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Weekly Beit Ommar settlement protest, 12/25/2010
Beit Ommar peaceful protest against Israel's illegal building of settlements in the West Bank, Palestine.
This week I did not take part in the march, but viewed from a local family's rooftop. From this vantage point I was able to observe the entire scene. This week the soldiers began a discussion with the demonstrators. The demonstrators reported the lack of self determination involved with the building of the Karmei Tsur settlement, prohibiting them from accessing their land. The IDF then gave the demonstrators a contact phone number and told them to return tomorrow. Immediately following the demonstration the soldiers concealed unknown events which occurred at the house I took photos of and mentioned last week, which had been occupied.
Beit Ommar Settlement Protest 12/18/2010
Army trucks filled with soldiers prepared to defend the illegal settlement Karmei Tsur. Note a truck moves away from the band, traveling down an unpaved road to confront the demonstration, towards the home recently occupied by soldiers,.
My station, viewing the demonstration from a rooftop. The home that has been taken over by soldiers can observed in the upper left hand corner. The unpaved road where the demonstration took place goes off to the left at the bend in the paved road. Traditional to Palestinian society, a tray of sweet tea can be seen.
Young boys romped through the fields between my rooftop perch and the street where the demonstration took place. The IDF hurled tear gas into these fields.
Tear gas was thrown indiscriminately, with no regard taken. Gas frequently makes it's way into Palestinian homes.
Military jeep. Someone runs down from the IDF-occupied house
Immediately following demonstration, IDF covers IDF-occupied house with tear gas, in order to conceal their movement to and from house.
Another view of IDF-occupied house with gas camouflaging all actions within/near house.
shebabs throwing stones in grove.
shebabs in grove
IDF began to hurl gas uncomfortably close to the house I was at.
Abu Maria, leader of the Palestine Solidarity Project, PSP, with other demonstrators on the roof. PSP organizes these weekly Friday Beit Ommar demonstrations.