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The rise and fall of Bab al-Shams

Faced with ongoing expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, Palestinians established a short-lived "protest village".
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2013 21:17


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Following the announcement that an illegal Israeli settlement bloc in the West Bank was to be extended, Palestinians decided "to create facts on the ground" by establishing a protest camp on the land likely to be annexed.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
As the Bab al-Shams ("Gateway to the Sun") "village" was constructed on Friday, Palestinians celebrated their act of peaceful resistance with Dabke music and dancing.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
The protest camp builders paused at midday on Friday to observe traditional prayers. Creating "facts on the ground' is borrowing a phrase from Israeli officials who say that, in any future talks about territory, the continuing presence of Israeli settlements should be taken into account, regardless of previous multilateral agreements.


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Mohammad Khatib, a member of the Popular Coordination Committee of Bab al-Shams, met with Israeli officers to negotiate for the continued presence of Palestinians on the land. Later on Friday, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the Palestinian outpost could remain for six days while its removal was discussed by authorities.


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The Bab al-Shams encampment in the foreground overlooks Ma'ale Adumim - a settlement which is home to 39,000 Israelis in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli "E1 Plan" ostensibly aims to connect Jerusalem with Ma'ale Adumim, but critics says it is intended to cut off Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
Activists camped out overnight in a bid to prevent Israeli troops or settlers from destroying the camp. The United States and the European Union have historically opposed the E1 plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - facing a general election in less than two weeks - said the expansion would go ahead.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
The brisk cold of the evening was staved off by gathering around a fire, sharing songs and stories.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
A clinic for first aid was set up by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
As the protesters camped out in front of Israel's separation wall, illuminated by floodlights, the lights of Jerusalem's suburbs twinkle in the distance.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
Late on Saturday night, Israeli army officials declared the area a "closed military zone" before a 500-strong contingent of security forces amassed to begin the eviction of Bab al-Shams, despite the ruling of Israel's Supreme Court the previous day.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
Huddling together, protesters gathered to non-violently resist being dragged away by the heavily armoured - and armed - Israeli troops.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
When the Israeli security forces moved in to disperse the crowd, some were dragged away from their comrades...


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
...while others were physically lifted and carried away. Many were detained until late on Sunday. Activists said that six people were hurt as they were forcibly detained.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
Palestinian legislator, Dr Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, was one of those detained by Israeli security forces.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
As the eviction continued, protesters continued to warm themselves by small fires.


Lazar Simeonov/Al Jazeera
Remaining defiant, the ousted activists vowed that the protest would not be the last of its kind.



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Following the announcement that an illegal Israeli settlement bloc in the West Bank was to be extended, Palestinians decided "to create facts on the ground" by establishing a protest camp on the land likely to be annexed.;*;As the Bab al-Shams ("Gateway to the Sun") "village" was constructed on Friday, Palestinians celebrated their act of peaceful resistance with Dabke music and dancing.;*;The protest camp builders paused at midday on Friday to observe traditional prayers. Creating "facts on the ground\(***) is borrowing a phrase from Israeli officials who say that, in any future talks about territory, the continuing presence of Israeli settlements should be taken into account, regardless of previous multilateral agreements.;*;Mohammad Khatib, a member of the Popular Coordination Committee of Bab al-Shams, met with Israeli officers to negotiate for the continued presence of Palestinians on the land. Later on Friday, Israel\(***)s Supreme Court ruled that the Palestinian outpost could remain for six days while its removal was discussed by authorities.;*;The Bab al-Shams encampment in the foreground overlooks Ma\(***)ale Adumim - a settlement which is home to 39,000 Israelis in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli "E1 Plan" ostensibly aims to connect Jerusalem with Ma\(***)ale Adumim, but critics says it is intended to cut off Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.;*;Activists camped out overnight in a bid to prevent Israeli troops or settlers from destroying the camp. The United States and the European Union have historically opposed the E1 plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - facing a general election in less than two weeks - said the expansion would go ahead.;*;The brisk cold of the evening was staved off by gathering around a fire, sharing songs and stories.;*;A clinic for first aid was set up by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.;*;As the protesters camped out in front of Israel(***)s separation wall, illuminated by floodlights, the lights of Jerusalem(***)s suburbs twinkle in the distance.;*;Late on Saturday night, Israeli army officials declared the area a "closed military zone" before a 500-strong contingent of security forces amassed to begin the eviction of Bab al-Shams, despite the ruling of Israel\(***)s Supreme Court the previous day.;*;Huddling together, protesters gathered to non-violently resist being dragged away by the heavily armoured - and armed - Israeli troops.;*;When the Israeli security forces moved in to disperse the crowd, some were dragged away from their comrades...;*;...while others were physically lifted and carried away. Many were detained until late on Sunday. Activists said that six people were hurt as they were forcibly detained.;*;Palestinian legislator, Dr Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, was one of those detained by Israeli security forces.;*;As the eviction continued, protesters continued to warm themselves by small fires.;*;Remaining defiant, the ousted activists vowed that the protest would not be the last of its kind. Daylife ID:
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The rise and fall of Bab al-Shamshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shamsen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Sun, 13 Jan 2013 19:25:52 GMTSun, 13 Jan 2013 21:02:59 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=083oaZa9rZeorFollowing the announcement that an illegal Israeli settlement bloc in the West Bank was to be extended, Palestinians decided "to create facts on the ground" by establishing a protest camp on the land likely to be annexed.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=083oaZa9rZeorLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraFollowing the announcement that an illegal Israeli settlement bloc in the West Bank was to be extended, Palestinians decided "to create facts on the ground" by establishing a protest camp on the land likely to be annexed. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0dD200J5a9giFAs the Bab al-Shams ("Gateway to the Sun") "village" was constructed on Friday, Palestinians celebrated their act of peaceful resistance with Dabke music and dancing.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0dD200J5a9giFLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraAs the Bab al-Shams ("Gateway to the Sun") "village" was constructed on Friday, Palestinians celebrated their act of peaceful resistance with Dabke music and dancing. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0eGWb6Md5XenyThe protest camp builders paused at midday on Friday to observe traditional prayers. Creating "facts on the ground' is borrowing a phrase from Israeli officials who say that, in any future talks about territory, the continuing presence of Israeli settlements should be taken into account, regardless of previous multilateral agreements.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0eGWb6Md5XenyLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraThe protest camp builders paused at midday on Friday to observe traditional prayers. Creating "facts on the ground' is borrowing a phrase from Israeli officials who say that, in any future talks about territory, the continuing presence of Israeli settlements should be taken into account, regardless of previous multilateral agreements. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=07MkapTaZF7ruMohammad Khatib, a member of the Popular Coordination Committee of Bab al-Shams, met with Israeli officers to negotiate for the continued presence of Palestinians on the land. Later on Friday, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the Palestinian outpost could remain for six days while its removal was discussed by authorities.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=07MkapTaZF7ruLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraMohammad Khatib, a member of the Popular Coordination Committee of Bab al-Shams, met with Israeli officers to negotiate for the continued presence of Palestinians on the land. Later on Friday, Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the Palestinian outpost could remain for six days while its removal was discussed by authorities. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=05td3e84R46fZThe Bab al-Shams encampment in the foreground overlooks Ma'ale Adumim - a settlement which is home to 39,000 Israelis in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli "E1 Plan" ostensibly aims to connect Jerusalem with Ma'ale Adumim, but critics says it is intended to cut off Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=05td3e84R46fZLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraThe Bab al-Shams encampment in the foreground overlooks Ma'ale Adumim - a settlement which is home to 39,000 Israelis in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli "E1 Plan" ostensibly aims to connect Jerusalem with Ma'ale Adumim, but critics says it is intended to cut off Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem from the rest of the West Bank. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0bJY9wK8RI5VXActivists camped out overnight in a bid to prevent Israeli troops or settlers from destroying the camp. The United States and the European Union have historically opposed the E1 plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - facing a general election in less than two weeks - said the expansion would go ahead.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0bJY9wK8RI5VXLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraActivists camped out overnight in a bid to prevent Israeli troops or settlers from destroying the camp. The United States and the European Union have historically opposed the E1 plan, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - facing a general election in less than two weeks - said the expansion would go ahead. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0cNr04w8StfSUThe brisk cold of the evening was staved off by gathering around a fire, sharing songs and stories.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0cNr04w8StfSULazar SimeonovAl JazeeraThe brisk cold of the evening was staved off by gathering around a fire, sharing songs and stories. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=00vX0Hy0pR1s0A clinic for first aid was set up by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=00vX0Hy0pR1s0Lazar SimeonovAl JazeeraA clinic for first aid was set up by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0g9L5IQ1P31RQAs the protesters camped out in front of Israel's separation wall, illuminated by floodlights. In the distance, the lights of Jerusalem's suburbs twinkle.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0g9L5IQ1P31RQLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraAs the protesters camped out in front of Israel's separation wall, illuminated by floodlights. In the distance, the lights of Jerusalem's suburbs twinkle. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=07l27YQb7MaVF

Late on Saturday night, Israeli army officials declared the area a "closed military zone" before a 500-strong contingent of security forces amassed to begin the eviction of Bab al-Shams, despite the ruling of Israel's Supreme Court the previous day.

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=07l27YQb7MaVFLazar SimeonovAl Jazeera

Late on Saturday night, Israeli army officials declared the area a "closed military zone" before a 500-strong contingent of security forces amassed to begin the eviction of Bab al-Shams, despite the ruling of Israel's Supreme Court the previous day.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0aypeSpe7Y8pOHuddling together, protesters gathered to non-violently resist being dragged away by the heavily armoured - and armed - Israeli troops.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0aypeSpe7Y8pOLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraHuddling together, protesters gathered to non-violently resist being dragged away by the heavily armoured - and armed - Israeli troops. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=08HPeka0txchUWhen the Israeli security forces moved in to disperse the crowd, some were dragged away from their comrades...Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=08HPeka0txchULazar SimeonovAl JazeeraWhen the Israeli security forces moved in to disperse the crowd, some were dragged away from their comrades... http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0drwaKabIXdjE...while others were physically lifted and carried away. Many were detained until late on Sunday. Activists said that six people were hurt as they were forcibly detained.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0drwaKabIXdjELazar SimeonovAl Jazeera...while others were physically lifted and carried away. Many were detained until late on Sunday. Activists said that six people were hurt as they were forcibly detained. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=02525z73K5cY5Palestinian legislator, Dr Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, was one of those detained by Israeli security forces.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=02525z73K5cY5Lazar SimeonovAl JazeeraPalestinian legislator, Dr Mustafa Barghouti, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, was one of those detained by Israeli security forces. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0a2d0jD4tjcGTAs the eviction continued, protesters continued to warm themselves by small fires.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=0a2d0jD4tjcGTLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraAs the eviction continued, protesters continued to warm themselves by small fires. http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=048oc8LbbSf4SRemaining defiant, the ousted activists vowed that the protest would not be the last of its kind.Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/The-rise-and-fall-of-Bab-al_Shams?image_id=048oc8LbbSf4SLazar SimeonovAl JazeeraRemaining defiant, the ousted activists vowed that the protest would not be the last of its kind.


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