Civil Administration Orders Eviction of Latest Arab Outpost
The Civil Administration on Sunday night issued eviction orders for a new illegal outpost established by Palestinian Authority Arabs over the weekend, Kol Yisrael radio reported.
Meanwhile, Arabs in the outpost claimed that IDF troops had raided the outpost, located near the PA Arab village of Beit Iksa, injuring dozens.
Beit Iksa is located between the Ramot and Mevasseret Zion neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
One of the Arabs at the outpost, Nabil Habana, told the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency on Sunday night that during the raid the outpost, which has been named Al-Karamah (Dignity), the Israeli forces issued demolition and evacuation orders.
The Arabs tried to prevent soldiers from reaching their tents, with soldiers firing tear gas canisters and sound bombs at the protesters, Habana claimed.
He also told Ma’an that earlier, Israeli troops entered the outpost at around 7 a.m., photographing the structures and preventing more protesters and supporters from arriving.
A spokesperson for the IDF confirmed to AFP that the Arabs had been ordered to evacuate the outpost, which he said consisted of four tents and a building under construction.
Three of the tents and the building were on land owned by the State of Israel, and the fourth tent was on the route of a planned separation barrier, the spokesman told AFP.
On Saturday, the Arabs who set up the outpost said they planned to erect more tents in the outpost, as well as finish the construction of a small mosque in the encampment.
The Arabs have said that the reason for the outpost is the fact that Beit Iksa is set to be entirely encircled by Israel's border fence, cutting it off from Jerusalem.
Israeli authorities ordered the confiscation of 124 acres of the village's land three weeks ago, and do not permit any new building in the town, they claimed.
Al-Karamah was set up a week after Arab activists set up an illegal outpost in the E1 area, which connects Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim, and that was just recently opened to construction for Israelis.
The Arabs in the outpost were evacuated by security forces the following night. After the Supreme Court cancelled a temporary injunction which had prevented Israel from taking down the tents that were in the outpost, security forces demolished the tents as well.