[QODLink]
Middle East

Israel ejects Palestinians from protest camp

Israeli forces raid Palestinians camped at the West Bank village of Ein Hijleh in protest against Israel's occupation.

Last updated: 07 Feb 2014 11:06
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Activists hold Palestinian flags as they walk through the old village of Ein Hajla near Jericho on Jan 31, 2014 [Reuters]

The Israeli military has removed Palestinian activists protesting at a deserted village in the West Bank whose final status is a central issue in US-mediated peace talks.

Hundreds of activists had been demonstrating for a week at the site of Ein Hijleh, a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley abandoned after Israel captured the land from Jordan in the 1967 war.

Abdallah Abu Rahmeh, a protest organiser, said on Friday soldiers raided the site where activists had been camping, including women and children.

"They came in large forces, more than a thousand soldiers who surrounded the village from all sides and after doing so, they started firing stun grenades on the cluster of people who had been gathered there, more than 300 in number. They started firing over their heads and then they attacked very violently using stun grenades and flares and beatings," Rahmen reportedly said, according to RTV reports.

The military said troops had called on the activists to leave the area and evacuated them after they refused.

The fate of the strategic Jordan Valley is a central issue in peace talks. Israel wants to keep a security presence there after a deal is reached, citing security concerns. Palestinians reject that.

With a nine-month target date set by Washington expiring in late April, disputes holding up peacemaking include Israel's insistence on keeping a military and settler presence in the Jordan Valley, the future Palestine's eastern border. 

237

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
Since independence, Zimbabwe has faced food shortages, hyperinflation - and several political crises.
After a sit-in protest at Poland's parliament, lawmakers are set to raise government aid to carers of disabled youth.
A vocal minority in Ukraine's east wants to join Russia, and Kiev has so far been unable to put down the separatists.
Iran's government has shifted its take on 'brain drain' but is the change enough to reverse the flow?
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
join our mailing list