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Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for June 13th, to the 19th, 2015.
The Palestinian Presidents Mahmoud Abbas said this week that Palestinians will not accept a provisional state on 1967 borders, Israeli attacks targeting Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza leave one killed and at least three others injured. 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. Two Palestinian civilians were injured and many more were treated for the effects if tear gas inhalation by Israeli troops who attacked the nonviolent protests organized in West Bank villages. IMEMC’s Anna Paulina reports:
This week anti wall and settlements protests were organized in the central west Bank villages of Bil’in, Ni’lin, and al Nabi Saleh. In addition, protests took place in the villages of Kufer Qadum in northern West Bank and Al Ma’ssara in the south. Israeli soldiers used live rounds, tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets against the unarmed protesters.
Two villagers were injured and many more were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly protest organized in Kufer Kadum village. Medical sources said that the two youth were injured in their legs after being hit with rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli soldiers.
Bil’in and Ni’lin protesters managed to reach the Israeli wall. Meanwhile in 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.
Bil’in villagers and their superset marked the fourth anniversary of rerouting the wall built on village lands.
In the southern West Bank village of al Ma’ssara, Israeli troops attacked the villagers and their supporters at village entrance then forced them back using rifle buts and batons, no injuries were reported.
For IMEMC News this Anna Paulina.
The Political Report
Palestinians look forward to creation of a Palestinian state within international legitimacy resolutions. IMEMC’s Rami Al Meghari has more:
Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said that Palestinians will not accept a provisional state on 1967 borderlines and that Israel should recognize the borders of future Palestinian state, as seen by the international community.
Abbas also said that an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories, should take place within a timetable, agreed upon by the concerned parties and followed up by an Arab states’ committee.
Meanwhile, top Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Eriqat, called for the recognition of international legitimacy resolutions, when it comes to the occupied Palestinian territories.
At the internal Palestinian level, Palestinian government in Ramallah has been reported to have resigned. Yet, current prime minister of that consensus government said that fate of his cabinet will be decided , next week.
Such a development comes as Palestinians continue to trade blame for the failure of consensus government to take care of the Gaza Strip. Some analysts suggest that president Abbas wants a genuine conciliation or unity between the Islamist Hamas and his Fatah party.
For IMEMC News, I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza
The West Bank and Gaza Report
The West Bank and Gaza Report
Israeli troops this week killed a civilian and kidnapped more than 50 others during attacked targeting Palestinian communities in Gaza and the West Bank. IMEMC’s George Rishmawi with the details:
A Palestinian man was shoot and killed then crushed by Israeli soldiers on Sunday at dawn during an invasion targeting the village of Kafr Malek near the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Witnesses said that Abdullah Ghanayem, 22 years of age, was on his way to work when Israeli troops shot him then crushed their jeep on top of him killing him. The Israeli army forced local medics and residents from helping Ghanayem until he died under the military jeep.
Residents clashed with the invading troops who fired live rounds and tear gas. As a result, 12 residents were injured and dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Later in the week, Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Thursday at dawn, two Palestinians in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and kidnapped two brothers in an invasion into Beta town, south of the city. Media sources in Nablus said several military vehicles, a number of settlers’ buses, and a military bulldozer, invaded the Eastern Area in Nablus, leading to clashes with local Palestinian youths.
Medical sources said resident Eyad Kalbouna, 23, was shot with a live round in his left leg, while Mohammad Ghassan Hashshash, 24, from the Balata refugee camp, was shot with two live rounds in the chest and thigh. The two have been moved to the Rafidia Governmental Hospital, in Nablus, suffering moderate-but-stable injuries.
This week the Israeli army conducted at least 51 military invasions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank. During these invasions, Israeli forces kidnapped at least 43 Palestinians, including 10 children.
Also this week Israeli troops uprooted and destroyed Palestinian lands all over the West Bank. Israeli soldiers invaded, Monday, Palestinian olive orchards in Husan town, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and uprooted dozens of olive saplings. on Tuesday morning, Israeli soldiers cut and uprooted hundreds of evergreens, east of the central West Bank city of Tubas.
Moreovera group of Israeli settlers, late on Monday night and Tuesday at dawn, burned wheat crops owned by farmers from Kafr Al-Lebed village, near Tulkarem, in northern West Bank. The fire stretched over vast areas of Palestinian land and destroyed crops.
In Gaza This week, a Palestinian youth was shoot and injured, on Tuesday midday, by Israeli troops near the Zikiem military base at the Gaza Strip borders with Israel. According to Israeli sources, the youth climbed the outer fence of the military site when troops ordered him to stop the youth did not adhere to the soldiers who shot him in his leg. The youth was moved to an Israeli hospital where his wounds were described as moderate.
For IMEMC News this is George Rishmawi.
And that’s all for today from This Week in Palestine. This was the Weekly report for June 13th, to the 19th, 2015. 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 Maher Qasiess and me Ghassan Bannoura.