LIVE BLOG | #BabAlShams (Incl Photos, Live Updates, Video and Press Info)

Israel’s “Settling” constitutes a warcime according to international law and ICC statute. Even under US’ own military legislations’
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Jan 15, 2013 | Update: Activist trying to reach the ten village on privately owned Palestinians land, are now being attacked by the Israeli forces.

The action to reclaim BabAlShams right now is to show, Palestinians will NOT sit idly by and watch their lands get stolen by colonialists.

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LIVE BLOG | Jan 15, 2013 |  #BabAlShams Under Attack

Jan 13, 2013 | Update:  Israeli occupation forces invaded Bab AlShams village in the middle of the night and arrested all it’s residents and removed them by force injuring six Palestinians. The Residents of Bab AlShams were forced on an Israeli police bus and driven through Jerusalem/Al Quds, from which as Palestinians they are banned by Israel, and dropped off at the Qalandia military checkpoint near Ramallah. 

As usual the army attacked the press tried to prevent photographers or those with cameras of taking photos and reports on twitter indicate the army deployed heavy flashes to disturb cameras from taking footage of the invasion of Bab Al Shams.

For background: What is the E1 Area and why is it so important?

Reminder: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13:1

 “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state” 

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Palestinian, International Activists Storm E1 Zone, New Palestinian Village to be Build

On Friday 11th January, dozens of Palestinian activists from the Palestinian Popular Resistance stormed this morning, E1 Area, which connects Jerusalem with Ma’ali Adumim settlement, and started to erect tents in preparation to start building o a new Palestinian village under the name Bab As-Shams (Gate of the Sun).

Around 200 Palestinian and International activists raided the Area; some entered from Jerusalem and others from Ma’ali Adumim and set about 30 tents for now.

The activists told PNN that they raided the E1 Area in response to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement plans that aim to destroy every chance of the two-state solution and the establishment of a Palestinian, independent state according to the UN recent decision that recognized the Palestinian state.

The activists said the Israeli settlement construction will not prevent the establishment of the Palestinian state and that they raided the E1 zone to prove that these lands, which Netanyahu plan to steel in order to build settlements from one hand and to win votes in the upcoming Israeli elections from the other hand, are Palestinian. Adding, they will stay steadfast in the area and will start to establish the Palestinian village despite all the Israeli attempts to prevent it.

Activist of the Palestinian Popular Resistance also said they started to set tents on these lands to resist any Israeli step to build settlements.

They expressed confidence and hope that the Palestinian people will support them and called the different institutions to begin setting investment plans to begin developing the project and build the Palestinian village. (Report by PNN English)


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  • Jan 15, 2013 | Ban renews call to rescind plans for new Israeli settlements after on-site protests | UN
  • Jan 14, 2013 | Eviction of Bab Al Shams exposes Israel as a lawless state – Max Blumenthal
  • Jan 14, 2013 | PHOTOS | 48 hours in the West Bank protest village of Bab Al-Shams – by @ActiveStills
  • Jan 14, 2013 |IOF towed all cars that were at #BabAlShams village and fined them all with 700NIS ($190) – Live Report
  • Jan 14, 2013 | PHOTOS | Palestinians create “facts on the ground” – Al Akhbar English
  • Jan 14, 2013 | South Hebron Hills Popular Committee participated in establishing a new Palestinian village | Operation Dove
  • Jan 13, 2013 | PHOTOS | Palestinian village of Bab Alshams violently evicted – ISM Palestine
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Ghussein: Bab al-Shams Village is a new and important form of resistance – PIC
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Eviction of Palestinian “outpost” exposes double standard on settlements – 972 Magazine
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Bab Al Shams Takes Palestine By Storm – OpEd – Eurasia Review
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Poem by @IbnRiad: For, & inspired by, the defiance of the people of #BabAlShams | Ibn Riad
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Barhoum: demolition of Bab Shams village proves the occupation’s racism – PIC
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Full translated letter from Elias Khoury to the founders & now exiled population of Bab Al-Shams, named after his book | Mondoweiss
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israeli forces raid Bab Al-Shams, detain 130, attack protestors with batons & gun butts | Addameer
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israeli army uses violence to evacuate Bab Ashams village in east J’lem | PIC
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israel raids Bab al-Shams, clears encampment – Al Akhbar English
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israeli police clear West Bank protest camp, arrest dozens – CNN
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Settlements will go ahead despite Palestinian tent protest, says Israeli PM – Al Bawaba
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Netanyahu says settlement will be constructed – Al Jazeera
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israel evacuates people from area of West Bank – RTE
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israeli Forces Destroy Tents Village East of JerusalemWAFA
  • Jan 13, 2013 | #BabAlShams | Israeli Forces Remove Palestine Tents in West Bank [PHOTOS] –
  • Jan 13, 2013 | L’occupation évacue le village de #BabAlShams par la force et arrête des dizaine  – ISM FRANCE
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Heavy security forces remove protesters despite High Court temporary injunction | Haaretz
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Typically absurd: Israeli Justice Ministry argued eviction of BabAlShams was an “urgent security need” | Haaretz
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israeli Soldiers Attack, Evict, Bab Al-Shams, Arrest Dozens – Al Qassam Website
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israel evacuates Palestinian protest camp in West Bank – PressTV
  • Jan 13, 2013 | #BabAlShams : You Can not close the Sun’s gate  | Chronicle by @Zeinobia
  • Jan 13, 2013 | VIDEO | Israel forcibly evacuates ‘tent city’  #BabAlShams | Al Jazeera
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israeli Soldiers Attack, Evict, Bab Al-Shams, Arrest Dozens – IMEMC
  • Jan 13, 2013 | Israel evacuates Palestinians from tent outpost in West Bank – Reuters
  • Jan 13, 2013 |  Israeli PM orders forced evacuations from Palestinian tent protest – Al Bawaba News
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Palestinian Village of Bab Alshams Remains Steadfast | ISM
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Israel Prime Minister blocks roads to Palestinian protest site – PressTV
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Welcome to Bab Al-Shams – The Habal Factor Weblog
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Hundreds of Bedouins take part in Bab Ashams sit-in in east J’lem – PIC
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Israel Prepares To Evict “Bab Al-Shams” Palestinian Village IMEMC
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Israeli forces prevent PA officials from entering E1 protest – Maan
  • BREAKING | Jan 12, 2013 | Palestinians given one hour to leave site of new Israeli settlements – PressTV
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Israel moves to shut down E1 protest, activists vow to remain – Maan
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Israel orders Palestinians out of ‘tent city’ – Al Jazeera
  • Jan 12, 2013 | “You Gave Life Back To Bab Al-Shams”, Bab Al-Shams Novelist Says – IMEMC
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Newspapers Review: Tent Village in E1 Focus of Dailies – WAFA
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Police Hands Eviction Notices Targeting Bab Al-Shams – IMEMC
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Palestinians pitch tents in occupied WB – PressTV
  • Jan 12, 2013 | Palestinians Rally Support Online for West Bank Protest Camp |  New York Times
  • Jan 11, 2013 | Palestinian activists build E1 tent ‘outpost’ – Al Jazeera
  • Jan 11, 2013 | Ashrawi praises popular resistance in E1 area | Maan



The Eviction of Bab Al Shams

Raw Video forceful evacuation of Bab al-Shams


“States may not deport or transfer parts of their own civilian population into a territory they occupy.”


State practice establishes this rule as a norm of customary international law applicable in international armed conflicts.
International armed conflicts

The prohibition on deporting or transferring parts of a State’s own civilian population into the territory it occupies is set forth in the Fourth Geneva Convention.[1]

It is a grave breach of Additional Protocol I.[2]

Under the Statute of the International Criminal Court, “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.[3]

Many military manuals prohibit the deportation or transfer by a party to the conflict of parts of its civilian population into the territory it occupies.[4]

This rule is included in the legislation of numerous States.[5]

Official statements and reported practice also support the prohibition on transferring one’s own civilian population into occupied territory.[6]

Attempts to alter the demographic composition of an occupied territory have been condemned by the UN Security Council.[7]

In 1992, it called for the cessation of attempts to change the ethnic composition of the population, anywhere in the former Yugoslavia.[8]

Similarly, the UN General Assembly and UN Commission on Human Rights have condemned settlement practices.[9]

According to the final report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Dimensions of Population Transfer, including the Implantation of Settlers and Settlements, “the implantation of settlers” is unlawful and engages State responsibility and the criminal responsibility of individuals.[10]

In 1981, the 24th International Conference of the Red Cross reaffirmed that “settlements in occupied territory are incompatible with article 27 and 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention”.[11]

In the Case of the Major War Criminals in 1946, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg found two of the accused guilty of attempting the “Germanization” of occupied territories.[12]


[1] Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 49, sixth paragraph (cited in Vol. II, Ch. 38, § 334).

[2] Additional Protocol I, Article 85(4)(a) (adopted by consensus) (ibid., § 335).

[3] ICC Statute, Article 8(2)(b)(viii) (ibid., § 336).

[4] See, e.g., the military manuals of Argentina (ibid., §§ 346–347), Australia (ibid., § 348), Canada (ibid., § 349), Croatia (ibid., § 350), Hungary (ibid., § 351), Italy (ibid., § 352), Netherlands (ibid., § 353), New Zealand (ibid., § 354), Spain (ibid., § 355), Sweden (ibid., § 357), Switzerland (ibid., § 357), United Kingdom (ibid., § 358) and United States (ibid., § 359).

[5] See, e.g., the legislation of Armenia (ibid., § 361), Australia (ibid., §§ 362–363), Azerbaijan (ibid., §§ 364–365), Bangladesh (ibid., § 366), Belarus (ibid., § 367), Belgium (ibid., § 368), Bosnia and Herzegovina (ibid., § 369), Canada (ibid., §§ 371–372), Congo (ibid., § 373), Cook Islands (ibid., § 374), Croatia (ibid., § 375), Cyprus (ibid., § 376), Czech Republic (ibid., § 377), Germany (ibid., § 379), Georgia (ibid., § 380), Ireland (ibid., § 381), Mali (ibid., § 384), Republic of Moldova (ibid., § 385), Netherlands (ibid., § 386), New Zealand (ibid., §§ 387–388), Niger (ibid., § 390), Norway (ibid., § 391), Slovakia (ibid., § 392), Slovenia (ibid., § 393), Spain (ibid., § 394), Tajikistan (ibid., § 395), United Kingdom (ibid., §§ 397–398), Yugoslavia (ibid., § 399) and Zimbabwe (ibid., § 400); see also the draft legislation of Argentina (ibid., § 360), Burundi (ibid., § 370), Jordan (ibid., § 382), Lebanon (ibid., § 383) and Trinidad and Tobago (ibid., § 396).

[6] See, e.g., the statements of Kuwait (ibid., § 405) and United States (ibid., §§ 406–407) and the reported practice of Egypt (ibid., § 402) and France (ibid., § 403).

[7] See, e.g., UN Security Council, Res. 446 , 452 and 476 (ibid., § 408), Res. 465 (ibid., § 409) and Res. 677 (ibid., § 410).

[8] UN Security Council, Res. 752 (ibid., § 411).

[9] See, e.g., UN General Assembly, Res. 36/147 C, 37/88 C, 38/79 D, 39/95 D and 40/161 D (ibid., § 412) and Res. 54/78 (ibid., § 405); UN Commission on Human Rights, Res. 2001/7 (ibid., § 413).

[10] UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights, Final report of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Dimensions of Population Transfer, including the Implantation of Settlers and Settlements (ibid., § 415).

[11] 24th International Conference of the Red Cross, Res. III (ibid., § 419).

[12] International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, Case of the Major War Criminals, Judgement (ibid., § 421).

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