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Activists remove Israeli flags from settler roads near Bethlehem
Published Monday 20/01/2014 (updated) 21/01/2014 10:25
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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.
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1 ) betz55 / USA
21/01/2014 05:11
GO PALESTINIANS AND ACTIVISTS AND THE WORLD GO !!!!!!!

2 ) Amir / Israel
21/01/2014 07:54
Not all cars with a yellow license plate are driven by settlers!!

3 ) Emet / Israel
21/01/2014 13:06
There are no Israeli-only roads near Neve Daniel. None. I dare anyone to give me an example. Maan just makes this stuff up.

4 ) Rose / Israel
21/01/2014 23:01
All roads near Neve Daniel are accessible to all. Where are these "Israeli-only" roads? I hope that someone smarter and honest can help make 2014 a year of resisting things that are actually harmful, like hate and lies.

5 ) Uzi / Israel
22/01/2014 15:51
Confiscate cars from arabs. Arabs must ride asses, mules, donkeys & camels.
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