Israeli Soldiers Shoot Teargas and Rubber-Coated Bullets Following Funeral in Beit Ommar

5 May 2012

Yesterday, May 4th, 2012, a demonstration took place in Beit Ommar following a funeral in the village. After the funeral, some children started throwing rocks at the army watchtower at the entrance of the village. Some Israeli settlers arrived with guns and started shooting in the air. Additional soldiers came and forced the residents of Beit Ommar back towards the center of the town. Soldiers then entered the village and fired rubber-coated bullets, teargas and sound bombs. The teargas was aimed at people’s homes, causing many problems for the residents.

As in much of Palestine and around the world, Beit Ommar residents have been demonstrating in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike who are risking their lives for their rights. Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahleh are on the 68th day of their hunger strikes, and their condition is very grave. They are both being held under administrative detention, and demand their right to a fair trial.