Israeli Evict Protesting Palestinians From A Site For Housing

Channels Television  
Updated January 13, 2013

Israeli police have evicted Palestinian and International activists from an area of the West Bank, where Israel is planning a fresh settlement building.

They had put up around 20 tents in the area called E1, between Jerusalem and a Jewish settlement.

Israel’s Supreme Court had ruled on Friday that the encampment could remain for six days.

Palestinians fear, is  building in E1 would threaten the viability of a future Palestinian state.

A police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said that police officers had removed the activists one by one, without any use of force, aside from some pushing and shoving, and that the police operation was over within an hour. But a spokeswoman for the protesters, Abir Kopty, said that six Palestinians had sought hospital treatment for injuries, some caused by punches to the face.

The encampment, which the protesters called the village of Bab al-Shams (Arabic for “Gate of the Sun”), represented a new kind of action by Palestinian grass-roots activists involved in what they describe as the nonviolent popular struggle against the Israeli occupation.