Eleven Wounded in West Bank Barrier Protest (Three Stories)
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Eleven Wounded in West Bank Barrier Protest, including an
Israeli, a Swedish parliamentarian arrested
Wed December31 ,05 2003 : 34AM ET
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) -- Israeli troops on Wednesday
shot and wounded at least 10 Palestinians and one Israeli
involved in a protest at a construction site for Israel's
controversial barrier in the West Bank, a witness said.
Military sources said one border policeman was lightly
wounded after protesters threw stones and interrupted
building work on the barrier. They said soldiers used
"non-lethal means" to disperse the protesters and did not
use live ammunition.
The incident, outside the Palestinian village of Budrus near
Ramallah, was the second time in five days that the army
fired at demonstrators gathered by the barrier. On December
26, troops shot and wounded a young Israeli and an American
with live fire.
Jonathan Pollak, a member of the Israeli Anarchists against
the Wall group, said soldiers fired toward around 500
Palestinian, Israeli and international protesters near
bulldozers turning over ground for an extension of the barrier.
He said 10 Palestinians were hit and taken to hospital while
an Israeli woman was slightly wounded in the leg.
Ted Querbath, a US protester from New York, told Reuters:
"I saw six people who were wounded when the army started
shooting rubber bullets and tear gas. A Palestinian woman
was severely beaten up and bleeding on her head."
Querbath said three Israelis, two Swedes (one of them a
member of the Swedish Parliament) and an American were among
those arrested. Protesters involved in the lengthy
demonstration blocked army vehicles and chanted "God is
greatest" before being sprayed by tear gas.
Palestinian medics said 20 Palestinians were hit by rubber
bullets and taken to hospital while an Israeli woman was
slightly wounded in the leg.
Israel's vast barrier cuts off land from West Bank territory
Palestinians see as part of a future state. Israel says the
barrier is needed to keep out suicide bombers.
Pollak said the foreign protesters included members of the
pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement and the
International Women's Peace Service group.
Khaleej Times Online
Dozen injured in West Bank security fence protest
31 December 2003
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM -- Around 10 demonstrators and two
Israeli border policemen were injured on Wednesday morning
in a clash, which broke out after a group of Palestinian,
foreign and Israeli activists tried to disrupt the building
of Israel’s security barrier near Ramallah.
The protestors threw rocks at Israeli security forces
guarding work on the fence near the village of Budrus, west
of Ramallah on the borderline separating the West Bank from
Israel. The force responded by firing tear gas and rubber
Four Palestinians and four foreign nationals, including one
who identified himself as Gustav Fridolin, 20, a member of
the Swedish parliament for the Green party, were arrested,
Israeli Police Spokesman Gil Kleiman told DPA.
They were being questioned in a police station in the
central Israeli village of Beit Arieh about entering a
closed military zone, he said. Police were checking whether
the four foreigners would be released or deported from the
Fridolin complained he was beaten on the back with a police
"It was a non-violent demonstration. We were just standing
and talking when suddenly, without warning, bullets were
fired at us. Afterwards we understood they were rubber
bullets," he told Israeli media.
The demonstrators included members of several
pro-Palestinian movements, including the International
Solidarity Movement (ISM) and Grassroots International and
Anarchists against Fences.
Paramedics of the Palestinian Red Crescent said all 10
protesters injured were Palestinians, who suffered slight
injuries. They were treated on the spot, except for one who
was evacuated to hospital as a precaution after being hit in
the head by a rubber bullet.
They said the injuries were mostly from tear gas and that no
live ammunition was used.
In a similar demonstration against the fence Friday in the
northern region of the West Bank, Israeli troops fired live
ammunition at demonstrators who were trying to destroy the
fence, seriously wounding an Israeli citizen.
The army is investigating the shooting, which led to an
outcry in Israel as the troops apparently violated orders by
firing live ammunition when their lives were not in danger.
"The army is shooting at civilians and the prime minister is
doing nothing," legislator Yuli Tamir, of the opposition
Labour Party, charged.
The Israeli government decided to build the controversial
barrier along the West Bank border in June 2002, after an
unprecedented wave of suicide bombings launched from the
West Bank, in order to make it more difficult for militants
to enter Israel.
But the barrier has sparked fierce protests and
condemnation, in part because it deviates from the
borderline in several places, incorporating swathes of
Palestinian-owned land behind it and placing 11,700
Palestinians on the Israeli side.
Violent fence protestors wound police officers
By Jerusalem Newswire Editorial Staff
December 31, 2003
Jerusalem (http://www.jnewwire.com ) -- A mob of
Palestinians, anarchist Israelis and extremist foreign
activists attacked Israeli security forces with stones at a
construction site for the country's security fence Wednesday
The rioters wounded two Border Police officers. IDF soldiers
responded by dispersing the demonstrators with tear gas and
Some 500 Palestinian, anarchist Israeli and extremist
foreign protestors clashed with IDF soldiers Wednesday
morning at a site near Ramallah where a new segment of
Israel's security fence is under construction.
The rioters reportedly hurled stones at the security forces,
wounding two Border Police officers. Soldiers then used tear
gas and rubber bullets to disperse the threatening mob.
Six of the rioters were wounded in the clash and another
eight arrested, Israel Radio reported. One of them is
reportedly a member of the Swedish parliament.
Not an isolated incident
Wednesday's clash was not an isolated incident. Gangs of
hooligans have attempted to damage the fence in numerous
places in past weeks.
Last Friday, a similar group confronted IDF troops guarding
an already completed section of the fence near the town of
On that occasion, soldiers fired several rounds of live fire
at the legs of the aggressive protestors, wounding an
Israeli man and a foreign woman.
An initial investigation into the shooting indicated the
soldiers had feared the large crowd -- many of whom were
dressed in the manner of Palestinian terrorists -- would
break through the barrier and attack them.
The soldiers involved were cleared Wednesday of any wrong
doing, after it was determined they acted in accordance with
standing military guidelines.
Deputy Defense Minister Ze'ev Boim demanded Wednesday that
the wounded Israeli, identified as a leader within the mob,
be put on trial for knowingly attempting to sabotage a
Both violent demonstrations were initiated by the so-called
Anarchists Against the Wall -- a small, largely unknown
group of extremist Jews -- and the International Solidarity
Movement -- an outfit known for obstructing IDF soldiers
trying to carry out their orders in the war on terror.
The great majority of Israelis support construction of the
fence, and Jerusalem insists the barrier is needed to keep
Palestinian jihadist bombers from reaching Israeli
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