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Israeli forces demolish Jerusalem protest village
Published Monday 21/01/2013 (updated) 22/01/2013 17:38
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Palestinian activists stand near newly-erected tents in the West Bank
village of Beit Iksa Jan. 20, 2013. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Monday morning demolished a protest village erected by Palestinian activists last week in northwest Jerusalem to protest Israeli land confiscation.

Activists told Ma’an that Israeli troops demolished all the tents and evacuated all the activists in the the Al-Karamah (Dignity) village in Beit Iksa.

"The demolition of Bab al-Karama does not mean the end of our stand. Activists will again occupy the site on which the village was built and they will rebuild their tents when the opportunity arises," activist Nabil Hababa said.

Head of the local council of Beit Iksa Kamal Hababa told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops escorted bulldozers to the protest village. Palestinian citizens were also prevented from accessing the area.

"Israeli border police evacuated the structures, removing some 20 people who were there and confiscating the tents and equipment," an Israeli security source told Reuters.

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.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) MEL / USA
21/01/2013 17:08
Typical of Zionist-led Israel. TEARING DOWN DIGNITY! Including the dignity,& NESHAMA,of Judaism.Atah MeTachat Israel! Degel Shahor!Palestinian dignity will NEVER be torn down."You can tear down our mosques ,our homes &our schools,but our spirit(& DIGNITY)will never die".The world stands with HUMAN RIGHT over military'Sieg Heil'might!Jews should know that,by now? Power is transient! So if global Jewry insists on investing in racist Zionist POWER,we will not stand with you! Right over might!

2 ) Big Mike / USA
21/01/2013 19:03
What else did you expect ???

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
21/01/2013 19:17
@ 1), Atta boy, Gramps !!! Now you're talking HEBREW !!! Like I always said: "YOU THE MAN, MEL !!!!!!!" WHAT A MAN !!!!!!! GREAT JOB !!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!! RIGHT ON, GRAMPS !!!!!!!! You mind if I translate for those who don't ??? ... N-a-a-a-a-a-a-h ... I didn't think so ... So allow me ... If I read you right (correct me if I'm not), you mean: NESHAMA ... which is "SOUL" ... Atah MeTachat ... You're trying to say "Death to you," or "You're dead" (I know you don't mean (cont.)

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
21/01/2013 19:32
that literally ... It's O.K. ... It's O.K. ... In other words, what you're saying is for us to "Go to Hell" or "Drop Dead" (something like that) ... I know ... I know ... So DON'T worry about it .. I understand ... You're just being passionate ... Nothing wrong with that.) ... and Degel Shahor means "Black Flag" as in "Curse Us" or "May There Be a Pox On Us." GREAT HEBREW TALKING THERE, BUDDY !!!!!! I just want to add when we get done with E-1 construction, you'll be amazed what we do after.

5 ) Robert / US
21/01/2013 20:44
Get a grip Yehuda. I have to say its been quite funny seeing you fall apart , I believe that is what is happening to all rabid zionist.its better to just ask for help.

6 ) Gabi / australia
22/01/2013 01:08
# 5 Robert - Yehuda does seem to be falling apart, doesn't he? Maybe he is afraid that if Israel goes too far (which is what he is really rooting for, despite his sometimes crocodile tears about the injustices done to Palestinian farmers by the settlers) the US will say enough is enough - and stop funding! Bloody hell, where will they be then?

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
22/01/2013 17:40
@ 5), 6), No falling apart. Really, I DO like Mel. He's so interesting sometimes I just can't help it !!! @ 6), I don't shed crocodile tears for anyone. When I speak up about Israelite terrorism/injustices to Palestinians I mean every word. You still fail to understand the difference between my ulterior motives for Israel and the sincerity I express for crimes against Palestinians we commit. I know you don't see the difference but I DO. And your last question: Beyond where we are now.

8 ) Abu / India
22/01/2013 23:48
Yehuda is really really falling apart. Stop the diplomatic hasbara non-sense yehuda. Comon grow up.
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