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Protesters block entrance to Gush Etzion settlement
Published Monday 13/01/2014 (updated) 14/01/2014 13:42
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A general view of the Israeli settlement of Ramot, on Nov. 10, 2010
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Protesters blocked the main entrance to an Israeli settlement near Bethlehem on Monday in order to remind settlers that their homes were built on illegally confiscated Palestinian land.

A spokesperson for the Bethlehem region's popular campaign against the wall and settlements told a Ma'an reporter that more than 30 Palestinian and international activists blocked the entrance to Elazar settlement, which is a part of the Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Muhammad Brejiyeh highlighted that the settlement was built illegally on private Palestinian lands south of Bethlehem.

Such protests, he added, are held to reiterate that settlers are unwelcome on Palestinian lands. Similar activities will continue across the West Bank to protest the ongoing Israeli occupation's policy of expanding settlements and confiscating Palestinian lands, added Brijiyeh.

The activists also planted olive trees in a private Palestinian field near the settlement.

The protest caused a major traffic jam until Israeli forces dispersed demonstrators, detaining three Palestinian activists in the process.

Participants in the protest identified them as Munthir Amirah, Mazin al-Azzah and Sari al-Azzah.

Elazar was built in 1975 on land confiscated from a number of Palestinian families in nearby al-Khader.

A 2007 report by Israeli organization Peace Now says that 32 percent of the settlement land sits directly on top of private Palestinian property.

Many settlements are also built atop of private Palestinian land that has been previously declared "state land" and confiscated.

More than 500,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
13/01/2014 14:06
The exact location where a Palestinian driver ran over and killed a Jewish teenage girl last month.

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
13/01/2014 17:55
The world knows that ALL settlements are built on occupied land irrespective of this one. These Israeil's seem to enjoy living behind barbed wires, high fences/walls.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
13/01/2014 22:03
To Brian Cohen #1: 'The exact location where a Palestinian driver ran over and killed a Jewish teenage girl last month.' A man bites dog story, or was it a genuine accident?

4 ) James / Canada
13/01/2014 22:28
If you hadn't stolen the land, she wouldn't be there thus wouldn't have gotten run over. zionists want the land at all costs whether its jewish blood or Palestinian, but zionists will make sure that the most of it is Palestinian blood. It's impressive what lengths and lies zios will go to to steal land. PS you can't take it with you, and G-d, yours and mine will not be congratulating your tactics, which are in direct violation of the 12 commandments.

5 ) frank / australia
13/01/2014 22:33
Ok, what about how many children n women did isreal kill for no reason ...canbu answer that

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/01/2014 11:03
Colin you belong in north korea. A human being is dead and you spit on her grave. Shame on you. Thank G-d most Americans are decent people.

7 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
14/01/2014 11:07
James - as a Canadian you know that you are living on stolen First Nations land. You are an occupation settler and a war criminal. Give the Ojibway and Huron and Mohawk and the rest their lands back, and go back to Europe where you came from. Your double standard and fake morality are disgusting. You and your fellow American and Aussie commenters with your almighty preaching show how low human beings can sink. Seriously, James. Give Canada back to its rightful owners, you criminal.
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