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Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for November 8th, to the 14th, 2014.
Two Palestinians are killed this week as Israeli settlers and troops escalate their attacks targeting Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Nonviolence Report
Let’s us begin our weekly report with nonviolent activities organized in the West Bank. Protests this week were reported in the villages of Bil’in, Ni’lin and al Nabi Saleh in central West Bank, Kufer Qadoum in the north as well as Al Ma’ssara in southern West Bank. IMEMC’s Majd Batjali with the story:
Israeli troops used tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets to suppress the three protests.
In al Nabi Saleh, protesters were stopped by Israeli soldiers at the village entrance, while in Bil’in and Ni’lin, protesters managed to reach the Israeli wall. One journalist were injured in Bil’in, and many civilians were treated from the effects of tear gas inhalation at the three protests.
Meanwhile Israeli troops attacked villagers of Kufer Qadoum and their supporters with tear gas and rubber coated-steel bullets. As a result many civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Elsewhere in southern West Bank, Israeli troops stopped the weekly anti wall protest at Al Ma’ssara village entrance. Soldiers forced people back into the village using rifle buts and batons, no injuries were reported.
For IMEMC News this is Majd Batjali.
The Political Report
The United Nations drafted several resolutions regarding the Palestinian question. Meanwhile, peace process is still on halt. IMEMC’s Rami al Meghari with the details:
Palestinian National Authority insists on going to the United Nations for bringing Israel to justice over possible war crimes in Gaza and violations of international law , particularly in the occupied East Jerusalem.
United Nations drafted this week several resolutions in support of Palestinian demands, especially the call for recognition of Palestinian state on 1967 border lines and ending the Israeli occupation within a time frame up to 2016.
At the internal Palestinian level, Palestinian political factions are urging the former Hamas rulers of Gaza to expedite investigation for recent blasts of Fatah leaders’ homes in the territory. The factions consider Hamas’s actions against perpetrators, as very helpful to deadlocked Palestinian national unity.
Qais Abdelkareem, a democratic front leader, believed that the deadlocked unity between Hamas and Fatah, would overshadow expected indirect talks in Cairo between Palestinians and Israel, over the last ceasefire understanding, following Israel’s war on the coastal territory.
Tension between the Islamist Hamas and the Fatah party of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, has recently escalated, in light of blasts in Gaza.
For IMEMC News. I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza
The West Bank and Gaza Report
Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and injured at least two others during attacks targeting West Bank communities this week. In the meantime Israeli forces resumed attacks against Gaza fishermen. IMEMC’s Eman Abedraboo-Bannoura reports:
On Monday a 25-year-old settler woman and an Israeli soldier were killed in two separate stabbing attacks, in Tel Aviv and the West Bank, while at least two others were injured. A Palestinian man, allegedly the attacker, was shot and killed.
The settler who was killed is from illegal settlement of Teqoua’, near Bethlehem. She died after being stabbed by a Palestinian, while a young settler was moderately injured in his abdomen, and a 50-year-old man suffered a mild injury to the face. The incident took place, on Monday evening, near the Alon Shvot illegal Israeli settlement, in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.
Israeli security forces identified the attacker as Maher Hamdi al-Hashlamoun, 31. He is a former political prisoner, from Hebron, who was held by Israel for more than five years. On Monday evening, Israeli soldiers invaded several homes in Hebron, and kidnapped the brother of al-Hashlamoun, and his brother-in-law, in Ein Sara area in the center of the city.
The stabbing came just hours after an Israeli settler soldier, identified as Almog Shiloni, 20 years of age, from Modi’in illegal settlement (near Ramallah) was stabbed at a train station, south of Tel Aviv, and died of his wounds later on.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian youth was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers at Al Aroup refugee camp near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Mohamed Jawabra, 21 years old, was standing at his roof top watching as local youth clashed with invading Israeli troops. A soldier shot Jawabra in his abdomen with a live round critically injuring him.
Palestinian medics moved Jawabra to Hebron city hospital were doctors tried to save him but he died of his wounds. Elsewhere, Palestinian medical sources have reported that two teenagers were shot and wounded by Israeli army fire, in Beit Forik village, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Also this week, Israeli settlers continued to invade Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem under the protection of the Israeli military and clash with Palestinian worshipers. Clashes were also reported all over occupied East Jerusalem between Israeli soldiers and local Palestinian youth protesting the constant attacks by Israeli radical groups on Palestinian holy sites in the city.
In the Gaza Strip this week, several fishermen have been injured, late on Sunday at night after Israeli Navy boats fired rounds of live ammunition and shells, at their boats, close to the shore of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. One of the boats was destroyed and burnt, while the Navy also fired flares while military helicopters, and a drone, flew overhead.
Later in the week, Israeli forces, on Thursday, opened fire towards a number of houses and lands belonging to Palestinian farmers east of Khuza’a town. Israeli military opened fire towards farmers who are close to the location and nearby homes. No casualties or injuries were reported, however.
For IMEMC news this is Eman Abedraboo-Bannoura.
And that’s all for today from This Week in Palestine. This was the Weekly report for November 8th, to the14th, 2014. From the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. This week’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi, and me Ghassan Bannoura.