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(en) Plestin-Israel, Bil'in, the traditional Friday joint demonstration against the separation fence and occupation.

Date Sat, 13 May 2006 00:12:26 +0300


This Friday demonstration was in reference to the coming Sunday hearing
of the case of the separation fence cutting the majority of the lands of
the village Bil'in (not robbed yet by previous acts of Israel) at the
Israeli highest court of "justice". For this demonstration arrived about
40 Israeli activists recruited by the Anarchists Against The Wall initiative'
20 international activist, people from neighboring villages and Ramalla, and
20 media workers - Israelis, Palestinians, and from other parts of the world.
Together with about hundred of people of Bili'in we started at noon the march
on the road to the route of the separation fence. The march was ended like
in the last previous demos at the entrance to the route of the fence and
the way to the olive orchards on the other side of the fence. The rode was
blocked as in the last few Fridays by two tangle of barbed wire and two
armored car on which stood soldiers of the border guards' with additional
soldiers near by as a reserve.

About 15 minutes of chanting verbal confrontation with the soldiers and some
efforts to reach them in spite of the barbed wire - with batons responses.
This came to abrupt end when unruly youngster or few, threw few stones on
the armed cars from the near hill... to which the soldiers responded with
shower of shock grenades - mostly on the nonviolent demonstrators standing
near them. As next step, the soldiers opened the block to the fence route
and advanced by foot about 30 meters assaulting the near by demonstrators
and the farther stone throwers. This assault resulted in injuring
demonstrators of which three were rushed to hospitals.

The confrontation with "low intensity" of soldiers batons work and mutual
pushing between the nonviolent demonstrators and the soldiers.... who
continued in parallel the usual stones versus grenades and rubber coated
bullet between the village youngsters dispersed in the near by olive
orchard.

During the additional 45 minutes the demonstration continued ti it was
declared finished by the local comity, the big palestinian flag carried
in the demo was fastened to the metal fence bordering the route of the
sophisticated separation fence - not far from the entrance to the route.
Few times small contingent of soldiers were sent to confiscate it but
met resistance of the demonstrators. after a protracted mutual pushing,
the flag was moved by the demonstrators but the soldiers were forced
to retreat to the opening of the route.

The same thing happened to another small contingent of soldiers who
entered the area the demonstrators stood in, and forced to retreat
by the demonstrators screams and pushing.

After the intensive confrontation of an hour, the demonstrators gradually
returned to the village leaving the area for the confrontation between
the stone throwers and the soldiers.

As usual most Fridays the afternoon radio news programs reported
on the clashes in Bil'in demo. So was reported in the internet
web pages of dailies and the main evening news program of the public
TV channel.

From the web page of the Haaretz daily:
"Border Police fire on anti-fence protesters in Bil'in,
wounding 3 By Michal Greenberg, Haaretz Correspondents

Three demonstrators were wounded on Friday afternoon in
clashes with security officers during a protest against
the separation fence in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

Border Police officers fired rubber bullets on the
demonstrators, wounding a French photographer and two
other members of the International Solidarity Movement.

The three international activists were evacuated, the
photographer to a nearby Ramallah hospital and the
other two to the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

According to reports by other demonstrators, one of the
activists was hit in the head from a dangerously close
range of about 15 meters.

Israeli, international and Palestinian activists protest
every Friday against the route of the separation fence
being constructed next to the village. Some 150
demonstrators came out for Friday's protest."

Later, the counting of injuries risen:
Abut 14 were injured among them head traumas were inflicted
to two internationals, one media worker (France photographer),
one Palestinian youth, and a women who live in the lone house
located about 50 meters from the entrance to the route of the
fence.
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