Demonstrators Climb Bulldozers in Beit Jala

25 April 2010

Despite razor wire, tear gas and squads of Israeli soldiers in their way 15 Palestinians, Israelis and PSP activists broke the barrier at Beit Jala this afternoon and unfurled banners on the bulldozers destroying the olive groves on their land for construction of the Annexation Barrier. Demonstrations began in Beit Jala last month when the construction of the Barrier began anew in this area just south of Jerusalem. Yesterday, a playground and garden were destroyed by the Israeli bulldozers to clear land in Beit Jala and the nearby village of Al-Walaja. This construction is part of the enormous “Jerusalem envelope” section of the Barrier, used to annex a huge swath of land surrounding Jerusalem to make room for more Jewish settlement in the area.