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Israel raids Palestinian protest village

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Israel raids Palestinian protest village
Palestinians are joined by Israeli and foreign activists at the newly erected tents at Bab al-Shams outpost (Gate of the Sun) in the contested E-1 corridor between the West Bank and East Jerusalem, near the Ma'aleh Adumim Settlement, January 12, 2013. Palestinians set up the 30 tent encampment on Friday to protest Israel's plans to built in the E-1 area in the West Bank. Israeli authorities cleared the Bab al-Shams outpost Wednesday. UPI/Debbie Hill. | License Photo

BETHLEHEM, Israel, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Police said Israeli forces following a high court ruling tore down tents that Palestinians had erected in the E1 area of the West Bank.

Activist Ali Abedat told the Palestinian Ma'an news agency that Israeli forces arrived with bulldozers, sealed entrances to the village with cement blocks and cleared the area overnight Wednesday.

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The tents, which were put up as part of a Palestinian protest by a new village council, the Bab-al-Shams, had remained standing in accordance with an Israeli court order while judges considered a Palestinian claim of ownership of the land.

The Israeli Supreme Court approved the removal of the tents Wednesday, agreeing with the government's argument that the village could be a magnet for violent Palestinian protests.

The Bab al-Shams who lived in the village, said their display was a non-violent implementation of Palestinian rights.

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