Susiya Demonstrators Remove Military Roadblock

14 February 2012

On Saturday, February 11th, 2012, about 100 Palestinian demonstrators supported by international and Israeli solidarity activists, organized a demonstration in the community of Susiya, in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. The action was supported by the Palestine Solidarity Project. At 10am, the activists marched to an area where Israeli settlers had illegally erected a house on land belonging to Palestinians, and the Israeli military had blocked off the main access road to Palestinian vehicles with coils of barbed wire.

The demonstrators began to remove the fence from the road and by 11am the road was clear for cars to pass. The Israeli military did not intervene during this successful direct action, though a Palestinian man transporting food on his donkey passing near the settlement outpost was beaten by Israeli settlers. International solidarity activists witnessed the event and tried to intervene, but were prevented from doing so by Israeli soldiers.