Israel razes anti-settlement encampment in E. Jerusalem

Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment

Israel razes anti-settlement encampment in E. Jerusalem
World Bulletin / News Desk
 Israeli army forces demolished in the early hours of Wednesday a "symbolic village" set up by Palestinian anti-occupation activists in occupied East Jerusalem, the activists have said.

"An Israeli military forces have stormed the makeshift camp called 'Gates of Jerusalem' and leveled the tents after firing teargas and stun grenades at the activists and arresting some of them," activist Hani Halabiya told The Anadolu Agency.

"The activists insist on returning and rebuilding the village to protest settlement-building," he added.

Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment.

A day earlier, Palestinian activists erected three tents with Palestinian flags atop each, in a symbolic protest against Israel's proposed plans to expand settlements in the area.

The Palestinian Popular Committee Against Settlements and the Separation Wall had said that Israel plans to confiscate 12,000 meters of Palestinian land in East Jerusalem to expand settlement blocs. This would involve evicting 2,500 Palestinians from their homes.

"Gates of Jerusalem" had been the 12th symbolic village set up by Palestinian activists in areas threatened with confiscation by Israel.

More than 15,000 Israelis moved to Jewish-only settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank over the course of 2014, according to Israel's Yesha Council, an umbrella organization for the municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

The figures, however, exclude Israelis living on settlements in East Jerusalem, whose numbers are estimated at more than 200,000.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Şubat 2015, 11:16