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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Israeli state forces shoot again live ammunition on demonstrators

Date Fri, 03 Nov 2006 19:12:00 +0200

This friday demonstration was a relatively successful one. At noon, about
100 of us - Palestinians, internationals and Israelis of the anarchists
against the wall initiative, started the 21 months in a row Friday demo.
(About 100 and more joint actions of the village popular comity and Israeli
anarchists against the wall - with international activists of the ISM mainly.
This Friday we had two large contingents from Belgium and France.
We marched as usual with chanting along the road leading to the route of the
separation fence. (With two regular fences fortified with barbed wire spools
on the two sides of the route and the erectric fence in its middle.)

As we do from time to time we did not continue to the blocked gate of the
route, but went through the olive groove to a breach in the first fence
and started to enter through it to the route. Surprised state forces tried
to detere us with tear gas canisters and shock grenades, but many of us
succeeded to enter and approached gates to the other side of the fence.

There the state forces gave a fight and moved reinforcemen so few of us
who succeeded to pass had to retreat. We had a long low attrition verbal
and physical attrition confrontation with the soldiers who blocked our
free march within the route along the fence. Sometimes comrades threw away
tear gas canister so the gas will not harm us once even throwing back
tear gas canister which sofocated the soldiers who then were more restraint
in tear gas canister throwing.... At some point, the soldiers yielded
a bit and let the demonstrators who could not enter the fence route due
to tear gas attack on the breach in the fence join us through the main

After a long confrontation we decided toreturn to the village and the
soldiers even cut for us the barbed wire that blocked the main gate
from the route to the village.

As happen often lately, the youth who confront with stones the state
forces engaged the contingents of gendarmes and soldiers who are sent
to the outskirt of the village to provoke them. This way they respect
the fragile agreement not to mix with us and not to throw stones behind
our backs that give the state forces excuse to assoult us nonviolent

When we approached the fringe of the village we found our way blocked
by a battle field between the stone throwers and the state forces.
We even were witnesses to a police car entrupted for a while in a small
alley by stone throwers. A bit later reinforcement of the state forces
arrived and harased some of the demonstrators who failed to pass around the
battle ground through the hills...

One of the Israelis was detained there for a while till she was released
from the gendarm's car. The hand of an international activist age 69 was
shoot at with live ammunition and was taken with ambulance to hospital
in Ramalla, three Palestinians were injured less seriously. Lot of us
suffered from non voluntary inhaling of tear gas of the new and more
pungent strain tested last few weeks in Bil'in.

(It is well known and was even often in the Israeli media that the Israeli
state forces using the assoults on the Bil'in Friday demonstrations as
a test ground for various "nonlethal" means for dispersing crowds.)

The Israeli public radio channel and the main internet portals reported
about the injured oldee activist and even brought our protest about
the use of live ammunition that was shoot at him.
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