Israel Evicts Palestinian Protesters from Settlement Area

Posted January 12th, 2013 at 10:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Israeli police have evicted Palestinian protesters from a site in the occupied West Bank where Israelis plan to build a settlement.

Palestinian activists erected tents in the area known as E-1 Friday saying they wanted to stop Israeli construction in the West Bank.

The activists ignored orders to leave the area until Israeli police backed by bulldozers moved in early Sunday.

The tactic of setting up temporary structures to claim land has long been used by Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

All members of the U.N. Security Council, except for the U.S., have condemned Israel's recent settlement expansion plans and called for them to end.

The settlements planned for E-1 threaten the contiguity of a potential Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.