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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday June 18th, 2013.
Israeli settlers continue to attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and soldiers invade West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
A number of extremist Israeli settlers punctured tires of 28 Palestinian cars in Abu Gosh area in n occupied East Jerusalem.
The settlers carried their attacks out during early dawn hours, and wrote racist graffiti, such as “Price Tag”, “Death To Arabs”, and “Arabs Out”, on a number of walls.
It is worth mentioning that this latest attack took place a few days after Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his government, decided that the dangerously escalating Price Tag attacks carried out against the Palestinians, not only in the West Bank, but also in the 1948 territories, “are not acts of terrorism”.
Last week two similar attacks targeting Palestinians were reported , one in East Jerusalem and the other in Jaffa.
Israeli soldiers kidnapped late on Monday at Night and Tuesday at dawn five Palestinians, including one child, in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
Local sources reported invasions in the cities of Hebron and Bethlehem, southern West Bank in addition to Nablus city in the north.
In other news Israeli news sources reported that the Israeli government budged, allotted for settlement activities in the occupied territories, is hundreds of millions over the allocated annual budget.
According to the Israeli online Haaretz, by investigating the general budget of the Israeli government, it became clear that the government spent millions of Israeli Shekels to finance settlement activities in violation of the original budget.
In 2012, Tel Aviv allocated 60 Million shekels for settlement activities, but in fact spent 272 Million. And in 2011, 50 Million were approved for settlement activities, but the government spent 373 Million Israeli shekels.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday June 18th 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.