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Israeli soldiers detain 3 at Beit Ummar solidarity protest
Published Saturday 17/05/2014 (updated) 19/05/2014 14:07
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinians and an Israeli protester while violently dispersing a protest in solidarity with hunger-striking administrative detainees in the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar on Saturday, organizers said.

Younes Arar, coordinator of the committee of popular resistance for Hebron and Bethlehem, told Ma'an that the group had organized a "peaceful protest" at the entrance to the village of Beit Ummar, but Israeli soldiers soon cracked down on the march and attacked participants.

The protest was organized in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 24 days against their detention without trial by Israeli authorities, and to mark the 66th anniversary of the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from their homeland in the 1948 Nakba.

"The soldiers threatened to open fire on us and attacked us by firing sound grenades and tear gas grenades, and chased the participants," Arar said.

The soldiers subsequently arrested Yusef Abu Maria, 39, Ahmad Abu Hashem, 48, and an Israeli solidarity activist who was not named.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said that "dozens of Palestinians tried to approach route 60," as it runs through the area, and after Israeli soldiers "asked them to step away from the road," and they did not comply, the soldiers took the three individuals away for "security questioning."

The protest comes two days after Israeli forces killed two and injured more than a dozen in Palestinians in commemoration protests that erupted across the country.








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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
17/05/2014 23:16
Peaceful? Aw c'mon, Maan. This is the place known for Palestinian youth competing to get arrested for trying to smash the skulls of Israeli's driving by on Highway 60. NYT wrote about this last year that Beit Ummar kids try to outdo each other, and want the success mark of having been arrested for hurling rocks at Israeli windshields - the purpose of course is to try and kill Israeli drivers and their passengers. Euronazi leftists seem to think this is great fun and regularly go cheer the Pals.

2 ) Mel / USA
18/05/2014 01:18
NEIN! No'peaceful protests',by OCCUPIED non-Jews, are allowed under ethno-theocratic fascist Israel! That'd be TOO democratic,posing a "threat" to Absolutist Zionism! Sieg Heil!
BUT,ugly,violent Zionists,Jewish-fascists ARE protected & can march bellicosely,displaying their US-tax funded RAVSHATZ auto-weps(courtesy of IOF commanders),batons/sledgehammers aimed at unarmed Palestinian women&children! D.C.'s Dirty Colonialism!
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