Settlers begin protest walk from Givat Ulpana to capital (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By HILLARY ZAKEN 06/04/12)
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Hundreds of settlers began a protest march from the West Bank
settlement of Beit El to Jerusalem on Monday in protest of Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to evacuate five buildings in the
The marchers are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday at a protest tent
outside the High Court of Justice in Jerusalem, where dozens of
Ulpana residents are staging a hunger strike. The marchers’ aim is to
support two outpost regularization bills scheduled for a Knesset vote
on that day.
The marchers, reportedly mostly teenage girls, will stop at the
outposts of Migron and Givat Asaf on the way to Jerusalem to express
solidarity with the residents of those communities, where numerous
homes were also built on private Palestinian land.
Netanyahu presented his plan for the relocation of the residents of
the illegal Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El during the weekly Sunday
morning cabinet meeting.
The prime minister’s plan is a three-stage one which would move the
buildings in question several hundred meters away, reinforce existing
settlements by adding homes to them, and eliminate the possibility of
future legal challenges. The plan is still pending approval by
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Some 24 protesters have joined the hunger strike, and they and their
supporters in the tent outside the Supreme Court feel that
Netanyahu’s decision regarding the Ulpana neighborhood is largely
inconsequential. Instead they are focused on the outpost regulatory
legislation that would retroactively legalize the settlers’ claims to
the land. (© 2012 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL 06/04/12)
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