One Palestinian Arrested at Al Ma’sara Demonstration

9 September 2011

9th September: PSP joined residents of the Al Ma’sara village in Bethlehem district for their weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation. Around fifty Palestinian protesters – accompanied by Israeli and international activists – marched from the town and attempted to cross an Israeli-built road to access their fields.

The march was met by around 25 Isreali soldiers, who prevented the villagers from crossing the road to reach the Palestinian fields. Protesters chanted in support of Palestine’s Spetember bid for statehood at the UN, and demanded an end to the occupation. The entirely peaceful protest was then pushed back by the heavily armed soldiers, who arrested Muhammad Brijiyeh without any provocation.

The protest continued for a further 30 minutes, with demonstrators demanding Muhammad’s release. Their sit-in protest on the road was finally dispersed when the area was declared a closed military zone.

Muhammad was released several hours later without charge.