Activists remove Israeli flags from settler roads near Bethlehem
Published Monday 20/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 10:25
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian popular resistance activists removed Israeli flags from two Israeli bypass roads near Bethlehem on Monday morning as part of a new nonviolent campaign to "resist" settlements.
Activists targeted bypass roads in two areas near the Israeli settlements of Teqoa, east of Bethlehem, and Neve Daniel, in the Gush Etzion bloc west of Bethlehem.
Coordinator for the popular resistance committee against the wall and settlements in Bethlehem Mohammad Brejia said the action was a part of activists' plan to make 2014 the "year of resisting settlements and settlers."
Coordinator for the resistance of settlements Hassan Brejia said that such actions emphasize "our commitment to our land and rights and our rejection of the expansion of settlements as well as settler attacks."
"In 2014, we will be moving forward to make settlers feel unsafe on Palestinian land, roads and streets within the 1967 borders," he added.
Settlement bypass roads are Israeli-only roads that connect Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to each other as well as to Israel proper.
These roads limit Palestinian entrance and usage through a number of means, including checkpoints and physical obstructions that prevent travel into or out of Palestinian areas but facilitate movement between Israeli settlements.
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.