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(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle against the separation fence in Bil'in and Al-Jib 9-12-05

Date Fri, 09 Dec 2005 21:36:27 +0200


The two themes of this Friday demonstration were the planting
of olive trees saplings to replace the olive trees robed by the
companies building the big Modi'in Elit settlement on the lands
of Bil'in, and the call for the release of the two peace activists
kidnapped in Iraq who were previously active in our region
against the separation fence.

As usual, the demonstration started at noon with a march from
the center of the village towards the route of the separation fence
in building. Participated in it about 100 people. About 50 activists
of the Bil'in village, about ten people from other villages and
students of the Bir-Zeit university, about twenty international
activists, and 30 Israelis from the Anarchists Against The Wall
initiative and others (other activists of our initiative and some
internationals participated in a parallel demonstration against
the separation fence together with 150 villagers of the Al-Jib
village).

In the march from the center of Bil'in, in addition to the placards
and the usual chants, we carried with us saplings of olive trees
and working tools for their planting. When we neared the route
of the fence, we got off the road and through the olive orchards
we marched towards the destroyed orchards where the olive
trees of Bil'in villagers were robed by the settlement construction
companies.
The armed forces of the Israeli state did not like our ideas. When
they discovered our change of course the showered us with tear
gas canisters - some of them were shot directly at demonstrators
and two of them hit comrades. In spite the shower of tear gas
significant part of us succeeded to reach the fence route, and
when the cloud of gas cleared, the rest of us joined them.

As the armed forces prevented us from passing to the other side
of the fence - where the olive trees were robed, we had to plant the
sapling at the side of the route where they blocked us. They did not
like the idea at all. They detained one of us at the start of the
planting - reported by the afternoon news programs of the main
radio stations that he was accused for planting an olive tree in a
closed military zone - as reported by the army spoke man.

The planting of the last sapling aroused fierce objection of some
of the state force who tried to grab the sapling and the working
tool and prevent the digging in the ground. However, after a
stubborn struggle the last sapling was planted too. After a while
part of us tried again to pass to the other side of the route. This
brought on them the harsh attack of soldiers who even arrested
a Palestinian youngster. The comrades around objected to this
and de-arrested him. As revenge, the soldiers drove them away
by physical force and some gas towards the village.

After a while the village struggle comity announced the end of
the demonstration and we returned to the village.

In parallel to the nonviolent demonstration, youngsters of the
village who were driven away by the first shower of tear gas
started a bit later the usual attrition war of stones throwing
versus tear gas of the soldiers.

In the news program the reported on two injured among the youth.

They have not reported about the number of our people injured
by the rough treatment of the soldiers or the tear gas canisters.
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