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(en) Palestine-Israel, The daily joint struggle* - today a focus at Beit Suric

Date Wed, 01 Jun 2005 17:16:06 +0300


To: <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Subject: Palestine-Israel, The daily joint struggle* - today a focus at Beit Suric

this morning at around 7:00 people from beit surik went to the
villages land to stand in front of the bulldozers that since yesterday
had been trying to uproot olive trees to level for the path of the wall,
that is supposed to go through their land. The village of beit surik is
hoping for a court injunction to halt the construction and reroute the
wall further towards the settlement of har adar in order to preserve the
villages olive groves, which are the livelihood of several families.
the past few days the village has been calling for support by
international and Israeli activists to stop construction whilst they
are waiting for an answer from heir lawyers.

yesterday they succeeded to stop the work and the construction works
went on without destroying the olive groves people are trying to save
at around 8 today a group of Israeli activists (9) approached the site
and finally succeeded to join the very small group of people
standing in front of the bulldozer that was about to uproot the first
few olive trees belonging to the grove, after initially being held up
by magav soldiers.
from the first moment on the magav claimed the area a closed
military zone without being able to produce the warrant.
after people placed themselves in the way of the bulldozer they
were violently dragged, pushed , shoved, beaten and kicked about
20 meters ahead, once the bulldozer had moved up the whole
process started over again.
the group of protesters by then consisted mostly of elderly people
who the lands belong to and some of the Israeli activists. one Israeli
activist was taken away to the jeeps.
two mounted police got the order to ride straight into a group of
sitting people, during this, two old men were hurt and lost
consciousness, more people were whipped on the head by the
policemen.
the way in which magav commander as'ad atila explicitley then
ordered his troops to use a lot of force, drag the two men away and
"break their bones" was overheard by several Israeli activists. one of
the two men had to be evacuated in an ambulance a bit after he
was dragged a few meters aside and beaten.
further on an old man was choked with his own stick by a magav
soldier and needed to be evacuated in an ambulance as well -
apparently his shoulder was also dislocated.
in this manner the magav pushed the demonstrators down the hill
for about 2 hours, and arrested one further Israeli activist.
it was about 10 when as?ad atila stood in front of the demonstrators
and said he has no closed military zone warrant, and it was in the
same moment that he grabbed the third Israeli activist and had him
brought to the jeeps.
Israeli activists were threatened with sentences such as ?I?m going
to hospitalize you? or ? I will stick your nose into your face? .
there were several attempts to arrest people from the village in
which demonstrators were chased with horses and trampled on.
after which the commander called his soldiers ?wimps for not
beating people enough and not doing their job righ? when even
they found his orders too violent.
in the course of this another demonstrator that had been filming
was arrested.
at around 11 the magav finally came up with the closed military
zone warrant, the arrested activists were released by another border
police captain.
almost immediately the magav started shooting teargas towards a
group of youngsters that had then started to confront them a bit
further away from the rest of the demonstration which by then was
basically only a few elderly, very upset people that had been beaten
and were now simply watching their trees being uprooted.
the magav proceeded to the beginning of the village and started
using rubber bullets and teargas ? shooting the teargas directly at
houses in the village. 2 people lost consciousness from the teargas.
at about 13:00 two youth aged 20 and 22, were injured by rubber
bullets (one in the chest and one in the back) and were evacuated
to biddu karmel clinic.
at 15:00 the situation calmed down, works are still going on

for more info or video call..............
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* Add note: The Israelis are anarchists and other people
inspired by the Anarchist Against The Wall initiative.]

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