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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday April 25, 2013.
Israeli soldiers uproot trees in northern West Bank and kidnap civilians from southern West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli army bulldozers uprooted on Thursday afternoon dozens of olive trees owned by farmers from the village of Araba near the northern West bank city of Jenin.
According to the villagers the army targeted lands that are close to the main road that connects Jenin city with the nearby Tulkarem city.
Earlier on Thursday Israeli settlers attacked villagers lands in Araba and also uprooted olive trees and fled the scene when the villagers arrived, local sources reported.
Elsewhere the Israeli army invaded the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Thursday and kidnapped six civilians.
Local sources reported that the army searched and ransacked a number of homes in the old city part before taking the six men away. The army gave no reason for kidnapping the men.
On Wednesday night dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Western Area of the Bil’in village, and took photos of the lands especially where a military monitoring tower was installed, and was removed two years ago after the Annexation Wall was rerouted following an Israeli Court ruling.
The ongoing nonviolent resistance against the Wall and settlements in the village managed to force Israel to return Palestinians lands following eight years of ongoing struggle against the ongoing Israeli violations, mainly the construction of the Wall and expansion of illegal settlements.
Bil’in became a role model for popular struggle against the occupation, the Wall and settlement, and became the target of constant Israeli military assaults targeting the residents and their Israeli and international supporters.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday April 25th news round-up 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, Ghassan Bannoura.