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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

Nonviolent action organized against West Bank settlement, and political detainees held by Israeli announce protest moves. These stories, and more,
coming up, stay tuned.

Dozens of nonviolent resistance activists gathered, on Monday morning, in Khallet an-Nahla area, near Bethlehem city, in southern West Bank.

Mohammad Mheisin, coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee, said the protesters marched in the area carrying Palestinian flags, and posters containing names of villages Israel destroyed in 1948, and expressed their rejection to Israel’s ongoing violations of International Law.

Mheisin said Israel is now trying to build Givat Eitam colony on more than 420 Acres of Palestinian lands in the area, adding that Tel Aviv initially approved the plan in 2004. The official warned that this plan would block geographical contiguity in the area, and would also lead to further isolation of Palestinian orchards.
arlier on Monday at dawn, Israeli soldiers kidnapped three Palestinians in Nablus, Ramallah, and Bethlehem, and stormed many homes, especially in the southern West Bank district of Hebron. Soldiers flood agricultural lands with wastewater near Bethlehem.

During the month of February Israeli occupation forces have kidnapped some 285 Palestinians, 30 of whom are children under the age of 18, according to a report by Hussam Association of Palestinian Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners.

According to the report, Hebron ranked first regarding the number of youth kidnapped, with the number of 72 , followed by Jerusalem, 56, and Ramallah 32.

In other news, Head of the Palestinian Detainees Committee Issa Qaraqe’ said Monday that the Palestinian political detainees, held in different Israeli army detention camps are heading towards escalated protest measures that include total disobedience, and hunger strikes.

In a press release, Qaraqe’ said the detainees sent a letter stating that they intend to start their protests on March 10th, by refraining to stand in line for counting, removing electric equipment from their rooms,

refraining from leaving their rooms, and gradually start returning their meals, in addition to chanting and banging on the doors, and bars. The detainees are protesting the ill-treatment by their captives.

And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Monday, March 2nd, 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.