Activists protest against E1 project, 1 detained
Published Thursday 13/02/2014 (updated) 15/02/2014 17:25
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.