Saturday, July 7, 2007

Palestine-Israel, Bil'in and south Bethlehem, the joint struggle against occupation and the separation fence persist 07 Jul 2007

The 126th Friday demonstration in Bilin and the about 30th in the south of Bethlehem were mainly the expression of the persistence of the joint struggle of Palestinians, internationals, and Israelis of the anarchists against the wall initiative. In Bil'in the only difference from the demos of the last few Fridays was the less friendly wind... It was changing direction very often but mostly it carried the clouds of tear gas Eastwards forcing us - forcing us to retreat faster and farther from the line marking the forbidden military zone. Many of us suffered from tear gas. Few were hit by rubber coated bullets and one was taken to hospital for leg injury.

In Um Salmuna (south Bethlehem) the Friday demonstration started at noon from the groove near the route of the separation fence towards the near by route. In spite of physical harassment by Israeli state force, the people marched for a while on the route and then went beyond it to the village lands and plantations. There some activist gave speeches before returning to the village.

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