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Beit Ommar Settlement Protest 12/18/2010
by tangle (tanglealso [at] gmail.com)
Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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.
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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
§Beit Ommar Habibti
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§International activists, shebabs gather
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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Demonstrators line up to begin the weekly peaceful march.
§Free Palestine
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§March starts down the road
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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All but one room of the house on the right has been confiscated by IDF soldiers.
§occupied home
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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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.
§The demonstration is well-supported internationally
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§Karmei Tsur settlement
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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settlement we were demonstrating against.
§Demonstration
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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IDF, demonstrators, the usual tear gas.
§Palestinian Solidarity Project
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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PSP leader and shebab flee from tear gas
§mementos
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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Teargas canister from today's demo and an Indybay sticker
§Owner of the house that was taken over by invading IDF soldiers
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§The march returns
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§beautiful habibi & habibti :)
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§watchtower
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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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
§mosque
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§Mousa, cofounder of PSP, points to old text identifying mosque
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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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.
§Palestinian flag adorning mosque
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§centuries-old tomb beneath mosque
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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§Sheep herder of Beit Ommar village
by tangle Wednesday Dec 22nd, 2010 2:42 PM
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Beit Ommar has approximately 17,000 residents, many of whom make their living as farmers.
§video from Beit Ommar
by dave id Friday Dec 24th, 2010 2:31 PM
Beit Ommar Protest Against Karmei Tsur Settlement, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/24/18667461.php

Settlers and IDF Attempt to Steal Old Village Mosque, Beit Ommar, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/24/18667473.php

Interview with Mousa Abu Maria, Beit Ommar, West Bank, Palestine, 12/18/10: video
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/12/24/18667481.php

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