Bawwabet Al Quds was a protest camp set up by Palestinian activists to oppose the forced relocation by Israeli authorities of Palestinian Bedouins on the lands of Abu Dis. Bedouins are being moved to make room for more Israeli settlements, which are in breech of international law.
AL Jazeera English – Abu Dis, Palestine – Israel’s border police dismantled the Bawwabet Al Quds (gateway to Jerusalem) protest camp for the sixth time on February 16.
According to the plan, Israel seeks to build some 4,000 housing units for settlers in the corridor linking Jerusalem and the illegal settlement of Maale Adumim, thus securing Jewish demographic continuity and heavily disrupting Palestinian movement between the north and the south of the West Bank.
The Bawwabet Al Quds protest camp is built exactly on the site where part of the Jahalin Bedouins are to be relocated. The camp, activists explain, brings together all the parties affected by the E1 area “development” in order to voice their grievances against designs that do not take their views into account, and will further disconnect Palestinians from Jerusalem.
The Bedouin community, on the other hand, does not wish to be moved onto land taken from someone else and in an urban setting that will not allow them to maintain their pastoral lifestyle.As the camp was dismantled, activists vowed to continue rebuilding until their voices are heard.