Palestinian Minor Injured by Israeli Soldier in Demonstration

10 September 2012

The weekly demonstration against the Israeli occupation in Beit Ommar was held on Saturday, 8th of September. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists joined together and marched in the direction of Karmei Tsur, the colony which is the biggest threat to the local Palestinian village.

The activists passed by the Palestinian greenhouse demolished by Israeli colonists from Karmei Tsur last week. As the participants walked towards the fence, which sparates the colony from Palestinian land that has not been occupied yet, several military jeeps with soldiers approached the area.

Both soldiers and activists were armed as usual; activists with banners, flags, cameras and chants and the soldiers with riot shields, tear gas canisters and heavy weapons. More and more soldiers appeared from different directions until there were at least 40 soldiers there by the end of the protest.

One of the local Palestinian activists gave a speech about the soldiers’ lack of protection of Palestinian rights and property (the green house close by was one example) and reminded those present that the Palestinians will not leave their land no matter what.

When the activists were about to leave the area a soldier kicked Hamza Abu Hashem (age 14). Hamza fell over and his leg was injured. He was taken to the hospital right after the demonstration. As the activists returned towards the center of Beit Ommar, several soldiers also chased after children participating in the demonstration. The kids got away, luckily.

After the demonstration, soldiers remained in the area that the activists had been in. Shortly afterwards, they shot rubber bullets and teargas in the direction of the local Palestinians in the south of the city of Beit Ommar, close to Karmei Tsur.