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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, the joint struggle against the occupation and the separation fence - Friday 7-7-06

Date Fri, 07 Jul 2006 21:08:52 +0300

This Friday demonstration was on the background of yesterday
short lived "squatting" in a building built in the settler town
Modi'in Ilit on a field belonging to a villager of Bil'in. after
a short deliberations of 5 hours, the Israeli state forces
forced the "squatters" - three families of activists from Bil'in
to evacuate - declaring the place a closed military zone, and
the Bil'in people in the building as "endangering the security".
The background included in addition to the "squatting" (that
was all over the Israeli and Palestinian media) the after tomorrow
hearing of the Israeli higher court of "justice" of the case
of Bil'in lands confiscation for the building of a new sector
of the settler town Modi'in Ilit, and the illegal building itself.

At noon, we marched from the center of the village on the road to
the separation fence. We were about 200 participants: hundred
from the Bil'in villagers, about 40 internationals (plus a 10
strong Baskian troop), 20 Israelis of the anarchists against the
wall, 15 Palestinians from other places, and some teams of media
workers from the region and from far away.

As usual, the marching was involving chanting, singing and
even dancing. Not as usual was the amazing part of the
Baskian troop: clad with appropriate clothes, and huge
pairs of bells on their backs with a leader who used a horn
as a trumpet. They danced in the front of the marching people,
till we arrived at the route of the fence. They continue time
and again to do their ritual even when we were blocked as usual
at the gate to the route by armored cars. The other people
confronted verbally the Israeli state forces and few of them
even tried to enter the route. The brutal behavior of the
blocking state forces was an excuse to the wild teens to
through a barrage of stones on the state forces who responded
with a barrage of shock grenades.

At first, both the wild teens and the nonviolent demonstrators
dispersed, but after a minute or two we reassembled 10 meters
from the route while a line of state force tried with partial
success to prevent the more bold of us and the dancing
baskian troop to enter the "forbidden" tract of land.

In parallel, like in Eastern bazaar, people from the local
comity had a discussion with the state forces commander
who agreed to soften the three days block on movement
from the village to the Bil'in center for joint struggle
located west of the separation fence, declared in response
to yesterday "squat".

After the baskian troop ended their last ritual, the
demonstration was declared as finished. This was a signal
for the wild teens to start again their stone throwing,
which involved state forces responses that made the return
to the village less than comfortable...
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