Right-wing rally planned in Jerusalem

Gathering meant to protest US demand for settlement freeze, and will coincide with Mitchell's visit.

To protest the United States' demand for a settlement freeze and to take a stand in favor of a unified Jerusalem, right-wing activists and settler leaders plan to rally Monday evening in Paris Square on the capital's Rehov Agron. The rally, which will be held under the banner "Yes to Israeli Independence, No to American Demands," is timed to coincide with a visit by US Middle East envoy George Mitchell, who arrived in the country on Sunday. Earlier in the day, activists plan to head to the hilltops in Judea and Samaria to begin construction on 11 new outpost sites. The two-day event, organized by the Land of Israel Faithful, is the latest in a two-year campaign to expand Jewish holdings in Judea and Samaria. Activists have already broken ground at eight outpost sites in the past two years. The new sites will be located next to the settlements of Elon Moreh, Alon Shvut, Har Bracha, Kiryat Arba, Avnei Hefetz and the Adei Ad outpost. Activists have managed to maintain a foothold in these sites, but have not been able to develop them into full-fledged outposts.