Beit Ommar Popular Committee Leads Weekly Demonstration Near Karmei Tsur
On March 17th, 2012, about 30 Palestinian, Israeli and international activists marched towards the fence surrounding the Karmei Tsur settlement near Beit Ommar, as part of the Beit Ommar Popular Committee’s weekly peaceful demonstration. Karmei Tsur settlement was built on land stolen from Palestinian farmers. Many of the residents of Beit Ommar can no longer access their land due to the fence and the settlement, which is illegal under the 4th Geneva Convention. We, the demonstrators, were met by more than sixty armed Israeli soldiers, who pushed us on rocky terrain to force us back.
The march was also in solidarity with Hana Shalabi, on the 31st day of her hunger strike. Hana Shalabi was released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange and then re-arrested and is now in administrative detention. The Popular Committee of Beit Ommar has been on hunger strike for the past two days in solidarity with her.
Yesterday, March 16th, also marked the ninth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death. Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer nine years ago while attempting to prevent a Palestinian house in Gaza from being bulldozed.