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(en) Palestine-Israel, Hirbet Imnezil, a new front in the joint struggle... and Bil'in

Date Thu, 23 Jun 2005 12:07:19 +0300

"I arrived at Hirbet Imnezil on Sunday, with few other
from the Anarchist against the fence group. We joined
the first demonstration there against the fence.
Being there the first activity of this kind was apparent.
Especially the encounter with Israeli activists and the
expressions of despair on the faces of the villagers -
especially these of the oldest people.
Hirbet Imnezil located in the South Hebron mountain
region. Near it the settlement Bit Yatir/Metsudat Yehuda.
(The double names is a known trick of the settlers, in their
efforts to cover up their presence behind the Green Line -
the preoccupation border.)

The settlement is obviously built on lands of Hirbet Imnezil.
Before the 1948 war, their lands were up to Tel Arad where
now stands the Israeli new town Arad. The fence around the
settlement surround a big part of the lands of the village.
That fence is a "dynamic" one - during the last few years
it is moved again and again towards the houses of the village
and annex few more lands to the settlement.

This week arrived a new fence... the mother of all the
fences. A kind of cage was erected especially for the
bulldozers and the tractors made by Caterpilar company - the
accomplice of the israeli occupation.

This week the works on the fence started by the leveling
of the lands on the route the fence will be built along it.
The original route [which was abolished following previous
struggle and the verdict of the Israeli highest court of
"justice"] would be annexing the village and including it on
the Israeli side of the fence. The present route in this
region is aproximally along the Green Line [the 1948 border],
but the Israeli state did not give in regarding the Beit
Yatir settlement. In order to include it in the Israeli side
the fence is departing there from the green line and encyrcle
it. In part of the activists organization the village is not
even marked as it is a small place of only 150 families. Soon
it will become even smaller as the fence annex to the Israeli
side about 5000 Dunams (five square killometers). The orders
of confiscation their lands arrived at March 2005. Few of the
owners of the lands submitted their formal objections to the
Israeli occupation administration. They attached to their
appel documents of ownership. As a responce, they received
an official letter - including in it the documents of ownership
they previously attached to their appeal, with very short reply:
"We can not relate to your objection-appeal as there were
not attached to it documents of ownership". Big part of the lands
of the village are not tilled - a fact that make the confiscation
easier as according to an old law from the time of the Othman
empire (dismantled 90 years ago) that said that lands not tilled
for three years become public and can be confiscated by the

At the time we arrived there still were not works for flatening
the route. (It is redundant to add that after we left, the works
did start in ernest.) We started to march along the proposed
route of the fence, stopping for a while at the well used to
supply water for the school but will be on the other side
of the intended fence. We continued towards the hangar of the
Caterpilar equipment. There we mer the the army forces. They
were not ready for the demonstration, and thus did not have
the so called "means for dispersing demonstrations". They
appeared as people just aroused from their deep sleep....
They did not have haterad in their eyes - just a deep gaze
of contept. One of them asked me: "have you nothing to do
in Tel Aviuve in such day ?" Another one complained he had
to return earlier from his Saturday at home because of
the demo. Their apathy depressed me even more than the
gazes full of haterad seen on the eyes of the soldiers with
the same role in other villages. The banality of evil...
We marched around the encloser of the bulldozers, holding
hands - inhabitants of the village amongst them boys and
girls, Israelis, and internationals. At a certain point,
we set down as an expression of protest in front of the
heavy equipment.

Afterwards, we marched towards the fence of the Beit Yatir
settlement for an expression of protest. This aroused
a bit the soldiers. As they did not have regular means
for dispersing demonstrations they become physical,
pushing and felling demonstrators to the ground - including
people with advanced ages... This did not stop the people
from shouting: "No to the fence, no to the settlements",
"No peace with the fence". At this point the demonstration
ended and we walked towards the village center. The coming
Friday there will be another demo at Imnezil - another village
joining to the chain of non violent mass protest against the

For further details:
Elki +972-(0)54-571-8758


====================== Bil'in ==================
Photographs of the previous week demo of the
children of Bil'in on the day that the village's
fate was sealed in the Supreme Court in Jerusalem.


The latest from Bil'in:
At 6:00 in the Wednesday morning today, June 22,
ten people - villagers, as well as international
and Israeli activists of the AATW initiative ... a sheep,
locked themselves into a cage on the planned route of the
annexation wall. Of course there followed arrests, but
today the untiring advocate Peleg succeeded in getting all
Electronic Media reported:
22/06/2005 - 6 demonstrators against the fence at the
Bil'in village were detained including three internationals
activists. Part of them locked themselves in a cage but the
security authorities succeeded to "free" them after a short
TV main (late evening) news program reported on a new
link the chain of demos of the Bel'in villagers and
supporters and showed a short part of the struggle
of the state forces with the caged people.

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