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Headlines From Palestine: August 4, 2015

Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Palestinian Homes In Dahmash

Israeli occupation bulldozers on Tuesday morning tore down three homes in Dahmash town near occupied Ramla, under the pretext of no building permit.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 21 Palestinians, Summon Three From West Bank Districts

Israeli forces detained early Tuesday 21 Palestinians and summoned three others from various West Bank districts, said security sources.

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Israeli Occupation Issues Administrative Detention Orders Against 32 Palestinian Prisoners

Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders against 32 Palestinians, Monday reported the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club (PPC).

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Israeli Extremists Set Fire To Palestinian Owned Olive Trees In Qalqilya

Israeli settlers on Monday everning have torched tens of olive trees in private Palestinian land in Azzoon town east of Qalilya, northern West Bank.

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Palestine Submits Report On Israeli Settler Violence To ICC

The Palestinian Authority filed a report on settler violence with the International Criminal Court on Monday, following an arson attack in the West Bank last week that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler.

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Israeli Extremists Set Fire To Palestinian Owned Olive Trees In Qalqilya

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Israeli settlers on Monday everning have torched tens of olive trees in private Palestinian land in Azzoon town east of Qalilya, northern West Bank.

Security sources said that civil defense forces headed to the land, and put off the fire which had already damaged a number of trees.

Settlers by then have fled the scene.

Israeli settler attacks on trees have been on the increase now, especially with the support of Israeli soldiers and police which destroy trees under security pretexts.

On Sunday morning, a horde of Israeli settlers set fire to dozens of Palestinian olive orchards and cultivated lands in al-Mugheir village, east of Ramallah city, moments after they failed to torch a Palestinian family home.

According to the Palestinian Information Center, eyewitnesses said a gang of Israeli vandals residing in an illegal nearby settlement tried to burn down a Palestinian family home before they were stopped by the local residents.

The Israeli occupation forces showed up at the scene and attacked the Palestinian locals with random spates of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets.

On 22 July, IOF have uprooted a number of trees, destroying an agricultural land in Beit Oula village near Hebron, under security pretext.

The land and trees are property of citizen Faried Atrash. Israeli forces have previously told him to uproot the trees for alleged security reasons, but he refused. IOF then have savagely destroyed the land, ensuring that he can not fix again.


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Israeli Extremists Fill Ancient Palestinian Agricultural Water Well With Earth And Rocks Near Salfit

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers filled up an ancient agricultural well in the West Bank village of Deir Istiya west of Salfit on Saturday, local farmers told Ma’an.Witnesses said that the settlers filled the well with earth and rocks using “primitive” tools.Khalid Maali, a researcher on settlement affairs, said that filling up the well is part of a larger plan to forcibly move people from Wadi Qana to clear the way for the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.Several illegal Israeli settlements surround Deir Istiya, the closest of which are Revava and YaqirI.About 17 percent of Deir Istiya’s village territory is classified as Area B, according to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem, with the remaining 83 percent Area C, giving Israel full civil and military authority.ARIJ said in a 2013 report that Deir Istiya “has been subjected to numerous Israeli confiscations for the benefit of various Israeli objectives,” including the construction of settlements, outposts, checkpoints, bypass roads and the Israeli separation wall.The report said that Israeli settlers living on the village’s land “have had a significant impact on Palestinian residents and their properties.”Settler attacks have contributed to the loss of Palestinian lands and landowners have been barred from their plots, which have been fenced in with barbed wire and planted with trees, the report said.It added: “Israeli settlers have also carried out a series of attacks against Palestinian landowners in an attempt to intimidate them and deter them from returning to their lands.”


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Headlines From Palestine: July 22, 2015

Israeli Occupation Forces Shoot, Murder 21 Year Old Palestinian Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh Near Jenin

 Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man during clashes that broke out following an Israeli raid into the town of Birqin west of Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday morning.Muhammad Ahmad Alawneh, 21, was shot with a live bullet in his chest.

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Israeli Occupation Delivers 5 Demolition Orders For Palestinian Homes In Qalqiliya

The Israeli Civil Administration on Wednesday delivered five home demolition orders to the town of Jit in eastern Qaliqliya claiming the buildings were built without the necessary permission

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Israeli Occupation Razes Palestinian Land in Hebron, Orders Soccer Field Construction In Bethlehem to Stop

Israeli forces Wednesday bulldozed around 20-dunums of Palestinian-owned agricultural land in the town of Beit Ola to the northwest of Hebron, and ordered ending the construction of a soccer field to the west of Bethlehem.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Destroy 450 Palestinian Olive trees And Roman-Era Well

Israeli forces on Wednesday destroyed 450 olive trees, leveled land, and demolished a Roman-era water well in the village of Beit Ula in northwestern Hebron, after claiming the Palestinian land belonged to Israel, locals said.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Destroy 450 Palestinian Olive trees And Roman-Era Well

HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday destroyed 450 olive trees, leveled land, and demolished a Roman-era water well in the village of Beit Ula in northwestern Hebron, after claiming the Palestinian land belonged to Israel, locals said. Issa al-Imla, the coordinator of a local popular committee in Beit Ula, told Ma’an that the olive trees were more than 10 years old and belonged a local farmer, Farid Abd al-Latif al-Imla.Al-Imla said that Israeli forces also leveled lands belonging to Abd al-Qader al-Imla and demolished the village water well that dated from the Roman era.Al-Imla said that Israeli forces, officials from the Israeli Civil Administration and three bulldozers also raided the Attus and al-Mekheh areas in western Beit Ula and destroyed crops.On January 27, an Israeli court issued an order to confiscate hundreds of dunams of land in western Beit Ula. Al-Imla said that Palestinian landowners followed up the case in Israeli courts, but added that Israeli courts generally assist settlers in confiscating Palestinian land.He called on the Palestinian Minister of Agriculture and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to help farmers re-plant trees.Beit Ula’s village lands are predominantly classified as Area A and B under the Oslo Accords — partially under jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority —  while the western edges of the village are bordered by the Israeli separation wall and classified as Area C, under full Israeli civil and military control.

Even before January’s ruling, several thousand dunams of land were confiscated by the Israeli authorities in Beit Ula, according to the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem.Israeli forces and settlers attack olive trees in a bid to oust Palestinian farmers from their land, and a loss of a year’s crops can cause destitution for farming families.Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and ARIJ.


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Headlines From Palestine: June 24, 2015

Collective Punishment: Israeli Occupation Bars Palestinians From Gaza From Traveling To Jerusalem For Ramadan

Worshipers from the Gaza Strip will be barred from travelling to Jerusalem for prayer in the Al-Aqsa mosque this week after rocket fire from Gaza, the coordinator of Israeli government activities in the Palestinian territory said Wednesday.

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Israeli Occupation Arrests Seven Minors In Jerusalem Following Ramadan Night Prayers

Israeli police last night arrested seven Palestinian minors while they were leaving al-Aqsa Mosque compound following Taraweeh (Ramadan night prayers), according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation Warplanes Target Farmland North of Gaza

Israeli warplanes targeted a farmland in the town of Beit Hanoun to the north of the besieged Gaza Strip with at least one missile on Wednesday before dawn, reported local media sources and witnesses.

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Israeli Occupation To Remove Palestinian Owned Agricultural Structures Near Bethlehem

The Israeli authorities on Wednesday notified a local resident of Kisan, a village to the east of Bethlehem, about their intent to demolish agricultural structures that he owns, according to local sources.

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Israeli Occupation To Remove Palestinian Owned Agricultural Structures Near Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, June 24, 2015 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities on Wednesday notified a local resident of Kisan, a village to the east of Bethlehem, about their intent to demolish agricultural structures that he owns, according to local sources.

Head of the village council of Kisan, Hussein Ghazal, said an Israeli army force pasted a notification paper at the farmland of Ali Abu Dayyeh, a local farmer, informing him that a number of agricultural facilities and retaining walls of his own in the area will be demolished.

Such demolitions are frequently carried out by the Israeli army and the so-called Israeli Civil Administration in Area C of the West Bank, under full Israeli control, on unpermitted construction pretences.

Issuance of construction permits for Palestinians living in Area C is strictly limited, forcing Palestinians residing in such areas to construct without obtaining the necessary permits.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), between December 30, 2014 and January 12, 2015, the Israeli authorities demolished 27 Palestinian structures in Area C of the West Bank and five in East Jerusalem, in addition to two self demolition incidents, due to lack of Israeli-issued building permits.

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