Palestinians plan protests against development of Shadma

Palestinians on Sunday held the first of what they hope will be weekly protests meant to halt any attempt by settlers to develop a small Gush Etzion hilltop, known to Israeli as Shadma and to Palestinians as Oush Ghrab.
Several dozen Palestinians holding flags and signs stood in the parking lot behind the hill, which is sandwiched between the Palestinian village of Beit Sahur and the Nokdim road.
From a small base on Shadma, a few soldiers looked at the protesters as a few activists spoke through a megaphone, first in Arabic and then in English.