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(en) Palestine Israel, Bil'in, the joint struggle continue in spite of hot whether and Ramadan fasting

Date Fri, 29 Sep 2006 23:10:10 +0300

This Friday demonstration was on both Muslim Ramadan (day hours fasting) and Jewish new year...
and an exceptional early Autumn Hamsin (hot and dry whether) day. In spite of these the
traditional Friday demonstration was not abolished. At noon, about 60 people - Palestinians,
internationals and Israelis of the anarchists against the wall initiative started the march
on the road towards the separation fence. In spite of the small number, the Ramadan fasting
and very hot whether the marching was fast and was accompanied by chanting. When we reached
the fence of the last house of the village we had a surprise: the Israeli state forces who
confronted us there for the last month trying to put end to the Friday demonstrations with
all means they had, were absent. We could see them far away at the entrance to the
route of the fence. So, we continued marching not knowing what to expect.

When we arrived at the gate to the route of the separation fence, we still did not know
what to expect. The "welcome" words of the commander of state forces was the declaration
of the area as a closed military zone. However he immediately added that we can do there
our demonstration as long as we do not try to force our way.

When few of us tried to push forward the commander ordered to arrest any one who will
really cross the line, but as a matter of fact the half hearted push got a "gentle"
counter push - no use of batons or arrests.

For a short while we stayed there telling the state forces what we think on them and
afterwards started to return to the village.

On our way we could hear from the olive trees orchards on the two sides of the road the
confrontation between teams of state forces sent to provoke the stone throwing youth,
and the youth. We hear the shooting of the rubber coated bullets and seeing some of
stone throwers in action.

Another week of joint struggle of Israelis and the people of Bil'in against the
separation fence and occupation. It started Monday at a tract of land on the
West of of the separation fence within the settler colonialist town. We
erected there a sign board declaring the intended building of hotel Falastin.
We did it on the exact piece of land the settler colonialists had to cover with earth
and give back to the Bil'in villager owner - after building there a two lanes road
and a square.
See: http://www.palsolidarity.org/main/2006/09/25/bilin-hotel/
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