Israeli military forces have prevented Palestinians from setting up a camp in protest at illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank. Israeli military officials say 20 Palestinians were evicted early on Saturday after the activists tried to set up a cluster of tents near the village of Al-Tiwaneh, south of the city of al-Khalil (Hebron). "We came here to build a Palestinian village upon Palestinian land, and to freely use our land in the way we want as Palestinians have rights and own this land," said activist Younis Araar. The protest camp is an initiative by Palestinians to demonstrate their anger at Israel's settlement activities in occupied territories.
Palestinian activists have set up four protest camps over the past four months, but all of them have been demolished by Israeli forces.Last month, Palestinian activists set up an encampment of four tents and a structure under construction to protest against Israel's intention to confiscate land near Beit Iksa northwest of al-Quds (Jerusalem), naming it Bab al-Karama, or "Gate of Dignity." 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 United Nations and much of the international community consider Israel's settlement activities as illegal. DB/MA