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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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Headlines From Palestine: May 20, 2015

Small Win: Israeli Ends Apartheid Bus Program 24 Hours After It Began Due to Uproar

The Israeli government has suspended a proposed ban on Palestinians travelling on the same buses as Israelis in the occupied West Bank, 24 hours after its implementation began.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Murder Palestinian, Witness Denies Claim He tried To Run Over Him

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man in the Al-Tur neighborhood on the Mount of Olives east of the Old City of Jerusalem claiming he attempted to run over border guard police officers with his vehicle. 

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UN Officials: Israeli Occupation Must Halt Plans To Ethnically Cleanse Palestinian Bedouins

The Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, James Rawley, and the Director of UNRWA Operations West Bank, Felipe Sanchez expressed grave concern on Wednesday over recent Israeli plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouins in the central West Bank from their current communities.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Demolish Three-Story Palestinian Building

Demolitions continued in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem as Israeli forces demolished a three-story building Wednesday morning, allegedly being built without a license from the Israeli municipal council.

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Israeli Extremists Suspected Of Burning 90 Palestinian Olive Trees near Salfit

Israeli settlers Wednesday morning have burned down 90 olive trees in Sarta town near Salfit, southern West Bank.Eyewitnesses and farmers from the town said that Israeli occupation fire trucks and vehicles arrived to the scene, but did not interfere.

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Israeli Occupation Forces Detain 15 Palestinians Including Four Youth In Overnight Raids

Israeli forces detained 15 Palestinians overnight from across the West Bank, an Israeli army spokeswoman told Ma’an.

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Israeli Extremists Suspected Of Burning 90 Palestinian Olive Trees Near Salfit

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Israeli settlers Wednesday morning have burned down 90 olive trees in Sarta town near Salfit, southern West Bank.

Eyewitnesses and farmers from the town said that Israeli occupation fire trucks and vehicles arrived to the scene, but did not interfere.

Eyewitnesses added that the fingers are pointed to Israeli settlers, since the town is annexed to the bypass road used regularly by settlers. It is also located between the two settlements of Brukin and Ariel.

Journalist and researcher Khaled Ma’ali said that the olive trees recently have been repeatedly targeted by settlers , causing the damage of thousands of trees in several areas.

Last month as well, Israeli settlers, probabled to have entered Salfit from Immanuel settlement annexing Deir Istiya village, uprooted 450 olive trees planted by Palestinian farmers.

On Sunday, settlers of Azfar and Bani Kadim settlements near Shyoukh village East Hebron, southern West Bank, have uprooted and stolen about 800 olive trees.

According to report by the PLO international relations department, occupation forces and settlers cut down and destroyed more than 755 olive trees in the month of April alone.

During 2014, some 10,596 trees and seedlings were uprooted, numbers still rising in 2015.


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Headlines From Palestine: May 17, 2015

Israeli Terrorists Chop Down, Seize 800 Palestinian Olive Trees Near Hebron

Israeli settlers Sunday chopped down and seized about 800 olive trees belonging to Palestinians near the town of Shuyukh, east of Hebron, according to a local source

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Two Palestinian Nuns Gain Sainthood In Vatican Ceremony

A Vatican ceremony began Sunday morning that will see two Palestinian nuns who lived in Ottoman Palestine during the 19th century gain sainthood.

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Israeli Occupation Authorities Cut Off Access To Palestinian Farmland

The Israeli authorities are to close a gate in northern Qalqiliya used by Palestinian farmers to access their land beyond the separation wall for three days starting Sunday morning, locals told Ma’an.

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Israeli Occupation Arrests 9 Palestinians, Cause Many Suffocate Near Jenin

Israeli forces Sunday arrested nine Palestinians from across the West Bank and Jerusalem, whereas several Palestinians suffocated by tear gas during confrontations with Israeli forces to the south of Jenin, according to local and security sources.

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Headlines From Palestine: March 19, 2015

Gaza

Israeli Occupation Naval Forces Target Fishermen, Damage Two Boats Offshore Gaza

Israeli army Thursday opened fire towards Palestinian fishermen sailing in their boats offshore Gaza city who were sailing four miles into the sea and damaged two boats at the least, according to WAFA correspondent.

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Israeli Occupation Bulldozers Enter Rafah In South Gaza

Four Israeli bulldozers and a military vehicle entered Palestinian land near Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, witnesses told Ma’an.

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West Bank and Occupied Lands

Israeli Terrorists Uproot 60 Palestinian Olive Trees In Central West Bank

Settlers uprooted over 60 olive trees in the central West Bank on Thursday, a Palestinian official said.

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Palestinians Protest In Jerusalem After Israeli Terrorists Takeover Land

Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli forces in East Jerusalem late Wednesday following the takeover of a building by Jewish settlers, locals said.

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Nine Injured As Israeli Occupation Forces Open Fire On Protest Near Ramallah

Nine Palestinians were injured Wednesday afternoon after Israeli forces opened fire on protesters at al-Jalazun refugee camp north of Ramallah.

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Occupation Bans Three Palestinian Citizens Of Israel From Al Aqsa Mosque

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Political Arrests and Prisoners

Israeli Occupation Detains Child, 3 teenagers In East Jerusalem

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian child on Tuesday evening and three teenage boys on Wednesday morning in occupied East Jerusalem.

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World

US Concerned By Netanyahu’s ‘Divisive Rhetoric’ In Elections

White House says administration maintains support of two-state solution despite Likud leader’s reversal of position on Palestinian independence in last days of campaign.

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German MPs Upset By Netanyahu’s Stand On Palestinian Statehood

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Israeli Terrorists Uproot 60 Palestinian Olive Trees In Central West Bank

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Settlers uprooted over 60 olive trees in the central West Bank on Thursday, a Palestinian official said.

Settlers from the Adei Ad outpost south of Nablus uprooted the trees on land belonging to Hajj Mahmoud al-Araj in the village of Turmusaya.

Attacks on olive trees are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for many.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.

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 the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.


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Headlines From Palestine: March 14, 2015

Gaza

Israeli Occupation Forces Open Fire At Fishermen Off Gaza Coast This Morning

Israeli warships on Saturday morning opened fire at a group of Palestinians fishing in boats off the northwest coast of Gaza City, only a week after killing a fisherman in a similar incident.

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West Bank And Occupied lands

11 injured, 3 detained As Israeli Occupation Attacks Palestinian Protest

A Palestinian was shot with a live bullet on Friday and ten others were beaten by Israeli soldiers during a protest in the central West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, a local activist committee said.

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Demolitions And Terrorism 

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Israeli Terrorists Attack Palestinian Vehicles In Jenin

A group of Israeli settlers on Friday attacked some Palestinian citizens vehicles and smashed its windows glass south of Jenin while many Palestinian citizens suffered from gas suffocation during the clashes with the Israeli soldiers in Al-Aqra village near the city.

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Israeli Terrorists Uproot 70 Palestinian Olive Trees In Hebron

sraeli settlers Saturday uprooted dozens of Palestinian-owned olive trees in Khlit al-Adra area in Hebron, according to a local activist.

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More Destruction: Israeli Terrorists Uproot Palestinian Olive Saplings South Of Bethlehem

Israeli settlers Saturday uprooted a number of olive saplings belonging to a local Palestinian resident in al-Khader village to the south of Bethlehem, said a local activist.

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Politics

Ashrawi, then parliamentary election candidate, shouts as she and supporters scuffle with Israeli police officers. (AP)

Ashrawi, then parliamentary election candidate, shouts as she and supporters scuffle with Israeli police officers. (AP)

PLO’s Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: A Rock Of Palestinian Politics And Women’s Rights

One of the few women to have a prominent role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestine’s Hanan Ashrawi has participated in numerous negotiations between the two sides.

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More Destruction: Israeli Terrorists Uproot Palestinian Olive Saplings South Of Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, March 14, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Saturday uprooted a number of olive saplings belonging to a local Palestinian resident in al-Khader village to the south of Bethlehem, said a local activist.

Coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlement Ahmad Salah told WAFA that, protected by Israeli forces, a group of settlers forced a Palestinian farmer to leave his farmland located the west of the town and adjacent to the illegal Israeli settlement outpost of ‘Sidi Boaz’ before proceeding to uproot a number of olive saplings.

The land belongs to Ahmad Sbeih, 48.

The local activist stressed that Israeli settlers and forces’ have recently escalated their attacks against the village residents in an aim to force them to leave their land as a prelude to take over it for the benefit of settlement expansion.

Israeli forces often target Palestinians and their property or provide protection to settlers conducting attacks on Palestinian residents’ land; including the burning and uprooting of trees.

According to a United Nations’ OCHA report, ‘Israeli settlers damaged over 5,500 Palestinian-owned olive trees and saplings in the period between December 30 2014, and January 12, 2015.”

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Making the ‘Desert Bloom’ Occupation Style: Israeli Forces Uproot 300 Palestinian Olive Trees

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli forces uprooted 300 olive trees on private Palestinian land in the Nablus village of Salem on Monday, Palestinian liaison officials said.

Director of the Nablus District Civil Liaison Office, Luay al-Saadi, told Ma’an that Israeli bulldozers uprooted the trees 48 hours after his office had requested that Palestinian farmers be given access to plow the land.

The fields are located near the illegal Israeli outpost of Havat Skali.

There were at least 329 incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in 2014, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The olive industry supports the livelihoods of roughly 80,000 families in the occupied West Bank.