A Palestinian activist fixes a flag near a newly erected protest encampment on January 20, 2013 in Beit Iksa
A Palestinian activist fixes a flag near a newly erected protest encampment on January 20, 2013 in the West Bank village of Beit Iksa. The Israeli army early Monday morning removed the encampment of four tents and a building under construction, military sources said. © Ahmad Gharabli - AFP
A Palestinian activist fixes a flag near a newly erected protest encampment on January 20, 2013 in Beit Iksa
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Last updated: January 21, 2013

Israel removes new Palestinian protest camp

The Israeli army early Monday morning removed a Palestinian protest encampment of four tents and a building under construction near a West Bank village, military sources said.

In addition to demolishing the structures near Beit Iksa, on the northwestern outskirts of Jerusalem, "20 Palestinians at the site were evicted without incident," the sources said.

On Sunday night, the army issued "invasion removal orders" to the encampment, saying three of the tents and the building were on land owned by the Jewish state, and the fourth tent was on the route of a planned separation barrier.

Activists on Friday set up the encampment to protest against Israel's intention to confiscate at least 124 acres (50 hectares) of land near the village, naming the camp Bab al-Karama, Arabic for Gate of Dignity.

Bab al-Karama was inspired by a separate Palestinian protest camp of 24 tents set up on a disputed piece of land on the eastern outskirts of Jerusalem that was dismantled by police last week.

Activists had established that camp, which they dubbed Bab al-Shams, or Gate of the Sun in Arabic, in a bid to draw attention to Israeli plans to build in the area, known as E1.

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