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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Thursday, February 26th, 2015.

Israeli right-wingers set a church on fire in Jerusalem, meanwhile Israeli troops kidnap civilians from the West Bank. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.

A group of Israeli fanatics burnt, on Thursday at dawn, a section of the Church of the Dormition, in occupied Jerusalem, causing significant damage, and wrote racist anti-Christian graffiti.

The fanatics burnt a study room belonging to the Church, a bathing room, and toilet rooms, used by priests, and students of Christian Studies.

Member of the Fateh Revolutionary Council, secretary-general of the National Christian Assembly in the Holy Land, Dimitri Diliani, said the attack is just the latest of an ongoing cycle of violations targeting Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied Palestine.

Diliani held Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his right-wing extremist coalition government, responsible for the escalating violations, stressing that this attack came approximately 24 hours after Israeli fanatics burnt a mosque in al-Jab’a village, west of Bethlehem, and wrote racist anti-Islamic and anti-Arab graffiti.

Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Thursday at dawn, five Palestinians near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and one near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, after the soldiers stormed several homes, and searched them.

In the central West Bank district of Ramallah, soldiers invaded Deir Abu Mashal village, west of the city, and kidnapped five Palestinians after searching their homes.

Media sources in Jenin said several military vehicles invaded the al-Yamoun town, west of Jenin, kidnapped one Palestinian, and hand another a military order for interrogation.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday, February 26th, 2015, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates, please visit our website at Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.