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(en) Palestin-Israel, Bil'in, the joint struggle against the occupation and against the separation fence continue - Friday 30-6-06

Date Fri, 30 Jun 2006 21:43:04 +0300


At noon, we marched from the center of the village on the road leading to
the route of the separation fence. We were about 150 demonstrators. About
100 of Bil'in villagers, 20 Israelis organized by the Anarchists against
the wall initiative, 25 internationals, and a number of media workers
from all over the world and of our region. The march was accompanied as
usual with chanting. The theme of this Friday was the protest of the
Israeli special forces who kidnapped las nights lot of Palestinians -
including three of Bil'in villagers. It was expressed by orange head and
face cover that many of the demonstrators wore. When we arrived at the
fence route we encountered the state forces who blocked the entrance with
three armored cars and spools of barbed wire.

The chants and verbal confrontation intensified and two Palestinian
climbed on the robust gate. less than 10 centimeters distance from
the roofs of the armed cars they held Palestinian flags and one of
them gave a speech. The angered state forces threatened them but
resigned as they had no excuse for violence.

Few restless village youth at the fringe of the crowd collected
stones for throwing on the state forces at the gate but were
convinced to delay their confrontation till the nonviolent
demonstration ended.

After a while, the non violent demonstrators left the place
near the gate and started to march along the route of the
fence - leaving the area for the stone throwers. However,
as one of the marchers tilted the spool of barbed wire
placed along the fence bordering the route of the electronic
separation fence. The enraged soldiers responded with shower
of shock grenades that injured seriously two of the
demonstrators and caused the dispersing of the rest - few of
them returned to the area near the gate previously blocked,
but now wide open as the armored cars had driven in a kind
of violent patrol towards the village. In addition, a violent
patrol of foot soldiers entered the are where the demonstrators
have dispersed and where the stone thrower youth were positioned.
(Of it resulted with lot of shock grenades and few tear gas ones
with the edition of some rubber coated bullets.)

The non violent demonstrators who returned to the area near the
gate were not treated as wanted guests. First two Israelis were
snatched. Then the soldiers tried to close the gate and expel the
demonstrators who approached the fence "too much". The physical
efforts of the state forces failed to evict the comrades and
there was a relative quite period, after which the demonstration
was declared by the village comity as finished.

However, the road to village was not free... On the way we
encountered the returned violent patrol of armed cars. some
points we had to wait or go around confrontation between
the stone throwers and the foot soldiers violent patrol
resulting in flying stones, grenades and even bullets.

At the end, all the nonviolent demonstrators returned to the
village and after a while the two Israelis that were snatched
and detained at the fence rout were released.
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