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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday September 13th, 2012.
Israeli government is seeking approval of illegal settlements in the west Bank, meanwhile, an Egyptian aid convoy enters the Gaza Strip, these stories and more coming up, stay tuned.
The right-wing led Israeli government of Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been seeking the approval of the Israeli Supreme Court in order to expand more than 40 settlements built on privately-owned Palestinian lands in the West Bank.
The government is also seeking the legalization of all existing constructions that were conducted on lands that Israel illegally annexed from the Palestinians under “military and security considerations”.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz said the response the government provided to the Supreme Court regarding the outposts indicates that the government is leaning towards giving legitimacy to these illegal constructions.
The response came after the Supreme Court received an appeal on the issue filed by the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din.
Yesh Din is demanding the government to implement the Supreme Court ruling that calls for demolishing all illegal structures built by settlers around Beit El settlement, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
Haaretz said that the Israeli government officially recognizes the fact that approximately 40 settlements built in the occupied territories were partially, and in many cases completely, built on private Palestinian lands.
In other news, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza stated Thursday that a convoy headed by Secretary-General of the Humanitarian Relief Committee, Dr. Khaled Abdul-Aziz, managed to enter the Gaza Strip to deliver urgently needed medical supplies.
Convoy members were welcomed by health ministry officials, public relations officials and journalists.
They carried several sorts of urgently needed medications, in addition to solutions used in Kidney dialysis, anaesthetic medications, antibiotics, and several other medications and equipment used to help cancer patients.
Abdul-Aziz said that convoy members are delighted to be in Gaza, in Palestine, and called for more support to the Palestinian people and their just cause and struggle against the illegal Israeli military occupation.
The Gaza Strip has been suffering frequent closures and military invasions, especially after the Israeli unilateral withdrawal from the coastal region. On Wednesday night, Israeli military vehicles rolled into the besieged area and opened random fire.Eyewitnesses said that two armored military bulldozers and two tanks invaded Al-Maghazi refugees camp and bulldozed some nearby areas and uprooted some trees. No clashes were reported.
That’s all from Palestine Today; This was the Thursday September 13th 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.