The Israeli authorities gave Palestinian activists one hour Saturday to quit a protest camp in part of the West Bank where Israel has vowed to build new settler homes, an organiser told AFP.
More than 200 activists erected a 20-tent "outpost" on Friday in the sensitive West Bank corridor east of Jerusalem
where Israel plans settlement construction that would destroy prospects of territorial contiguity for a Palestinian state to be. The camp lies between annexed Arab east Jerusalem and the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, in the so called E1 sector.
"Members of the Israeli
Civil (military) Administration told us this morning that we have one
hour to evacuate the site," one of the organisers, Abir Kopty, told AFP. "We have no intention of leaving of our own accord," she added.
Lateron the activists reported that they prempted the eviction order and went to the Israeli high court where they got a stay for six days. They openly acknowledged that they were copying the successful
tactics of Israeli settlers, who have helped to expand existing
settlements in the West Bank by setting up small outposts without
permission and then resisting the efforts of the occupation authorities
to evict them. 'We were ready to the eviction order so along with building #BabAlShams we went to the court & got suspending order! We are using their tools,' Abir Kopty tweeted.
protest outpost, dubbed Bab al-Shams (Gate of the Sun in Arabic), after a novel by the Lebanese writer Elias Khoury, was
welcomed on Friday by a senior Palestinian official who described it as a
"highly creative and legitimate non-violent" way of protecting
Palestinian land from Israeli settlement activity.
In spite of the fact that the site is surrounded by troops still dozens of new participants maneged to enter the site on Saturday. (Photo Abir Kopty/twitter)