Weekly Beit Ommar Demonstration Demands Justice for Yousef Ikhlayl
On Saturday, February 5, 2011, at 1pm, a very large demonstration was held in the center of Beit Ommar village to remember Yousef Ikhlayl, a 17-year-old resident of the town who was murdered last week by Israeli settlers as he was working on his family’s farmland. Dozens of villagers, including Yousef’s family, were joined by Israeli and international solidarity activists, as they marched to Route 60, the main road connecting the cities of Bethlehem and Hebron. Israeli Forces attempted to disperse the demonstration using sound bombs and tear gas. Fortunately, there were no arrests or serious injuries during this week’s demonstration.
The unarmed gathering was organized by the National Committee Against the Wall and Settlements in Beit Ommar and the Palestine Solidarity Project. The activists carried Palestinian flags as well as pictures of Yousef. As the demonstrators marched along Route 60, military vehicles blocked their path and soldiers used force to drive the protesters back into the village. The march returned to the center of town, attempting to de-escalate the confrontation due to the participation of many elderly residents this week. The military followed however, and continued firing gas into the center of Beit Ommar. After one hour, the demonstration ended with a visit to Yousef’s family to affirm continued village support for them as they seek to hold the settlers who murdered their son accountable.
For video of the demonstration click here.
The family of Yousef Ikhlayl is seeking worldwide support in pursuing justice for their murdered son. Large amounts of money are needed to put pressure on Israel’s court system to bring the settlers who killed Yousef to justice. To make a donation to further these aims, please go to
Video by Anarchists Against the Wall