Palestinians, Israelis and diaspora Jews build West Bank protest

Around 300 Palestinians, Israelis and diaspora Jewish activists staged a direct action in the village of Sarura in the south Hebron hills of the West Bank on Friday, building a protest camp on land from which Palestinians were evicted in the 1990s. The event was organized by a coalition of groups, including the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, local Palestinian committees, Youth Against Settlements, IfNotNow, the All That’s Left Collective and Combatants for Peace. Activists arrived in the morning and continued working through to the afternoon, when several activists — including Youth Against Settlements’ Issa Amro — spoke about the purpose and impact of the event. Activists taking part in the event updated from the ground, tweeting with the hashtag #WeAreSumud (“sumud” means “steadfastness” in Arabic, and is a central concept in Palestinian resistance to the occupation). Participants also noted that the outpost had been inspired by the Standing Rock protest camps in the United States, established to try and prevent the building of an oil pipeline through Native American land.
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