Beit Ommar Popular Committee Member Younes Arar Arrested at Weekly Demonstration

23 June 2012

On the afternoon of June 23rd, Palestinian residents and international activists took part in the weekly Beit Ommar demonstration against the illegal Karmei Tsur settlement which is built on stolen Palestinian land.
Carrying signs calling for the release of Emad and Ahmed Abu Hashem and condemning the recent killings in Gaza, protesters made their way across Beit Ommar farmland, where they were blocked by IOF forces. Soldiers declared the Palestinian land as a “clozed military zone”, and after twenty minutes, they began to violently attack the activists in an attempt to force them off the land.

During the violence, IOF forces surrounded and arrested Younes Arar, a Beit Ommar resident and Popular Committee member. Two international activists were also arrested. All three are currently being held in a police station in Kiryat Arba settlement.

In this month alone, IOF forces have beaten and arrested four Beit Ommar residents and activists. These arrests are an example of the Israeli Occupation Forces attempts to suppress Palestinian resistance in Beit Ommar by targeting local activists and Popular Committee members.