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(en) Palestin-Israel, Is it the end of the joint non violent strugle against the separation fence in Bil'in??

Date Fri, 28 Apr 2006 19:49:51 +0300

The joint demonstration against occupation and against the separation fence in Bil'in'
of the village people and these of the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative of this
Friday put in question the future of the joint struggle. More than a year old non violent
joint struggle was "kidnaped" for the second consecutive time by youth of Bil'in who do
not share nor respect the non violent strategy of the Bil'in village comity for the joint
struggle against the separation fence. This Friday noon - like in the other Fridays of the
last 13 months, we started the march from the center of the village on the road to the route
of the separation fence - used to robe more than half of the lands of the Bil'inians. As
reminder to the first big demonstration in Bil'in of a year ago we carried the huge
six-by-thirty meter Palestinian flag made especially for that demonstration.

We were about 100 participants - including twenty Israelis, and twenty internationals.
When we arrived to the route of the fence, we put the flag on the non protected East
side of the route of the separation fence and stood in front of the armed forces of the
Israeli occupation who blocked the entrance to the route of the fence and the passage to
the other side with two armored cars on which were 10 border policemen.

Soon, a verbal confrontation started and even a short physical one when few of us
tried to climb on the armored cars and were pushed down with batons. Like in the
previous Friday demo - the usual confrontation between the stone throwers and the
state forces was prevented as the armed forces were not dispatched to the border of the
olive trees orchards on the sides of the road to provoke them. Thus, after a while,
when these of them who were with us in the main demo became restless they started to
throw stones on the policemen on the armed forces. These retaliated with a shower
of shock grenades - mainly on the nonviolent demonstrators near by.

The first shower of stones and shock grenades was short, and many of the people who run
away returned. After a while of resuming the nonviolent verbal confrontation, the
stone throwing was resumed in even more intense measure - responded with harsher
repression that including shooting of rubber coated bullets and some tear gas.
From then on, the stone throwing did not really stooped and the demonstration

It seems that the political changes in the occupied Palestinian areas resulted
in the diminishing of the influence of the Bil'in village comity for the
struggle against the separation fence. Thus, the previous agreement with the
stone throwers that they will do their thing in a separate area near by but not
within the non violent demonstration is not respected any more.

It also seems that the stone throwers got more "recruits" from the village
youth who did not even tried to cover their faces while throwing the stones.

In the afternoon news programs of the main radio channel they reported
that there were 200 demonstrators in Bil'in. They added that one soldier
was injured by stone, and four demonstrators were injured too.
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