The Only Democracy in the Middle East: 12.3.2010

In Nebi Salah The soldiers were eager and waiting, within the village when the march had reached its outskirts. Under the cover of the clashes between the army and the village youth, some villagers managed to reach their natural spring, only to find settlers swimming in it. Soldiers who eventually got to the group politely ordered the settlers to leave, while attacking the demonstrators with tear-gas in order to push them back to the village. The two groups had regrouped back in the village, where Border Police officers shot at demonstrators from behind the stone terraces that crosshatch the fields between the village and the settlement. It took the army until seven in the evening to retreat:

The injured 14 year old boy, Ehab Barghouthi, has awaken from his coma, caused by a rubber coated bullet to his head, fired by an Israeli army Soldier.

In Nil’in, resident Salah Amira and an unnamed Israeli activist were arrested during clashes that lasted late into the afternoon. Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd:

In Bil’in, during the march to the fence, several soldiers were hiding within a small stone structure on the Palestinian side of the fence, intent on arresting some of the marchers. Children and youth chased them out with stones, as the army retreted in a cloud of tear gas, shock grenades and rubber bullets. The protest continued as usual:

In Sheikh Jarrah, the Jerusalem police was able to contain itself for over a month, but it can longer stand impotent in the face of non-violent protesters. 10 of our friends were arrested in yet another violent police riot:

More nonviolent demonstrations took place during the week in the villages of Oush Grab, Beit Jalla, Beit Ummar, Jeb Altheeb, Haifa, and the Sheik Jarrah neighborehood in Jerusalem/Al Qudz.

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