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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Surprise surprise - they shoot for only one reason

Date Sat, 30 Jul 2005 18:43:04 +0300

Like the other Friday noons of the last few months, tear gas and shock
grenades - was the lot of few hundreds demonstrators who came for a
nonviolent protest against the building of the separation fence on the
lands of the village Bil'in. To day, 29th of July 2005, few hundred
people of Bil'in and about 100 of the Israelis Against The Wall initiative
and others (including internationals) a demonstration against the robbery
of more than half of the lands of Bil'in for the settlement Kiriat Sefer
and the separation fence was carried. This was on the background of
intensified confrontation in the Media between the demonstrators and
the spoke persons of the Israeli army and border police on the other side.
They do lot of efforts to demonize the demonstrators. They claims that
state forces are "forced" to use means for dispersing demonstrations
(tear gas, shock grenades, rubber bullets and their like) because the
demonstrators in Bil'in are "ruthless" and through stones on soldiers....
But they fail to convince even the state and other public media.

For these who still needed, this day demonstration proved again that
the violent starts from the army and border police.

Today demonstration had two main motives:

The first, reminding people the fact that under cover of the mist
of disengagement (in Gaza Strip) continue, and with full intensity
the project of colonial settlement in the West bank of the Jordan.
This subject was represented with a special model of a house of
settlers transported from Gaza to the West bank, while part of the
demonstrators around it had Sharon masques on their faces.

The second, was a solidarity act with Abdallah Abu-Rahma, the
chairman of the popular comity of Bil'in already two weeks
jailed in the concentration camp Ofer, after he was falsely
accused of attacking a border policeman. (Previous week the
military judge had to release him from jail after a similar
accusation was refuted. The present military judge - probably
under higher level orders, refuse to release him in spite
clear evidence.)

Amongst the hundreds of demonstrators - including the 80
Israelis, many had on their shirts the slogan: "I am Abdallah
Abu-Rahma" in Hebrew, English, Arabic, Russian, France, and

The march from the center of the village was orderly as
usual, till we arrived to the fringe of the village built area.
There, as usual in the last few Fridays, the army put a portable barbed
wire fence and a placard on it stating it is a closed military zone,
with a map including in it all the region up to the Jerusalem-Modiin

When we arrived there we stopped with the soldiers on one side
of the portable fence and us on the other. No stone was thrown
and no shooting occurred yet - just the usual declaration of the
army commander on the illegality of the demo and the presence of

Few minutes after the model of the "house" was moved to the side
of the road, without passing the line, the army started an intensive
shooting of shock and tear gas grenades, folded the portable fence and
invaded the village - pursuing the part of the demonstrators who run
for it. At this assault three demonstrators were detained... to be
released a bit later.

These of us on the front refused to disperse, sat down, and confronted
the soldiers with words about their unprovoked assault.

We continued the demonstration for a while till the demonstration
was officially finished and we started to regroup to the village.

At this stage, the army provocation succeeded to provoke
the 50 or so youngsters who refrained till that moment
from being provoked, and the usual attrition war of stones
versus rubber bullets and tear gas continued for an hour or so.

At the end, the Israelis and international had a meeting
with the village comity to discuss the demonstration.

It seems that the exposure in the media of the deceitful behavior
of the usual border police unit (company 22) resulted in its replacement
with another army unit. Last Friday made it clear that they only mildly
differed from the older unit (less unprovoked assaults, less arrests,
less injuries, less false accusations).

Free translation of Nir report "they shoot without reason"

Thursday, Media, Confrontation between the (Israeli) security
forces and demonstrators at Bil'in

The army and border police are clashing with Palestinians
and activists of the Anarchists Against Fences in the Bil'in village.
The spokesperson of the Israeli army say that demonstrators entered
a closed military region and thus means for dispersing demonstrations
were applied against them.

Palestinians: 6 hurt in anti-fence protest

Palestinian sources say six people sustained light
injuries during the demonstration against the continued
construction of the West Bank security fence in the
village of Bil'in, west of Ramallah.

Protesters claim soldiers had sprayed them with
tear gas and fired rubber bullets at them without
provocation. (Ali Waked)

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