Palestinian activists had set up a tent camp in a "creative" strategy of non-violent resistance.
The international community considers all Israeli settlements illegal and does not recognise the 1967 annexation of East Jerusalem. (Levine – Sipa)
Hundreds of Israeli police evacuated early on the morning of Sunday, January 13, a camp of Palestinian militants installed for two days on the site of a controversial Jewish settlement project in occupied West Bank.
"The Israeli forces entered the camp", drawn up Friday morning on the site of the project E1, between the West Bank and Jerusalem – is occupied, has confirmed one of the organizers of this event, Abbott Copty.
About 500 police officers and guards – border, accompanied by bulldozers, participated in the operation that began around 2:30, said the police.
According to Mustafa Barghouti, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council present on-site, "hundreds of Israeli policemen arrived from all directions, encircling all who were in the tents, and stopping them one by one". "Escorted" off site
The door – word of the Israeli police, Micky Rosenfeld, said however that the protesters Palestinian had been "escorted" off site but not at stops. The evacuation has been no injuries, said Micky Rosenfeld.
More than 200 besieged Palestinians refused to comply with an Israeli order to leave their camp despite the threats of expulsion.
"Saturday night at the end of the Jewish weekly rest, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, election campaign, had ordered the security forces to immediately expel the Palestinians who gathered between (the colony of) Maaleh Adumim and Jerusalem".
Benjamin Netanyahu had required the closure of all the access roads to the site of the camp composed of twenty tents and installed in the ultra – sensitive area E1, where the Israeli Government recently relaunched a major colony project. The region had been declared "forbidden military zone". Non-violent resistance
Palestinian activists had compiled this tent camp, dubbed "Bab al – Shams" (the gate of the Sun), as part of a "creative" strategy of non-violent resistance to the settlements and Israeli occupation. It was a Palestinian replica of the wild Israeli settlements.
Friday, the Israeli police had circulated orders to expel the militants, declaring "prohibited military area". But the Palestinians have obtained through their lawyer, an injunction from the Israeli supreme court freezing order.
Throughout the day Saturday in a good atmosphere child activists tried to warm up by drinking tea and coffee. They brandished Palestinian flags and chanted slogans such as "Palestine is free" or "Low A occupation". "Build and live on our land"
"Israel defies international law for decades by erecting illegal settlements on stolen land and razing Palestinian homes. "We have the right to build and live on our land," said Abdallah Abu Rahmah, responsible for the popular struggle coordination committee, at the origin of the initiative.
"We, the Palestinians, are still pessimistic but this initiative gives us reason to be optimistic," said Omar Jhassan, 27 years old, from Ramallah spend the day in the camp. "It is a new different resistance type of armed resistance or stone-throwing".
The project in the E1 area would link the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim with neighborhoods of Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem and would cut in half the West Bank, undermining the viability of a Palestinian State.
The international community considers all Israeli settlements illegal and does not recognise the 1967 annexation of East Jerusalem, where the Palestinians want to establish the capital of the State to which they aspire.
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