Younis left his wife, Nahila. He joined Lebanese-based Palestinian resisters. She remained in Galilee. For years, he went back and forth secretly. Their children were born in Bab Al Sharms cave.
A Popular Struggle Coordination Committee statement explained Bab Al Shams resistance, saying:
"We, the sons and daughters of Palestine from all throughout the land, announce the establishment of Bab Al Shams Village (Gate of the Sun)."
"We the people, without permits from the occupation, without permission from anyone, sit here today because this is our land and it is our right to inhabit it."
"A few months ago the Israeli government announced its intention to build about 4000 settlement housing units in the area Israel refers to as E1."
"E1 block is an area of about 13 square km that falls on confiscated Palestinian land East of Jerusalem between Ma'ale Adumim settlement, which lies on occupied West Bank Palestinian land, and Jerusalem."
"We will not remain silent as settlement expansion and confiscation of our land continues. Therefore we hereby establish the village of Bab Al Shams to proclaim our faith in direct action and popular resistance."
"We declare that the village will stand steadfast until the owners of this land will get their right to build on their land."- Advertisement -
Netanyahu ordered them out. He issued a lawless eviction notice. Forced expulsion followed.
On January 13, Haaretz headlined "Israeli security forces evacuate activists from Palestinian tent outpost in E-1 area," saying:
Netanyahu asked Israel's High Court to rescind a temporary injunction against evacuation. He ordered access roads blocked. The IDF designated the area a closed military zone.
Netanyahu defied High Court authority. Osnat Mandel is Director of Israel's Justice Ministry HCJ (Israel High Court division). Netanyahu ordered him to act.
He followed through, saying "the people and tents must be removed due to security considerations." He lied. He claimed the High Court injunction prohibits removing tents, not people.
Israel's Civil Administration Office falsely said Bab Al Shams "was installed on state land." Palestinians living there have legal ownership deeds.
Hundreds of security forces attacked Palestinians on their own land. They did so pre-dawn. Journalists and supporters were targeted.