New Protest Village Bab Al Karama/Gate of Dignity Springs Up
Friday morning, as most of the Israeli military in the Occupied West Bank were focused on regular weekly demonstrations, residents from Beit Iksa, a small village northwest of Jerusalem, were quietly setting up another protest village, similar to Bab Al Shams which was built east of Jerusalem last week.
Beit Iksa has lost almost all of their agricultural and historic land, beginning in 1948 to the annexation of “greater Jerusalem”, to the construction of the Apartheid Wall as well as to settlements which almost completely surround them. On one of their last stretches of land, locals and supporters erected a mosque and tents in an area adjacent to the Apartheid Wall. Over 100 participants gathered, held Friday prayers in the new village, and vowed to continue in the spirit of Bab Al Shams, to reclaim what is theirs.