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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, The joint Friday demonstration of Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals

Date Sat, 18 Jun 2005 12:29:05 +0300

The "traditional" Friday demonstration in Bil'in (for the
last three months) started as usual from the center of the
village (near the Mosque) after the Friday noon ceremony,
on the road to the route of the fence. Many of us were
holding plastic imitations of tombstones on which were
written in English, Arabic, and Hebrew "inhabitants of the
village Bil'in - cause of death: the separation fence". We
were about 200 people - Palestinians, Israelis*, and
internationals from Europe and US. At the outskirt of the
village, when the road pass between the last buildings and
an olive plantation, a big force was waiting for us, including
Border police and army as usual, and not as usual a unit of the
police elite task force.

They insisted as usual to block our march far away from
the fence route, as they moved lately the imaginary
line of confrontation from 200 meters from the fence
route to 500 hundreds... in spite the fact that no work
is done there on Fridays, and no heavy equipment or any
destructible objects are at the building site.

Thus, the forces do not protect any other than
the "honer and prestige" of the state of Israel
that want to prevent any option for nonviolent
protest against the fence and the occupation.

At the point of the road leading to the route of
the fence, they put a provisional barbed wire fence
and put on it a sign: which announce that all the
Bil'in village and the villages around it are
a closed military zone (enabling the forces to
forbid presence of Israelis and to arrest offenders.
(Like they do lately, they resigned to the limitation
forced on the harassment of Palestinians when Israelis
are amongst them, and arrest only when there is close
range confrontation.)

About two minutes or less from the moment we arrived
at the demarcation barbed wire, while people at the
front are lying on the ground, the army started the
experimentation of the new weapons. First they used
the Noise macine - a big lowdspeaker that create
unberable noise... if you do not use any kind of
ear-plugs. As we all were prepared to it, the
noise machine failed to disperce us and the forces
started to use the other arsenal. A new kind of
a bullet the size of a ping-pong ball made from foamed
rubber or plastic, which cause a very strong pain when
it hits. And of course the usual shock grenades, tear
gas, and even rubber coated bullet.

When member of the comitee of the village mass movement
against the fence, among other people at the front of the
demonstration who did not retreat at the beginning of
the harasement confronted the soldiers with words -
calling them to go home, and the like, they tried to
bruttaly arrest him. People around him who tried to
de-arrest him - among them a women of the AATW* were
arrested too. (A total of three Palestinans and three
Israelis arrested at that demo - including one deep in
the village when the special forces intruded into the

As usual, the peacefull nonviolent demo turn violent
after the state force assoult the non violent demonstratin.
As usual, in responce to the violence of the state forces,
many of the youngsters of the village start a protracted
war of attrition with the state fources. They through
stones on the state forces who try to deter them with
tear gas, rubber coated bullet, and even some live

Good photographs:
* About 40 Israelis of the anarchists against the wall initiative
and the coalition against the wall.
Not as the usual procedures, the army did not try this Friday to
block the Israelis from arriving at Bil'in. It was like a month
ago, when the army alowed 200 Israelis to arrive for the Friday
demo - as it wanted to try on us new weapons and tactics...

As we encounterd on the way to Bil'in soldiers who did not even
try to bother us, it was expected that they will try on us that day
new weapons... and they did.
Media reported widely on Friday demo, including short
item in the main TV news program of the day.

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