Israeli Repression of Beit Ommar Demonstrations Continues
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, Israeli Forces used sound bombs and tear gas to repress the weekly unarmed demonstration in the village of Beit Ommar against the nearby settlement of Karmei Tsur. The demonstration is organized each week by the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements and the Palestine Solidarity Project.
This past Saturday at 1pm, as about fifty Palestinians supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, approached the settlement, Israeli Forces blocked their path and began throwing sound bombs and shooting tear gas. Several soldiers shot tear gas directly towards the heads of demonstrations, something that is against Israeli military protocol. Gas was also shot at Palestinian residences on the outskirts of the village. After about an hour, the protesters dispersed but they are committed to returning every week until the settlements are removed and the occupation of their homeland is ended.