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(en) Palestine-Israel, the joint struggle against the separation fence and occupation - the Friday demo in Bil'in and Beit-Sira

Date Fri, 24 Mar 2006 21:22:04 +0200

This Friday, the efforts to block the way for Israeli activists fro joining the
demonstrations was concentrated in the road block of Naalin. The rest of the roads
and paths were open and about 50 Israelis from the Anarchists Against The Wall
initiative and others arrived and split part to Bil'in and part to Beit-Sira.
At Bil'in, we marched at noon from the center of the village on the road to the
route of the fence. The 150 marchers included about 100 Palestinians, 30 Israeli,
and more than 20 international and media people from all over the world. At the
head of the demonstration was the theme of the week - four models of buildings
representing the illegal buildings of the Matityahu Mizrah new neighborhood of
the settler town Modi'in Ilit the highest court issued a stay on its construction
and inhabiting; two persons with judges attire; a few big hammers for the
destruction of models at the appropriate place and time.

When we arrived at the route of the separation fence, the Israeli armed forces
tried in very brutal behaviors... but in vain, to prevent us from doing the
symbolic act of destruction the models near the fence
After that, they insisted on making us to retreat few meters from the fence
route using shock grenades, tear gas canisters, and physical aggression, and
arrests... but failed again.

Their only achievement was causing the youngsters to leave the non violent
demonstration, disperse among the olive trees on the orchards on the two
sides of the road, and to start the attrition war of stones versus tear gas
grenades and rubber coated bullets.

The brutal confrontation of the state forces with the demonstrators that
did stay continued for a while till they resigned to a kind of a draw,
and the demonstrators stayed there for a relatively peaceful hour till the
demo finished.

Summing the day in Bil'in: four seriously injured from shooting and physical
aggression; four Israelis were arrested and taken for procession to the
Givat Zeev police station; three Palestinians were detained too from
whom two were released at the end of the demo and one arrested and taken
to the Jerusalem police at the "Russian Compound".

The Friday demo of Beit-Sira experienced too the brutality of the
Israeli armed forces. Participated in it about 250 people among them
about 20 Israelis. At the beginning, about 10 demonstrators arrived
before the state forces and tied themselves to trees and fence
at the construction site. They were forced to retreat and join the main
body of the demonstration by the arriving state forces. Then,
a kind of repetitive ritual started: First, the state forces shoot
at the demonstrators tear gas and rubber coated bullets; Then some of
the demonstrators started to retaliate with stone throwing; Then the
activists of the village popular comity make the stone throwers stop;
Then the state forces regain shooting and the cycle starts again.
Five of the demonstrators were injured significantly - two of them
with bullets. In addition, two Palestinian medics of the ambulance were
injured when a tear gas canister was shoot into their ambulance.
These injured were added to the count of more than 70 injured in
the demonstrations in Beit-Sira of the last few weeks.
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