[News] 7,905 Palestinians injured by Israeli army fire since 2000
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Palestinian Health Minister: 7,905 Palestinians
injured by Israeli army fire since 2000
Thursday July 19, 2007 17:08
by Ghassan Bannoura and R. P. - International
Middle East Media Center - IMEMC Editorial Group
The information desk of the Palestinian Ministry
of Health issued a report on Thursday afternoon,
stating that 7,905 Palestinians have been injured
by Israeli army fire since the beginning of the
second Intifada in September 2000.
Palestinian girl injured during Israeli air raid in Gaza (archive)
According to the report, 5,360 of the injured
sustained their injuries in the West Bank, while
2,545 occurred in the Gaza Strip. Forty-six
percent of those injured were children.
The northern West Bank city of Nablus was ranked
as city with the largest number of injuries,
comprising 19.6% of the total. The city of
Ramallah in the central West Bank came next with 11.8% of the total.
Knesset approved a bill proposing barring renting
or leasing state lands to Arabs
Thursday July 19, 2007 01:03
by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencie
The Israeli Knesset approved on Wednesday a new
bil proposing barring any renting or leasing of
state lands to Arab residents of Israel. The
law states that state lands cannot be leased to
non-Jews, the Arabs48 news website reported.
The lands, considered state lands, originally
belong to the Palestinians who were expelled from
their lands and homes when Israel captured the
first part of Palestine in 1948. The lands are
run by the so called Department of the Lands of
Israel, and the National Israeli Fund.
The initial voting on the law was approved by 64
members of Knesset, and was opposed by 14. The
bill was presented by Uri Ariel, head of the Mifdal National Union Party.
Arab member of Knesset, Wasel Taha, said that
this proves that the Israeli parliament is crazy
since it approved such a bill which is racist and
legitimizes the biggest land theft.
He added that these lands belong to Palestinian
residents who were forced out and became refugees
in nearby Arab countries and are living under
miserable conditions since 60 years.
This racist law legitimizes theft, which also
deprives that Arab Palestinians, living in Israel from this land, Taha added.
It is worth mentioning that Arab members of
Knesset, who are members of Israeli parties such
as the Likud and Kadima did not attend the
session and did not even attempt to pressure
their parties in order to oppose this bill, the Arabs48 news website reported.
Several Arab residents repeatedly tried to rent
state lands but their requests were rejected, and
they filed appeals to the High Court of Justice.
This law will void any future chances for the
Arab residents in renting these lands.
The presented bill states that State lands must
always be in Jewish hands, which is another
example or racism practiced by Israel against the
non-Jewish residents, especially the Arabs who are the natives of this land.
Moreover, the new bill comes as Israel is ongoing
with its destruction of non-recognized Arab
villages in the Negev. Although village councils
repeatedly appealed to the Israeli authorities to
recognize their village, Israel always rejected
these request and outlawed these villages which
gave the Israeli authorities a bigger chances to
continue the ongoing destruction of the Arab houses there.
Israeli army invades several West Bank cities and towns, kidnaps 17 civilians
Thursday July 19, 2007 12:57
by Ghassan Bannoura - IMEMC Editorial Group
Israeli troops kidnapped 17 Palestinian civilians
during a pre-dawn invasion conducted by the
Israeli army in several West Bank cities and
towns on Thursday, Palestinian sources reported.
The invasions reportedly took place in Hebron, Bethlehem and Tulkarem.
In the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem,
witnesses said that more that 20 Israeli army
vehicles stormed the city and the nearby Nur
Shams refugee camp. Israeli soldiers entered and
searched homes, then forced men out in the
streets, taking ten of them to an unknown location.
Among those kidnapped in Tulkarem today were
Ahmad Mikbel, 26, and his brother Mohamed, 21;
Jawad Najar, 25, and Bassam Taref, 25.
In the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem, a
massive Israeli force invaded the city, attacking
Dheisha and Aida refugee camps as well as the
nearby town of Doha. During the invasion, Israeli
troops searched and ransacked scores of homes
while local youth hurled stones at the army.
Israeli troops responded with tear gas and
rubber-coated bullets. No damage or injuries were
reported. At the end of the invasion, the Israeli
army left the city after kidnapping two civilians.
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