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Saturday June 23, 2012 4:46 PM (EST+7)
Hundreds protest threatened destruction of Susya
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RAMALLAH, June 23 (JMCC) - According to the +972 blog, hundreds of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals turned out Friday to protest the threatened destruction of the West Bank village of Susya, where the Israeli military has ordered 52 dwellings demolished.
EnlargeNYT op-ed writer Nicholas Kristoff in the West Bank village of Susya. July 21, 2010


Multimedia
BBC Panorama: A Walk in the Park Pt. 1
Jan. 23, 2010 1:42 PM (EST+7)
BBC Panorama: A Walk in the Park Pt. 2
Jan. 23, 2010 1:52 PM (EST+7)
BBC Panorama: A Walk in the Park Pt. 3
Jan. 23, 2010 1:57 PM (EST+7)
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ICRC: No respite from hardship for Palestinians in West Bank
Off the Map: Land and Housing Violations in Israel‘s Unrecognized Bedouin Villages
Sharp Increase in Demolitions and Displacement in the West Bank - July 2010
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Since Madrid: Israeli Confidence Destroying Measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Beg, Borrow or Steal! Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories
Since Madrid: Israeli Confidence Destroying Measures in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
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House demolitions and forced evictions
Sheikh Jarrah
Silwan
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A Second Nakba and Forced Eviction in Al Sheikh Jarrah Neighborhood, September 15, 2009, POICA website
Barkat says will seal Beit Yehonatan, 200 Arab homes, Ronen Medzini, Ynet News, February 3 2010
Jerusalem Approves ‘Beit Yehonatan’ in Shiloach, Arutz Sheva, October 15, 2007


The protest, like all demonstrations in the occupied West Bank, was blocked by the military, which fired tear gas and stun grenades. (Some photos of the demonstration are on the blog here, and others of Susya are available at Activestills.)

Palestinian and Israeli protestors attempted to walk to the archeological site developed by Israel in Susya, from which the Palestinian residents were originally expelled in 1986 after Israeli archeologists found the remnants of a synagogue. The army quickly announced that it was an illegal protest and demanded we turn back and go home. They used stun grenades and tear gas to disperse the crowds, resulting in one injury. The army also had truck on hand to fire “skunk” water, which they threatened to use but ultimately did not. There were no arrests.

The relatively large turnout of support for the tiny Palestinian village was the result of successful coordination between Palestinian individuals and committees from all over the West Bank, including Ma’asara, Hebron, Beit Jala, Bethlehem and Bil’in. Abdullah Abu Rahmah, leader of the grassroots unarmed Palestinian resistance movement against Israel’s security barrier in Bil’in attended Friday’s protest.  Several Israeli anti-occupation activist groups – among them Ta’ayush, Combatants for Peace, Solidarity Sheikh Jarrah and Rabbis for Human Rights - organized six buses from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem bringing some 300 Israeli protestors.






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NYT op-ed writer Nicholas Kristoff in the West Bank village of Susya. July 21, 2010



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