Israeli Border Police Raids, Evacuates Jerusalem Symbolic Village

JERUSALEM, February 4, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli Border Police raided at predawn Wednesday a symbolicvillage that was set up by Palestinian peaceful resistance activists east of Jerusalem earlier Tuesday.

Witnesses said Border Police raided the camp and dismantled three tents that were set up by the activists yesterday. The village, which is a symbolic means of defiance of the Israeli settlement activities, was set up on a land which Israel is planning to annex in case of future final status agreement with the Palestinians.

Activist Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, coordinator of the People’s Anti-Settlement Committee, said a Border Police force accompanied by heavy machinery raided the camp and ransacked some of the activists’ belongings, including food supplies.

Border Police also chased the activists and attacked them with teargas canisters and stun grenades.

Yesterday, activists set up what they called “the East Gate of Jerusalem” in protest of Israel’s attempts to annex the area.

The makeshift camp, which was set up between the illegal settlements of Ma’ale Adumim and Keidar in E1 area, was said to protest Israeli plans to annex E1 in case of a future deal with the Palestinians.

The “East Gate of Jerusalem” is the third of its kind after two similar camps were set up by local and foreign activists in 2013 and 2014.