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    Continued Non-violent Resistance to Land Confiscation is Met with Violence [Budrus, Ramallah] - Dec 31, 2003 (International Solidarity Movement) Early reports
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      Continued Non-violent Resistance to Land Confiscation is Met with
      Violence

      [Budrus, Ramallah] - Dec 31, 2003 (International Solidarity Movement)

      Early reports are that villagers from Budrus, and their Israeli and
      International supporters, made a peaceful march onto Budrus lands
      that are set to be destroyed for the construction of the Israeli
      Apartheid Wall. Protesters were met by the Israeli army who
      physically assaulted the men, women and children present and opened
      fire on the crowd with over 100 rubber bullets aimed at people's
      heads. Tear gas was also fired. There are many injuries and
      approximately 10 people have been taken to the hospital. At least 4
      Israelis and 6 internationals have been detained and have been
      threatened with arrest. Gustav Fridolin, a Swedish member of
      parliament is among the group of detained protesters. Israeli
      protester Nimrod Kerreet has been badly beaten.

      Curfew was then imposed on the village, but protesters decided to
      continue their peace presence on their land and were met with
      continued violence. If this phase of the Wall construction is
      allowed to continue, Budrus will be largely surrounded by it and
      rendered an enclave without the necessary services for survival.
      The villagers have been peacefully resisting the advance of the wall
      on their land for over one month and plan to continue their non-
      violent civil disobedience campaign against it.

      Among the protesters were Israelis from the Anarchists Against Walls
      group that participated in the non-violent demonstration at Masha on
      December 26. It was during this demonstration that Israeli activist
      Gil Na'amati (22), was shot with two live bullets in both legs and
      badly injured. An American member of the International Solidarity
      Movement (ISM) was also injured by a bullet. Internationals present
      today were from the ISM and International Women's Peace Service
      (IWPS).

      Currently, the village of Budrus is under curfew and the Israeli
      army has occupied at least one home. Gustav Fridolin along with one
      other Swedish activist and two American activists are being detained
      at the Bet Arye police station.

      For further information, including access to digital video and still
      footage, please contact:

      Jonathan (Hebrew/English): 066.327.736
      Anna (English): 052.598.264
      Salah (Arabic): 055.256.467
      Nazif (Arabic): 059.787.813

      END

      For activists wanting to mobilize support for the village of Budrus
      and protest the continued confiscation of land for Wall construction,
      the following contact information can be used:

      Ramallah DCO: +972-2-997-0284/5

      IDF Spokesperson (often handles media inquiries): +972-3-608-0339

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