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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, Just a regular act of joint struggle against the fence and occupation.

Date Fri, 17 Nov 2006 16:32:39 +0200


For long we have already stopped to count the Friday demonstration and other
direct actions we did together in Bil'in since February 2005 (more than hundred
joint confrontations with the Israeli state forces, by the Bil'in villagers
together with the Israeli activists of the anarchists against the wall and
international activists. To day we started as usual at noon with the march on
the road leading to the route of the separation fence. Chanting all the way to
the blocked gate to the route and beyond. On the way we could see the Israeli
soldiers standing near the last houses of the village, waiting in provocation
for the stone thrower youth. Most of the youth dispersed on the two sides of the
road waiting for the usual confrontation to start. About 5 of them "joined" the
match towards the blocked gate to the route, to throw stones behind the backs
of the non violent demonstration.

When we arrived at the blocked gate we seen that the state forces fortified it
with lot of spools of barbed wire. The more daring demonstrators were not
satisfied by merely verbal confrontation and started to pool the barbed wire
so the gate will not be blocked.... From time to time, the state forces threw
shock grenades, but the experienced demonstrators just moved a meter or so
from grenades and continue pooling.

Standing on elevated ground near the gate I seen there the stone throwers
contemplating when to start to throw the stone behind our backs. After a while,
one of the started to count loudly and at three they threw a short shower
of stones and run away - leaving the nonviolent demonstrators to receive the
retaliation of the state forces to continue their throwing from a less dangerous
distance.

The state forces used plenty of shock grenades, tear gas canisters and even
shoot metal bullets covered by rubber.

On our way back we seen a group of soldiers who forced their way to the roof
of a house in the outskirt of the village and was shooting and throwing grenades
on the stone throwers and the returning demonstrators. Few Israelis and local
comrades confronted them verbally and it took long time till they got down from
the roof.

During the time of confrontation till we returned to Tel Aviv, one Palestinian
was hit with a bullet to his head and was rushed to hospital. One Israeli
comrade was hit a bit less seriously in her belly. Many had nasty experience
with the tear gas.
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