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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday June 10th, 2014.
Palestinian detainee held by the Israeli army continue their hunger strike, meanwhile Israeli troops attack worshipers in Jerusalem. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Israeli forces kidnapped three Palestinians from Jenin city, northern West Bank and Hebron, in southern West Bank, on Tuesday.
In Jerusalem, Israeli military bulldozers razed large areas of Palestinian-owned land in the neighborhood of Wadi Al-Joz, near the walls of the Old City, according to local witnesses.
local sources said that forces and police surrounded the area, towed a number of Palestinian vehicles from the area, causing severe damage to the cars as well as preventing Palestinians from approaching as bulldozers razed the land, for which no reason was given.
Moreover, Israeli soldiers, heavily deployed in occupied East Jerusalem, especially near the al-Aqsa Mosque, attacked dozens of Palestinians, including children, near Bab al-Majlis Gate (The Council Gate), and prevented them from entering the mosque.
According to local sources soldiers attacked and detained Palestinian residents, including summer camp children, who were trying to enter the mosque, demanding residents leave their ID cards with the army before entering the area.
Also in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Israel’s Lands Administration has invited tenders for the construction of 400 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo.
The number of construction bids in the West Bank and Jerusalem has witnessed a dramatic increase, in the last year, Earlier this week, the Israeli Ministry of Housing and Construction announced tenders for the construction of 1,500 housing units in the West Bank region.
In other news, Chairperson of the Israeli Medical Association (IMA), Dr. Leonid Eidelman, stated that the association refuses the force-feeding of hunger striking Palestinian political prisoners, adding that Israeli physicians respect the wishes of the detainees.
Eidelman stated that Israeli doctors will not force-feed the detainees, holding extended hunger strikes; as such an issue would violate the detainees’ right. He added that the physician’s duty is to help the striking detainees stay alive, and that force treatment and force-feeding is illegal.
More than 100 Palestinian political detainees held by the Israeli army started their strike more than 48 days ago. At least 70 detainees have been moved to twelve Israeli hospitals, heavily guarded by Israeli soldiers, and shackled in their hospital beds.
Held under arbitrary Administrative Detention policies, without charges or trial, the detainees are demanding to be released or have their day in court.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday June 10th, 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.