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Palestinians erect third West Bank outpost, are attacked by IDF, settlers

In third such project in as many weeks, hundreds of Palestinians erect new neighborhood of Burin, calling it Manatir. The activists and village residents were quickly attacked by IDF soldiers and local settlers.

IDF troops surround Palestinian activists establishing the Al-Manatir outpost, February 2, 2013 (Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org)

Update:
After hours of clashes where IDF troops reportedly shot live bullets, tear gas and rubber-coated bullets inside the village of Burin, the army completely cleared the new neighborhood of Al Manitar. At least five Palestinians were arrested throughout the day and an unknown number were injured. See pictures of Border Police dispersing activists here.

Some 300 Palestinians from the village of Burin and the popular committees against the wall and settlements set up a new neighborhood on village lands, according to reports, calling it Manatir. Israeli forces were quick to respond, sealing off the area to prevent supporters from coming in, and attacked the activists with tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and live bullets. Settlers were also attacking Palestinians in the area.

The new neighborhood, or outpost, was set up Saturday morning on privately owned lands in Burin, a village in Area B near Nablus, which has suffered greatly from settler violence in recent years. Activists on the scene told +972 that settlers have been expanding their activities on village lands, backed by soldiers, who in every instance of conflict declare the area a closed military zone and force only the Palestinians off the land – thus allowing the settlers to maintain control. The settlers of this region around Yitzhar are generally known as some of the most militant throughout the West Bank.

Villagers erected several tents and huts, but were quickly attacked by settlers who started throwing stones at them. Soon enough the army got involved as well, fighting the Palestinians back into the village and sending at least one resident to the hospital with a bullet in the leg. By the afternoon, access roads to the village were sealed off, settlers have been reported to be attacking Palestinian cars on nearby roads and the villagers and activists were trying to regroup to march back to the outpost.

Palestinian activists and villagers from Burin erect the new outpost neighborhood of Al Manatir, February 1, 2013 (Photo: Irene Nasser)

“This activity highlights the crucial need of enhancing and strengthening the culture of grassroots self-defense of our land”, said one of the organizers in a press release. “Furthermore, the action aims at removing settlers and settlements from Palestinian land”, she added. The press release also mentions how “Israeli settlements and land-grab[s] in the Occupied Territory has recently been highlighted by a report submitted to the UN’s Human Rights Council by an independent Fact-Finding Mission on Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The report called on Israelto halt all settlement activity and to ensure accountability for the violations of Palestinians’ human rights, resulting from the settlements. The report also called on all relevant international actors, private or state-connected, to take ‘all necessary steps’ to ensure that they were respecting human rights, ‘including by terminating their business interests in the settlements’.”

This is the third Palestinian outpost to be set up in past month, the first being Bab Alshams (Gate of the Sun) in the E1 area, which gained both local and international attention until it was forcefully brought down, and the second being Bab Al-Karame (Gate of Dignity) in Beit Iqsa, which was also taken down by the army. Gaining more and more international support since the UN bid on November 29, 2012, Palestinians are expected to continue carrying out unarmed and non-violent protests such as these, highlighting Israel’s racist policies that differentiate in its attitude to Jewish illegal outposts on Palestinian land and Palestinian outposts on their own land.

Related:
In Bab Al-Shams, Palestinians create new facts on the ground

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    1. Ed Gentner

      It’s time to cut American support for the Israeli land grab that is destroying any chance for peace.

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      • aristeides

        Notice how much publicity these things get in American news outlets. None.

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        • Palestinian

          As long as the Khazarians are in control ,nothing will change.

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          • rsgengland

            Khazerian: Indeed: give us another one.
            Genetic and DNA are proving a more and more that the Jews from Europe and from the Middle Eastern countries (who were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED from the Arab/Muslim lands) share more in common than with anyone else.
            The attempts to say that the Jews were not origanally from the Middle East are unproven and spurious.
            On the other hand, the proof of Jews in the area has so much historical context, that it is undisputable.
            Palestine/Palestininian has no historical records, other than always being a sub-area of someone elses empire.

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          • Palestinian

            When you control a whole country you can easily manipulate studies including genetic studies.

            Nobody dares to refute( or even question) their myths and lies,nobody wishes to face the same fate as Antonio Arnaiz-Villena.What a twisted world we live in!

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          • sh

            What does religion have to do with genes, Palestinian? Can you tell Muslims or Christians by their genes?

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          • Palestinian

            Nothing ,I think we are both on the same page.

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          • Dany

            Genetically we are all originated from Africa. Just that plain simple.
            All other things often lead to racist bullshit.
            You know who else loved genealogical tables to proof the “purity” of their ancestors against some imagined “others”, who they said don’t belong to “their land” ? Nazis.

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    2. meron

      God bless these people, and you Mr. Matar, for your important job.

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    3. Once again, if Israeli security fails to detain settlers for throwing stones (or worse), then that activity attaches to the State of Israel. Israel cannot differentially enforce the law without violent acts thereby enabled for settlers attaching to the State.

      The statement made by these acts is clear: Palestinian land, held in title by Palestinians, should be used for the improvement of livelihood as the owner permits. Israel has won the suicide bombing war and now faces something quite different. Residents of the Bank will not give up their future. Until their rights are recognized and actualized, acts like these will continue. It is a very hard thing to build something knowing it will be torn down. That is a kind of repeated resolve which builds strength within and will eventually, in my view, nullify the violent alternatives. After much struggle, struggle I would not have the strength to endure. But I do believe others have that strength.

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    4. directrob

      Why on earth use the word “outpost” (it is not an remote part of the country and it is not a military camp), why not “protest village”.

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    5. Gearoid

      Again, worth noting, Haaretz has reported that the Civil Administration informed the IDF that they had NO AUTHORITY to carry out these actions, as the lands in question are Area B.

      The IDF went ahead and did it anyway. How bad is it that the Civil Administration stood up for the Palestinians, and was ignored?

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    6. dukium

      Rsgenglan
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      The Palestinians are not responsible for the expulsions that happened in other parts of the world. Palestinians and Iraqis and Egyptians are not the same people. I hope that you are aware of it.
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      It does not justify any possible kind of violence, but you should also mention that among the Jews that escaped from the Arab countries many did so in order to reach the “Jewish State” and others thanks to what Naemi Giladi called “Cruel Zionism”. Giladi was part of it and wrote about it:
      http://books.google.it/books?id=Mem7AAAAIAAJ&q=naeim+giladi+cruel+zionism&dq=naeim+giladi+cruel+zionism&hl=it&ei=asToTvnIEIbYsgbc-oi5Bw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA
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      The big majority of the Jews that arrived in Israel from the Arab States were easily absorbed – at least in comparison to other similar cases – because they took the houses of thousand of palestinians that were obliged to leave. Musrara is just an example, but it explains quite well why they were so easily absorbed and why the “madbarot” didn’t last long. If you go in places such as Ein Houd you will find thousands of Palestinian houses still perfectly preserved.
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      I could write a lot also about the other things that you mention but to me it is enough to make you aware about these aspects.

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    7. rsgengland

      The Palestinian issue had an enormous impact on why a million plus Jews were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED from Arab/Muslim lands.
      The war that was waged against Israel was fueled by pan-Arab nationalism.
      The expulsion of the Jews from their homes in North Africa/Middle East was punishment for he creation of the State of Israel.
      They were expelled because (and only because) they were Jews.
      If they were Zionists, they would have been able to dispose of their propert and possessions, instead of arriving in Israel destitute and penniless.
      The majority of these JEWISH REFUGEES from the Arab/Muslim lands were housed in refugee camps (ma’abarot), before being settled in new towns and villages.

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      • andrew r

        “The Palestinian issue had an enormous impact on why a million plus Jews were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED from Arab/Muslim lands.”

        Well, the Arab governments surely didn’t have a policy of ethnically cleansing Jews because there are still Jewish citizens of Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. That’s the logic behind asserting the Haganah/IDF didn’t have a policy of expulsion during 1948.

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    8. dukium

      “The Palestinian issue had an enormous impact on why a million plus Jews were ETHNICALLY CLEANSED from Arab/Muslim lands”:
      3 million plus I would say. No doubt that the Palestinian issue hand on impact on why this 7,9 millions of Jews were expelled. Still, the Palestinian people don’t have ANY responsability for this 10,4 millions of people.

      “The war that was waged against Israel was fueled by pan-Arab nationalism. The expulsion of the Jews from their homes in North Africa/Middle East was punishment for he creation of the State of Israel.
      They were expelled because (and only because) they were Jews”:
      basic propaganda. I suggest you this book of Moshe Ma’oz:
      http://books.google.com/books/about/Muslim_attitudes_to_Jews_and_Israel.html?id=iNERGngsUOAC
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      “The majority of these JEWISH REFUGEES from the Arab/Muslim lands were housed in refugee camps (ma’abarot), before being settled in new towns and villages”:
      right,
      and after the madbarot they were in huge percentage resettled in the beautiful houses of thousand of palestinians that were obliged to leave. As I wrote you, Musrara is just an example, but it explains quite well why they were so easily absorbed and why the “madbarot” didn’t last long. If you go in places such as Ein Houd you will find thousands of Palestinian houses still perfectly preserved.

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    9. Piotr Berman

      It is irrelevant if Jews descent from Khazars or not. Owners of a property invited other people to visit and pitch tents and were subjected to a pogrom supervised and aided by IDF.

      Incidentally, this is Nablus area so a large proportion of people descend from Samaritans. According to their own myths, Jews were given Judea and NOT Samaria. I totally miss how Zionist Jews justify the ongoing conquest of Samaria, because this is what we are talking about here. In any case, it is against Biblical mythology, against history and against the law.

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    10. dukium

      “jews were given Judea and NOT Samaria”? could you explain and argue better this aspect?

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      • Piotr Berman

        Jews, according to they mythology, descend from Judah, and not Ephraim, Manasseh etc. who were ancestors of Samaritans. Most Samaritans converted to other religions after VI-th century, and the largest number of both Samaritans and their descendants is in area of Nablus.

        Samaritans were not affected by the expulsion of Jewish rebels by Romans and their population was large enough that they rebelled when Byzantines tries to forcibly convert them to Christianity in VI-th century.

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    11. dukium

      thank you

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