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Israel Detains Nine Palestinians in Jerusalem, West Bank
Israeli forces on Sunday detained at least nine Palestinians during raids in Jerusalem and the West Bank districts of Ramallah and Bethlehem, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS).
PPS said Israeli police detained at least six Palestinians in many areas of occupied East Jerusalem. It added that Israeli army detained two Palestinians from Bethlehem, and a third from Ramallah area, WAFA reported.
Earlier in the day, Israeli forces ordered 10 families in the Khirbet Ibzeiq area in the occupied West Bank district of Tubas, in the Jordan Valley, to evacuate their homes to make way for Israeli military drills in the area.
Aref Daraghmah, who monitors Israeli violations in Tubas, said that Israeli forces informed the 10 families, mostly from the Turkman clan, they needed to leave their homes on Sunday in order for the Israeli military to carry out military drills there.
Daraghmeh added that in accordance with recent military orders, other families in Ras al-Ahmar area, nearby, are also due to leave their homes on Sunday and Monday for similar military drills.
Palestinian residents of the Jordan Valley regularly face evacuations to Israeli military exercises on or near their land. The district of Tubas is one of the occupied West Bank’s most important agricultural centers.
Almost on a weekly basis, Israeli army orders Palestinian Bedouins, residing in the Jordan Valley, to leave their homes to make way for live-fire trainings.
Many Palestinians in the Jordan Valley see military exercises in firing zones as well as repeated house demolitions as an Israeli strategy to empty the land of Palestinians and confiscate it for further settlement expansion and agricultural production.
Palestine’s UN envoy promised to make life “miserable” for the White House if it transfers the US Embassy to Jerusalem, following Donald Trump’s remarks suggesting an appeasement to Israel’s land claims in the West Bank.
Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, said in Washington on Friday that the move would represent a blatant defiance of Palestine’s rights over occupied Jerusalem. Palestinians would fire back, he said, according to Haaretz.
Mansour, a US-educated diplomat, stressed the possible transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem – partially occupied by the Israelis – would be regarded as a belligerent act towards Palestine. “If they do that, nobody should blame us for unleashing all of the weapons that we have in the UN to defend ourselves and we have a lot of weapons in the UN,” he said.
The Palestinian envoy asserted that he “can make their [the US] lives miserable every day with precipitating a veto on my admission as a member state,” however noting that appealing to the UN Security Council is an unlikely option due to Washington’s right to veto.
The modern dispute over Jerusalem dates back to the 1947 UN partition plan that stipulated the creation of two independent states for both Palestinians and Jews. Jerusalem, a symbolic city for Christians, Muslims, and Judaists, was to be given special international status. The plan turned turned into wishful thinking after Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War with Arab states, declaring all of the city a unified capital in 1980.