Palestinian activists have set up new protest tents in a West Bank village near al-Quds (Jerusalem) to protest Israeli regime’s land grab policy in the occupied territories. "We pitched two tents and began building a new structure using concrete and stones in an area in Beit Iksa which Israel wants to take for settlement," Palestinian activist Said Yaqine said on Friday. The new move came after the Tel Aviv regime said that it would seize 500 dunams (124 acres, 50 hectares) of Palestinian land in the village to build new illegal settlements. "This action is not limited to today but will go on for several days, to declare our refusal of the Israeli decision to take the land," he said.
On Thursday, Israeli police dismantled a tent camp that was set up by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on January 11 in protest against the Tel Aviv regime’s plans to construct a large settlement at E1 area near al-Quds.The E1 project aims at connecting the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim to East al-Quds, about six kilometers away. The plan will cut off the northern part of the West Bank from the south. More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East al-Quds. The UN and most countries consider the Israeli settlements illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 war and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands. DB/MA