Several injured at anti-wall demo
Sat, 06 Nov 2010 02:08:40 GMT
Israeli soldiers have injured several nonviolent protesters demonstrating in a West Bank village against the confiscation of their land and the construction of the apartheid wall.
Israeli soldiers closed down the village of al-Nabi Saleh early Friday morning and stormed into Palestinian homes, especially those of Bassem and Mohamed al-Tammemi, two local organizers. They threatened them with arrest if either attended the weekly anti-apartheid demonstration.
As soon as the local and international protesters reached the confiscated land, Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets, and sound bombs at them.
In the ensuing incident, three people were injured, while several others suffered from tear gas inhalation. One female US citizen was hit in the leg by a tear gas canister, a 16-year-old Palestinian boy was hit in the arm by a tear gas canister, and a 21-year-old woman was taken to hospital after troops fired tear gas into her home while she was inside.
This week's demonstration was held on the anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, in which then British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Lord Rothschild in which the British made public their full support for a so-called Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Israeli soldiers also assaulted journalists and a local cameraman and forced other journalists to leave the village.