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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday April 29th, 2014.
Settlers injure a Palestinian worker, and Israeli army bulldozers destroy Palestinians homes in different West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Palestinian medical sources have reported that a Palestinian man was injured after being hit by a settler’s car, while working in Beitar Illit illegal settlement, near Bethlehem. The sources said that Sha’baan Abdullah Qandeel, 32, suffered various bone fractures and bruises, and was moved to the Arab Society Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, in the nearby city of Beit Jala.
Qandeel is from al-Azza refugee camp, north of Bethlehem. Beitar Illit settlement was built on Palestinian lands that belong to residents of the villages of Husan, Nahhalin and Wad Fokkin.
In other news Israeli military bulldozers, and various armored jeeps, invaded the at-Tour town, in occupied East Jerusalem, demolishing two residential sheds and kidnapped two Palestinians.
Local sources said the soldiers invaded the al-Hardoub neighborhood after surrounding the town and, then, demolished the structures.
Earlier on Tuesday Several Israeli military jeeps and bulldozers invaded Khirbit at-Taweel village, near Aqraba town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, where they demolished a mosque and several sheds.
Local sources said the soldiers displaced several families, rendering them homeless, and threw their belongings away. They added that the soldiers attacked the residents, and dragged them out of their homes.
Destruction of homes and property is an act of collective punishment which violates International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and all related international human rights agreements.
The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) previously reported that Israel has demolished about 27,000 Palestinian homes and other structures since 1967.
In other news, the so-called Civil Administration Office, run by the Israeli military in the occupied Palestinian territories, designated around 28,000 Dunams of Palestinian lands, beyond the Annexation Wall, as state lands. The move will be later followed by constructing and expanding Jewish settlements.
According to Israeli news sources most of the lands, recently declared as belonging to the state, hold a strategic value to the settlers, and could link settlements close to the Green Line, and those in in the West Bank, to Israeli towns.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday April 29th, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.