Israeli forces raided the “Jerusalem Gate” protest camp near Abu Dis on Monday as Palestinian activists began building rooms in the encampment, a spokesperson said.
Hani Halabiya told Ma’an that dozens of activists had started building concrete rooms inside the protest camp, which was originally set up in early February but has since been demolished five times.
Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the activists, with many suffering gas inhalation.
At least three bulldozers had surrounded the camp, Halabiya said, with activists determined to prevent the destruction of the area.
The camp was built in protest against an Israeli plan to build Jewish-only settlements in the E1 corridor East of Jerusalem on the way to Jericho where Palestinian Bedouins have been living for decades.
The majority of Bedouins in Israel and the West Bank live a relatively settled but still sometimes semi-nomadic lifestyle, residing in permanent villages but pasturing livestock in adjacent areas.
Israeli restrictions on movement — in order to build Jewish settlements on Palestinian lands previously used by Bedouins or through the construction of the Separation Wall to cut through the West Bank — have severely curtailed Bedouins’ traditional nomadism.