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Palestinians build another West Bank tent protest

A Palestinian protester holds a placard depicting Sameer Awad during clashes between Israeli security officers and stone-throwing Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank village of Budrus near Ramallah January 18, 2013. (REUTERS/Darren Whiteside)

JERUSALEM: Palestinian activists have set up a protest camp in the West Bank to demonstrate against what they say is an Israeli land grab.

They say they set up a mosque and several tents Friday in the village of Beit Iksa near Jerusalem.

The move comes a week after Palestinian activists set up a similar camp in a strategic West Bank corridor known as E-1 where Israel said it would build a large settlement. The activists were evacuated a day later.

In a statement, activists said they were securing land from Israel.

The Israeli military said soldiers were monitoring the area to prevent disturbances.

The Palestinian activists seem to be adopting a tactic used by Jewish settlers, who establish communities hoping the territory will remain theirs once structures are built.

 

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