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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday May 22nd, 2014.
The army and settlers attack farmers’ lands in different parts of the West Bank and destroy olive trees. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Several Israeli military jeeps, accompanied by armored bulldozers, invaded on Thursday morning, Palestinians lands and olive orchards in Kufur Ed-Deek, west of the central West bank city of Salfit, bulldozed lands and uprooted several olive trees.
Residents said that the attack comes in an attempt to illegally confiscate the lands for settlement activities, as the army is preparing for a new illegal settlement outpost between the town and Bedya nearby village.
In southern West Bank, A number of extremist Israeli settlers invaded Palestinian farmlands, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and burnt Palestinian wheat and fodder planted by a Palestinian in his own land.
Farmers told local media that the attack aims at inflicting maximum losses, in an attempt to make the Palestinians lose their only source of livelihood, and to force them out of their homes and lands.
Elsewhere, violent clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli settlers at Joseph’s Tomb located in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after it was stormed by dozens of Jewish Israelis who performed religious rituals there.
According to witnesses, a large bus full of settlers, escorted by a number of Israeli military jeeps, stormed the holy site on Thursday, at dawn, Al Ray reports.
Witnesses added that the soldiers fired rubber bullets, tear gas canisters and stun grenades at young Palestinian men who threw stones and empty bottles at the soldiers’ vehicles.
Several injuries and suffocation cases were reported, as a state of panic ensued in the area. The clashes lasted for hours before the patrols withdrew, going towards Hawara refugee camp, in the south of the city.
In Jerusalem today Israeli police officers kidnapped a Palestinian working for the Waqf and Islamic Endowment Department, in the al-Aqsa Mosque, while dozens of Israeli extremists stormed the yards of the mosque.
Moreover The Israeli Government of Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Jerusalem City Council, have decided to install 500 surveillance cameras in Palestinian neighborhoods, in occupied East Jerusalem.
The Israeli Radio has reported that the cameras will be installed in Silwan, Sheikh Jarrah, at-Tour, al-Ezariyya, in addition to the French Hill and all the way to the Gilo settlement.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday May 22nd, 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.