Israeli Forces Tear down Protest Tent Village for Second Time in 24 Hours

JERUSALEM, February 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday tore down a protest tent village rebuilt by Palestinian activists to the east of Jerusalem, said witnesses.

Israeli forces raided Bawwabat al-Quds (Gate to Jerusalem), where they tore down the tents set up again by Palestinian popular resistance activists Wednesday evening and physically assaulted the activists, forcing them to evacuate the place.

The protest tent village was torn down for the second time in 24 hours. It was first set up on Tuesday evening, but Israeli soldiers raided the area and destroyed it Wednesday morning. It was rebuilt Wednesday evening by activists before being torn down Thursday.

Social media activists have called for returning to and performing Friday noon prayers at the site.

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.

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