Beit Ommar Demonstrates in Solidarity with Norway
30 July 2011: The popular committee of Beit Ommar called for a demonstration against terrorism in solidarity with the people of Norway. Palestinians – accompanied by international and Israeli activists – marched to the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement, which has confiscated land from several surrounding Palestinian villages.
The demonstrators, carrying balloons, were met by Israeli soldiers wielding automatic weapons. Several Palestinians gave speeches denouncing the terrorist attacks in Norway and the constant exposure to terrorism that Palestinians are faced with living under occupation.
Some of the young Norwegians massacred on Utøya island were earlier pictured holding signs supporting the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions) campaign against apartheid Israel. Palestinians, including Yousef Ikhlayl, 17, who was killed near Beit Ommar in an unprovoked settler attack six months ago, are also victims of the same racism and intolerance which motivated the Norwegian gunman. The Popular Committee of Beit Ommar recognizes the need for people to speak out against all forms of terrorism and oppression, wherever they occur.