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Protesters in Beit Jala beaten, Walaja under curfew

April 22, 2010 4:06 P.M. (Updated: April 24, 2010 9:13 A.M.)
Jerusalem – Ma'an – Israeli bulldozers razed lands near the eastern entrance of Al-Walaja on Thursday, as preparations continued for the construction of the separation wall south of Jerusalem.

Demonstrations in nearby Beit Jala saw two detained and three others two injured, while Al-Walaja residents said border guards and soldiers imposed a curfew, preventing locals from exiting their homes from early in the morning.

Work continued in both areas following an injunction order filed two weeks ago, which was lifted on Thursday by the Israeli Supreme Court.

Popular committee representatives said soldiers on horseback and riding all-terrain vehicles ordered residents attempting to leave their homes to return indoors, while village council member Adel Al-Atrash described a "large number of Israeli forces and border guards invading the village, surrounding homes, and preventing villagers from leaving."

He said those who had erected tents in their lands, set to be confiscated as the separation wall goes up, were forced out and roughhouses, and added that 50 olive trees and 50 fruit trees were uprooted. Al-Atrash said bulldozer activity was concentrated at the eastern entrance to the village in the An-Natuf area.

A border police spokesman said the trees were being moved, but did not say where. He also said there was no curfew declared or imposed, and that residents were free to move in and out of the village.

According to popular committee representatives, press-card holding cameramen who tried entering the village to film were denied entry by the army.

A statement from the group said soldiers were also gathered in Beit Jala and were preventing land owners from accessing their fields. The garden of one of the village's houses was completely razed by the bulldozers, the statement added.

Beit Jala protesters beaten

The two detained were Israeli activists, popular committee members said, noting that the supporters were held in Israeli custody as of press time.

According to the popular committee, two members were injured, and one required treatment at the Beit Jala Hospital.

Witnesses, however, testified that three were harshly beaten. One man said he was shocked at the brutal treatment demonstrators received, calling the protest action non-violent.

The three were identified as Elie Shehadeh, Mazen Al-Azzeh and Imad Abu Nassar, and were reportedly taken from lands belonging to Abu Michel, where troops were bulldozing an olive grove.
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