Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for October 8, to the 14, 2016.
A child and two adults are killed by Israeli gunfire this week. 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. Many protesters suffered effects of tear gas inhalation on Friday as Israeli soldiers attacked nonviolent protests organized in West Bank villages. IMEMC’s George Rishmawi with the details:
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 steel 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.
Elsewhere, at Kufer Kadum village in northern West Bank many residents were treated for the effects of tear gas inhalation as Israeli troops attacked the weekly protest there. Troops later stormed the village and fired tear gas into residents’ homes causing damage.
For IMEMC News this is George Rishmawi
The Political Report
Palestinians express satisfaction this week over a new UNESCO’s ruling that denies any linkage between Jews and the occupied East Jerusalem, including the Islamic holy shrine of the Alaqsa mosque. IMEMC’s Rami al Meghari has more:
United Nations Education , Science and Culture Organization, known as UNESCO, ruled this week that the occupied East Jerusalem, including the holy shrines of Alaqsa mosque and the Buraq Wall, which the Jewish faith names as the wailing wall, has nothing to do with Jews.
Palestinian Authority and Palestinians, in general, hailed the ruling as justice that has ever been waited. The ruling came following a bid , submitted by both Palestine and Jordan, members of the same organization.
In response, Israel declared it would boycott the international organization and that the ruling is unacceptable. For decades, Israel has claimed that Jerusalem including it’s eastern and western parts, is the eternal capital of Israel, ignoring the fact that it east Jerusalem, back in June 1967.
Arab member states of United Nations, welcomed the UNESCO’S ruling , as a step in the right direction.
For IMEMC News, I am Rami Almeghari in Gaza.
The West Bank and Gaza Report
Israeli gunfire this week leave two killed Palestinians in the West Bank and one child dead in Gaza. IMEMC’s Ghassan Bannoura Reports:
Mesbah Abu Sbeih, 39, was killed on Sunday by Israeli troops gunfire after carrying out a shooting attack near “the Israeli Police Headquarter” in al-Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, north of East Jerusalem’s Old City. One police officer and an Israeli woman were killed in the attack as well.
Later in the week, Israeli troops invaded the home of Abu Sbeih in ar-ram town near Jerusalem, and arrested his 14 year old daughter and interrogated the family on Monday. For the rest of the week troops continued to assault Abu Sbeih family home. Clashes were reported during the invasions between troops and local youth.
On Tuesday, 20 year old Ali Shyoukhi, was killed after being shoot by Israeli troops who invaded Silwan neighborhood in occupied east Jerusalem. Troops also clashed with Palestinian youth protesting the invasion. Soldiers also held up Palestinian cars that rushed to the area to evacuate the wounded.
Moreover, Israeli forces conducted at least 49 military invasions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem. During these invasions, Israeli troops kidnapped 122 Palestinian civilians, including 32 children.
In the Gaza strip this week, 10 year old Abdullah Abu Methyef was killed, on Wednesday evening, after Israeli soldiers opened fire into an area east of the al-Qarara town, northeast of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
Moreover, Israeli navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats near Gaza southern and northern shoreline. Damage to boats was reported but no injuries. Navy attacks were reported on Tuesday and thursdya of this week.
In the meantime, Israeli troops stationed along the borders with the southern Gaza strip city of Rafah opened fire on Monday and Wednesday of this week at residents homes, shepherds and farmers working on their lands.
For IMEMC News this is Ghassan Bannoura.
And that’s all for today from This Week in Palestine. This was the Weekly report for October 8, to the 14, 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.