Israeli Border police arrested six Palestinians activists in the E1 area of Jerusalem today for protesting against the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements, the annexation of Palestinian land and President Donald Trump’s plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
This morning, fifty Palestinian activists attempted a hold a demonstration in East Jerusalem in the area known as E1, which connects Jerusalem to the illegal Israeli settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
The activists set up a “Bab Al Shams” tent village to protest against the expansion of the illegal Israeli settlement Ma’ale Adumim, the possible annexation of E1 – which would effectively cut the contiguity of the northern and southern parts of the West Bank – and President Donald Trump’s plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
In early 2013, Palestinians activists established another tent site in E1 for several days – also called Bab al Shams – before the Israeli authorities evicted the protesters and tore down the tents.
“We are here to send two messages: We refuse that the settlers consider that this land is under their control. And today it’s Trump inauguration” says Abdalah Abu Rahmi, from the Palestinian Public Resistance Committee
The E1 area is located adjacent to and northeast of East Jerusalem and to the west of Ma’ale Adumim. A proposal to apply Israeli law to Ma’ale Adumim will be submitted to Knesset Committee on Sunday. This will be a first step to the legal annexation – according to Israeli law – of a further part of the West Bank.
The Israel police border asked the demonstrators to leave but Palestinians activists continued to protest along an adjacent road. The Israeli police border arrested 6 Palestinians during the demonstration.
Several protests have been planned today throughout the West Bank. Also in Gaza, Islamic Jihad will demonstrate in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross after Friday prayer to protest against Trump and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.