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."- Advertisement -
"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."- Advertisement -
"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."
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: