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Beit Ommar Settlement Protest 12/18/2010
Beit Ommar, nestled between Bethlehem and Hebron, currently has six settlements surrounding the southern West Bank village. Since 2006 there has been a weekly demonstration in Beit Ommar to protest the cutting of (worker's) trees and building of the security fence.
The picture above is of a minaret of the main mosque in Beit Ommar.
The weekly Beit Ommar demos are organised by Palestine Solidarity Project: http://palestinesolidarityproject.org
Demonstrators line up to begin the weekly peaceful march.
All but one room of the house on the right has been confiscated by IDF soldiers.
A Beit Ommar house along the demonstrator's path where a Palestinian family has been pushed into a single room in their own house by soldiers.
settlement we were demonstrating against.
IDF, demonstrators, the usual tear gas.
PSP leader and shebab flee from tear gas
Teargas canister from today's demo and an Indybay sticker
Several hundred residents from Beit Ommar are currently political prisoners in Israeli prisons, and the village is subjected to late-night raids by Israeli forces almost every night. The main road leading in to the village has a permanent watchtower guarded by the Israeli military. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/219356-Palestine-Beit-Ommar-returns-to-its-roots
Mousa explains that, four days prior to the protest, the IDF came to state that part of this 800 year old mosque would be used as a synagogue. Mousa told us that the IDF were told that they would have a large outcry were this to be enforced, and the IDF has not yet returned to the mosque.
Beit Ommar has approximately 17,000 residents, many of whom make their living as farmers.
Beit Ommar Protest Against Karmei Tsur Settlement, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video
Settlers and IDF Attempt to Steal Old Village Mosque, Beit Ommar, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video
Interview with Mousa Abu Maria, Beit Ommar, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video