Israeli forces disperse protesters at Bethlehem settlement
Published Friday 16/08/2013 (updated) 17/08/2013 13:33
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Friday dispersed demonstrators who set up a protest tent near the illegal Etzion settlement complex south of Bethlehem, activists said.
The group of anti-wall and settlement activists set up the tent at around 11 a.m. Friday to show how Palestinians and settlers are treated differently in Area C of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli forces suppressed the demonstration with tear gas, injuring two minors identified as Obada Barjiya, who suffered a chest wound, and Harith Barjiya, whose head was wounded. They also injured activist Bilal Jado.
Israeli forces detained journalist Abed Younis and activists Mouath al-Laham, Mahmud Alaa al-Din as well as an Italian activist identified only as Baskal and a Spaniard identified only as Sergio.
Hasan Barjiya, the coordinator of a national committee in Bethlehem, said the event was a message to the Israeli government and its settlers stationed in the Efrat and Etzion settlements.
The message is that the settlements will be removed sooner or later, and the Palestinian people will live peacefully on their lands, Barjiya added.
The activists also called on the Palestinian Authority not to negotiate with Israel until it commits to ceasing all settlement activities.