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Sunday, July 10, 2011

'Peace-loving' flytilla 'activists' clash with Israeli troops

Those 'peace loving' flytilla 'activists' clashed with Israeli troops on Sunday at a checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Palestinians and international activists in Bethlehem on Sunday tried to force their way through a checkpoint separating the West Bank city from Jerusalem.

Among the protesters were activists who were onboard the so-called "flytilla" that arrived Friday at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Israeli soldiers prevented protesters from accessing the area and threatening to shoot anyone who approached the checkpoint, one of the main terminals connecting the occupied West Bank with Jerusalem.
But they came here to demonstrate peacefully against the 'security fence,' right?

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At 9:40 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I thought they came to relieve the siege of Gaza??? Bringing urgently needed medication, a year out of date, some old rags they had collected and a pile of metal poles and sling-shots...

At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palestinians and international activists in Bethlehem on Sunday tried to force their way through a checkpoint separating the West Bank city from Jerusalem.

The activists included Israelis too, as Joseph Dana reports:

After banning international activists from West Bank, Israel tries to do same with Israelis

In the course of the demonstration yesterday, three Israeli activists were arrested by soldiers. The Israeli media reported that these activists were actually part of the ‘Welcome to Palestine’ campaign although they were unable to provide concrete facts to support their claim. The Israeli activists were charged with assaulting officers and transferred to the Russian compound jail in Jerusalem. This afternoon, the activists were brought before a judge as the state sought the unusually harsh punishment of six months banishment from the West Bank and one month of house arrest. In the end, they were given one month banishment from Ni’ilin, Bil’in and Nabi Saleh. In other words, their punishment was that they can’t participate in the demonstrations for one month.

The punishment which Israel sought against these activists from Tel Aviv seems to be proof that after preventing internationals from joining unarmed protests in West Bank, Israel is trying to do the same thing to Israeli activists. Barring activists, whether European or Israeli, from the West Bank is one of Israel’s only concrete responses to Palestinian nonviolence.

At 11:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Palestinians wouldn't know how to conduct a nonviolent campaign if the instructions were stapled to their foreheads. For one thing, the intent of their various campaigns is fundamentally violent, to drive Israeli Jews out of their homes, their country, and their land. And the means are reflexively violent: starting with personal abuse of Israeli IDF and border personnel, escalating to hurling rocks and molotov cocktails, and usually ending up with disorganized or organized escalation to weapons fire and bombs. It's time the whole BDS Jews-out-of-Palestine movement got some certain and clarion signals.


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