NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Some 200 Palestinian activists on Saturday continued to camp in a protest village they erected on Friday in Ein Hajla in the Jordan Valley.
A spokeswoman for the camp Diana Alzeer told Ma'an on Saturday that the campaign seeks to challenge Israeli plans to annex the Jordan Valley.
She added that the actions also expresses opposition to the framework agreement which US Secretary of State John Kerry has recently discussed as part of ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"We don't have any plans to leave the place, but we rather plan to carry out several further activities in future," she added, highlighting that the group had started with cleaning the place. Hundreds of activists are expected to join the campaign, added Alzeer.
"The village is currently a property of the Orthodox Church, but its ancient houses and facilities have been destroyed because of the Israeli occupation's practices and plans to empty the area of its indigenous residents."
Activist Muhammad al-Khatib told Ma'an that "this area is a Palestinian Canaanite site and we came here today to affirm that it will remain Palestinian despite Israeli plots."
He added that activists would try to repair ancient houses and trim trees especially palm trees. New saplings will be planted as well.
The encampment in Ein Hajla follows similar efforts by Palestinian protesters in the encampments of Bab al-Shams and Ahfad Younis in early 2013.
The two villages were set near Eizariya just east of Jerusalem in a strategic area that Israeli refers to as E1 and has previously threatened to build more settlements on.
Israeli forces eventually attacked both encampments and forcibly removed the protesters.
Jewish settlers frequently raid Palestinian lands and set up illegal outposts across the West Bank, usually uninhibited by Israeli authorities and often supported by Israeli military forces. These outposts are often chosen for their strategic locations between Palestinian villages and atop hills or major roads.
Israeli forces often provide security for the settlers, confiscating nearby Palestinian lands and expanding military presence.
Many of these outposts are eventually developed into permanent settlements, and today nearly 500,000 Israeli Jews live in settlements built across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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.