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Israel court lifts injunction blocking removal of protest village
Published Wednesday 16/01/2013 (updated) 17/01/2013 20:30
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli bulldozers started Wednesday evening to block roads leading to the West Bank Bab al-Shams protest village, a Palestinian official said.

The work started immediately after a decision by the Israeli High Court to cancel an injunction that barred removal of the village which activists founded with tents in the area called E-1 between East Jerusalem and Maale Adumim settlement, PA official Mahmoud Zawahra said.

The court said that leaving the encampment in place could incite unrest.

Israeli officials also decided Wednesday to bar entry of 18 Palestinian activists from accessing the Bab al-Shams area and imposed fines on 15 of them.

Zawahra, a member of Bab al-Shams village council, which the Palestinian Authority established during its Tuesday cabinet meeting, said 18 activists, detained Tuesday while coming back to Bab al-Shams, appeared Wednesday in Israeli military court at Ofer detention center.

The court, he added, decided to bar entry of those activists to the Bab al-Shams area. Fifteen of the activists were ordered to pay a fine of 1,000 shekels ($270) each.

Activists used a ruse employed during the first intifada to get past Israeli troops on Tuesday, staging a fake wedding.

Two activists dressed as the bride and groom, and a convoy of cars approached an Israeli checkpoint outside Bab al-Shams playing wedding songs, singing and clapping.

The activists got out of the cars and started walking to the checkpoint carrying Palestinian flags. Cameramen who appeared to be filming a wedding were in fact journalists.

MP Mustafa Barghouti described the ruse was an affront to Israeli authorities.

Israeli forces discovered the stunt and fired tear gas, rubber bullets and sound grenades at the activists, wounding cameraman Nasser al-Shyoukhi.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 20 Palestinians were detained for questioning.
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1 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Gush Etzion
16/01/2013 22:10
Today 41 oil workers from seven different western countries taken hostage plus several deaths by an Islamist group in Algeria. In the meantime, over thirty deaths today in Syria due to car bombing and over eighty yesterday due to civil war but the main problem for the international community, of course, is Israel commanding its ancient lands and running off protesters. Just ask Maan's serious commentators.

2 ) Drop Delusions & / \ Start Negotiations
16/01/2013 22:10
East Jerusalem and Maale Adumim, may not be internationally recognized as being within the boundaries of the state of Israel, but such CITIES of 40,000 and 400,000, ARE NOT outposts or SETTLEMENTS, and pretending that they are within the boundaries of a Palestinian state is delusional, and will only result in losing more lands that could potentially be negotiated into becoming part of Palestine, starting with E1 Lands, so Palestinians should drop the delusions and start the negotiations !!

3 ) Anna / Canada
16/01/2013 23:04
The Palestinian resistance is unstoppable! The Bab Al Shams action reminds me of the Lunch counter sit-ins in the 60's that rejuvenated the American Civil Rights Movement.

4 ) LegalEagle / USA
17/01/2013 03:54
Like Miss Jane Fonda and other celeberties and those that have prestiege with the press and public that identified and were in the sit ins and demonstrations of the 1960s against the Vietnam War, why does not Hanan Ashrawi, Erekat etc. get their posteriors down there with these brave soulls they have encouraged and give some public prestiege and impetus to this challenge. I bet Zs would be a lot slower to act, if at all. Where is Anderson Cooper and his coverage now???

5 ) gabi / australia
17/01/2013 08:05
Netanyahu jumped the gun anyway - shows how much respect he places on ourt orders. OR he must have known they were going to back down!!!

6 ) LegalEagle to 1) / USA
17/01/2013 16:58
Frankly 1), I am glad that Maan, located out of Bethlehem, sticks with Palestine and Z-state occurences for the most part. It is like the local news in the neighborhood. The rest of the world seems, for the most part, to want to turn a blinded eye to the main source of most of the world's problems - zionist world manipulation just to get their state. Thankfully we have one news group that keeps the camera on the center of the whole problem. Let CNN, etc. cover rest, blinding others to truth.

7 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
17/01/2013 20:24
"zionist world manipulation" Legal Eagle #6? Sounds like you read, no, devoured, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion", that fallacious compendium stigmatizing the Jewish people which all Jew haters like you seem to latch unto as their source of moral compass.
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