Palestinians attempt to erect another West Bank camp

Israeli security forces disperse protesters, dismantle makeshift tent city in southern Hebron Hills twice in one day

Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers patrolling a field in the West Bank. (Michal Fattal/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of IDF soldiers patrolling a field in the West Bank. (Michal Fattal/Flash90)

Palestinians attempted overnight Friday to build a tent camp in the southern Hebron Hills, but were dispersed by Israeli security forces which had been deployed to the site ahead of time.

No arrests were made and no irregular incidents were reported.

About two dozen Palestinians attempted to erect the camp a second time on Saturday morning. They were again dispersed by security forces.

The events reflect the continued usage of tent camps as a nonviolent protest tactic in the Palestinians’ struggle against Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Last week, an Israeli civilian and a military border policeman were lightly wounded as Israeli troops fired tear gas and stun grenades at rock-throwing Palestinian protesters in an attempt dismantle an encampment that activists had set up in the West Bank to protest Israeli building restrictions.

The al-Manatir camp — a group of four tents and five metal shacks built in a Palestinian olive grove near the West Bank village of Burin — was the fourth protest encampment that Palestinians have tried to establish in recent weeks. The Palestinians are trying to draw attention to Israel’s control of territory that they want for their future state.

In particular, they protest what they say is Israel’s broader policy of not allowing Palestinians to build in areas under Israeli control.

In January, Israeli security forces dismantled a Palestinian protest camp northwest of Jerusalem, removed makeshift structures, and evacuated the protesters on-site.

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