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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday March 25, 2014.
Israeli radicals attack Palestinian shop in Jerusalem and troops kidnap civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities. These Stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
On Tuesday at dawn, Three Israelis attempted to set fire to a Palestinian owned gift shop in Jerusalem, on Jaffa Street, according to an Israeli police spokeswoman.
The owner, Luba al-Samri said, in here statement, that the attackers vandalized the shop, posting slogans reading ‘Kahane was right,’ before fleeing the scene.
Meir Kahane was an American-born Israeli rabbi and political figure who advocated expelling all Arabs from Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.
Later on Tuesday morning Israeli troops kidnapped nine people from the districts of Hebron, Jenin, and Nablus, in addition to another in Jerusalem, local sources reported.
Troops searched and ransacked homes before taking the nine men to unknown destinations.
In Gaza, Israeli tanks and military vehicles invaded two locations near the Israeli borders with the coastal enclave. According to local sources tanks invaded areas close to ash-Shujaiyya neighborhood east of Gaza City.
Elsewhere Israeli tanks and military vehicles invaded farm lands in Khan Youni town in the southern part of the Gaza strip. Witnesses told local news that bulldozers also destroyed farm lands as tanks opened fire at random.
In other news, the Egyptian Authorities closed the Rafah crossing and did not allow hundreds of the Palestinian pilgrims to return home in the Gaza strip.
Local sources reported that scores of Palestinians were returning from the Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca, arrived at Rafah on Monday afternoon and were forced to go back to the city of el-Arish by Egypt’s army.
The Rafah crossing is the only way in or out of Gaza for the 1.8 million Palestinians living there. Egyptian Authorities claim that the frequent closer of the border crossing is due to the unrest in the region. This closers are only adding to the burden of the Gazans who are suffering from the Israeli blockade on them since 2007.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday March 25, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website atwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.