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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday April 22, 2013.

Hunger-striking political detainee Samer Al-Eesawy to stop his strike and settlers attack his family. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian Minister of Detainees, Issa Qaraqe’, reported that hunger striking Palestinian detainee, Samer Al-Eesawy, expressed a conditional acceptance of an Israeli offer to end his strike in exchange for his release on October 10 this year, adding that no official agreement has been reached on the issue.

Qaraqe’ said Israeli security officers offered to release Eesawy after spending six month in detention starting on may 7th in in exchange for stopping his hunger strike that started on August 1 of 2012.

Palestinian Prisoner Society Lawyer, Naseem Abu Gush, said that Al-Eesawy insists that any deal should be written, and signed, in front of the lawyer and Red cross representatives, especially since he does not trust the Israeli intelligence and security officers.

Abu Gush added that Al-Eesawy will stop taking vitamins if Israel refrain from presenting a legally binding agreement.

Moreover, Israeli right wing settlers attacked on Monday the family Samer Al Eesawy as they were trying to attend the court hearing that took place at the hospital today.

According to Al Eesawy mother, the settlers attacked the family and supporters when they tried to protest outside the hospital when they were not allowed in to see Samer.

In other news, Israeli troops uprooted trees and bulldozed farm lands on Monday owned by Palestinians at the village of Beit Dajan east of Nablus city in northern West Bank.

According to villagers the army announced the area a closed military zone and started to destroy their farm lands. This is not the first time the Israeli army closes the area; uproots and destroy; residents’ farm lands, the villagers added.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday April 22nd news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, Ghassan Bannoura.