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This Friday in Bil`in - no olives picked
Roy Wagner
This Friday (08-10-10) in Bil`in

17 Israelis and about 5 internationals joined the local Palestinian
demonstration against the wall and occupation in Bil`in. The
demonstrators marched from the village center to the fence gate, which
was left wide open, demanding to cross to their land to pick their
olives. The olive branch that the demonstrators carried did not persuade
the soldiers to let them through, but the soldiers did convince the
demonstrators to retreat with their tear gas. The wind blew in the
demonstrators faces, and made it difficult for them to regroup, but the
shabab found a spot along the route of the wall and away from the
peaceful demo to express their anger with stones. After a while, the
soldiers invaded the village using all kind of weapons, but didn`t
manage to stop the shabab. Then the soldiers retreated back behind the
wall, but the shabab kept on stoning for quite a while, until even they
had enough. All the demonstrators managed to pick during the demo was a
bucketful of used tear gas grenades.


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