Israeli Soldiers Interrupt Funeral with Tear Gas, Close Entrance to Beit Ommar
On June 17, Israeli soldiers interrupted a funeral by throwing tear gas canisters all over the surrounding region. Eventually the tear gas started a fire near three homes and grape and olive fields. Several Beit Ommar residents and a fire truck with high-pressure hoses
spent over a half and hour working to put out the fire. The soldiers then closed the
entrance to Beit Ommar and did not allow anyone in or out of the village. When one Beit
Ommar resident tried to return home through the main entrance, a soldier screamed at
him and shoved a gun in the car window, threatening the passengers inside and pointing a cocked gun at his chest. The entrance to Beit Ommar remained closed for two hours.