Beit Ommar Weekly Demonstrations Continue
On Saturday, January 7th, 2011, several dozen Palestinian villagers from Beit Ommar, supported by Israeli and international solidarity activists, continued their weekly demonstrations on lands close to the illegal Israeli settlement of Karmei Tsur. Karmei Tsur one of three settlements built on land belonging to Beit Ommar residents. This week, the demonstrators got closer than usual to the settlement houses, just a few meters from the fence.
Israeli Forces, heavily armed, became nervous and began shoving the nonviolent activists, pushing several to the ground. Unlike in previous demonstrations, no sound bombs or tear gas was used to disperse the crowd, probably due to the proximity of the villagers to the soldiers. Several organizers then made speeches against the occupation and the activists waved Palestinian flags and chanted before returning back to the village after some time. No arrests were made at this week’s demonstration.