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

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    http://972mag.com/palestinians-erect-third-west-bank-outpost-are-attacked-by-idf-settlers/65308/ By Haggai Matar |Published
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      By Haggai Matar <http://972mag.com/author/haggaim/> |Published February 2,
      2013Palestinians erect third West Bank outpost, are attacked by IDF,

      *In third such project in as many weeks, hundreds of Palestinians erect new
      neighborhood of Burin, calling it Manatir, or Bab Al-Huriya (Gate of
      Freedom). 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)

      *See update at bottom of post*

      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 or Bab Al-Huriya (Gate of
      Freedom). 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<http://972mag.com/palestinians-build-settlement-near-jerusalem-receive-eviction-orders-from-border-police/63674/>
      of the Sun) in the E1 area, which gained both local and international
      attention until it was forcefully brought
      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.

      After hours of clashes where IDF troops reportedly shot live fire in 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<https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=493742144005025&set=a.480983781947528.107457.480663041979602&type=1&theater>

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

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