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News, April 2011
Illegal Israeli Settlers Burn Commercial Stores in Al-Khalil Old City
[ 27/04/2011 - 10:50 AM ]
Al-KHALIL (Hebron), (PIC)--
Armed illegal Israeli Jewish settlers attacked at dawn Tuesday Palestinian commercial stores with Molotov cocktails in Kazazeen souk (market) in the old city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) burning down four of them and all goods inside them.
Owners of these stores are Shaban Hashlamoun, Mohamed Al-Shalloudi, Atta Al-Shweiki and Abdelhameed Al-Natsha.
Firefighters from Al-Khalil municipal council tried to enter the old city to extinguish the fire, but the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) blocked their way at the pretext the area was a closed military zone.
Eyewitnesses said they saw armed Jewish settlers in Kazazeen souk dancing in circles, singing and shouting racist chants against Arabs before culminating their revelry with an arson attack on the stores.
"We know the settlers torched our stores in order to expel us from our old city and fully take it over, but they can never achieve that and we are staying in the city even if we get killed," one of the Palestinian store owners said.
"They offered us huge amounts of money to sell our stores, and one of their leaders told us, 'You have an open check,' but we kicked them out and we told them to leave along with their lackeys because our [Palestinian] land is more precious than our blood and they cannot take a grain of its soil," he added.
IOA to build new settlement outpost in OJ
[ 27/04/2011 - 11:36 AM ]
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)--
The Israeli "Peace Now" movement has said that the Israeli occupation authority (IOA) was planning the construction of a new settlement outpost north of occupied Jerusalem.
It said that the outpost near the Givat Ze'ev settlement would include the building of 600 housing units.
The IOA launches hectic efforts to Judaize the entire holy city after confiscating the biggest possible portion of its land and expelling the biggest possible number of its inhabitants.
IOF troops raid southern Gaza, round up 6 West Bankers
[ 27/04/2011 - 10:27 AM ]
Israeli occupation forces (IOF) raided eastern Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday morning amidst indiscriminate shooting at Palestinian residential quarters and agricultural land.
Local sources said that three IOF tanks escorted six bulldozers and advanced amidst random firing then bulldozed citizens' land.
Earlier at dawn Wednesday, IOF soldiers rounded up six Palestinians in various West Bank districts.
Locals said that soldiers broke into two homes in Tobas and questioned their inhabitants after searching them.
IOF soldiers also stormed Awarta village, southeast of Nablus, firing live bullets and sonic bombs in the process. They searched the homes of relatives of Amjad and Hakim Awad who were charged by Israel with killing five settlers in the nearby Itamar settlement in mid March before withdrawing from the village.
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