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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, August 27th, 2012.
Israeli police apprehend three Israeli settlers possibly involved in fire bomb attack near Hebron, meanwhile Israeli border authorities deny entry to Welcome to Palestine activists, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Israeli Police and the Internal Security announced Sunday that three Israeli teenage settlers have been apprehended on suspicion that they are involved in a fire bomb attack against a Palestinian car, south of Bethlehem, leading to six injuries, some seriously.
The attack took place on Thursday August 16, near the Kfar Etzion Israeli settlement, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
A cab driver, a father, mother and their children, from Nahhalin town, near Bethlehem, suffered moderate to severe wounds. The Arabs48 news website reported that the suspects’ ages are 12 – 13.
Settlers residing in the illegal settlement outpost of Mirgon, built on privately-owned Palestinian lands near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, said that they will resist their eviction, and will not cooperate with the Israeli military.
Originally, an Israeli court ordered the eviction of the settlers by March 31 2012, but the army never evicted it, and the government tried to reach an agreement with the settlers despite the fact that their outpost is illegal under Israeli law.
Israeli daily, Maariv, reported that, Israeli Cabinet Secretary, Zvi Hauser, visited the alternate location set by the government to the settlers on a nearby hill, and said that all preparations are nearly done, and that the site is ready to receive the evicted settlers.
Commenting on threats to use violence against the army during the eviction, Israeli official – former Chief of Staff, Moshe Yaalon, stated that those who resist the eviction will be excluded from the understanding reached with the government, and thus, will not be relocated in the new settlement, Givat Hayakev.
On Sunday afternoon, Israel denied entry to nearly 85 international visitors who were planning to enter Palestine through the King Hussein bridge via Jordan.
The Welcome to Palestine Campaign media unit issued a press release decrying Israel denial of entry to the visitors, saying that the only reason they believe Israel took this measure is the fact that the international visitors, who were mostly Europeans, ‘declaring honestly’ that they were coming to visit Palestine and the Palestinians.
The press statement also said that this denial proves that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are under an immoral Israeli siege.
The campaign coordinators say they will not give up and the freedom of entry to Palestine and will organize more campaigns in the future.
This is the third such campaign. In previous campaigns in July 2011 and April 2012 Israel forced the airline companies to cancel the reservation of over 1800 passengers and returned those who managed to arrive at the Ben Gurion Airport.
The group have an alternative program to visit Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan and tour the country as well.
By this we come to the end of the news for today, This was the Monday August 27th round up 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 Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.