Israeli democracy for Jews still hold. The state forces "only nearly murdered" Israelis participants in joint demonstrators - in comparison of around dozen Palestinians. (The shooting to murder of Palestinian participants was accompanied only by shooting to mime Israeli participants). We will have to see if verdict of one year prison for Adib and Aballah Abu Rahmah of Bil'in will be accompanied by verdicts of prison time (shorter for sure) for Israelis too.
Around 70 Palestinian, Israeli and International solidarity activists demonstrated in Beit Ommar against the Israeli settlement of Kamei Tsur, which is built on village land. Israeli Forces arrested four Palestinians, three international, and one Israeli solidarity activists.
Masked Israeli commandos detain Palestinian protesters during a peaceful demonstration against Israel's settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Omar, near the city of Hebron, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5717008&id=686182483
17 Israelis and about 5 internationals joined the local Palestinian demonstration against the wall and occupation in Bil'in. The demonstrators marched from the village center to the fence gate, which was left wide open, demanding to cross to their land to pick their olives. The olive branch that the demonstrators carried did not persuade the soldiers to let them through, but the soldiers did convince the demonstrators to retreat with their tear gas. The wind blew in the demonstrators faces, and made it difficult for them to regroup, but the shabab found a spot along the route of the wall and away from the peaceful demo to express their anger with stones. After a while, the soldiers invaded the village using all kind of weapons, but didn't manage to stop the shabab. Then the soldiers retreated back behind the wall, but the shabab kept on stoning for quite a while, until even they had enough. All the demonstrators managed to pick during the demo was a bucketful of used tear gas grenades.
Abdallah Abu Rahma
It is a short notice, but I think it could be great and very important if we could go, as many people as possible, to make some noise outside Ofer during the hearing.
So that Abdallah can hear us and get that support, and also that the court could hear that people care about this subject and that the political persecution will not go unnoticed.
Just left Ofer concentration camp. Abdallah got a 12 months and 6 months suspended sentence if he is convicted of another act of demonstrating/organizing and 5000 nis fine.
There were diplomats from many EU countries and media coverage from CNN, al jazerra, ap, reuters.
It is unclear if the persecution will appeal but it looks like they will.
Hebron weekly protest- 9.10.2010
Youth against settlements, international and Israeli activists march in Hebron (Al-Khalil)
Some sixty demonstrators from across the globe marched together in the Ma'asara weekly demonstration against the Wall, which focused especially on the killing of two Palestinians in Hebron that morning as well as on the burning of a mosque by settlers earlier in the week.
Once at the edge of the village the demonstrators were met by several IDF and Boarder Police jeeps. Soldiers informed the protestors that they were in a closed military zone, but were answered that it was actually freed Palestinian land. It wasn't too many minutes before the march came under a shower of stun grenades, and physical violence by the soldiers. These stopped once the demonstrators crossed some line back into the village.
Facing each other, the demonstrators lectured the soldiers about the true meaning of their actions, and offered them the joint popular demonstrations as a peaceful alternative to their way of occupation and violence. The soldiers were apparently not convinced enough to drop their guns and refuse service, but at least gave up on their intention to throw the gas grenades they help ready in their hands. Eventually, both sides took back, and the demonstration was over.
This week in Al Ma'asara villagers , international and Israeli activists gathered to stand up against annexation wall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzXnddIGYqg
An Nabi Salih Friday
... Meanwhile, at a weekly protest in An-Nabi Salih, west of Ramallah, locals said one man was hospitalized after being hit in the chest by a live bullet. He was taken to Yasser Arafat hospital in Salfit, where medics said his condition was serious.
Six others were injured by live ammunition fired by Israeli soldiers during the anti-wall demonstration, the local committee said.
David Reeb video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnL_iYwt4UM
Nil'in's popular committee said five were injured when Israeli forces launched tear gas canisters and rubber coated bullets at villagers and activists who were attempting to harvest olives close to the separation wall.
Israel Puterman Video - 8-10-2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFwoW_XH5WI
See Previous reports at: http://ilanisagainstwalls.blogspot.com