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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Israeli soldiers bulldoze and uproot Palestinian owned farm lands in the west Bank, and aid convoy arrives in Gaza. These stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli Soldiers invaded, on Thursday morning, the Deerat village, east of Yatta in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and illegally confiscated seven dunams of Palestinian lands.
Local sources said that the army carried maps showing the newly planned settlers-only road that would split the village and lead to the destruction of several houses. The homes are part of the village, but Israel considers them to be out of the zoning area. The road would lead to the illegal annexation of thousands of Palestinian dunams in the region, local sources added.
Also in southern West Bank dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the Baten Al-Ma’sy Mountain area, in the Al-Khader town south of Bethlehem, and bulldozed Palestinians lands, uprooting them in preparation for use in the construction of new settlement units.
Moreover Israeli soldiers detained a number of journalists who were trying to report the violation. The army has also detained international peace activists and tried to force them out of the area. Six months ago, Israeli settlers built a synagogue on an area which comprises more than 500 square/meters of Palestinian lands.
Six months ago, Israeli settlers built a synagogue on an area which comprises more than 500 square/meters of Palestinian lands. Settlements, built on Palestinian lands in the occupied territories, are illegitimate under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Elsewhere Several Israeli military jeeps invaded the Barta’a village, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, carrying destruction orders issued by the military against seven Palestinian homes and two chicken farms.
The soldiers, accompanied by an official of the Construction and Planning Committee of the Civil Administration Office, run by the Israeli military, invaded Khirbit Abdullah Younis village and served warrants to seven residents. The army claims that the homes were built without construction permits.
In the Gaza strip, The “Miles Of Smile” solidarity aid convoy made it into the coastal region, on Thursday after crossing through the Rafah Border Terminal between Gaza and Egypt, carrying supplies and various Arab and other international champions.
Media sources in Gaza say that the activists are from many different countries, including Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Britain, Sweden and Malaysia. The aid convoy is the first since Egypt’s President Mohammad Morsi was removed from power.
Partners for Peace & Development for Palestinians (PPDP) issued a press release stating that the convoy is part of a chain of the “Miles of Smiles” convoys which made it into Gaza, and continue to make trips to the coastal region in support of the Palestinian people and breaking the illegitimate Israeli siege imposed on Gaza since 2007.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, November 21, 2013 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 George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.