Photo: AFP
Palestinians protest near Jericho
Photo: AFP
Palestinians occupy abandoned houses near Jericho
Accompanied by Israeli activists, Palestinians occupy abandoned homes in West Bank, in protest of Israel's settlement construction and refusal to pull out from Jordan Valley
Some 300 Palestinians accompanied by Israeli activists occupied around a dozen abandoned houses Friday near Jericho in the West Bank, an AFP journalist said.



The protest was aimed at denouncing the repeated refusal of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismantle Jewish settlements and agree to a pullout from the Jordan Valley.


Protesters near Jericho, Friday (Photo: AFP)


The protesters arrived by bus and car and paraded a banner proclaiming "No peace with settlements," signed by the Youth Against Settlements group.

Some 300 Palestinians gathered (Photo: AFP)

They brought generators with them, indicating that they plan to at least stay overnight.


Israeli police and soldiers deployed in the area, but made no immediate move to disperse the protest.


Photo: AFP


In March last year, 200 Palestinian activists set up a protest camp on the site of a Jewish settlement that had been under construction, as US President Barack Obama visited Israel.


Israeli police drove them out after several days of protest.


The United States has led a new push for Middle East peace since July, talking with all interested parties even as Israel and the Palestinians trade barbs, especially over Israeli plans for new settlements in the West Bank.


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