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(en) Palestine-Israel, Another joint demonstration in Bil'in - two waves

Date Fri, 15 Jul 2005 23:10:43 +0300

It started as usual Friday demonstration. About 150 people:
Palestinians, 40 of Israelis (Against The Wall initiative and
others from the coalition against the wall), and 30 internationals.
We started with a 10 people within a structure symbolizing
bridge, behind them few rows of people locking hands. We went
on the road leading to the fence with slogans. When we reached
the last houses of the village the barbed wire blocking the road
and the state forces were waiting for us. First thing they declared
the demonstration illegal... Than they added that was closed military
zone for Israelis... And there was a stand steal for a while.

We declared it is nonviolent demo and no reason for them to attack.
And they replied that as long as we do not make violation the
let us stay there.

After a while we moved to the side of the road and advanced
one meter beyond their red line, and still there was just
physical blocking us. When we moved a gain one meter more
they assaulted us physically and both destroyed our nice
bridge and arrested a Palestinian activist who was in the
structure. Two Israeli females and a Palestinian who tried
to prevent the arrest were arrested too... And as 15 of
us insisted not to go away - demanding the release of the
4 arrested they took by force the additional 15 of us -
Israelis and internationals.

After dispersing the demonstration, as the youngsters still
did not start to throw stones, a force of soldiers was
sent to intrude the village to provoke them so they will
define the demo as violent.

And the youngsters convinced not to start throwing stones
till the demonstration was dispersed responded in kind...

While the soldiers confronting the youngsters, the police
persons took us by cars to a location on the other side
of the route of the fence, under the shade of an olive tree
for a field procession - taking our pictures and identity
details. All that time we told the police persons and the
reserve soldiers who guarded us what we think on their activity.

After about two hours they released 15 of us and took the 4
arrested - two Palestinian and two Israelis to the near by
police station. As the 15 of us were highly outnumbered our
try to block the car failed.

So the state forces went away and we marched back to were about
50 demonstrators were waiting us and regrouped.

As the soldiers confronting the youngsters were not retreating
fast enough, we started to march back to the route of the
fence building... but all state forces gone - even the soldiers
confronting the youngsters.

It was so ridiculous that even when a military car patrolled the
deserted route was barraged by stones - they just passed twice
on the route and gone....

So all of us just returned to the village and the people
from out of the village went away.

It seems that only one or two of us were seriously suffered
from the rough treatment of the state forces.

At the police station, the 4 arrested were accused for obstruction
policeman and resisting arrest and the two palestinian even blamed
for violence.. In spite of witnesses and video documentary showing
the truth, based on a fabricated testimony the two Palestinians
were taken to military jail to appear before a judge after the weekend,
and the two Israelis released on bail and two weeks ban from returning
to the region.

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