JERUSALEM – A large Israeli police force Sunday dismantled protest tents that Palestinian activists had set up on a hill east of Jerusalem and forcefully removed some 50 activists from the area.
The activists pitched the tents on the first day of President Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank. The encampment was near an area known as E1, where Israel plans to build a new Jewish settlement.
The tent village was the second that activists had set up in the area to protest the planned settlement. The first one, set up two months ago, was named Bab Shams. Police removed it by force.
Abdullah Abu Rahmeh, one of the activists, said they refused to heed police orders to leave the area, which police had declared Friday as a closed military zone.