Weekly report 08/07/2010: Popular movements in Palestine‏

Beit Jalla – Sunday 4-7-2010

Sunday, July 4th, in Beit Jala some 30 protesters marched through a street that leads to the apartheid wall’s construction site. To the sound of the working bulldozers near by, the march was stopped by a group of soldiers and a barbed wire they installed earlier. The protesters demanded to go through to the Palestinian land being annexed and destroyed by the wall construction and some touched the barb wire to show their contempt to the occupying army. The soldiers soon launched an assault with sound bombs and then tear gas canisters, which were shot at the populated street far beyond the protesters. One person was treated for heavy tear gas inhalation. At a different spot the army incursion was met with stone throwers. The army then began terrorizing a main street in Beit Jala, hurting the passing by and the entire population of the area.

Nabi Saleh Sunday, July 4, 2010
On the 4th of July, the Israeli army disguised as civilians (in civil cars) has invaded Nabi Saleh. They have arrested Eyas Tamimi, one of the young activists in the village. Later, after the majority of the people were awaked by the shouting and the noise, the army force headed to other house attempting to arrest another activist. But, alerted by the noise the activist was aware that they might be willing to make more arrests, he took off and was not found at home. This is obviously part of the new aggressive steps taken by the army to break the struggle in Nabi Saleh after they have failed by doing so through a massive use of rubber coated gummy bullets, gas bombs and threats to demolish 10 houses in the village. There are more than 11 arrestees from Nabi-Saleh,(a village of hardly 500 inhabitants!). There are even more than that figure from the surrounding villages that come to join the demonstrations of Nabi-Saleh.

Soldiers vs. Children in Nabi Saleh, 7-2-10, a must see video!!

Friday 2nd July
In Nabi Saleh, demonstration against the occupation and settlements protesters marched down the village towards its main junction, which was blocked by the Israeli army with several jeeps and about a dozen soldiers. After the army commander threatened to kidnap some protesters into the apartheid legal system, many of them kept a distance from the soldiers. The village’s women then organized some chanting and tried to break through the army blockade and keep the non-violent demonstration alive. Meanwhile the army was not satisfied with the people looking at the scene and started shooting tear gas canisters directly at them; in a life-threatening manner that violates even the army’s own regulations. The women kept protesting, and after a while small girls and boys took the lead and surrounded the soldiers. 2 Israeli activists, who were near by talking to the soldiers, got arrested. They were released a few hours later with a 15 days restraint order. After a while, the army violence was responded by some stone throwing. Army jeeps and on-foot soldiers went up and through the village in pursue of stone throwers, though their endeavors were pretty much limited to blocking roads and civilian cars from going through the village.

Demonstration in Iraq Burin. Sunday, July 4, 2010
Soldiers constantly chased the villagers and were firing at the protesters.

Two youth were killed with life ammunition during a protest in March in the village:

Bil’in, Sunday July 4th
On Sunday July 4th at 2:30am three IDF jeeps invaded Bil’in village searching for Bil’in resident Jaber Mustafa Abu Rahme. It was unclear why they had come looking for him. They came to the first house with battering rams, knocking again and again, and then the commander gave an order to breakdown the door. At this point a man who had been asleep opened the door. They asked for his ID and determined that he wasn’t the man they were looking for. After checking their maps the soldiers went to another house of an American English teacher who works in the village. They searched her house and then left.

Bil’in Friday 2.7.2010
Demonstration against the separation wall
Hebron demonstration meets even more strict freedom of movement restrictions, Saturday, July 3, 2010
About 150 Palestinians and their international and Israeli supporters gathered next to the closed gates of the Israeli army blockade on Shuhada street in the July 3rd Saturday demonstration in Hebron. After much chanting and some speeches, and while one road was blocked by dozens of soldiers, the protesters started marching through the old city allies. They were soon blocked by the Israeli soldiers, which pushed back the non-violent protesters. Since the soldiers blocked all the ways that are close to settler’s residents, and due to the army violence, protesters sat on the floor in front of the soldiers and kept chanting occupation no more, and for freedom of movement in Hebron and throughout Palestine. The march then went through another road that led away from the segregated area and soon afterwards the demonstration ended.

Ni’lin 02.07.2010
The protest in Ni’lin was short. The protesters marched to the route of the wall, carrying signs protesting the arrest of the village’s popular struggle leaders. When the group of protesters reached the wall, M, a leader of the village’s popular committee, gave a speech in Hebrew, calling the soldiers on the other side to take off their uniforms and go back to their homes, in order to join the Israeli march to support of the release of Gilad Shalit and Palestinian prisoners. M pointed out to the soldiers that while Gilad Shalit is in jail, and they are defending land theft in the hot sun, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is enjoying the finer things in life. A handful of protesters threw a few symbolic stones over the wall. No gas was fired, and no injuries recorded.


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