[News] Palestine - Israeli Soldiers Demolish Bab Al-Karama

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Mon Jan 21 10:36:43 EST 2013

  Soldiers Demolish Bab Al-Karama

author Monday January 21, 2013 09:08author by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News

Monday at dawn - January 21, Israeli soldiers invaded the Bab Al-Karama 
Palestinian village, installed by Palestinian activists on lands Israel 
intends to illegally confiscate in Beit Iksa, north west of occupied 
Jerusalem, and removed all tents and structures.

Palestinian activists in Bab Al-Karama (Gate Of Dignity) stated that the 
soldiers removed and demolished everything the activists installed, and 
started forcing them away from the entire area.

Kamal Hababa, head of the Bab Al-Karama village council, stated that a 
large number of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by military vehicles 
and bulldozers, invaded the area and removed the structures.

The army also continued its siege on the area preventing the residents 
from reaching Bab Al-Karama.

The new Palestinian 'village' was installed on Friday on privately-owned 
Palestinians lands that belong to the residents of Beit Iksa; the lands 
are on the area Israeli dubs as E1 where the Netanyahu government 
intends to build thousands of units for Jewish settlers.

On Sunday, the Israeli forces closed the checkpoint leading to Beit Iksa 
and attacked nonviolent protesters with gas bombs and stun grenades, and 
gave notice that they would evict the village.

The Palestinians insist that, similar to Bab Al-Shams village that was 
also attacked and removed by the Israeli army and police, last Wednesday 
at night, Bab Al-Karama is built on Palestinian lands, and that the 
Palestinians have the right to build on their own lands, part of the 
future Palestinian state.

Israel on the other hand is building an expanding illegal Jewish-only 
settlements on Palestinian lands in different parts of the occupied West 
Bank, and occupied East Jerusalem.

The site where the Bab Al-Karama was installed overlooks the valley with 
the 1948 border where the remains of the village of Lifta are visible.

Lifta was one of hundreds of villages depopulated in 1948 when Israel 
was established in the historic land of Palestine. Just beyond Lifta, 
the remains of the village of Deir Yassin, also depopulated in 1948, are 
still visible.

Before 1948, the villagers of Beit Iksa had over 14000 Dunams of land, 
but they now have access to only 2000 Dunams of their lands. Should the 
Israel E1 Plan go forward, the villagers will only have around 600 
Dunams. (1 Dunam = 0.247 Acres)

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