Rachel Corrie Remembered at Demonstration in Beit Ommar
Weekly demonstrations in Beit Ommar resumed on Saturday, August 25, 2012, after a month long break for Ramadan. The main focus of the demonstration was the upcoming verdict of the lawsuit filed by the family of the American activist Rachel Corrie against the state of Israel. Corrie was killed in 2003 when an IDF bulldozer crushed her during a demonstration against house demolitions in Rafah, Gaza.
Palestinians, Israeli and international activists gathered close to the Karmei Tsur colony, built on Palestinian land to the south of Beit Ommar. The protest was blocked by a group of Israeli soldiers, whose numbers increased throughout the demonstration until they outnumbered the activists.
The soldiers, armed with rifles and riot shields, inflicted a number of minor injuries on demonstrators by kicking their legs.