Monday, 29 October 2012

Palestinian farmer refuses to sell his land to settlers for $15 million

BETHLEHEM, (PIC)-- Jewish settlers have recently offered $15 million to a Palestinian farmer, from the town of Khader, south of Bethlehem, to sell 18 dunums of his agricultural land located within Efrat settlement.

The farmer Ibrahim Suleiman Sabih, 44, confirmed that he had received an offer from an Israeli official responsible for “Absentee land in Israel", where he offered to buy the land for ten million dollars. The official later raised the amount to fifteen million dollars.

Sabih told Quds Press that the settlers, for their part, offered to swap his land for another outside the boundaries of the settlement and offered him money, stressing his rejection to all these offers. more

Palestinians setup tent camp at Ush Ghrab to protest a planned settlement

Dozens of Palestinians accompanied with international supports setup a protest tent in the Ush Ghrab area of eastern Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem on Sunday. The action, which was organized by the Popular Resistance Committee in Beit Sahour, aims at stopping the planned construction of a settlement in the area.

After the Sunday mass, dozens of worshippers along with international friends arrived at the site and started setting up a tent, and cleaned the area of rubbish.

Israeli soldiers, who have been stationed in the area in a military tower setup since 2010, arrived at the scene but did not interrupt the youth.

The area was under Israeli military control following the 1967 occupation of the West Bank until the Israeli military unilaterally decided to abandon the area in 2006.

The municipality of Beit Sahour immediately started rehabilitating the area to turn it into a public park and recreational place for children and families. In 2008, Israeli settlers, motivated by an settler organization named “Women in Green” started to organize activities in the area, that they call Shdema, in order to build a Jewish settlement. more

Israel strikes Gaza overnight, no injuries

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip overnight Sunday, causing substantial damage but with no reports of injuries.

Gaza brigades also fired 18 rockets into southern Israel overnight, without causing injuries or damage, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for firing at several Israeli military sites "in response to the continued Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip."

An Al-Qassam site was hit in an overnight airstrike east of Khan Younis in south Gaza, causing damage to the site and surrounding area.

Another Al-Qassam building was bombed in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. Witnesses said the site suffered significant damage, and surrounding buildings, including Beit Hanoun municipality building, were also affected.

Residents also reported that a building site was flattened east of Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, and another Israeli strike hit an empty area south of Gaza City.

No injuries have been reported. more