Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for September 03, to the 09, 2016.
Two Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks this week targeting Gaza and the west Bank meanwhile Palestinian officials denounce Israeli claims accusing President Abbas of Espionage for Russia 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. On Friday Israeli soldiers attacked nonviolent protests organized in West Bank villages using tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets.
In central West Bank, nonviolent protests were organized in the villages of Bil’in, Ni’lin and Al Nabi Saleh. Troops used tear gas and rubber coated bullets against the unarmed protesters. Both Bil’in and Ni’lin villagers and their international and Israeli supporters managed to reach the Israeli wall built on local farmers lands.
In Al Nabi Saleh, the soldiers attacked the protest at the village entrance. Later troops stormed the village and fired tear gas into residents homes.
At the village of Kufer Kadum, in northern West Bank, Israeli troops used live rounds and tear gas to attack villagers and their international and Israeli supporters. Many residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation. Troops also fired tear gas at residents homes causing damage.
The Political Report
This week, Palestinian leadership denounces Israel accusations to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. IMEMC’s Rami Al Meghari has more:
Palestinian leadership denounced this week Israeli media leaks that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, served the intelligence apparatus of the former Soviet Union.
The leadership regarded the accusations as an Israel attempt to defame Abbas and evade a potential summit meeting between Russian president, Vladimir Putin , Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Natanyahou in the Russian capital.
It also maintained that such accusations are reminder of previous Israeli accusations against former Palestinian president, Yaser Arafat, who was besieged in his Ramallah office, over Israeli allegations that Arafat was a tumbling block towards peace.
The potential summit meeting, was called for by Russian president and is aimed to look into chances for resumption of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Palestine’s observer mission at United Nations, sent out a number of letters to various UN organs, including the secretariat general, security council and human rights council, briefing all those bodies on latest Israeli actions on the occupied Palestinian territories.
The letter stated that in a time the international community regards Israeli settlement activities on occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, as illegal, Israel is continuing such settlement activities, especially in the occupied East Jerusalem.
The mission called on all parties concerned to take action and pressure Israel to halt all those actions, for the sake of peace in the region, based on a two-state solution.
For IMEMC News, I am Rami Almegahri in Gaza.
The West Bank and Gaza Report
Two Palestinian civilians were killed by Israeli gunfire targeting Palestinian communities in both the West Bank and Gaza strip. IMEMC’s Ghassan Bannoura reports:
Mustafa Nimir, 24, was killed and his brother-in-law Ali was critically injured when Israeli troops opened fire at their car on Monday during an army invasion into the Shu’fat refugee camp, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem. At first Israeli army claimed that the two Palestinians tried to ram soldiers with their car, but after CCTV video footage, photos and eyewitnesses showed that the soldiers opened fire without provocation, they changed their story to say that the shooting was a mistake, and that they would investigate.
The army accused them of driving ‘erratically’. They also claimed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Ali, who is in serious condition in an Israeli hospital, has been denied visitation by his family, is now facing charges from the Israeli military for the alleged crime of driving erratically.
Elsewhere, Palestinian medical sources have reported that Israeli soldiers shot and injured, on Monday at dawn, three Palestinians in the Balata refugee camp, and Sebastia town, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.
Later in the week, Israeli soldiers uprooted, Wednesday, more than 40 Dunams of Palestinian agricultural lands planted with more than 800 olive trees , and two water wells, in Beit Ola town, west of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. the army claimed the lands were “owned by the state.”
Moreover, Israeli troops kidnapped more than 60 Palestinian civilians, including 9 children this week during 86 invasions targeting Palestinian communities in the West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.
In Gaza, 18-year-old Abed-Alrahman Al Dabagh was killed on Friday evening when Isralei troops opened fire at Palestinian civilians close to the border fence in Dier Al Balah town in central costal region.
Earlier in the week Israeli navy ships opened live gunfire towards Palestinian fishermen on Wednesday off the coast of the central Gaza Strip, and detained five of them after sizing their boat.
Moreover, several military training sites belonging to different political movements in the Gaza Strip were reportedly hit with Israeli fire during the predawn hours of Tuesday. The Israeli army said that they were responding to gunfire directed at Israeli soldiers stationed near the northern border of the besieged coastal enclave.
For IMEMC news this is Ghassan Bannoura.
And that’s all for today from This Week in Palestine. This was the Weekly report for September 03 to the 09, 2016. From the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www-dot-imemc-dot-org, This week’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Eman Abedraboo-Bannoura.