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Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for September 7th to the 13th, 2013.
Palestinian President stated this week that he hopes for a peaceful settlement with Israeli by the end of this year, meanwhile Israeli attacks left at least a dozen Palestinians injured. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Nonviolence Report
Let’s begin our weekly report as usual with the nonviolent activities organized in the West Bank. on Friday Israeli soldiers used tear gas and chemical water to attacked the weekly protests organized at the villages of al Nabi Saleh, Bil’in, Nil’in, central West Bank and Al Ma’ssara village in southern West Bank. IMEMC’s Salam Qumsyia reports:
At the village of al Nabi Saleh, Israeli soldiers used tear gas to suppress the villagers and their supporters before even leaving the village.
later troops invaded the village and fired tear gas bombs and chemical water into residents homes. As a result many residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In the nearby villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin villagers and their supporters, managed to reach the Israeli wall built on local farmers lands.
Israeli troops stationed there fired tear gas and rubber-coated steel at the unarmed protesters. As a result many civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
In southern West Bank Israeli soldiers attacked the villagers of Al Ma’ssara and their supporters before leaving the village. troops also used rifle buts and batons to force people back into the village.
For IMEMC News this is Salam Qumsyia
The Political Report
Palestinian president , Mahmoud Abbas, hoped this week that a peaceful settlement could be reached by end of this year. In the Gaza Strip, political instability in nearby Egypt, is overshadowing. IMEMC’s Rami Al Meghari with the details:
Palestinian Authority’s president , Mahmoud Abbas , said this week that a Palestinian-Israeli agreement could be reached by the end of this year. Abbas’s remarks came on the sideline of a meeting with French officials in Paris.
The president hoped that if current negotiations with Israel succeed, both sides can reach an understanding that would lead to peace in the region.
Meanwhile, news about negotiations are unclear as the two sides agreed to keep talks secret. Recently , Israel complained of what it termed some leaks by some Palestinian officials about those talks.
Ahead of the 20 anniversary of the Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestinians, chief Palestinian negotiator, Ahmad Qurai, was quoted as saying that the Oslo accords of 1993 are still valid and can be reliable in terms of peace with Israel.
In the Gaza Strip, the ruling Hamas party has called for retreating the Oslo accords due to what the party considered failure of those accords to make a concrete progress.
At the internal Palestinian level, the Islamist Hamas party and Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas are yet to reach a conciliation deal that would end a 6-year-long political split. Hamas insists that conciliation becomes before any elections.
As the situation in nearby Egypt remains unstable, Hamas in Gaza faces an unprecedented economic and political pressure. Since Egypt’s recent revolution of June30, toppled Islamist president Mohammad Morsi, Egyptian authorities shut down hundreds of underground tunnels, life line for Gaza under Israeli blockade.
This week, Egypt remanded imprisonment of deposed President Mohammad Morsi, collaboration with the Islamist Hamas rule in nearby Gaza.
For IMEMC News, I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza.
The West Bank and Gaza Report
This week Israeli forces conducted at least 31 military invasions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza. During these attacks Israeli troops injured a dozen civilians and kidnapped at least 40 others. IMEMC’s Eman Abedrabbo Bannoura reports:
This week Israeli army invasions in the West Bank were focused in the cities of Hebron, Ramallah, Jenin and Nablus; among those kidnapped by Israeli troops during those invasions there were17 children.
Moreover Israeli soldiers kidnapped a young Palestinian man at the Erez Terminal, between Gaza and Israel, as he was on his way to receive treatment at an Israeli hospital.
Earlier in the week two Palestinian workers were injured on Saturday when Israeli troops stationed along the wall between Hebron, south of the West Bank, and Israel, opened fire at a number of Palestinian workers when they attempted to cross the wall through a hole looking for work.
On Sunday an 18-year-old teenager sustained shrapnel wound of a sound bomb in the head while a 20- year-old civilian sustained wounds in the right hand when Israeli forces moved into Beit Ummar village, north of Hebron and clashed with residents. Moreover, a pregnant woman suffered tear gas inhalation.
Later in the week, seven residents were injured by Israeli army fire on Thursday when soldiers invaded Askar refugee camp, in Nablus city, and kidnapped several residents. Local sources said that the soldiers invaded the camp and fired gas bombs, concussion grenades and flares, wounding seven Palestinians.
Elsewhere In Jerusalem this week Israeli soldiers demolished on Wednesday 10 tents, home to 35 people, owned by Palestinian Bedouins from the village of Al Zayiem, to the north of occupied East Jerusalem. troops claimed that they are built without permission.
In the Gaza Strip this week Israeli navy continued to attack Palestinian fishing boats. On Sunday Israeli gunboats stationed off al-Waha resort, northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats that were sailing about 4 nautical miles off shore.
The fishermen were forced back to shore fearing of being arrested or injured. On Monday Israeli navy forces confiscated two fishing boats belonging to Palestinian fishermen, off Rafah shore in the southern Gaza Strip.
For IMEMC News this is Eman Abedrabbo Bannoura.
And that’s all for today from This Week in Palestine. This was the Weekly report for September 7th to the 13th 2013 from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please keep visiting our website at www.imemc.org. This week’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.