Israel razes E. Jerusalem protest camp

Israel bulldozers have razed to the ground "Jerusalem Gate" protest village.

Israel razes E. Jerusalem protest camp
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
 Israeli bulldozers on Monday leveled a protest camp near the town of Abu Dis in eastern Jerusalem where they plan to build a "Greater Jerusalem" settlement, according to a Palestinian activist.

"For the tenth time, an Israeli army force demolished the 'Jerusalem Gate' protest village," Hani Halabiya, coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees, told The Anadolu Agency.

"The Israelis surrounded the place in the morning before razing buildings in the area, where they plan to build a residential community for Palestinian Bedouins scattered across East Jerusalem," Halabiya said.

Israel, he added, had been displacing Bedouin tribesmen living in the mountains since before the Israeli occupation in 1967.

This, he said, was done with the aim of grouping them together in a single place and confiscating thousands of square kilometers to build the planned "Greater Jerusalem" settlement in the region known as "E1."

Halabiya added that the project aimed to separate the southern West Bank from its central and northern parts and entirely cut Jerusalem off from the occupied West Bank.

As Israeli bulldozers razed the site, dozens of Palestinians gathered to denounce Israel's occupation policies and voice their opposition to the project, according to an AA correspondent.

The Israeli army has yet to issue an official statement on Monday's demolition operation.

The "Jerusalem Gate" protest village was the 12th to be set up by Palestinian activists on land threatened with expropriation by the Israeli authorities.  

These villages usually last only a few days before they are dismantled by Israeli forces.

The Popular Resistance Committees are groups of Palestinian activists that organize campaigns against continued Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the 1967 Middle East War. In a move never recognized by the international community, it annexed Jerusalem in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

 

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