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Israeli forces prevent PA officials from entering Bab al-Shams
Published Saturday 12/01/2013 (updated) 13/01/2013 19:06
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A woman leads a donkey past newly erected tents in an area known
as E1, near Jerusalem January 11, 2013. (Reuters/Ammar Awad)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Saturday prevented Palestinian officials from entering the E1 area east of Jerusalem to visit protest tents set up a day earlier by activists.

"The soldiers treated us improperly and savagely before they forced us to go back to Ramallah," PLO official Hanan Ashrawi told Ma'an.

A vehicle carrying Ashrawi and PA minister of social affairs, Majida al-Masri, was stopped and searched at a checkpoint, with soldiers preventing the officials from continuing to the E1 area, despite holding Jerusalem ID cards.

Ashrawi said earlier that she fully supported and encouraged non-violent popular resistance against Israeli occupation, praising the activists for their "creative" means of protecting Palestinian land.

Al-Masri also congratulated the activists for their actions, saying it provided an example which should be followed across the occupied West Bank.

"Establishing a Palestinian village on Palestinian land slated for confiscation by Israel for thousands of settlement units is a form of popular resistance to the Israeli occupation and land theft," the PA official said.

"Bab al-Shams must be set up in all Palestinian districts, in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Tubas, the Jordan Valley, Salfit, Qalqiliya, Jenin, and Tulkarem. Organizers of such protests must receive support," al-Masri added.

Palestinian activists erected over 25 tents and a medical center in the E1 area of East Jerusalem on Friday to protest Israeli settlement plans and protect Palestinian land from annexation.



Israel's military handed evacuation orders to activists in the Bab al-Shams, or 'Gate of the Sun', protest village on Saturday, stating that the military intends to move protestors by force, local activist Abdullah Abu Rahma said.

Senior Fatah official Saeb Erekat said Saturday that the Bab al-Shams protest movement is attempting to save the two-state solution at a time when Israel is determined to undermine it by building illegal settlements.

In December, Israel announced plans to build some 3,000 settler homes in the E1 corridor near Jerusalem, drawing widespread international condemnation.

Construction in E1 would divide the West Bank and make the creation of a contiguous Palestinian state - as envisaged by the internationally backed two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict - almost impossible.
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1 ) Julie / USA
12/01/2013 17:53
everything izrahell is doing regarding E1 is ILLEGAL. prosecute this thieving, criminal, terrorist regime at the ICC !!!!!!!

2 ) JoeUSA / USA
12/01/2013 18:07
Israel is designed for Jews , exclusively for jews , and not for other indigenous people. Why aren't we surprized that the IDF behaves in a racist manner....

3 ) Reader / from Edmonton
12/01/2013 19:45
Where is Israel?

4 ) Erin / USA
12/01/2013 21:45
It is time the International Community step in and stop Israeli settlers from continuing to illegally settling on Palestinian Territory!!!

5 ) Rina / Indonesia
12/01/2013 22:53
i think two main steps will work if we do it right away. first, as international community, we gotta do something actual. second, Palestine use its observator state's statue to go ahead to international criminal court and other international organisations.

6 ) gabi / australia
13/01/2013 01:35
good question Reader/Edmonton. Israel has no borders.

7 ) Rami / Palestine
13/01/2013 09:24
#4 It has been time for the international community to step in and stop Israeli settlers for over 6 decades and so far they haven't done anything. When you normalize relations with criminals, when you provide them the resources to continue their criminal acts, you aiding criminal acts and that makes you as guilty as the criminal himself. This is what the international community needs to understand. They are just as guilty as Israel itself.

8 ) southparkbear / usa
13/01/2013 14:31
i entered bab al shams in my GPS it said not exist, but it had no problem finding planned maale adomim 2

9 ) LegalEagle to 3) / USA
13/01/2013 15:30
According to their justification, the bible, which they like to use when it suits them and then be secular when it does not, Israel is supposed to remain in diaspora until the Great Trumpet of Isaiah 27:13. Comparing that with many other scriptures, it is sounded by Messiah. Then and only then are they to return under a monarchy government, in repentance, in understanding of truth, not dependant on nations - all of which is void in Z-State. Therefore they are totally secular - not really Israel!
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