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Israeli Occupation Forces Use Dogs to Bite Palestinians Protesters, Attack and Kidnap Boys, Block Religious Freedom for Christians

Police dog bites man, two boys nabbed amid West Bank crackdowns

[ 25/04/2011 - 11:22 AM ]


 Israeli occupation soldiers injured a Palestinian man using a police dog and arrested two minors as tensions run high in the West Bank.

Hatem Abdurrazzaq Talahima, 42, said Israeli occupation soldiers released a police hound against him while he was passing near the apartheid wall in the Al-Ramadein area southwest of Dhahiriyya south of Al-Khalil on Monday. The man bled after the dog bit into his arm.

Police then refused to transfer him to the Al-Khalil hospital after a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance arrived at the scene.

The same day, the Israeli occupation force (IOF) nabbed two minors during raids in Juyous, east of the West Bank city of Qalqilya.

The soldiers patrolled the town's streets and alleys on foot and vehicles in a bid to send a message of terror to citizens.

Those arrested in the operation were aged 16 and 15.

The incident came after a Jewish settlers attacked a group of Palestinian children in Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah district a day earlier, beating them and spraying hot gas in their eyes.

Also on Monday, IOF soldiers randomly distributed a number of notices at the Kafriyat crossroads south of Tulkarem in the West Bank.

The notices called for citizens to refer to the Israeli intelligence headquarters in the city.

Locals reported that IOF soldiers have erected random checkpoint at the said crossroads and checked the identification of passengers blocking traffic.

Health of Palestinian child hit by IOF canister worsening

[ 25/04/2011 - 11:05 AM ]


The health condition of the Palestinian child Mohammed Bilal Al-Tamimi badly deteriorated on Monday after three days of being hit with a teargas canister directly fired at him by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) in his Ramallah village of Nabi Saleh.

Medical sources said that the 11-year-old child was admitted into ICU in the Palestine medical complex in Ramallah city.

They said that Mohammed was suffering from injuries to his liver and kidney in addition to internal bleeding.

The IOF systematically target Palestinian children in violation of all international and humanitarian laws and human rights.

Palestinian Christians accuse Israeli police of blocking religious freedoms

[ 24/04/2011 - 05:26 PM ]


The Arab Orthodox Institutions in Jerusalem has accused Israeli occupation government police of persecuting Christians and violating their right to perform religious rites on Holy Saturday as well as most of their holidays.

The group said in a statement on Sunday that Israeli police blocked Palestinian Christians from entering the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem as they tried to perform religious rites on the Christian Holy Saturday. They said police assaulted and hurled tear gas at Christians trying to enter.

The group said the behavior was “totally incompatible with the most basic human rights and conflicts with standard procedure followed for hundreds of years”.

“Israeli measures have been escalating year after year. The facilities authorities have promised to Christian Palestinians is formal and designed to absorb anger and local and international pressure,” the statement says.

The Arab Orthodox Institutions called on Christian and human rights institutions to intervene immediately to help stop Israel's repeated violations in Jerusalem and to exert serious and urgent efforts to guarantee the rights of Christian Jerusalemites to perform religious rites “with freedom and safety”.


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