Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Hundreds protest against Israeli defence minister Barak's visit to Greece

Greek, Palestinian and other Arab protesters behind a huge Palestinian flag (photo: INTIFADA Association & Palestinian Workers Union)

Hundreds of Greeks, Palestinian and Arabs held a protest in front of the Greek Parliament to protest the visiting Israeli Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and demanding his arrest for war crimes against the Palestinian people.

Several leftist political groups and coalitions also participated in the protest that was held in front of the parliament despite the cold weather conditions.

The protest was organized by several antiwar groups and solidarity movements including the Al-Awda Committee (The Right To Return), the Antiwar Internationalist Movement, the Greek Association for Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Deport Racism Movement, Inclusive Democracy, the Strop the War Coalition, Palestinian Workers Union, and Solidarity Network to the Palestinian Resistance. more

Foreign and Israeli activists detained at anti-wall protest in al-Walaja village near Bethlehem

PNN - Bethlehem – Najib Farraj - The Israeli forces arrested 9 foreign activists including 4 Israeli peace activists, in the process of suppressing of a demonstration in al-Walaja village to the north west of Bethlehem.

Tens of Palestinian activists and foreigners had organized an unexpected demonstration that started in the early hours of the morning. It went from the village towards the apartheid wall, where Israeli bulldozers have been working for several months to build the wall and isolate thousands of acres from the village; to take over and later build huge settlement projects on.

The activists sat in front of these bulldozers to stop them from working, which went on for over 2 hours. Then reinforcement came, from policemen to soldiers to border guards, all armed with guns and sticks. They attacked the protesters and beat them up with the sticks and the bottom sides of their guns, which led to injuring 3 protesters at least, who had to be treated on field. The situation then escalated to confrontations in which guys threw stones at the soldiers, who retaliated by firing rubber bullets and throwing bombs of tear gas; which resulted in fainting and nausea episodes among the protesters. more