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Hundreds participated in a march on Friday to protest the ongoing construction of a new Palestinian city – Rawabi, by the Palestinian Authority, on land slated by the government for nearby settlements, north-east of Ramallah.
The protesters, mostly settlers from the Binyamin region, stressed that their protest was directed at government policy.
"This is not a local problem, this is about the tacit agreement and acquiescence of the Israeli government to the laying of foundations for a Palestinian state," the demonstration organizers from the Binyamin Citizens' Committee said.
On Thursday in the wake of continued proximity talks
between US Middle East envoy George Mitchell and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, The Jerusalem Post
reported that paving an access road to Rawabi was among the confidence-building gestures towards the Palestinian Authority being weighed.
Local settlers have voiced concern about plans for the road leading to the city, which could involve turning some of Area C over to the PA.
The Binyamin Citizens' Committee and others have been trying to raise
on the Palestinian Authority construction for some months.
have said they do not feel that they can prevent its construction, as
it is already under way. But they want to make sure that territorial
contiguity is not created between Rawabi and nearby Ramallah.
construction comes during the ongoing West Bank construction freeze by
the government in response to Palestinian and US pressure.Herb
Keinon and Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report
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