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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, the nine months Friday joint demos tradition continue - 18-11-05

Date Sat, 19 Nov 2005 15:52:47 +0200


In spite of 4 military jeeps road block on the way from Safa to Bil'in we succeeded
to infiltrate to the village and participate in the preparation of art display of
the Friday demo. Two "fences" on which was written in the three languages - Arabic,
Hebrew, and English: "Your fence is killing our independence", and groups of 4
balloons with the color of the Palestinian flag - connected this Friday demo to the
Palestinian declaration of independence to be from 17 years ago.
Next day, the israeli armed forces succeeded to delay the arrival to the demo
of the other Israelis, but even the late comers came in time to participate in it.
Friday noon, as usual, we started the weekly march from the center of the village
to the fence route - about 150 Palestinians, 30 of the Israeli Anarchists Against The
Wall initiative and others - less than the usual because of parallel demo in Abud
village, and 30 international activists.

At the head of the marching mass and at its end were carried the fences we
prepared and within them we marched chanting, singing, and on occasion even
some did the ritual danced. For their fun, children who joined the demo
caused from time to time to a balloon explosion with its intense noise.

And as usual, the march brought us to 50 meter from fence route where the
Israeli armed forces blocked our way and prevented the hanging of the balloons
on the fence. As a provocation, the nine months policy of not working on the
fence route in Bil'in region on Fridays to lower the tension, it was the
second Friday in a row they put a machine to work during the demonstration.

After doing the demo on the road there for a while, we started to move to the
"forbidden" sides of it which aroused the fear of the state forces that we
might succeed to reach the near by fence route. With efforts they pushed us
back again and again while tiring and angering them. They detained one of us
to be released on the spot at the end of the demo. The frustrate commander
who was limited by orders from doing arrests and harsher measures against the
non violent demonstrators, ordered to push are back on the road - few meters
at a time. Claiming it is because we do not stop the youngsters who left the
demonstration earlier, from throwing stones on soldiers in near by olive
orchard. On one of the occasions he even ordered the destruction of our
two art display fences.

The youngsters, frustrated from the nonviolent response of the participants
of the Friday demonstrations to the army harassment, usually start their
few hours attrition war of stones versus tear gas and rubber bullets of the
state forces in the near by olive orchards.

(This attrition war seems to serve the state propaganda, and if the
youngsters do not start it spontaneously the state forces provoke them
and even some times send under cover unit to start the stone throwing....)

Near the end of the demo, the stone throwing youngsters came near the road
and stoned the soldier who were pushing us injuring only one of the
demonstrators who was treated on the spot by the ambulance medics who are
with us every Friday demo. This stone throwing made us to finish hastily
the demo to evade being in the middle between the stones and the shooting.
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