Five activists and one journalist have been arrested on Wednesday at a women’s movement walk in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Open Shahada Street Demonstration, 25.2.2011 – © Circarre Parrhesia
Activists have stated on social media platform Twitter that during a non-violent action in Hebron including two Israelis, three internaitonals and one Palestinian journalist who works for Reuters were arrested.
The action was a walk through Hebron’s Shuhada Street, which the Israeli military bars access to the majority of the Palestinian population, where female activists dressed in traditional Palestinian dress; the thoub.
Israeli settlers confronted the action with reports that one settler attempted to assault participants, and that the Israeli military prevented journalists from documenting the event.
Shuhada Street was once the main thoroughfare in Hebron and a major part of the city’s economy.
It has been closed to Palestinians, other than those living on the street, following the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, when settler Baruch Goldstein murdered 29 Palestinians during morning prayers, and injured 125, using an automatic assault rifle.
Settler groups have taken over Palestinian homes and businesses in Hebron, often by force, following Israel’s occupation of the West Bank in 1967, with approximately 500 settlers living in 6 enclaves.
The Israeli military has a large presence in the city with as many as 6 military personnel stationed in Hebron per settler, and has come under repeated criticism by human rights organizations for allowing the settlers to act with impunity.
In addition to the take over of Palestinian home and businesses, Hebron is site of frequent violence against Palestinians, such as children walking to school and damage to property.
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