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PCHR Weekly Report: 3 Palestinians injured, 23 abducted this week

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, during the week of 09 – 16 April 2009, 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank. Israeli forces abducted 23 Palestinians, including 3 children. 18 were abducted during military invasions in the West Bank, and 5 were abducted at Israeli checkpoints within the West Bank.

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Palestinian shot dead by residents after infiltrating settlement near Hebron

A knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist infiltrated a settlement south of Hebron on Friday morning, and was killed on the spot by residents before he could carry out an attack.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1079047.html

According to reports, the man entered the community with the intent of stabbing local residents.

Two residents who were on security duty confronted the man and questioned him as to his purpose there. In response, the man brandished a knife and attempted to stab them. After a short scuffle, the attacker was shot and killed by one of the men. One of the residents was reportedly very lightly wounded by the terrorist.

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The Israeli military kidnaps four civilians and attack kindergarten near Hebron

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

Local sources said Israeli troops invaded the village of Beit Ruosh, near Hebron, and searched homes. Troops left the village after kidnapping four teenagers. Another force attacked the village of Saffa, where troops searched homes, storming and ransacking a local kindergarten. The villagers said Israeli troops removed a Palestinian flag on the roof of the kindergarten before leaving.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59988

PA uncovers Hamas arms cache in Qalqilya

Posted in The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

According to the official, the house, in which at least eight explosive devices were found, is located 500 meters (about 1,640 feet) from the West Bank security barrier constructed by Israel.

Some of the equipment inside was labeled “Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades” – Hamas’ armed wing.

For full article, visit http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3702122,00.html

Israeli explosive efforts are aiding Palestinian policemen who discovered a bomb-making lab inside a deserted Qalqiliya home on Wednesday, security sources said on Thursday.

Sources added that Israeli bomb sappers were waiting near the area’s District Coordination Office in Qalqiliya late on Thursday afternoon as Palestinian Authority officials worked to remove the explosives from the home, which they identified as being in west Qalqiliya.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37161

Fatah wins student council elections at Birzeit, Hebron universities

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Education, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

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The Student Council elections held Wednesday at the West Bank University of Birzeit indicated a drop in Fatah power: The movement won 24 seats, as opposed to 22 seats won by Hamas.

Though winning the elections, Fatah still lost one seat to Hamas since the previous elections. Palestinian sources said the results were indicative of Hamas’ success in the West Bank, despite the recent arrests of its senior members.

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3701813,00.html

Results were as follows:

The Shabibeh Students Bloc (Fatah) 24
Islamic Wafa’ Students Bloc (Hamas) 22
Leftist Bloc (PFLP) 4
Palestinian People’s Party 1
Islamic Jihad – withdrew

Several other parties competed in the elections but failed to gain seats.

At Hebron Polytechnic University the Fatah-affiliated Shabibeh Students Bloc won the student council elections after winning 26 out of 31 seats.

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“I’ll be voting for Fatah because my family supports them, and they also have a good political programme for students,” said Ranim Omari, a second-year Psychology student. “Ultimately, both Fatah and Hamas are Palestinian movements and we should be supporting more unity.”

Two first-year female students aged 18 – one of them wearing the Kufiya, a symbol of Palestinian resistance that is increasingly becoming synonymous with Fatah and the PLO – expressed their confusion, although they said they will be voting Hamas.

“I don’t understand anything. I’m only wearing this because it’s fashionable, I like it, but I think I’ll vote for Hamas because they are leading the resistance,” she said.

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Jenin Freedom Theatre survives second arson attempt following production of Animal Farm

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, Miscellaneous, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009
A Scene from Animal Farm

A Scene from Animal Farm

In the morning of April 15, 2009, an unknown individual set fire to The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine. The main door of the theatre was completely burned, but the fire did not spread inside the building and the theatre remains largely unharmed.

For full article, visit http://www.thefreedomtheatre.org/news.php?id=145

One month ago, when arsonists burned the Al-Kamanjati Society for Music in Jenin building to the ground, destroying thousands of dollars of instruments and equipment, a first attempt to set fire to the Freedom Theatre was also made.

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Palestinian Christians Exodus

Posted in Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009
Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

“They can’t easily adapt to the hardships associated with the stressful situation stemming from the Israeli occupation,” Dr. Jamal Khadr, a priest at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, told IslamOnline.net.

In recent decades, thousands of Christians left the occupied West Bank for a new life abroad, especially in North and South America, Australia, Scandinavia and even Africa.

For full article, visit http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1237706083667&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout

Israeli Occupation Army kidnaps two international peace activists in Hebron

Posted in Arrests, Detentions, Kidnappings, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Saturday afternoon twenty international peace activists in the southern West Bank City of Hebron, and released them later on keeping two in custody.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59894

A German national and an Italian national were taken by Israeli forces while accompanying farmers at 11am. Both individuals have been taken to the police station at Kyrat Arba. Palestinian farmers in At-Tuwani rely on the presence of International and Israeli human rights workers to mitigate violence from settlers.

As soldiers in the area frequently ignore settler violence and rarely interfere to protect the farmers, international volunteers provide support for the Palestinians. The grazing action began around 8.30 am, and the German and Italian nationals were arrested at 11am.

For full article, visit http://palsolidarity.org/2009/04/6128

Christian housing faces Israeli encirclement

Posted in Restrictions on Movement, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Residents of a Palestinian Christian housing project in the West Bank village of Beit Sahour say Israel is encircling their community with a security road to separate them from a nearby Jewish settlement.

“With this situation they will put us in a cage, a zoo,” said William Sahouri, 42, a resident and member of the project’s housing committee. “We will not be able to expand.”

The project lies close to Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, where the Greek Orthodox Sahouri family live in a modern three-bedroom home, with two flat-screen televisions and a small bar displaying a collection of whiskies and other liquors.

For full article, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/featuredCrisis/idUSLB710547

Hamas: PA security forces seized 27 West Bank affiliates

Posted in Arrests and Detentions, Internal Palestinian Affairs, The West Bank by beyondtheborder on April 9, 2009

In Nablus, PA security forces seized ex-prisoner A’lam Tabanja for the second time, in addition to I’sam Fahmi, head of a religious school (Dar Al-Quran) in Qabalan after he was summoned for questioning, Basaam A’marneh, a student at An-Najah University, who was arrested in front the university. PA forces also issued an order to shut down At-Tadamun sports club in Nablus, the statement said.

In Qalqiliia, PA security forces arrested Sheikh Mahmoud Ar-Rabe and Sheikh Riyad Al-Walweel, one of the Hamas leaders there, who was taken from his home, Wael Al-Hotari, who was released from an Israeli jail one week earlier, and Sharif Hanani, who was seized after being summoned for questioning.

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