Beit Ommar Weekly Demonstration Against the Occupation
On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists held a demonstration in Beit Ommar against the Karmei Tsur settlement. Karmei Tsur is built on stolen Palestinian land and makes it impossible for the farmers of Beit Ommar to access parts of their land. The settlement is highly secured by military forces and fences. Today’s demonstration was against the settlement, and against any further encroachments on Palestinian land. It also marked the 38th day of Hana Shalabi’s hunger strike in protest of her administrative detention. Additionally, demonstrators protested the recent arrests of 8 minors from Beit Ommar, to be followed up in Ofer Military Court tomorrow.
Demonstrators today were unable to reach the fence separating Beit Ommar from the settlement due to Israeli forces. Soldiers pushed a couple activists to the ground and would not let them get to the olive tree saplings which had been damaged during the demonstration. There were no arrests and only minor injuries.