One Arrested and Several Injured During Weekly Demonstration in Beit Ommar

31 March 2012

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists held the weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar, by the fence separating the town from the illegal 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 in honor of Land Day, which was yesterday, March 30, and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strikes.

Israeli soldiers started throwing sound bombs at the demonstrators within the first five minutes of arriving at the fence. The soldiers were extremely aggressive and violent today, pushing demonstrators on the rocks, twisting people’s arms, hitting them, and shoving them. Soldiers arrested a 14 year old boy, Hussein Ramzi Khadr Alalamy (pictured left). Several Palestinian and international activists attempted to hold on to the boy to keep the soldiers from making the arrest, and their attempts were met with violence from the Israeli soldiers. An American woman was choked, hit and shoved to the ground, and a Japanese man was punched in the face and also shoved to the ground, where he was kicked in the head.

While leaving the demonstration, a few boys started throwing rocks, and the soldiers started shooting tear gas. One tear gas canister hit a Palestinian man in the leg, and another one hit an American woman in the back. There were at least five people injured: Amad Ahmad Abu Hashim (22 years old); Youness Arar (42); Saqr Abu Maria (42); and two internationals, ages 23 and 24. One of them, Amad Abu Hashim, was sent to the hospital due to his injuries.