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(en) [Fwd: Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, 21 months of Fridays demonstrations against occupation and separation fence]

Date Sat, 25 Nov 2006 11:11:11 +0200

This Friday was just another sunny day of the late Autumn. A contingent of
Israeli activists of the anarchists against the wall from the Tel Aviv region
and Jerusalem arrived in Bil'in at the late morning. There we met some of the
local activists we have shaking hands and hugged for so many times - in Fridays
and in week days of joint struggle. With a warm comrade gesture we were given
the Palestinian newspaper AlKuds from the beginning of the week - where a large
photograph of our Saturday direct action (near Gaza) was on the front page.
At noon, a moderate size demonstration of Palestinians (mostly from Bil'in),
international activists and Israelis started the march towards the route of the
separation fence. At the front was a tractor which was lately prevented from
passing the fence to its West side and plow there lands of the village.

Chanting all the way we arrived at the blocked gate to route of the fence and to
the other side of it. There started the usual verbal confrontation with the
soldiers blocking our way - behind the gate fortified with spools of barbed
wire. One of the village activists who tried to pass the block was detained.
many of the others started to pull the spools of barbed wire with short breaks
when the disapproving state forces threw shock grenades...

When the spools were nearly removed, an action was started by about 5 "brave"
stone throwers who accompanied the demonstration instead of confronting like the
other stone throwers with the soldiers positioned at the outskirts of the
village. They wanted to start stone throwing just when the demo arrived at the
fence but were talked out of it along some 30 minutes till they defy requests
and past agreement not to disrupt the nonviolent demonstration.

As expected, the state force responded with barrage of shock grenades and fire
of live ammunition in the air. However, the nonviolent demonstrators who got
used to the sporadic explosions of shock grenades during the spools pulling did
not run far away as in previous cases. And as the "brave" stone throwers who
found that our backs are not protecting them any more fled fast and faraway,
allowing the nonviolent demonstrators to continue the pulling of the barbed wire
spools and the low intensity confrontation with the state force.

At a point where the spool were nearly untangled, 4 officers of the state force
- including two lieutenants and a captain, came forward to "protect" the
closed gate and a stand still was arrived at.

This way we continued another hour in which the international activists and the
media workers of various local and international channels were debriefed.

Then the demonstration was declared as finished and we started to return to the
village. As usual, we had to leave the road to detour the road at the entrance
to the village as it was as usual the war zone where lot of village youngsters
confronted with stones a contingent of Israel state force who responded with
tear gas and shock grenades and shooting bullets coated with rubber.

Here two one of the "brave" stone throwers sneaked behind our backs trying to
use us as a shield while trowing stones... but was shamed into going away.

When I returned home in the late afternoon I heard the afternoon news of the
main public channel reporting about the Bil'in demonstration - as they do so
often on Fridays. (It reported about 100 participants and 6 injured, with out
discerning between the nonviolent demonstration at the route of the fence (more
than kilometer from the village buildings), and the stone throwing confrontation
at the courtyards in the outskirt of the village.
Ilan S.
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