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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday, December 09, 2013.

Israeli troops kidnap four civilians during morning invasions and uprooted trees to expand a road for settlers. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

Palestinian sources reported that Israeli military bulldozers uprooted on Monday more than 40 Olive trees in order to connect settler road #60 with the Cremisan Monastery in Beit Jala town, west of Bethlehem southern West Bank, and other areas.

Orchard owners stated that the army previously uprooted 15 trees from their orchard in order to expand the road, and came back today to uproot 40 more olive trees. Road construction and expansion is leading to massive illegal confiscation of Palestinian lands in occupied East Jerusalem, including Beit Safafa town, and in Bethlehem. Israel also intends to build “National Gardens” in the area.

Furthermore, also on Monday soldiers completely isolated 12 Palestinian villages near Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Yatta town, said that the soldiers placed concrete blocks sealing the main road linking Yatta with its eastern communities.

Soldiers also declared the area a closed military zone, stopped and searched dozens of residents and vehicles, and forced them back.

Earlier on Monday at dawn Dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and the Jenin refugee camp, and kidnapped four Palestinians. A fifth Palestinian was kidnapped at a roadblock near Jenin city.

In other news, the Palestinian Political detainees society held by Israel announced on Monday that prisoner Na’eem Shawamraeh is now unable to move and is facing death. Shawamraeh was moved from the Israeli army detention camp of Asskalan, four days ago to an Israeli military hospital where he was diagnosed with ALS.

The Palestinian Political detainees society demanded his immediate release so he can have prober treatment before it’s too late.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday December, 09, 2013 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our web Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me, Ghassan Bannoura.