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With Trump in Power, Israel to Resume Construction of Thousands of “Frozen” Settlement Units
November 20, 2016 8:46 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
The Israeli occupation government Planning and Construction Committee, on Sunday, announced that Israel intends to build thousands of new settlement units in the occupied West Bank, now that Donald Trump has been elected to the United States presidential office, saying that the settlement project was “frozen for years, for fear of angering Obama.” Israel intends to approve the construction of 1,400 new homes in Ramat Shlomo, a Jewish settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem that lies beyond the so-called “Green Line,” Israel’s Channel Two News reported on Sunday, according to the PNN. Before his election, Trump stated that he supported settlement expansion, and that he will move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, making it “the undivided capital of Israel.”
After the election, Israeli minister of education Naftali Bennett said it was “an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country”, and that it signaled that the “era of a Palestinian state is over.”
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According to i24 news, Jason Greenblatt, an executive at the Trump Organization and an adviser on Israel to Trump, said that “Mr Trump does not view the settlements as an obstacle for peace. I think he would show Gaza as proof of that.”
“The two sides are going to have to decide what to do with that region, but it’s certainly not Mr Trump’s view that settlement activity should be condemned and that it is an obstacle for peace,” Greenblatt said during the interview.
Israeli settlements in the occupied territories are illegal in international law.
Israeli Occupation Army Kills One Palestinian, Injures Three Others, In Gaza
November 18, 2016 6:13 PM IMEMC News
Palestinian medical sources have reported that one Palestinian was killed, on Friday evening, and three others were injured, after Israeli soldiers, stationed across the border fence, opened fire on Palestinian protesters in central Gaza, and east of Gaza city.
The sources stated that the soldiers, stationed on military towers near the border fence, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp in central Gaza, fired many live rounds, gas bombs and rubber-coated steel bullets on the protesters, killing a young man, identified as Mohammad Sa’id Abu Sa’da, 26, and wounding two others.
Abu Sa’ada was shot with a live round in his chest, causing instant death, while another young man was shot with a gas bomb in his chest and a third in the leg.
Palestinian medics moved the slain Palestinian, and the wounded, to the nearby Al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza. Many Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
In addition, soldiers stationed on towers at the Nahal Oz military base, east of Gaza city, fired several live rounds at Palestinians, close to the border fence, moderately wounding one Palestinian, who was moved to the Shifa hospital, while three others suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.
Extremist Settlers Raid Al-Aqsa Mosque
November 20, 2016 8:17 PM IMEMC News & Agencies
Illegal Israeli settlers stormed, on Sunday morning, the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque from Mughrabi Gate, under protection of Israeli occupation police.
Local sources said that the settlers carried out provocative tours in the courtyards, and took pictures of various locations, according to Al Ray.
The sources added that the presence of worshipers and Quranic students, in the mosque, prevented the settlers from moving freely in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa.
Extremist Israeli settlers and politicians have been violating the sanctity of Al-Aqsa Mosque on an almost daily basis, and always under the protection of armed occupation forces, who often attack Palestinian worshipers who try to protect their holy site.
Israeli Army Abducts Ten Palestinians, Including Children, In The West Bank
November 20, 2016 12:29 PM IMEMC News
The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli occupation soldiers have kidnapped overnight and at dawn Sunday, at least ten Palestinians, including children in different parts of the occupied West Bank.
The PPS stated that the soldiers violently invaded and searched homes in occupied East Jerusalem, and kidnapped seven Palestinians.
They have been identified as Ahmad Mohammad Khalil, 20, his brother Mohammad, 17, Rawhi al-Jamal, 23, his brother Hamdi, 15, Faisal Shabana, 17, Mahmoud Omar Gharib, and Mohammad al-Hidra, 15.
In Bethlehem, the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, and Husan village, west of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted two Palestinians, in addition to summoning two others for interrogation.
The Bethlehem office of the PPS said the soldiers abducted Nabil Ahmad Taqatqa, 40, from his home in Beit Fajjar, and Daoud Mazen Shousha, 19, was abducted from his home in from Husan village.
In addition, the soldiers invaded the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city, searched a few homes, and summoned Ali Mohammad Hassan, 30, and Moath Mohammad Suman, 27, for interrogation in Etzion military base, south of Bethlehem.
The Hebron office of the PPS, in the southern part of the West Bank, said the soldiers invaded Ja’far Yosri Skafi, 22, from his home in the city.
In related news, dozens of soldiers invaded the ar-Ras al-Ahmar area, southeast of Tubas in the West Bank, and confiscated an agricultural tractor belonging to a local farmer.
Aref Daraghma, a Palestinian expert in colonies’ affairs and Israeli violations in the occupied territories, said the soldiers confiscated a tractor belonging to Sa’ir Yousef Bisharat, and took it to a nearby military base.
Daraghma added that the soldiers confiscated seven tractors from several Palestinians, in the same area, since the beginning of this month.
Israeli Occupation Army Kidnaps Three Palestinians In Jerusalem
Israeli occupation soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, three Palestinians, including a 15-year-old child, in occupied Jerusalem, and took them to a detention facility.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the soldiers invaded and searched several homes, in at-Tour neighborhood, in Jerusalem’s Old City, and the al-‘Eesawiyya town, in the center of Jerusalem.
Silwanic said the abducted Palestinians have been identified as Faisal Waheed Shabana, 17, and Mohammad Daoud al-Hidra, 15, from at-Tour, in addition to Mohammad Omar Ghareeb, from al-‘Eesawiyya.
In related news, the district court in occupied Jerusalem sentenced a young man, identified as Monir Mahmod, to eight and a half months, and eight months suspended sentenced.
Also at dawn, the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and Husan village, west of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted two Palestinians, in addition to summoning two others for interrogation.
Israeli Occupation Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Bethlehem
November 20, 2016 8:57 AM IMEMC News
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Beit Fajjar town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and Husan village, west of Bethlehem, searched homes and abducted two Palestinians, in addition to summoning two others for interrogation.
The soldiers violently searched the home of Nabil Ahmad Taqatqa, 40, and abducted him, before taking him to the Etzion military base and security center, south of Bethlehem.
The soldiers also invaded Husan village, west of Bethlehem, and abducted Daoud Mazen Shousha, 19, for interrogation, in Etzion, after storming his father’s home and searched it.
In addition, the soldiers invaded the Saff Street, in the center of Bethlehem city, searched a few homes, and summoned Ali Mohammad Hassan, 30, and Moath Mohammad Suman, 27, for interrogation in Etzion.***
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