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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.

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Palestinian Authority police officer seized near Bethlehem

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 27, 2009

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that the troops overran the Al-Iskan area in Beit Sahour at 9am on Thursday and detained an officer in the Bethlehem police station.