“Day of Anger”, General Strike in Palestinian Territories

11 October 2009

beit ommar 10_09_09Throughout the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem Palestinians closed their shops and held demonstrations on Friday as various Palestinian movements throughout Occupied Palestine called for a “Day of anger” in response to the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to Muslim worshippers and the provocative actions of Israeli Jewish settlers, who were accompanied onto the compound by Israeli military forces last week.
During a demonstration organized by various political parties in Beit Ommar, Israeli forces invaded the village, provoking outrage by the local residents, some of whom responded by throwing stones and setting fire to tires to create a roadblock to prevent more Israeli military jeeps from entering the village. Soldiers responded to the stone-throwing by firing large amounts of tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets at residents. Additionally, the soldiers began firing tear gas through the windows of houses on the main street, damaging property and causing panic and distress for small children, women, and the elderly inside their homes.