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Israeli police evict camp protesters from West Bank site

Israel Materials 13 January 2013 10:32
Israeli police Sunday evicted a protest camp set up by Palestinians and international activists on a patch of West Bank land designated for a new settlement, a spokesman said.
Israeli police evict camp protesters from West Bank site

Israeli police Sunday evicted a protest camp set up by Palestinians and international activists on a patch of West Bank land designated for a new settlement, a spokesman said.

E1 lies between East Jerusalem and the Jewish settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, where Israel has announced controversial building plans despite massive international opposition, dpa reported.

The Palestinians fear it would seriously harm prospects for a contiguous state in the West Bank because it would cut off East Jerusalem from northern and southern areas of the occupied territory.

More than 100 Palestinians and foreign activists had erected a camp of about 20 tents in protest, calling it Bab al-Shams and saying it would be a new Palestinian village.

Israel declared the area a "closed military zone" and as many as 500 police arrived before dawn. The protesters resisted passively, and security forces carried them onto buses, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Palestinian politician Moustafa Barghouti was among those removed.

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