Monday, 17 August 2015

Cremisan valley: new section of apartheid wall underway

Israeli occupation forces, on Monday morning, have invaded Beit Jala town, northwest of Bethlehem, using bulldozers, to proceed with building a new section of the apartheid wall.

The razing is taking place in Bir ‘Ona archaeological site, and the wall will split the Cremisan Monastery valley in half.

According to the PNN, Israel’s Supreme Court, in July, issued a decision giving the occupation army the green light to proceed with building the separation wall in the valley.

The Court overturned its previous decision to halt the construction of the wall in Cremisan and its surroundings, including Alszayan nunnery (represented by Yves Saint Foundation) and the monastery (represented by lawyer Nihad Irsheid), in addition to the monastery’s lands.

The army will begin building the wall on family lands in Beit Jala, leaving just a small piece undeveloped at the current time along the edges of the monastery’s lands.

This decision came after the Israeli Ministry, in May, notified all concerned parties of its intention to begin building the eastern section of the wall on the lands of Beit Jala families. The Ministry of Defense alleged that the Supreme Court’s decision would make sure that the wall was to be built on unclaimed lands and that it would not separate the monastery from its lands and sheep. more

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian at southern Nablus checkpoint

NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli troops shot dead a young Palestinian man in the northern West Bank on Monday after he allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli Border Police officer, the Israeli army said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman alleged that the Palestinian man approached Israeli Border Police officers at Tappuah junction, known to Palestinians as Zaatara military checkpoint, asking for "medical assistance."

She said that he struggled with the officer, before other officers opened fire on him.

The spokeswoman confirmed that he had been killed. She added that the police officer was lightly injured.

Palestinian witnesses said that Israeli forces closed the checkpoint to traffic as large numbers of troops deployed in the area. more

Israeli military vehicles raze land in Gaza border area

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli military vehicles entered agricultural lands in a border area in southern Gaza on Monday, local residents said.

Witnesses told Ma'an that five Israeli excavators raided the al-Nahda neighborhood near Rafah and leveled Palestinian land.

Israeli reconnaissance planes flew overhead during the operation, with Israeli military tanks positioned on the border between Gaza and Israel.

Israeli forces frequently shoot at farmers and other civilians inside the Gaza Strip if they approach large swathes of land near the border that the Israeli military has deemed off-limits to Palestinians.

The "security buffer zone" extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Strip, effectively turning local farms into no-go zones. more