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State of Palestine: Rubber bullets VS stones as Israel expands01:01

State of Palestine: Rubber bullets VS stones as Israel expands

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Latrun
June 15, 2013 at 20:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli police officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters to break up a Palestinian demonstration against the construction of new settlements in Latrun on Saturday. In the aftermath of the demonstration, police continued to shower protesters with sprays of gas, whilst Palestinians defended their homes and threw stones at police officers.

A campaign was launched called 'The Latrun Valley - an Integral Part of the State of Palestine' by the National Liberation of Palestine, in June. The group released a document outlining that the 50 kilometre area of the Latrun Valley belongs to Palestine. It reads: "When two-thirds of the Palestinian population were forcibly exiled from their homes by Zionist militias prior to the creation of the State of Israel, almost half of the valley is now considered No Man's Land (NML) an integral part of the Occupied State of Palestine."

The development of settlements breaches International law and has been widely condemned, even by allies to the state of Israel. Both William Hague, British Foreign Secretary and US President Barack Obama have urged Israel to halt settlement expansion. The development of settlements encroaches into the State of Palestine's territories and segments the land, breaking article 31 of the Oslo accords - the US brokered agreement that set the grounds for resolution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The UN have also strongly condemned settlement expansion by Israel, stating that their development breaks the Fourth Geneva Convention and constitutes a policy of population transfer and demographic shifts in Palestinian territories.

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Israeli police officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas on protesters to break up a Palestinian demonstration against the construction of new settlements in Latrun on Saturday. In the aftermath of the demonstration, police continued to shower protesters with sprays of gas, whilst Palestinians defended their homes and threw stones at police officers.

A campaign was launched called 'The Latrun Valley - an Integral Part of the State of Palestine' by the National Liberation of Palestine, in June. The group released a document outlining that the 50 kilometre area of the Latrun Valley belongs to Palestine. It reads: "When two-thirds of the Palestinian population were forcibly exiled from their homes by Zionist militias prior to the creation of the State of Israel, almost half of the valley is now considered No Man's Land (NML) an integral part of the Occupied State of Palestine."

The development of settlements breaches International law and has been widely condemned, even by allies to the state of Israel. Both William Hague, British Foreign Secretary and US President Barack Obama have urged Israel to halt settlement expansion. The development of settlements encroaches into the State of Palestine's territories and segments the land, breaking article 31 of the Oslo accords - the US brokered agreement that set the grounds for resolution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The UN have also strongly condemned settlement expansion by Israel, stating that their development breaks the Fourth Geneva Convention and constitutes a policy of population transfer and demographic shifts in Palestinian territories.