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Defending olive trees: Israeli army cracks down on protest in al-Walajah


August 13, 2011 - Twelve protestors–two Palestinians and ten Israeli activists—were arrested yesterday by Israeli forces in the village of al-Walaja during a weekly protest against the expansion of the Wall. In al-Walaja, as in many Palestinian villages, the construction of the Wall has resulted in the destruction of Palestinian olive groves and orchards. At the protest, international and Israeli activists, together with residents of the village, were met by tear-gas canisters and sound bombs shot by Israeli soldiers in order to disperse them. Ten Israelis and one Palestinian were arrested at this time...


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Defending olive trees: Israeli army cracks down on protest in al-Walajah

Michele Monni

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August 13, 2011

Twelve protestors–two Palestinians and ten Israeli activists—were arrested yesterday by Israeli forces in the village of al-Walaja during a weekly protest against the expansion of the Wall. In al-Walaja, as in many Palestinian villages, the construction of the Wall has resulted in the destruction of Palestinian olive groves and orchards.

At the protest, international and Israeli activists, together with residents of the village, were met by tear-gas canisters and sound bombs shot by Israeli soldiers in order to disperse them. Ten Israelis and one Palestinian were arrested at this time.

The soldiers chased the protestors and started operating raids into the village, which resulted in the additional arrest of one Palestinian.

Those protesters arrested were detained until yesterday evening and the two Palestinians were released later in the night.

Since the beginning of the occupation, approximately half of the town’s land has been confiscated by Israel for the creation of the Har Gilo and Gilo settlements, which lie between al-Walaja and Jerusalem. Orchards, and especially olive trees, have been uprooted and homes demolished due to—according the Israeli authority—the absence of building permits.

The Wall has been condemned by the international community and declared illegal by an International Court of Justice ruling in 2004.

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