Settlers Attempt to Harass Beit Ommar Demonstrators With Dogs

27 February 2011

During this week’s unarmed demonstration, on February 26th, 2011, around 70 Palestinians from the village of Beit Ommar, supported by more than two dozen Israeli and international solidarity activists, protested the nearby Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. Karmei Tsur is built on land illegally taken from Beit Ommar residents, and the settlement continues to expand.

This past Saturday, the demonstrators gathered at 1pm waving flags from different countries expressing international solidarity with Palestine. At one point, four settlers aggressively came out of the fence surrounding Karmei Tsur with large dogs and threatened violence. After some time, the settlers were told to leave the area by the Israeli military.

After about an hour of chanting against the occupation, the demonstrators returned to the village. Fortunately, there were no arrests during this week’s demonstration. The week before however, 13 village youth, all under the age of 18, were arrested by Israeli Forces half an hour after the demonstration concluded.