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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, the joint struggle continue in spite the provocation of the armed forces and the local youth who despise the joint nonviolent struggle.

Date Fri, 14 Jul 2006 21:51:04 +0300


The demonstration of last Friday of 14-7-06 was marked by the wedding of Mantsur -
coordinator of ISM international demonstrators. After some wedding rituals in the
hours preceding the demonstration, the new couple entered their car that traveled
at the head of the demonstration towards the route of the separation fence. Along
the march, interwoven with the usual chants, singing, and dancing, components of
the Palestinian celebration of wedding. At noon, 150 of us started the march from
the center of the village towards the fence among us, in addition to the local
villagers, about 40 internationals, 30 Israelis, and 15 Palestinians from out of
the village. When we arrived about 20 meters from the blocked gate of the route
of fence (with armored cars and lot of border police), the couple exit from their
car and the wedding ceremony was resumed. Gradually the people moved towards the
blocking forces, and the verbal confrontation with them interwoven with the usual
proceedings of the demo and the celebration - chanting, singing, dancing and calls
towards the state forces.

Not like in the last previous Fridays, the local activists expected the unruly
stone throwers youth, who object to the joint nonviolent struggle, to respect the
wedding and refrain from disrupting it, and had not invested efforts to restrain
them. These, took advantage of the "free hands" and hiding behind our backs started
much earlier than usual to through stones on the state forces blocking the gate of
the route. These responded as expected with a shower of shock grenades but this time
with much more intensity than usual. The demonstrators dispersed in the adjacent
area and the coward stone throwers who could not hide behind our backs fled.

When we tried to reassemble after the inflammation as usual, not as usual, the armed
forces continued their attack on us and tried to force all of us to return to the
one kilometer away village. They used shock grenades, tear gas, rubbercoated bullets...
But the wedded couple and about 50 demonstrators resisted and stayed at the blocked
gate another hour till the local activists declared the demonstration as finished.

During the intense confrontation few people were injured - some of them were taken
by the ambulances to hospital.
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