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Israeli forces invade West Bank village after Palestinians kill police officer in Jerusalem

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A Palestinian protester throws a molotov cocktail at Israeli security forces during clashes in Qabatiya, a town near Jenin in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on February 4, 2016. Israeli forces locked down Qabatiya that was home to Palestinians who killed a policewoman and wounded another in Jerusalem, an attack analysts called an escalation after months of violence. (Photo: Nedal Eshtayah/ APA Images)

Israeli forces stormed the northern occupied West Bank district of Jenin’s Qabatiya village, the home of three Palestinian youths who were shot dead Wednesday after killing one 19-year-old Israeli police officer and seriously injuring another, a PLO spokesman told Ma‘an. Ali Zakarneh said that during the raid, Israeli forces shot and injured four youths with live bullets, one of whom is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Israeli govt accelerates settlement construction, ‘opposition leader’ Isaac Herzog calls for electrified fence between Israel and West Bank

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Isaac Herzog

“Opposition leader” Isaac Herzog posts on Facebook setting out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “Why [doesn’t the Netanyahu government] implement an effective separation? Why don’t they erect a wall? What’s the point of a fence if one can hop over or crawl under it? We don’t need a livestock fence. We need real separation that will truly block the terrorists. We can erect a real fence, topped with electrified barbed wire, one that can’t be traversed. Any weaker solution is wantonness that this government is responsible for. We need a fence that’ll deter murderers and defend civilians. We can do that and defend our civilians from terrorism and murder. That’s part of my separation plan.”

Israeli military seals Palestinian town following fatal stabbing attack in West Bank settlement

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Israeli security forces secure the area near the scene of what Israeli police said was a stabbing attack by two Palestinians on two Israelis in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Beit Horon. (Photo: Reuters)

On Tuesday, a 24-year old Israeli woman died of wounds sustained Monday morning when she was stabbed at Horon settlement. The attack was carried out by Ibrahim Osama Yousif Allan, 23 from the village of Beit ‘Ur at-Tahta west of Ramallah and Hussein Muhammad Abu Ghush, 17, from the Qalandiya refugee camp north of Jerusalem. In response, Israeli military forces have sealed all entrances and exits to Beit Ur at-Tahta which prevents movement for the around 6,000 Palestinian residents of the village.

Israeli Supreme Court approves demolition of Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran to make way for Jewish town of Hiran

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(Image: Adalah)

IMEMC reports: The Israeli Supreme Court refused to reconsider a decision to demolish the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran, and ordered to evict all its residents, Adalah center reported on Sunday. Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel, requested that the court reconsider its decision to approve Israel’s plane to evict the village’s 1,000 Palestinian Bedouin residents, in order to build Jewish town of Hiran, and expand the Yatir Forest over its ruins.

Israeli forces kill 10 Palestinians, wound 21, in the past week

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Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Mustafa al-Khatib,17, who Israeli military said was shot dead by Israeli soldiers after he tried to stab a soldier on 12 October, during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on January 13, 2016. (Photo: Shadi Hatem/ APA Images)

Israeli forces continue to use excessive force in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reports that nine Palestinian civilians, including two children, were killed, and one armed resistance fighter was killed by Israeli troops in the past week. During the same time, 21 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli forces conducted 72 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and a limited one in the southern Gaza Strip. 64 Palestinian civilians, including 8 children, were abducted.

Yet another Palestinian from West Bank town of Sa’ir killed by Israeli forces at infamous Beit Einun junction

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Beit Einun junction near the West Bank town of Sa'ir, January 9, 2016. (Photo: Adam Horowitz)

Ma’an reports: Israeli forces Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian near the Beit Einun junction northeast of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron after an alleged stab attempt, witnesses and Israel’s army said. Witnesses told Ma‘an that Israeli military forces prevented Palestinian Red Crescent medics from accessing the shot Palestinian for medical treatment. The man was identified by his father who arrived at the scene following his death as Muayyad Awni Jabbarin, 20 from the West Bank town of Sa‘ir. The night before, Israeli Border Police at the Beit Einun junction opened fire on a Palestinian driver they described as “suspicious” before afterward detaining him. The junction near Hebron city has been site to at least four Palestinian deaths this month, among over 150 Palestinians to be killed since violence increased in the occupied Palestinian territory in October.

Palestinians stage sit-in to protest increased Israeli military control over Hebron

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Sit in protesting Israeli closure of Hebron's Old City. (Photo: Youth Against Settlements)

Palestinian activists are gathering in front of checkpoint 56 at the entrance to Shuhada Street in Hebron to stage a sit-in protest. The protest will be ongoing, continuing 24 hours a day. Youth Against Settlements member Issa Amro says: “The families are protesting because they want to live in peace and equality without checkpoints, closures, restrictions, and attacks by settlers and the military. We refuse to be registered as numbers and have our human rights violated just because we are Palestinian.”

Israeli forces have killed 142 Palestinians, and injured 15,620, since October 1

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Relatives of Palestinian Hani Wahdan, 22, whom medics said was killed by Israeli troops during clashes with Palestinian protesters on Friday, mourn during his funeral in Gaza City December 26, 2015. (Photo: Yasser Qudih/ APA Images)

WAFA reports: Since early October 2015, Israeli army forces have killed 142 Palestinians including 27 minors and seven women; in addition to 15,620 Palestinians who were injured during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

UN: 47% of Gaza households were food insecure in 2014

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Palestinians wait to receive food supplies from a United Nations food distribution center in Gaza City December 19, 2013. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/ APA Images)

An emergency report published by he UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) revealed that 47% of Palestinian households in the Gaza Strip were food insecure in 2014.

Israeli forces shoot 20 Palestinians during West Bank demonstrations over the weekend

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A Palestinian protester runs for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes in Beit El on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Dec.12, 2015. (Photo: Shadi Hatem)

Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces shot and injured 20 Palestinians during demonstrations held in the occupied Palestinian territory on Saturday, locals and medics said. In the northern al-Bireh area of Ramallah, three Palestinians were hit by live fire and 16 by rubber-coated steel bullets when clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces.

Tortured Palestinian prisoner found in Israeli jail with 28 cigarette burns on hands, chest and back

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PHOTO Issam Rimawi/ APA Images

Ma‘an reports: The Palestinian Authority’s Department of Prisoners’ Affairs Legal Affairs Director Louay Akka said Palestinian prisoner Wasim Marouf was covered with 28 cigarette burns on his hands, chest and back. Akka became aware of Marouf’s injuries while visiting Ofer prison where the man is being held. Akka condemned Marouf’s treatment, calling his injuries “unfathomable,” and those responsible “criminal.” “I don’t know the nature of the directives or training [the Israeli guards] must have received to become this brutal,” Akka said.

Pediatric and intensive care patients injured as Israeli military fires tear gas into Jerusalem hospital

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An October 2015 protest at al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem   against Israeli military actions at the hospital. (Photo: Ma'an News)

IMEMC reports: “Israeli soldiers fired, on Tuesday evening, two tear gas bombs into the al-Makassed Hospital, in the at-Tour town, in occupied Jerusalem, causing many Palestinians, including patients, to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. Hospital administration said the gas from the soldiers reached the Children’s Ward and the Intensive Care Unit, causing many patients, including children, and visiting family members to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation. It added that one woman, accompanying her child in the children’s ward, suffered burns in her hand after carrying one of the gas bombs and throwing it outside.”

Israeli troops detain and interrogate 6-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem

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Israeli soldier detaining 6-year-old Abdullah Youssef. (Photo: Maan News)

Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces detained a six-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem’s ‘Aida refugee camp on Tuesday, locals said. The boy, Abdullah Youssef, was detained as clashes broke out in the area between Israeli military forces and Palestinian youths. The young boy told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers began firing tear gas into a children’s playground in the refugee camp, forcing him and his friends to flee the area. Israeli soldiers who had entered the camp then detained him as he was running away, and interrogated him for several hours before the Palestinian liaison office intervened to have him released.

Israeli soldiers kill 2 Palestinians in Qalandia refugee camp raid

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PHOTO Dan Cohen

IMEMC reports: Monday at dawn, dozens of Israeli soldiers invaded Qalandia refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, and killed two Palestinians, identified as Laith Ashraf Manasra, 25, and Ahmad Abu al-‘Aish, 30. Army sharpshooters also occupied the rooftops of several homes in the refugee camp and shot and injured 34 Palestinians with live rounds. 88 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since October 1st.

‘What I know is that I can’t take it anymore’: Palestinian woman killed by Israeli troops explains decision to carry knife to checkpoint in suicide note

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An Israeli soldier watches as Palestinians cross into Jerusalem from the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

A 24-year old woman named Rasha Ahmad Hamed ‘Oweissi was killed by Israeli troops Monday morning at a military checkpoint near Qalqiliya in the West Bank when she approached the checkpoint from afar, holding a knife in her hand and a suicide letter in her bag. Eyewitnesses report that she did not pose a threat at anytime. She was simply standing, holding a knife, waiting for the soldiers to shoot her. She is the 80th person to be killed by Israeli forces since October 1st.

Red Crescent: Israeli forces shot and wounded at least 2,617 Palestinians in October

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Israeli soldiers stand guard in front of Palestinian stone throwers during clashes in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on October 5, 2015 after Israel's army shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian. (Photo: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

A Red Crescent spokesperson told Ma‘an News that at least 760 Palestinians were shot with live rounds across the occupied Palestinian territory, while another 1,857 were hit with rubber-coated steel bullets. He said that a further 5,399 Palestinians were treated for excessive tear gas inhalation during the period, while another 246 were injured in other ways, including assault by Israeli soldiers and burns from tear gas canisters. The spokesperson said that it brought the total injured during October to 8,262 Palestinians.

Israeli police evict Palestinian family from East Jerusalem home, give property to settlers for new settlement

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An Israeli settlement in Silwan, September 2015. (Photo:

Monday morning Israeli police evicted a Palestinian family (Abu Nab) from their home in Silwan and handed the house over to settlers from the extreme right-wing movement “Ateret Cohanim”. Palestinian inhabitants of the neighborhood were put under strict curfew, shut in their homes with no coming in or out under any circumstances. This decision by Israeli government will surely escalate the situation in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s statements about preserving the status quo and attempting to de-escalate the situation cannot be reconciled with this act of aggression.

Israeli forces have killed 25 Palestinians since the beginning of October

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PHOTO Al-Wattan

Ma‘an reports — Israeli forces shot dead a 13-year-old boy during clashes south of al-Bireh in Ramallah district, medics said. The child, identified as 13-year-old Ahmad Abdullah Sharaka, was shot in the neck with a live round, medics said. He is also the third 13-year-old to be shot dead by Israeli forces in the same time period.

Wanted: The killer of Hadeel al-Hashlamoun

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(Image: Shaul Hanuka via Tikun Olam)

Richard Silverstein: “I appeal once again for any Israelis who know this person to step forward and name him. He deserves to be held accountable for what Amnesty International has called an “extrajudicial execution.” Please circulate this poster online everywhere you can.”