Sunday, June 10, 2007

Palestine-Israel, Friday Joint struggle against the separation fence in Bil'in and south Bethlehem 10 Jun 2007

In Bil'in we had the usual Friday demonstration like most of the previous 122 ones. Palestinians, internationals, and Israelis of the anarchists against the wall initiative. The marching and chanting was as usual with added placards of the 40 years to the occupation. Similar to the last 6 weeks, when we arrived at the foot of the hill the gate in the fence is on its top, the Israeli state force started to shower us with tear gas. We dispersed between the olive trees and many of us succeeded to arrive at route of the separation fence. First, on a point north of the gate and after we were dispersed with lot of tear gas and shock grenades, few of us succeeded to enter between the fences on the route of the separation fence from the south. However, when they marched between the fences towards the gate to the west, 6 Israelis of them were detained - 5 released at the end of the demonstration, one was taken to a far away police station but released too in the evening.

Few people were injured by bullets coated with rubber, but non in a serious way.

At south Bethlehem were planned two demonstrations - one in Um Salmuna and one at Artas. However, as the people started to converge in a location near the new fence in building, many policemen and other Israeli state forces blocked the main road from the village to the converging point. This block became the center of the demonstration. First, the villagers succeeded to find ways around the blocking and did converge at the appointed place. Then, the people confronted the state force and after 3 hours of nonviolent struggle forced their way back to the village. Some people were detained before the demonstration and within it, but released after it ended.

The Israelis and many of the others could not come to the intended demonstration in Artas.

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