For the second week running Beit Jala marched in protest at the building of Israel’s annexation wall through Palestinian land. Israeli soldiers responded with powerful tear gas and stun grenades.
The Israeli military was waiting as the 200-strong group of men, women and children gathered in the Christian village next to Bethlehem. While a Jerusalem member of the clergy was speaking to TV crews and cameras, soldiers were occupying the roof of a Palestinian home – opposite builders trying to work at the top of a nearby house.
Soldiers fired tear gas as soon as the march began. Several people were treated at the scene for breathing difficulties and others were carried on stretchers to ambulances. Two people were arrested.
Palestinians are demonstrating against plans to … Continue reading