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, and Motorola.

And that all for today from the IMEMC News; This was the Wednesday July 4thdaily news roundup from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Husam Qassis and me Ghassan Bannoura.