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Trio of protests against the wall set for communities across the West Bank

A trio of demonstrations are planned for Friday in villages and cities around the West Bank. If the Israeli military’s history is any indicator, violent response to the peaceful protests is expected.

Israel’s illegal barrier near the northern West Bank town of Jenin consists of a patrolled labyrinth of chain fences. At noon Friday, residents of the town will be joined by several organizations and foreign activists as they head toward the barrier which cuts across agricultural land to protest the lack of access to their own territory.

People will gather at the city center of Jenin at 10 a.m. to travel to the nearby village of Zububa, which is close to the green line, the Israeli/Palestinian border that was stipulated in 1967. At noon, the demonstration will begin with a prayer in the agricultural fields near the fence. Following that, participants will march toward the fence to display banners and Palestinian flags. In the past, protesters approaching the fence have met with a violent response from Israeli soldiers.

Peace activists are planning to remove roadblocks from the road directly connecting Nablus to the small farming village of Asira on Friday. The road has been blocked since the start of the Palestinian uprising against the occupation. The Popular Committee of Asira has requested the presence of Israeli peace activists.

The people of Asira are prevented from farming even their land that has not been confiscated by Israel. The road from the village to the land has been blocked. Five families live outside of this are unable to reach their homes by vehicle. Israeli army jeeps patrol the area and prevent people from accessing their land. Students, workers and the sick are all adversely affected. Even ambulances are not allowed a quick passage to the village.

Last Friday, as villagers demonstrated to demand their freedom of movement, the army launched an assault that progressed from teargas, live ammunition. They confiscated cameras and film. Seven Israeli activists were arrested, and international activists and the press were detained on their way from Nablus.

Contact: Mohammed Ayyesh (ISM Nablus) at 052-222-3374 or 054-621-8759, or email m_need@hotmail.com.

A nonviolent protest against the building of the illegal separation barrier near Bil’in is set for Friday at 1 p.m. The protests are known for their nonviolence and dramatic themes. Last Friday, a group of villagers wore masks of U.S. President George W. Bush and Condoleeza Rice. This Friday’s theme has not been announced.

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