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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Seven activists arrested in a middle of the week early morning action

Date Thu, 21 Jul 2005 13:03:32 +0300

The army come to guard the rote of the fence in building only when work day
start. This enable early morning actions involving special metal structures
that prevent quick dispersal by the Israeli state forces - see pictures at.
Seven were arrested in Wednesday morning demonstration against the fence.
It is already five months that the struggle of the people of Bil'in against
the expansion of the Israeli settlements Kiryat Sefer and Matityahu on their
lands, and against the building of the separation fence on the lands they work
on. 2.3 million square meter of their 4 million (1000 acres) arable land were
confiscated. The Israeli state forces - army, gendarmes and police continue
all that period to suppress the nonviolent demonstrations of the villagers
[to whom join regularly international activists, Israelis of the Anarchists
Against The Wall initiative and others] Suppression done with lot of means
at demonstrations and in other times at other day and nights hours in the
village in response to demonstrations and other actions.

Prolonged arrest times of villagers activists with absurd claims
are the norm. Three of them are arrested these days with clearly
fictitious claims.

At demonstrations, in addition to physical harassment the Israeli state
forces add shooting of massive amounts of tear gas and shock grenades,
and various kinds of "rubber bullets".

Wednesday morning people of the village went out to one of the
midweek early morning protest activities with a special metal
structure welded for this demonstration. Within it "fortified"
themselves one Palestinian, four internationals, and two
Israelis of the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative.

Muhamad Hatib, from the organizers of the village people
committee: "The joint fortification was intended to symbolize
the fact that fences an walls will not succeed to prevent
the joint activity for peace. We added the flags of the
various Palestinian parties in order to call all the parties
to stop the internal confrontations and to invest the energy
in the struggle against the occupation and the fence".

The metal construction with was placed on the fence works route
at 05:00 wit 7 activists in it. When the bulldozers arrived at 06:00
they were prevented from continuing the destruction of the lands of
Bil'in. Only after an hour the forces of the border police succeeded
to dismantle the construction, and using violence arrested all those
fortifying in it with bogus claim of "assaulting policeman".
The included pictures show clearly the nonviolent mode of the protest.

Original of L.P. in Hebrew was enlarged a bit....

The Police blame the arrested with assault on policeman. They
claim that while fortified in the metal structure, the demonstrators
kicked the belies of the border police gendarmes who came to take them
away. If you look at the pictures you will see how absurd is
this claim - as the whole bodies of the 7 demonstrators is within
the structure - fact that prevent them from kicking outside it even
if they wanted. [So said the Judge the two Israelis were brought before

The officer on duty at Givat Ze'ev police station wanted to release
the four internationals on condition they will not return to the
"scene of crime", the Israelis were brought before a judge, the decision
about the treatment of the Palestinians was delayed... And the internationals
refused to sign the releasing papers commitments of distancing them
till the the release of the Palestinian activist.

The two Israelis:
"So, we were brought before a judge that after looking at the pictures
gave a verdict of one month of ban from the route of the fence at Bil'in
for participation in a forbidden assembly. As for the assault on policemen
he wrote: "It can be seen clearly that it was the the border policemen that
applied force against the defendants.... In the case before us there
are substantial doubts as for the assault on policeman and interference
in policeman activity...".

At the time of the report:
The Palestinian was transferred to the Ofer concentration camp for
Palestinians. The four internationals got 15 days ban from visiting
the route of the fence in Bil'in, but they still have not decided
if to sign the commitment as they may stay put in solidarity with
the Palestinian comrade.

In numbers:
6 at the morning, 7 arrested (4 internationals, 2 Israelis, 1 Palestinian),
about 20 state hooligans with batons, lot of bruises (faces, backs, and other
places), 12 hours of detention and 30 days ban from the location
(for the Israelis)... and one occupation.

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