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Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for November 29th, to December 5th, 2014.
Israeli attacks leave 10 Palestinian civilians injured meanwhile Palestinian and Arab leadership decides to go to the UN to end the Israeli occupation. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
The Nonviolence Report
Let’s begin our weekly report as usual with the nonviolent activities organized in the West Bank. one journalist and a youth were injured meanwhile scores civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday when Israeli soldiers attacked the nonviolent protests organized in West Bank villages. Majd Batjali with the details:
Israeli troops attacked the weekly protest organized by the villagers of Kufer Kadum in northern West Bank at the village entrance. Soldiers also invaded the village and fired tear gas into residents’ homes.
As a result many civilians, including children suffered effects of tear gas inhalation. A cameraman for the Palestine TV sustained light wounds when a rubber-coated steel bullet fired by Israeli troops hit him in his leg.
In central West Bank, at the villages of Bil’in and Ni’lin,
Israeli soldiers attacked the protesters as soon as they reached the gate of the wall that separates local farmers from their lands. One youth was injured in Bil’in and many others, many protesters suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation and were treated by field medics in both location.
At the nearby al Nabi Saleh village, Israeli troops fired several rounds of rubber-coated steel bullets at the villagers as soon as they reached the village entrance.
Moreover Israeli troops fired tear gas at residential areas causing damage to the houses as some of the tear gas canisters went through the windows inside the villagers’ homes.
In Al-Ma’asara village, Israeli troops stopped villagers and their supporters at the entrance of the village and forced them back, however, no injuries were reported.
For IMEMC News this Majd Batjali.
The Political Report
Palestinian Authority, along with Arab states, agree on the need for a United Nations’ resolution that would end the Israeli occupation. IMEMC’s Rami al Meghari has more:
Palestinian Authority is determined to get United Nations’ approval of a new bid that would bring an end to the Israeli occupation in a period of two years. Arab states in the UN are supporting the move.
Yet, some political commentators believe that United States will be blocking such a resolution by it’s Veto power. Some others believe not, given US’s interests in the Middle East region.
In the meantime, King Abdallah II, Monarch of Jordan, said in Washington that the parties concerned in the Middle East peace should be brave enough to go back to negotiations table, for a durable solution.
At the internal Palestinian level, both Hamas and Fatah parties have not yet agreed on practical steps towards genuine reconciliation among themselves, in a way that ends political split and prepares the ground for general elections.
For IMEMC News, I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza
The West Bank and Gaza Report
This week Israeli settlers and troops escalated their attacks targeting Palestinians communities in both the West Bank and Gaza. At least 10 Palestinians were reported injured this week by Israeli attacks. IMEMC’s Eman Abedraboo-Bannoura reports:
On Monday a young Palestinian woman was shot and seriously wounded, at the Etzion settlement junction, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, allegedly after she stabbed a female Israeli settler, causing a mild injury. The young Palestinian woman has been identified as Amal Fakhri Taqatqa, 22 years of age, from Beit Fajjar town, near Bethlehem. Taqatqa is a former political prisoner.
Moreover, five residents were injured on Tuesday midday when Israeli troops invaded the village of Yabod near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. Local sources reported that troops stormed village and searched shops at the local market then attacked shop owners. Later local youth clashed with invading troops who responded by firing tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets. As a result five civilians were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation.
On Wednesday evening, Israeli troops shot and injured a Palestinian teenager at a shop in Mishor Admoem illegal settlement near Al Ezeryia town in occupied east Jerusalem. Ibraheem Abu Sineneh, 16, was shoot by Israeli police then taken to unknown location. The Israeli police claims he tried to stab two Israeli settlers at the Rami Lavi supermarket. Later Israeli troops invaded Al Ezeryia town and searched a number of homes including Abu Sineneh family house. Clashes erupted between local youth and invading troops. No injuries were reported.
Earlier on Wednesday afternoon, two Palestinian civilians were injured after an Israeli settler opened fire at them at the village of Bittilo near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. According to local sources both men, Ahmad Zyiada and Thabit Bazar sustained critical wounds and were moved to Ramallah city hospital for treatment.
On Thursday evening, Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian child who was trying to cross the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem, allegedly for carrying a knife and “attempting to stab a soldier.”
Eyewitnesses told local news sources that the child, Yathreb Salah Rayyan, 14 years of age, from Beit Duqqu village north of Jerusalem, was at least 30 meters away from the soldiers when they opened fire at her without warning. They said Rayyan was shot by two live rounds, and that the soldiers also fired several gas bombs. She was walking towards the roadblock using a lane designated for cars, trucks and buses when the soldiers shot her. On Friday Israeli settlers uprooted 50 olive trees owned by Palestinian farmers from villages around the northern West Bank city of Nablus.
In Gaza, A Palestinian fisherman was injured by fire from an Israeli naval boat while sailing offshore of Gaza City, according to witnesses. They said that an Israeli naval boat opened fire at 23-year-old fisherman Fakher Abu Rayyala, while he sailing within the six-nautical-miles allowed fishing zone, seriously injuring him. Abu Rayyala was transferred, with serious wounds, to a hospital for medical treatment, where he was set to undergo emergency surgery. on Friday, Israeli troops shoot and injured two Palestinian at the northern Gaza borders opened fire at civilians.
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 29th, to December 5th, 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.