Al-Ma’asara Demonstrators Burn Symbolic Settlement Products

25 September 2010

On Friday, September 24th, 2010, weekly nonviolent Palestinian demonstrations continued in the villages of Ni’lin, Bil’in, al-Walaja, an Nabi Saleh and al-Ma’asara. In al-Ma’asara in the southern West Bank, villagers were joined by Israeli and international solidarity activists after noon prayers. Together, the demonstrators marched towards the entrance of al-Ma’asara, where their path was blocked by around a dozen Israeli soldiers and border police and three army jeeps. Villagers wore T-shirts reading, “Stop supporting Rami Levi, Stop Supporting Settlements” and carried cardboard boxes representing settlement products.

When the demonstrators moved to set the boxes on fire, Israeli forces threw sound bombs and at least one tear gas canister at the crowd. The sound bombs themselves set the boxes on fire, after which the protestors dispersed back to the village.

Elsewhere the same day, live ammunition was used by Israeli forces against demonstrators in Ni’lin, Bil’in, and Nabi Saleh. One demonstrator, Ashraf Khatib, was shot in the leg with a 0.22 caliber bullet in the village of Bil’in.