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Activists protest against E1 project, 1 detained
Published Thursday 13/02/2014 (updated) 15/02/2014 17:25
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinian popular resistance activists held a demonstration on Thursday near the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim to protest potential Israeli settlement construction in the key "E1" area in the central West Bank.

Israeli forces were deployed in the area and an activist was detained and taken to an unknown destination during the protest, according to activists.

An Israeli army spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment.

The demonstration was held in advance of a demonstration by prominent Israelis to urge their government to build more settlements in the E1 area on Thursday afternoon.

Numerous Israeli members of Knesset planned to attend, including the housing and transportation ministers, as well as rabbis, according to Israeli news site Israel National News.

Palestinian popular resistance activist Salah Khawaja said the settler demonstration, in which rabbis and ministers will participate, requires a similar Palestinian position where ministers and lawmakers demonstrate as well.

In late 2012, the Israeli government announced plans to build hundreds of settler homes in the E1 corridor after Palestine was granted non-member observer state status at the United Nations. Those plans were later frozen, but never completely shelved.

Israeli settlement construction in E1 would divide the West Bank in two and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state -- as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- virtually impossible.
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1 ) E / usa
13/02/2014 22:51
E1 is very important part of israeli sovereignity. Building in it will be great. That way it would put an end to the palestinian fantasy that it is their land and will put an end to their state dreams

2 ) daoud / USA
15/02/2014 05:24
Well, E, perhaps you are correct. And then Israel will face two options...annex the land, incorporate the Arab population as citizens, and destroy itself as a "Jewish" state...OR...become the apartheid state people say that it is...UNLESS...you are not seriously thinking of "cleansing" the land, are you? E? Well? Thought that far ahead?

3 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
15/02/2014 06:26
If Jerusalem is SOOOO important to Palestinians, why did Khalifa 'Umar build HIS capital at ar Ramle'? Sector E1 was an empty hillside until the 1980s when Bedouin squatters pitched tents there having been run out of the so called "South Hebron Hills" in a family feud. Squatters have no rights. If they want to pitch tents and call it a village go do it in Areas A and B.
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