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Clashes outside Israel‘s Beit El settlement near Ramallah in solidarity with Gaza

By Haley Paladino - July 09, 2014
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Operation Protective Edge]

Clashes outside Israel's Beit El settlement near Ramallah in solidarity with Gaza. Photo by Lazar Simeonov.


Eleven Palestinians were injured, one critically, in clashes between protesters and Israeli soldiers at the Beit El settlement near Ramallah late last night.

Protesters reportedly burned tires, threw stones at soldiers, and burned a tree at the entrance of the settlement. Soldiers reportedly responded with tear gas, live fire and rubber bullets. Palestinian police were present, but did not get involved.

The protest began in Al-Manara, the city center of Ramallah, around nine pm, eventually moving to the entrance of the Beit El settlement just a few kilometers away. Protesters demonstrated against the recent swelling of Israeli aggression against Palestinians within Israel and the West Bank, and to show solidarity with Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, according to local youth activists. 

"When you really want to raise your voice you don't do it in Al Manara, where only the PA (Palestinian Authority) will hear... We want to show the Israelis that we are one people, we are with Gaza,” local activist Karam Saleem told Palestine Monitor.

The strip has been hit by more than 440 air strikes from the Israeli military in the last two days, the largest military offensive against in Gaza since Israel’s 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense. Israel’s current military campaign in Gaza, dubbed Operation Protective Edge, appears to be on the cusp of a significant ground invasion, as the government proceeds with plans to call up nearly 40,000 reserve troops. As of Wednesday afternoon, the total Palestinian death toll stood at 35, with over 300 injured since the situation escalated Sunday evening. There have been no reports of any Israeli citizen hurt or injured.

"The protest is against the Israeli occupation, and the Israeli military. Israeli settlers are attacking Palestinians on a daily basis. They're part of the same system," said youth activist Lina Fahimi, who also noted that all Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal (under international law).

Since the bodies of three Israeli teens were found last Monday, a wave of racially-motivated violence towards Palestinians has swept through Israel and the West Bank. The most gruesome incident thus far was the murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was abducted in East Jerusalem and burned alive by adolescent Israeli extremists.  

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