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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, January 19th, 2015.

Israeli troops kill a Palestinian man in the Negev and invade West Bank communities kidnaping civilians. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A Palestinian man was killed, on Sunday evening, during the funeral procession of Sami al-Ja’ar, 20, who was killed by the Israeli Police in the Negev last Wednesday.

It said Sami Zabadna, 47 years of age, died due to the effects of tear gas inhalation in Rahat city, in the Negev. The situation in Rahat is subject to further escalation due to heavy police presence, especially after the death of Zabadna, the second Palestinian to be killed since Wednesday.

The City Council in Rahat decided to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the latest Israeli escalation, and future steps to protest it. The online site Arabs48 said the clashes took place on Sunday evening near the Rahat graveyard, and that at least 15 persons were injured.

On Monday at dawn, Israeli soldiers kidnapped a journalist near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and two brothers in Bethlehem.

Soldiers also invaded Hebron, attacked and injured one Palestinian. Media sources in Ramallah said several Israeli military vehicles invaded Betunia town, west of the city, and kidnapped a Palestinian journalist, identified as Mojahed Bani Mifleh from his home.

Later on Monday morning, Israeli forces kidnapped at least eight Palestinians from towns and cities across the West Bank, while summoned others and raided homes of families.

In other news, Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Barta’a village, southwest of Jenin city in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and handed a demolition order of an amusement park, run by the Barta’a Cooperative Society.

Local Photojournalist Baha’ Qabaha, said a large military force, accompanied by personnel of the Israeli Planning and Construction Committee, invaded the park, and ordered a halt on ongoing constructions in preparation for completely removing the park.

Qabaha said is the third warrant issued by the Israeli military against the public area and its amusement park, adding that the village and its public facilities are subject to frequent Israeli violations, including the destruction of homes and property, in addition to repeated invasion and arrests.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, January 19th, 2015, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates, please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.