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January 16, 2013

The return to #BabalShams

Palestinian and international activists meet Israeli resistance while returning to the tent city.
Israeli border police are seen as they remove Palestinians from an outpost of tents in an area known as E1, near Jerusalem January 13, 2013.

On Tuesday Palestinian and international activists returned to the tent city they erected last week to continue their nonviolent protest against planned Israeli settlement expansion in the Occupied West Bank. The group had established an outpost called Bab al-Shams ("The Gate of the Sun") on Friday in the contentious area, but were forcibly evicted by Israeli police early Sunday morning.

The planned Israeli expansion, known as E1, would further separate the Occupied West Bank from Jerusalem. Palestinians believe this would hinder aspirations for statehood with East Jerusalem as a capital.

Activists shared video and pictures of their return journey to Bab-al Shams using social media.