[News] Palestinian Activists set up new protest village northwest of Jerusalem

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Fri Jan 18 12:19:46 EST 2013

*Activists set up new protest village northwest of Jerusalem*
Published today (updated) 18/01/2013 18:06


JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian activists on Friday established a new 
tented protest village northwest of Jerusalem, the second such 
initiative against Israeli settlement building in as many weeks.

Activists set up three tents and a small building in the area near Beit 
Iksa, naming the village al-Karamah (Dignity).

Locals said around 400 Palestinians performed Friday prayers in the open 

Saed Yakrina, an activist from nearby village Beit Ijza, said the camp 
was "a message to Israel and all democratic societies that we are human, 
and we want peace."

Activists from across the political spectrum, mainly from nearby 
villages, have gathered and will sleep in the tents overnight, he told 

Beit Iksa, surrounded by Israeli settlements, is set to be entirely 
encircled by Israel's separation wall, cutting it off from Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities ordered the confiscation of 500 dunams of the 
village's land three weeks ago, and do not permit any new building in 
the town, Yakrina said, noting that Israeli settlements were still 

"We are looking for a life without checkpoints, walls and settlements," 
he said.

Israeli forces immediately shut down the military checkpoint at the 
entrance to Beit Iksa to prevent more activists and supporters from 
accessing the protest site, witnesses said.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces tore down the tented village Bab al-Shams, 
set up to protest Israel's plans to build the "E1" settlement on the 
land, severing the West Bank from Jerusalem.

Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Barghouthi on Friday said Bab al-Shams and 
al-Karama were a new dimension in the Palestinian struggle and that more 
protest villages would be established.

"The spirit of popular resistance which Bab al-Shams disseminated is 
being strengthened today in other areas including Izbat al-Tabib and 
Beit Iksa," the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative 
said in a statement.

A rally was held in Izbat al-Tabib in the Qalqiliya district of the 
northern West Bank on Friday to protest Israeli plans to demolish a 
school in the village.

The rally showed that popular resistance against Israel's occupation is 
spreading, Barghouthi said.
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