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Israel evacuates Nablus protest village, dozens injured
Published Saturday 02/02/2013 (updated) 05/02/2013 13:44
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A Palestinian activist runs from teargas after Israeli forces evacuate a
protest camp in the West Bank village of Burin, south of Nablus,
Feb. 2, 2013. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces evacuated a protest tent set up earlier on Saturday by Palestinian activists in Nablus, leading to clashes which injured at least 20 people.

Earlier, around 200 people from across the West Bank set up the "Al-Manatir neighborhood" encampment in an area of Burin village that activists say is slated for confiscation by a neighboring settlement.

Burin is squeezed between the Bracha and Yitzhar settlements, and is the target of regular settler violence.

Israeli forces raided the area and forcibly removed all activists from the site. Soldiers fired multiple tear gas canisters at the protest village, injuring at least 20 Palestinians, witnesses said.

Palestinian Authority official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma'an that during the clashes, settlers attacked Burin with fire-bombs and rocks, damaging homes, cars and setting fire to olive trees.

Earlier on Saturday, 16-year-old Zakariya Al-Najjar was hit in his thigh by a bullet fired by settlers in Burin, a Ma'an reporter said.

Groups of settlers also gathered near Yizhar settlement and threw stones at passing Palestinian cars.



Palestinians Diyaa Bani Audah, Ashraf Abu Rahmah from Bilin, Wahib Qadus, Barakat al-Najjar, Bakir al-Najjar, Ibrahim al-Najjar and Udayy Ahmad from Burin were detained by Israel's military during the clashes.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed that seven people were arrested.

Fatah official Mahmoud al-Aloul told Ma'an that Palestinians will continue to confront settlers and illegal settlement expansion.

"If they demolish a protest village, we will erect a new one, and we will continue until the Palestinian people retrieve all their rights," he said.

Burin protesters said they had been buoyed by a report issued on Thursday by United Nations human rights investigators who called on Israel to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all settlers, adding that the practice could be subject to prosecution as a possible war crime.



The "Al-Manatir neighborhood" is the fourth such initiative in recent weeks.

The Bab al-Shams village was set up in an area where Israel plans to build the "E1" settlement, severing the West Bank from Jerusalem.

Then, locals established the al-Karamah (Dignity) village in Beit Iksa, northwest of Jerusalem, which is set to be tightly encircled by Israel's separation wall.

Last week, activists set up the Al-Asra, or prisoners, protest village in the village of Anin, northwest of Jenin.

Israeli forces have moved to evacuate the camps and dismantle their structures.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) Mel / USA
02/02/2013 22:47
This Spring/Summer,ALL global peace-activists,solidarity groups should make converge on Palestine 2 OCCUPY the Zionist Occupation,HELP brave Palestinians STOP 66yrs of brutal COLONIAL Zionist/Israeli destruction & Occupation of Palestine,the Holy Land!Whether bcoz of belief in tolerant pluralism,respect for multiculturalism,or loyalty to rule of law EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW & universal human rights.Bigotted extremist-nationalism,racist Zionism,& abuse of Israeli POWER,is UNACCEPTABLE! to "We The

2 ) Sabrina / Germany
02/02/2013 22:53
"Israel evacuates Nablus protest village " evacuate is definitely not the right term to describe what the zionists and settlers did once again, sounds very euphemistic in this context.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/02/2013 00:09
The word you want is actually not 'evacuate.' 'Evacuate' implies that the subjects were being rescued somehow. In this case, it's another profoundly dishonest Israeli euphemism that you are unconsciously participating in. You could try 'evicts.' That implies Israel has some legal standing to do this -- but at least it would be an improvement over 'evacuates.' The wording you use later on -- 'forcibly removes' -- is probably best. That doesn't involve any falsehood at all.

4 ) ian / australia
03/02/2013 01:20
Just to clarify: this is all happening IN (occupied) sovereign PALESTINE, on a tract of PALESTINIAN land demonstators fear is under threat from by a neighbouring (illegal) Jewish settlement. Occupation military not only ejected Palestinian demonstrators from their own land in their own country (injuring 20 people) but intervened when demonstrators were attacked by armed (illegal) settlers (with "fire-bombs and rocks")...detaining and arresting...the DEMONSTRATORS!...which is precisely what

5 ) ian / australia
03/02/2013 01:21
(contd.) the UN Human Rights Report filed by Justice Chanet says is going on in occupied Palestine and should be confronted and condemned at the international level.

6 ) gabi / australia
03/02/2013 02:12
How many settlers were arrested?

7 ) Julie / USA
03/02/2013 04:11
"...during the clashes, settlers attacked Burin with fire-bombs and rocks, damaging homes, cars and setting fire to olive trees." amazing how izrahell sponsors state terrorism...then, in addition to obliterating the rights of innocent Palestinian civilians, also imprisons, injures, murders them & steals their land. such izraeli rabid response to Pals' NON-VIOLENT tactics can be interpreted as: izrael either 1) prefers Pals to use violent tactics. 2) refuses peace with Pals.

8 ) Charlie / USA
03/02/2013 05:03
Great job. Keep setting up these outposts everywhere. This land belongs to the Palestinians and you have the right to build anywhere and everywhere. Don't let nothing hold you back. Give these settler squatter Zionist thugs all the trouble in removing you. Keep them busy and let them burn through their coffers constantly removing you from every new outpost you build. Viva Palestina
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