Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, April, 25, 2017.
Israeli troops demolish half a dozen local businesses and abducts civilians during invasions targeting West Bank communities. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
Several Israeli army vehicles, and bulldozers, invaded on Tuesday at dawn, Ni’lin village, west of Ramallah in central West Bank, and demolished six Palestinian shops.
Ni’lin Village Council head, Abdul-Hafith Mosleh, said a large military force invaded the village, approximately at 3 at dawn, and demolishes six shops. He added that the army claimed the shops “are too close to the military roadblock” installed by the soldiers, near the main entrance of the village.
Also on Tuesday at dawn, Israeli soldiers abducted at least fifteen Palestinians, including children, during massive invasions and violent searches of homes, in different parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported.
Elsewhere, Israeli bulldozes invaded, on Tuesday morning, the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb, in the Negev, and demolished it for the 112th consecutive time.
The village, which has been demolished for 112 times, is not recognized by Israel, and has been fighting an ongoing battle for recognition since the establishment of Israel in 1948. Although the villagers have land deeds and receipts of paid taxes dating back to Ottoman times, the Israeli authorities do not accept these as valid.
Over 110,000 Bedouin live in so-called ‘unrecognized villages’, many of which – like al-Araqeeb – significantly pre-date the state of Israel itself. Unrecognized villages are not entitled to services that the state provides to recognized settlements, notably water and sewage services, electricity, roads and educational provision.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Tuesday, April, 25, 2017, news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. From 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.