Activists Break down Gate Blocking Bethlehem Village Entrance

BETHLEHEM, February 12, 2015 (WAFA) – Palestinian popular resistance activists Thursday morning destroyed a metal gate blocking the entrance of al-Jab‘a village southwest of Bethlehem, said a local activist.

Coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees in Southern West Bank Muhammad Mhaisin said that several activists destroyed the metal gate that have been blocking the road linking al-Jab‘a with the adjacent Hebron town of Surif for the last 14 years.

Mhaisin said that the metal gate added to the tightened Israeli closure and siege imposed on Palestinian communities in the area, making their life miserable and dividing families. This blockade was intended to make life difficult for Palestinian locals and displace them in order to seize their lands for illegal settlements expansion purposes and secure the movement of settlers along the nearby by-pass road leading to the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion.

Israeli soldiers have recently attacked a non-violent protest against the closure of the road linking between Surif and al-Jab‘a, firing tear gas canisters at and assaulting activists.