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Israeli forces raid Jerusalem protest village
Published Sunday 20/01/2013 (updated) 21/01/2013 21:02
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An activist holds a Palestinian flag placed near a newly-erected tent
in the West Bank village of Beit Iksa, between Ramallah and Jerusalem
January 20, 2013. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of people were lightly injured on Sunday as Israeli forces raided a newly erected Palestinian protest village in northwest Jerusalem, activists said.

Local activist Nabil Habana said Israeli forces raided the al-Karamah (Dignity) village in Beit Iksa and issued demolition and evacuation orders.

Activists tried to prevent soldiers from reaching their tents, with soldiers firing tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters, Habana added.

Earlier, Israeli troops entered the al-Karamah village at around 7 a.m., photographing the structures and preventing more protesters and supporters from arriving.

It was the third time troops had entered the area.

Spokesman for the protest village, Bilal Kiswani, said the repeated incursions by Israeli forces indicate that the al-Karamah village will be demolished soon.

There are over 100 activists from nearby areas at the protest village, and they will remain on the land despite Israeli orders to leave, he added.






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 ) Mark of Lewiston / USA
21/01/2013 01:47
The Israeli right only seems to get action. Build two more, and then four more., and then eight more. Just like Israeli settlers do.

2 ) Tibi / Tubas
21/01/2013 03:57
Outside of the international embassies, and the Areas A/B and Gaza, Palestine will remain nothing more than such brief moments, where Palestine's flag, the activists, and their tents are removed by Israeli forces on such outposts in a day or two's time, and so Palestine will remain, Unless Palestinians negotiate with Israel, on Israeli terms, and make the seemingly impossible compromises to be a real sovereign state !!

3 ) jjvanka / Netherlands
21/01/2013 04:17
Brace yourself - the IDF will get meaner in order to prevent more villages. The world is watching.

4 ) Ghassan / Palestine
21/01/2013 09:30
Since 1948 until now the Zionist-Jews have not stopped the systematic ethnic cleansing in Palestine. How can we accept peace with war criminals? Did Jews accept peace with Nazis? How can we accept the Zionist occupation in all Palestine? Did French and Polish peoples accept the Nazi-German occupation for their homes? Whoever legalize Israel should legalize the Nazi-Germany as well.

5 ) Robert Haymond / Israel-Gush Etzion
21/01/2013 21:12
Ethnic cleansing, Ghassan? From 1948 onwards, the Arab nations and the regional Arabs who refused to accept the Jewish people in their rightful place in the Land of Israel have waged one war after another, then terrorist attacks including, but not limited to, suicide bombings and missile launches into civilian areas. And you have the audacity (or is it blind ignorance) to call what Israel has done in its defence "ethnic cleansing"? Do you actually believe your own propaganda?

6 ) Abu / India
22/01/2013 23:59
Stop the non-sense Robert Haymond. Come on the whole world is watching, don't try to be the innocent while you commit the most serious crimes on the ground everyday. If palestinians or gazans would have been so real bad terrorists they would have been clamped down by US like what they did in afghanistan and iraq. Why did the great palestine won the un membership vote with such a majority in front of the whole world if they were so called "waging one war after another, then terrorist attacks incl
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