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Activists construct new protest village in south Hebron
Published Saturday 09/02/2013 (updated) 11/02/2013 15:34
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HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Palestinians and foreign solidarity activists on Saturday set up a new protest village in the south Hebron hills, and vowed to remain there despite Israeli forces moving to dismantle the structures.

Early Saturday, activists set up steel-framed tents near the Palestinian village of al-Tuwani, calling the encampment "Canaan".

Younis Arar, coordinator of the popular committees in the southern West Bank, told Ma'an that soldiers assaulted the 30 activists who had gathered in the area.

"We began building the tents and were surprised when a large force of the Israeli army began attacking us and destroying tents and hitting us ... We will try and build Canaan village again," Arar said.

A military spokeswoman said soldiers evacuated illegal structures, and responded with riot dispersal means when around 100 Palestinians "rioted" in the area.

A Ma'an reporter said three journalists were detained, and the military spokeswoman said five Palestinians and five Israelis were arrested for entering the area after it was declared a closed military zone.

Yatta popular committee spokesman Ibrahim Rabee told Ma'an the protest camp was a stand against Israeli policies in the region.

"We are establishing Canaan on our land after our homes and water wells were demolished, and our people displaced," he said.

The south Hebron hills lies in an area of the West Bank under full Israeli military control, and its residents say Israel does not allow any building permits and demolishes homes and infrastructure, while supporting Israeli settlements in the area.

Just south of al-Tuwani, Israel has established a closed military zone where the state wants to evict eight Palestinian villages to make way for a army training ground.



The Canaan protest camp is the fifth such initiative in recent weeks.

In January, 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.

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

Last Saturday, Palestinians established the "Al-Manatir neighborhood" encampment in an area of Burin village that activists say is slated for confiscation by a neighboring settlement.

Israeli forces have moved to evacuate each of the camps and dismantle their structures.
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1 ) Reader / from Edmonton
09/02/2013 18:09
May I offer my support and my city's name for a future protest site?

2 ) Angelika Roll / Germany
09/02/2013 20:07
Thankfully, these outragious atrocities by the IOF now are being widely reported. Makes one wonder how much longer these zionist policies will continue without appropriate worldwide protest and , m ore important, without violent reaction from Palestinians. We all hope and pray they WILL REMAIN PEACEFUL ! Keep it up please and remain peaceful, thanks!

3 ) Peter / Canada
09/02/2013 20:10
The Israeli regime's petulant response to UN recognition is clearly calculated to try to stimulate a violent response from various Palestinian groups.... in order to 'justify' further "security" (read annexation) actions. I congratulate the Palestinian people for their restraint and promise to do what I can to raise awareness here. People around the world with an open mind are watching and learning the lies we've been fed.

4 ) Edson Udson / world
10/02/2013 00:22
I'm fighting to combat violence and I hope to get a day, Universal Movement of Consciousness by Edson Udson (all rights reserved) A great movement for peace, love and freedom around of the world, but to obtain results and do solve problems as poverty, abuses and violence is necessary "union" and "good will" translated in a simple word..."love". Respecting and preserving the nature or combating differences as racism, sexuality or culture and accepting any kind of love, no discriminating anyo

5 ) Mel / USA
10/02/2013 02:51
"WeThePeople"are waiting 4 LIBERAL Jews,who care more 4 equal,mutual positive peace,to WAKE UP to the fact that (pre-67)Israel's safe future,lays thru' respect for International laws,adhering to EXPECTATIONS of a global consensus(which is pro-Palestine's right to exist in peace too) & divesting from NEGATIVE PEACE(merely Palestinian subservience to MORE Zionist WAR CRIMES)!Never again,means ALL people!Jews are no exception to that ethos! Keep it up,Palestine!Occupy the Zionist Occupation!

6 ) Reader / from Edmonton
11/02/2013 01:46
Peter, call me. Let's set up a Palestinian tent city in Ottawa.

7 ) gabi / australia
12/02/2013 00:50
Reader, Peter - wish I lived in Canada!

8 ) To Continue / \ Forever
14/02/2013 22:03
Activists construct new protest village, and Israel DEconstructs them.
Activists construct new protest village, and Israel DEconstructs them.
etc.
Israel invites the PA to negotiations, and the PA says halt settlements.
Israel invites the PA to negotiations, and the PA says halt settlements.
etc.
The PA demands taxes, and Israel invites the PA to negotiations.
The PA demands taxes, and Israel invites the PA to negotiations.
etc.
And, Palestine Remains just a 9-Letter Word in the UNGA.

9 ) PA (fr) / Pa
15/02/2013 10:22
Hebron is an ancient "children of Israel" community; the land bought and paid for by Father Abraham, the father of Isaac, the grandfather of Jacob, who are buried there. Usurper arabs (Hagarenes, Edomites, Caananites, Moabites, Amonites) have no heritage in Hebron.

10 ) JB / America
15/02/2013 22:25
However, these are not ancient times! People live there! In your own statement, if Abraham bought it, that only states that someone owned it before him... And someone else owns it now CENTURIES later. These are people with children.
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