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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Friday 5-5-06, the joint struggle continue with partial nonviolence

Date Fri, 05 May 2006 20:47:43 +0300


In the late morning hours thirty Israelis arrived tin the Anarchists Against The Wall convoy.
Ten international activists arrived too. and also some media teams. At the meeting place
the comers met each other and activists of the village local comity for the struggle against
the separation fence and robbing of most of the lands of the Bil'in villagers. Also was there
the structure of this Friday demo theme. The main structure was a circular fence of barbed wire
which symbolize the concentration camps the closures and encirclements of small regions of the
Palestinian areas are subject to. The two hours preceding the demo were used as usual for
socializing, for coordination of the various aspects of the joint struggle, for "education"
of people this was their first participation in a demo in bil'in, and for debriefing reporters
of various media channels - Israeli, Palestinian, and international, who came to cover our demo.

At noon, we started as usual the march from the village center on the road leading
to the route of the separation fence. At the head of the march was carried the barbed wire
structure and within it marched a young person with clothes of the color of the Palestinian
flag, holding such a flag in his hands - symbolizing the palestinian nation jailed in
the plethora of villages and regions encircle each by its own closer, road blocks getos.

After the usual march and chanting we arrived to the entrance to the route of the fence,
where we found the Israeli state forces blocking the pass to the other side of the route
or to route itself. Like in the two previous Friday demos, in order to restrict the
physical confrontation between the state forces and the demonstrators, the blocking
was done with barbered wire and two armored cars on which stood soldiers and border
police.

As usual, the confrontation started with low intensity, but soon, the verbal mode
expanded to egg and water throwing on the state force, who responded soon with
shock grenades. This was taken as a sign by the stone throwing youth. Not like in
the two previous Friday, both the intensity of stone throwing and the state force
responses were a bit milder. There were wave in which stone were thrown more
frequently. There were waves of shock grenades mainly and some shooting, but
some demonstrators persisted and stayed near the route all the time.

At some point few officers and soldiers entered the demonstrators area near
the fence route, may be to neutralize stone throwers. However, the nonviolent
demonstrators encircled them and with verbal and physical pressure forced to retreat.
As alternative measure - instead of intensive shooting and other radical means
which are causing bad PR to the state forces when shown in the TV (like in last Friday
main news program) - the armored cars which previously blocked the entrance of the
fence were advanced few meters, to be used as a shield between the stone throwers
and the state forces standing at the entrance to the rout.

This step decreased the amount and effects of the stone throwing that nearly stopped.
It also enabled the village comity to declare the end of the demo and secure passage
to the village for the demonstrators.
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