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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, The joint struggle at Friday 09/09 defeated the army and border police

Date Fri, 09 Sep 2005 23:11:59 +0300


At Thursday night the first half dozen peep of the anarchists against the wall
initiative and others of the coalition against the fence, arrived in Bil'in as a
measure against the threat of the regional commander that "there will not be any
more Friday demonstrations against the fence in Bil'in". The road blocks and
intensive repression in the previous Friday endangered absence of Israelis - the
only restrain of harsh suppression. Even today we heard many times army commanders
warn their soldiers not to shoot as there are Israelis there.
Friday started at 5:00 when lot of soldiers entered the village declaring curfew
and a military zone Israelis must get out. Not long afterwards the came to the
House where the International volunteers dwell and the Israelis use when staying
at the village.

They refrained from entering the ISM house as the owner Abdallah of the village
comity locked it and dared the state force to break entry - which could result
in big scandal. Thus, they enter the neighbor house where half of the Israelis
and Internationals stayed for the night as a measure against "night visit" and
night arrests. They ordered them to get out of the village. As deceit, they say
they agree and just needed 10 minutes to take their papers and things from the
ISM apartment... So, the state force brought them to the house with the ISM
apartment... and got huge disappointment when they refused to get out...

They threatened us that they will break in 10 minutes time if... and did it about
20 times. During these 3 hours or so, we did as we promised - if prevented from marching,
we will do the demonstrations at our houses. We hanged from the roof big canvases
with graphics and slogans and placard comrades prepared at night. With the whole
pack of media anxious not to miss the scene of the promised breaking in and arrest
of 20 activists, it was a real demonstration.

This continued till we got out of the house and the courtyard in an effort to
unarrest a Palestinian involved with the struggle who was held near by.

This was an opportunity for the state force to jump on the six Israelis who stayed
the night... and only one of us was unarested by the Palestinian comrades.

These 5 Israelis were the first to be arrested (together with three Internationals
suspected as being Israelis. These five were also the first to be released (with
bail and restriction from visiting Bil'in for two weeks) as they were taken in
late morning to the Givat Zeev police station.

About 12:00, 200 Israelis From Israel three main regions - Tel Aviv, Jerusalem,
Haifa, who responded to the call for special efforts against the state harassment
of Bil'in demonstrations, tried to enter the region, they found al roads blocked.
Most of them, including oldies of 80+ were forced to go about two hours by foot
through the hills surrounding Bil'in in order to arrive in the village center.

Around noon, a big group of activists forced their way into the mosque in spite
of the physical objection of the soldiers - who saw it as part of the preparation
to the Friday demonstration.

Till 14:00 the state forces already detained Abdallah - a member of the village
fence comity, as revenge for refusing them the entry to his house the ISM
apartment is in, and also additional 20 Israelis - these were people who arrived
to Bil'in infiltrating around or through the road blocks.

Late morning, the village was flooded with tear gas from confrontations between
the state force and the village youngsters who responded with stone throwing to
the invading forces trying to enforce curfew and catching Israelis. Along the
morning struggle the state forces injured seriously a Palestinian. They allowed
a Palestinian comrade to take him to hospital in Ramalla, but when the driver
returned to the village, on pretense of curfew they forced out of his car
and smashed the car widows.

When the mass of Israelis arrived, the hunt after and arrests of incoming Israelis
ended and they just forced us to stay near and within the mosque compound.

There people stayed doing the forbidden demonstration and from time to time giving
some support to the village youngsters that continued to confront the forces till
evening. At some stage of the long afternoon, the border police and the army left
the center of the village, following the stone throwing youngsters along the
road the usual demonstration was marching the previous Fridays.

It was about 16:30, and the Israelis who retreated tear gas flood to a near by
courtyard held a meeting to decide what to do. Some were satisfied with the
success of arriving to Bil'in in spite of curfew and the demo near the mosque.
Some wanted to intervene in the struggle of the youngsters against the state force
as photographers and observers to prevent murderous shooting by the soldiers.
The majority decided to take advantage of the absence of state forces from the
south part of the village and do the demonstration march to the route of the
fence - hundreds of the state forces made the whole day efforts to prevent....

And surprise surprise, the first time for months of Friday demonstrations blocked
on the way to the fence building route, about 100 of us - Israelis and Palestinians
succeeded to arrive to the fence route with no one harassing us on the way. Just as
we arrived there, the army commander of the region arrived with 10 soldiers in two
cars... too small power to restrain us.

We marched for a while along the route accompanying for a while the two army cars,
after they failed to arrest Mohammed of the village comity who was with us.

Then, we returned to the village center for another short confrontation with the
state force who still could not subdue the stone throwers.

We learned there that about additional 10 were detained for a while during the
afternoon but were not taken to the detention point.

At that late afternoon, the state force released a dozen or so of the detainees
taking to the Givat Zeev police station Abdallah and half a dozen Israelis.

After processing them at the police station, the police decided to hold
Abdallah and one Israeli for the night, and the other five were contemplating
to stay with them in solidarity. At the end of the day, all the Israelis
were released while Abdallah was taken to Ofer - the Israeli concentration camp
for Palestinians.

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