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New protest village erected after Ein Hajla destroyed overnight
Published Friday 07/02/2014 (updated) 10/02/2014 09:49
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A group of Palestinian and international activists on Friday established a new protest village in the Jordan Valley, only hours after Israeli forces raided and destroyed the encampment of Ein Hajla in the region.

The new protest village was set up in al-Joula in the Jiftlik area of the northern Jordan valley on Friday.

A central committee member of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine told Ma'an that dozens of activists had established the protest village in al-Jiftlik in order to reiterate that the region is a Palestinian area, referring to Israeli plans to annex the Jordan Valley as part of peace negotiations.

Bassa Maslamani said that the camp was set up near the site of an Israeli "numbered graveyard," where Israeli authorities keep the remains of a number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli forces, many during the Second Intifada.

The move came after Israeli troops invaded a protest village overnight that had been set up a week before in Ein Hajla in the southern Jordan Valley.

Israeli forces attacked and destroyed the protest village before dawn, injuring at least 35 protesters during the assault.

Ein Hajla was set up last Friday to protest against Israeli confiscation policies in the area, continued Jewish settlement construction on occupied land, and recent proposals to annex the Jordan Valley.

Israeli forces had surrounded the encampment and prevented supplies, as well as other activists, from entering the village for the last week.

Lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi said hundreds of Israeli soldiers raided the village on Friday morning, firing stun grenades and beating people there, including children. Several suffered fractures after they were struck with batons and rifle butts, he said.

Barghouthi, who was present at Ein Hajla during the raid, said dozens of military vehicles and prisoner transport vehicles arrived at the village, and soldiers and detained a large number of people.

Diana Alzeer from the Ein Hajla media committee told Ma'an that a total of 35 protesters were injured, of which many were taken to hospital as a result.

She added that several protesters were detained but were released on the spot.

(Popular Struggle Coordination Committee/Samer Nazzal)

(Popular Struggle Coordination Committee/Samer Nazzal)

(MaanImages/Mohammad Ricardo Alfrado Ruiz)

(MaanImages/Mohammad Ricardo Alfrado Ruiz)

(MaanImages/Mohammad Ricardo Alfrado Ruiz)

(MaanImages/Mohammad Ricardo Alfrado Ruiz)

Barghouthi added that a Israeli soldiers threw a journalist from the top of one of the houses, and prevented Palestinian TV cameras from videotaping the incident.

He added that the activists would return to Ein Hajla and Bab Shams, and that their "will will not be broken" despite the attack.

The official praised protesters who remained at the village and were not intimidated by the brutality of occupation, saying Ein Hajla was victorious.

An Israeli army statement said that forces had "called on the provocateurs to independently evacuate the area," but after they did not heed warnings, an "initiated evacuation took place."

The statement added that "agitators were evacuated due to rock hurling earlier this week at the main Jordan Valley route, and other legal considerations."

The protest encampments at Ein Hajla and al-Joula follow similar efforts by Palestinian protesters in the encampments of Bab al-Shams and Ahfad Younis in early 2013, both of which were dispersed by Israeli forces.

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.

Many of these outposts are eventually developed into permanent settlements, and today nearly 500,000 Israeli Jews live in illegal 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.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
08/02/2014 02:59
* THE PROTESTORS needs to remember that Choosing to be "the thorn in Israel's side": -1- Does Not hurt Israel very much, since Israel has advanced riot and clashes control measures, but -2- Hurts Palestine Terribly, and serves to * PREVENT PALESTINE from becoming a real sovereign state !!

2 ) Nice try Tibi / USA
08/02/2014 17:50
Except it is non-violent protests like these that Israel is most afraid of. Also strange how these stories are not covered in mainstream media. These protests, more than anything, show the injustice of the occupation and the hypocrisy of Israeli policies.

3 ) Violet Havesham (Miss) / Great Britain
09/02/2014 00:16
I am pleased to say that the British News Service did report the evictions from the village today (coloured button service). I am surprised that there was no mention of the unfortunate journalist being thrown from a rooftop though, they are usually good at covering these things. Very nice to hear that the evictees have now found alternative premises live in. Good Luck in your 'New Home' (Village).

4 ) @ "Nice"-2 & Violent-3 / USA too
09/02/2014 16:09
-2- "PROTEST VILLAGES" are Not "covered in mainstream media", because they ARE NOT NEWS, and - You are deeply delusional, to think Israel fears these ay all, since THE ONLY COST FOR ISRAEL to be "most afraid of", in dealing with such "villages" IS THE COST OF FUEL, for the jeeps and bulldozer !! -3- Their "Good Luck in their 'New Home' (Village)" will be the same, as their Luck in the Old Village - A Few Days Camped Under The Stars, - Followed by a visit by bulldozer !!

5 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
09/02/2014 21:34
@#3, Violet Haversham: That would be because it never happened. The only people in the region who toss people off buildings are Palestinians themselves as in Gaza in June of 2007. If a group in England entered state owned land, appropriated state property for themselves and then dared the British Govt to do something about it, what would happen? If Israel were half as draconian as Palestinians claim those foreignetrs who created this mess-ISM-would never be allowed in
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