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Clashes break out at new protest village in Jenin
Published Saturday 26/01/2013 (updated) 28/01/2013 17:34
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Protestors pictured in Anin village.(MaanImages/Raed Abu Baker)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces assaulted a Palestinian official on Saturday during clashes at a newly erected protest village in Jenin, witnesses said.

Dozens of Palestinian activists set up the Al-Asra, or prisoners, protest village in the village of Anin, northwest of Jenin, on Saturday, Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoners Issa Qaraqe announced during a press conference.

Anin village is located next to Israel's separation wall.

The governor of Jenin Talal Dweikat and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council Jamal Hwail attempted to enter the village with activists, but were prevented from doing so by Israeli forces.

Physical clashes ensued, and Israeli soldiers assaulted Hwail and fired tear gas at the activists, witnesses said, causing several injuries.

The brother of hunger striker Yousef Yassin, from Anin village, was arrested by soldiers, witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that "200 Palestinians hurled rocks at soldiers, who responded with riot dispersal means." No injuries or arrests were reported, she added.

The Al-Asra protest village is the latest action in a wider strategy of popular Palestinian resistance to Israeli land annexation.





On Friday, activists rebuilt the al-Karamah (Dignity) village which was torn down by Israeli forces on Monday.

The tent village was established to protest Israel's land confiscation and settlement building in the area of Beit Iksa, set to be entirely encircled by Israel's separation wall once completed.

Last week, 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.
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1 ) as long as nobody dies / that is OK
26/01/2013 18:08
civil strife. In any other country in the Middle east (Lebanon, Syria, Egypt)--they would all be dead by now!

2 ) But you / Are forgettimg
26/01/2013 20:15
# 1

3 ) JoeUSA / USA
26/01/2013 22:32
Ref #1 , the regime in Syria is atrocious. This does not give you the right to do the same or compare by saying we ( Israel) are so less evil than that regime. You are still evil enough. But if you truly believe in what you said , why does the IDF need to react so quickly and so violently to a non violent "demonstration"?

4 ) charliehebdo / paris
26/01/2013 23:44
it's more interesting in the new democtatorship Egypt

5 ) fredo / usa
27/01/2013 01:48
In any other country but Palestine the settlers would all be dead by now.

6 ) gabi / australia
27/01/2013 02:14
#1 - what a cynical and unlovely comment!

7 ) Rami / Palestine
27/01/2013 09:31
The last time I checked, Jenin was in the West Bank, in land that is now part of the Palestinian state (following the UN approval). It is under the Palestinian Authority. The Israelis have no jurisdiction whatsoever here and they should not be given the privilege to have any authority here. This protest village isn't the E1 Corridor. This is Jenin which was always and will always be PALESTINIAN. The Israelis can piss off.

8 ) ?D / ?ire
27/01/2013 15:19
Fully agree with Rami; Theft is Theft and thieves are scum!

9 ) Mel / USA
28/01/2013 01:35
#7:Rami: Bravo! Jenin is legally Palestinian but the PASF are powerless to do anything,to defend their OWN people,& end up DEFENDING armed,OFFENSIVE,Zionist,Ultra,& Mod-Ortho,colonists,while the IOF shoot unarmed 10-11yr old boys(and women)with their M24's,just to etch a "kill"cross into their wep to feel "manly","most moral"&"pure"! Israel is DOOMED under Zionism!What an criminal insult,to Israel's OWN Dec.of Independence,& Judaism!
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