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The outpost was set up at the initiative of the popular committees and is situated east of Jerusalem and south of the previous Palestinian E1 outpost. The new outpost was named "Younes' Grandchildren" after one of the main characters in Bab al-Shams, a novel depicting the lives of Palestinians after the establishment of the State of Israel.
The Palestinians said that their goal is to "establish our rights as Palestinians to return to our lands and villages from which we were expelled and to reclaim our land."
They explained that the protest against Obama stems from the fact that the US administration frequently uses its veto power in the United Nations in favor of Israel and against the Palestinians. The activists also noted the billions of dollars in military aid that the US provides Israel with.
The attempt to set up Palestinian outposts began last January when a group of 200 people, backed by foreign solidarity activists, set up an outpost near Ma'ale Adumim. The outpost was evacuated by the IDF.
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