Israeli Forces Tear down Protest Tent Village for Fifth Time in Week

JERUSALEM, February 11, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces tore down Wednesday a protest tent village erected by Palestinian activists east of Jerusalem, said an activist.

Head of the committee in charge of defending East Jerusalem land attorney Bassam Bahar said that Israeli forces raided Bawwabat al-Quds (Gate to Jerusalem), where they tore down the tents reset by Palestinian popular resistance activists, seized the tents’ content and declared the village a closed military zone.

The protest tent village was torn down for the fifth time in a week. It was first set up on February 3, Tuesday evening and Israeli forces destroyed it the next morning. Each time it was reset by activists before being torn down by Israeli soldiers.

The ‘Gate to Jerusalem’ was set up in the Khilet al-Rahib area east of Abu Dis, also widely known as E1 area, in protest against Israeli plans, which according to the Palestinian popular resistance committees, are aimed at the forced expulsion of thousands of Palestinian Bedouins from their lands which occupy a 12,000 dunum area and extend from East Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

Bahar confirmed that popular resistance activists are planning to erect the village yet again.

Israeli authorities have envisaged such plans to depopulate the area from seven Palestinian communities as part of their systematic efforts to build and expand illegal Israeli settlements that would definitively split the southern and central West Bank into two separate areas.