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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday June 17th, 2013.

The Israeli army and police raid East Jerusalem and kidnap 40 Palestinian men and settlers attack a Palestinian old lady. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

The Israeli army kidnapped on Monday 40 Palestinian home and shop owners from occupied Jerusalem allegedly for overdue taxes.

Local sources reported that Israeli army and police forces invaded Shoufat refugee camp and Beit Hanina area in East Jerusalem. The Israeli army accused the kidnapped men of not paying taxes for the Israeli Jerusalem municipality.

In the past 24 hours the Israeli army has kidnapped 100 Palestinian men for overdue taxes, local sources added.

Staying in Jerusalem, three Israeli settlers attacked an elderly Palestinian woman in Deir Yassin area, in West Jerusalem. Medical sources said that Fathiyya Mohammad Ajaj, 75, was visiting her son, Abed, at a hospital in the area.

The woman left the hospital and was waiting for a car to take her home when three Israeli settlers beat, kicked and threw her onto the ground.

The settlers also shouted vulgar words at her, in addition to shouting “death to Arabs”, before tearing part of her dress off before she lost consciousness. Later on, an Egged Israeli bus driver and two young men took her to her home in Jabal Al-Mokabbir, in East Jerusalem.

Elsewhere, eight Palestinian political detainee held by the Israeli army in the Rimon detention facility announced on Monday an open-ended hunger strike.

The detainees are demanding that the Israeli army moves them to detention facilities closer to the their families homes so they can come and visit them, the Palestinian political prisoners society reported on Monday.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday June 17th 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.