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(en) Palestine-Israel, Bil'in, The Friday demonstration in solidarity with Imad.

Date Fri, 13 Oct 2006 18:06:33 +0200

This friday demo in Bil'in was in solidarity with Imad, the local video photographer
who persisted in recording the Friday demos in Bil'in. He was arrested and beaten
last Friday when documenting the Israeli state force atrocities in the village few
hours after the regular nonviolent demonstration. The frustrated Israeli state forces
who fail to subdue the stone throwers and invaded the village. In the absence of Israeli
and media video camera men they regarded Imad as the only obstacle to the free expression
of their fury. Their charges against him were so unreasonable that the military judge
refuted them. His verdict to release him was contested by a higher level judge who agreed
with the lower level one about the absurd accusations of Imad, but find in the recording
by Imad some suspicious remarks - justifying the continuation of his arrest.

As usual, we started at noon our march from the center of the village on the road
towards the route of the separation fence. Palestinians, internationals, and people
mobilized by the Israeli anarchists against the wall initiative we marched with
placards and flags - chanting all the way up to the blocked gate to the route of
the separation fence. On the way we have seen the soldiers of the state forces
among the olive trees on the border of the building area of the village - inviting
the stone thrower youth for the usual confrontation.

In a way, they just served our purpose as the confrontation between them was
thus far away from the non violent demonstration. Thus, we could do our thing
without being injured by the stone throwers or the retaliation of the state forces.

When we arrived at the blocked gate, the commander recited as on the previous
cases that the route of the fence is a closed military zone, and the usual
low intensity confrontation - mainly verbal continued.

As usual, the state forces left one meter opening not blocked by the
armored cars and the gate, inviting physical confrontation. One palestinian
comrade invaded the route starting an effort to detain him. In response,
5 Israelis forced their way to the route to prevent his arrest. At the end
of the confrontation a 16 years old Israeli girl was the only detainee while
The Palestinian comrade was dearrested, and so were the other 4 Israelis.

After a while, the village comity declared the end of the demonstration and we
returned to the village, passing near the stone throwers - hearing from time to
time shots of rubber coated bullets and the explosions of tear gas grenades.

Some time after the end of the demonstration the detained Israeli comrade was
released in the near by intersection on the Israeli side of the green line.
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