Israel takes down anti-settlement tent camp

A spokesman says Israeli police have taken down a West Bank tent camp pitched by Palestinians to protest Israeli plans to build a large Jewish settlement there.

The settlement near Jerusalem would have more than 3,400 apartments and drive a wedge between the eastern sector of the city and the West Bank, war-won territories the Palestinians want for their state.

Palestinian protesters pitched two dozen tents on the site marked for construction last week, but were dragged away by Israeli troops two days later. On Wednesday, Israel's high court canceled an injunction that had barred police from removing the tents, but said there would be further discussion on the protesters' right to be in the area.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday that police removed the tents late Wednesday.


FILE - In this Friday, Jan 11, 2013 file photo, Palestinians, together with Israeli and foreign activists, stand near newly-erected tents in an area known as E1 at the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, near Jerusalem. Dozens of apartment towers sprouting up illicitly in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem are creating a fraught new dynamic in the struggle for control of the sacred city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)