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Israeli soldiers beat civillians at Al-Ma'sara demonstration; settlers bring them juice

Nov. 7, 2008 1:05 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2008 1:05 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Two Palestinians were beaten by Israel soldiers during a demonstration against the separation wall in the West Bank village of Al-Ma'sara south of Bethlehem on Friday.

About 200 demonstrators including international and Israeli peace activists marched between the villages of Juret Ash-Sham'a and Al-Ma'sara. As the protesters reached their destination Israeli troops attacked them with batons.

Those injured were Ibrahim Ali Taqatqa and Nidal Mahmoud Zawahreh, who sustained light injuries after being struck repeatedly with wooden batons.

The popular committee to resist the wall dedicated the day's march to the memory of former Palestinian Prime Minister Yasser Arafat, who died four years ago next week.

Several demonstrators reported seeing dozens of settlers from the nearby Efrat settlement approach the area of the demonstration. They said the settlers yelled curses on the demonstrators and gave the soldiers foods and juice.

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