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Israeli police evacuates Palestinian outpost on controversial E1 land

English.news.cn   2013-01-13 18:04:34            
 • Israeli security forces evacuated a makeshift Palestinian outpost in the E1 territorial stretch Sunday.
 • Police forces evacuated the Bab El-Shams village along with 120 Palestinians there and 25 tents.
 • Palestinian sources claim that dozens have been arrested following the evacuation.
 

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Israeli security forces evacuated a makeshift Palestinian outpost in the E1 territorial stretch between Jerusalem and the West Bank early Sunday, police sources confirmed to Xinhua.

Police forces evacuated the Bab El-Shams village along with 120 Palestinians there and 25 tents, at 3 a.m., although the court tried to stay the demolition of the tent village. The evacuation went on for less than an hour, no clashes were reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the evacuation over the weekend, as Israel charges that at least some of the settlement has been erected on a closed military zone land.

According to eye witnesses who spoke with the Ynet new website, Palestinian activists set a tent on fire as protest as the police arrived on the scene. Other activists sat on the ground in a matter of non-violent resistance.

Israeli Police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld told Xinhua on Sunday that the police have evacuated 100 protesters after the court authorized their removal.

Rosenfeld also added that no arrests were made in the short evacuation. However, Palestinian sources claim that dozens have been arrested following the evacuation.

In an unusual manner, Maj.-Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of the GOC Central Command, ordered not to let media and journalists into the evacuation territory, to the ire of Israeli and international press.

The coordinating committee of the people's struggle representing Palestinian activists said the evacuation did not go as smoothly as the Israeli police pictured it to be.

"Although the police pretended to conduct a non-violent evacuation, there are six injured among those evacuated, some of them as a result of punches they got in their faces by policemen," they said in a statement.

"Media personnel weren't allowed in the place for a reason. The evacuation is illegal because Bab El-Shams was erected on private Palestinian land. This is not the end for the people's struggle -- we will carry on with full force," the statement further read.

The village was erected on Friday by 200 activists in protest of Israel's recent announcements that it plans to build housing units for settlers on this territory, some of which they say belongs to Palestinians.

Israel's intention to build housing units in the E1 territory has angered the international community, since such a move would block a territorial contiguous for a future Palestinian state.

Over the weekend, the Supreme Court decided to halt the removal of the tent village after four Bedouin families claimed the land was theirs.

However, the government appealed the decision, saying there's an urgent need and security concerns which necessitate the quick evacuation.

The State Attorney's Office (SAO) further charged for the state that letting the outpost remain could unrest and prompt "national and international consequences," and maintained that the court order prevents them from clearing the tents -- but not the people populating them.

"An urgent evacuation is needed because of urgent security concerns in order to prevent a serious breach of public order," Osnat Mandel from the SAO wrote in the state's request on Saturday.

Related:

PNA condemns Israeli eviction of activists near Jerusalem

RAMALLAH, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) accused Israel Sunday of "planting seeds of violence" after police evicted scores of Palestinians from a tent encampment near Jerusalem.

Witnesses said that an Israeli security force destroyed the tents and evicted the activists at dawn, a day after the activists set up the camp on a piece of land in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, six weeks after the Israeli government decided to use the land for settlement construction.  Full story

Israeli PM orders to dismantle Palestinian activists' tents

JERUSALEM, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to evacuate immediately the Palestinians who have gathered in the controversial area near Jerusalem, according to a statement issued Saturday from Prime Minister's Bureau.

The statement said Netanyahu would ask High Court to withdraw the injunction which is delaying the evacuation.  Full story

Editor: Yang Lina
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