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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Media do not let the joint struggle to be ignored: Bil'in demonstrators return to outpost

Date Mon, 26 Dec 2005 08:37:17 +0200

A group of 22 Israeli and Palestinian demonstrators lit Hannuka
candles Sunday night at an illegal caravan erected for a second time
near the West Bank settlement of Modi'in Elite.
The lighting of the first candle at this spot, said Yossi Bartal, an
activist from Anarchists against the Wall, represented "the fight for
freedom from occupation."
The group's choice in symbols was a provocative one given that the Maccabean
revolt that Hannukah commemorates broke out in ancient Judean town of Modi'in.
Likewise, the caravan was located adjacent to the new neighborhood
of East Mattityahu, named after the rebellion's famed patriarch priest.

But protesters contended that the victims nowadays were the
Palestinian residents of the village of Bil'in, a half a kilometer away.

The route of the security fence blocks villagers from their farm land
and protects ever-expanding settlements, they said.

"The barrier cuts off Bil'in from one-half to two-thirds of its
agricultural land and is meant to protect the settlements of Kiryat
Sefer and Modi'in Elite," said Rabbi Arik Ascherman,
Ascherman, who heads Rabbis for Human Rights, a left-wing
association that has also trumpeted the cause of Bil'in, said that the
caravan was illegal - but so were the new settlement neighborhoods.

Both were set up without government permits, he said.

Last Thursday, about 50 activists barricaded themselves in a similar
outpost at the same location, but soldiers removed the caravan, and
police briefly detained seven demonstrators.

The expansion in the East Mattityahu neighborhood went

"The quick evacuation of the first outpost, within 24 hours of it
being set up, exposes the blatant policies of Apartheid and selective
enforcement going on in the Occupied Territories," said Yonatan
Pollack, another anarchist.

Pollack promised that Sunday's caravan "will become the foundation
stone for a West Bil'in."

At the last outpost demonstration, soldiers fired tear gas to keep
additional protesters from reaching the caravan, but this time
around, a police and IDF jeep passed by without responding.

Military sources said the outpost, like the last one, "would be
removed by the police and the IDF Civil Administration."
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