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(en) Palestine-Israel, Beit Ula, activity against the Apartheid Wall - December 3 2004 by kobi snitz

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Date Tue, 7 Dec 2004 19:47:18 +0100 (CET)


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As they outflanked the soldiers and it became clear to the
shabab that they could reach the work site, they began to run
across the side of the hill and were not slowed down by the tear
gas canisters that flew overhead- too far to do any damage
https://israel.indymedia.org/usermedia/image/4/1263_beit-ula-03-12-04-reuters2.jpg
https://israel.indymedia.org/feature/display/1263/index.php
Today, the people of Beit Ula were able to stop the construction
of the giant cage that the israeli government is constructing for
them in the form of the separation barrier. For the second day
in a row, the work was stopped and no injuries requiring
medical treatment were suffered. The experience has left the
village with a sense of power and a renewed determination to
come back to resist the wall day after day.

At 11:30 300 palestinians, israelis and internationals gathered
for "friday prayer" on Beit Ula's lands close to the work site.
Unlike the day before, today's demonstration included shabab
(youth) and young children. Like the day before, and unlike
other villages, today's demonstration still did not include any
women.

At the end of the [palestinian] prayer, the demonstrators divided into three
groups, one headed to the soldiers and one on each side of
them. It must have been obvious to the soldiers that they will
not be able to stop the crowd so the bulldozers were withdrawn
from the work site before the crowd got close. As they
outflanked the soldiers and it became clear to the shabab that
they could reach the work site, they began to run across the
side of the hill and were not slowed down by the tear gas
canisters that flew overhead- too far to do any damage. The
other groups of demonstrators also streamed past the soldiers
who were trying to catch up with the shabab and converged on
the work site.

At the actual spot where the bulldozers tore into the hill the
demonstrators decided to hold their ground. The organization
was disciplined enough that the people were able to sit down
when soldiers began to escalate the tension. As it was the day
before, literally not a single stone was thrown, this time with
the shabab present.
https://israel.indymedia.org/usermedia/image/6/1263_beit-ula-03-12-04-reuters.jpg
Speeches were made by the deputy mayor Abu al Abed
(translated by Billal Adam) and an Israeli activist called Abu
Na'im. The deputy mayor demanded that the work be stopped
until the court decided the case brought by the village against
the wall. He then addressed the Druze soldiers who could
understand his speech in arabic: "you must know that our
actions are looked upon favorably by god, I am sure that in your
heart you are ashamed of your actions... we do not wish to fight
with you or even with the Israeli state, if you take the wall back
to the green line you will not have this fight". The Israeli
activist also spoke to the soldiers and when they told him that
this is a closed military zone he replied that this is actually the
private property of the people of Beit Ula.


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