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Undercover Forces Kidnap Six Children Near Hebron

By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies

The Palestine Solidarity Project reported that undercover forces of the Israeli army kidnapped on Sunday evening six children in Beit Ummar town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and handed them to the army.

Mohammad Awad, spokesperson of the project, stated that clashes took place near Karmie Tzur illegal settlement, installed on Palestinian lands that belong to the residents of the nearby Halhoul town.

The undercover forces, dressed as Palestinians, drove into the town in a White Ford Transit carrying a Palestinian license plate, and kidnapped six children, aged between 13 and 16.

The forces then hurled several stun grenades and fired tear gas bombs into the narrow streets of the town and drove away.

Awad stated that it is believed that the kidnapped six youth were taken to the Karmie Tzur settlement.

One undercover soldier was hit in the head by a stone hurled by one of the protestors during clashes with the invading forces.

Four of the six kidnapped children were identified as Hussein Shihda Sleiby, 16, Rashid Mohammad Awad, 15, Ali Said Sabarna, 16, and Odai Saady Ikhlayyil, 13.

On Sunday evening, a number of fundamentalist settlers of the Karmie Tzur settlement held a demonstration at Highway 60 and attacked several Palestinian villagers of Beit Ummar.

The police arrived at the scene and used loud speakers to order the villagers back to their homes and fired tear gas and stun grenades at them instead of removing the settlers.

The army is using excessive force against the villagers who are protesting the illegal settler-takeover of their land and the destruction of dozens of trees.

The Palestine Solidarity Project reported that Israeli soldiers were filmed in recent weeks while beating attacking journalists. Also, a 10-year-old child s shot with a rubber coated bullet by soldiers from Karmie Tzur.


Under Police Protection; Settlers Occupy Home In Beit Safafa

By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies

Enjoying Israeli police protection, a group of fundamentalist settlers occupied a Palestinian home in Beit Safafa town, in East Jerusalem, and raised Israeli flags on top of it “to declare their victory”.

Local sources reported that the settlers and the police attacked the family while forcing them out of their home, and forcibly removed them from their property.

The settlers then held a “dance square” to celebrate while the police provided them with protection.

Forty members of Salah family lived in the property in question, the take-over also includes a piece of land the surrounds the building.

On April 22, the Israeli authorities demanded the family to pay 65.000 New Israeli Shekels in fines and penalties for not implementing a High Court order to leave the property.


Seven, Including A Reporter, Wounded In Beit Jala

By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian medical sources reported Sunday that seven residents, including a reporter, were wounded after the Israeli Army opened fire at a nonviolent protest against the Annexation Wall in Beit Jala City near Bethlehem.

One of the wounded is Moammar Awad, a reporter working for the Arab Press Agency; his condition was described as serious. He was moved to a hospital in occupied Jerusalem after he was hit in by a gas bomb in his face.

An elderly woman also suffocated after inhaling gas fired by the army and received the needed medical treatment.

Local sources reported that the protest started from the yard of the Arab Orthodox Club in the city and the residents marched towards a construction site of the
Annexation Wall. The local protesters were accompanied by dozens of international peace activists.

Soldiers attacked the nonviolent protesters with clubs and batons and installed bared-wires to prevent them from reaching the location where army bulldozers were uprooting the lands to construct a section of the Annexation Wall.

The army fired rubber-coated bullets, high velocity gas bombs at the protesters, and concussion grenades at the protesters leading to several injuries.


Fundamentalist Jews Attack Funeral of Rabbi Moshe Hirsch

By Saed Bannoura
IMEMC & Agencies

A group of fundamentalist Jewish settlers, including members of the Kach terrorist movement outlawed by Israel itself, attacked the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Hirsch, head of the Neturei Karta Jewish group that denounces Zionism and refuses to recognize the existence of Israel.

The fundamentalist settlers attacked the funeral procession chanting slogans against Rabbi Hirsch and describing him as an enemy to Israel, the Maan News Agency reported.

The settlers described the death of Rabbi Hirsch as a happy event, and happy day for Israel, and wished that he “goes to hell”.

Hirsch worked as a Jewish Affairs advisor to the late Palestinian President, Yasser Arafat, and had special relations with the Palestinian people as he supported their struggle for freedom and independence.

Members of the group do not recognize Israel’s flag or independence, and burnt Israeli flags in several occasions.

Hirsch used to describe Arafat as a brother and as a friend, and believed that “Israel is a lie that must be removed”.

The group believes that the state of Israel can only be established when the Messiah returns, and that any attempt to “regain the land of Israel by force is against the divine will”.

It is worth mentioning that Hirsch was once attacked by fundamentalist settlers who doused him with acid and lost one eye in the attack.


Neturei-Karta is the Aramaic term for `Guardians of the City”. The name Neturei-Karta originates from an incident in which R. Yehudah Ha-Nassi (Rabbi Judah the Prince) sent R. Hiyya and R. Ashi on a pastoral tour of inspection. In one town they asked to see the `guardians of the city` and the city guard was paraded before them.

They said that these were not the guardians of the city but its destroyers, which prompted the citizens to ask who, then, could be considered the guardians. The rabbis answered, `The scribes and the scholars,` referring them to Tehillim (Psalms) Chap. 127. (Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Hagiga. 76c).

The name was given to a group of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem who refused (and still refuse) to recognize the existence or authority of the so-called `State of Israel` and made (and still make) a point of publicly demonstrating their position, the position of the Torah and authentic unadulterated Judaism.

The group was founded in Jerusalem, Palestine in 1938, splitting off from Agudas Yisroel. Agudas Yisroel was established in 1912 for the purpose of fighting Zionism. Gradually lured by money and honor they sold out to the `Golden-Calf` (see Exodus, XXXII) of Zionism. Those who wanted to maintain their faith and continue the struggle against Zionism, dissociated themselves from Agudas Yisroel and associated parties.


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