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Roll away the stone

Picture by Dan SeltzerPicture by Dan Seltzer

Today, villagers from Ras Karkar, Budrus, Beit Likya, Bilin, Deir Ibzia and other villages marched towards an intersection on the main road to Ramallah which until 7 years ago used to serve about 15 villages in the area. The part of the road which is blocked connects the Palestinian villages of Ras Karkar and Deir Ibzia and does not lead to Israel or to a settlement. Because of the obstacle, the villagers were forced to drive about 45 minutes along an alternate road instead of 15 minutes along the direct route to get to Ramallah. Two weeks ago the alternate road was also closed making the trip take and hour and a quarter and cost about 15 shekels instead of 3 - 5. In response, the villagers decided to open up the main road which has been closed by concrete slabs.

surveillance tower occupied and 24 injured in Bil'in

For three days this week, Bil’in hosted the Second International Conference on non violent struggle, where hundreds of supporters from around the world attended. A press conference, a demonstration and a direct action were planned to celebrate its last day.

The struggle in Beit Ummar escalates

Activists destroying the fenceActivists destroying the fence

Last night, a group of about 40 activists managed to cut 20 meters of a so called parameter fence on the lands of Beit Ummar, near the settlement of Karmei Tzur.

Click here to watch a video from the action

16 injured, 4 detained, wall damaged in Bil'in

Demonstrators marching to the wallDemonstrators marching to the wall

Prisoner’s Day, that will be on the 17th, was marked in this week’s Friday demonstration, as Israeli and international activists, as well as Palestinians from the area joined the village. The demonstrators, who pointed to the links between the 11,000 Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli jails to the prison wall Israel is building in the West Bank, were attacked by the army from a distance, before the demonstration even reached the anywhere near the soldiers or the wall.

16 people were injured by the army’s assault. In an attempt to prevent the media from reporting four journalists were detained only to be released once the demonstration ended.

Click here to watch a video from the demonstration

Turning the other cheek near Bethlehem

Yusef Abu Maria (in orange) before his arrestYusef Abu Maria (in orange) before his arrest

Ma'asara Organizer arrested as positive work is carried out on the rout of the wall.

Bil'in : 14 injured 1 arrested

Soldiers shooting at the demonstrationSoldiers shooting at the demonstration

In Bilin, Friday's demonstration marked child's day. In the words of a 2004 report by "Defense for children Rights- Palestine section" which is just as true today

"Since the start of the Intifada in September 2000, not one Palestinian child has been left untouched by Israel's continued brutal occupation: children too young to walk or speak have been shot dead by Israeli forces, others have seen friends and family members killed or injured, watched as their homes have been destroyed and parents humiliated, been beaten and tortured and thrown into prison without charges or trial. Physically and psychologically, socially and educationally their young lives are systematically being destroyed. "

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