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Palestinians protest settlers’ seizure of hospital

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Days of Palestine, West Bank –Palestinians protest Israeli settlers’ seizing a Christian Palestinian hospital in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil.

Massive number of Palestinians, including official Christian leaders staged demonstrations outside the Al-Baraka hospital complex in Al-Khalil to protest the occupation of the premises by Israeli Jewish settlers.

“Palestinians will never accept Israeli policy of illegal Jewish settlement,” Bishop Attallah Hanaa, a Palestinian Christian clergyman who participated in the protest, said.

“We have been always rejecting Israeli seizure of Islamic and Christian institutions,” he said.

“We are of this land; it is our home, our history, our identity,” the bishop added. “And we will never surrender it to the Israeli occupiers.”

According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the settlers claim to have purchased the hospital complex from a US-based Christian NGO through a Swedish firm that served as middleman.

Located near the Al-Arrub Refugee Camp, the hospital complex sits on 40 dunums of land and comprises eight buildings.

Since its establishment in the 1940s until its closure some four decades later, the hospital had provided free services to Palestinians, who suffered from tuberculosis.
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According to Palestinian residents of the area, the Israeli occupation plans to build a new Jewish-only settlement on the site, which sits adjacent to thousands of dunums of agricultural land.

Al-Khalil is home to some 200,000 Palestinians and some 500 Jewish settlers, with the latter residing in a number of Jewish-only settlement compounds, heavily guarded by Israeli troops,  in the city centre.