Palestinian, Israeli and International Activists Beaten During Beit Ommar Weekly Demonstration

7 April 2012

On Saturday, April 07, 2012, Palestinian, Israeli and international activists joined the weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar, by the separation fence between Beit Ommar and the settlement Karmei Tsur. Karmei Tsur settlement was built on stolen Palestinian land, and many Beit Ommar farmers can no longer access their land due to the settlement and the separation fence.

At today’s demonstration, Israeli soldiers started throwing sound bombs and beating demonstrators with clubs as soon as they arrived. The soldiers attacked children, and beat Hamza Ahmad Khalil Abu Hashim, age 14, with clubs and rifle butts. An American activist had difficulty walking after a soldier beat her ankle with a club and a sound bomb exploded on her leg, leaving burn marks. An Israeli activist was beaten while trying to talk to the soldiers, and a Swedish activist was beaten repeatedly while shouting “Free Palestine.”

Demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and a sign saying “All Settlements Are Illegal.” The demonstration was against the apartheid wall, against the illegal Israeli settlements, and in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.