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(en) Palestine-Israel, The joint struggle against the separation fence and occupation - Friday 14-4-06 in Bilin and Beit Sira

Date Fri, 14 Apr 2006 21:17:53 +0300

The weekend activity started Thursday night. The army was in Bil'in at night. At
2:00 AM of Friday pre down morning the army that arrested two persons was still there.
However, the state forces seemed on the de-escalation mode in Bil'in: it was in the
last three months or so gradually diminishing level of belligerence. It was expressed
to day in the absence of efforts to block the way of Israelis on their way to the
demos in Bil'in (and Beit Sira) and more so along the demo.
The theme of this Friday demo in Bil'in was the intensifying of the strangulating
"closures" around the various Palestinian regions turning them more and more like
big scale prisons. The center of the creative theme was a circular structure
with the blue and white colors of Israel activists were yoked into with their heads.

In addition lot of placards in the three "official" languages: Arabic, Hebrew and
English. People also attached to their breasts the pictures of Bush, Bleir, Kofi-Anan,
and Olmert - the ones who are responsible for the continuation and intensifying
of the closures.

At noon, we started the march from the center of village on the road to the
separation fence. We were about 150 people: about 100 Bil'inians, 30 internationals,
and 20 Israelis of the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative. When we arrived there
we were surprised to find that only few border police persons were allocated to
the blocking of our way. They were standing on two armored cars which were blocking
the road to the west of the fence, who were shielded by concertinas of barbed wire
intended to prevent any physical contact with the demonstrators.

When demonstrators tried during the noisy confrontation to pass the barbed wire -
they just threaten them with their batons.

After a while we started to walk along the route of the fence trying to find
a point to pass the barbed wire and enter the route, but additional soldiers rushed
and prevent our crossing. During the low intensity confrontation four Israeli
activist were detained at the fence route and released when the demo was ended.

The low intensity was expressed also in the restricted responses of the state
forces to the stone throwers (who started their activity really late). Few of
them were seen trying in vain to draw response from the soldiers when
these remained in their armored cars.

Later, when they threw stones on the soldiers who stood guard to prevent
climbing to the route fence, they used minimal amount of tear gas - without
any effort to pursue the stone throwers.

Beit Sira demo was even quieter than that of the previous Friday. About 70
of the villagers - the rest refrained from coming as the Israeli state secret
services threatened to cancel their work permit in Israel most of them have.
About 10 Israelis of the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative and few
internationals participated too. The theme of this demo was the big prisons
all the Palestinians live in and was expressed in the prison shirts the
participants wore.

During the demo and even after it, the villagers participating in the demo
succeeded to restrain the village youngsters who refrained as result
from stone throwing this Friday.
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