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Forces enter Jerusalem protest village, no clashes
Published Sunday 20/01/2013 (updated) 21/01/2013 18:06
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A flag flies near a newly-erected tent in the West Bank village of
Beit Iksa Jan. 19, 2013. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces entered a Palestinian protest village newly erected in northwest Jerusalem on Sunday morning, but no confrontations were reported.

Local activist Muhammad Rabei said troops entered the al-Karamah (Dignity) village in Beit Iksa around 7 a.m., photographing the structures and preventing more protesters and supporters from arriving.

He said it was the third time troops had entered the area. An Israeli military spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

Rabei insisted that the inhabitants will continue building a mosque in the encampment, harvesting the agricultural land, and will organize a festival for local children.

Local groups set up the new tented protest village northwest of Jerusalem on Friday, the second such initiative against Israeli settlement building in as many weeks.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces tore down the tented village Bab al-Shams, set up to protest Israel's plans to build the "E1" settlement on the land, severing the West Bank from Jerusalem.

Beit Iksa, surrounded by Israeli settlements, is set to be entirely encircled by Israel's separation wall, cutting it off from Jerusalem.

When completed, the wall will annex 96 percent of Beit Iksa's land, according to a study by the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem.

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1 ) when Hussein entered / al-Karamah
20/01/2013 13:37
on black September----5000 died

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
20/01/2013 18:00
When Israeli troops entered al-Karamah in 1968 , the IDF got their butt whipped.

3 ) MEL / USA
21/01/2013 01:07
#1 Ah yes, the honored 5,000 Martyrs to the cause that are forgotten.

4 ) Horse dumpling / Ireland
21/01/2013 01:13
#2 Oh yea, is that when the IDF destroyed most of the Karameh camp and took hundreds of prisoners. What actually happened to the Jordanian army that ‘’fought’’ side by side with Fatah terrorists in al-Karameh?

5 ) Robby / USA
21/01/2013 05:48
1 ) when Hussein entered / al-Karamah - according to Arafat and company as many as 20,000 died (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_September_in_Jordan)

6 ) PLAIN & / SIMPLE
21/01/2013 17:04
Peaceful Palestinian protests result in peaceful Israeli counter-measures, and Violent Palestinian actions result in violent Israeli counter-measures, and the situation is the same regarding real Palestinian Statehood, where Violent Palestinian attempts will result in violent Israeli counter-measures, and ONLY NEGOTIATIONS HAVE ANY CHANCE TO CREATE PALESTINE.
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