The Only Democracy in the Middle East: 30.04-01.05.2010

Four people arrested in Bil’in. As you can tell by the video’s last few minutes, as friend and journalist, Tommy Donnellan, is being carried off, the army knows that he is of the press. What do you call it when the authorities arrest the press, again?

The demonstration was held in solidarity with the actions of IPSC – the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign – which is organizing major demonstrations this week against the Irish multinational company CRH. CRH acquired a 25% shareholding in the Israeli group Mashav Initiating and Development Ltd, which is the holding company for Nesher Cement. Nesher is the sole Israeli cement company, meaning it supplies cement and building materials for the ongoing construction of the illegal Separation Wall, the Jerusalem Light Railway project, the illegal colonial settlements and the network of apartheid settler-only roads, underpasses, bridges and tunnels in occupied Palestine. Demonstrators in today’s procession carried signs calling for CRH divestment from Israel, to coincide with the CRH annual general meeting that will take place on Wednesday, May 5.

Emad Rezqa, who was wounded in the head by a high velocity gas canister, in last week’s demonstration, was released from the hospital a few days ago and is feeling fine.

Iyad Burnat, of the Bil’in popular committee has been restricted from living the country and promoting the struggle.

Smoother sailing in al-Halil/Hebron, this week, when approximately 50 Palestinian, Israeli, and International activists gathered in Hebron next to the checkpoint gate separating Shuhada Street in H2 from the Casbah in H1. The protestors stood in front of the gate, holding signs and chanting slogans in Arabic, Hebrew, and English. After about an hour of protesting at the gate, a march began, through the old city streets to the other side. On the way, settlers attacked the protestors, spraying water on them from rooftops.The protest ended shortly afterwards, with a promise to return next week.

More ammunition remains were added to the Nebi Salleh collection, as gum-chewing soldiers shamelessly fired gas canisters and rubber coated bullets into houses, this week, under the watchful eye of international media.

In Gaza Ahmad Sliman Salem Dib, 19, died of blood loss at 4:30 pm today, following emergency surgery. Dib was shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper at a non-violent demonstration, with more than 200 participants, which marched towards the Israeli imposed buffer zone near Nahal Oz crossing with Israel east of Gaza City. Regular popular demonstrations are being are held in protest of the arbitrary decision by Israel to instate a 300 metre buffer zone as no-go area for Palestinians where a “shoot to kill” policy is implemented. People have been shot regularly as far as 2 kilometres away from the border.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

More nonviolent demonstrations took place during the week in the villages Ni’lin, Ma’asara, Beit Jalla, Wallage and Beit Ummar.

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