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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Wednesday September 5th, 2012.
The Israeli military kidnapped seven Palestinians in the West Bank and the Palestinian President is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Wednesday, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli soldiers invaded, on Wednesday at dawn, several Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched dozens of homes, and kidnapped seven residents.
Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies reported that the army invaded Awarta village, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and kidnapped one resident identified as George Awwad, 21, a student at An-Najah University in Nablus.
Awwad is the brother of Hakim who is imprisoned by Israel serving 5 life terms.
Also on Nablus, soldiers invaded a residential building and kidnapped four
In Jenin district, also in the northern part of the West Bank, soldiers kidnapped two residents from Kufur Ra’ey and Aqaba villages. The two were identified as Bassam Yousef Sbeih, from Kufur Ra’ey, and Ja’far Ghannam from Aqaba.
Soldiers also invaded the home of former political prisoner, Mustafa Abu Arra, and searched his home and damaged some of his property.
It is worth mentioning that the army kidnapped, on Tuesday at night, a young Palestinian woman, and her 12-year-old brother, in Tal Romedia neighborhood in the southern West Bank city of Hebron.
The army also invaded Kufr Qaddoum village, in the northern part of the West Bank, and kidnapped several local nonviolent peace activists.
In political news, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, will be arriving in Cairo on Wednesday evening for a two-day visit that will include a meeting with the newly elected Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi, and Arab Foreign Ministers.
The talks will focus on the latest developments in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the ongoing investigation into the potential assassination of the late President, Yasser Arafat, the Palestine Press News Agency reported.
Palestinian Ambassador In Cairo, and Permanent representative at the Arab League, Dr. Barakat al-Farra, told Palestine Press that Abbas will meet with Morsi on Thursday, and that the talks will discuss the situation in the Arab world and bilateral relations between Palestine and Egypt.
Al-Farra noted the significance of Abbas’ meeting with Morsi and the Arab Foreign Ministers in Cairo as it comes just before the scheduled sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. President Abbas will be addressing the Assembly demanding international recognition of the legitimate Palestinian right to independence and sovereignty by establishing an independent state in the 1967 territory, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
In a special Interview with Israel’s leading newspaper, Haaretz, Norwegian Foreign Minister, Jonas Gahr Støre, stated that the International Community should reconsider the import of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
He said that Israel’s settlements are illegal under International Law, and that his country is weighing different options to implement policies that oppose the construction and expansion of settlements.
The Norwegian official made his statements just before his planned visit to Ramallah and Tel Aviv as part of the preparations for the conference of Donor Countries that will be held in New York next month.
That’s all from Palestine Today, This was the Wednesday September 5th 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.