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Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:17 PM

Israeli PM orders eviction of Palestinian activists outside Jerusalem

The Israeli state has swung into action against a group of Palestinian activists who set up a tent village on a rocky hillside east of Jerusalem, with the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, ordering the military to evict the protesters and impose a closed military zone in the area.

Netanyahu demanded the Israeli supreme court overturn an injunction preventing the removal of the protesters, and ordered the closure of access roads in the area pending a full-scale evacuation.

Around 200 Palestinian activists set up the village, named Bab al-Shams ('gate of the sun') and comprising around 20 tents, early on Friday morning on a highly sensitive swath of land known as E1 which Israel has earmarked for settlement development. The protesters' actions echoed the tactics of radical settlers when establishing wildcat outposts in the West Bank.

In a statement, the protesters said: "We, the sons and daughters of Palestine, declare the founding of the village Bab al-Shams, by order of the people, without permission from the occupation, or any other body, because this land is ours, as is the right to build on it."

full: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/12/israel-palestinian-activists-e1-eviction

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Reply Israeli PM orders eviction of Palestinian activists outside Jerusalem (Original post)
alp227 Jan 2013 OP
Tempest Jan 2013 #1
delrem Jan 2013 #2
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #3
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #4
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #5
oberliner Jan 2013 #6
delrem Jan 2013 #12
oberliner Jan 2013 #17
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #7
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #8
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #9
Violet_Crumble Jan 2013 #10
oberliner Jan 2013 #11
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #14
oberliner Jan 2013 #16
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #19
oberliner Jan 2013 #20
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #21
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #13
shira Jan 2013 #15
Scootaloo Jan 2013 #18

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 02:29 PM

1. He thinks of himself as a dictator

"Netanyahu demanded the Israeli supreme court overturn an injunction preventing the removal of the protesters"

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:27 PM

2. So nobody can say he doesn't act swiftly and decisively to remove settlements! nt

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 07:44 PM

3. Army closes in on Palestinian outpost, activists promise to resist evacuation

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"Less than two days after the new Palestinian outpost-village, Bab Al-Shams, was set up in the E1 area outside Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered authorities to evict the activists and dismantle the tents.

Following Netanyahu’s order, police forces arrived on the scene and told activists that the High Court warrant actually only protects the tents from dismantling, but does not forbid eviction of their residents. The activists, who were warned to leave before force would be used against them, vowed to stay put, stating that they would resist eviction non-violently. The state is also expected to ask the High Court to reconsider its temporary warrant, on the premise that the land where Bab Al-Shams was erected is privately owned by Palestinians, and that the village is meant to serve as a tourist attraction which teaches visitors about Bedouin culture. The court is likely to look into the case tomorrow.

Furthermore, journalists have been barred from entering Bab Al-Shams by Israeli security forces. Haaretz is planning to appeal the decision to the High Court of Justice.

Bab Al-Shams has been at the center of the news in Israel– an event which is quite out of the ordinary considering the Israeli media’s treatment of Palestinian popular non-violent resistance. Netanyahu’s swift call to action on the matter has also gained much attention, and has been described by critics as racist due to the government’s ongoing support for settlement building."

http://972mag.com/army-closes-in-on-palestiinian-outpost-activists-promise-to-resist-evacuation/63780/

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:07 PM

4. Israel Tries To Forcibly Evict Palestinians From E1

Army in Late Night Move To Clear West Bank Protesters

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"Israeli soldiers started forcibly removing scores of Palestinians from an outpost of Palestinian tents pitched in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel has earmarked for a new settlement.

Heavily armed soldiers started arresting the Palestinians despite an Israeli court order granting an injunction against any action.

Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Palestinian outpost, built in the geographically sensitive area known as E1, could remain for six days while the issue of its removal was being discussed.

The encampment sits on land that is owned by Palestinians, Haaretz reported, raising further questions about the legality of the removal operation."

Read more: http://forward.com/articles/169172/israel-tries-to-forcibly-evict-palestinians-from-e/#ixzz2HojNh200

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:15 PM

5. It'd be a whole different story if it were Hebron and the extremist settlers...

Nutty's not nearly so keen on evicting them!

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:28 PM

6. Hebron settlers evicted from house

Jerusalem (CNN) -- Israeli police evicted 15 Jewish settlers from a an illegally occupied house in the restive West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday following a weeklong showdown between the settler community and Israel's Defense Ministry, which administers the occupied territory.

"We are determined to make sure that the rule of law and the authority of the state of Israel over all its citizens will be assured. When there is a violation, it will be put back to track," Defense Minister Ehud Barak told reporters shortly after the operation and explained that "the house was taken over by citizens against the law."

The men, women and children were removed without any violent resistance, police said.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/04/world/meast/west-bank-hebron-settlers/index.html

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Response to oberliner (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:40 PM

12. Fantastic - that proves that there's exact equality of persons/situation! nt

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Response to delrem (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:49 AM

17. Just saying that they were evicted

The post above seemed to indicate otherwise.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:35 PM

7. Security forces complete evacuation of Palestinian outpost

Police, IDF evacuate some 250 Palestinians from tents erected in protest of government decision to build new homes in E1; evacuation follows Netanyahu's order to remove outpost.

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"The IDF and police forces early Sunday morning began evacuating some 250 Palestinian activists from an “outpost” they erected in E1, an undeveloped area in the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement. They completed the evacuation around two hours later, with no arrests reported."

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 09:45 PM

8. It's a shame they're not nearly as swift in evacuating outposts in the West Bank n/t

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Reply #8)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:09 PM

9. Elections in a week.

I'm sure that lit a fire under Bibi's butt.

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:11 PM

10. Yeah, he's got to prove he's more hardline RW than the even more extreme candidates!

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 10:56 PM

11. It won't work

He is losing voters at a rapid pace.

Hopefully this will leave room for a January surprise.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:26 AM

14. And who will be that surprise?

'Cause Livni's actually worse than Netanyahu, at least on issues involving Israel / Palestine (Netanyahu's rhetoric vs. Livni's record.) And Labor has reduced itself to little more than hired testicle-washers for Likud-Beiteinu...

Should we hold out breaths for Da'am? That would be a rather nice surprise.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:49 AM

16. I don't agree that Livni is worse than Netanyahu

I think Netanyahu is a lot worse.

And I'm hoping Livni pulls off the upset.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:09 AM

19. At least Netanyahu makes his contempt plain

Livni's got more blood on her hands; she was foreign minister over both the Lebanon war and Cast Lead. When the French suggested a cease-fire in Gaza, she personally flew to Paris to tell them, "there is no humanitarian crisis in the Strip, and therefore there is no need for a humanitarian truce." An arrest warrant for crimes against humanity was issued for her by the United Kingdom (it was later rescinded under political pressure; Peretz's remains). She was so opposed to the notion of speaking to Hamas, that she would have rather Gilad Shalit rot in a cell somewhere in Gaza. Her role as foreign minister put her at the head of talks with the PA, and as we've seen from the Palestine Papers, she basically made a farce of it, seemingly more concerned with keeping the talks prattling on than reaching a resolution, even with the PA bending double in obeisance - including an offer to relinquish all claim to East Jerusalem barring Har Homa. She turned that down. An offer to relinquish the Right of return, barring 100,000 "symbolic" returns... paired with the evacuation of 300,000 Israeli Arabs to Palestine? She turned that down too. She's also an economic neoliberal who's in favor of mass privatizations, so there's that, too...

Benjamin Netanyahu is worse than Tzipi Livni like Herman Cain was worse than Mitt Romney, Oberliner. Perhaps on an absolute measurement, it's true, but either one is a miserable fuck that should be kept far away from public office. Or private office. Or small animals and children.

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #19)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:47 AM

20. It's good to know where you stand

Livni is a "miserable fuck" in your opinion.

Alrighty then.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #20)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 08:59 AM

21. Yup.

And I outlined why, too.

Even if your support were worthwhile, I think it would be in vain.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 02:22 AM

13. "BUT WHERE ARE THE PEACEFUL PALESTINIAN PROTESTORS!?" n/t

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Response to Scootaloo (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 06:23 AM

15. All settlers in tents are now peaceful protesters? n/t

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Response to shira (Reply #15)

Sun Jan 13, 2013, 07:41 AM

18. Normally I would say, "what a strange reply"...

But frankly, nothing you say seems strange anymore, Shira. I think that means it's time for me to take up drinking.

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