Palestinians protest tents E1 370.
(photo credit: Ammar Awad/Reuters)
Police evacuated 40 Palestinian activists and their tents at 3 a.m. Sunday from
an empty hilltop on E1, an unbuilt area of the Ma’aleh Adumim
The activists had set up their encampment on Wednesday when
United States President Barack Obama arrived in Israel for a 50-hour visit, to
protest Israeli plans to build 3,500 apartments in E1.
declared that the E1 area is a new village by the name of Bab al- Shams. They
called their new encampment Ahfad Younis.
Palestinians erected a similar
encampment at a different spot in E1 in January that was also
Security forces had declared the area a closed military zone and
asked the activists to leave. When they didn’t, police forcibly removed
According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the evacuation took
less than an hour, and there were no injuries or damages. Two of the organizers
were arrested and questioned by Judea and Samaria police, he
Rosenfeld added that one woman was arrested for attacking a police